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Joan Rivers on Deathbed. Horrible Comments Online

As I’m sure you all know by now, Joan Rivers, 81, is on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.  The comic had gone in for surgery on her vocal chords when she stopped breathing.  She was rushed to the hospital where her heart stopped beating.  Doctors where able to bring her back but she is now only alive due to the machines. Although her daughter Melissa states her mother is resting comfortably,  it doesn’t look good for Joan. While Joan is fighting for her life and quite frankly near death, the Internet has been set ablaze with horrible comments about the woman.

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Some responses on the TMZ website are such that TMZ should actually remove them. 

WhoDatTrueDat states:
“Oh just die already you mean bitch.”

Yuliflor says:
“Let’s be real here… she was a hateful woman. People will remember her as a bully that only talked trash about people to continue being relevant.  Karma.”

DefenderOfIsrael says:
“Does plastic decompose?”

TMZ,  you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing those types of remarks to stay on your site.  Joan Rivers, though disliked by many for her humor, is in fact a person. She was a comic. Many comedians make jokes and poke fun of other races and cultures.  It’s called HUMOR. You don’t like it, don’t listen to it. Her daughter is going through hell right now. Show some respect.  What if it was your mother? I’m sure you’d be highly upset.  I have no respect for those that have no heart and speak about people in such hurtful ways. They say Karma is a Bitch. Hmm….

Meshach Taylor Dies After Battle With Cancer

Meshach died in is California home surrounded by loved ones after a long battle with cancer. Best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier in Designing Women. He was also nominated for an Emmy award in 1989. Our condolences to his family.

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Eminem’s Daughter Little Haillie Graduates

I’m sure many of you remember all of the drama that surrounded Eminem and his daughter a decade ago. Many of his his at one time or another referenced his daughter and her mother. It seems she’s not so little anymore. She graduated from high school. Below is an image of her in her cap and gown and let me tell you, she’s all grown up! Looking very pretty. Ever wonder how it is that almost all of the children of celebrities wind up being lookers? Even if the parents aren’t the hottest. I wonder why that is. Any thoughts?

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Haillie Matthers Graduation

Storage Wars Auctioneer Dan Dotson Near Death. Double Aneurysm

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Storage Wars Dan Dotson

The original auctioneer for the A&E hit television series Storage was suffered a double aneurysm today at his home. His wife Laura, who is also on the show, said that He woke up and was acting weird. Asking weird questions in his sleep and seeing double with blurry vision. According to laura, he fell back to sleep and woke up again and took a shower, where he collapsed. Laura called 911 and attempted CPR. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. Doctor’s say he is doing better than expected but his change of surviving this is less than 20%. Not very good chances. We at Celebutopia wish him and his family well. He seems like such a nice guy.

Kristen Bell Naked and Afraid on Ellen

So I was looking around the internet as I tend to do on a daily basis. Who am I kidding, I never get off the internet. Anyway, I came across this video from the Ellen show. it shows Kristen Bell talking about her love of the hit show, Naked and Afraid. Ellen decides to challenge Kristen to see if she would be able to survive Naked and Afraid.
The challenge is for Kristen to create fire and build a shelter in 60 seconds! Now even on the show with all of the obstacles the contestants need to overcome, they have more than 60 seconds to build a fire and shelter. Not fair Ellen… I won’t spoil it for you, I will just let you see for yourself.

 

 


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Lea Michelle Storms off Glee Set

Lea Michele reportedly stormed off the set of Glee on Tuesday.

Sources say that the 27-year-old was infuriated that her co-star, Naya Rivera, went to the producers of the show and complained about her being a “diva.”

The two have been working together on the musical television series since it first aired in 2009. Glee is currently in its fifth season. If you ask me, I don’t think it should go on. I was an avid Glee fan, but the writers have gone and made a fantastic show and mini musical, into garbage.

