Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
JAY Z ALLEGED TARGET OF PRODUCER’S EXTORTION PLOT
Authorities recently arrested producer Chauncey Mahan for allegedly attempting to extort $100,000 from Jay Z in exchange for master recordings holding some of the rapper/entrepreneur/agent’s most popular tracks. Police claim Mahan has been in possession of the master tapes since 2002. TMZ reports the value of the recordings is estimated to be between $15 and $20 million. Mahan apparently contacted Jay Z last week asking for the sum of $100,000 as a “storage fee.”
SELENA SECURING PROPERTY TO THWART TRESPASSERS
Pop star Selena Gomez is making an effort to make her new Calabasas, CA home more secure following recent incidents with a repeat trespasser. TMZ reports Gomez is erecting a massive perimeter gate on her estate to discourage would-be intruders from coming onto her property uninvited. Gomez’s house is located in the same gated community as her on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber’s former party palace, which Bieber recently sold.
BIEBER PRESSES TO PUSH BACK FLORIDA DUI TRIAL
Attorneys for Justin Bieber are seeking a delay in the pop star’s trial on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license, which is scheduled to get underway next month. The singer’s legal team filed a motion saying they need more time to prepare their case. The 20-year old’s trial is scheduled to commence May 5 in Miami.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN BASHES BIEBER DURING TALK SHOW FILL-IN STINT
Easy target Justin Bieber was in reality star Khloe Kardashian’s crosshairs during the famous-for-being-famous celebrity’s fill-in host role on Monday’s Chelsea Lately show. During her openingmonologue, Kardashian referred to her recent purchase of Bieber’s former Calabasas, CA mansion, saying, “It’s been rumored that I bought Justin Bieber’s old house. I’m not saying if that’s true, but if it is, this marks the first time a neighborhood will be happy to see a Kardashian move in.”
EMINEM AMONG HEADLINERS FOR 2014 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FEST
The lineup for the 2014 edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival was unveiled Tuesday withEminem among the event’s biggest names. Additional acts confirmed to perform include Outkast,Lorde, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, Childish Gambino,The Glitch Mob, Icona Pop, Paolo Nutini, Foster the People, Skrillex and Zedd. The festival will take place over two weekends, October 3-5 and 10-12, at Zilker Park. Tickets are on sale now ataclfestival.com.
LORDE LATEST STAR TO POSTPONE TOUR DATES DUE TO ILLNESS
New Zealand sensation Lorde has been forced to postpone a series of Australian shows “because of a nasty chest infection and general ill health. The teen took to Twitter to write: “I am so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January. We will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in November) so don’t worry about that. I’m truly sorry if I let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and I hope you can understand.”
DREW WELCOMES DAUGHTER FRANKIE
It’s another girl for Drew Barrymore. The 39-year-old and husband Will Kopelman welcomed daughter Frankie on Tuesday. “Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman,” the couple said in a statement. “Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy.” The pair’s first child, daughter Olive, is 19-months-old.
PREPON DENIES DATING CRUISE
Laura Prepon is setting the record straight. The Orange is the New Black star tells SheKnows that rumors she is dating Tom Cruise are “false.” It’s just so funny that, when people don’t know, they just make stuff up, [like], apparently I’m dating Tom Cruise right now. And apparently he doesn’t want me doing the show because I portray a lesbian and I’m a Scientologist,” she said. “Where are they even getting this stuff? It’s unbelievable to me.” She also says claims Scientology is anti-gay is also a lie. “I am a huge supporter of the LGBT community. I’m going to the GLAAD Awards in a few weeks. I went to the human rights campaign. I flew up to San Francisco and did this whole thing and I won this award [for] being a straight woman portraying a gay woman on camera,” she said. “I’m a total supporter of the LGBT and they are an amazing fan base.”
COX SHUTS DOWN FRIENDS REUNION TALK
Courteney Cox dashed the hopes of Friends fans once and for all. During an appearance on theLate Show with David Letterman earlier this week, Cox stood firm that there will never be a Friendsreunion. "It's not gonna happen," said Cox, 49. "There's six friends and I have been trying to put together a cast dinner for ten years." Cox explained that if planning a dinner is any indication of how hard it is to get this group together, there’s just no way they’ll be able to reunite for a show. "I mean, I can get the girls [Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow] to come, maybe Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc canceled last time, [David] Schwimmer lives here [in NYC], so it's just not going to happen,” she said.
● Ellen DeGeneres will produce a new furniture design competition series for HGTV. Ellen’s Design Challenge will run for six episodes, premiering in 2015. It will pit six people against each other in challenges involving the sketching, designing and building of furniture within 24 hours. The winner will take home a cash prize.
Modern Family star Ty Burrell has opened a beer garden in Salt Lake City. It features 150 beers, bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.