JUDGE JUDY: National Enquirer Publishes Apology
The National Enquirer has apologized to Judge Judy after reporting that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s.
In its new issue, the tabloid writes, “We and our sister publication, the National Examiner, recently published articles which stated that Judge Judy Sheindlin suffered from ‘brain disease,’ was ‘fighting’ both Alzheimer’s and depression, and ‘is hiding a heartbreaking medical crisis.’ We also published articles which stated that Judge Judy cheated on her husband, and that her daughter Nicole Sheindlin faced jail time for refusing to serve on a jury. None of these statements are true and we unequivocally retract them.”
KEVIN HART: Model Says She's Not an Extortionist
The woman at the center of Kevin Hart's video scandal says the media has her all wrong.
At a press conference Wednesday, Montia Sabbag said, "I'm not an extortionist. I'm not a stripper. I'm a recording artist and an actress, and I have not broken any laws."
The 26-year-old, who was accompanied by her lawyer Lisa Bloom, claims she was "involved" with the comedian a month ago, and that "since then, my pictures and my name have been released with lies written about me."
Kevin alleges that Montia threatened to leak a compromising video if he didn't pay up.
Her lawyer said Montia "had nothing to do with these recordings," and alleged that someone "apparently" sneaked cameras into Kevin's private hotel suite in Las Vegas and recorded "bedroom images" of her client with the comedian.
The legal eagle added, "Montia and I are not asking for a cent from Kevin Hart. This is not about money. We are not suing him. We are not making any false claims against him. Any reports to the contrary are false."
Kevin confessed to a "bad error of judgment" in an Instagram post Saturday night. Though he didn't say exactly what that error was, it's speculated that he cheated on his pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish. (NY Daily News)
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (Action)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? The agents of Kingsman head to the U.S. to join forces with Statesman, after the British spies' headquarters is destroyed by The Golden Circle.
WHO'S IN IT? Taron Egerton, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges
- It is a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
- The movie is based on the comic book series Kingsman, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.
- Elton John plays a fictionalized version of himself in the sequel.
- The budget was $104 million.
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (Animated)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Six secret ninja warriors must defend their island home, Ninjago, against the evil warlord Garmadon.
WHO'S IN IT? Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, Michael Pena
- Based on the Lego Ninjago toy line.
- This is the first theatrical film based on an original Lego property.
- Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh did the score.
FRIEND REQUEST (Horror)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast's online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.
WHO'S IN IT? William Moseley, Brit Morgan
- It was originally titled Unknown Error.
- The film was shot in Cape Town, South Africa.
- The budget was $9.9 million.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Sued for Copyright Infringement
Carrie Underwood and her co-writers are being sued for copyright infringement by two Canadian songwriters who say she ripped off their song "Something in the Water."
Songwriters Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons say they pitched a song with the same name to Carrie's producer in 2014 but never heard back. They claim the hook, the lyrics and the melody are identical to their song.
A statement from Carrie's camp says, "We want all of Carrie’s fans, and everyone, to know that 'Something in the Water' was written by Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Carrie Underwood. This is a deeply personal song regarding Carrie’s faith, and she is saddened that anyone would attempt to challenge that for financial gain. Neither Carrie nor any of her co-writers ever received or heard the plaintiffs’ song. We fully expect that Carrie, Brett and Chris will be vindicated in the courts."
Last year, Carrie and Brad Paisley faced a similar lawsuit for "Remind Me" and won. (Tennessean)