Colton Dixon Leaves Idol : Jessie J Not A Lesbian : Madonna’s Daughter Woes & More Entertainment News Picks
Posted in E-News on 20. Apr, 2012
Jessie J: ‘I’m not a lesbian’
Jessie J has blasted a report suggesting she’s a secret lesbian and was advised to hide her sexuality to avoid losing her record deal, insisting: “None of it’s true.”
A new unauthorised biography, Jessie J: Who’s Laughing Now, suggests the Price Tag hitmaker – who has previously revealed she is bisexual – was told to keep quiet about her love life for fear of alienating fans.
Author Chloe Govan writes, “Jessie might have been with boys in the past – but she is 100 per cent gay. Jessie was openly lesbian and didn’t hide it. She was advised not to come out though. Certain people thought being bi was trendy, exotic and a fashion statement. It would increase her allure. Being gay would alienate people.”
But the singer has since hit back at the report, branding it “boring” and “untrue”.
In a post on her Twitter.com blog, she writes, “It’s funny how many people I’ve datedslept (sic) with that I’ve never even met according to the tabloids. BUT what’s that?! *whispers because its a secret* I’m really a lesbian?! Ha!
“Thanks for writing yet another boring untrue story. I thought I was still dating Tinie (Tempah), NO Ellie G (Goulding), NO Mark Wright… bla bla bla! cantkeepup noneofitstrue.”
Colton Dixon voted off of ‘Idol’
LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) — Colton Dixon was eliminated from the competition on “American Idol” in Los Angeles Thursday.
Dixon did not secure enough viewer votes to stay on the television talent show after singing “Bad Romance” and “September” on Wednesday’s edition of “Idol.”
“I need to apologize. I wasn’t myself last night and I get it,” People.com said Dixon told the judges, who seemed surprised by the development. “And I appreciate what you told me last night. I’ll take that when I’m making a record. And I’ll choose songs [that are right for me].”
“You’ll make many records,” judge Jennifer Lopez told him.
“You have a huge career ahead of you,” said panelist Randy Jackson.
Perry ‘romancing Florence and the Machine star’
Katy Perry has sparked speculation of a new romance after she was snapped hand-in-hand with Florence And The Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd at California’s Coachella festival.
The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker split from husband Russell Brand in late 2011 and was rumoured to be dating French model Baptiste Giabiconi after they were pictured looking close on several occasions earlier this year.
Perry hinted to fans last month she is unattached, posting a cryptic tweet which ended “singleandsatisfied” – but she’s now been linked to rocker Ackroyd.
The pair was spotted in the crowd at the Indio festival on Sunday as Perry’s pop star pal Rihanna performed with Calvin Harris, and were later snapped holding hands as they walked in front of the crowd barrier at the event.
Pfeiffer regrets not keeping Catwoman costume
Michelle Pfeiffer regrets failing to get her claws on her iconic Catwoman costume after she finished filming 1992’s Batman Returns.
The screen beauty played the fearsome feline in Tim Burton’s dark blockbuster, but the black PVC catsuit proved to be so uncomfortable she couldn’t wait to get out of it.
However, Pfeiffer now regrets not taking the eye-catching costume as a prized memento because it went on to become one of cinema’s most famous images.
She says, “I wish I had kept my Catwoman costume but by the end of filming I was so sick of them that I didn’t really want to see them again. Now I really wish I had kept one – mainly because I feel like it could’ve made some money at an auction for charity or something.”
Gomez backing new UNICEF campaign
Selena Gomez has urged her fans to donate £6.25 to the latest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) campaign to help starving African children.
The Disney star has served as an ambassador for the organisation since 2009, and she’s filmed an emotional appeal for help in the Sahel region, which is experiencing severe drought and leaving families without food.
In the video, she says, “Right now more than a million children could die in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.
“Crops have failed in eight drought-hit countries, leaving families with almost nothing to eat. Children are especially vulnerable when they don’t get the nutrition that they need.
“UNICEF urgently needs your help to buy therapeutic food and medicine to treat the most sick and malnourished children. It can save their lives. Please help right now. I did – will you?”
Linking to the video on her Twitter.com page, she asks her fans to retweet the clip and adds, “We must save kids in the Sahel NOW!”
