THE WEEKLY 5

Kelis Files for Divorce From Nas

By Chloe Bunker on May 1, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Music star Kelis has filed for divorced from rapper Nas, despite being seven months pregnant with the couple's son.

"I can confirm that she has filed for divorce," a rep for the "Milkshake" singer told Vibe. "We request the media to respect her privacy during this very difficult time."

An attorney for Kelis filed the divorce papers Thursday afternoon, citing irreconcilable differences, according to the publication.

Kelis, 29, and Nas, 35, met in 2002 at an MTV Video Music Awards after-party thrown by Sean "Diddy" Combs. They tied the knot three years later in Atlanta.

While this is the couple's first child together, Nas has a 15-year-old daughter named Destiny from a previous relationship. After learning he had a second child on the way, the "Hip Hop Is Dead" singer expressed his enthusiasm to MTV.

"Yeah, man, I find out what it's gonna be next week, so I'm happy," he said.

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Kelis Files for Divorce From Nas

By Chloe Bunker on May 1, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Music star Kelis has filed for divorced from rapper Nas, despite being seven months pregnant with the couple's son.

"I can confirm that she has filed for divorce," a rep for the "Milkshake" singer told Vibe. "We request the media to respect her privacy during this very difficult time."

An attorney for Kelis filed the divorce papers Thursday afternoon, citing irreconcilable differences, according to the publication.

Kelis, 29, and Nas, 35, met in 2002 at an MTV Video Music Awards after-party thrown by Sean "Diddy" Combs. They tied the knot three years later in Atlanta.

While this is the couple's first child together, Nas has a 15-year-old daughter named Destiny from a previous relationship. After learning he had a second child on the way, the "Hip Hop Is Dead" singer expressed his enthusiasm to MTV.

"Yeah, man, I find out what it's gonna be next week, so I'm happy," he said.

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Coldplay Rewarding Fans with Free Live Album

By Rich King on May 1, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Coldplay is in tune with the recession.

The British rockers will be giving away a live CD "as a recession-busting mark of gratitude to everyone who's supported them," the band announced Friday on their Web site.

Starting with the group's May 15 show in West Palm Beach, Fla., Coldplay will give everyone attending concerts on their North American "Viva la Vida" summer tour a free copy of their nine-track album, "LeftRightLeftRightLeft." The offer is good for every remaining concert date in 2009, outside of their festival appearances.

The live album will also be made available on May 15 as a free download on the band's Web site.

"LeftRightLeftRightLeft" was recorded over the past year in various cities around the world on the "Viva La Vida" tour.

"Playing live is what we love. This album is a thank you to our fans – the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen," Coldplay said in a statement.

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Tyra Banks Stalker Found Guilty

By K.R. Gomez on April 30, 2009

NEW YORK — A Georgia man was found guilty of stalking Tyra Banks in a ruling handed down Thursday in a New York City courtroom.

Brady Green, 39, was convicted of stalking, harassment, criminal trespass and attempted aggravated harassment, according to The Associated Press. 

The Dublin, Ga. native faces up to 90 days in jail for the conviction. His sentencing will take place in June, AP said. 

Green was arrested on March 18, 2008 at a McDonald's near the former supermodel's home in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. At the time of his arrest, he told police that he and Banks "had a thing together."

During the trial, Green admitted that he traveled by bus for four days from Los Angeles to New York, even though he didn't know a single person in town. He also confessed that he immediately went to Banks' studio upon his arrival.

Banks said she had been warned about Green by her staff and feared for her life.

"I didn't know what to do," she said. "How do I live my life when I leave this building? I had never experienced anything like this before."

Since the incident, the TV host has imposed stricter reviews of her studio audience and beefed up security around her. Banks admitted that the changes (which include security traveling along as she exercises outdoors) have been difficult.

"I don't live that kind of sheltered, protected life," she explained. "I like to walk around."

Green's attorney said he plans to appeal the ruling.

Also see: Tyra Banks Gallery

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Chris Brown's Lawyer May Seek Dismissal of Rihanna Assault Case

By Rich King on April 29, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — If Chris Brown's attorney gets his way, the R&B star's assault case will get tossed out of the court.

The 19-year-old Brown, who was arrested in February for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, fellow singer Rihanna, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to the two felony charges against him — assault and making criminal threats. On Wednesday, his attorney, Mark Geragos, was granted a delay in the case by L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg. Geragos will use the time to continue looking into the police photo that was leaked shortly after Brown's arrest. The graphic shot appeared to be of a bruised-up Rihanna and Geragos told E! News that he will seek to have the case dismissed if the leak came from within.

"The leaks can form the basis for a motion to dismiss the case in regards to outrageous governmental misconduct," said Geragos.

Brown's attorney will have a fair amount of time to continue his investigation, as Schnegg set a preliminary hearing date for May 28. At that time, the prosecution will present their case so that the court can determine if there's enough evidence for a trial. It still remains unclear whether Rihanna will take the stand against her boyfriend at the preliminary hearing.

"The D.A. has not informed us whether or not Rihanna will be called to testify," her attorney, Donald Etra, told E!