 

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A source close to Rivera told TMZ that most of the cast and crew were annoyed at Michele for making everyone wait for her to start shooting while she dealt with her own personal matters on set. The incident is said to have happened more than once. Apparently, they have had it with waiting and Rivera was the one who went to the producers to complain about Michele’s unprofessional behavior. At this point, I don’t really care who it was that stormed off set but to be honest, it definitely sounds like something that Lea would do. Her head swelled when the producers and writers gave her control over whether or not the show would continue after the untimely death of her fiance and Glee co-star Corey Montieth. Lea better be grateful to the show and it’s fan base. If not for us GLEEKS, she’d still be an unknown belting out shrieks on Broadway.

Christine McVie to go on tour with Fleetwood Mac for 34 shows

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It’s for real. Christine McVie is rejoining Fleetwood Mac, and will be touring with the band after a 15-year absence.

In January, a representative for the band confirmed that McVie was rejoining the group, and intimated that a tour might be on the horizon.

All five members of Fleetwood Mac (at least, the five members most associated with the group) – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and his ex- wife Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks- will will kick Pfc their “On With The Show” tour, with 34 shows in 33 cities.

Christine left the group on 1998, and over the years there have been much speculation as to why. In an appearance Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, she revealed that an ever-present fear got in the way. “I had a fear of flying. I haven’t flown in 15 years.”

Upon McVie’s split from the band, the remaining four members continued touring and recording. Perhaps surprisingly, when the foursome visited London this past Fall for a performance, they were able to convince McVie to appear with them onstage for a performance of “Don’t Stop.” (I sure would gave loved to have been there to see that reunion!)

The “On With The Show” tour begins on September 30th on Minneapolis. Tickets for the general public go on sale on April 7th.

This was enough to influence McVie to reunite with her former band mates. She said on “Today,” “Walking out on stage was sensational” and that she had rejoined the group with a “definite capital YES.” (Emphasis mine.)

“It’s like she never left. We’ve only been in the studio a week, and it’s really been beautiful,” says Buckingham. “I have very high hopes for all of this. It took getting into the studio before we started to see things unfold in an effective and comfortable way. Christine was mo sure how her voice was going to be. It will be a little bit of a slow process with her piano chops. But all the stuff inside her is still intact, and we’re getting in touch with a process that’s been lying dormant for a while.”

Sounds good to me.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announce their separation

One of the most-talked about couples in Hollywood is soon to be no more. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their separation – online, via Paltrow’s Web site GOOP. Nope, none of that old-fashioned silliness such as a PR representative or agent reading a prepared statement – none of that.

In a post titled “Conscious Uncoupling” they wrote, “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.”

They have two children – a daughter Apple, 9, and a son Moses, 7.

For some time, Paltrow has been in the news more for her personal life than any professional achievements.

On September 4th she was seen in Los Angeles picking on a motor scooter picking up Apple from school, narrowly avoiding being hit after pulling out in front of a school bus. The bus driver spotted the pair and had to hit the brakes hard to keep from hitting them. Her husband and son were on another scooter, not far behind.

Paltrow has also taken some flack for the recipes and advice contained in her cookbook, Here’s a sample of the sometimes not-so-warm reception to the book, as posted in The Mail Online:

But forgetting that most people earn a fraction of what the actress makes, it is peppered with an array of costly ingredients such as duck eggs, gluten-free flour and manuka honey.

Yahoo calculated that it would cost $300.65 to follow Gwyneth’s family meal plan for just one day after going out and shopping for the foods from scratch.

Starting with breakfast, a spinach and mushroom egg-white omelette came in at $28.27.

In April of 2013, she was named as People magazine’s “Most Beautiful
woman in the World.” As you may remember, that issue drew plenty of criticism, much of it quite vocal – and I had to agree to some degree. I think she’s a beautiful woman but I would hardly say that say that she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.

More recently, some chatter has been circulating, claiming that Vanity Fair magazine was working on a “takedown” cover story on the actress.

While I don’t wish misfortune on anybody – and Heaven knows, divorce can be rough – exacerbated by enduring so much public scrutiny – it must be nice to have more than enough money to make it through the process. Not everybody can just pick up and move and not suffer a major blow to their quality of life.

I wish the family well. I hope the kids aren’t affected too badly by the croons of their parents.

Kate Bush announces first live shows in 35 years

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Kate Bush, the best-selling but reclusive British singer-songwriter who first achieved international fame with her debut single “Wuthering Heights” in 1979, announced on Friday, on her Web site, that she will do 15 live shows this summer. Her show, “Before the Dawn,” will open on August 26 at the Eventim Apollo theatre in London, followed by three more dates in August and 11 more in September.

