Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ciara announces pregnancy by revealing burgeoning baby bump


BY ZAYDA RIVERA
Ciara's future includes marriage and a baby!

Ciara departs ‘The View’ at ABC Studios after announcing she's pregnant on January 14, 2014 in New York City.
Ciara's future includes marriage and a baby!
The 28-year-old singer, who got engaged to rapper Future in October, set the record straight about pregnancy rumors on "The View" Tuesday.

"Everybody's saying to me, 'You gotta ask, you gotta ask,'" co-host Barbara Walters said. "There are rumors about pregnancy. Do you want to confirm?"
"Of course I would love to," Ciara said before standing up to cradle her baby bump that was covered up while she sat on the couch with the ladies of the hit daytime talk show.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ice Cube returns to play a cop in 'Ride Along,' talks stop-and-frisk

BY BRUCE FRETTS
For a guy who became famous for rapping “F—  tha Police,” Ice Cube has sure played a lot of cops.
The rapper who once had a song called 'F--- tha Police' with N.W.A. has also made family films like 'Are We There Yet?'


 Ice Cube as a tough Atlanta cop in “Ride Along”

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Ice Cube plays a tough Atlanta cop in the new action comedy “Ride Along.”

For a guy who became famous for rapping “F—  tha Police,” Ice Cube has sure played a lot of cops.
He dons a badge again in the buddy comedy “Ride Along,” opening Friday.

The man born O’Shea Jackson in South Los Angeles 44 years ago plays Detective James, a hardass dragging his prospective brother-in-law (Kevin Hart) with him during a day of crime-fighting in Atlanta.


“I don’t take it too seriously,” says Cube. “Some of my fans think after you do ‘F—  tha Police,’” — a song on his group N.W.A.’s 1988 album “Straight Outta Compton” — “you shouldn’t even call the police if you need them. Like, if somebody’s breaking into your house, you handle it like a gangsta.
“But N.W.A is about real life, and movies are just make-believe. ...

I mean, [20 years ago] I was hoping I would [play a cop]. If they gave me a cop’s salary to play one, I wouldn’t do it, though.”
From left, director Tim Story, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube on the set of “Ride Along”

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From left, director Tim Story, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube on the set of “Ride Along”

Another thing not cool with Cube: the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practices, which new Mayor de Blasio has promised to reform.

“To me, stop-and-frisk is just wrong,” Cube says. “It’s hard for cops to prevent crime without violating everybody’s rights. So ... let me keep my rights.

“I’d rather deal with a crook going through my stuff than the government. What’s the difference?”
Ice Cube knows of what he speaks: He has clashed with the law plenty, so he didn’t need to do any research for “Ride Along.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/ice-cube-plays-atlanta-ride-article-1.1569835#ixzz2qNy2RwjI

Kanye West under investigation for allegedly punching teen over racist remarks

BY NANCY DILLON
Yeezus didn’t turn the other cheek.

The 18-year-old began screaming at the reality starlet after she scolded him for using inappropriate language. Kardashian then watched the guy walk into a chiropractor’s office and later entered with West for a confrontation.

 Kanye West seen in front of the building where he allegedly punched a teenager inside a doctor’s office.

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Kanye West seen in front of the building where he allegedly punched a teenager inside a doctor’s office.

Yeezus didn’t turn the other cheek.
Kanye West allegedly punched a teenager at a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office after the youth hurled racial slurs at Kim Kardashian, reportedly calling her a “n----r lover.”

Police confirmed to the Daily News that the hot-headed rapper was named a suspect in a misdemeanor battery complaint after an 18-year-old man filed a complaint, saying he was on the receiving end of Yeezus’ temper.
West confronted the teen — punching him in the arm — after Kardashian called her rhyming beau to the office to defend her honor, according to a report.

The young man had held a door open for Kardashian as she entered a building that contained the chiropractor’s office about noon on Monday, TMZ.com reported.
The teen noticed the paparazzi tailing her — and dropped the N-word in Kim’s presence, according to the celebrity gossip site.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Beyoncé pens blog post defending women's right

BY MARGARET EBY
Beyoncé is putting down the microphone and picking up a pen.

