Monthly Archives: July 2011
She’s weird and she’s wonderful — and now she’s got a record deal, too! American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart has officially been signed to 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records, a rep for the label confirms. Haley, who slinked and growled her way through constant criticism and into third place during the most recent season of Idol, is currently working on a debut album.
The deal marks yet another achievement in what has been a particularly good year for Idol contestants who didn’t take the crown. Runner-up Lauren Alaina was quickly signed to Mercury Nashville Records following the completion of the show, and ninth-place finisher Pia Toscano, who, like Haley, nabbed an Interscope deal, has already released a debut single, “This Time.”
This deal makes a lot of sense: Adele is dominant right now, and in the wake of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, people are all the more reminded that they enjoy female singers with a good bit of raspy soul. Haley Reinhart would fit right into that niche.
Sheryl Crow is the latest celebrity offering to help the people of Joplin, Missouri, who suffered terrible losses when deadly tornadoes hit the town earlier this year.
In an effort to rebuild schools in the region, the Missouri native will auction off her personal 1959 Mercedes-Benz in Pebble Beach next month.
“After the tornado in Joplin, I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri,” says the Grammy-winning artist. “My hope is that the auction of my 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster will bring in funds to help rebuild the schools in the area.”
The classic Mercedes-Benz will be presented for sale at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction on August 21, immediately following the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance tournament.
In case you’re in the market, the vintage vehicle was fully restored in 2005 and is estimated to be worth between $50,000 and $80,000. The white convertible features black leather upholstery, a white hardtop and an optional black soft top
Proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund though the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Ron Howard will not be finishing what he started with the Dan Brown films.
CNN has confirmed that Howard will not be directing the final installment of the trilogy based on Brown’s wildly popular books.
Despite occupying the director’s chair for “The Da Vinci Code” in 2006 and “Angels & Demons” in 2009, a rep for Sony Pictures told CNN that Howard has opted to produce the forthcoming film “The Lost Symbol,” but not direct.
Reports said that like the first two films, the third movie will star Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Both the films and the books have been embraced by fans.
The confirmation that Howard has stepped away from directing the final installment comes on the heels of news that Universal scrapped the Oscar winner’s highly-anticipated TV series and three-movie adaptation of the Stephen King fantasy Western, “The Dark tower.”
Jesse James and Kat Von D have called off their engagement and broken up.
“I’m so sad because I really love her,” James tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The distance between us was just too much.
James, 42, and the “LA Ink” star, 29, were engaged in January and had been planning a summer wedding around the one-year anniversary of when they started dating.
But the commute between Los Angeles, where Von D shoots her reality show, and James’s home outside of Austin, Texas, where he lives with his kids, Chandler, 16, Jesse Jr., 14, and Sunny, 7, proved to be too much.
Von D confirmed the split on Twitter.
“I am no longer w Jesse,” she writes, “and out of respect for him, his family and myself, thats all the info I’d like to share. Thanks for respecting that.”
British soul singer Amy Winehouse will be laid to rest at a private funeral on Tuesday, July 26, her rep confirms to Us Weekly exclusively. The “Valerie” singer was found dead in her London home Saturday at the age of 27.
Winehouse is survived by her parents, Mitch and Janis, her older brother, Alex, and her boyfriend, director Reg Traviss.
An autopsy performed Monday at St. Pancras Mortuary did not establish a formal cause of death, Metropolitan Police told Us in a statement. “We are awaiting the results of further toxicology tests,” they added, which could take up to four weeks. An inquest was opened at St. Pancras Coroner’s Court Monday afternoon; it was adjourned until October 26.
Mitch and Janis met with mourners outside their Amy’s Camden Square home Monday morning.
“I can’t tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us,” Mitch told the well-wishers, who adorned the property with flowers, candles, vodka bottles, cigarettes, flags, wine glasses, drawings and handwritten cards. “We’re devastated and I’m speechless, but thanks for coming.
As Hollywood caught wind of Amy Winehouse‘s death, celebrities flocked to Twitter to express their feelings of sadness, anger and confusion. Here’s a compilation of their thoughts on the 27-year-old performer’s passing.
Lily Allen, 26: It’s just beyond sad. There’s nothing else to say. She was such a lost soul. May she rest in peace.
Rihanna, 23: Dear God have mercy! I am sick about this right now! I am genuinely heartbroken about this.
Demi Lovato, 18: So sad. Unfortunately the world lost an incredibly talented woman to such a powerful disease: addiction. RIP.
Usher, 32: I’m so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. I’m so happy I knew you Amy. Rest well. Gone too soon. We’ll miss you!
Demi Moore, 48: Truly sad news about Amy Winehouse. My heart goes out to her family. May her troubled soul find peace.
Billy Corgan, 44: Sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. I mourn any time one of our own passes on. A tragedy, no doubt. Truly sad.
Josh Groban, 30: Drugs took her gift, her soul her light, long before they took her life. RIP Amy.
Drew Lachey, 34: I just heard about Amy Winehouse. Why is it that some of the most talented people seem to have the most demons? She’ll be missed.
Jessica Alba, 30: So sad about Amy Winehouse — she was so talented. Really tragic.
Ricky Martin, 39: I just found out. I feel pain. I feel anger. Rest beautiful girl rest. You are free! RIP Amy.
Nicki Minaj, 28: Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn’t die. Is this some sick joke?
Sophia Bush, 29: This Amy Winehouse news is just so sad. To anyone struggling with addiction, please, please, please seek treatment.
Joel Madden, 32. RIP Amy. Your voice will live forever.
Kim Kardashian, 30: I just heard the news that Amy Winehouse passed away. What a true talent. I pray she’s in a better place and at peace.
It’s called the greatest myth of Rock n’ Roll, and upon hearing the tragic news that Amy Winehouse passed away at age 27, we can’t help but wonder if the curse of 27 is real. The curse has been labeled the Forever 27 Club, or Club 27, as over 34 musicians have died at this age — including Kurt Cobain (1994), Jim Morrison (1971), Jimi Hendrix (1970) and Janis Joplin (1970).
Amy is the most recent troubled singer to join this “club.” She was found dead in her North London home, just shy of her 28th birthday (which would have been on September 14) . In honor of these brilliant artists, we look back at their legacies that they managed to accomplish in 27 short years.
Amy Winehouse reportedly passed away of a drug overdose on Sunday, July 23. Tragically and ironically her most famous song was “Rehab.”
–Kurt Cobain’s death was ruled as suicide by a shotgun on April 5, 1994.
–Jimi Hendrix’s autopsy showed he asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine. He died on
Sept. 18, 1970.
–Janis Joplin is thought to have died on Oct. 4, 1970 of a heroine overdose.
–Jim Morrison’s cause of death was deemed to be from heart trouble, though no autopsy was done. He passed on July 3, 1971.
Singer Amy Winehouse, infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London Saturday, police and her publicist confirmed. She was 27.
Her death came less than two months after her latest release from a rehabilitation program and weeks following a disastrous performance where she was booed off a Belgrade, Serbia, stage by disappointed fans.
Winehouse died at the same age as four other music legends. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison each died of drug overdoses when they were 27. Kurt Cobain was 27 when he committed suicide, soon after his release from rehab.
London Police Superintendent Raj Kohli said at this “early stage” of the investigation the death remained “unexplained.”
“I am aware of reports suggesting this death is the result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death,” Kohli said.
Police were called to her Camden Square apartment just after 4 p.m. Saturday in response to report of “a woman found deceased,” he said. Continue reading HERE
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