Jennifer Lopez is being taken to court by one of her ex-employees, for alleged wrongs perpetrated by her manager Benny Medina. The singer’s former driver, Hakob Manoukian, claims that he started working for her and then husband, Marc Anthony back in 2005 and that he was so genius at his job, and got on so well with the couple, that they asked Manoukian to become J.Lo’s Head of Security and Transportation. This meant closing down his own company so he could join her team, of course. The lawsuit also claims that Jennifer and he came to an agreement that his remuneration would hit an excess of $200,000 annually, so it was a big bump up.
So where does Benny Medina fit into this picture? Everywhere, apparently. Manoukian claims that Medina humiliated him all through the time J.Lo was filming What To Expect When You’re Expecting, as the manager and ex-driver ended up spending time together on the job. Medina claims that the man is just a “disgruntled employee who chose to quit,” but Manoukian has more serious allegations. He claims that the manager hated him as he was born in Iraq and made his life hell by yelling at him constantly and made fun of him in front of people and otherwise about the way he dressed.
To add insult to injury, the lawsuit states that Medina was directly responsible for the loss of Hakob’s promotion by making Jennifer take away his security responsibilities According to Hakob, he went back to square one of being just a driver, because of Medina’s interference and now he wants payback. No, seriously. He wants them to pay him back, hence he’s suing for unspecified damages! We don’t get how he can sue Jennifer from any of the stuff allegedly done by Medina, though? Shouldn’t he be suing Medina for that?
Sometime bad boy Bobby Brown is hurt by the accusations that he led Whitney Houston down the wayward path of drug use. Brown sat down with Today’sMatt Lauer for his first interview since Whitney’s death, airing in two parts beginning on Wednesday (April 2). For seven years, Brown says he has been clean of any narcotics (good for you, B!), and he hoped his ex-wife of 15 years was on a similar path of sobriety. He tells Lauer that when he saw his Houston a week before she passed, “[She] had this glow about her that was just, you know, incredible. I’m saying to myself, you know, ‘She must be … she must be doing really well,’ because she looked really well,” reports TodayEntertainment. When the 43-year-old R&B singer was asked about how he feels about all the people who blame him for Houston’s addiction, he said, “It makes me feel terrible. But you know, I know differently. I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time lookin’ through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together.”
Fortunately for the pair, their wake-up call came after viewing their disastrous short-lived reality show Being Bobby Brown. In Houston’s 2009 interview with Oprah, Houston alluded to only doing the show for her then-husband, so he could have something of his own. Following in the shadows of The Voice was no easy feat. According to Brown, after the couple finally saw the show, they realized how detrimental the drugs were to their relationship. “We looked at the bubble and saw ourselves. We was able to see what other people were saying about us, you know? We was able to see that our drug use had affected our relationship, had affected the love that we felt for each other.” Read more…
The Wanted know it was wrong to say all those hurtful things about The Voice judge Christina Aguilera last week. It’s just that, well, maybe if she hadn’t had been such an awful witch, they wouldn’t have had to put her on blast in public? That seems to be the gist of the British boy band’s not-an-apology apology to Xtina, anyway, and we are not having it. “We shouldn’t have said it, to be honest with you,” bandmember Tom Parker told TMZ. A reasonable conclusion, Tom! Unfortunately, he went on to add: “We just think manners cost nothing, you know what I mean?” Is he seriously calling in to question Christina’s manners right now? Well, you know what else doesn’t cost anything, Tom? Not calling someone the b-word. Look, we’re not saying it right now, and it isn’t costing us a penny!
Xtina has so far remained silent on the whole debacle, which started last week when The Wanted started throwing shade about her on New York’s 92.3 NOW. “Maybe she’s not a b— in real life, but she was a b— to us,” Parker snarked at the time. Considering Christina stayed mum when Kelly Osbourne went after her for getting “fat,” we doubt Xtina will come out swinging any time soon. Though do you know how easy it would be to verbally take down a boy band? Start with their 4-year-long careers, segueing onto acne and work it on down, girl!
Kanye West, we’re going to need you to break down for us, in extreme detail, why your pants straight-up fell off while you were on a date with Kim Kardashian in New York this weekend. Now, some of people might be content to assume that Yeezy was merely sagging his pants (like you do) and that things got out of hand when he tried to move into a standing position from a car. We hear what those people are saying and they might have a point…if those weren’t leather pants. We’ve seen Friends; we know leather pants are the hardest trouser to remove from the human body. The sweat factor alone makes it almost impossible!