The pop star, under the name Beyoncé Carter-Knowles, penned an op-ed for The Shriver Report pushing for equal pay for women.









 LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" at the Staples Center on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)

Beyonce wrote a short essay for The Shriver Report protesting gender inequality.

Beyoncé is putting down the microphone and picking up a pen.
The pop star penned an essay for The Shriver Report, a national research paper dedicated to issues faced by American women, addressing income inequality between genders.

In the op-ed, titled "Gender equality is a myth!" in case you miss how she feels about it, Queen Bey, under the name Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, argues that the income gap between genders won't go away without cooperation from both men and women.
''We have to reach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life,' the mother-of-one wrote.

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''We have to reach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life,' the mother-of-one wrote.

"Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another," the 32-year-old "XO" singer posits. "So why are we viewed as less than equal?"

"We have to reach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life," Beyoncé continued. "Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. WE must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities."
Beyonce was only one of the famous faces enlisted to support the project. The full report includes essays by Maria Shriver, Eva Longoria and an appreciation of working single mothers by LeBron James.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Paul Walker's roles recast in upcoming movies: report

BY RACHEL MARESCA
Two months after Paul Walker's tragic death, Hollywood filmmakers have reportedly recast the late actor in two of his upcoming films.

Actor James Marsden is in talks to play the late Paul Walker's role Nicholas Sparks' "Best of Me.'

Two months after Paul Walker's tragic death, Hollywood filmmakers have reportedly recast the late actor in two of his upcoming films.
Walker was set to star in Nicholas Sparks' latest romance, "The Best of Me," and according to Deadline, actor James Marsden has been offered the part.

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Boardwalk Empire’ to end after fifth season

BY DAVID HINCKLEY
HBO's "Game of Thrones" returns April 6 and "Boardwalk Empire" will finish its run this fall, the network announced Thursday.


HBO's "Game of Thrones" returns April 6 and "Boardwalk Empire" will finish its run this fall, the network announced Thursday.
The acclaimed "Game of Thrones" will launch its fourth season at 9 p.m. on April 6.

Game of Thrones’ will continue on its bloody rampage for a fourth season, starting April 6.

Fans can get an official taste this Sunday when the first season four trailer is unveiled just before the 9 p.m. debut of "True Detective."
"Boardwalk Empire" will wrap up its five-year run with what the network promises will be an "exciting" ending.
The show, which stars Steve Buscemi, is based in Atlantic City in the 1920s.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Barclays Center gets a barbershop

BY MATT CHABAN
The Nets are playing pretty ugly these days, but there’s no reason their fans can’t look good watching them at the Barclays Center.

The Nets are playing pretty ugly these days, but there’s no reason their fans can’t look good watching them at the Barclays Center.


The arena, which prides itself on its Brooklyn spirit, has added a throwback full service barbershop, which will officially open before Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and company take on the Miami Heat on Friday.


To promote the new men’s salon, Williams will even be in the chair before the game to get a shape-up on his signature Cesar cut, alongside pro boxer Victor Ortiz, who has a bout at Barclays Jan. 30.
The two-chair operation is an outpost of Fellow Barber, which has two shops in Manhattan and one in Williamsburg The stylish cutting room, which will only be open during games, concerts and other events, was the hair-brained idea of Barclays and the folks at GQ magazine.

While the barbershop is a throwback, the prices are very modern, with a haircut or shave costing $40, a trim for $25, or a cleanup for $10.
Hipsters hoping for a beard trim before the big game will have to fork over $15, while a shave and a cut goes for $75.

"What are the two things every guy needs? A shoe shine and a trim and shave," GQ publisher Chris Mitchell said during a soft-opening before Monday night's home game. "The corner barbershop is such an iconic piece of Brooklyn lore."
It’s not the first time that sports and style have existed under one roof. New York’s horse-racing tracks have had old-school barbershops for years.


