Friday, January 30th, 2015
UPDATE: Knight's attorney, James E. Blatt, tells Entertainment Weekly that Knight ran over two bystanders when he tried to escape an altercation with two other men on the set of a film project. Blatt confirmed that the victim is TV actor Terry Carter and was a close friend of Knight's. The second victim, whom Blatt identified as Cle Sloan, is in unknown condition.
Additionally, Blatt, tells NBC News it was a "tragic accident" and said Knight was making arrangements to surrender to authorities.
A video shoot in Compton turned deadly today.
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating the possible involvement of Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight in a fatal traffic accident Thursday afternoon, NBC News reports.
No further details have been released, but law enforcement sources told NBC that they had heard Knight was either a passenger or the driver of a car involved in the incident in question.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Department confirms to E! News that two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle around 2:55 p.m. near Rosecrans and Central. One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital while the second pedestrian's condition is unknown.
According to TMZ, who first reported the news, Knight was visiting the set where The Game,Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were shooting a commercial for Game's Documentary 2 when Knight supposedly got into a confrontation with a crew member.
TMZ was told that Knight then got behind the wheel, put his car in reverse and hit a bystander, after which he left the scene.
The 49-year-old has had his fair share of run-ins with the law recently.
Knight was one of three people wounded during an early morning shooting at West Hollywood nightclub 1Oak in August during a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party hosted byChris Brown. He was treated for his injury at a hospital, where he underwent surgery. It was unclear if Suge was the target.
Meanwhile, in October, Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested andcharged with robbery for allegedly stealing a paparazzo's camera outside a Beverly Hills studio. Knight pleaded not guilty to robbery and was ordered into custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The 57-year-old talk show host shared another epic selfie of herself posing with Kanye West,Justin Bieber and Sam Smith earlier today, "@KanyeWest @JustinBieber @SamSmithWorld #BirthdayShow #Backstage #Incredible," the comedian wrote with the super-smiley star-studded pic. Smith re-posted the adorable selfie on his Instagram with the caption, "#asyoudo."
The photo op was made possible because DeGeneres had all three of the music stars on her show this week.
The Katy Perry show (otherwise known as the Super Bowl) is just days away, and the singer has given us more clues as to what we can expect at halftime!
We already know that Perry's 12-minute performance will include lots of color, soul and the hotness of Lenny Kravitz, but during her NFL press conference today Perry confirmed to our very own Alicia Quarles that there will be an additional guest on stage. She also offered up a few hints as to who we could expect.
"This is true. I have to keep some surprises for Sunday and I'm very, very excited about this guest because I thought long and hard about it and wanted to kinda bring someone back, like a throwback of sorts, that definitely needed some more shine," she told reporters. "All I can say is it will be a real female-fun night."
Yep, the wheels already started turning.
She added, "It's a bit old school. But I think when this person enters the stage and you hear the first ring of the chord, I think jaws will drop and faces will melt. There will be faces melting when she steps on the stage."
OK, so we know it's someone kinda old school who could use a little more shine. We know it's a female. We know it's a voice we would instantly recognize. Hmm...Diana Ross? Mary J. Blige? Cyndi Lauper? (Imagine if they did a duet of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"?!). The possibilites are endless!
Quarles also asked if Katy has her eye on a specific NFL cutie this weekend, and the celeb responded in the most perfect way ever: "I'm just here so I don't get fined."
LOL! Katy was clearly mocking pro player Marshawn Lynch's now-epic one-liner, while also playing coy on who it may be.
Touché, Katy. Touché.
As of 2016, Disney will finally have its first Latina Princess, and she sounds pretty awesome.
Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in a "special episode" of Sofia the First, set to air next year. As all you hardcore Sofia the Firstfans will remember, when she was brought into the royal family, Sofia (Modern Family's Ariel Winter) was entrusted with the mystical Amulet of Avalor, which has allowed her to speak to animals and summon other Disney princesses. This special episode will find the little princess finally learning the truth about her amulet, and that truth is pretty crazy.
As it turns out, a 16-year-old princess named Elena has been trapped inside that amulet for decades, ever since her parents and kingdom were taken from her by an evil sorceress named Shuriki, and it's up to Sofia to restore Elena to her human form and return her to Avalor to reunite with her sister and grandparents and take her place as the ruler of Avalor.
So, you know, typical teenage girl stuff.
- The NY Post claims Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will soon marry on his private island. 50 people have been invited to the wedding
- mediate claims the city of Boston fined Secretary of State John Kerry $50 this week for not shoveling his sidewalk
Tom Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero tells the New York Times that Tom does cheat on his diet. ''Yes, we have treats. We make them. Usually raw desserts, like raw macaroons. Ice cream made from avocado is another favorite.''
