Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Having revealed the esteemed artists in the running for the top prizes in music, the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert took place in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday night (November 30).
Held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the LL Cool J hosted ceremony saw British singer Adele claim the most bids for Grammy glory with a pack-leading five nominations in categories including Song of the Year, Record of the Year and the grand prize of Album of the Year for her heralded disc "21".
With the Grammy Awards ceremony set to take place on February 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the complete list of nominees is as follows:
Album of the Year
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Bruno Mars, Doo Wops & Hooligans
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Record of the Year
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"
Bruno Mars, "Grenade"
Katy Perry, "Firework"
Bon Iver, "Holocene"
Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"
Song of the Year
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"
Bruno Mars, "Grenade"
Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"
Kanye West, "All of the Lights"
Bon Iver, "Holocene"
Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Best Pop Solo Performance
Body And Soul, Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett
Dearest, The Black Keys
Pumped Up Kicks, Foster The People
Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry
"Baseball Wives" -- a new show debuting tonight on VH1 -- is in meltdown mode, because one of the women is so out of control, she's threatening other BB wives with a 12-inch dildo.
During a recent filming, Anna Benson -- the wife of former Mets pitcher Kris Benson -- got into it with Cheri Knoblauch -- wife of former Yankee second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Anna got creative, pulled out a stun gun and set it on a table in front of her in a threatening manner, then produced a 12-inch dildo from her purse and started swinging ... which raises the question, Why such a big purse?
Sources connected with the show tell TMZ ... some of the staffers are now threatening to quit, because they can't handle Anna's insane behavior.
Sources tell us ... show execs are trying to contain Anna.
Maria Shriver has been offered more that $15 million as an advance for a tell-all memoir. Shriver, who filed for divorce from estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday (July 1), is the most sought-after person in the book world, according ... Read more
This is one instance of cross-generational love that we fully support. After Justin Bieber sported a t-shirt emblazoned with Tiffani Thiessen's iconic role as the sultry and spunky Kelly Kapowski at Canada's MuchMusic Awards, Thiessen has returned ... Read more
Internet reports have been flying around that reggae dancehall star Vybz Kartel pulled off one of the biggest prison breaks in Jamaica?s history!
We spoke to a captain at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Jamaica where Vybz Kartel is currently being held, and he told GlobalGrind that the rumors of Kartel's escape are completely false.
Internet reports flew around this morning that reggae dancehall star Vybz Kartel pulled off one of the biggest prison breaks in Jamaica?s history!
As the story goes, according to Hype Life Magazine: Kartel, who has been charged with murder, marijuana possession and gun charges, escaped from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Spanish Town, Jamaica along with seven other inmates.
The Jamaica Observer quickly threw cold water on the story saying that the reggae artist had not escaped.
The police have also dispelled rumours that a guard died from a heart attack and 12 others were injured. As you read above, we got to the bottom of the situation and cleared the air. Vybz is still in custody.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green told the Observer early this morning that he had no knowledge of the reported jail break.
"I know nothing about that. If that had taken place I would would certainly have known," Green said.
Police at Denham Town Police station, the closest police station to the remand centre were also unaware of the reports, as was the Constabulary Communication Network who also claimed ignorance of any jail break.
"It may be an attempt by his cronies to keep him in the news but they don't need to spread rumours to do that because he will be in the news for quite some time," one cop told the Observer.
Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is facing two murder charges, conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana charges.
He was arrested on October 1st and has repeatedly been denied bail when he appeared in court.
Jesse James and Kat Von D have slammed reports which have said that the couple have called off their engagement and have split. Life & Style reported a source who said that James had confirmed the split to his friends. The source is quoted ... Read more
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
LeAnn Rimes is continuing to defend her thin frame and her personal trainer has joined in saying that the singer is not too thin, claiming she is toned and healthy. According to PEOPLE, Rimes has said that the "hoopla about my body" has been ... Read more
Celebrity break-ins are nothing new, and it sounds like Samantha Ronson was the latest famous person to have her property burglarized.
According to a report, the high-profile deejay?s garage was targeted by robbers last night (November 28) and the cops were called.
Thankfully, the perpetrator(s) never made it into Ronson?s main house, though there?s no report as to what was stolen out of the garage.
Samantha has yet to share the news on her Twitter page, and the LAPD are keeping tight-lipped for the time being. Stay linked to GossipCenter for the latest on this developing story.
George Michael was forced to cancel the remaining dates of his Symphonica tour after he was hospitalized in Vienna, Austria with pneumonia, but according to new reports, the illness is so serious that many members his family has flown out to be by [...]
Taking care of some career affairs, Beyonce Knowles headed into an office building in New York City today (November 29).
The pregnant ?Bootylicious? songstress was all smiles from behind a pair of black sunglasses as she strolled past in a black coat with bright blue trousers.
Coming up this Friday (December 2nd) at 10pm, Beyonce will be featured on a ?20/20? interview conducted by Katie Couric.
During the conversation, Knowles will speak to topics such as the sex of her unborn baby, her booming career, and crazy life.
Usher's ex-wife wants to take away his kids ... claiming the singer has repeatedly blown off his legal obligations as a co-parent ... and even worse -- he CLOSED her Saks 5th Avenue credit card ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ.
Tameka Raymond -- who had 2 kids with Usher during their brief 2 year marriage -- filed court papers in Georgia ... asking a judge to strip Usher of joint physical custody of their children ASAP.
According to the docs, Tameka claims Usher has repeatedly FAILED to obtain her permission to travel outside the state with the kids ... which he's legally obligated to do.
But there's more ... a lot more.
