Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Syahida Kamarudin
Photo Credit: Yahoo Singapore
Posted: Friday May 25, 2012 @12:29 p.m. PST
After Core Contents Media announced that there will be two additional members to T-ARA, fans have been eagerly anticipating the big reveal, and it was recently that the identity of the ninth and final member was revealed to the public.
As reported on Allkpop, on 23 May, the newest member was revealed to be a middle school student named Dani.
It was reported that 14 year-old Dani has lived in America since she was four, and will now shuttle between Korea and America as she prepares to join T-ARA officially.
Dani will be taking part in the music video for T-ARA’s new song and will officially join the group after the eighth member, who will be active in T-ara starting from July.
Previously, Core Contents Media CEO, Kim Kwangsoo announced the re-organisation, stating that there will be two new members added to the existing seven-member group and revealed the eighth member.
“T-ARA is aiming to start off on a new footing come this summer. They will first start promotional activities as an eight-member group.”
With regards to the eighth member they mentioned, “She is nineteen this year, and is blessed with both looks and talent.”
Meanwhile, T-ARA’s new album will feature various top producers, including Jo Young-soo and Shinsadong Tiger, who have produced hit songs for the group in the past.
Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Syahida Kamarudin
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Posted: Thursday May 24, 2012 @12:35 p.m. PST
After a row of speculations, it was revealed that SBS “K-Pop Star” winner Park Ji-min has chosen to sign with Park Jin-young’s JYP Entertainment.
According to Kpopfever website, SBS revealed that, “Park Ji-min has recently signed a contract with JYP Entertainment. SM, YG, JYP Entertainment companies are well aware that the successful debut and promotions for the first winner of “K-Pop star” is important so they have been coordinating with Park Ji-min on the plans going forward.”
They also revealed that the 15 year-old has decided to work and debut with JYPE as they have the same music taste that she hopes to make.
The winner Park Ji-min enthused, “It feels like a dream that I am joining a company out of the three that give me flutters just to hear their names. I am especially really happy that I will be able to receive more of the detailed instructions from judge Park Jin-young and I will work hard to learn more to show a much improved version of myself.”
Meanwhile, according to a representative at JYP Entertainment, Park Ji-min is already working on her debut project.
The rep stated, “Park Ji-min recently signed with JYP and her debut project is already in progress.”
The agency praised her hardworking attitude and added, “We don’t know when her official debut will be and no concrete schedule has been outlined, however, she will be releasing an album in the near future to make her debut in the music industry.”
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Posted: Thursday May 24, 2012 @12:12 p.m. PST
Gabriella Cedillo injured while working as an extra in September 2010
Lawyers said Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Studios ‘did everything they could’ to avoid paying the young woman’s medical bills
A young woman who was left with a permanent brain injury while working as an extra on the movie Transformers 3 received an $18.5 million settlement today.
Gabriella Cedillo, then 24, was airlifted to hospital after being hit in the head as she drove a car during a stunt in September 2010.
A cable under tension snapped and smashed through the windshield of the Toyota driven by Miss Cedillo on location in Hammond, Indiana.
The young woman was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital and underwent emergency surgery for serious head injuries. The 26-year-old suffered irreversible damage following the incident.
Her attorneys said a ‘completely inadequate superficial weld had been applied in a failed effort to secure the bracket to the [stunt] car’ according to NBC.
Miss Cedillo’s lawyers added that Paramount Pictures and DreamWork’s Studios did everything they could avoid paying their employee’s medical bills and had brought several lawsuit to avoid paying the young woman compensation, according to NBC.
A Cook County judge approved the multi-million dollar settlement today.
At the time of the accident in 2010, a witness said: ‘The cable snapped, and the cable went into the westbound lane where we were at and hit the girl’s car, smashed the windshield.
‘From the way it looked, I don’t know if she was knocked out immediately or not but the… vehicle just went, it just kept going.’
Ms Cedillo was not a stuntwoman but simply an extra in the blockbuster film.
On that particularly fateful day of shooting, she was one of the extras who opted to driver her own car, a 2006 Toyota sedan, during a freeway scene.
‘We weren’t trained stunt people,’ an on-set source told RadarOnline.
‘They paid regular extras to use their own personal cars an extra $25 per day for that freeway scene.
‘We were never informed of the risk we were putting ourselves in and when you take into consideration the amount you are being paid to be there, it’s not worth it.’
Ms Cedillo’s brother told the local NBC affiliate that his sister worked as a bank teller at the time of the incident, but she took on extra roles in an effort to break into the film industry.
‘This was not her first time as an extra,’ her brother Adam said, without expanding into what other films his sister had appeared in.
Music superstar Elton John, 65, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles with a respiratory infection that has forced him to cancel three upcoming concerts, he announced this morning.
