New info on the Jackson family debacle is coming in fast and furious. Yesterday we sorted through the details of everything we know so far. Today TMZ reports that TJ Jackson was granted temporary guardianship of Michael’s kids, thus suspending Katherine’s guardianship of Blanket, Prince Michael and Paris. Meanwhile, Randy Jackson announced on Good Morning America that Katherine was returning to L.A. after a little R&R in Arizona with her daughter Rebbie. Her return didn’t keep the judge from ruling on the case. Read more…
As the little sister of a pop icon, of course Janet Jackson had it in her genes to be a star. She began her career at the tender age of 10 appearing on her family’s variety show, The Jacksons. Then broke away from the Jackson clan when she appeared on the television series Good Times. But it soon became apparent that acting wasn’t the only talent Janet possessed, and she signed a record deal in 1982. Janet exploded as a true pop star when her third album Control reached the top of the charts with such hits as “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and “Nasty,” while her hot ensembles and killer body made her a sex symbol. Twenty-five years later, Janet still busts a move on her tours and is one of the leading black actresses in Hollywood in films like Why Did I Get Married Too? and For Colored Girls. Today Janet turns 46 years old, inspiring us to take a stroll down memory lane to just where Janet’s success began. Here are 46 pics of her from little Janet to Ms. Jackson through the years.
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The lawsuit filed against Johnny Depp, his security detail and the Hollywood Palladium in connection with an incident at an Iggy and the Stooges concert last December (and made available on E! Online) is making us cringe, a lot. Not that we know how much of it is true, but the allegations made by “Jane Doe,” a disabled physician and med school professor, are pretty horrifying: Early in the night, she says some guards tried to block her from getting back to her seat in the VIP section, telling her to go to around to a different entrance, which she didn’t want to do since she didn’t have her cane with her. Later, she alleges that the bodyguards tried to forcefully pry her iPhone out of her hand, dragged her up to a balcony area and then proceeded to handcuff and drag her out in a manner that caused her pants to fall down “exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium patrons.” She says she suffered “severe trauma and extensive injuries” as a result. The suit also says that Depp was looking on and talking to his bodyguards throughout the night, and thus directing their actions.
While we wait to see how this drama unfolds, we thought we’d look back (not so fondly) at the wide variety of celebrities who’ve been caught up in similar situations, due to their overzealous security team, overly aggressive fans and photographers, or, more likely, an unfortunate combination of the two.
- In 2004, Prince and his bodyguards were sued by college student Anthony Fitzgerald who said they confiscated his camera after he snapped a photo of the artist in Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. Prince countersued for invasion of privacy and violation of copyright and trademark law. The fact that we can’t find anything on the conclusion of this conflict leads us to believe both parties settled this quietly.
Now that Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have gotten the boot from The X Factor, leaving Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid left to grumble behind the judges’ table, it seems that the show is desperately in need of a Nice Judge. Someone who will get misty-eyed when a 13-year-old belts out a Mariah song, even if that 13-year-old sounds like a rusty rake scraping against a chalkboard. Enter Janet Jackson! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson is in preliminary talks to occupy one of the available slots. When asked by Anderson Cooper if she was already an X Factor judge in an interview set to air Monday, Janet demurred, “No, I am not. But that’s all I really think I should say.” Lord help those contestants if they’re nasty, is all we’re saying.
While the prospect of bringing Beyonce onto the show seems to be nothing but gossip so far, Simon did confirm rumors that the show was in touch with Whitney Houston prior to her passing. “We were ironically going to meet on Monday and of course, one of the names we were going to be talking about in that meeting as a possible mentor on the new series of X Factor was going to be Whitney Houston,” Cowell admitted to Piers Morgan. While Whitney would have been phenomenal on the show, Janet brings a lot of the same qualities to the table: they both seem kind, fair and, most importantly, talented enough for their opinion actually mean something. Simon, we’re looking at you here…
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Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were both wildly famous African-American pop stars who died under tragic circumstances. It was only a matter of time before someone made the comparison. That the person comparing them happens to be Janet Jackson is somewhat of a surprise; that her advice for Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina will make you cry is not. “You have to come to terms at some point. You have to actually give it up to God,” Jackson tells Anderson Cooper during an Anderson interview set to air Monday. “It sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can’t hold onto that because it can be very devastating.” No, mean isn’t the word for it, Janet. “Devastating,” maybe? “Sob-inducing”?