“I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September,” she wrote. “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there. We’ll keep you updated with further news on the website. Meanwhile, all details of concert dates and tickets are in the note below. Very best wishes, Kate.”

Shortly after the tour dates were posted, Bush’s website crashed and her name instantly became a trending topic on Twitter, according to The Telegraph.

“Wuthering Heights” was the first song written and performed by a female singer to rise to the top of the British charts. Since then she has released 10 albums, three of which have reached #1 in Britain, and hoax had three Grammy nominations.

Tickets go on sale on March 28th at 9:30 AM local time. Boy oh boy would I live tickets to one of those shows! I’ve been listening to her music since the beginning. If you want to hear a well-recorded piece of music, listen to “Wuthering Heights.” Near the very end of the song, by here are high-pitched bells that are so clear, so detailed, that even so many years later, it’s a thrill and a pleasure to listen to it. Don’t forget “Oh England My Lionheart.” That’s a gem, too.

“Star Wars VII” to be set 30 years after “Return of the Jedi “

Star Wars fans, listen to this – the next installment in the “Star Wars” series will be set 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” This news was announced by Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday (March 18) in Portland, Oregon at the company’s annual shateholder’s meeting.

The movie will be filmed at the renowned Elstree Studios in Bristol , England. (Bear in mind, Darth Vader was played by Bristol native David Prowse.) “Episode VII” will be released on December 18, 2015 and will be directed by J. J. Abram, who also led the recent “Star Trek” series films.

In 2012 Disney purchased LucasFilm, the Star Wars production company, for $4.05 billion and said that it would release three more films in the popular franchise.

Aside from saying that R2D2 (played by R2D2) would return Iger said, “There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads.” Of course, there’s a lot of speculation that the returning veterans would be Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Rumors have been circulating for a year regarding the possible return of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. The current feeling is leaning towards Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Girls” actor Adam Driver.

Now would be the perfect time for the film’s creative leaders and casting team to find a way to find roles Lucy Liu. I think she’d be a perfect fit here. Of course, I always think that.

“Chasing Maria Menounos” – new reality show premieres tonight

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You can bet on this one- this is one reality show I’m going to watch. I ‘ll probably record it, too.

“Chasing Maria Menounos” will follow the “Extra” host’s experienced with her traditional Greek parents, Costas and Litsa, and her boyfriend of 15 years (Surely, one of the luckiest men in the galaxy) Kevin Undergaro.

Of course, her parents want her to get married and have children, and as she nears 35, her parents to have her settle down is stronger than ever.

The show will also chronicle the not-so-glamorous aspects of her life. Menounos remarked that she may be dressed up for the Academy Awards one night, and with her family at Chili’s the next night.

Menounos is also quite eager to show viewers her Greek family. I think it’s nice to see a traditional Greek family at home,” she says. “I think it’s nice to see someone who made it in this town and stayed in the same relationship they came in with. I don’t think you see that very often.”

Menounos says that home is a place in which she can take it easy, and get a little distance from her busy life. “I love being at home with Kevin and the dogs and my family,” she says. “And I love cooking. I love watching movies. I love going to the beach.”

Maria, you could eat dinner and watch a movie with me at the beach any time.

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Fashion designer L’Wren Scott found dead in her apartment

Renowned fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the long-time girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment from an apparent suicide on Monday, police said.

Scott, a former model, designed slim-fitting dresses that were the favorites of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Allison Williams, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks and Penelope Cruz.

According to police there were no signs of forced entry and no indication of foul play; they did not find a suicide note.

Her assistant said Scott sent her a text on Monday morning to “come by” and when the assistant arrived shortly after 10 AM, Scott was found hanging from a doorknob with a scarf around her neck, prompting the assistant to call the police.

New York Police Detective Kelly Ort said, “We are investigating it as a suicide.” Police said that they had preliminary information showing that Scott was 49 but that had not yet been confirmed by her family. The New York Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, according to the New York a Police Department.

Through a spokesman, Jagger, 70, said that he was “completely shocked and devastated.”

