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Jerry Buss, real estate magnate and longtime owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, died Monday of an undisclosed form of cancer, his spokesman Bob Steiner said. Buss, 80, was a patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His health had declined rapidly in recent weeks.
After building a real estate empire in the 1960s and ’70s, Buss bought the Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings NHL franchise, the Inglewood Forum in which the teams played, and a California ranch from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 for $67.5 million. The Lakers alone were recently valued at $1 billion.
Under Buss, who brought the marketing concept of ‘Showtime’ to the Los Angeles team in the 1980s, the Lakers won 10 championships in 30-plus years. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were among the greats that played for the NBA franchise during Buss’s ownership. Former Lakers player Jerry West, grew to be one of the NBA’s most successful general managers while working for Buss, while Pat Riley and Phil Jackson became known among the NBA’s best head coaches.
A child of the Great Depression, Buss showed an uncanny ability to turn Lakers’ games into something more than an athletic event. Pricey courtside seats consistently were full of celebrity fans like Jack Nicholson and Dyan Cannon, who watched the best basketball players in the world win game-after-game and the Lakers Girls dance team entertain during breaks.
Buss is survived by daughters Jeanie and Janie and sons Jim and Johnny, all from his marriage to ex-wife JoAnn Mueller; sons Joey and Jesse, from a relationship with Karen Demel; and eight grandchildren.
The Oscars are less than a week away, and the list of presenters continues to grow. The show’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, announced a new slew of names today that we can look forward to seeing on Sunday; check out the full list after the break.
Hayek Pinault earned an Oscar nomination for her leading performance in ‘Frida.’ She will be seen next in ‘Grown Ups 2.’ (For which she will likely not receive a nomination.)
McCarthy earned a nomination for her performance in a supporting role in the 2011 hit film ‘Bridesmaids.’ She stars in the recently released film ‘Identity Thief’ and will be seen next in ‘The Heat.’
Neeson received an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Best Picture winner ‘Schindler’s List.’
Travolta has been nominated twice for Actor in a Leading Role for ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Pulp Fiction.’
Hayek Pinault, McCarthy, Neeson and Travolta join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
Watch the stars shine on Sunday, February 24th.Source: ScreenCrush
Seems our neighbors to the north were just trying to throw a hoedown with blonde serial-dater Taylor Swift when she up and stole all their money after the epic event was canceled due to poor planning.
Bad T-Swizzle! BAD! You go to your room and think about what you’ve done.
Swift was hired to headline the huge Capitol Hoedown country concert in Ottawa in August 2012, and paid a whopping $2.5 million to do so. But when they event was nixed, she still held on to her massive paycheck.
The event coordinators, who had to return $1.8 million in ticket sales, are now suing Taylor, but one of her reps says she never made a deal with the ticket company and has yet to see the lawsuit. Which means she has yet to return the money she got for doing absolutely nothing.
Oh, Canada … a land where Nerf guns are weapons, hoedowns that never happen produce massive paydays that do, and the people who get screwed are far too polite to use the adult language us crass Americans would to express how we feel about it.Source: StarCrush
Adam Lambert teased us with a cover of Rihanna‘s ballad ‘Stay’ last week, hinting that it was a sign of things to come. Well now we know he meant that he was practicing for a performance. In South Korea.
The singer personified perfection in his “We Are Glamily” concert in Seoul, South Korea on Feb.17, covering the song and putting RiRi to shame. Not that she needs much help with that lately.
It’s been a big few weeks for Lambert — back on Jan. 31, he received the We Are Family Unity Award in honor of his work with groups like The Trevor Project, Equality California and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
And of course when he turned 31 earlier this month, he got quite a gift: a lap dance from David Arquette.Source: StarCrush
Monkeys and apes—sometimes they look so much like us that it’s almost like we’re all somehow related.
Whether they’re throwing summer pool parties, stealing people’s things or, in this case, kissing stuff, it’s nice to see that primates have a good sense of fun. As long as they’re not flinging their poop at us, of course.
The Daily Distraction is your Internet break from reality. Whether you’re eating lunch at your desk or avoiding high school exes on Facebook, you might just laugh, say “aaahhh” or not believe what you just watched.Source: TheFW
Bruce Willis’ latest, “A Good Day to Die Hard”, squeaked past all comers to claim the box office crown this Presidents’ Day weekend.
The action flick took in $25 million in its debut weekend, beating out the comedy “Identity Thief”, which premiered in second place with $23.4 million, and another debut, “Safe Haven”, finished third with $21.4 million.