According to his rep, he developed the “serious respiratory infection” over the weekend during his weekly performances of “The Million Dollar Piano” show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The condition worsened on Monday and Tuesday, and John was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 6 a.m. Wednesday, where he remained throughout the day. He underwent tests, and his doctor recommended he take a week off for rest and to treat the infection with antibiotics.
He has now canceled performances scheduled for tonight, Saturday and Sunday at Caesar’s Palace.
“It feels strange not to be able to perform,” he said in a statement. “I love performing this show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts soon to be scheduled. All I can say to the fans is sorry I can’t be with you.”
John still plans to tour Europe this summer, starting June 1 in Germany.
Entertainer Ko Young-wook spent yesterday morning at the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office being interrogated by a judge who was to decide whether there was enough evidence to issue an arrest warrant.
Ko was detained and questioned on charges of sexual assault and sleeping with minors.
His agency refused to issue a statement. When Ko was transported to Yongsan Police Station at around noon, he told the press that there was “nothing left to say.”
Ko said he was sorry for causing a disturbance but kept quiet when the press asked if he was admitting guilt.
An application for an arrest warrant had been filed by the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office two days earlier after investigating claims that he had used his celebrity status to talk minors into sleeping with him.
The first accusation against Ko was brought by a teenager and aspiring entertainer in March who claimed that the singer raped her after he suggested meeting up in order to talk about launching her career.
Source & Story Credit: Mail Online – Linda Massarella
Photo Credit: The New York Times – Sara Krulwich
Posted: Thursday May 24, 2012 @12:35 a.m. PST
He didn’t shout it from the rooftops, but Jim Parsons has admitted he’s gay.
The information about The Big Bang Theory’s actor’s sexual preference – and the fact he’s been in a 10-year relationship with a man – was mentioned toward the bottom of a New York Times’ story today.
Times writer Patrick Healy, discussing a Broadway play the 39-year-old actor was in last year wrote, ‘The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels: Mr Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship… ‘
Unlike other actors who identify as gay, such as Ellen DeGeneres or Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Parsons has been very quiet on the subject.
Although he starred as a gay man in the Broadway play The Normal Heart, in his Emmy winning role as Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, he plays a nerdy scientist who has little social or romantic skills.
He has also failed to reveal who his lover is.
Parsons has won countless acting awards, but has yet to bring his ‘other half.’
Now that he’s out of the closet, gay writers hope he’ll be a more vocal in his defense of other homosexual actors.
In a recent edition of Out magazine, columnist Michael Musto called for Jim Parsons, as well as other actors such as Queen Latifah, to come out of the closet loudly and proudly, calling it the ‘honourable – and sensible – thing to do.’
Photo Credit: (dimewars) (Tameka Foster-Raymond and Usher In Court-NewsOne) (Maya Fox-Davis)
Posted: Thursday May 24, 2012 @12:32 a.m. PST
Updated: Friday May 25, 2012 @ 12:08 p.m. PST
In yet another twist in the child custody case between pop star Usher Raymond and ex-wifeTameka Foster, things got more than uncomfortable after a lawyer accused the pop star of sleeping with Tameka’s bridesmaid during their marriage.
During court proceedings on Wednesday, Usher sat on the stand, accusing Tameka of constantly changing nannies.
What came next clearly shocked the star.
Tameka’s lawyer apparently justified Tameka’s change of nannies by asking Usher if one of the nannies was forced to leave Miami, “because you were discovered in bed with Maya Fox Davis?” Davis was a friend and bridesmaid of Tameka, according to close friends of the former couple.
Once the lawyer unloaded the bombshell, Usher appeared speechless for several moments afterward. Usher’s lawyer wisely objected to the line of questioning.
Right before that, the atmosphere was already tense, because Usher rehashed an alleged spitting incident he had with his ex-wife. Echoing his testimony from Monday, Usher said Tameka flew into a jealous rage, when he came to her house with his new girlfriend. She allegedly said, “I’m gonna kick your ass. Bitch get out of the car. How dare you bring this woman into my subdivision in my house?”
Afterward, Tameka allegedly hit and threw food at him, but saved her best behavior for last by spitting on his girlfriend.
According to Maya Fox-Davis and Ashley North’s website, Maya’s name comes first then Ashley’s, so, assuming Davis is on the left.
Hong Kong martial arts superstar Jackie Chan believes that his action days are numbered and would not be appearing in any more action titles.
According to Asian Bite, Chan said that he would be retiring from action movies after “Chinese Zodiac” because all the high kicks and vigorous tumbles have taken its toll on the 58-year-old, despite many who believe that he could still go on.
“It hurts, it really hurts. The shoulder, the ankle, it really hurts. You don’t know because I still look healthy,” he said while launching “Chinese Zodiac” at the Cannes.
