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Joan Rivers Under Fire for Joke about Kidnapped Cleveland Women

Joan Rivers at Universal Studios to do an interview for the show EXTRA in Universal City, California on April 9, 2014

Joan Rivers at Universal Studios to do an interview for the show EXTRA in Universal City, California on April 9, 2014

*Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and sexually abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for jokes she made about their captivity, but the comedienne tells TMZ she has no plans to says she is sorry.

“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” Rivers told the gossip site.

Rivers first mentioned the victims when she and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show. During the appearance, she complained about her living arrangements in her daughter’s guest bedroom, saying, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”


L-R: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight

A Wednesday statement from attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus calls Rivers’ remark hurtful and shocking. The attorneys say the women have endured painful media attention and the comment is “a new low” that warrants an apology.

Berry, DeJesus and a third woman, Michelle Knight, escaped last year. Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison.

Rivers also stood by her joke when reached by The Plain Dealer for comment on Wednesday, telling the Cleveland newspaper, “I know what those girls went through. It was a little, stupid joke. There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. That’s what I do. Calm down. “


George Clooney Curses Out Steve Wynn for Calling Pres. Obama an ‘A**hole’


*George Clooney cursed out, then, walked out on his friend, Las Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn, when he started trashing President Barack Obama.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the whole thing went down two weeks ago during a dinner in Vegas, where the actor, 52, and mogul, 72, got into a heated argument over politics, specifically, President Obama.

“He called the president an asshole … that is a fact … I said the president was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ … At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass,” Clooney told the newspaper in an email sent via his publicist.

But according to the actor, who claims he left immediately following the altercation, it wasn’t Wynn’s political beliefs that disgusted him so. “It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character,” Clooney added.


George Clooney, Steve Wynn

Clooney was in Las Vegas to promote his Casamigos tequila during the Wine &Spirits Wholesalers of America convention. The star and his Casamigos business partners Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman had joined Wynn and a group that included Wynn’s wife, Andrea Hissom, Larry Ruvo, founder of Southern Wine &Spirits, and two executives with celebrity powerhouse Creative Artists Agency.

Dinner had ended, and “the place was empty,” Wynn said.

Clooney took exception, Wynn said, when one of the CAA execs told a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

“He stood up and threw a hissy fit” at the CAA guy, Wynn said in a telephone interview, his first comments on the dust-up.

“Then he sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act, and that’s when I spoke up,” said Wynn, a frequent critic of Obamacare. “He didn’t like that either. I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

“When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.

“He got up and said, ‘I don’t have to listen to this (expletive) stuff. The only person who got excited at the table was George, and he ran off to another bar.”

Clooney’s partners were “mortified,” Wynn said.

“Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober,” Wynn added. “If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.

“Everybody who’s in my business, the casino business, knows to take actors with a grain of salt.”


‘Iverson’ Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival (Trailer)


*Retired NBA star and former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson is the subject of a documentary making its sold out world premiere on April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

From first time director Zatella Beatty, “Iverson” features the controversial 11-time All Star and the 2001 MVP telling his story in his own words with appearances from the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade and former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw among others.

iverson poster

Beatty’s 214 Productions produces alongside Ted Faye with Mandalay Sports Media and Moore Entertainment as EPs.

Watch the trailer below:


Chris Brown Facing Another ‘Con Air’ Flight Back to LA


Chris Brown and his lawyer Mark Geragos outside of D.C. Court (Jan. 2014)

*Chris Brown will have to fly back to California the same way he got to Washington, D.C. — in chains on the grueling “Con Air” inmate transport system, reports CNN.

A Los Angeles judge refused a request to free the singer from custody on Wednesday so he could make his own way back from Washington. The 24-year-old singer was taken to D. C. by U.S. marshals this month for trial on an assault charge, but that has been put on hold until the appeal of his bodyguard’s conviction is completed.

Brown has been on probation since 2009 when he pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge in the beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

He and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested on assault charges in Washington for allegedly beating a man who tried to take a photo of Brown last December. That arrest led to a revocation of Brown’s probation, but he was allowed to enter a rehab program instead of going to jail.

He was ordered to jail last month when he was kicked out of the rehab program for rules violations.

Brown is now “stuck between a rock and a hard spot,” attorney Robert Kalunian told Judge Victor Greenberg during a brief hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He has been locked up for 39 days and still has not had a probation revocation hearing, Kalunian said.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Murray said she “strenuously” opposed releasing Brown now, arguing the only change since Brown was jailed in March is that his case has “gotten worse.” The Washington judge who found his bodyguard guilty in the assault case also concluded that Brown was “the initial aggressor” in the incident, Murray said.

