Friday, January 31, 2014

Helen Mirren twerks for the audience during Hasty Pudding award ceremony

Helen Mirren, the sexiest 68-year-old woman in the world, showed off her twerking talents on Thursday as she accepted a Hasty Pudding award, MSN reported on Friday.

Mirren was being honored as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University. Asked to twerk, the Academy Award winner tried to get out of it, saying:
I refuse to do it. I'm gonna find another way around it!
Mirren tried to sign the word "twerk" during Thursday's roast ceremony, then decided to channel Miley Cyrus, let slip a curse word, and yes, twerked.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the United States' oldest undergraduate drama society. Its man and woman of the year awards are given annually and are described by Wikipedia as follows:
The society is notable for their annual selection of famous entertainers as Woman of the Year (since 1951) and Man of the Year (since 1967). These awards are usually treated with great seriousness by the honorees, who always attend the awards ceremony, and are treated to a celebratory "roast," and a parade.
Last year's winners were Marion Cotillard and Kiefer Sutherland.

Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will be honored as man of the year on Feb. 7.

Sources explain events in Justin Bieber's Toronto assault case

Low volume triggered Justin Bieber's alleged late December attack on a limousine driver, a Friday report in TMZ asserted.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Bieber was in the back seat of the limo -- riding along in Toronto, on Dec. 30, 2013 -- when he decided he wanted the driver to pump up the jam. The driver did turn up the volume, but apparently not enough for Bieber.

An argument took place and it escalated into the physical when Bieber reached out his arm to turn up the radio himself, and the driver slapped his hand away. What then happened might make sense to those who real an earlier report which said that Selena Gomez has been pushing Bieber to take anger management classes.

A source said that Bieber then began shouting profanities, and then hit him several times in the back of the head. This jives with the police statement in the matter, which said that "in the course of the altercation, a man struck the limousine driver on the back of the head several times."

Bieber's U.S. lawyer, who does not represent him in Canada, Howard Weitzman, said his client is "innocent," and that, at any rate, authorities would treat the matter as a summary case, which amounts to a misdemeanor in the U.S.

A source connected with Bieber insisted it was one of the pop superstar's friends, who was also in the limo, who hit the driver. The question is, is this an example of someone protecting the star, or the truth? The source did not reveal the identity of the friend.

Bieber has been scheduled for a March 10 court hearing in the Toronto matter, and a Valentine's Day hearing in his Florida case.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Twitter erupts over photoshopped 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' poster showing Scarlett Johannson as 'Black Widow'

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens on March 26, which means Marvel had better start promoting the heck out of film, right? Twitter, though, cried foul on Thursday, as with a body like Scarlett Johansson's though, is it really necessary for Marvel to photoshop her poster so obviously?

After Marvel unveiled her poster (above), there were plenty of laudatory comments about Johannson. There were also plenty of negative comments about the amount of photoshopping involved. Although they didn't overenhance her topline as much as Barbie, they certainly underenhanced her waistline.

Laurel May ‏@morethanbookish: But that Black Widow poster for The Winter Soldier... WHY would you photoshop Scarlett Johansson's body like that though?

Cath ‏@Caffin9: Scarlett Johansson looks ridiculously photoshop-ed in the Captain America poster. This makes me really angry >:(

Sheri L. Thompson ‏@COtraveler: Another disappointing extreme Photoshop job, @marvel

Shades of Limelight @CertainshadesL: Seriously though. Scarlett Johansson is already curvy. There is zero need to photoshop more curves. None.

Rebecca P ‏@Farscapegeek Shame on the people at @Marvel and @CaptainAmerica that felt you had to photoshop #ScarlettJohansson until she is barely recognizable. #fail

Rebecca Johnson ‏@Missus_Johnson The Black Widow poster for Captain America is odd....why on earth would you photoshop Scarlett Johansson?!

Hannah @hannoir_ you know there is no helping the world when even Scarlett-Joh's already little waist is shopped to an impossible width in the Cap posters.

The Twitter uprising came on a day with far more newsworthy Scarlett Johansson news. The actress stepped down from her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador. The international humanitarian organization said her role as a SodaStream spokesperson was incompatible with their goals.

Oxfam said Thursday that it believes SodaStream and other businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank contribute to the "denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support."

Oxfam first expressed concern about Johansson’s role with SodaStream last week.

Excessive pot smoking costs Justin Bieber $5K from his Fla. mansion rental security deposit

Justin Bieber's toxicology report came in on Thursday, and evidence of marijuana use was uncovered. That might explain the damage done to the rented Miami mansion he used during his stay in Florida; TMZ reported (also on Thursday) it was so permeated with pot smoke that the pop singer was charged $5,000 to clear the smell out.

Sources close to those charged with cleaning the mansion clued the celebrity site into the details. Bieber rented the five-bedroom home for seven days through a website called, and -- as you might expect -- not just he but his BFFs smoked a ton of week in the house.

While Bieber paid $4,200 a night for the house, from Jan. 18 to 25, he also put down a security deposit of $20,000. He received only $15,000 of that deposit back, as the cleaners estimate it will cost around $5,000 to make the house rentable again.

Looking at's website, it seems they rent more than just accomodations; they also rent luxury cars. The about section of the site says:
Carefree Lifestyle is a FULL luxury concierge company that provides vacationers with a unique, unmatched travel experience. Carefree Lifestyle was created for clients interested in enjoying first class vacation luxuries at a reasonable price.
Wait, why would Justin care about the cost being reasonable -- or not?

Bieber toxicology report shows evidence of Xanax and pot use prior to Fla. arrest

Well, well, well. Although it's now known that Justin Bieber certainly wasn't alcohol intoxicated at the time of his Florida arrest -- his BAC was a miniscule 0.014 -- the toxicology results came in on Thursday, per TMZ, and it seems he was DUI, just not UI of alcohol.