Bobbi Kristina allegedly had a “nervous breakdown” following her mother’s death on Saturday, getting admitted to the hospital twice before returning to the care of father Bobby Brown for recuperation. In her interview, Janet Jackson takes great pains to explain why Whitney Houston‘s death might feel significantly different than MJ’s passing. “I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There’s a difference. I don’t know what that’s like being so young,” Jackson admits, finally concluding, “There’s never a day, not one day has gone by where I don’t think about my brother.” Oh, yup, we were right. Bring on the slow, steady weeping!
That’s it. They’re probably going to have hymns or something at the next Super Bowl. While Madonna guaranteed no Janet Jackson-esque nipple slips at her show during halftime, she probably didn’t feel the need to add any more clauses to her promise. Like “My guests and I won’t flip the bird on national television” for instance. M.I.A, as you probably saw last night and as evidenced from the photograph above, decided to point her middle finger directly at the cameras during her performance with Queen Madge for ”Give Me All Your Luvin’.”
While we’re having a giggle about it, we’d still like to pose a question to you. Did she cross the line here? Considering most families in the country were united in watching the show, did her conscious effort to be — what’s the word for it? — “rebellious” really turn you off? Or are the rules totally different for artists, especially since there was no nudity? Also, how do you think Madonna’s feeling about M.I.A. stealing some of the post-performance headlines today?
Remember when Aaliyah sang “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”? Well, these celebrity couples of past and present are intent on showing us that the same thing goes for height. From basketball stars towering over their significant others to models and their shorter male counterparts, these couples prove that size does not matter. Although some have moved on while others are still going strong, these stars seem to know how to make it work when it comes to a vertical challenge. Here is a list of 25 celebrity couples, ranked in order of their height differential, that leave us scratching our heads, thinking “How do they do that?”
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Those tuning in to watch Nicki Minaj perform on Good Morning America this morning got a lil more Nicki than they bargained for. The rapper’s Malibu Barbie-Tastic outfit contained her famous donk, but she wasn’t quite so lucky on top. Yup, Nicki pulled a Janet Jackson in the middle of performing ‘Moment 4 Life”. Not that it seemed to bother her that much. She just adjusted her tank top and continued to rock her Cyndi-Lauper-on-PCP steez by gnawing on a chicken leg like a feral valley girl. Your guess is as good as ours.
Despite the five second delay, the boob-flashing incident moved too fast for ABC censors to pull the plug. Predictably, some parent’s groups are already making their displeasure known. “For the umpteenth time in recent memory a morning news show has included inappropriate content for children and families,” said Tim Winter of the Parents Television Council to TMZ. Will the “slip”-up affect her vocal role in the upcoming Ice Age 4 alongside fellow R&B star Drake? We doubt it. Check out more in the (censored) not-quite-safe-for-work gallery below. Happy Pink Friday everyone!
This is the life! The eighteenth annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala took place yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. The super schmancy event was held at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France and involved the usual — gowns and jewelry worth approximately three of our lifetimes! Kirsten Dunst showed up looking as fresh as a daisy, completely unaffected by the rumor that her nighttime partying kept Brangelina up all night.
Janet Jackson looked pretty svelte and rocked some bright blue nail polish! Irina Shayk showed up with a slit cut up till there, while cuties Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto snuggled up for the cameras. Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani added a bit of punk to the proceedings while old hands Goldie Hawn and Brooke Shields looked flawless in dull gold and white respectively. Join us in our envy by taking a look at the photos below. We’re making margaritas!
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