LOS ANGELES: Burglars made off with $2 million in jewelry from singer Alanis Morissette’s home in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, US media reported Tuesday.
The Canadian-born alternative rock giant was not at home when the thieves struck on Thursday, celebrity news website TMZ said, although police were not immediately able to confirm the report.
The break-in comes less than two weeks after Morissette’s former business manager, who worked for other entertainment and sports figures, admitted embezzling more than $6.5 million from his clients.
Jonathan Schwartz, 48, entered his plea to federal wire and tax fraud charges for failing to disclose the embezzled funds to the Internal Revenue Service.
He is due to be sentenced on May 3, and faces a prison term between four and six years.
He acknowledged that between May 2010 and January 2014, he withdrew about $4.8 million belonging to Morissette without her knowledge or authorization.
Morissette said in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles last year that she fired Schwartz after growing suspicious when he could not provide timely information on her finances.
The singer was the voice behind a string of energetic rock anthems in the mid-1990s including “You Oughta Know,“ “Hand in My Pocket” and “You Learn.”
Her 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” won the Grammy for Album of the Year, making the then 21-year-old Morissette the youngest winner of the prestigious award until Taylor Swift. -AFP
Zayn Malik has defended his girlfriend Gigi Hadid after she was accused of ‘mocking Asians’ on social media.
Hadid, 21, was seen squinting her eyes as she held up a Buddha cookie and appeared to impersonate the face in an Instagram story posted by her sister Bella Hadid.
The video, which has since been removed, was met with a backlash online and saw Gigi faced with allegations of racism.
One user questioned how she can ‘make fun’ of Asians when her boyfriend is of Pakistani descent.
[email protected] being of Asian descent, how do you feel about your girlfriend making fun of Asian people?,” they tweeted.
Clearly unfazed by her actions he joked: “Trust me.. she likes asians ;).”
Gigi was faced with a barrage of criticism online with one user posting: “Gigi mocking Asians is offensive af. I’ve been laughed at for having small eyes when I was a kid just like she mocked the Asian features.”
A second wrote: “This is y’all woke Palestine queen? Gigi out here mocking Asian people. I would say she’s cancelled but she never started. Rat (sic).”
It comes months after she apologised for impersonating Melania Trump at the American Music Awards.
The Victoria’s Secret model was criticised after she mocked Mrs Trump’s controversial plagiarised speech while adopting a fake Slovenian accent.
In a hand written note she told fans that the skit was “done in good humour and with no bad intent”.
She wrote: “I too have been at the centre of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humour in it. I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run.”
“I apologise to anyone that I offended and only have the best wishes for our country.”
Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan knocked his rivals down to take his latest flick, Kung Fu Yoga, to the top of the local box-office chart over the Chinese New Year weekend.
In the five days from its release, from last Thursday to Monday, it earned $1.85 million, beating other films such as local movies Take 2, which is executive-produced by Jack Neo; and The Fortune Handbook starring Christopher Lee, Mark Lee and Li Nanxing.
Kung Fu Yoga, a comedy-action movie in which Chan plays an archaeologist who travels the globe in search of a long-lost Indian treasure, also turned out to be the actor’s biggest opening weekend in Singapore – it took $1.37 million from last Thursday to Sunday.
His next-best performing movie here is Dragon Blade (2015), which earned $1.35 million in its opening weekend, also during the Chinese New Year period. – Straits Times
Liam Payne is one happy father-to-be. Even if he remains mum about becoming one.
The 23-year-old One Direction singer and 33-year-old girlfriend Cheryl Cole, a fellow pop star who once judged him and his group on The X Factor, are expecting their first child.
She had showcased her baby bump on a night out with him earlier this month and E! News learned she is in her second trimester.
However, neither Payne nor Cole has ever talked about the pregnancy. He avoided the subject again Saturday, while taking part in an #AskLiam Q&A session on Twitter.
“Are you happy honey?” one fan asked.
“The happiest I could be,” Payne replied.
He ignored questions from fans about his and Cole’s upcoming arrival, some of which were a bit rude.
“Is Cheryl pregnant? Is that baby yours?” one person asked.
“What will be the baby’s name?” another user asked.
Some fans took it even further.
“How would you feel if your baby dates Freddie?” one person asked, referring to band mate Louis Tomlinson’s almost 11-month-old son.
Cole also remained mum about her pregnancy in an interview with The Mirror’s Notebook magazine a few weeks ago.