It was not clear if Scott had shown any signs, in her work or personal life, that foretold her death, but there were some early reports that claimed cer company was millions of dollars in debt. A publicist for Jagger said that a New York Post story claiming that the pair had split up “is 100% untrue” and “a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during this very tragic time for Mick.”

Anna Wintour, the long-time editor of Vogue magazine, posted on Vogue.com, “L’Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style.”

Kidman, a friend for 25 years, was, according to a spokeswoman, “heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything.”

Madonna said, “This is a horrible and tragic loss. I’m so upset. I loved L’Wren’s work and she was always so generous with me.”

The Rolling Stones had been on tour in Australia but the band called off Wednesday night’s show on Perth following the news. There were unconfirmed reports that the band had left their hotel and were about to fly to New York. Jagger’s daughter, Georgia May, ended her participation in Melbourne Fashion Week.

CBS announces fall lineup renewals

Following the earlier announcements that “The Big Bang Theory” and “Survivor” will be returning, CBS has announced the renewal of 18 more of its prime-time series for next season.

Among the returning series are nine dramas, including “NCIS,” ”NCIS: Los Angeles,” ”Person of Interest,” ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as “Criminal Minds,” ”Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”

Returning comedies include “2 Broke Girls,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “Mike & Molly,” plus freshmen sitcoms “The Millers” and “Mom.”

“The Amazing Race,” ”Undercover Boss,” ”60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” will also return.

These renewals mean that CBS has locked in 17 hours of their weekly programming lineup.

The network has not yet decided whether or not to renew “Hostages,” ”Intelligence” and “The Crazy Ones.”

I’m very glad that “NCIS” is returning because I think that Pauley Perette’s Abby Sciuto is still one of the quirkiest, most interesting characters on television. On the other hand, the replacement for Cote De Pablo’s beautiful, complicated Ziva David is a bit weak. Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is too plain Jane; her “thing” is to spread all of her work on the floor and examine all of the paperwork and photos, trying to develop a profile of the potential killer. Sorry, but that’s a bit thin. Ziva David had layers, a history, a past – and always an undercurrent of romantic tension with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly)

I’m glad that Hawaii Five-O is returning because that means I get to see Grace Park. I’m not nearly such a fan of this show any more. Too many of the stories have been thin, with weak endings, and for Heaven’s sake, the never-ending Wo Fat story arc should be put to bed. Enough already!

I’m particularly glad that “Elementary” is returning. First, of course, because of Lucy Liu. She’s delicious on so many ways. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised that a female, Asian-American (and very good looking) Dr. Watson could actually work – and does it ever. There is real chemistry between Dr. Joan Watson and the slmost always maddening Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and the stories are intelligent, witty and very well written. I always look forward to sending the show.

The return of “Person of Interest” is also welcome news. The writing on the show is of a high level, and the ensemble cast functions well together; everyone always has their place and thief interactions are believable.

On the minus side, I would have shed no tears if either “Mom” or “The Millers” or “2 Broke Girls” had been axed. “Girls” in particular is crude and forced. The shi’a a one-joke (or rather, one-theme) pony- a continual effort to make as many sexual references as possible. To me, this is very low-brow stuff.

Big Bang Theory gets three-year renewal deal

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“The Big Bang Theory” is being renewed by CBS for three more years. This remarkable deal means that the most-watched comedy on TV will be aired through the 2016 – 2017 season – which would be the show’s 10th season.

The show has been a ratings hit almost since the start of it’s run in 2007. According to The Associated Press, TBBT has averaged almost 20 million viewers each week this season. There is also a 6.1 demo rating , with Live+7 DVR playback figured in.

Nina Tassler, the chairman of CBS Entertainment, said, “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television. This multi-year deal further strengthens out network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter on the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chick Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”

As had been previously reported, the show will probably debut Season 8 (at least temporarily) on a different night, due to CBS’ commitment to Thursday Night Football.

All I can say is, any deal that guarantees that I’ll get to see Kaley Cuoco every week is a very good deal. Way to go, CBS!

What’s the big deal about Jennette McCurdy photos?