Not that it’s anything we haven’t seen before (Kanye West nude pics, anyone?), but because we have human brains and we need a logical explanation for everything, we tried desperately to come up with a rational for what fate befell Kanye’s pants. Do you buy any of these?
Too much swag stuffed into Yeezy’s pockets made his pants rocket toward the earth like a calfskin meteorite.
Kanye is trying to get exposed man-thigh to happen for Summer 2011. Stop trying to make man-thigh happen, Kanye! It’s not going to happen!
Something seedy and sexual that we don’t even want to deal with. Get it right, you two!
That’s it! Those are literally the only explanations we can thing of, because this makes no sense!
Whatever it is, at least we can be sure it’s not some kind of PR stunt. Right, Kim and Kanye?
Is Kristen Stewart guest starring on Mad Men? Because her new ElleUK June cover — seen on the left — made us think of a 60′s diva immediately. The shoot went down on March 13 in L.A. and aims to promote her forthcoming film Snow White And The Huntsman. They even documented Kristen’s time at the session sending out messages like, “On outfit 4. It’s still sunny but there’s a chill in the garden, so Kristen’s covering up in a zip-up hoodie between shots.” So we know she tried on multiple ensembles. The one they eventually picked for the cover was this gorgeous, textured Jil Sander dress. Pair that with sexy minimal makeup and retro-chic hair, and we got ourselves a hot cover. We don’t really get the association of this image with what her role in Snow White is about — other than the dress being white, of course — but we’ll take what we can get because she looks beautiful.
This is the second Elle cover for Kristen, FYI, which you can see with the photograph on the right. This was also released in June but back in 2010. That shoot was pretty spectacular too, even though she was still growing out her The Runaways hair. Even though the styling in that photograph is pretty modern, the hair takes us straight back to the ’70′s, thanks to her amazing portrayal of Joan Jett in the movie.
So here we have it. Two covers. Both for June but shot two years apart. One is fabulously retro and the other is the ’70′s-meets-modern. You have to tell us which one you prefer.
The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has really become the hot ticket in town. We already know that Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan got invites, for which they were probably very thankful. Now if only they had dressed with gratitude. We’re definitely not saying that no effort went into putting their looks together. It was just all directed the wrong way for both of them. Lindsay’s black satin halter-necked gown and Kim’s heavy green satin version ended up looking tacky. Sorry, ladies, better luck next time. This was Kim’s second time at the event so she should’ve known what to expect. There were plenty of sartorial winners, though. Charlize Theron, as always, nailed it in an Emilio Pucci lace overlay column with Manolo Blahnik heels and a Judith Leiber clutch. Reese Witherspoon was glam in a black Monique Lhuillier gown and stunning turquoise and emerald drop earrings by Irene Neuwirth. Sofia Vergara and Anna Paquin wore black too, with Vergara picking a black textured brocade David Meister cocktail frock, and Paquin, a Hervé L. Leroux gown.
The list of celebrities is a bit of a roll call, but we’ll try to do justice. There was a fair amount of white that popped up. Claire Danes wore the color through an edgy Vivienne Westwood gown, Malin Akerman wore a slightly peachier version of the shade in a vintage Odicini Couture dress. Eva Longoria wore a shorter, Marchesa cocktail variety, while Ginnifer Goodwin wore a snowy H&M frou-frou long, layered number. The supermodels also picked that color with Irina Shayk looking terrific in a slinky wide-legged jumpsuit and Kate Upton who sadly, ended up looking frumpy in a frilled, lacklustre dress. Dakota Fanning and Zooey Deschanel wore textured pastels; the former with Prada and the latter with Oscar de la Renta. Going in the opposite direction with splashes of color were Elizabeth Banks in vermilion Antonio Berardi peplum gown, Rosario Dawson in an emerald Armani Prive very low-cut dress and Viola Davis in a deep orange Amsale sweeping number. We also loved Kate Hudson‘s sequined purple Jenny Packham gown.
Perhaps the only person who went really crazy with a print was Leslie Mann who picked a wildly floral one-shouldered, Naeem Khan gown. Another woman — who is kind of beyond celebrity — wore the same designer and totally showed up Mann, though. Michelle Obama picked a strapless jazzed-up printed Khan dress and rocked the hell out of everybody. See for yourself in our gallery below.