Neither Brown nor Rihanna attended attended today's hearing, in which Schnegg also agreed to release the nearly $1.4 million worth of jewels that the "Umbrella" singer was wearing on the night of the incident. The items, which were on loan to Rihanna to wear at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party, had been taken into police custody. They will soon be returned to their rightful owners.

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'The Hills' Set to Return Minus Lauren Conrad

By Chloe Bunker on April 28, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The drama will continue on "The Hills," albeit without the show's star.

MTV has announced that season five of the reality series will continue in the fall with new episodes, with everyone returning but Lauren Conrad.

In announcing that Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Brody Jenner, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth and Justin Bobby  would all be back, the network also teased that "fresh faces" would also be present.

"Spencer and Heidi will be newlyweds, so the stakes are higher than ever before for the two to make things work," read an MTV statement. "Viewers will find out life in Los Angeles only gets more complicated as friendships, relationships and loyalties are tested like never before."

The 23-year-old Conrad confirmed last month that she was leaving the series for greener pastures.

"I've spent the last five years making every decision be about the show," she told Us Weekly. "People I date have to be able to film, the places I work have to let us film and the places I live have to have set lighting."

"I loved doing it and had so much fun, but it came to a point where I had done it long enough," she added.

Montag, who married Pratt on Saturday, previously said the hit show could survive despite losing Conrad.

"We don't need her," she told MTV. "We'll miss her. I just don't know if we need her."

Do you think "The Hills" can survive without LC? Click here to vote in our watercooler poll.

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Rockers Creed Reuniting for New Album, Tour

By K.R. Gomez on April 27, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Creed is hoping to recapture some of its old magic.

The rockers, who have been on a six-year hiatus, are reuniting for a new album and concert tour, which will kick off Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh.

"We never felt like we weren't together," frontman Scott Stapp told People. "We're not looking at this as a reunion. It's more of a rebirth."

The Florida-based group, which also includes Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall, has already started recording a new album, which is tentatively titled, "Full Circle." The band's last studio album, "Weathered," was released 2001 and sold more than six million copies. 

"We're not trying to stay in a certain place or conform to where we left off," Stapp told the mag. "The music is fresh, edgy, raw, passionate, honest and it rocks."

Creed arrived on the scene in a big way with the 1997 release of their debut album, "My Own Prison," which featured such hit tracks as "My Own Prison," "Torn" and "One."

They achieved even greater success two years later with the follow-up, "Human Clay," which spawned the hit songs "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open."

Creed was last seen on the concert tour circuit in 2002, but Ken Fermaglich of the Agency Group, which handle's the band's booking, believes fans will be lining up for tickets.

"I think there is a lot of demand out there for this band, they've been away for seven years," he told Billboard.

Click here to buy Creed concert tickets.

2009 Creed Concert Tour Dates:

Aug 6: Pittsburgh, PA                   
Aug 8: Darien Lakes, NY            
Aug 9: Hershey, PA                   
Aug 11: Saratoga Springs, NY            
Aug 13: Philadelphia, PA            
Aug 15: Wantagh, NY                    
Aug 16: Holmdel, NJ                    
Aug 18: Boston, MA                   
Aug 20: Hartford, CT                   
Aug 21: Washington, DC            
Aug 22: Virginia Beach, VA            
Aug 25: Detroit, MI                   
Aug 26: Cleveland, OH                   
Aug 28: Cincinnati, OH                  
Aug 29: Indianapolis, IN             
Aug 30: Chicago, IL                  
Sept 1: Milwaukee, WI                    
Sept 2: Columbus, OH                        
Sept 4: Raleigh, NC                   
Sept 5: Charlotte, NC                   
Sept 11: Atlanta, GA                   
Sept 12: Birmingham, AL             
Sept 15: Orlando, FL                  
Sept 16: West Palm Beach, FL            
Sept 18: Lafayette, LA                   
Sept 19: New Orleans, LA            
Sept 20: Bossier City, LA           
Sept 22: Dallas, TX                   
Sept 24: San Antonio, TX             
Sept 25: Houston, TX                    
Sept 27: Las Vegas, NV                 
Sept 29: Glendale, AZ                 
Sept 30: Irvine, CA                         
Oct 2: Salt Lake City, UT            
Oct 3: Denver, CO                    
Oct 6: Minneapolis, MN             
Oct 7: Omaha, NE                   
Oct 9: Tulsa, OK                  
Oct 10: Kansas City, MO                      
Oct 13: St Louis, MO                   
Oct 14: Nashville, TN 

 

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Married Once Again

By Chloe Bunker on April 26, 2009

PASADENA, Calif. — Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are officially husband and wife.

The reality TV couple tied the knot Saturday afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif., an MTV rep confirmed to Access Hollywood.

"MTV wishes Heidi and Spencer the best and can't wait to share their wedding with 'The Hills' fans later this season," said the network spokesperson.

Montag, 22, and Pratt, 25, exchanged vows in front of 200 friends and family, including fellow "Hills" stars Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner and Stephanie Montag.