Ok so I wake up this morning to the radio dj talking about Jennette Mccurdy lingerie photos. He was going on and on about how sexy they are and how she shouldn’t have done this because of all the little girls that look up to her character on Nickelodean, Sam Puckett. Jennette has played Sam in several different shows on Nickelodean and we have all seen her grow up. Obviously being a celebrity blogger, I just had to see what all the buzz was about.

So I did a search on the internet and voila, the images. Now, looking at these images I do not see what the big deal is. Ok so she is in lingerie, ok so she is showing some skin, but I ask you, what is the difference between these photos and photos of her or any other woman for that matter in a bikini? What lace? I have seen bikinis on some starlets that show a lot more than what she is showing in these images. Gotta love how progressive we are trying to say we are becoming as a society yet something like this gets blown all out of proportion. They say the only bad publicity is no publicity.

Jennette, You go girl. So you sent some images to someone. I honestly do not care how they got out here. I do not care that there are images of you in lingerie on the internet. My daughter and I watch your show every time we can. It is a bonding moment for us. I will not stop her from watching just because you’re now the desire of even more little boys. I tend to say this a lot when I go off on a tangent. Grow up America!. She’s 21!

Paula Deen claims she is like “that black football player” who announced he is gay

This story was prompted when I was in a supermarket this morning and saw the cover of this week’s People magazine, which features a picture of Paua Deen, with the legend “Paula’s life after scandal” and the added text, “I’ve learned a lot.”   This struck me as remarkable because I had already heard about the remarks I’m about to discuss.  (My first thought upon seeing the cover was, “Oh yeah?  Learned a lot?”)

Deen, 67, has been trying to mount a comeback, but she may want to hire a public relations firm, a speech writer and a sensitivity trainer after after her latest pronouncement, which may only have served to sabotage any such comeback. The disgraced celebrity chef likened her struggle to repair her damaged reputation – after admitting she used the n-word -  to NFL prospect Michael Sam’s fight to be seen simply as a football player — not the token gay football player.

Deen told People magazine that she is like “that black football player” who came out of the closet.  She said that she empathized with NFL prospect Michael Sam who recently came out publicly as gay. Just as Sam says he wants to be known as a football player, not a gay football player, Deen says that she just wants to be known as a chef, not a disgraced chef.

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” Deen, 67, told People magazine. “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Is that so?  I hope his career turns out to be longer than hers, and if there is any cosmic justice, so it will be.  It is perhaps ironic that this story hit the airwaves on the same day as my earlier post regarding Lupita Nyong’o – and we tumble from the graceful to the graceless, from a possible reason to hope that we’ve made progress in the social arena and the court of public opinio, to evidence that there are pockets of misguided thinking that reinforce the notion that we have much work to do.

I was looking for an appropriate photo to accompany this post, but then I thought, “Nah.”  It seems that Paula hasn’t learned so much after all.

Younger Lupita Nyong’o prayed to be light-skinned

Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, February 27th. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier and others were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which carried an emotional impact, as those being honored spoke of struggling with finding their place in the world.

With the advent of 12 Years A Slave, Nyong’o burst onto the Hollywood scene as a stylishly-dressed favorite of fashion critics, commentators and the public alike.  There was a time, however, she she didn’t have quite the same persona.

Arrival at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Arrival at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful,” Nyong’o related.  “I put on the TV and only saw pale white skin.  I was teased and taunted about my nightshaded skin, and my one prayer was that I would wake up light-skinned.”

That is revealing, and damning, and sad.  It’s revealing because it shows a side of a current celebrity that we did know about before – and it takes strength to make a public admission like that.  It’s tough to admit feeling insecurity.  It’s tough because some may interpret such an admission as a sign of weakness when the perceived weakness no longer exists.

It’s damning because anyone should be made to dream about having a different skin color.  I can;t imagine that ever happens because of positive influences.  It’s sad for the same reasons – but there’s hope.  There’s hope because Nyong’o is seen as one of the best recent personifications of style, in the same way, perhaps, as Audrey Hepburn was seen for so long, and the way in which Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen, rightly or wrongly, since the rise to prominence of “Sex and the City.”  There’s hope, then, that as a society, we have experienced some little degree of enlightenment, when we can recognize the Lupita Nyong’os of the world as desirable, fashionable women – not desirable, fashionable black women.