The top ten:
“Good Day to Die Hard,” $25 million
“Identity Thief,” $23.4 million
“Safe Haven,” $21.4 million
“Escape From Planet Earth,” $16 million
“Warm Bodies,” $9 million
“Beautiful Creatures,” $7.4 million
“Side Effects,” $6.3 million
“Silver Linings Playbook,” $6 million
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” $3.4 million
“Zero Dark Thirty,” $3.1 million
Just in case you missed it, “Saturday Night Live” featured a parody of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” featuring host Christoph Waltz (who also starred in “Django”) as a revenge-seeking Jesus, ready to kick some Roman ass.
Watch and tell us what you think.
Mindy McCready, a once-promising country singer who publicly struggled with substance abuse and other personal issues, was found dead Sunday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 37.
The Cleburne County (AR) Sheriff’s Office issued a news release saying McCready was found dead of a single self-inflicted wound on the front porch of a home in Heber Springs, AR.
An insider told E! News that neighbors heard gunshots at McCready’s home and called police. “She shot herself and the dog,” added the source.
McCready’s suicide occurs just over a month after the sudden death of her boyfriend, David Wilson, 34, on Jan. 13. Her children Zander, 6, and her son with with Wilson, 9-month-old Zayne, were taken by authorities after family members questioned her ablilty to take care of them.
McCready had attempted suicide twice before; once in 2005, and by slashing her wrists in 2008.
Her hits include “Guys Do it All the Time”, and “Ten Thousand Angels”.
Perhaps unintentionally, it looked as if there was a theme during last night’s ‘Saturday Night Live‘ (featuring Christoph Waltz as host). Important etiquette lessons crept into at least two sketches, both of which featured a woman whose behavior ruins a party.
Based on these two sketches, here are some party dos and don’ts:
DO try to fit in with the others.
DO ask questions. But not weird ones.
DO NOT interrupt a story.
DO NOT try to guess the end of a story. Allow the person to end it on their terms.
DO NOT stir up conversations about politics.
DO NOT flash your junk at people whom you’ve just met.
DO NOT bring your bedroom stories — especially when you’re the new person
You get the gist… hopefully. But to ensure that you never become “that person” at a party, you’d better check out the clips of “Tippy” and “Regine” included in this post. And whatever you do, never play the fool around an SNL cast member, or else you’re likely to see your bad behavior re-enacted in front of a national audience!Source: TheFW
Beyonce Shows Off Her Flawlessness and Her Daughter in 'Life Is But a Dream' + on 'Oprah's Next Chapter' [PHOTO, VIDEO]
Her TV (seriously, can we just call it BeyV?) takeover started with her big interview with the Big O, in which she touched upon her personal life — something she almost never discusses at all.
She started with motherhood, which she insisted, to quote ‘Jerry Maguire,’ completed her.
“It made everything make sense to me,” she gushed. “I couldn’t imagine my life if I didn’t have my daughter.” What’s Blue Ivy like? “Hilarious” and “fire” are two words Bey used to describe her and Jay-Z‘s little lady.
“Lord, I’ma have me a time!” she cried. Still, she wants another messiah to join Blue. “I definitely want another child,” Beyonce revealed. (Maybe this one will be named Red Vines. Like the candy.) “Maybe after this next tour, I’ll have another baby.”
As for her baby’s daddy and hubby, Beyonce, who’s notoriously quiet about Jay-Z, clearly loves her man. “We were friends for a year-and-a-half before we went on any date. To have someone you just like is important,” she said. “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man,” she said. “[He] just gives me such a foundation.”
God, why are they so cute?
Now onto her documentary, which begins with her daddy issues. (Those may explain her opening scenes in her ‘Suga Mama’ video.)
“I am feeling empty because of my relationship with my dad and I am so fragile at this point. I feel like my soul has been tarnished,” she laments. And she still manages to make you envy her while she’s talking about how sad she is, because she’s not wearing a stitch of makeup and still manages to look completely stunning. (Life isn’t fair.)
“At some point, you need your support system,” she explained of her decision to split professionally from her pops, Mathew Knowles. “I needed boundaries and my dad needed boundaries. It’s easy to get confused with this world that’s your job that you live and breathe every day, all day, and you don’t know when to turn it off. You need a break. I needed a break. I needed my dad … it was hard,” she said. “I had to sacrifice my relationship with my dad. But I had to let go.”
She talks about her miscarriage, which is a big reason she kept her pregnancy with Blue Ivy a secret for as long as she could — and adds an extra layer of douchebaggery to everyone who spread rumors about Bey never really being pregnant in the first place. She even plays a track she recorded about the trauma, in which she sings, a capella, “You took the life right outta me.”
