HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Playboy model Katie May has died at the age of 34.

The social media sensation passed away on Thursday evening after being hospitalized for a blockage in her carotid artery on Monday, which resulted in a stroke that left the young model in critical condition.

"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing today of Katie May–mother, daughter, sister, friend, businesswoman, model and social media star–after suffering a catastrophic stroke caused by a blocked carotid artery on Monday," May's family tells E! News in a statement. 

"Known as 'MsKatieMay' on the Internet and the 'Queen of Snapchat,' she leaves behind millions of fans and followers, and a heartbroken family. We respectfully ask for privacy in this difficult time."

May is survived by her 7-year-old daughter, and family members have started aGoFundMe page to try and raise $100,000 to support the child.

"Anyone who was lucky enough to know Katie May was truly blessed by her incredible heart, mind and soul. She was an inspiration and a guiding light to so many people in this world," the donation page states.

"Please help us by donating money to support her daughter. We want to raise as much money for her daughter's living trust as possible to ensure she will always be taken care of. Her daughter was Katie's whole life, so please help Katie and her family by donating money." 

The page has raised just over $8,700 so far with donations from 39 people over the last 10 hours.

May had a strong presence on Instagram, with nearly 2 million people following her page, and an even stronger following on Snapchat, as she famously became dubbed the "Official Queen of Snapchat."

Her last post on Instagram was from a bikini photo shoot in Laguna Beach, Calif., where she wrote, "Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It's very windy here today in LA."

Our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this hard time.

TMZ was first to report the story.

 

 

This! Is the top 24.

Ladies and gentlemen, these are the 24 young singers whom judges Jennifer LopezKeith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. have deemed worthy of advancing to the second-to-last round of the legendary singing competition's final season.

Are you ready? One of the following people is definitely going to follow in Kelly Clarkson's footsteps as the season 15 American Idol champion.

Jenn Blosil

Emily Brooke

MacKenzie Bourg

James VIII

Amelia Eiesenhauer

Trent Harmon

Gianna Isabella

Lee Jean

CJ Johnson

Adam Lasher

Tristan McIntosh

Jeneve Mitchell

Stephany Negrete

Dalton Rapattoni

Jenna Renae

La'Porsha Renae

Olivia Rox

Jordan Sasser

Thomas Stringfellow

Manny Torres

Sonika Vaid

Kory Wheeler

Avalon Young

Shelbie Z

 

 

Ben Stiller just broke the world record for the longest stick—selfie stick, that is.

The actor attempted to add some extra excitement to the Zoolander 2 premiere in London by taking on a challenge, and we're not just talking red carpet interviews. Instead, Stiller tried to break the world record for longest selfie stick ever made by unleashing one helluva monster.

And he succeeded.

"Record breaking: #Zoolander2 snaps world record with the longest selfie stick ever made. @GWR @SamsungMobile," the Twitter account for the film posted earlier today. 

But you need to understand that this was quite the difficult task.

Sure, it may seem pretty elementary. Just take the selfie stick out and keep pulling it apart until you can't anymore, and boom. Snap a selfie.

But no, no. That's not all it takes. Even Stiller took to Twitter and confessed to fans, "This was much more dangerous than it looks."

First of all, look at how high up that thing is. Not only is your precious cellphone in danger by accidentally slipping out of its lock and shattering into a million pieces (just the thought gives us major anxiety), but it could also topple on someone's head!

You know how sometimes when you wake up in the morning and scroll through your Instagram when—bam—your phone falls on your face and you have no idea how that happened. Yeah, take that times infinity.

Regardless, these brave souls managed to overcome their fear in hopes of creating history, and that's exactly what they did.

Don't miss Zoolander 2 when it hits theaters Feb. 12.

 

 

New couple alert!

OK, maybe not, but Rebel Wilson is going after Justin Bieber.

When the two recently met at the opening of Jennifer Lopez's Las Vegas, the "Boyfriend" singer promised to hang with the Aussie funny lady.

But it never happened.

Perhaps the sparks will fly now with Wilson's very special Valentine's Day video message for the Biebs.

"Happy Valentine's Day, Justin," Wilson says in the video, shot at last night's How to Be Single premiere in New York City. "I'll be thinking about you. Not in like a weird way or anything. Just like in a fun way.