The toxicology report can be viewed here, in PDF form.

Bieber's urine was tested right after his arrest for DUI, drag racing, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license on Jan. 23. Unlike the breathalyzer results, this report seems damning.

According to the report, Bieber's urine was showed traces of THC and Alprazolam in his system. For those unaware, the THC would come from marijuana; the Alprazolam could possibly come from Xanax (a prescription anti-anxiety medication), as it is a key ingredient of that drug.

The presence of Xanax is consistent with the police report; in it, authorities say that Bieber told them his mother had provided him with prescription anti-anxiety medication.

In terms of the ganja, Bieber also 'fessed up to smoking pot in his recording studio all night long.

Bieber has an arraignment hearing scheduled for Feb. 14.

Justin Bieber surrenders to Toronto police, charged with assault

Were Justin Bieber to be deported from the U.S., as a "We The People" petition asks, he would return to Canada only to face charges there. MSN has reported that the pop superstar turned himself into authorities on Wednesday on a charge of assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head in December.

The events unfolded just hours after his attorney entered a not guilty plea -- in Florida -- to DUI, drag racing, and other charges. Bieber turned himself in at a Toronto police station, one which found itself inundated by his adoring fans.

On Wednesday, the Toronto police department released the following statement, describing the late December incident and Bieber's surrender:
On Monday, December 30, 2013 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a limousine picked up a group of six people outside a nightclub in the Peter Street and Adelaide Street West area. While driving the group to a hotel, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine. In the course of the altercation, a man struck the limousine driver on the back of the head several times.

[At this point, police said, the driver stopped the limousine, exited the vehicle and called police.]

The man who struck him left the scene before police arrived. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, Justin Bieber, 19, of Calabasas, Calif., surrendered to police at 52 Division. He is facing the following charge: assault.
Bieber's U.S. lawyer, Howard Weitzman, said he expects the charge to be treated as a summary charge, which is equivalent to a misdemeanor in the U.S.

Brian Greenspan, Bieber's Canadian attorney, was not available for comment.

After spending 90 minutes in the police station, Bieber exited via a back way to avoid the mob that had greeted him upon his arrival. He posted the above image to Instagram, with the comment "#confident."

He could be referring to the case, or he could be advertising his recent video by the same name.

The singer is scheduled to appear in court at on Monday, March 10, 2014, on this charge. The Florida charge has a Feb. 14 arraignment date.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

'Deport Justin Bieber' petition reaches 100K threshold requiring White House response

More than 100,000 people want to see Justin Bieber deported -- he's Canadian, don't you know -- and with that, the White House must respond, because as of Wednesday a "We the People" petition reached the magic 100K mark.

"We the People" is the website that the Obama Administration created for the public to raise issues -- and petitions -- on. Once a petition reached 100,000 signatures (and it must do so within 30 days), the White House must make an official response. Notably, the petition had until Feb. 22 to make that mark, so it is obvious there is much backing behind it.

The petition, reads:
Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.

We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people, but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.
To be clear, though, none of the alleged crimes that Justin Bieber has or has not committed would lead to deportation, under normal circumstances. This, therefore, is a statement petition, at best.

There is a competing "Don't deport Justin" petition circulating on the same site. Whether through lack of publicity or lack of interest, the petition is having trouble reaching 100,000 signatures. It has 1,515 signatures as of 10:30 a.m. PST Wednesday, and that leaves 98,485 signatures still needed by Feb. 24.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Justin Bieber mulling exit from his Calabasas community

Justin Bieber's neighbors in the Calabasas community that he currently calls homes may be dancing a jig right about now. According to a Tuesday report in TMZ, Bieber is "outta there."

TMZ's statements on Bieber's opinion of the matter are a little convoluted, though. According to the gossip site, "We're told the egging incident and the Sheriff's raid on Bieber's home were the final straw." Wait, so Bieber's own egging of his neighbor -- the same one that he allegedly spit on last year, mind you -- was part of the final straw? That is hard to understand since Bieber has free will and he wasn't forced to egg his neighbor's house.

The sheriff's raid, a result of that egging, can be seen as a direct consequence of Bieber's own actions, too.

At any rate, Bieber is reportedly openly discussing listing his house and getting out of dodge.

His timing could not be better. After all, such a move would relieve Kourtney Kardashian of being subjected to his antics. She just bought Keyshawn Johnson's nearby estate, and as you may recall, Johnson has had multiple run-ins with Bieber, his friends, and his bodyguards at The Oaks gated community. Johnson has said that the sale has nothing to do with Bieber.

Among the stories involving Justin and The Oaks:
  • Bieber allegedly raced through the community at 100 MPH.
  • The alleged spitting incident, which occurred when his neighbor confronted Bieber about the above incident.
  • Tyler the Creator said it was him, not Bieber, who drove at that breakneck pace.
  • BFFs Lil Za and Lil Twist caught racing through the community.
  • The egg pelting

Kanye West reaches settlement with alleged Beverly HIlls beating victim

Money talks. The Kanye West / "unnamed victim in a chiropractor's office" case has been settled, TMZ reported on Tuesday.

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As we reported earlier, in mid-January Kim Kardashian was at a Beverly Hills medical building -- apparently for a meeting about furniture for her new home when she was -- as is typical -- assailed by paparazzi. The victim apparently tried to help her get into the building. That was all well and good, but he raised her hackles when he shouted "F**k these f****t-ass n****rs"" (to the paparazzi).

Kardashian then admonished him, at which point he said, "F**k you bitch. Just trying to help you. Shut up n****r lover, stupid slut."

She then dialed her personal 911, Kanye West and reported the matter. The man -- after realizing she was talking to West -- allegedly shouted "F**k you n****r." Kanye had just arrived at the building, and after meeting with Kardashian, found the man in a nearby chiropractor's office. That is where Kanye "punched the guy."