Happy one-year anniversary, Prince William and Kate Middleton! Who can forget they royal wedding last year on April, 29. You cried, we cried and we all fell in love with her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. Magical for everyone, right? Through this first year of them being married, Will and Kate have only succeeded in endearing themselves even more to the world because of the fact that they’re so frickin’ adorable together! Their tour through Canada and the U.S provided tons of moments of their very evident affection for each other, even though they tried their hardest to be prim! And on their home turf in England, we totally fell for Kate giggling while William showed off his dance moves at Centrepoint, last year in December?
Because of the fact that we adore these two, we wanted to do something to celebrate their one-year anniversary. It’s our little present to them. We already published an exhaustive gallery and poll of Kate’s top 25 style moments through her first year as Duchess of Cambridge, as an homage to her spot-on fashion sense. Now, we’d like to give you something of them doing what they do best — being a couple. And Voila! We have a gallery right below of Kate and Williams 15 most adorable moments together through the year. Click through each picture to look at their journey full of love, hugs, kisses and laughs. Happy happies, Will and Kate! We look forward to seeing many more years of you two being the cutest royal pair ever.
Whoa! What is with the manners on boy bands these days? You never heard 98 Degrees talking smack about…well, it would have been Christina Aguilera back then too. In a recent interview with New York’s 92.3, the British lads of The Wanted started ripping on Xtina after what was apparently a very chilly appearance on The Voice last week. “She’s a total b—-!” bandmember Tom Parker declared, before conceding, “She might not be a b—- in real life, but she was a b—- to us. She just sat there and didn’t speak to us. Wouldn’t even look at us.” Man, as if we didn’t miss sweethearts like the Backstreet Boys already. Which we totally did!
We guess The Wanted have always been a little edgier than pop sweet hearts like Justin Bieber, but this level of douchiness seems totally uncalled for. Unless Christina Aguilera personally spat on each and everyone one of their microphones before the show, we don’t really get where all this rage is coming from. In case we didn’t get how gross the guys though Christina was, Max George took time out to contrast “scary” Aguilera with American Idol‘s lady judge Jennifer Lopez. “Yeah, well J.Lo’s hot,” he laughed. “Christina’s nothing special.” Ew you guys. Boyz II Men would be soashamed of all of you.
Before we say anything about what everyone else wore, we need to say this … HOLY SH–, CHARLIZE THERON! How does she do it? And by that we mean, how does she look like that? The CinemaCon 2012 Awards Ceremony went down at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last night, and Charlize slinked down the red carpet wearing the sexiest, raciest Dion Lee LBD in the history of all little black dresses. The fact that she wore strappy Giuseppe Zanotti heels didn’t hurt either. Take a bow, Charlize.
Also wearing black at the same event were Jennifer Garner and Michelle Pfeiffer. Jennifer wasn’t quite working her Michael Kors dress, perhaps because it should have been worn with different shoes. The ones she had on looked like bandages and were far too clunky. Michelle defied age in her a sheer-panelled dress that showed off a rocking bod. Our favorite, other than Charlize, would be Chloe Moretz who wore a metallic dark blue Kenzo dress with hidden slant pockets.
Other celebrities who attended included the likes of Josh Hutcherson, Anna Faris and Jeremy Renner, to name a few.
Two celebrities. Two moms-to-be. And two major baby showers. The first was Jessica Simpson‘s baby bash and it was mega. The party went down on March 18 and celebrity planner, Mindy Weiss was responsible for the spectacular “Charlotte’s Web” theme. Jess herself wrote the captions for the photos on her website revealing snippets like, “Creating a family is the best thing I’ve done in my life,” and “I really hope I can be half as good of a mom as my mom has been to me.” She also added, “I can’t wait till Bronx meets his new cousin.” Bronx was at the shower too, along with mom Ashlee Simpson, and even Jessica Alba was there were baby Haven. You can see a very genteel video of the shower above. We’ve kind of fallen in love with it.
Next up, we have Giuliana Rancic, who had a surprise baby shower thrown for her by her E! pals yesterday. The party had green and yellow treats by Southern Girl Desserts and decor by Party Paper Wrap and looks lovely, as you’ll see in the photograph after the jump. Read more…