NICK CANNON IS STILL TALKING ABOUT "WHITEFACE"
Chances are the last time you heard about Nick Cannon was because he wore "whiteface" in promotion of his upcoming album "White People Party Music." Even after all the backlash, Cannon is standing his ground.
"They're using this term 'whiteface,' like I don't even know what that is," Cannon said while on an appearance on "Good Morning America." "I know 'blackface' was a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. 'Whiteface,' if you look it up and Google it, it's a ski slope in upstate New York. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression." He went on to talk about the response he got on social media, and quote his own defense of "there's a big difference between humor and hatred."
Cannon admitted that he created the character, named Connor Smallnut, by the way, partly because it would get people talking. "The mission was to have fun, and yes, put it out there that we have issues with race in this country and in this world, but it doesn't have to be with hatred," he explained. "White People Party Music" comes out on today.
TORI AND DEAN ARE BACK ON LIFETIME
Looks like Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are using their personal tragedy to their advantage. People reports that the couple allowed the cameras to roll during a very difficult time in their marriage – which included the cheating scandal that led Dean to enter rehab.
“True Tori” – which premieres on Tuesday, April 22nd on Lifetime – will follow Dean and Tori as they work on their relationship. It’ll premiere three weeks after filming starts and will continue with a total of six hour-long episodes that document the family in crisis.
Tori and Dean have been married for seven years and have four children – six-year-old Liam, five-year-old Stella, two-year-old Hattie, and 19-month-old Finn.
SELENA GOMEZ HAS ANOTHER STALKER
If it’s true that you’re nobody until somebody stalks you, Selena Gomez is well on her way, thanks to an incident on Sunday. According to TMZ, she and a friend had just arrived at her Calabasas home when she heard a noise. She called security. While waiting for them to arrive, they heard a knock on the door.
Gomez’s friend answered the door, and the man – identified as Che Cruz – asked for Selena. When he was told she wasn’t there, he walked away. But when the cops got there, they found Cruz hiding out in the back guesthouse.
Cruz was arrested and charged him with burglary and trespassing. He’s currently being held on a $50-thousand dollars bail.
MORE DRAMA WITH BRANDI AND LEANN
If you follow the Brandi Glandville-LeAnn Rimes drama, you’ll love this. According to D-Listed.com, Brandi – who’s currently filming “Celebrity Apprentice” in New York – took her son, Mason to the emergency room on Sunday. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but instead of telling his father, Eddie Cibrian, she tweeted about it – complete with a picture.
When LeAnn found out about it, she tweeted that she didn’t like the fact that she and Eddie had to find out about Mason on Twitter. So what did she do? Sent out a tweet, of course.
Naturally, Eddie himself didn’t have anything to say in the matter. In other news, “LeAnn & Eddie,” the reality show that they’ve agreed to do for VH1 now has a premiere date – Thursday, July 17th. If this is indicative of what we have to look forward to…well, you do the math.
JOHNNY DEPP IS ENGAGED
In case there were any doubts, Johnny Depp is definitely engaged to actress Amber Heard. While in Bejing promoting his movie "Transcendence," the actor was asked whether he was engaged and according to the Associated Press, responded "The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle." There have been rumors for months that the two were engaged, but this is the first time either Depp or Heard made any kind of statement. The two met while co-staring in "The Rum Diary" in Puerto Rico back in 2009. This marks the definitive "moving on" from his ex, French model-singer Vanessa Paradis with whom he was with for 14 years and has two children.
PHARRELL JOINS "THE VOICE"
Yet another reason for fans of "The Voice" to get "Happy." Yesterday, NBC tweeted confirmation that Pharrell will be joining the show as a coach for Season 7 of the reality singing competition.
That's music to the ears of many fans who have been clamoring for Pharrell to be involved with the show. In 2013, one of the show's coaches,Usher, brought Williams in as a guest mentor for his team and the "Happy" singer brought it. So much so that it prompted the "New York Magazine's" Vulture column to headline one of their recaps "Pharrell should be a coach."
"He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer," Paul Telegdy of NBC Entertainment. "It is a perfect fit for 'The Voice' as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home." Apparently, Pharrell is feeling the love as well. Yesterday, Pharrell retweeted the NBC post adding: "This is going to be so fun."
CHELSEA HANDLER SAYING GOODBYE TO E!
Get ready to say goodbye to "Chelsea Lately." At the end of the year, Chelsea Handler is leaving the E! network, effectively ending her late night show after eight seasons.
"The Hollywood Reporter" talked to Handler's manager, Irving Azoff. "Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires," he said. "She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.”
Her departure from E! shouldn't be too big of a surprise considering some of the comments she's said in the past about the network. Earlier in the month Handler told Howard Stern that E! is a "sad, sad place to live" and that "They don’t know what they’re doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.” Well, that's pretty clear. She also said she'd be interested in something like Netflix for her next venture.