It was, therefore, a good thing the man was visiting the chiropractor, as he could get some adjustments, right away.

Now, just a couple of weeks later, the two sides have apparently settled their dispute, monetarily. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the district attorney has not decided whether or not to charge West with battery. As the celebrity news website said, though, since the victim, having been paid off, no longer has an interest in pursuing the matter, there is very little chance a charge will be made.

While the settlement seems large, at more than $250,000, it's actually a lot smaller than the negotiations reached. Reportedly, the victim attempted to get a settlement in the high six figure range.

Justin Bieber drag racing, DUI case continues to unravel

The Justin Bieber drag racing / speeding / DUI / resisting arrest case is seeing further developments leaked, and those who might want to see the Biebs get some incarceration time in the hopes it will straighten him out should probably lessen their expectations. Per an early Tuesday morning TMZ report, the case continues to fall apart.

It's already been reported that -- unlike the earliest reports -- Justin Bieber's BAC was a miniscule 0.014. While that seems to confirm what Bieber said, that he had a beer -- and he is underage -- that's too low to be DUI. Meanwhile, the police report said an officer "smelled an odor of alcohol" on him ... ?

Meanwhile, Khalil, who was the driving the red Ferrari which was supposedly racing Bieber's yellow Lamborghini last week, the data from his breathalyzer test showed 0.00. Sources close to the rapper say he doesn't drink at all.

The drag racing portion of the case seems to have been destroyed by GPS data and video.

On the other hand, officers do say that both Bieber and Khalil failed field sobriety tests. That could mean they were high on something other than alcohol. If true, that could confirm the report's statements, but urinalysis results are still pending.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Search of Justin Bieber's home turns up no 'egging evidence': Source

Justin Bieber might skate in his egg-throwing case -- when they executed a search warrant earlier this month, authorities came up with bupkis, souces told TMZ on Monday.

The Sheriff's department had been looking for surveillance footage -- from Bieber's cameras -- that might have incriminated him. They did not find any.

Alternatively, they had hoped that a search for text messages would show a few from Bieber bragging about his egging. Again, they did not find any evidence that Bieber "brag texted."

The Sheriff's department will send the case over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for review this week. Without additional evidence, the case rests on the eyewitness accounts of Bieber's neighbor and his 13-year-old daughter, as well as the neighbor's video.

However, in the video, you cannot see Bieber. You can hear a voice that sounds remarkably like him, but whether or not the D.A. will believe that is strong enough evidence remains to be seen.

The D.A. decided to drop the case altogether. Or, he could charge Bieber with misdemeanor vandalism. It's possible, because of the amount of damage to the neighbor's house, that the D.A. could even go for felony vandalism.

The alleged egging took place weeks ago, long before Justin's latest legal FUBAR: his arrest over drag racing, driving without a valid license, resisting arrest, etc.

Not proactive enough with Proactiv? Co-founder responds to Justin Bieber mugshot acne

Way back when, Justin Bieber used to advertise for Proactiv (video embedded). On Monday, a spokesperson for the company -- they make acne treatment products -- told TMZ that his mug shot was a plea for Proactiv help.

For those not in the know, Proactiv was created by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields in 1995, and is a three-part acne treatment kit that is sold on a subscription basis. Fields said that from the mugshot that has been widely distributed (shown) it is clear that Bieber has had a break out -- and she didn't mean out of jail. According to the expert, Bieber's break out is likely due to stress.

Agreeing somewhat with Fields' non-office diagnosis of Bieber's breakout, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetics and clinical research in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Hospital said
There are many environmental factors that can lead to breakouts, and those include emotional stress. Some of the hormones that increase during stressful periods can actually stimulate our oil glands to go into overdrive. And more oil means more food for the acne-causing bacteria on our skin.
Never a company to miss out on some free public relations, they are going to send him some Proactiv+ and X-Out to restore his face -- if not his public image -- to its earlier bloom. Fields wasn't too encouraging when TMZ asked if Bieber could get his Proactiv spokesperson gig back again.

Fields said the company looks for people who are in "the right state to help others and right now Justin needs to get himself healthy."

Friday, January 24, 2014

USOC defends Lolo Jones bobsled team selection

Lolo Jones is a big name -- though in track and field -- so considering that the U.S. isn't as prominent in the Winter Olympics as in the Summer Games, who can fault the USOC for trying -- if that is what they did -- to increase the exposure of their bobsled team by naming her to the team? Quite a few, apparently, and that prompted the USOC to defend its decision on Thursday night, CBS Sports reported.

Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele defended the decision.
We followed the procedure and I'll stand by that decision all day long. It was a really close call. The numbers were close. There's no question about it. That always makes it more difficult. The trending was going toward Lolo and she's a great athlete and at the end of the day that's who we think is a better brakeman for the Games.

I haven't heard anyone making the argument about Lolo not being a better athlete right now, a better brakeman for the team. I don't think I've come across that one time. I've heard a lot about history and all that's nice. But who's going to provide the best results for the U.S. team in Sochi? That's the bottom line. And I'll have that debate with anyone who wants to have it.
Steele said that he hasn't heard anyone argue about Jones, but he didn't speak to Katie Eberling, who Jones beat out for a spot on the team. She believes there was an agenda to get the big name on the team.
I feel this year there was a certain agenda. It's no fault of my teammates. There's been a lot of inconsistencies and that makes you wonder what's going on. It's not right.
Eberling will be in Sochi as an alternate.

