Posts by Sheila Marikar
An icon in his own right, Lenny Kravitz is about to play another. The rocker has signed on to star as Marvin Gaye in an upcoming movie about the R&B legend.
Kravitz's rep confirmed to ABCNews.com that the not-yet-named film will begin production next year and will focus on Gaye's time in Europe during the early '80s, when he was trying to stamp out his substance abuse issues and revive his career. Gaye was shot by his father and died in Los Angeles on April 1, 1984.
The role marks Kravitz's first steps into movie star status. He's previously taken on supporting roles in "The Hunger Games" series and "Precious," among other films. He also did cameos in "Zoolander" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
The drama around " Two and a Half Men" didn't end with Charlie Sheen. In a video published on YouTube today, Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake Harper on the hit CBS sitcom, trashes the show, calling it "filth" and begging people to stop watching.
"Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing," he says. "He is a non-existent character. If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men.' I'm on 'Two and a Half Men' and I don't want to be on it."
Jones made his comments in an interview with the Forerunner Chronicles about his religious awakening. In the nearly 15-minute long video, he also talks about taking an "all inclusive evangelism class" and coming to the realization that "God is good." That apparently led him to believe that the comedy he's on is bad.
Busy schedules and long periods away from one another are reportedly the primary reasons for the split, which happened about a week ago.
Bieber's performance at this week's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show may have pushed the strained relationship to the limit. He reportedly flirted with some of the Angels after the show and saw "The Lion King" on Broadway with Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin. On Friday, Gomez tweeted a photo of Bieber and Palvin to her more than 13 million followers with the caption "….." Meanwhile, Palvin tweeted, "hey everyone. please calm down. he is all yours!! :) please :)"
Jermaine Jackson wants to change his name, if only ever so slightly. On Tuesday, the older brother of Michael Jackson filed a name change petition in Los Angeles, saying he wants to be known as Jermaine Jacksun. He cited "artistic reasons" as the motivation for the switch.
Jackson's friend Steve Dennis, who spoke to the Associated Press on the singer's behalf, said many artists change their names. Memorable examples include Prince, Snoop Lion (née Dogg), and Metta World Peace.
He got more disgruntled as the night went on.
"We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty," Trump continued. "Our nation is totally divided! Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!
"Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before. Our nation is a once great nation divided! The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. Hopefully the House of Representatives can hold our country together for four more years…stay strong and never give up! House of Representatives shouldn't give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare."
And lest we forget:
"This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!"
Hollywood was quick to hate on him.
With the end of the 2012 election upon us, celebrities are pushing their fans to the polls. Sarah Jessica Parker made her choice clear with the Viva Obama shirt she wore to the polls. After posing for NYC paparazzi, she yelled at them to go vote. As if her earrings hadn't made it clear enough, Beyonce posted a letter endorsing President Obama on her website. "Everyday we see your heart and character, inspiring all of us to give more of ourselves," she wrote. "You are the leader to take us from where we are to where we need to be." Melissa Joan Hart tweeted her support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, writing "Can't get too political in only 140 chac but for those asking, I'm voting #RomneyRyan." (She defended her stance in subsequent tweets, writing "Probably lost a few jobs in Hollywood with my political views. So sad the 'tolerant left' is anything but!")
Today, a judge dismissed Sam Lutfi's entire lawsuit against the pop star and her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears, ruling that Lutfi's allegations of libel, breach of contract and battery didn't hold up.
"I really thought long and hard," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Brugera said in announcing her decision.
She ultimately decided that an attorney for Lutfi hadn't proven any of his allegations in the case that centered on events about Spears' 2007-2008 breakdown.
As for dismissing the case, she said, "That's the right thing to do, and that's what we are doing."
After judge made the ruling, Lutfi quickly exited the courtroom and would only say that he's filing an appeal. His attorney declined to comment.
During Lutfi's trial against the Spears family, multiple details about the pop star's breakdown were spilled, including those of her relationship with paparazzo Adnan Ghalib and her estrangement with her mother, Lynne Spears.
ABC News affiliate KABC contributed to this report.
Brown changed to attend Rihanna's Halloween party in West Hollywood, donning a turban and a more elaborate ammo-robe. His rep didn't immediately respond to questions about his costumes.
Brown might have fared better with a timely outfit, like the one worn by Gwen Stefani. Among the catwomen, sexy unicorns, and other scantily clad stars, the No Doubt front woman stood out as a bullet-wounded Sandy from "Grease," embodying what many east coasters would like to do to a hurricane that shared the same name.
Halloween was a treat for Jessica Simpson. Today on Twitter, the 32-year-old new mom and Weight Watchers spokeswoman showed off her figure in a milk maid's outfit, complete with a lace miniskirt, thigh-high boots and a waist-cinching corset.
Her fiance Eric Johnson posed in a Braveheart costume holding their daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, who was dressed as a rooster.
Simpson's been on the slim-down warpath since giving birth in May and signing a reported $3 million dollar contract to be the celebrity face of Weight Watchers. In September, she told Katie Couric she had lost more than 40 pounds.
While the stars of the " Jersey Shore" are asking fans to support victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating to the Red Cross, their boss and landlord is taking a more hands-on approach. Danny Merk plans to grab plywood, fly north, and fix up the iconic house and store frequented by Snooki & Co. as soon as Seaside Heights authorities let him back in town.
Merk, who owns the home where the cast of the MTV reality show lived for four seasons and the Shore Store where they worked, spoke to ABCNews.com today from Florida, where he's helping his family run their chain of Halloween stores.
"Sandy devastated us," he said. "I saw some pictures people sent me. My store's gates are crashed in. There's no boardwalk. I don't even understand how bad it is yet."
"We were on such a high after the show," he added. "We were the town on the rise, a freight train, a roller coaster. It's just a terrible thing."