THE VOICE RECAP
The second set of battle rounds started last night on “The Voice.” This brand new wrinkle in the competition required the singers to choose their own songs with a surprise person. And they were all coached by the soon-to-be-consciously uncoupled Chris Martin of Coldplay fame. Here’s how it went down…
- The first matchup came from Blake Shelton’s team. He paired Audra McLaughlin with Megan Rüger. They decided to sing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Both girls did well, but in the end, Blake gave the round to Audra.
- Usher was next, and he put TJ Wilkins up against Cierra Mickens. They chose Oleta Adams’ “Get Here.” To say that those children sang would be a gross understatement. TJ and Cierra killed that song in what was one of the best performances of the night. Even though Usher gave it to TJ, Cierra was still a winner.
- Team Blake was up again with Jake Worthington battling Tess Boyer. They both sounded great on “Have a Little Faith in Me,” but Blake picked Jake out of loyalty. Tess’ performance was so good that the other three judges wanted to steal her. After hearing impassioned pleas from Usher, Adam Levine, and Shakira, she went with Team Shakira.
- Adam was next, with Christina Grimmie and Sam Behymer doing “Counting Stars” by One Republic. Again, another great performance from both singers, but Adam allowed Christina to advance to next week’s playoffs.
- “Run to You” by Bryan Adams is the song that Josh Murley and Patrick Thompson picked for their Team Shakira battle. Both guys were excellent, but in the end, Shakira chose Patrick because she though she could coach him better.
- The final battle of the evening belonged to Team Adam. Delvin Choice and Josh Kaufman went head-to-head on Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Their performance was phenomenal, and Adam gave it to Delvin. But Josh won’t have to go home because Usher stole him.
The second round of battles continues tonight at 8pm ET/PT on “The Voice.
This weeks episode brought a lot of firsts for the season.
Billy Dee Williams announced he was going home due to chronic back pain, the first celebrity guest judge was Robin Roberts, and the first 10 from the judges, three of them actually, went to Meryl Davis. It was Len Goodman who prevented her from getting a perfect score.
Check out the scores, which are out of 40 because there were four judges, below:
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 31
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 35
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 36
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 30
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 36
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 39
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 32
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 36
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 36
HIMYM FINALE RECAP
Just like that, "How I Met Your Mother" is over. Nine seasons ago we met Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily, and Robin and in last night's finale, we had to say goodbye to all of them. Warning, there are MAJOR spoilers ahead. Here are the big things you need to know:
- Robin and Barney get a divorce three years into their marriage
- Marshall does finally become a judge
- Robin's relationship with the rest of the gang really takes a turn for the worst after the divorce
- Barney ends up getting a girl pregnant but instead of running away, has a life changing moment when he holds his daughter for the first time
- Robin comes back to the bar after not having seen the rest of the crew in over five years, and it's one of the few times in the episode we see the group back together and happy
- Then, like some people expected, we find out that Ted was telling his kids about how he met their mother because she eventually got sick and died
- His kids then tell him that he needs to ask out Robin and when he shows up at her window holding the legen-wait for it -dairy blue french horn, the audience believes they end up together
Today, April 1st
- Jane Adams (“Hung,” “Happiness”) – 49
- Sam Huntington (Syfy's “Being Human”)– 32
- Taran Killam (“SNL”) – 32
- Matt Lanter (“Disaster Movie,” “Sorority Row,” “Vampires Suck,” “90210”) – 31
- Ali MacGraw (“Love Story,” “The Winds of War”) – 75
- Annette O'Toole (“A Mighty Wind,” “Smallville”) – 62
- Jane Powell (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”) – 84
- Debbie Reynolds (“Singin' in the Rain,” “It Started with a Kiss,” “The Rat Race”) (FAST FACT: Her dancing was all her own, but her singing in the movies was often dubbed over. She was married to Eddie Fisher who left her for Elizabeth Taylor) – 82
- The late Lon Chaney Sr. (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Phantom of the Opera”) (1883 – 1930)
- The late Gordon Jump (Station manager Arthur Carlson on “WKRP In Cincinnati”) (1932 – 2003)…he would have been 82
- Susan Boyle – 53
- John Butler – 39
- Jimmy Cliff – 66
- Billy Dean (FAST FACT: For many years, he told people that he was born on April 2nd because he didn't want people to think he was an "April Fool") – 52
- Kid Ink – 28
- Kip Moore – 34
- Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott – 28
- The late Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro (1954 – 1992)…he would have been 60
- The late pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (“Piano Concerto No. 1” (1873 – 1943)
- Reality TV…um…”star” Jon Gosselin – 36
- “Top Shot” host Colby Donaldson (FAST FACT: He came to fame as the runner-up on “Survivor: The Australian Outback”) – 40
- TV personality Rachel Maddow – 41
- Wrestler Randy Orton – 34
- The late author Edgar Wallace (he wrote 10,000 words a day, authored 173 books, 23 plays, hundreds of articles and the screen play for "King Kong") (1875 – 1932)