Veteran brakeman Curt Tomasevicz was also against the Jones pick.
It's hard for me to name one or two athletes that would completely agree with that decision.
He added,
We're returning gold medalists and not getting much PR because all the bobsled attention is on Lolo. It brings a lot of attention to the sport which can be a good thing, but I'm not just sure who is benefiting from that attention.
Sportswriter Selena Roberts was very clear in her opinion: The decision was based on a need to replaced Lindsey Vonn, who is no longer going to the Games:
Now it's clear: This is the two-straw love affair that NBC needed after losing Lindsey Vonn. Lolo is the replacement star, the sex appeal sub for the injured ski queen, a hot storyline to ride down bobsled's serpentine track. NBC's convenience is another's conspiracy.
This isn't the first controversy for Jones in her bobsledding career. In June of last year she was criticized when she posted a Vine video mocking the stipend she received from the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

Jones may see this as her last chance at a gold medal. She failed twice to win at the Summer Games, including once when she was the favorite to win.

Three officers suspended after unapproved Justin Bieber police escort

Florida probably wishes Justin Bieber had stayed away this week, after publicity of his arrest on DUI and drag racing charges. One other niggling little FUBAR was what happened when the pop superstar arrived: An unapproved police escort that has resulted in officer suspensions, TMZ reported on Friday.

While three officers have already been suspending -- without pay -- the Opa-Locka Police Department is continuing its internal investigation into the matter. We earlier posted video of two police cruisers bracketing Justin Bieber's SUV and another car as they left the airport and headed for a strip club..

The three officers have been suspended, but with pay. The City Manager said he had no idea how the police escort was arranged.

Either way, the police chief has confirmed that the escort was unapproved.

#covered or #uncovered: Viewers can vote on Super Bowl XLVIII David Beckham ad

It's Super Bowl TV ad season, and voters will decide the content of at least one ad. As reported on Friday, depending on a vote, viewers will get to see retired soccer star David Beckham #covered or #uncovered.

The video (embedded) asking viewers to vote was originally posted to YouTube on Thursday.

The ad, scheduled to be aired during the Feb. 2 Super Bowl XLVIII, is for his David Beckham line of clothing for retailer H&M. The video is a preview of the ad, in which Beckham is accidentally locked out of a photo shoot -- on a rooftop -- wearing only his underwear.

With no way back in, Beckham is forced to improvise -- including ziplining. H&M says that he does all his own stunts in the ad, which will culminate in one of two ways -- either with Beckham clothed or unclothed, depending on the results of the vote.

Naturally, the ad will be appropriately censored for television.

Voting is slated to start on the H&M website,, on Monday, Jan. 27 and run through 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 1. Beckham himself will appear at the H&M store in Times Square on Feb. 1, the day prior.

On that day, fans can either try to get his autograph or vote on iPads with customized software.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Are Justin Bieber's parents facilitators and enablers?

Justin Bieber's parents are enablers and facilitators, TMZ reported in two separate stories on Thursday.

First, sources familiar with the situation said that father Jeremy Bieber, 38, was not only present when his pop superstar son was arrested on early Thursday morning, he was one of the people who helped block off the residential street so Justin Bieber could drag race.

Not only that, dad and son were bonding in the SET night club just prior to the arrest.  Jeremy was also

It's even worse ... Jeremy was in SET nightclub just before the arrest -- with Justin -- and was around him all day.  As we said earlier, Bieber said he had been smoking pot all day long.

In addition, law enforcement sources told TMZ that Bieber dished on what substances he had partaken of before his arrest. Bieber admitted to drinking, prescription medicine, and pot.

Where does the mom-enabling part come in? When asked about the prescription medication, Bieber said that he took anti-anxiety pills, such as Xanax, but he couldn't confirm the type. That's because he apparently just takes whatever his mother "gives him."

It's unclear if that means his mother just doles out drugs from Bieber's own legal prescriptions, or if it means that he is abusing his mother's prescriptions.

Bieber was booked and was assessed bail of $2,500. He's already paid that, and left jail to the cheers of still-adoring fans.

CCTV courtroom video contrasts defiant Justin Bieber with grinning mug shot

Justin Bieber appeared in court on Thursday, as a judge set bail in his drag racing / DUI / resisting arrest / driving on a suspended license case. Footage of the events were captured on CCTV (embedded via TMZ).

The video shows Bieber wearing typical jail garb, but with his sleeves rolled up. As TMZ said,
Check out how Bieber rolled up his jumpsuit sleeves. He let his arms do the talking because he said nothing ...
The appearance is a lot more defiant than his mug shot.  That (embedded above) shows a smiling, almost happy Bieber.

The judge apparently set bail at $2,500.  Bieber probably had that in his wallet.

Justin Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning, for drag racing, but had a number of other charges tacked on, including DUI. Reportedly, Bieber was measured at a mere .04. In most states, that is legal, but he is not 21 or older. Florida says that for underage drivers, a BAC above .02 is ground for an automatic license suspension.

Of course, Bieber didn't have a valid Florida license. He didn't have any valid license, as the license he had (a Georgia license, according to the police report) was expired.

Selena Gomez might want to pay a little attention here. Bieber wasn't alone in the yellow rented Lamborghini. His passenger was a model, Chantel Jeffries, who has dated multiple celebs including NFL superstar DeSean Jackson.

The full police report can be found here.

Justin Bieber arrested in Florida for DUI, drag racing

Finally, some might say. Justin Bieber has been arrested, accused of drag racing and DUI, the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted on Thursday.

The tweet went out only two hours or so ago at the time of this writing, so this is breaking news.

Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning. The Miami Beach Police Department has confirmed he was pulled over in a yellow Lamborghini for speeding and that he failed a field sobriety test. A red sports car was reportedly also involved, though details are still scarce. Based on the drag racing reports, it may have been the other car that Bieber was racing.