"You are like the most eligible pop star out there right now and I'll just put this out there, I am the most eligible female Australian living in America and does international hit feature films right now and who is in the age bracket of 25 to 35," she said. "So just consider that."

Wilson ended the vid with a sweet wink of her eye while cooing, "I think we're a good match."

So, Justin, if you're reading this, please give Rebel a call.

We think you're a good match, too.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

How to Be Single is in theaters on Feb. 12.

 

 

The Lonely Island is getting back on the boat.

There are (probably) not actually any boats involved, but the comedy/rap group, consisting of Andy Samberg,Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, is getting back into the Saturday night sketch comedy game after several years away from Saturday Night Live.

Along with The League's Paul Scheer, they're now executive producing a new half-hour sketch show for Fox called Party Over Here, starring comedians Nicole Byer,Jessica McKenna, and Alison Rich. The show will air on Saturday nights, but at 11 p.m., meaning it will air just before SNL starts at 11:30. 

While some were reporting the new show as a rival to the reigning king of late night sketch comedy, that's not actually the case at all. 

"One of our stipulations to Fox was that we wouldnt air at the same time as@nbcsnl," the group tweeted after a fan asked them to explain. "This show is over at 11:30.

The Lonely Island basically ruled SNL for many years, starting when Andy Samberg joined the cast in 2005. Their video, Lazy Sunday—a charming gangster rap about going out for cupcakes and seeing The Chronicles of Narnia—took the world by storm and was one of the first viral videos on Youtube. 

They went on to produce some of the best video content that has ever come out ofSNL, if you ask us (and you shouldn't, because we will perform the entirety of "I'm On a Boat" for you), and the show hasn't been quite the same since Andy's departure in 2012. Still good, but not the same. 

The new show will cover "everything from pop culture to politics" and will feature both sketch comedy shorts and in-studio segments filmed in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. 

We would have gladly taken the Empire spin-off, but sketch comedy works too. 

Party Over Here premieres Saturday, March 12 at 11 p.m. on Fox. 

 

 

Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga can update her résumé with yet another honor: the recent Golden Globe winner will receive the Jane Ortner Artist Award at the Grammy Museum's 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on April 4 at Ron Burkle's Green Acres home in Beverly Hills. 

At the luncheon, Gaga will not only receive the honor -- doled out to a performer who has demonstrated passion and dedication to education through the arts -- but she will also sing, as will nine-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner John Legend, who received the Grammy Museum's inaugural Jane Ortner Artist Award. Gaga is currently nominated for an Oscar with Diane Warren for their collaboration on "Til It Happens to You."

Building on the Grammy Museum's education programs and initiatives, the Jane Ortner Education Award (given to teachers, with the 2016 honoree set to be announced shortly) and the Jane Ortner Artist Award were established by the Grammy Museum in partnership with Charles B. Ortner -- entertainment attorney, Museum Board member and husband of the late Jane Ortner, a devoted and beloved public school teacher who valued music as a tool for teaching academic subjects.

"The enormous impact Lady Gaga has had on artists and fans began with a strong educational foundation," Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, said in a statement. "Her career trajectory, marked by extraordinary talent and creativity, is one of the most inspiring stories in music."

 

Tyga is alarmed his baby mama was arrested for possessing ecstasy and being wasted in public, and he's now sharpening the legal knives to wrestle custody from her. 

Sources connected with Tyga tell TMZ he's alarmed at Blac Chyna's arrest in Austin last week, and is worried her problems with drugs and alcohol might be putting 3-year-old King at risk.

Tyga has already filed legal docs to change the custody arrangement, and now thinks Chyna's recent run-in proves he's the more responsible parent and he should have King during the week, allowing her visitation on weekends.

 

Mark Cuban's record for throwing the most expensive Super Bowl party is like the '72 Miami Dolphins ... undefeated, and in 2016 you don't need to look beyond the menu to realize Cuban's still on top.

Mark's shindig goes down Saturday night in SFO, and here's a taste of how much it's gonna cost ... 2014's SB halftime act Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the bash. STK is on kitchen duty and its menu blows the seven-layer dip out of the water.

