The Eagles to re-open legendary LA venue
July 31st, 2013
02:53 PM ET

The Eagles to re-open legendary LA venue

The legendary rock band The Eagles will headline three concerts in January to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Forum, an arena best known as the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The iconic venue was rescued from demolition by the Madison Square Garden Company in its first venture on the West Coast. MSG is sinking $100 million into restoring the Forum, which will become the largest indoor performance venue in the United States.
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It's official: The latest from CNN Entertainment
July 6th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

It's official: The latest from CNN Entertainment

Here's a round-up of the latest confirmed reports from the CNN Entertainment Unit:

  • Biebs' need for speed gets him a ticket:
    A rep for California Highway Patrol tells CNN that 18-year-old Justin Bieber was hit with a speeding ticket in Los Angeles Friday morning around 10:45 a.m. PT. The rep didn't know how fast Biebs was going, but a rep for the teen star says he was hustling his way to a music video shoot. (He's since arrived safely.)
  • 'Twilight' star Jackson Rathbone becomes a dad:
    How much do you want to bet that a lot of that "Twilight Saga" money Jackson Rathbone's earned playing Jasper Hale is now being socked away into a college fund? We wouldn't be surprised, considering that Rathbone's now the proud dad of a little boy, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, whom Rathbone welcomed along with his girlfriend on July 5 at 9:43 a.m.
  • Rapper Crunchy Black shot in face and leg: According to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, former Three 6 Mafia member Crunchy Black was shot in the face and leg in Las Vegas on July 1. The police department tells CNN in a statement that "The injuries were not reported as life threatening, but appeared to result in substantial bodily harm." The department added in the statement that "no suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting," and that "the criminal case is being investigated as an attempt murder."
April 4th, 2012
09:34 PM ET

Mary J. Blige on pulled Burger King ad: It wasn't finished

R&B superstar Mary J. Blige says a recently pulled Burger King advertisement that featured her was “unfinished” and didn’t follow the parameters to which she’d agreed.

The clip, which Burger King released on YouTube before taking it down this week amid a public backlash, is part of a series of celebrity ads showcasing the fast-food chain’s new menu options.

In Blige’s spot, the nine-time Grammy winner promotes the new Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps. Wearing a short wig, leather jacket and shades, she rocks to the beat of her own song, “Don’t Mind,” off her latest album, “My Life II… The Journey Continues.”

She sings altered lyrics, about “crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing, wrapped up in a tasty flour tortilla.” People complained about the ad on social media sites, with some saying that her peddling of chicken played into racial stereotypes. FULL POST

March 21st, 2012
10:11 AM ET

Gene Simmons disses 'Rihanna-schmianna'

At a Tuesday press conference in Hollywood, to announce their co-headlining tour, KISS and Motley Crue bragged that their show would feature live, take-no-prisoners rock and roll.

"No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh*t," scoffed KISS bassist Gene Simmons. "Leave that to Rihanna-Schmianna and everybody else whose name ends with an 'a.'"

Later, Simmons' cohort, Paul Stanley, took the diss even further in an interview with CNN.

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Stevie Wonder on Houston: This is not the time to be cynical
February 17th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Stevie Wonder on Houston: This is not the time to be cynical

Stevie Wonder will have honored two fallen legends in entertainment with performances by week's end, as he moves from a Thursday memorial service for Don Cornelius to Saturday's funeral for Whitney Houston.

At Cornelius' memorial service yesterday in Los Angeles (Cornelius died February 1 at the age of 75 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound),Wonder performed a rendition of "Love's In Need of Love Today."

But before he launched into song, he took a moment to address the media's treatment of Cornelius, as well as Houston, who died at 48 in the Beverly Hilton on February 11. FULL POST

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