Chan, who plays as a fortune-teller in “Chinese Zodiac”, added that the movie was a fulfillment of his most important film, after he had spent seven years writing, producing, directing and choreographing the fight scenes in the movie on his own.
“For the last ten years I’ve been choosing the director to direct me. This one I direct myself,” he said.
However instead of spending his quiet days gardening, cooking or bowling, Chan is not ready to step out of the limelight just yet, but is practicing his acting chops.
“When I look at Hollywood, at Robert De Niro, he can do anything – comedy, drama. Clint Eastwood who is 60-70 years old, he can still move. I said yes, that’s my goal.”
“Because action stars’ life is so short and an actor’s life is very long, I want to show audiences that I can act,” he said.
Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Casey Lee
Photo Credit: Yahoo Singapore
Posted: Wednesday May 23, 2012 @9:05 p.m. PST
Taiwanese actor Kai Ko has revealed that he would be undergoing surgery to remove a tumor inside his brain.
According to Jayne Stars, the 2011 Golden Horse Awards Best New Actor winner for “You are the Apple of My Eye” said that it would be a minor surgery and fans have nothing to worry about during a promotional event in Hong Kong recently.
“There is a little toy in here!” said 20-year-old Ko, who revealed that he had found out about the growth at the back of his brain last year.
“I’m afraid that it will hurt!” Ko added. Although the post-surgery effects are unknown, but he is optimistic that he would be able to get back to work by July or August.
When asked about who would accompany him to the hospital, Ko cleverly replied:
“That’s a big trap! Of course, my parents!”, as he evaded a question about his ‘open’ relationship with singer Elva Hsiao, who is 12 years his senior.
According to Madame Noire, Bobby Brown has stated that the lyrics are not about his ex-wife. It appears the song may actually be dedicated to his soon-to-be wife, Alicia Etheridge, who is the only other person in the video besides Bobby.
“Masterpiece,”Bobby’s first album in 14 years, will hit shelves in about two weeks on June 5. So, is ’80s-’90s.
The former live-in housekeeper and nanny for Sharon Stone claimed in a lawuit filed Wednesday that the actress made repeated derogatory comments about her Filipino heritage and religious beliefs.
The nine-page civil complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Erlinda T. Elemen alleges the “Basic Instinct” and “Casino” star made comments which equated being Filipino with being stupid. The suit also alleges that Stone told her not to speak in front of her children so they would “not talk like you.”
The suit, which asks for an unspecified amount for unpaid wages, damages and penalties, alleges the award-winning actress repeatedly criticized Elemen’s “deeply held religious beliefs” and her frequent church attendance. She also once forbid the live-in nanny to read the Bible in Stone’s house.
Elemen’s attorney, Solomon Gresen, said that after five years of employment with Stone the nanny had “wonderful memores of the children.” But he said she was unable to cope with what he described as “increasingly hostile and abusive behavior.”
“By her conduct, the actress made Elemen feel as if her ethnicity was offensive and would somehow adversly effect her children’s upbrining,” Gresen said. “My client felt she was powerless to stop the behavior.”The final act in the drama came
when the actress allegedly fired Elemen upon discovering that she was being paid overtime in accordance with state law, Gresen said.
Eleman was hired by Stone in October 2006, working as an assistant nanny caring for one of three children of the 54-year-old actress, the suit alleges. Two years later, Elemen was promoted to head nanny and began caring for all three children, which included extensive travel and living at Stone’s home.
She was fired in February 2011 when Stone learned that she was paid overtime, the suit alleges. State law requires that nonsalaried employees be paid extra for any work over eight hours per day or 40 hours per week.
The suit alleges that when Stone found out that her staff had paid the nanny overtime, the actress accused Elemen of “stealing” and that it was “illegal” for her to have taken the pay, and asked for the money back.
According to AFP, Former US first lady Nancy Reagan is “slowly” recovering from a fall a few weeks ago which left her with fractured ribs, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The 90-year-old widow of president Ronald Reagan canceled her attendance at an event at the Reagan Library in California on Tuesday evening because doctors her advised her against it, said spokeswoman Joanne Drake.
“Weeks ago Mrs. Reagan took a fall at home and fractured a number of ribs,” she told AFP.
“She has been recovering slowly and has been adding a few appointments back on to her schedule, but was advised by her doctor not to try and attend large events too far from home just yet.
“She personally invited Congressman Paul Ryan to speak at the Reagan Library and really wanted to be there, but sent her apologies to him early yesterday,” she said in an email.
The fall occurred at Reagan’s home in Bel Air, just outside Los Angeles in March, CNN reported. The Reagan Library is in Simi Valley, an hour or so north of the city.