According to radio reports, Bieber had rented the Lamborghini. It's unclear if Bieber himself had made the rental, or if one of his entourage did, but 19 -- as Bieber is -- is underage for renting a car. Meanwhile, of course, 19 is underage for drinking, and as noted above, Bieber failed a field sobriety test.

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Miami Herald that Bieber was incoherent, had his hands in his pockets and resisted arrest "without violence." He also did not have a valid license, according to the report, which sort of makes sense.

In August of last year, it was reported that Bieber, despite moving to California, did not have a valid California driver's license.

Bieber admitted to officers that he was under the influence of anti-depressants and had been smoking marijuana all day. He also said that he had a beer prior to the incident. When he was pulled over by authorities, Bieber unleashed a slew of f-bombs, police said.

Showing his belief in what has been called by some "celebrity privilege," Bieber's entourage used two SUVs to block off the street at Pine Tree Drive and West 26th Street so Bieber and another driver could race.

This isn't the first Florida incident for Bieber this week. The singer has been in South Florida for the past few days police in Opa-Locka are investigating a police escort given to the pop superstar Monday night by two of the department's marked squad cars -- it was unapproved, the chief of police said.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Love won't keep them together The Captain and Tennille are divorcing

Toni Tennille apparently isn't singing about "The Way That I Want to Touch You" with regard to Daryl Dragon any longer. She and Dragon, better known as The Captain and Tennille, are divorcing, it was revealed by the official Captain and Tennille webpage on Wednesday.

Reportedly, it was Tennille who filed for divorce, on Jan. 16. According to TMZ, who spoke directly to Dragon, he is still reeling about the events. The pop legend was mystified.
I don't know why she filed. I gotta figure it out for myself first.
Discovered by the legendary Neil Sedaka at the legendary (but now-defunct) Smokehouse Restaurant in Encino, Calif., their first hit was ironically a cover of Sedaka's "Love Will Keep Us Together." The song debuted in 1975, and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart nine weeks afterward. It went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, with Toni Tennille paying homage to Sedaka in the recording when she overdubbed her own voice during the outro of the single, singing "Sedaka is back."

Other hits for the duo included "The Way I Want to Touch You" (U.S. No. 4), "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" (U.S. No. 3); "Shop Around" (U.S. No. 4); and "Muskrat Love" (U.S. No. 4). They hosted their own TV variety series on ABC in 1976–77.

The official Captain and Tennille website said:
The Captain and Tennille appeared to the public as them being the ideal model for a "rock-solid' married pair. But almost all people naturally evolve over time, & sometimes hidden feelings start to be uncovered when one may read, just a little more into (the popularized, substitute heading appearing just below), stating, for instance: "MUSIC HAS KEPT THEM TOGETHER."
In 2009, Tennille blogged that Dragon had been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

In 2011, she followed that up with the statement that "Daryl's health is excellent, but his tremor has made it difficult, if not impossible, for him to play anymore. This is a great loss for him, as you could imagine."

Tennille and Dragon married on Veteran's Day (November 11) in 1974, not Valentine's Day as is often erroneously reported. She is 73. He is 71.

MTV announces Jan. 29 'Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged' episode

Whether you like her off-stage (or even her on-stage) antics or not, Miley Cyrus has landed a gig that most would consider an honor. MTV announced late Monday (via Instagram) that the "Bangerz" singer would get her own "MTV Unplugged" appearance, on Jan. 29.

Amy Doyle, MTV's executive VP of music and talent programming strategy, said in a news release:
Miley’s vision for the performance is like nothing we’ve ever seen. I can say that this will easily be one of the most memorable 'Unplugged' performances to date.
Pressed for details, MTV said that the tease means that Miley's "Unplugged" episode will include special surprise guests and "intimate reinventions" of "Bangerz" tracks.

As Wikipedia notes:
The term Unplugged has come to refer to music that would usually be played on amplified instruments (such as an electric guitar or synthesizer) but is rendered instead on instruments that are not electronically amplified, for example acoustic guitar or traditional piano, although a microphone is still used.

The word became incorporated into the title of a popular MTV series that began in the 1989/1990 US TV season, MTV Unplugged, on which musicians performed acoustic or "unplugged" versions of their familiar electric repertoire. Many of these performances were subsequently released as albums, often featuring the title Unplugged.
MTV's 21st century take on the series, "Unplugged 2.0" series is shown less frequently than it was formerly. Debuting in November 1989, "Unplugged" featured artists such as 10,000 Maniacs, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Sinéad O'Connor, Alanis Morissette, and even KISS.

"Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged" is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Justin Bieber police escort draws scrutiny

Generally speaking, celebrities expect "special treatment," but when that treatment involves public services such as the police, approval is required. Monday night, when Justin Bieber arrived in Florida to visit both the Mansion night club and the King of Diamonds strip club, he received what appeared to be a police escort (video via TMZ), and that was not approved by the chief of police.

According to TMZ's report, after Bieber touched down, a fan posted a video (embedded), claiming it was Bieber and his entourage receiving an escort from the airport from two Opa-Locka, Fla., Police Department cruisers. In the video, a police cruiser can be seen first, then an SUV, then a sedan, and finally another police cruiser.

When contacted about the police escort, TMZ was told "usage of the (police) vehicles was unauthorized by the Chief." In addition, the spokesperson said that an investigation into the matter would be undertaken.

Bieber's main purpose for the Florida trip, it would appear, was to go to the King of Diamonds to attend Lil Scrappy's birthday party. He reportedly plunked down $75,000 in ones at the famous strip club.

Justin Bieber plunks down $75K at Miami strip club

If you wonder just how rich Justin Bieber is, consider that he spent $75,000 in just one night -- Monday night -- as reported by TMZ. Whether or not you think he blew the money or used it well depends on your opinion of how he spent it: He gave strippers in the well-known King of Diamonds club 75,000 one dollar bills (not all at once, mind you).