In her speech, Cheryl Boone Isaacs – the first black woman to be elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – noted that when Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, she had been seated at the back of the auditorium.  On Sunday, the night of this year’s Academy Awards, Isaacs will be seated right up front.  Again, progress, and perhaps another glimmer of hope.

Katy Perry and John Mayer calling it quits after two years

After an off-and-on relationship of two years, Katy Perry and John Mayer have split again- perhaps for good, this time.

E! News first reported the breakup, which apparently happened just in the last few days. Moving vans were seen at Perry’s house, removing furniture.

A source reported to US Weekly that Perry’s upcoming world tour was causing stressing the relationship (you think?)

Just last week, Katy was booed off the runway during Fashion Week in Milan after arriving more than an hour late to help launch the Moschino show.

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This news came as a surprise to me. As recently as a couple of weeks ago there seemed no sign of discord between the couple, but perhaps Perry’s trips – solo- to Paris and Milan in advance of her world tour were indicators that trouble was afoot.

I don’t really have anything negative to say about either one. Katy usually seems pretty down to earth and doesn’t take herself too seriously. It’s interesting, however, to compare her situation to that of Jennifer Aniston – both of whom have notably dated Mayer.

Katy and Jennifer are extremely popular, are forever being pursued by paparazzi and to me, at least – and I know I’m not alone – look fine. Why is it, then, that neither woman seems to have much luck in her relationships? Is it the fame, or money, or schedules that get in the way? Is it something on their character or personalities? Something else?

I wonder how well my psyche would fare if I were under such constant scrutiny – and maybe that’s the lesson we should all learn from this, unless we’ve been in similar situations. We probably shouldn’t judge – or speculate.

Random event candids

Maria Menounos on the set of Extra

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Michaela Conlin at the Annie Leibovitz book launch at Chateau Marmont – February 26, 2014

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Malin Akerman – Global Green USA’s 11th annual pre-Oscar party at Avalon – February 26, 2014

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Olivia Munn – BVLGARI Decades of Glamour Oscar Party at Soho House, West Hollywood – Feb. 25, 2014

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First-ever Oscars concert for nominated songs

Tonight, for the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a live concert as part of its Oscar Week events. The concert will celebrate this year’s nominated scores and songs.

The concert will take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall and will include an 80-piece orchestra performing “suites” from each of the nominated scores,conducted by their composers. The concert is open to the public, with tickets available via Ticketmaster for $75.00 or $100.00.

Charles Fox, the Governor of the Academy’s music branch, said, “We expect to have a full house because it’s really a one-of-a-kind concert. It’s never been done before and it’s featuring some of the world’s best composers.” He says that the Academy plans to make this an annual event that will be broadcast worldwide.

If it’s supposed to become an annual event, then it’s not really a one-of-a-kind event, is it? Unique, perhaps, to the Academy. After all, the Grammy Awards is a teeny bit concert-like, eh? They even finish each show, and often feature more than one, all-star jam.

Fox said that the concert is “Oscar’s celebration of music ” which will set a party-spirit tone for the week’s run-up to the main awards show. That may be, but if the concert is open to the paying public, it would also set a profitable tone for the Academy, especially if they do get the anticipated full house.

Scores

“The Book Thief” composed by John Williams
“Gravity” composed by Steven Price
“Her” composed by William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” composed by Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” composed by Thomas Newman

Songs

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Performed by Jill Scott, with The Debbie Allen Dancers
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Performed by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez
Music and Lyric by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Performed by Cristin Milioti
Music by Karen O Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Performed by Matt Cermanski
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

HOSTED BY COMMON
86th Academy Awards Nominated songs and scores featuring the composers conducting their own music.

Moderator
Elvis Mitchell

Speaker
Richard Sherman

Scores
“The Book Thief” composed by John Williams
“Gravity” composed by Steven Price
“Her” composed by William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” composed by Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” composed by Thomas Newman

Songs
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Performed by Jill Scott, with The Debbie Allen Dancers
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Performed by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez
Music and Lyric by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Performed by Cristin Milioti
Music by Karen O Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Performed by Matt Cermanski
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson