Wynonna Judd has filed for divorce from her husband, Dan R. Roach, after his arrest on charges involving sex with a minor.
The March 26 action follows Roach's arrest last week in Abilene, Texas. He faces three charges of aggravated battery against a child younger than 13. Police expect him to be extradited to
Nashville, Tennessee, where the incidents allegedly took place.
Posting in a statement on her web site, Wynonna Judd says she is "devastated" by the arrest. The couple were married in November, 2003. Dan R. Roach, her former bodyguard and road manager, has for the past month been receiving treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in a rehabilitation clinic in Texas.
Wynonna Judd, 42, has sold nearly 30 million albums as a solo artist. She also sang with her mother Naomi in the country duo The Judds, and is the half-sister of actress Ashley Judd.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has reaffirmed the age-old mantra that money doesn't buy happiness. Simmons, who founded Def Jam Records - the label responsible for launching the careers of rapper LL Cool J and Beastie Boys - claims that in spite of appearances, many wealthy people struggle with their riches and are often very unhappy with the life they lead.
He laments in his autobiography Do You!, "If I know 15 billionaires, then I know 13 unhappy people.
"These people's lives might be filled with mansions and yachts and private jets, but their medicine cabinets are also filled with antidepressants."
Friday, March 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vivica A. Fox was released from jail early Wednesday after she was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, authorities said.
The 42-year-old actress was pulled over late Tuesday after her vehicle passed a patrol car on the
Hollywood Freeway at 80 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Tang said.
Fox was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, he said. Breathalyzer tests also indicated her
blood-alcohol level was greater than .08 percent, the legal limit, Tang said.
A woman who answered the phone at the office of Fox's manager said, "We have no comment on that."
Fox has appeared in "Kill Bill: Vol. 1 ," "Soul Food" and "Independence Day." She also was a contestant on last year's "Dancing With The Stars."
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- After nearly a month of seclusion in a luxurious rehabilitation center, Britney Spears has moved on.
The pop star checked out of Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Facility "after successfully completing their program," Spears' manager, Larry Rudolph, said in a statement released by Jive Records late Tuesday.
He asked that Spears' privacy be respected.
Spears, 25, entered the facility February 22 after a bout of bizarre behavior that included shaving her head, getting tiny lips tattooed on her wrist and beating a car with an umbrella. Photos of the
incidents were beamed worldwide.
Spears' activities have been steady fodder for weekly magazines and entertainment Web sites since she filed for divorce from aspiring rapper Kevin Federline in November, citing irreconcilable
Under a temporary agreement, the two have joint custody of their sons, Jayden James, 6 months, and Sean Preston, 18 months. Federline and the children reportedly visited Spears during her
Personally, I think that they let her out way too soon.
Monday, March 19, 2007
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Daytime television host Regis Philbin was cracking jokes with nurses a day after heart surgery, co-host Kelly Ripa told the "Live with Regis and Kelly" audience Thursday.
Philbin announced on the show March 12 that he would undergo open-heart surgery to clear out plaque in his arteries that had caused chest pains and shortness of breath.
Ripa said Philbin, 75, had bypass surgery Wednesday morning and is already "up and joking around with nurses."
She said that one of his doctors says Philbin has "the heart of a 19-year-old."
Ripa added: "Nursie-poo is coming with her sponge." Ripa had promised Philbin a sponge bath. Philbin, former host of the hit game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," has been a national morning TV fixture since 1989, first with Kathie Lee Gifford and since 2001 with Ripa.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Larry Birkhead, the former boyfriend of the late Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith, was all smiles after leaving a Bahamian courtroom on Friday afternoon. Birkhead, who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, was positively beaming as he left the Bahamas court, though he refused to discuss any details of the court hearing. Despite the fact that Dannielynn's birth certificate indicates that Howard K. Stern, Smith's boyfriend, is the father of Dannielynn, Birkhead has been seeking a paternity test to prove he is the biological father of the child.God, I really hope that baby is his, even though as much as he comes off like an idiot, Birkhead seems to be the most sincere.
Both Larry Birkhead and Virgie Arthur, the mother of Anna Nicole Smith, are both seeking to gain custody of Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern from Howard K. Stern via the Bahamas court. While the courts have ruled that the court case cannot be discussed in the media, Larry Birkhead emerged from the courtroom with a huge grin on his face, telling reporters he was "in a happy mood" after the private hearing. Playfuls quoted Larry Birkhead, who said, "There were different moods for different people. I'm in a happy mood but I can't speak for anyone else," while allowing a beaming smile to creep across his face.
After the court hearing, Larry Birkhead sat down with Access Hollywood to give an exclusive interview. Birkhead told the entertainment show, "I feel really good. What seems like has taken months and months in California basically is going pretty quick here in the Bahamas. I feel good about that. I think good things are coming pretty soon."
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Jennifer Lopez was unimpressed by a magazine interview with her ex-boyfriend Sean "Diddy" Combs current partner Kim Porter, declaring the former model's criticisms of her were "not necessary". Former model Porter dated the hip-hop mogul from 1994 and they had a son Christian together in 1997. However, Combs left her to date his musical protegee Lopez in 1999. After his high-profile relationship with Lopez ended in February 2001, within two years he had reunited with his old flame Porter and they now have baby twin girls D'Lila and Jessie, who were born in December.