Many had speculated whether on-again, off-again friend Conrad would attend the ceremony. As it turned out, she not only attended, but ended up catching the wedding bouquet, Access reported.

"You're next!" shouted Montag after the catch.

Prior to the ceremony, an airplane soared overhead and wrote "Spencer loves Heidi" in the sky.

As she prepared for her big day, Montag managed to keep her fans updated by posting several messages on Twitter, including "This is going to be the best day of my life." She also wrote "Thank you God for Spencer" and described her wedding dress as "amazing – like a swan princess."

On Friday night, approximately 40 guests joined the couple in Beverly Hills for the rehearsal dinner at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant Cut.

Saturday's affair was the second wedding for the pair, who eloped last November at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Hugh Jackman Talks Adopting Multiracial Children, Gay Rumors

By Chloe Bunker on April 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Hugh Jackman has accomplished much in his life, but his proudest memory is adopting his two multiracial children with his wife of 13 years, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.

"Mixed-race babies have such a hard time being adopted that Deb and I checked off that box specifically when we were filling out our forms," the 40-year-old "X-Men" star tells Parade magazine of the couple's two children, Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3.

While forever grateful, the actor admits the couple's adoption choice was initially met with skepticism.

"Our lawyer brought the form back to us and said, 'This is not the time to be politically correct. Are you sure this is what you want?'  explains Jackman, whose "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" arrives in theaters on May 1. "We were definite about it. Adoption is about taking a baby into your home—and your heart. It's the best thing we've ever done."

Jackman offers a steadfast "no" when asked if there are any plans to expand their family, explaining that "we travel so much that we fear if we have more kids, it'll be too much."

While he's happily married, the native Australian star's sexuality has been questioned ever since he played gay songwriter Peter Allen in Broadway's "The Boy from Oz." While the role won Jackman a 2004 Tony Award, it's also been a thorn in his side ever since.

"I'd be happy to go and deny it, because I'm not," he says of the rumors. "But by denying it, I'm saying there is something shameful about it, and there isn't anything shameful.

"The questions about sexuality I find more here in America than anywhere else, because it's a big hang-up and defines what people think about themselves and others. It's not a big issue in Australia."

Both Jackman and his wife, who is eight years older, hail from Down Under. When they first met, she was the bigger star, but Jackman tells the mag there isn't any competition now that his career is soaring. 

"She's the most honest person I've ever met," he says. "The worst liar. Can't do it. Everything she feels comes out. This is just the long way of saying she's not jealous of my success, no. It's not in her DNA. Every person I've ever worked with has ended up liking Deb more than they like me."

While he's quick to praise his wife, Jackman does point out she has a knack for dozing off at the most interesting of times.

"She's fallen asleep during every movie I've ever done," he says. "At one premiere, this big-time producer—he's known for growling—growled down the row to me, 'Wake your wife up!' "

Also see: Hugh Jackman Gallery

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Angelina Jolie to Play Scarpetta in Film Adaption of Patricia Cornwell Book Series

By Rich King on April 22, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Angelina Jolie may have landed the next great movie franchise.

The 33-year-old actress has signed on to play Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the crime-solving medical examiner in Patricia Cornwell's bestselling book series, according to Variety.

While there are 16 Scarpetta novels, the trade publication said the first film won't focus on a specific Cornwell title. The author's most recent novel, Scarpetta, was published in December.

The heroine character is based on former Virginia Chief Medical Examiner, Marcella Fierro, MD. While still an aspiring writer in 1984, Cornwell arranged to meet the pioneering woman, who offered insight into her career as a medical examiner. Fierro's distinguished career included some of the nation's most notorious crimes, including the Virginia Tech massacre.

"I would not be where I am today in my life were it not for Dr. Fierro," Cornwell said after her inspiration retired in January 2008.

The pairing could be a match made in heaven with Jolie being one of Hollywood's biggest stars and Cornwell a top-selling author. According to Variety, the deal was hatched after months of negotiations, with the pair eventually finding common ground on the creative direction for the film.

Jolie, who gained notoriety early in her career in the "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" series, is currently shooting the suspense film, "Salt."

 

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Jonas Brothers to Host 2009 Teen Choice Awards

By Rich King on April 22, 2009

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Jonas Brothers have found the perfect way to take a break from their upcoming world tour this summer.

The Grammy-nominated stars will host the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, which will take place on Aug. 10.

The sibling trio will also perform at the ceremony, which celebrates the year's hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion.

In March, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas unveiled plans for the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009, which will begin in South America in mid-May before heading to the United Kingdom and Europe. The band will then kick off a 44-date North American leg on June 20 at the brand new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

The rockers also have a new Disney TV show, "J.O.N.A.S.," that premieres on May 2.

Earlier this week, the Jonas Brothers revealed the cover art for their upcoming new album, "Lines, Vines And Trying Times," on Twitter. The band's fourth album drops on June 15 and the cover shoot reportedly took place at Caleb's Diner in Corisica, Texas.

Now in its 11th year, the Teen Choice Awards will air on FOX at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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