September 1st, 2009
06:29 PM ET

Carrie Prejean files complaint against Miss California USA officials

Carrie Prejean is taking aim at the Miss California USA Pageant yet again – this time filing a legal complaint against  officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler and publicist Roger Neal. In it she seeks damages for, among other things, public disclosure of private facts and religious discrimination.  

Showbiz Tonight received this statement from Carrie Prejean about her complaint:

“For months I have listened as the Miss California organization waged a campaign of hate against me because I stood up for my beliefs. While it is bad enough that they have said hateful things about me, I can no longer allow them to falsely state that I was not willing to do my job as Miss California.  I have thought long and hard about filing the lawsuit and after months of trying to resolve these issues, I feel that this is my last resort.”

Mel Avanzado, a lawyer for Shanna Moakler, fired back, releasing this statement to Showbiz Tonight:

"Ms. Moakler has not yet been served with Carrie Prejean's lawsuit.  However, on Ms. Moakler's behalf, I can say unequivocally that Ms. Prejean's lawsuit is without merit.  More importantly, as everyone who watched or read her public statements is well aware, Ms. Prejean's unfortunate and bigoted statements are responsible for any public humiliation or damages to her reputation that she has claimed to have suffered.  Ms. Moakler strenuously denies that she did anything wrong and looks forward to proving that in a court of law."

September 1st, 2009
01:49 PM ET

A DJ, producer and artist in one

Paul Van Dyk

DJ Magazine has named him the world’s No. 1 DJ. He has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide.

Paul Van Dyk, a Grammy Award-nominated artist from Berlin, Germany, entertained fans once again when he returned to Central Park in New York City for his sixth appearance on Saturday.

On a night that was supposed to consist of nothing but rain, Van Dyk played a beautiful show, on what ended up being a clear night in front of a capacity crowd.

The one thing that was different about the show in Central Park was that Summerstage holds 5,000 people, a more intimate setting than Van Dyk is used to; he sells out larger stadiums.

His history dates back almost two decades. In the early 1990s, Van Dyk DJed at various venues across Berlin. He released his first studio album in 1994. Since 1994, he has released a total of five studio albums, and started to make a name for himself by touring internationally. His music has seen its way into films, TV shows and commercials.

He is currently on tour promoting his new album, “Volume: The Best of Paul Van Dyk.”

People often associate Van Dyk with trance music, but that is only part of what his music sounds like. When you see Van Dyk live, you will hear techno, house, break beats and trance. Sometimes he works with other artists and incorporates vocals into his songs. The music he creates and plays makes people want to get up and dance, as the fans at Central Park did.

Van Dyk is not only a DJ, but also a producer. For the past few years, he has entered a strictly digital world, which means no turntables. He uses a pair of Macbook Pro computers with Logic Studio and Ableton Live software. He creates new tracks as he performs live. This technology allows him to essentially create remixes of his own tracks and others live.

Van Dyk also incorporates two MIDI keyboards that he plays during his own remixing of tracks. At his Saturday show, he had two drummers with him to accompany him during his set; most DJs and producers tour solo.

Van Dyk closed out his four-hour performance Saturday with his new song, “Home,” featuring Johnny McDaid. The song has a very melodic, upbeat feel to it and the vocals add to its charisma. It all served as a stunning finish to an electrifying show.

For those who have not seen Van Dyk perform, regardless of what kind of music you are into, I am confident that once you see him live, you will become a fan of his music. He combines DJing and producing into one skill. On stage, he creates new music in a live setting, and he likes to tour with drummers and other vocalists that contribute to his music. This combination of traits makes him both fun and intriguing to watch, as he was in Central Park.

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September 1st, 2009
09:22 AM ET

A comeback for Whitney?

After seven years, singer Whitney Houston returns with a new album called "I look to you." The sound is upbeat - maybe a sign of things to come for the artist? Hear a clip of her music and other releases out this week.


Filed under: John Fogerty • Music • Whitney Houston
September 1st, 2009
08:46 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Marvel comics

After Monday's news of Disney purchasing Marvel, what does this mean for the various Marvel film and stage projects? EW.com reports that Paramount put out a statement saying that this will not affect their multiple Marvel movie projects, including "Iron Man 2" and "Thor."

The troubled "Spider-Man" Broadway production is unlikely to get any help from Disney, reports Variety. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox would like to "reboot" the "Fantastic Four" franchise. Writer Akiva Goldsman has been brought in to help accomplish that, according to Variety.

If you're looking forward to seeing how Seth Rogen handles being a masked crime fighter, you'll have to wait a little longer. Variety reports that "The Green Hornet" has been postponed until December 17, 2010.

Sequels and remakes on the way: "Bad Boys 3" is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter; a fifth "Rambo" is on the way, according to Variety; and a new series based on the '80s "Teen Wolf" movies is headed to MTV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The expanded list of nominees isn't the only upcoming big Oscar voting change. Variety reports that Academy members will now have to rank their favorite Best Picture nominees, instead of just voting for their favorite.

This summer was the highest-grossing ever at the box office, over the previous record set in 2007, according to Variety.

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