RADAR Online claims Brad Pitt lost $25,000 while playing poker with friends at the Sundance Film Fest. A source tells the site: “He was amped up about the movie, feeling good about life, and ended up playing a few hands of poker with some of the guys back at his rental. What turned into one hand of poker turned into two, then about five hands in, Brad decided to make it really interesting. He told the other players that if they lost the hand they had to do some outrageous dare, but if he lost, he would pay $25,000 right than and there. After the cards were dealt, Pitt shrugged his shoulders and mucked his hand. He lost and told everyone he had the worst hand at the table! Brad was telling the story to Angelina, who was shocked he lost that much money, but then he told her that the driver was putting his two kids through college and had another baby on the way. Angelina believes he threw the hand on purpose since he kept saying what a nice guy the driver was, how it was sad he had such a rough life and that everyone deserved some help.”
HollywoodLife.com claims Rihanna recently made a promise to Leonardo DiCaprio. A source tells the site: “Rihanna has always been the type of girl who does whatever she wants, when she wants. She wants a new tattoo on her body, but she’s stuck because Leo asked her to promise him she won’t let the needle touch her body until she falls in love again. She’s a woman of her word and she’s sticking to that. He wasn’t possessive and that blew her mind. She thinks he’s playing some type of mind game with her and she’s intrigued by it. Rihanna loves a challenge, and he’s unlike the dudes in her past, those were boys. This is Leo, he’s something else. He’s hitting all the right spots and I’m not talking between her legs. He’s making her feel good and stimulating her on an entirely different level.”
The dating site Illicit Encounters recently asked women to create a 'fantasy sex partner' list. Here are the top vote getters:
2) Harry Styles
3) Bruno Mars
4) Mick Jagger
5) David Bowie
6) John Legend
7) Jared Leto
8) David Grohl
Taylor Lautner Is Dating Model Raina Lawson. Taylor Lautner seems to have set his eyes on someone new. Sorry, we know many of you were very excited to hear that Lautner was back on the market, but E! News learns that the newly single hunk, who was previously linked to Marie Avgeropoulos, is dating 20-year-old model Raina Lawson. "It's new," a source tells us. Lawson -- who is active on both Twitter and Instagram, unlike her new beau -- hasn't posted anything about the relationship on her social media. Instead, she keeps the photo-sharing app filled with selfies, model shots and gorgeous snaps with gal-pals. Earlier this month, E! News exclusively confirmed that the actor and longtime girlfriend Avgeropoulos split up. A source close to the couple told us the pair broke up a couple months ago and "it was completely amicable." The insider, who did not reveal a specific reason behind the young duo calling it quits, added, "Taylor is dating and having fun. Nothing serious." Lautner and Avgeropoulos met over the summer of 2013 on the set of their parkour action flick Tracers and began dating almost instantly. The former couple were first snapped holding hands in New York City's SoHo district on July 29, 2013. Prior to Avgeropoulos, the Twilight star was last romantically linked to Lily Collins after falling for the actress on the set of 2011's Abduction following a brief romance with Taylor Swift his co-star in the 2010 flick Valentine's Day. (Eonline)
Selena Gomez has apparently found some new love, and we could not be more ecstatic! That's right, she's rumored to be dating Zedd right now, so you can officially eat your heart out, Justin Bieber! Here is what a source said about how the Selenator is enjoying her time with her new rumored beau: "Everything is going great with him. She is really happy and they are having fun." Awww! We're so happy for her! Selena deserves the best. The source went on to dish about what her friends think about him: "Selena's friends are a little bit wary while remaining hopeful, but ultimately right now he is making Selena happy and he is not Justin Bieber so that's a good thing." (Perez Hilton)
Justin Bieber Apologizes for "Arrogant" Behavior in Video, Tells Ellen DeGeneres He's "Done Some Things." Justin Bieber has had one hell of a year, but apparently he's ready to own up to his mistakes. The "Confident" singer posted a dimly lit video to Facebook Wednesday in which he opened up about his past behavior. In the emotionally charged apology, Justin said sorry for his "arrogant" and "conceited" behavior. He posted his video soon after a surprise visit to Ellen where he confessed to being "nervous" about appearing on TV. He had been noticeably absent from the small screen for quite a while. "I think I was nervous because I was afraid of what people are thinking about me right now," he explained in the video. "It's been a minute since I've been in a public appearance, and I didn't want to come off arrogant or conceited or basically how I've been acting the past year, year and a half." The "Baby" singer, who launched to fame when he was just a young teenager, has had several run-ins with the law, including a DUI arrest, vandalism charges and assault charges. "I'm not what I was pretending to be. Why I say I was 'pretending' is often we pretend to be something we're not as a cover up of what we're truly feeling inside. And there was a lot of feelings going on in there," he continued. "Just being young and growing up in this business is hard. Just growing up in general is hard." He continued to explain that he "felt awkward" when he was on set with host Ellen DeGeneres because he felt that people were "judging" him. "...I really want people to know how much I care, how much I care about people, and how I'm not that person to say, 'I don't give a f--k,' you know? I'm not that kid, I'm a person who genuinely cares," he added. When he surprised Ellen, she asked why he wanted to so badly be roasted by Comedy Central (she said she was asked to be part of it, but declined), and he explained that it was because he wanted to be able to laugh at himself. "I've done some things," he said, adding, "That might not of been the greatest." "Really. Nothing comes to mind," Ellen joked. "I don't know what you're talking about." "I just want to be able to...just kind own up to some of the things," he admitted. Between the Facebook video and his confessions to Ellen, it looks like Beliebers might get the "One Time" singer back! (Eonline)