We’ll wait while you grab your tissues.
Other highlights? Beyonce and Jay-Z crooning Coldplay‘s ‘Yellow’ to one another, which is adorable but evokes memories of WASP queen Gwyneth Paltrow dancing like a drunken aunt to Hov’s songs, and a special appearance by none other than Blue Ivy, who’s a perfect combination of her mom and pops.
Because of course she’s perfect. She’s a product of Beyonce.
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Watch Beyonce’s HBO Documentary ‘Life Is But a Dream’ TrailerSource: StarCrush
Rapper Drake was turned away by security at the Playhouse in Hollywood Wednesday night, apparently to avoid any possible incidents between the rapper and Chris Brown, who was already inside the club.TMZ reports that Brown was in the nightclub celebrating the launch of the Popular Demand clothing line. Drake showed up at around midnight, and club security knew that Rihanna would be joining him later, so they told him he might want to take the party somewhere else.
You may remember that Drake’s and Brown’s entourages got into a brawl last summer at the nightclub W.i. P. that nearly wrecked the place.
Drake left the club without incident.
The IRS claims that Snoop Dogg (Lion) owes more than $546 thousand in back taxes.
According to TMZ, Snoop is facing a federal lien from Uncle Sam, claiming he owes $546, 270.29 in unpaid tax bills for 2009 and 2011.
Snoop’s tangled with the IRS before; reportedly owing $476 thousand in back taxes in 2008, but was paid off when it was brought to his attention.
No comment so far from Snoop’s peeps.
I generally think of Vin Diesel as a manly man. You know, tough and stuff. Like he is in the Fast and the Furious. He’s bad ass on the level of Chuck Norris… Until now! Yep, he lost his man card singing Valentine’s Day karaoke. Personally, I think it’s kinda sweet:) The falsetto is pushing it though…
Can You Sing And Act? Love Community Theatre? Audition Information For Les Miserables In Shreveport!
This summer the Emmet Hook Center at First United Methodist Church Shreveport is going to put on the musical “Les Miserables” … yeah the same one that was just in movies. Do you have the voice of an angel? Can you act? Would you like to be directed by an AMAZING director? Here’s the details on the audition.FUMC
Holly and I were REALLY looking forward to doing this musical, however we’re going to be getting married right as the show is about to open aka crunch time in the theater world. So we’re not going to be able to take part. I’m serious about what I said about the director Richard, I learn so much from that guy.
Break a leg, good show and all that!
The Harlem Shake is creating a dance wave across the Ark-La-Tex. The latest group to jump aboard is Centenary College of Louisiana‘s very own baseball team. Several squad members were caught on the field dancing to the Internet craze. Check out their moves!
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Today (Feb. 15), a meteorite crashed into Russia. Several Russians caught the unbelievable scene on camera, but the real wonder comes from the Internet’s quick and predictable response to the cosmic event: it created meteorite memes. Here are some of our favorites.
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We’re at an interesting crossroads for the new wave of young adult literature being adapted for the big screen. Sure, films like ‘Twilight‘ or ‘The Hunger Games‘ have shown that there is a sizable audience for these films, but yesterday’s poor opening day showing of ‘Beautiful Creatures‘ suggests that it takes more than just a series of modestly popular books to net a big screen audience. Perhaps author Stephenie Meyer will be enough to get people into the adaptation of her book ‘The Host‘ and here’s a new featurette with the author talking about the film.
The film looks familiar in that there’s a post-apocalyptic setting, and a love story about a young man (Max Irons) and woman (Saoirse Ronan) who were deeply in love and then separated, but the twist is that she’s been possessed by an alien spirit, yet part of the old person remains. That’s not a bad idea all things considered, but it’s likely to get the Romeo and Juliet treatment here.
The film comes out March 29, and then we’ll be getting ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones‘ in August. There are a number of the sorts of films in the works, but we also saw similar off-brand product hit after ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ first showed up, so who’s to say if any of it will click with audiences. Here’s that featurette:Source: ScreenCrush
The Harlem Shake has taken the Internet by storm. We’ve seen firefighters do it. We’ve seen the University of Georgia men’s swim team do it underwater. Heck, even the KSLA 12 news team did it. So, without further ado, we present Shreveport, Louisiana’s take on the amazing video trend.
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Apparently this is too controversial to air during the Academy Awards… but not during Jimmy Kimmel. Get more on Joaquin Phoenix’s PETA commercial here!