She talked mostly about Christmas, saying that she does not want presents and that for her, the holiday is all about family.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
LOS ANGELES – Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian-born Hollywood siren perhaps better known for her prodigious love life than her movie credits, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack, her husband said. She was 99.
An emotional Frederic von Anhalt told AFP that Gabor had passed away at home surrounded by friends and family. ”Everybody was there. She didn’t die alone,” he told AFP by telephone, choking back sobs.
The pair married in 1986, making it her longest marriage. Gabor, who in her heyday embodied the film industry’s platinum blonde ideal, was a voluptuous former beauty queen with a penchant for lame gowns that accentuated her hourglass curves.
Her resume includes a long list of film roles in such hit movies as “Moulin Rouge,“ “Lili” and “Arriverderci Baby.”
Gabor was well known along with her sisters, fellow stars Eva and Magda. But the actress was at least as famous for her conquests between the sheets as her triumphs on the silver screen.
Like her famous great-granddaughter by marriage Paris Hilton, Gabor was among the first celebrities to be famous for her celebrity. Her thick Hungarian accent was much parodied especially her penchant for calling everyone she met “darling” or “dahlink” as she pronounced it.
It became her unique signature. ”I call everyone‘dahlink’ because I can’t remember their names,” the socialite once said.
She wrote in her 1993 autobiography “One Lifetime is Not Enough” that she lost her virginity at the age of 15 to Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. ”For the rest of my life, I would search for another god to eclipse him,” Gabor wrote.
Her romantic scorecard was a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood heartthrobs of her day, and her kiss-and-tell book detailed romances with screen legends Sean Connery and Frank Sinatra.
Gabor was known to be picky, however, spurning the advances of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, John Huston and Henry Fonda, she wrote in her autobiography.
During nine marriages and a prodigious number of affairs that made her a fixture in America’s gossip magazines, she had just one child — a daughter Francesca, fathered by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.
Her romantic dalliances even included a flirtation with screen legend Greta Garbo. ”She kissed me straight on the mouth. And I couldn’t help kissing her back because she was so overwhelmingly strong and so beautiful,” Gabor wrote.
In June 1989, Gabor made headlines when she slapped the face of a Beverly Hills police officer for giving her a traffic ticket. She was sentenced to three days in jail and ordered to pay $13,000 in court costs.
Bouts of ill health
Gabor, who had been in and out of hospital since a hip replacement in 2010, had several close brushes with death in recent years. A 2002 car accident left the actress partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.
She also had a stroke in 2005. One of her legs was partially amputated.
In 2011, von Anhalt said he had kept the extent of Gabor’s medical problems from her, so that she could enjoy the festivities in typical style. ”We had some champagne and caviar .. we really celebrated good,” he told AFP at the time. “I knew she had to go to the hospital, but I didn’t want to tell her anything.” – AFP
Salma Hayekis sharing her take on a past encounter with Donald Trump.
The Mexican-born actress spoke to El Show del Mandril on Radio Centro 93.9 Friday, Buzzfeed reports, about a time in which the presidential candidate leaked a false story to the National Enquirer after she rebuffed his request for a date.
“When I met that man I had a boyfriend and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number,” Hayek recalled of her earliest days in Hollywood, adding, “He got my number and he would call me to invite me out.”
Salma said that after turning down the opportunity, which she felt Trump perceived as “disrespectful,” she continued, “He wouldn’t say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer.”
“Someone told the National Enquirer—I’m not going to say who because you know that whatever he wants to come out, comes out in the National Enquirer. It said that he wouldn’t go out with me, because I was too short,” Hayek added.
Hayek then went on to reveal Trump reached out to her after the story was published: “Later, he called and left me a message. ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you. He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn’t think that’s why he wouldn’t go out with me.”
An outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter, Salma’s latest comments are far from her first about the Republican nominee. In July 2015, the Oscar nominee spoke exclusively to E! News about his controversial stance on immigration.
“I’m aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him,” she told us. “If something generates publicity, I would never be surprised about anything he does,” admitting that she refuses to “say his name.”
In early October, Hayek starred in a Spanish-language PSA on behalf of Clinton urging Latino voters to cast their vote on Nov. 8.
There’s a brand-new couple in Hollywood!
E! News has learned that Adriana Lima and Ryan Seacrest are dating and have most recently been spotted on a romantic dinner date in New York City.
The two connected during their time in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Lima and Seacrest also previously spotted grabbing a bite to eat at Dell’Anima in the Big Apple over the weekend.
