Monday, August 29, 2011

Chris Brown Performs 'Yeah 3x/protect Ya ...

Chris Brown's performance focused as much on dancing as singing, as the R&B singer bounded around various stages suspended by wires while paying homage to some hip-hop and rock classics.

Dressed in a crisp, white suit, Brown opened the performance in silhouette on a rotating stage before showing off impressive dance moves. After a bevy of female dancers accompanied the singer, Brown paid homage to two legendary groups. First, Brown started with a high-energy "Yeah 3X" before he took it back to the mid-90s with a Wu-Tang Clan tribute, utilizing snippets from the group's classic tracks "Protect Ya Neck" and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing to F--- Wit" to dance with hoodie-clad dancers. As backup dancers jumped around on trampolines, Brown then paid tribute to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" before breaking into his own track "Beautiful People."

As the song began, Brown, attached by two wires, flew around from stage to stage, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon style. The last person to do that at the VMAs was Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno, and we all know how that turned out. But Brown kept it classy, bounding around stages and showing off the famous choreography that helped make him a ubiquitous star.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sara Gilbert Isn't The First: Five Other Lesbian ...

Sara Gilbert, you're not alone.

Couples break up all the time—gay and straight. So Sara, if you're feeling blue about you and your partner, television producer and writer Alison Adler, calling it quits after nine years and two children together, just know it'll be OK.

You're certainly not the first lesbian power couple to call it quits in Tinseltown.

So with that, we give you E! Online's top five lesbian breakups in Hollywood. Remember, for every Anne Heche in the world, there's also a Portia de Rossi:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Don King At 80: A Wild Ride

It's a weird bit of coincidence that three of boxing's biggest power brokers over the last four decades were all born mere months apart in 1931.

It is unquestionable that the influence of World Boxing Council boss Jose Sulaiman and promoter Bob Arum remain undiminished as of this writing.

Don King, who turns 80 on Saturday, is no longer the towering figure he once was. While he has a decent stable of fighters, the most charitable view would see him as the fourth most powerful promotional entity in the sport, and possibly no higher than sixth.

It was telling that immediately after King's Joseph Abgeko was shafted last week by some of the most biased officiating seen in a major fight in years, it was left to the promoter's rep, Alan Hooper, to lobby from the fight site in Las Vegas. King was at his Florida home, unable to make the trip due to a bad back.

King used to own Las Vegas, and he controlled most of the fighters in the heavyweight division from the mid-1970s to just a few years ago. Lennox Lewis made a dent in that grip, but it was the shifting of the power base in the division to Europe and the Klitschko brothers that ended the fiefdom.

Outrageous, entertaining, contemptuous, overbearing, creative, criminal, a workaholic, Machiavellian, loquacious, blatant, shameless, shameful ... King hogs more adjectives than most public figures.

King's ability to hustle and convince two of the biggest sports stars, as well as representatives from an impoverished African nation, to come together for the Ali-Foreman fight is one of the legendary feats in sports promotion; and in the King vernacular, done using OPM — Other People's Money.

In 1986, he introduced a heavyweight unification tournament for the division he helped divide. He was clearly thinking six moves ahead, as it just so happened to come into fruition as Mike Tyson was coming into view as the next big thing.

A decade later, he helped convince about a million suckers to order Tyson's out-of-prison farce against Peter McNeeley.

As you'll see from the timeline below, though, King's accomplishments are fairly front loaded in his career.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kelly Preston: Scientology Saved Her - 'Don't ...

Actress Kelly Preston, wife to John Travolta and mother to children Ella, Ben and the late Jett, who passed away of a seizure two and a half years ago, opens up to Health magazine about her life since Jett's passing and the birth of Ben when she was 48 years old.

As to motherhood, Preston says, "I love being a mom. I'd keep having babies ... When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I'd snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful ... It's pretty amazing having a child at this age."

When asked how she coped with the emotional roller coaster she's been on in the last two and a half years, Preston says, "Johnny is definitely my rock. Kirstie [Alley] is one of my absolute best friends. My mom, my brother. And to be honest, the Scientology center. I don't know if I would have made it through without it."

She also says of Hollywood moms who get back into shape so quickly after having a baby, "In Hollywood everybody loses the weight in about three or six weeks; it's kind of insane. And I mean, if you have that type of body, then, all the power to you, it's amazing that you can do that if it's still healthy."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shark Attack: British Honeymooner Killed

A hunt has been launched for a rogue shark after a British man was killed in an attack while on honeymoon in the Seychelles.

The Foreign Office confirmed the death of Ian Martin Redmond, from Lancashire, on the islands.

The 30-year-old was believed to have been attacked by a 6ft shark as he swam off Anse Lazio beach, on the island of Paslin.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed the death of Mr Redmond and said: "We are providing consular assistance to the next of kin."