In an October interview in Essence magazine, Porter blasted Combs' relationship with Lopez, declaring "he fell for a booty and a smile" and admitted she used to tell the rapper he would return to her when he left "his little Puerto Rican girlfriend." Porter admitted she was in contact with Combs every day of his relationship with Lopez and forbid him from letting their son Christian associate with the Latina beauty. Porter said, "Does she look like the type that would want to play house and family with two little black kids? No."
When asked by the New York Post what she thought about Porter's comments, Lopez says, "I am not going to go there. "Look, she knows what went on, I know what went on. And that is where we have to leave it. I am not going to discuss any of the details of that intimate relationship that I had with the public. It's just not that necessary."
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
A former assistant production accountant for the company behind "American Idol" is suing his ex-employer and a former contestant on the Fox series' fourth season, alleging he was fired for complaining of sexual harassment by the male contestant.
Magdaleno Olmos filed his suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful termination and violation of the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act. He is asking for unspecified
compensatory and punitive damages.
Along with American Idol Productions Inc. and former contestant Mario Vasquez, named defendants are Fremantle Media North America Inc., Fox Entertainment Group Inc. and Fox Broadcasting Co., all listed in the lawsuit as co-owners of the popular show.Spokesmen for Fremantle and Fox Entertainment, as well as Vasquez's personal lawyer, Jess L. Rosen, were not immediately available for comment on the complaint filed last Friday. All of the defendants "knew or should have known that Vasquez was gay or was widely rumored to be so," the lawsuit states.
Vasquez dropped out of the top 12 talent search competition during the fourth season of "American Idol" in March 2005, saying he wanted to focus on personal aspects of his life.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
March 11, 2007 -- JENNIFER Lopez and Marc Anthony are lovey-dovey in public, but insiders say they've hit a rough patch in their marriage. "There was a fight on New Year's Eve," said a source who saw Lopez that night. Another spy said, "There was a fight after she performed at the Super Bowl, and when she had an album-listening party in Miami two months ago, there was an issue." According to this source, Lopez stood up and talked about her upcoming album and said, "This is my dream and Marc and I worked so hard on this album . . . Marc, would you like to say something?" - to which Anthony coldly said, "No," and looked away. One of the issues is that Lopez is said to be putting off pregnancy - he has four kids with two other women - and Anthony is very interested in Scientology. But a friend of both said, "They fight, sure, but everyone fights." A rep for Lopez said, "They're fine."I seriously hope they're not fine because that goody-goody love they display in public is fake. Marc, who cheated on one of the mother of his kids, is too obsessed with her and JLo obviously can't kids, plus I'm still mad that she won't let that ex-husband write a tell-all book to expose all her dirty secrets.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
PASADENA, California (AP) -- Queen Latifah never does the expected. So when asked about the challenges of playing an HIV-positive wife and mother, as she does in HBO's "Life Support," her answer was, indeed, surprising.
"The only challenge was trying to stay in character when you've got people driving past you on the street going, 'Queen!' 'Do it Latifah!' 'That's LATIFAH!' " she says of the on-location shoot in
Brooklyn last year for HBO's "Life Support" (Saturday, 8 p.m. EST, currently on HBO On Demand).
"Most people try to be respectful, but they're excited to see you and they're hitting you with the name or some record that you did, so that was the greatest challenge," she says. "Playing this
To play Ana, a peer counselor at an AIDS facility in Brooklyn whose past drug addiction has put a strain on her family relationships, Latifah (nee Dana Owens) channeled the muse of the New York
streets where the New Jersey girl hung out as a teenager.
"I grew up around these women and around these streets, so it was probably one of the more relatable backdrops that I've been able to sort of step into," says Latifah at a press conference.
"I really felt like I really could relate to the characters, to the situations, a family disrupted by drug addiction. I could relate to that just in my own family," she continues. "So I could relate to Ana's sense of wanting to get out there and see what life had to offer, although we took dramatically different turns. And redemption as well, having the second chance of really trying to repair those relationships after you feel like, OK, I messed up, but I'm back on track and I really want to get things back to where they were."
Thursday, March 1, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) -- "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks needs his Soul Patrol to step up. They were certainly there for him around this time last year, when he was building up a feverish fan base, named the "Soul Patrol." The things about him that irked Simon Cowell -- that mop of gray hair and the herky-jerky dance moves that conjured up images of dorky dads loose at a wedding reception -- were instead embraced by millions, who later handed him the "Idol" title over the likes of talented hotties Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry. It was like a made-for-primetime fairy tale, starring the soulful-voiced Hicks. But as the all that hoopla died down, Hicks faced a tougher task: making the transition from reality TV star to established soul singer.
So far, not so good -- well, not Carrie Underwood "good."
His self-titled, post-"Idol" album, released in December, debuted at No. 2 on the charts. While it has sold a respectable 640,000 copies, it has slid significantly to a dismal rank: 136 this week. Discs by previous winners Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia and Ruben Studdard performed a lot better in
the weeks after they were issued. And finalist Chris Daughtry is near the top of the charts with the self-titled debut of his band Daughtry -- they have sold over 1 million records.
Geoff Mayfield, a senior analyst at Billboard, said he's got "a strong suspicion that (Hicks) might be the first winner who falls shy of a million units."
Good. I totally agreed with Simon when he dissed Hicks as being corny, which he is the embodiment of. Glad the rest of America finally caught on to this totally lame, poor man's George Clooney.