Tameka also claims Usher is required and has failed to:
-- get her approval before hiring nannies
-- give her first shot to watch the kids when he's away for more than 8 hours
-- allow her to take the kids for 2-weeks in the summer of 2011
-- let her have custody of the kids during Christmas break 2010
Tameka also claims Usher closed her Saks 5th Avenue credit card -- which he specifically said he wouldn't do -- and now she can no longer take advantage of the "special benefits" the card offers.
According to the docs, Usher also promised to pay $5k per month so Tameka could hire her own nanny for the kids -- but he hasn't paid in months, and now owes $34,000 worth of payments.
Tameka also claims there has been a "substantial change in [Usher's] income" since they got divorced -- and because of his success, she should get even more money for child support.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday. Stay tuned ...
In a significant pre-emptive deal, Simon & Schuster has picked up world English publication rights to the memoir "Weekends With Daisy" for its Gallery Books imprint. CBS Films pre-emptively bought film rights to "Daisy" Thursday.
Just three weeks after a near-fatal jet ski accident left him in critical condition, Sean Kingston has returned to Twitter to update fans about his recovery. Typing out his first tweet since the May 29 accident, the 'Beautiful Girls' singer ... Read more
Snoop was surrounded by an army of super-flexible lingerie-clad models at Gallery nightclub at the Planet Hollywood -- but don't worry, his wife was there too.
Monday, 28 November 2011
Next week, the ABC show Pan Am is getting a little help from Twilight star Ashley Greene in the form of a four episode arc. The former vampire won't be donning the iconic blue suit, but she will have a past [...]
The delayed Paramount comedy hits theaters the same day "The Hunger Games" will debut at the box office.
Bow Wow may not be Lil Bow Wow anymore, but he's in a Lil trouble with the federal government over some back taxes. Like more than 90 grand worth.
A tax lien filed in Florida by the U.S. government says the rapper owes Uncle Sam $91,105.61 to be exact for unpaid taxes dating back to the year 2006.
Bow Wow took to his blog to dispute the report of his financial troubles, calling it “not true,” and advising his fans not to believe celebrity gossip outlets.
“We all know not to believe anything that the media writes or blogs,” Bow Wow wrote. “It’s their job to entertain the minds of the simple minded.” Deep.
He urged fans to ignore the report and turn their attention to the release of his now delayed album Underrated. Gotta pay down those debts somehow!
“Stay away from them damn blogs its bad for your health,” he then wrote.
“Remember Ima always keep it 100 with yall and let yall know the real on anything I got going on even if its bad if it’s the truth I'll own up to it.”
It's true. He proved it when he admitted fatherhood and suicidal thoughts.
Most critics praise film's visuals and performances, although some take issue with its length.
By Eric Ditzian
We're big "Hugo" fans here in the MTV Newsroom, as we make clear over at Movies Blog, calling Martin Scorsese's 3-D film a "love letter to cinema" and "like nothing you've ever seen from the Oscar-winning filmmaker before."
We're not the only ones raving about it. Critics are celebrating the movie's bold visual style and strong performances. The only issue anyone seems to have with "Hugo" is that there's just too much of it: The story — following the young orphan Hugo's (Asa Butterfield) adventures in a 1930s Parisian metro station, his battles with the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his friendship with a girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) also living in the station who is being raised by film pioneer Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley) — chugs forward too slowly before finally springing to life. Read on for those critiques and more in our "Hugo" review roundup.
The Story " 'Hugo' is the tale of a boy, one of fiction's sentimental orphans, and the world he invents, yet, unsurprisingly, its most heartfelt passages are about Méliès. The old filmmaker is as broken and in need of revival as the automaton, and while you can guess what happens, it's the getting there — how the clock is wound — that surprises and often delights. Waves of melancholy wash over the story and keep the treacle at bay, as do the spasms of broad comedy, much of it nimbly executed by Mr. Baron Cohen." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
< b>The Visuals " 'Hugo's' use of the third dimension is exceptionally well thought out and essential to the film's ability to make a children's vision of the world come to life. Making that world a Parisian one has also inspired 'Hugo's' visual team, led by production designer Dante Ferretti, and the film's numerous shots floating over the rooftops of Paris are always fantastic. As with the original novel, the wordless parts of 'Hugo,' including a masterful re-creation of a famous train wreck, are very much its strength." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
The Performances "Although he ultimately comes through with a winning performance, Butterfield, previously seen in 'Son of Rambow' and 'The Wolfman,' seems a bit stiff and uncertain in the early-going. ... By contrast, Moretz ('Kick-Ass,' 'Let Me In'), with her beaming warmth and great smile, is captivating as a girl who leaps at the chance for some adventure outside of books. Refusing to sentimentalize, Kingsley catches both the deeply submerged hurt and eventual pride of an artist long but not forever erased from history." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
The Finale "[D]uring 'Hugo's' final 20 minutes or so, when Scorsese mounts a lavish reenactment of those early days of the art form, the film truly comes to life, as the story's preoccupation with mechanics and logistical dot-connecting gives way to imagination, magic and swashes of lurid color. ... With the director so clearly in his element and so affectionately in control, 'Hugo' ends as a triumph, bursting with the poetry, verve and irrepressible love befitting a match made in movie heaven." — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
The Final Word "[T]he story — period details and mysteries notwithstanding — is too slight to support this length. It's an 80 minute bon bon struggling to break out of a two hour and ten minute souffle. Still, movie buffs, especially fans of early cinema history, will be transfixed by scenes in the latter acts — movie-making, as it was being invented. It's why Scorsese chose to make the film. It's where his heart truly is with this material. And it's no surprise that this corner of his wondrous little picture is where he chose to take a cameo, immortalizing himself in the history of the medium he grew up loving and mastering." — Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
Check out everything we've got on "Hugo."
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