A local restaurateur told Sky News: "I heard an ambulance was coming to the beach and I went around and saw somebody on the floor and I asked a policeman and he said it was a shark attack."

The location is regularly voted as one of the best beaches in the world but it was the second fatal shark attack, after a 36-year-old French tourist was killed there on August 2.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ATLANTA — Carlos Zambrano has left the building.

Whether he returns — and whether he ever pitches in a Cubs uniform again — was a matter of anger, dismay and conjecture after the enigmatic pitcher packed up his belongings in the visiting clubhouse during Friday night’s game and left Turner Field.

By the time the media were ­allowed into the clubhouse, not even the nameplate above his locker remained, and Zambrano was said to have told clubhouse personnel he intends to retire.

‘‘He walked out on 24 guys that are battling their ass off for him,’’ Cubs manager Mike Quade said after the 10-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves that included five home runs off Zambrano and his ejection.

‘‘I don’t know where he’s gone or what he’s doing. I heard he’s talking about retiring. I can’t have a guy walking out on 24 guys, that’s for damn sure.’’

Quade had not had a chance to talk to general manager Jim Hendry by the time he addressed the media.

Hendry, who was not with the team, said late Friday night that he had not talked to Zambrano.

‘‘We will respect his wishes and honor them,’’ Hendry said, ‘‘and move forward.’’

Zambrano’s agent, Barry Praver, didn’t return any messages Friday night.

Zambrano, who has another year at $18 million left on his contract and a no-trade clause he has suggested he might waive, drew no interest from contending teams leading up to last month’s non-waiver trade deadline, according to sources.

Monday, August 15, 2011

President Barack Obama set to tour Midwest states

President Barack Obama said of the economy Saturday: "We didn't get into this mess overnight, and it's going to take time to get out of it." The president spoke on the radio and via the Web. He also attacked Republicans, saying, "Some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win." / CARLOS OSORIO/Associated Press.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mick Jagger sings in Sanskrit

Jagger sings in Sanskrit in "Satyameva Jayate", the second single on a new album of rock supergroup SuperHeavy. SuperHeavy consists of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, and A. R. Rahman.

Composed by Rahman, it is reportedly four minutes and seven seconds long. "Miracle Worker" was the group’s first single.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcoming Jagger and his group for experimenting in Sanskrit, urged other popular singers/groups like Madonna, U2, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Elton John, etc., to record in Sanskrit.

Sanskrit was a storehouse of wisdom which needed to be explored further by popular culture in order to bring spirituality into the life of consumerist society full of distractions, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued.

"Satyameva Jayate" (commonly translated as "Truth alone triumphs") is part of a mantra from ancient Hindu scripture Mundaka Upanishad. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about a billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

LeBron James SVSM Hall of Fame Induction Video

LeBron James and his St. Vincent St. Mary teammates Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, and Romeo Travis were honored by St. Vincent St. Mary. They were inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. Their group won three state titles and a mythical national championship as seniors. LeBron James said, " You can never get those high school days back ." He talked of the bond the young men ...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Swedish Queen's Grandfather Was a Nazi, But Might Have Been a Good One

An Ainvestigation launched by Sweden’s Queen Silvia into alleged ties between her grandfather and the Nazis show evidence that not only was he not an active Nazi, but he may have even helped a Jewish friend escape from Germany. But some Holocaust survivor groups are not buying it.

"I wasn't afraid of what I would find when I started searching in the archives. I knew there was no reason to worry," German-born Queen Silvia said.

However, Elan Steinberg, vice president of The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants on Tuesday said the report's findings were "self-serving" and lacked credibility.

"The report was not an independent inquiry - it was commissioned by the queen with the participation of her cousin, a Brazilian lawyer. Such a probe can only raise suspicions of a whitewash," Steinberg said on the group's website.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[Kendall Jenner set up by Justin Bieber; ‘Bewitched’ remake reportedly coming to CBS] Kendall Jenner set up by Justin Bieber; ‘Bewitched’ remake reportedly coming to CBS

Kendall Jenner, member of the Kardashian dynasty, was publicly forced into going out with some dude by perfume mogul Justin Bieber. “Hey [Kendall Jenner] you should let my boy [Julian Swirsky] take you on a date ;),” the sly devil tweeted, trying to help out his 16-year-old “producer” friend. But two can play at this game, Biebs.

“Only if you & [Selena Gomez] join! :) #DoubleDate,” Jenner tweeted back. Yes, the 15-year-old took a date with some unknown and turned it into an outing with two tween celebs. But who’s surprised? She learned about publicity stunts from the best. (@JustinBieber, @KendallJenner.)

A revamped “Bewitched” may be coming to CBS. Sure, why not? It will fit in just fine with the new versions of “Hawaii Five-O,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Smurfs,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Footloose” and a ton of other formerly great shows and films. Down with new ideas!