Published by on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00 am.
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Celebrities are just like us. If you pop their names into genealogy websites, you can uncover their connections—to each other. Geni.com recently unearthed that Spike Lee and Brad Pitt are distant cousins. According the website, the Lee and Pitt clans crossed paths historically 12 generations ago.
Here’s the connection according to TMZ: “Brad’s “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather” was the brother of Spike’s “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother”.
The two are showbiz friends and worked together on Lee’s 2010 documentary, If the Levees Don’t Rise, about Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast. In it, Spike praised Brad’s humanitarian efforts and his Make It Right Foundation, which constructed homes in New Orleans, Louisiana for those misplaced by the storm.
For his efforts Spike called Pitt, a “great American.” Well of course he is! Brad is his 12th cousin!
The two were last seen together at the Oscars Governor’s Ball last Sunday. It is still not known if Lee and Pitt are aware of their connection.
Wouldn’t you like to go to that family reunion?
Published by on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:30 am.
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Someone recently took advantage of Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s Split. It’s a burglar (or burglars) who robbed their vacant home in Tarzana, California.
The home had been uninhabited for more than a month since the estranged couple put the house on the market. On Monday night, Khloé went by the house with her mother Kris Jenner in order to get the rest of her belongings. Once inside the mansion the reality TV star discovered that a bunch of jewelry was missing, including watches and gold chains.
Police are investigating and reportedly believe that since there was no sign of forced entry, the burglary may have been an inside job. They are checking out some of the “tradesmen” who, for the past month, have been working on the home. But really have to ask: who would leave a bunch of jewelry in a home you aren’t living in? Well, we hope Khloé gets her bling back.
Published by on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm.
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We’ve all heard the racially insensitive expression that all Blacks and Asians look alike. Well, apparently that extends to Latinos — even to the highest A-list acting measuring stick, the Academy Awards.
As actors Penelope Cruz and Robert De Niro were preparing backstage for their onstage role as presenters during Sunday night’s Oscar’s telecast, the Academy Awards tried to give their Instagram followers some inside scoop. The Oscars posted a photo of Cruz and De Niro with this caption, “Hayek and DeNiro prepping backstage.”
The comments section quickly took the error to task with followers posting responses like, “I think u better delete and repost with the correct name…Lmao! What a shame…It’s Cruz and Um that’s not Hayek” and… “I’m embarrassed for you guys.”
But perhaps the best comment came from thejordonbrown who posted, “Hayek… Cruz. Whatever . The brown one.”
The Academy quickly realized their mistake and deleted the original Instagram post and replaced it with the correct caption. Problem solved. But tsk, tsk Academy. Ye should know better!
Published by on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm.
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The Apollo Nida and Phaedra Parks debacle gets even more complicated. While Phaedra has filed against friend Angela Stanton, who claimed the Real Housewives of Atlanta star was involved in a check fraud scam, in the same case Stanton’s ex-boyfriend has given sworn testimony that he broke up with her because he suspected she and Phaedra were dating.
“I actually thought that Angela and Phaedra had an … I thought they were together,” said Justin Cody, Stanton’s ex-boyfriend, in a statement. “And that was one of the reasons me and Angela broke up. Because they was like real close, like closer than close.”
When asked by an attorney if he’d thought Phaedra’s close relationship with Stanton was that of girlfriend, Cody affirmed: “Girlfriend.” To elaborate on what helped him arrive at the conclusion, Cody explained: “Phaedra’s birthday is in March or sometime early in the year. I remember one time Angela and Phaedra, they spent the night out during Phaedra’s birthday and Angela spent the night at her house and they went on all these parties and wild parties and she didn’t come home for like a couple of days. I’m like, what y’all got going on?”
Cody ended his testimony by stating that Phaedra and Stanton were “so close that, you know, I actually thought they was together… They kiss each other and hug each other.”
Phaedra’s not in court because of same-sex suspicions, so we’ll keep our eyes on the matter at hand: fraud.
Published by on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00 am.
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Lamar Odom must be delusional at this point. While he believes (and says) he and his soon-to-be ex-wife Khloé Kardashian have good chance of working things out, Khloé says, uh, no they don’t.
In a recent interview with Radaronline the former NBA player declared: “That’s my wife, I love my wife, she’ll always be my wife no matter what.” If the two will go through with the divorce, says Odom, “only time will tell.”
Khloé sounds very clear-minded about the split, according to a source close to her. “She has absolutely no plans to get back together with Lamar,” says the source. “She has already sold their house and is just starting to live her own life. The nights of staying up late at night wondering where Lamar was and if he would be coming home, are over.”