For hor d'oeuvres ... citrus Old Bay poached shrimp, candied bacon cones, tuna tartare in a soy honey emulsion and taro chips, sweet corn pudding cups and mini lump crab salads.

Chicken wings and the old fashioned burger still make appearances but in new form ... crispy buffalo chicken bites with a blue cheese mousse and sliders with caramelized onions. 

Best of all ... party's free, if you can get on the list.

 

Chris Martin tells PEOPLE magazine that he is looking forward to performing with Beyonce at the Super Bowl. "We love Beyoncé's music and she's one of the greatest performers I've ever witnessed. The people from NFL came to us this year and wanted us to include the past, present and future … the way we are honoring the past is to look at the people whose past halftime shows we really loved, and Beyoncé's is right up with that.''

 

Chris Martin tells PEOPLE magazine that his son designed a pair of shoes for him to wear during his Super Bowl halftime performance. "I hope to get tickets. I hope they will watch. My son designs my shoes and I asked him to make me some Super Bowl shoes, so he did two. They have been lovely about the whole thing."

 

Chris Martin tells US Weekly that his daughter gave him some advice about performing at halftime of the Super Bowl. “My daughter said the sweetest thing yesterday. She said, ‘How are you feeling about the Super Bowl?’ I said, ‘Of course we’re a little bit nervous.’ [And] she said, ’Dad, the worst that could happen is that you’ll get turned into a meme.’”

 

Female First claims Rihanna's backstage rider requests that her dressing room be stocked with "Regular Cheetos, hot Cheetos, Golden Grahams cereal, Oreo's, Cuppa Noodles, red and white wine, vodka, soda and garlic olives." Rihanna tells Ellen: "I will definitely take it with me. I just like to be prepared you never know where you are going to be. I don't eat the Oreos that much. I haven't eaten Golden Grahams in about two years. Hot Cheetos definitely happening. Regular Cheetos when I am tired of hot Cheetos. Crunchy ones always."

 

Perez Hilton claims Beyonce had fired her management team. The site quotes a source as saying: "Beyoncé basically cleaned house, got rid of her whole team, which included her cousin, and hired a new team. She wants to surround herself with business people who could take her career to an even higher level. She has one album left to deliver before her deal is up with Columbia, plus she wants to make smarter decisions where it comes to touring, sponsorships and acting roles."

 

Mariah Carey tells Hollywoodlife.com that she has no plans to have more kids."No, those [Moroccan and Monroe] are my two babies and I think they will get too jealous."

 

Rihanna tells Ellen that she is single. “I’m single right now. And it’s not that I’m like oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men. I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can’t even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious. Or even a text. Right now it’s just crazy.”

 

Gossip Cop claims Blake Shelton ripped the tabloids yesterday with a tweet that read: “I’ve read more complete bullcrap about my personal life, my next album and my job on the voice this week than ever before… EVER Before! If my life was half as chaotic as they say it is I’d be dead… My god I wish they’d move on to someone else!!! It’s so old at this point.”

 

Radar Online claims Kris Jenner was an OJ Simpson groupie. This site quotes OJ's former manager Mike Gilbert as saying: “How many days did Kris go to the trial? She was barely at the trial. She was a groupie. She only went when there was celebrity testimony. She went when Furman testified. She went when O.J. tried on the gloves. It was a happening and people wanted to be there. There were no heroes in this trial.”

 

Sofia Vergara tells The Edit magazine that she does not like watching herself age on TV. "Watching myself age on screen is awful! There is nothing more disturbing than watching an episode of Modern Familyfrom the first season, then one from seven years later. It just makes me want to kill myself, but what can I do? I'll be sad when the wolf whistles stop. I'm already sad that men have started calling me ‘Sen~ora.'"

 

Ben Stiller honored David Bowie during the Zoolander 2 premiere last night. He said: "He was a huge influence on so many people, I think on our culture, in the last 40, 50 years - when you go back and look at how long he was making music and how ahead of the curve he always was and always taking chances. So I think I'm like everyone else - influenced by him in that way. And it would have been great to have him in the second one. But having him in the first was a very special thing, and I will always cherish that.''

 

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