Rihanna embroiled in new photo scandal
Rihanna has shocked fans by showing off photographs of her pouring a suspicious white powder onto her bodyguard’s head.
The provocative singer took to her website to post several photos of her wild weekend at the Coachella music festival in California, where she partied with pals including Katy Perry.
But one image, published on her Instagram page, has sparked controversy as it appears to show the Umbrella hitmaker pouring a mystery substance onto the man’s head from a brown piece of paper.
She captioned the photo, “Memories don’t live like people do #coachella,” and attracted more than 1,000 comments from stunned fans and critics.
The We Found Love star seemingly addressed the uproar when she subsequently tweeted, “I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else.”
Ruffalo performed stoned after co-star’s prank
Actor Mark Ruffalo once performed onstage stoned – after a co-star swapped a stage prop for a marijuana cigarette.
The Shutter Island star was performing in an unidentified play when he took puffs from what he thought was a fake joint only to feel his head spinning as he realised it was real.
He tells Graham Norton, “It was terrifying. It was the opening night with all the critics. But I had the best review of my entire career!”
Ruffalo did not give details of the play or where it was staged.
Carey to release new album
Singer Mariah Carey is gearing up for a major music comeback after announcing plans to release a new album later this year.
The Hero hitmaker’s 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, was released in September, 2009, and now, after giving birth to twins Monroe and Morocco, and sticking by her ailing husband Nick Cannon’s side as he battled a slew of medical problems at the beginning of 2012, she’s finally getting back into the studio.
Carey tells Shape magazine, “I’ve started writing songs for a new album, which I hope will come out in 2012. Getting back in the studio and making music again – which I truly love doing – is the best way to end this crazy year.”
Madonna not happy Lourdes, 15, smokes
NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) — U.S. pop star Madonna admits she wasn’t happy to see photos published showing her 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon, smoking a cigarette.
“I wasn’t very happy,” the single mother of four told Harry Smith in an interview for TV’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”
“Honestly, I don’t think I’m as tough as I should be [on my kids]. I think I need to be maybe tougher. It’s hard — every day is a negotiation,” she said. “But cigarette smoking I’m not very fond of for anyone. I don’t approve of anyone smoking cigarettes — most of all my daughter.”
Smith then noted Madonna smokes in her new “Girl Gone Wild” music video.
“I don’t smoke,” she said. “That’s just an accessory, Harry. There’s a difference. [Lourdes] smoked that cigarette before I did that video.”
Madonna has no plans to be a reality show judge
Madonna has ruled herself out of judging a TV singing contest, insisting the notion of talent is “subjective”.
Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have all sat on reality show panels to pass judgement on wannabes, while Britney Spears has been linked to the new U.S. season of The X Factor.
But the Material Girl is convinced she won’t ever follow in their footsteps.
She tells Daybreak, “I haven’t really thought about it to tell you the truth and I’ve never actually seen any of those shows – I don’t watch television. And the contests, well everybody’s a bit contest obsessed.
“I don’t actually like the idea of being a judge. It’s so subjective – like what’s good and what isn’t?”
Palomar secures film rights to Kagawa vampire books
LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) — Hollywood’s Palomar Pictures says it has optioned “Blood of Eden,” a forthcoming series of vampire books Julie Kagawa wrote for young adults.
“The Immortal Rules,” the first book in the series, will be published by Harlequin TEEN next week.
The novel is set in “a future world where humanity, decimated by a deadly virus, exists merely as a food source and slave class to an elite society of vampires,” a synopsis said.
Palomar principal Joni Sighvatsson said she was passionate about the film potential of “The Immortal Rules” and eager to secure film rights for the book as well as the rest of the “Blood of Eden” series.
“It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine for the 21st century. It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation,” Sighvatsson said in a statement Thursday. “Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer.”
Natashya Wilson, senior editor for Harlequin TEEN, said she is thrilled Kagawa’s novels are finally coming to the big-screen.
“Julie writes in such a cinematic way, I have seen her books as films from Day 1. Her fans have been clamoring for Julie Kagawa movies for a long time and I am so pleased that they are finally going to get their wish fulfilled.”
Kagawa is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning “Iron Fey” book series.