But Khloé isn’t all stone, says the source, who claims she still loves Lamar, but that the relationship “had run it’s course.” Guess it’s time for Lamar it live and let go.
Published by on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:00 am.
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If Rosie Perez’s book launch is any indicator her memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, is going to be hot… literally. Especially since the unfortunate event of a voodoo doll catching fire caused a brief commotion.
Perez set off her book party at Omar’s in Manhattan’s West Village when a fan decided to place a voodoo doll at the table of some of the guests. “Somehow it caught fire,” explained one of the guests. “Everyone was screaming, but staff quickly put it out.”
Reportedly after Rosie heard the commotion she rushed over to investigate. But after finding out she wanted nothing to do with the religious toy, saying: “No bad voodoo here.” Lucky for Ms. Perez at least a bad omen was good for positive publicity.
Published by on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:00 am.
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Remember Oprah Winfrey’s long-lost sister, Patricia Lofton, who she introduced on her 25-year old talk show before it ended? Well, Oprah sure didn’t. First, the billionaire media mogul showered Lofton with a monthly allowance so she no longer has to work. And then the 60-year old Butler star topped it off by buying her younger sister a 490K home.
Winfrey treated Lofton to a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Wisconsin and is reportedly happy to help her kid sister out.
“Patricia’s greatest dream was to go to college and become a social worker,” a spokesperson for Winfrey told the magazine. “Oprah wants to support that dream.”
The two women are mutually and sincerely happy to be in each other’s lives. “Oprah was thrilled to meet Patricia,” a source told the Enquirer. “But all Patricia ever wanted is to know her family. She didn’t expect Oprah to do anything like this.”
Just another reason to love Lady O. She’s also the best big sister ever!
Published by on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:30 am.
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It appears that more Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members are getting snared in the web of Apollo Nida’s alleged fraud scam. This time it’s Cynthia Bailey’s husband Peter Thomas, who’s wife vehemently denying his involvement in the matter.
In an interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine, Thomas admitted he was shocked when Nida’s arrest was reported online. “I don’t know nothing about it,” he said. “I have absolutely no comment on his arrest. I just have to wait, like everyone else, to see how it plays out.”
But Thomas’ wife didn’t waste anytime killing any rumors or reports that her man had anything to do with the scandal. “I can’t speak on Apollo, but I can say that Peter Thomas doesn’t have anything to do with a bank fraud scandal to my knowledge,” Bailey said in a talk with Jet Magazine. “The feds are not sitting outside of our house. That is just not accurate information …”
As been reported, Nida was arrested on January 23 (and later released) after being accused of overseeing a fraud scheme of establishing fake companies to steal individuals’ personal information, which was used to open fraudulent bank accounts. Once opened, the accounts were used to deposit stolen checks.
No matter how things turn out whether Peter was involved or not, you have to give it to his lady for standing for her man… and killing suspicions early.
Published by on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:32 am.
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Cha-ching…cha-ching…those cash registers are ringing are the new soundtrack for The Kardashians. Kim K and company have officially signed on for a lucrative, new multi-season deal with E!.
Back in 2012, Keeping Up With the Kardashians was renewed for three seasons in a deal that was worth $40 million. At the time that was the richest reality TV show deal ever.
The reality clan is now shooting season 10, and their new deal, which sources close to the production describe as “huge” and will take the show into season 11 onward, is worth more than their last one.
Sources have not confirmed if the Kardashian deal has been signed or it is still in negotiations but it’s a safe bet that their popular reality series will return.
Apparently, Keeping Up With the Kardashians is about keeping it well paid.
Published by on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am.
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It appears that the bromance between Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx is now officially over. The two, who became buddies after co-starring in the 2004 action thriller Collateral have come to odds over one special lady — Katie Holmes.
Rumors first began back in October 2013 that Foxx and Holmes were secretly dating, but at the time nothing was confirmed. But now reports say the duo spent Super Bowl Weekend together. Also, according to The Enquirer, Foxx has been secretly seeing Holmes and spending nights at the Batman Begins star’s New York City apartment.
“Neither of them wanted this affair out in the open,” said an insider. “Jamie wanted to keep it quiet because he figured Tom would consider it a betrayal of their friendship.”
And as you might expect, Tom is pissed off. “Tom feels hurt and deceived,” a source close to the situation.
Oh, what a complicated Hollywood love triangle A-list stars weave.