Shakir Stewart, who replaced Jay-Z at Def Jam, was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound on Saturday in the bathroom of his Atlanta home. The high-powered executive vice president was just 34 years old was notoriously hardworking, and began his rise through the music biz by handing out concert fliers. The young mogul was responsible for signing Ciara and Beyonce, and brought new stars like Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label. His fiance Michelle Rivers released a statement yesterday that expressed both her sorrow and disbelief surrounding his death:
“We would like to thank Shakir’s friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time. It has helped us to cope with our overwhelming grief and sadness. It is difficult to express or explain in words what led to the tragic occurrence on Saturday. Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love. As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence. Please remember Shakir for who he was … a wonderful father, partner, son and friend.”
Joaquin Phoenix, wtf? First the Gladiator star mumbled about retirement alongside brother-in-law Casey Affleck. Now he’s made an even bigger ass of himself by bungling a message to fans at the premiere of Che last Saturday. While his knuckles read “GOOD-BYE!” when he wrote on them, the fists proclaimed “BYE!-GOOD” to the world when he straightened his wrists back out. D’oh!
Unsurprisingly, Page Six reports that Phoenix was “out of it” this weekend, leaving half-way through a Paul Newman tribute and “wobbling back in a bit later.” Friends are concerned that the actor may have relapsed (ya think?). He may have written “BYE!-GOOD,” but he’s really saying “MEE!-HELP.”
Now this is magic! Criss Angel has somehow made Hugh Hefner disappear and shown up in his place. The cheesy illusionist has been courting Hef’s ex Holly Madison for a while, but the two have denied being romantically involved. That is, until Halloween – when they showed up to an event in Las Vegas and awkwardly kissed for the cameras. A source close to the couple reveals that they can’t keep their hands off each other, and insists that they are, “perfect for each other.” We’ve got a ton of pics of the couple canoodling below for your eyes to enjoy. Chris is the exact opposite of Holly’s former flame – young, douchey and decked out in finger jewels. Do you think she’s just rebounding, or really in love? [Photo: Getty Images]
The vocal stylings of Zac Efron & Co. held the top spot at the box office over the weekend, outselling two horror movies, Angelina Jolie, and a sexy comedy. How did the Disney tarts do it? Get a taste of Efron gold in the above clip.
1. High School Musical 3: $15M
2. Zack & Miri Make A Porno: $10.7M
3. Saw V: $10.1M
4. Changeling: $9.41
5. The Haunting of Molly Hartley: $6.01M
We were a bit disappointed when Mel B revealed she secretly married Steven Belafonte last year — after all, there was no tacky celebrity-themed wedding pictures to take the piss of. (Especially not compared to her first wedding to “flamboyant” dancer Jimmy Gulzar, where all the other Spice Girls had to wear white and the groom reportedly sang a love song to his best man. And it didn’t last! Shocker.)
Anyway, she’s more than made up for that with plans for an extraordinarily gaudy renewal of vows with her new hubby over in Egypt, and she’s already sent out a 20-page booklet to guests. And it sounds like the most brilliantly tacky holiday-club-style wedding ever.
“Guests are invited to ‘an outrageously fun treasure hunt that Mel came up with herself’. Guests are also invited to dine at one of the hotel’s five restaurants and enjoy a folklore show after dinner,” quotes the News of the World.
But there’s one A-list guest that won’t be attending — apparently Victoria Beckham has snubbed her old friend. Shame, we fancied seeing her dressed up in Cleopatra-style robes dancing to folklore tunes. But probably the theme doesn’t match her new hair, or something. [Source: The Sun; Photos: Getty Images]
Poor old Sienna Miller. No, seriously! Reports are claiming that her romance with married father-of-four Balthazar Getty has hit the rocks, with him stalling on his divorce and she moving back to London for a cooling-off period.
Sigh. You’d think after enduring public vilification for months over your relationship, being held up as a homewrecker, hounded by paparazzi (so much that you’re now suing one of them), you’d at the very least have chosen the right bloke to go through this for. But it looks like Sienna’s knack for choosing dodgy men has struck again. She’s done the gorgeous film star who turned out to be a balding cheater who was shagging the nanny (Jude Law), the rough diamond who turned out to be a bit of an emotional liability (Rhys Ifans) and now she’s been lumbered with the “my wife doesn’t understand me like you do, oh yes, let’s get together, hang on a minute maybe we shouldn’t rush into things I have to think of the children” cliché.
While we totally understand that Balthazar doesn’t want to be based over in London as it’s too far away from his kids, maybe he should have thought of that before banging someone other than his wife? Just a thought. [Source: Sunday Mirror, Photo: Splash News Online]
About once a year, Paris Hilton seems to make a half-assed attempt to insist that she is a misunderstood, gentle, delicate flower, and the image of her as a vacuous, superficial talentless party girl is UNTRUE (just because she spends 85% of her life pouting and dancing on tables doesn’t mean she isn’t really really INTELLIGENT and DEEP, you know!)
And here we are again. Now Paris has “revealed” to a newspaper that like, she’s totally like, been used by mean guys, and like, all she really wants to do is get married and have kids.
“Every other guy I’ve been out with has used me for money or sex — but in most cases they just want fame. It made it hard to trust people,” she told the News of the World. “After a while I had to start questioning exactly why somebody wanted to be with me. And that made things really difficult … I’d love to start a family in the next year. And I want to get married before we have kids. I want three or four.”
Our heart bleeds for poor Paris — but didn’t she threaten promise to have kids years ago? And we’re sure that she wouldn’t embark on having a family before she completes that charity mission to Rwanda . We wouldn’t think any less of you, love. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Kim Kardashian may be approaching 30 and Mariah Carey‘s almost 40, but they’re seeking attention like teenage girls in heat. This Halloween, skanky costumes rule.
Last night in Los Angeles, Kim showed up to her own celebration dressed as Wonder Woman — only with 20 pounds more ass, boobs and makeup. Mimi rocked two costumes at her party with hubby Nick Cannon, starting the night as some kind of nymphomaniac firefighter and ending it as a box of cookies waiting to be devoured. Wouldn’t it have been easier for both of them to just dress as skanks and be done with it? Or maybe they should have worn nothing at all like Ice-T‘s curvaceous wife Coco. (Ice, invite us next time!)
But not everyone aimed to show skin this Halloween. Mickey Rourke, who looked like a drunken gay biker, deserves an award for Halloween’s Most F*cked-Up Looking Celebrity. Sadly, Kate Moss and actress Taryn Manning could be the runners-up for that award. Marilyn Manson wore the most simple and (surprise!) shocking outfit by hanging an “AIDS” sign around his neck. On a positive note, Pink and Seal both wore outfits that totally rocked.
Britney Spears debuted the cover for her new album Circus, featuring the mega-hit “Womanizer.” Take away the Cheetos and Marlboro Lights and this mother of two looks like royalty. Here’s the album’s track list:
3. Out From Under
4. Kill The Lights
5. Shattered Glass
6. If U Seek Amy
7. Unusual You
9. Mmm Papi
11. Lace and Leather
12. My Baby
This year, in preparation for Halloween, Maryland sent 1,200 convicted sex offenders this happy little fellow to post on the door to keep kids from knocking. Following uproar and mockery, authorities realized that a jack o’ lantern doesn’t say “we are not legally allowed to celebrate Halloween at this house” from a distance, and have sent out signs that still feature the message—but not the Great Pumpkin.
If they’re determined to put a spooky icon with the warning, maybe they could go with the one Scandalist came up with.