Lindsay Lohan could go to jail for doing BS community service ... at least if the prosecutor has his way. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... prosecutor Terry White is indignant over the revelation Lindsay's community service organization let her do ridiculous things to fulfill her obligation. As we first reported, Lindsay got 18 hours credit for meeting and greeting fans after her London play. And Lindsay got 70 hours credit for allowing young people to follow her around for "work shadowing experience" ... pretty incredible, since she wasn't working at the time. We're told White believes Lindsay had an obligation to inform the court the types of community service she was doing. White objected to allowing Lindsay to do her community service in London for this very reason, and now we're told he feels she's manipulated the system and should do jail time for not completing legitimate community service. Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told the judge her client merely did what she was told to do by the community service organization. (TMZ)
Dr. Dre is determined to ball like a billionaire, and he moved close to that goal ... by dropping his fancy Hollywood Hills crib for big money. Dre just scored $32.5 million for his posh pad in the exclusive bird streets hood ... which is home to Leo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, and a ton of other celebs. Dre's walking away with more than twice what he paid for it in 2011. Not bad, considering he didn't live there full time. It's not like he had to ... the Doc splurged on Tom Brady and Gisele's massive Brentwood estate for $40M last spring. The new owners will have plenty of space for their homies to get gangsta ... the 6-bed, 9-bath joint is tucked away on a cul-de-sac with an amazing infinity pool. We reached out to Dre's uber real estate broker Kurt Rappaport ... but never heard back. The home sale helps Dre creep toward billionaire status. Several estimates already have him over $650 million. (TMZ)
Tom Petty Addresses Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" Similarities: "These Things Can Happen." After news broke that Sam Smith would have to pay Tom Petty royalties after recognizing that his "Stay With Me" is very similar to Petty's "I Won't Back Down," we had to wonder whether or not Petty was a little bit peeved, but it turns out he was anything but! The "Handle With Care" singer released a statement on his blog addressing the "coincidental" and "unintentional" similarities, and supported the British singer and his career. "About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," he wrote. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by." After realizing the slip, Petty and his team took action but never wanted to enter a legal battle. He continued to explain that he, too, thought it was all just an accident. Although it seems to be water under the bridge now, Smith will be paying Petty royalties in addition to listing the early '90s singer as a co-writer. "Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention," he continued. "And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. "A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all," he concluded. Smith responded to Petty's statement by posting his words on Instagram and captioning the pic with a simple "x." Petty's openness towards copyright snafus has previously been noted after he was involved in a similar situation with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He told Rolling Stone that he never believed there was any "negative intent" from the band, whose song, "Dani California," sounded similar to "Mary Jane's Last Dance." "If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I'd sue]," he said. "But I don't believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs. (Eonline)
While it's not uncommon for hip hop artists to give big ups to their hometowns, rapper J. Cole is definitely raising the stakes and taking things to another level. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native says that he plans to pay it forward by supporting families in the community he grew up in: He's hoping to turn his childhood home into a rent-free residence for families in need. Last month, Cole released his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which he titled after the house he settled in after a long period of moving from place to place with his single mom. In an interview Tuesday for the Combat Jack Show podcast, Cole said that very home was where he grew into an artist, and became the producer he is today. The rapper, who bought the house last year, explained that having a home base was invaluable to him as a child, and that he hopes to pass that feeling of security on to other kids. "My goal is to have [the house] be a haven for families," he noted. "Every two years, a new family can come in and live rent-free." He went on to describe the type of prospective tenant he's hoping to help out: "The idea is it's a single mother with multiple kids -- she's coming from a place where all her kids are sharing rooms," he said. "I want her kids to feel how I felt when I got to [my] house. Like yo, this is dope, man!" While Cole has not specified a date or definite plans for the charity, which he terms a "detailed" and "fragile" situation, he did urge fans to help him out with one request: Please stop going by 2014 Forest Hills Drive and taking pictures on the roof. (After all, someone may be living there soon!) Cole turns 30 years old on January 28, so be sure to comment and wish him a happy birthday! (Launch)