BRITNEY SPEARS: Feared Fan Rushing Stage Wielded Gun
On Wednesday night, a fan rushed the stage at the Britney Spears' Piece of Me show.
Her security team immediately jumped into action. Two of them protected Britney, while the others tackled the guy, identified as Jess Webb. It took six beefy body guards to bring down the stage crasher. The audience, angry at the interruption, started to chant “A-hole” in unison.
DAY FOUR: Taylor Swift Testifies
As promised, Taylor Swift took the witness stand and gave her account under oath.
It was a brilliant performance. Perhaps her best in years. Taylor sounded confident, reinforcing the narrative that David Mueller grabbed her bare butt cheek (quote) “He did not touch my arm. He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him.”
Under cross-examination, Mueller’s attorney wasn’t prepared for the 27-year-old’s shady comebacks. Taylor declared (quote) “I could have picked him out of a line of 1,000. I know exactly who did this. It is not alleged. It is a fact.”
The lawyer then asked a dumb question, Did she know about ‘line ups’ by watching detective TV shows? Any Swiftie would’ve known Taylor’s answer (quote) “Yesss! I named my cat after Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU.”
The incriminating photo shows Taylor practically snuggling Mueller’s girlfriend because (quote) “She did not have her hand on my ass.”
Shown that the front of her skirt seemed to hang normally, Taylor cut the attorney down to size (quote) “Because my ass is located in the back of my body.”
When Mueller’s lawyer asked why her body guard at the photoshoot hadn’t saved the day, Taylor reminded the lawyer that her security did not assault her, and (quote) “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
Pressed on how she feels that Mueller was fired after the photoshoot, Taylor countered (quote) “I am not going to allow your client make me feel like it anyway it’s my fault because it isn’t.” (Denver Post)
Samuel L Jackson Contract Requires Rounds of Golf
Samuel L Jackson plays golf at least twice a week while making a movie. His contract demands it. Jackson requires the clause because he’s such an avid golfer. If the studio wants him in their movie, they’re going to have to let him play two, four-hour rounds of golf a week.
Vanity Fair magazine revealed some other quirky clauses by actors:
Queen Latifah won’t take a role if her character dies. And her contract won’t allow the script to be changed mid-filming so that she’s killed off. As she put it (quote) “If I die, I can’t be in the sequel.”
When The Good Wife aired on CBS, Julianna Margulies demanded a “perfectly coiffed wig.” They spent 10-grand on her fake hair, but it saved her hours of wasted time in the makeup department getting styled before each scene.
Uma Thurman considers herself still A-list. Therefore her contract requires that “no other cast member may receive more favorable dressing rooms.”
Dolph Lundgren needed a special perk while perfecting his English. The Swedish-born actor must be given three chances to nail his dialogue. But if he still flubbed his lines, the studio could use a voice actor for dubbing. Dolph is still acting 30 years after his breakthrough role as Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.
Elon Musk Hosts Wild Orgies?
An unnamed billionaire in Hollywood has a reputation for "throwing the best sex parties.”
People have guessed the mystery man is Elon Musk. If true, the parties may be on pause. Part of the attraction of these orgies was the billionaire’s girlfriend. She supposedly invited all her famous friends. But Amber Heard has been out of the picture for a few weeks.
Lainey Gossip published the blind item last month. Gossip maven Elaine Lui wrote, (quote) “Who is the billionaire throwing the best sex parties in Hollywood? ‘Best’ because of the VIP guest list includes his girlfriend and her very, very famous friends. Some of them participate, others are just there to observe. But these parties have become as big of a draw as the best Oscar parties -- even more exclusive.”
JIMMY KIMMEL: Gives Update on Son's Health
Jimmy Kimmel has given a health update on his son, who had heart surgery just three days after being born in April.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the late-night host says little Billy will need two more of the procedures, but is “doing great.”
Jimmy jokes, “Young Billy made his first visit to our office today. He’s juggling. He’s translating Flaubert from French into English. No — he smiles. That’s pretty much it. He is very interested in ceiling fans. He likes those a lot. I could get him to pay the same amount for Netflix just to watch ceiling fans.”
Jimmy talked about his son’s birth and congenital heart disease for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in early April.
HIP-HOP: Google Doodle Pays Tribute
Google is honoring the history of hip-hop today with a special interactive Google Doodle that puts users in the DJ booth with two turntables.
Today was chosen because it is the 44th anniversary of what is believed to be the birth of hip-hop, when DJ Kool Herc hosted a party in the Bronx, New York and played only the instrumental sections of songs while his friend Coke La Rock hyped the crowd on the mic. The two O’s in the Google Doodle are turntables and users can click them for a chance to mix their own samples from legendary hip-hop tracks.
Zedd Unprepared to Date Selena Gomez
The time Selena Gomez dated music producer Zeddwent by in a flash. Blinked in early 2015 and you missed it.
That period is unforgettable to Zedd. He admitted to Billboardmagazine (quote) “Selena is one of the most talked about people in the world, but I had no idea how much that would change my life.”
Zedd realizes now how completely unprepared he was to dating a popstar of Selena’s caliber. A gauntlet of tabloid exposure spoiled his life in January of 2015. Collaborating with Selena on “I Want You to Know” evolved into a love affair. Zedd revealed (quote) “I kinda knew what I was getting myself into. But then reporters were calling my parents. People were hacking my friends’ phones. I was pissed.”
Now you get a sense of what happens behind the pages of the tabloids. How fame sucks all the fun of celebrity.
BOX OFFICE FORECAST
The third movie from the Annabelle franchise will scare up the most business this weekend. The debut of Annabelle: Creation could earn as much as 35 million dollars.
The animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature arrives at 4,000 theaters but its opening weekend revenue will only be around 12 million dollars.
Academy Award-winner Brie Larson (pictured), plus Oscar nominees Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson star in a bio-pic called The Glass Castle. The drama will struggle to sell 5 million dollars worth of tickets. In part because its release is limited to just 1,500 screens. (Box Office Mojo)
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS : Will Justin and Selena Rule?
The Teen Choice Awards turn 18 this year with a bang-up show hosted by Chris Pratt and Miley Cyrus.
Selena Gomez leads the list of musical nominees with nine nods, followed by Justin Bieber with seven.
The show also rewards television, and the long-running Freeform series Pretty Little Liarsdominates with seven nominations. The CW’s The Flash is up in four categories, while Lethal Weapon, Arrow, Supergirl, This Is Us and The Vampire Diaries each have three.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage leads all films with five nominations, while The Fate of the Furious and Power Rangers, two flicks that met a mixed critical reception, each earned four nods.
This year's musical guest list includes Rita Ora, Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha, Rae Sremmurd, Clean Bandit with Zara Larson and French Montana. Simon Cowell will unveil his new boy band, PrettyMuch, on the show.
The Teen Choice Awards air on FOX Sunday night at 8 p.m. [ET]
HBO: Offered Quarter-Million as “Bounty Payment”
Hackers have embarrassed HBO for a second time.
Yesterday, they leaked an email from one of the network’s executives. HBO apparently has tried to negotiate with the hackers. In a ransom letter, the digital pirates demanded 6 million dollars in Bitcoin.
The verified email countered with a “bounty payment” of a quarter-million dollars. HBO also told the hackers, (quote) “We have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to make a large payment in Bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested.”
The executive requested that the deadline to pay the ransom be extended because (quote) “You have the advantage of having surprised us.”
Since they penetrated HBO’s files, the hackers released script and plot details of Game of Thrones. Pirated episodes of Ballers and Insecure are available to stream, too. (Variety)