Tupac Shakur was to audition for 'Star Wars: Episode I' before his death

Tupac Shakur was to audition for 'Star Wars: Episode I' before his death: report BY ETHAN SACKS The Force may have been stronger in Tupac Shakur than previously known. upac Shakur was to audition for 'Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace' before his death: report Death Row Records' former Chief Engineer Rick Clifford says, 'He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi,' a part that ultimately went to Samuel L. Jackson.


No resale application use without the prior permission of Time, Inc. Contact your local office to see if we can clear this image for you. Time Life Pictures./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image Rap artist Tupac Shakur, pictured shortly before his death in 1996, reportedly was prepared to read for a part in George Lucas’s’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ The Force may have been stronger in Tupac Shakur than previously known.


Death Row Records' former Chief Engineer Rick Clifford said his former collaborator was set to audition for a role in 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I" before his death. The New York-born Shakur was supposed to read for the part of a Jedi that later went to Samuel L. Jackson, Clifford claimed, but was gunned down in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996. Shakur was just 25 at the time of his death.

"It's sad because 'Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green. who was on '90210,' then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff," Clifford said in the interview with 2Pac-Forum.com posted late last week Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/tupac-shakur-set-audition-star-wars-episode-death-report-article-1.1568643#ixzz2ppLVLHtZ

Monday, January 6, 2014

Forbes magazine reveals '30 Under 30' list

The annual list compiles its 450 members across 15 different categories and includes notable young stars such as snowboarder Shaun White, actress Lena Dunham and Olivia Wilde, and activists Shiza Shahid and Daniel Maree.

BY GINGER ADAMS OTIS / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Forbes praised list member Olivia Wilde, who founded Common Causes, which ‘pairs brands with causes to help corporations become better global citizens.

Forbes magazine's annual list of "30 Under 30" showcases 450 movers and shakers across 15 different categories who are putting a new spin on old tricks.

Leading the music section is singing sensation Bruno Mars, 28, who will become the first performer under 30 in a decade to headline the Super Bowl's halftime act on Feb. 2.

Mars topped a list that included powerhouse performers such as Lady Gaga, 28, Miley Cyrus, 21, Justin Bieber, 19, Rihanna, 25, and Katy Perry, 29.

Tennis great Maria Sharapova, returning to her native Russia as a correspondent for NBC for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, was top of the sports list.

The lithe 26-year-old Wimbledon champ pulled down an impressive $29 million last year, making her the highest-paid female athlete of 2013.

Bruno Mars, who will perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, lead the music section of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ list.
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Bruno Mars, who will perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, lead the music section of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ list.


U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, 29, and snowboarder Shaun White, 27 also made the list along with Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, 23, and her new fiance Rory McIlroy, 24, a golfer from Northern Ireland.

Actress Olivia Wilde, 29, currently pregnant and engaged to the baby's father, ex-'SNL' funnyman Jason Sudeikis, led the Hollywood list.

The brown-haired beauty was lauded for her role in founding Common Causes, which "pairs brands with causes to help corporations become better global citizens," Forbes wrote.


Also making the cut were iconic New Yorker Lena Dunham, 27, hailed as a groundbreaking actress-writer-producer for her HBO hit "Girls."

Jennifer Lawrence, at just 23, is one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood, Forbes noted, while also singling out such indie faves as Mickey Meyer, co-founder of the irreverent website JASH, which features celebs like Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera at their acerbic best.



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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Man with ties to 50 Cent's G-Unit gunned down in Queens


A rapper with close ties to 50 Cent was shot and killed Friday when a gunman in a black ski mask unloaded on an SUV full of people in Queens, police said.




Mazaradi Fox, 42, whose real name was Jamal Green, was killed at Farmers Blvd. and 134th Ave. in Jamaica about 4:10 p.m. when the shooter rolled up to his white SUV and opened fire.
Police sources said Fox, released from prison just two weeks ago, stumbled out of the Nissan SUV and collapsed in a driveway.