The visit to King of Diamonds followed an excursion to the Mansion nightclub.

It wasn't just any old visit to King of Diamonds though. He reportedly went there to attend Lil Scrappy's birthday party (Instagram photo above). They were also celebrating Martin Luther King Day (go figure).

King of Diamonds wasn't making a secret of Bieber's visit. In fact, they advertised it, in obvious hopes that fans would show up, too. A tweet on the KOD Twitter feed said:
Justin Bieber is at "@KOD_miami strip club in Miami and just ordered 75K in dollar bills.
One has to wonder if Bieber was giving out the funds himself or if his entourage was (Nah, in this case, we're sure that Bieber wanted to "get his hands dirty." It wasn't as though he was trying to take a camera from a paparazzo).

The first video embedded below shows what is supposed to be Bieber at KOD, but it's so dark that it is hard to tell for sure.

The second shows action at KOD on Monday night, while the final one shows Bieber at Mansion.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Phamaceutical company displeased with free PR over Justin Bieber sizzurp use

On Sunday, TMZ revealed the "type" of sizzurp that it previously said Justin Bieber has been "guzzling." It was, the site said, the Rolls-Royce of sizzurp (AKA "lean"), and on Tuesday, the company involved said it wasn't down with the free publicity (also via TMZ).

As part of his sizzurp intake, Bieber reportedly likes Actavis prometh with codeine cough syrup. This is high quality stuff, folks in the lean community say. The concoction, also known as purple drank, contains codeine -- in doses much higher than medically recommended -- and promethazine.

Typically the mixture includes ingredients such as Sprite or Mountain Dew and sometimes a Jolly Rancher candy for extra sweetness.

A rep for Actavis said that the company "does not condone its use for any indications outside of this (it's medically stated) purpose." Actavis prometh with codeine cough syrup -- as you would expect -- used for temporary relief of coughs and upper respiratory symptoms associated with allergies and common colds.

While sizzurp is atop the list of the drinks the Bieber is imbibing (pun intended), reports say that Bieber is also abusing a lot of prescription medication, including Xanax, but also the more expected alcohol and ganja.

Reports further state that people in his camp are trying to get him into rehab.

Justin Bieber stakes 'pee-based claim' on part of Colorado

Justin Bieber marked his territory on Sunday, and we don't mean Selena Gomez, either. According to Perez Hilton, on Sunday, while in Colorado, Bieber decided to lay claim to part of the Centennial State.

We already know that Bieber considers himself "too good" to pee in a public restroom, at least if a mop bucket is around. Reportedly, he's too good for a public restroom if there is a snowbank nearby.

A witness in Snowmass, Colo., saw Bieber's motorcade pull over to the side of a private road in a wealthy residential area. Bieber then whizzed into the snow before whizzing away, period.

Not only that, he whizzed not just some random yellow pattern, but his initials.

We'll see if any damage control is necessary in this case. When we last saw Bieber peeing where he shouldn't, it was mid-2013 and not only did he pee into a mop bucket, he sprayed cleaning fluid onto a picture of Bill Clinton while saying "F**k Bill Clinton." He later apologized directly to the former president.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Anheuser-Busch to dial back on Super Bowl XLVIII TV ads, focus on core brands

It is that time of year: With the Super Bowl fast approaching, folks are waiting for Super Bowl television commercials teasers -- and more -- to appear. While
Anheuser-Busch hasn't gone that far yet, it did detail its plans for Super Bowl XLVIII, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

In 2012, Anheuser-Busch ran two spots for a new beer, Bud Light Platinum, along with two for Budweiser and two for Bud Light, for a total of xix. Last year, the company ran three commercials for a pair of new products, Budweiser Black Crown and Beck’s Sapphire, along with one commercial for Budweiser and two for Bud Light, again totaling six ads.

This year, the company is focusing on its core brands, with plans calling for five commercials in total, two for Budweiser and three for Bud Light. The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 2, 2014.

The five ads that Anheuser-Busch plans to run will total three and a half minutes of commercial time in Super Bowl XLVIII. In both 2012 and 2013, the company bought four and a half minutes of ad time. Notably, for those who have never noticed, the company is the exclusive beer advertiser for the Super Bowl, and pays a fee to be such.

Given that, Paul D. Chibe, vice president for United States marketing at Anheuser-Busch, said that the company has "flexibility” in terms of the amount of commercial time it buys from year to year, doing so “based on our needs.”

While trailers and videos aren't yet available, Anheuser-Busch detailed the following ads:

One Bud Light ad will promote the Cool Twist bottle. Cool Twist is a new resealable aluminum package, which Chibe said was the result of a corporate investment of $150 million. The ad will be the first commercial to be shown in the first ad break of the first quarter (Anheuser-Busch has owned that premium ad spot for many years).

That ad will run 30 seconds.

In addition, the company said it will also change the Bud Light ad themes, with “Here we go,” which was introduced at the 2010 Super Bowl, being replaced by “The perfect beer for whatever happens.” Two commercials will be devoted to explaining the new theme; those spots, 30 seconds and 60 seconds, will tell “one cohesive story” about an “epic night,” Rob McCarthy, Bud Light vice president, said.

That leaves the two Budweiser ads, and Anheuser-Busch executives are still deciding which of the two Budweiser commercials to appear in the game will run 30 seconds and which will run 60 seconds. One thing for sure, though: “The Clydesdales will return” in both the Budweiser spots, said Brian Perkins, vice president for Budweiser. “They have become icons of the Super Bowl just as they have become icons of the brand."

For those wondering, Bud Light is first in American beer sales and Budweiser is third, bracketing Coors Light between them.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bieber cell phone seized in 'egging raid;' drug references, naked pics worry him more than possible egging evidence

Justin Bieber isn't as concerned about his accused involvement in the egging of his neighbor's house last week as he is about the seizure of his cell phone, TMZ reported early Thursday morning.

As we reported earlier this week, on Tuesday, authorities executed a felony search warrant and raided Bieber's house, arresting Lil Za for possible drug possession in the process (as the drugs were in plain sight). While looking for evidence linking Bieber to the crime, they also took his cell phone -- reportedly, right out of his hands.

While the authorities are searching his cell phone primarily for evidence related to the "egging incident," perhaps hoping to find text messages or emails bragging about it to friends, Bieber is apparently more concerned that they will find discussions about drug use and the like.

That wouldn't be prosecutable, because there is no physical evidence. Bieber, though, is afraid any such evidence will leak out. Considering the state of technology and the Internet, the worry is probably founded.

In addition, he is also concerned about naked photos on his phone. It's unclear if they are selfies, or shots of someone else, or even shots or videos of possible "action."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lil Za arrested twice in one day, once while still in jail

Justin Bieber's BFF Lil Za was arrested not once, but twice over the "egg throwing raid" that was conducted at Bieber's house on Tuesday. First, he was arrested at the house for what was believed to be cocaine possession. But then later, at the jail, he was arrested again for vandalism, E Online reported.

Lil Za was arrested at Bieber's house for drug possession. The drugs were in plain view, which means that they were fair game. Originally thought to be cocaine, it turns out the drugs were MDMA, a form of ecstacy also known as "molly."

He was about to post $20,000 in bail for the drug possession charges, when, TMZ said, "for some reason he flipped out and smashed a phone in the jailhouse."

Za was then almost immediately re-booked for vandalism. In total, his bail amounts added up to $70,000, a source told E Online. Depending on the value of the phone, the vandalism charge could be a felony.

Za was taken into custody for on suspicion of drug possession when authorities "raided" Justin Bieber's Calabasas, Calif., home. They were searching for evidence in the egging of Bieber's next-door neighbor's home. Bieber has been accused of the, which took place on Thursday, Jan. 9. Because of the value of the damage -- estimated at $20,000 -- Bieber is in danger of being charged with a felony.

Lt. Steve Whitmore said:
The houses in that neighborhood are of a quality that any damage is going to be extensive. So they had some imported wood and brick and that was significantly damaged.
The embedded video shows Za's release.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Authorities execute felony search warrant on Justin Bieber's house looking for egg splatter evidence

Police haven't let the Justin Bieber egging incident drop, despite the fact that many of his fans consider it a prank. Authorities descended on the superstar's home on Tuesday, searching for evidence in the egg throwing case from last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Last week, a neighbor claimed that Bieber egged his home. The damage was estimated to be $20,000 or more. By Monday, the neighbor was to have insurance paperwork in to the Sheriff's Department.

Tuesday, authorities -- with a felony search warrant -- appeared at the Bieber's home. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that eight people were detained inside Bieber's home, including the singer.

Although a felony warrant might seem a bit much for this case, it should be noted that felony vandalism involves cases where the damage is over $400. Prior report were clear: There was little doubt the damage in this incident would exceed that value.

If investigators find evidence that Bieber, 19, threw the eggs that pelted his next-door neighbor's home, they could ask the district attorney's office for possible felony prosecution. It is unclear if the D.A. would follow through, though.

Social media was all over the place in terms of support -- or lack thereof -- of the superstar, who had a troubled 2013, including incidents such as spitting in a neighbor's face and speeding at speeds exceeding 100 MPH around the Calabasas community he lives in.

one user wrote on the FOX411 Facebook page: "Omg a felony raid for an egg throwing incident? Wow no wonder California laid off hundreds of Officer's. If they do felony raids on eggs imagine what they do for a homicide..."

Another posted, "All this for a stupid egg throwing prank? I agree he's a little over indulged punk, but wasting these police resources is outrageous!"

On Twitter, one said, "If it wasn't justin bieber nobody would really care about the egging incident.."

Another mocked the whole thing, tweeting: "Justin Bieber got arrested for having eggs in his house."

However, based on Bieber's prior antics, some were quick to say they were glad Bieberm was finally getting what he deserved.

One user tweeted, "Justin Bieber finally getting what he deserves?! I hope that little brat is freaking out in his garage while sheriffs search his house,"

Another tweet: "Police searched Justin Bieber's house after Bieber allegedly egged his neighbor's house. Police found nothing in the way of eggs or talent"

On the FOX411 Facebook page, one user commented: "19 year old 'baby' needs a spanking...what a brat!"

Video of the police, on-scene at Bieber's house, is embedded.

Video shows alleged victim of Kanye West beatdown and bizarre pre-incident behavior

Details continue to emerge in the case of Kanye West's fist vs. the face of a still-unnamed 18-year-old man. The incident took place on Monday, at a chiropractor's office, reported the USA Today.

The initial report is as follows: Kim Kardashian was at a Beverly Hills medical building -- apparently for a meeting about furniture for her new home when she was -- as is typical -- she was assailed by paparazzi. The man apparently tried to help her get into the building, but he raised her hackles when he shouted "F**k these f****t-ass n****rs"" (to the paparazzi).

Kardashian then admonished him, at which point he said, "F**k you bitch. Just trying to help you. Shut up n****r lover, stupid slut."

She then dialed Kanye West and reported the matter, but the man -- after realizing she was talking to West -- allegedly shouted "F**k you n****r." Kanye had just arrived at the building, and after meeting Kim, found the man in a nearby chiropractor's office. That is where Kanye "punched the guy," reported TMZ.

Here's the thing: As lovers of the classic "People's Court" series will recall, Judge Joseph Wapner would often tell people that "mere words don't mean you can punch someone out" (heavily paraphrased). Technically, West committed battery, and according to reports is now officially a suspect in a battery investigation.

Kim has claimed the mean threatened to kill her and has said she is going to file a police report of her own against him. Technically, that verbiage by the man could be considered assault.

A video of the man's pre-punch-out behavior is embedded.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Prosecutors charge Octomom with three counts of felony welfare fraud

Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Nadya Suleman -- AKA "Octomom" -- with welfare fraud. CBS News reported the incident on Monday.

According to the report, Suleman has been charged with three felony counts of welfare fraud and faces over five years in prison if convicted on all counts. The complaint reads:
While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos. She allegedly failed to report the extra income she earned between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013.
The 38-year-old mother of 14 -- all of them via in vitro fertilization and eight of them as octuplets -- filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013.

Suleman, who earned the nickname Octomom after details about the birth of her octuplets became known, will be arraigned Friday in a downtown courtroom where prosecutors are expected to ask for bail to be set at $25,000.

Suleman has had financial troubles in the past. To make ends meet, she has made public appearances -- including stripping -- and also a masturbation video.

News of a welfare fraud investigation emerged in March of last year. In August 2013, adult video residuals showed up as evidence.

Authorities fast-track Justin Bieber 'house egging' case

It is Monday, Jan. 13, and the neighbor whose home was allegedly pelted with eggs on Thursday night has to provide the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with repair estimates by today, TMZ reported.

The unnamed neighbor has had previous run-ins with Bieber. He reportedly "heard something banging against his house in Calabasas around 7:30 p.m. Thursday; when he stepped onto his second floor balcony, he said he saw Bieber below throwing eggs at his front door.

He also captured video (embedded).

Sources say that the entire front side of the neighbor's home must be re-plastered -- and that it is very expensive Venetian plaster -- which will cost around $15,000. In addition, the entry will require another $5,000 for repair; the cost includes various doors that must be re-stained.

Authorities are fast-tracking the investigation and have told the neighbor to supply repair estimates by today; it's said that he already has the paperwork in hand. Once all the t's are crossed, the case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, who will then determine if charges will be filed.

Felony vandalism charges are possible, as the damages exceed the $400 figure below above which felony charges can be filed.

Does Bieber have his celebrity invulnerability turned on? Remember that last year, he was not charged for spitting at a neighbor. At the time, prosecutors said that:
Bieber's response to the incident "seems disproportionate and immature," but the evidence did not show "beyond a reasonable doubt" that his actions were criminal.
Considering egging a house is often a juvenile incident, one has to wonder what will happen in this case.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Justin Bieber accused of pelting neighbor's house with eggs, possible video evidence

In a Thursday night incident, pop star Justin Bieber has been accused of violating the "good neighbor policy" yet again. TMZ even has video -- though very dark and hard to see -- of the alleged egg attack (embedded).

According to the report, the unnamed neighbor -- who has had previous run-ins with Bieber -- "heard something banging against his house in Calabasas around 7:30 p.m. Thursday> When he stepped onto his second floor balcony, he said he saw Bieber below throwing eggs at his front door.

In terms of the video, perhaps the phrase should be reworded to be "alleged video" as it is so dark that nothing can really be made out. Audio is clear, though, with the neighbor heard saying "What the hell are you doing?" and "I see you. I f**king see you!" To that, Bieber reportedly shouts the response "F**k you!"

The shout-fest contineus for approximately thirty seconds, until the neighbor tells his thirteen-year-old daughter to call the police.

Law enforcement sources have confirmed that deputies responded and took an incident report from the neighbor. Reportedly, Bieber is now a suspect in a felony vandalism investigation, as the damage to the victim's property exceeds $400.

Based on what happened in the Bieber spitting case, we wouldn't expect this to go anywhere, though.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Listen in as authorities release 'Honey Boo Boo' 911 call

Authorities released audio from the "Honey Boo Boo" 911 call on Wednesday, with the approximately one minute long call being obtained by TMZ.

In the clip, an unnamed woman calls 911 and says:
There's a wreck right in front of Lowe's. They just hit each other.
When asked if there were any injuries, the woman replies,
I don't think so. I'm at the light and they hit each other but it don't look too bad.
The accident occurred on Monday night, in Milledgeville, Ga. A pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Seth Cagle hit an SUV driven by Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson. Occupants included Alana Thompson ("Honey Boo Boo"), Mama June Shannon, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, and Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon.

The "Honey Boo Boo" stars' vehicle was hit as the family was making a left turn at a light. Cagle was allegedly speeding and driving with his headlights off, TMZ said.

Although the 911 caller didn't think anyone was injured, Mike Thompson reportedly had a contusion on his back, Mama June had back injuries of an unspecified nature, "Honey Boo Boo" herself had a headache, while Lauryn had severe chest bruises.

Cagle, meanwhile, "is experiencing pain in the lower and upper back," his attorney, Walter Green, said.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lohan's concern over stolen laptop self(ie)-centered? Nude photos on the computer?

Someone might be shopping around nude photographs of Lindsay Lohan if a report is accurate. On Tuesday, the actress tweeted (via the New York Daily News) that her laptop was stolen at the Shanghai, China, airport -- but that wasn't the entire story.

The tweet said:
It was great to be in China and I want to thank everyone for their hospitality, however someone has stolen my computer at the airport …offering a reward for anyone who can retrieve and return it, bummer o (sic) go home without it.
The tweet has since been removed.

According to TMZ, the computer is highly desired, but not for sentimental reasons. Apparently, Lohan had a cache of nude photos of herself. They are reportedly from various photo shoots and were never supposed to be released.

It is unclear if there are any selfies in the mix.

In addition, sources say that Lohan claims to have "private correspondence" from a number of famous celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Woody Allen, which she wishes to keep private.

Lohan's now-deleted tweet offered a reward for the return of the laptop. It did not include an actual amount, however.