A hearing was set for May 1 in Los Angeles to set a date for another hearing that could determine if Brown’s Washington case warranted a probation revocation. It could be several months before his trial in Washington is held.

“I think it’s a little over the top to have him in custody on this misdemeanor when everybody saw the bodyguard’s trial and which was nothing more than a bloody nose,” Brown lawyer Mark Geragos told reporters in Washington earlier Wednesday. “And you have got the bodyguard who was convicted and who readily admitted he was the one who did the punching. So all of this is much ado about nothing.”

The delay in Brown’s Washington trial came after prosecutors refused to grant immunity to Hollosy so he could testify without jeopardizing his own case. On Monday, Hollosy was found guilty of assaulting a man on a Washington sidewalk before Brown’s trial was to begin in the case.

The prosecutors cited Hollosy’s refusal to talk to them about his testimony as a major reason for the decision not to grant immunity. Their motion also said they suspected he might lie in his testimony to help Brown.

“The cynic in me would say apparently it is not a search for the truth because if they wanted the truth they would give Hollosy immunity and allow him to testify,” Geragos said Wednesday outside court.

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Wiz Khalifa to Lead ‘Under the Influence of Music’ Summer Tour

Rapper Wiz Khalifa featured wearing Converse in support of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Wiz Khalifa featured wearing Converse in support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

*Wiz Khalifa will hit the road this summer with Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan for his Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour.

Tour founder Khalifa has also recruited up-and-comers Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU! and DJ Drama for the 22-city jaunt that kicks off July 24 in Scranton, PA, and ends a month later in Irvine, CA. [See schedule below.]

This is the third year Khalifa’s heading out on the Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour. The first year, he was joined by Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Last year, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B and Joey Bada$$ were all featured.

This year’s lineup is full of likely onstage mic swapping between sets as there have been a number of recent collaborations between the rappers. Khalifa was featured on Ty Dolla’s “Or Nah” and IAMSU!’s “What You ‘Bout,” IAMSU! had several features on Sage the Gemini’s debut this year, “Remember Me” and Tyga featured on DJ Drama’s single “So Many Girls”.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25, at

Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour Dates:

7/24 — The Pavilion at Montage Mountain — Scranton, Pennsylvania
7/25 — Susquehanna Bank Center — Camden, New Jersey
7/26 — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach — Virginia Beach, Virginia
7/27 — Jiffy Lube Live — Bristow, Virginia
7/29 — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre — Toronto, Ontario
7/31 — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater — Wantagh, New York
8/01 — First Niagara Pavilion — Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
8/02 — Xfinity Center — Mansfield, Massachusetts
8/03 — PNC Bank Arts Center — Holmdel, New Jersey
8/05 — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre — Tinley Park, Illinois
8/06 — Klipsch Music Center — Noblesville, Indiana
8/08 — Blossom Music Center — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8/09 — Alpine Valley Music Theatre — Elkhorn, Wisconsin
8/10 — DTE Energy Music Theatre — Clarkston, Michigan
8/12 — Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis — Maryland Heights, Missouri
8/14 — Gexa Energy Pavilion — Dallas, Texas
8/15 — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman — Woodlands, Texas
8/17 — Isleta Amphitheater — Albuquerque, New Mexico
8/19 — Red Rocks Amphitheatre — Morrison, Colorado
8/22 — Shoreline Amphitheatre — Mountain View, California
8/23 — Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista — Chula Vista, California
8/24 — Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine — Irvine, California

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Lenny Kravitz Launches Roxie Records to Release New Album ‘Strut’

Lenny Kravitz at 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' premiere in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre on November 18, 2013.

Lenny Kravitz at ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ premiere in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre on November 18, 2013.

*Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, “Strut,” will be released Sept. 23 through his own imprint Roxie Records, named after his late mother, actress Roxie Roker.

He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album, reports An upcoming Kravitz tour is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I am looking forward to my partnership with Kobalt,” Kravitz said in a statement. “They have a passionate team that share a high artistic view and I am confident they that are the right partner to carry out my creative vision for this album.”

Kobalt launched its label services division in January of 2013 with Nick Cave’s “Push the Sky Away,” and has since expanded its roster to include the Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, Martina McBride and David Gray. Its publishing division, which has been around since 2001, has signed administration deals with a number of high profile artists, including Dave Grohl, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney’s MPL Communications, Dr. Luke, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, the Miles Davis estate and Skrillex.

Outside of music, Kravitz’s pursuits include acting (“Precious”, “The Hunger Games” films, “The Butler”) and design. In 2003 he launched Kravitz Design Inc. which offers commercial and residential design services, product development and branding.