Nancy Reagan appears in public relatively rarely. Last year she laid a wreath for her husband at the Presidential Library on the 100th anniversary of his birthday in February.
Wilber Pan, who had once admitted to liking Jolin Tsai, praised S.H.E. member Hebe Tien for being “cute and pretty” yesterday.
At an event for the 2012’s Metro Street Dance Competition in Taiwan yesterday, which the singer is ambassador of, Wilber gave a candid shout-out to Jolin Tsai, , whom he had admitted to admire in 2005.
“You must still like me,” Wilber jokes, before giving his blessings to Jolin, who is currently in a stable relationship with model Vivian Dawson.
The 31-year-old went on to lavish praises on fellow singer Hebe saying that she is “very cute, and is getting prettier”.
Wilber also added that the songstress is “full of talent and (will have) a lot of guys will fall in love with her.”
However, when the media present informed him that Singaporean singer JJ Lin likes Hebe too, even to the extent of calling her his “goddess”, Wilber appeared shocked and expressed his disbelief.
“That can’t be!” he exclaimed.
In other related news, Wilber is due to perform his new song during the finals of the competition and hopes that fans will anticipate his new album.
Casper Smart is capitalizing on his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. After he was promoted to be one of the choreographers on Lopez’s tour, we hear J.Lo just sold a reality show to Oxygen based on Smart. Sources say it will follow Smart as he whips her other backup dancers into shape for the tour. The show is expected to focus solely on Smart and Lopez’s professional relationship. It has already been picked up as a series. An Oxygen rep had no comment.
Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Malaysia – Grace Danbi Hong
Photo Credit: Yahoo Malaysia via Elle
Posted: Wednesday May 23, 2012 @12:01 a.m. PST
Sometimes the grand life of a star isn’t all that great at least according to Girls’ Generation (SNSD) member Jessica.
On May 22, fashion magazine Elle revealed a photo with the singer, who seems to be everywhere lately, wearing a white jacket and looking chic and modern. Her normally neat, straight hair gave off a bedhead vibe, while her vibrantly highlighted eyes looked fierce, highlighted with vibrant colors. The look all came together to portray a confident and sexy woman, coming into her own.
During her interview with Elle, Jessica said that when people first see her, they think she is a cold and scary person, but in reality, close friends have said she is kind-hearted and a bit of an oddball.
While talking about SNSD, who is currently preparing for its Japanese album, Jessica confessed that since her debut, she has never gone on a blind date. “I want to go on a normal blind date, eating tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) on the streets and playing at amusement parks.” She added.
When asked if there was a Jessica that she only knows, Jessica replied, “Shouldn’t I be the only one to know that secret?”
Jessica talked about wanting to have a happy family of her own later in life and more. The rest of the interview and pictorial will be available in the June edition of Elle.
The popular crime-fighting series is coming to an end. The A&E network has axed the show, about a bail bondsman, after eight seasons. TMZ broke the story, and said that creative differences led to season nine being axed. The final episodes are expected to air in June.
Jaejoong and Yunho are 2 hearts that love and miss each other deeply. Two hearts are always better. Keep The Faith that TVXQ 5 members will be back together soon. Jaejoong, Yunho, Yoochun, Changmin and Junsu.
Source & Story Credit: CBS Atlanta – Chicago Sun Times – Jennifer Mayerle – AP
Media Credit: Photo (Chicago Sun-Times via AP David Goldman) / Video (CBS Atlanta)
Posted: Tuesday May 22, 2012 @1:25 p.m. PST
Usher made a rare appearance in Atlanta on Monday. The Grammy award-winning singer wasn’t on stage. He was in a Fulton County courtroom.
Usher Raymond IV and his ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond are battling over custody of their two kids. Tameka wants full custody. Usher wants increased visitation.
On the stand, Usher testified about his ex going through nanny after nanny and said he worries about who is caring for his kids.
Usher also testified Tameka has a violent history. On the stand he said she sent a threatening email to a friend of his and later attacked her.
The couple married in 2007. Their marriage lasted less than two years.
CBS Atlanta’s Jennifer Mayerle was in the courtroom covering the case for The Insider. The program will air on CBS Atlanta at 7 p.m.
According to the Sun Times,
Hip-hop artist Usher Raymond is locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife arising from a custody fight over their two sons.
The 33-year-old testified in court on Tuesday that Tameka Foster Raymond spit at and tried to fight his girlfriend during one visit. He alleged that his ex-wife hit him during the dispute, but that he didn’t press charges because “I didn’t want the boys to know that their father put their mother in jail.”
Tameka Raymond’s attorney claims that Usher provoked her client and that his account is exaggerated.
The two were married in 2007 and divorced two years later. Tameka Raymond has since fought for full custody of their two sons while Usher Raymond wants more visitation rights.
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