And while the 35-year-old Brazilian model and 41-year-old television host and producer have yet to publicly discuss their new relationship, but the famous duo seem to be having fun since they returned to the U.S. weeks ago.
When the two were in Brazil for the games, Lima posted several pictures of her with Seacrest as well as her close pal Alessandra Ambrosio.
In fact, she snapped a shot of the group of three enjoying lunch after one of their shoots and called Seacrest both “charismatic” and “handsome.”
Lima has been previously marriage to Serbian NBA star Marko Jarić, whom she has two daughters with.
In May 2014, she announced that she was separating from the professional athlete after five years of marriage. Then, this past March, the former couple’s divorce was finalized.
LOS ANGELES: In a bizarre incident on the season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s debut on the dancing competition was interrupted by two men who attempted to rush the stage.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that two Los Angeles men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Sam Sotoodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroudi, 25, were detained by private security for “DWTS” and arrested after the LAPD was called in to CBS Television City, where “DWTS” originates. The show aired live on the East Coast and also aired live in Los Angeles and San Francisco because ABC’s primetime schedule in the West was preempted for football coverage.
Sotoodeh and Soroudi were “authorized” audience members who changed their clothes once inside the soundstage, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The pair “unlawfully entered the stage in an attempt to confront Mr. Lochte,” Lopez said. “No dancers or celebrities were touched” during the incident, Lopez added.
Sotoodeh and Soroudi were booked late Monday and were being held on $1,000 bail as of Tuesday morning.
“Two individuals stormed the dance floor tonight and were immediately subdued and escorted out of the building,” said a spokesperson for BBC Worldwide Productions. “The matter is now being handled by the authorities.” Video posted on social media taken from the audience section also showed a group of at least five women wearing shirts with the same anti-Lochte symbol. They chanted “liar, liar” before being ushered out by security. Lochte has been under fire in recent weeks for claims he made about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio summer Olympic games last month, a claim he later recanted.
The arrests were made around 7:40 p.m. PT, Lopez said. The incident began just as Lochte and dancing partner Cheryl Burke were hearing the judges’ opinions of their performance during the telecast, and two men appeared to rush the stage. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was heard yelling, “Excuse me! Hey, back off!” A figure could briefly be seen rushing in front of the camera.
ABC News radio correspondent Jason Nathanson later tweeted a photo of two men in handcuffs wearing anti-Lochte shirts featuring the swimmer’s name with a red circle and line through the middle.
Host Tom Bergeron kept his composure during what was clearly a chaotic moment on the stage and threw to a commercial break. When “DWTS” returned, Bergeron described the situation as “a little incident” and thanked the show’s security for “staying in shape.” Lochte was visibly shocked just before the show cut to commercial. He later told Bergeron, “I’m doing good.” He told ABC News that he intended to “brush it off, and keep going.” After the four-minute commercial break, the “DWTS” competition continued with a performance by Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
Inaba posted a photo on social media after the telecast expressing her thanks to the “DWTS” security team. “No one got hurt,” she wrote.
Inaba’s fellow judge Julianne Hough told ABC News that she didn’t know if it was a big attack because of “the world we live in today” and it was “frightening.” The Olympic gold medalist has been at the center of controversy since the incident in Rio. He was recently suspended from all swimming competitions for ten months after making the false robbery report, as well as lost several key endorsement deals. – Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR: Wong Lan Eng, 74, could not have chosen a more opportune moment than Aidiladha to embrace Islam.
“If it was not today, then when will I ever convert to Islam?” asked the former Buddhist at the Aidiladha korban (ritual slaughter) ceremony organised for Muslim converts here Monday.
The mother of former actress and model Shila Lama Abdullah of the 80s fame converted to Islam with the guidance of her son Muhamad Johan Haiqal Abdullah, 37, and witnessed by Ustaz Kamarudin Abdullah.
Wong decided to become a Muslim upon seeing how her three children have been good Muslims since they embraced the religion.
“Although my children and grandchildren are Muslims, they still have respect for me. That’s the main reason why I chose to embrace Islam as well,” she told Bernama.
Saifuddin Abdullah, 45, who was attending an Aidiladha ceremony for the first time, said he was excited as he got to experience the true meaning of sacrifice as a Muslim.
Saifuddin, a private company employee from Kuala Lumpur, could not celebrate Aidiladha previously due to the nature of his job and working hours.
“Although I embraced Islam 20 years ago, this is the first time I am able to celebrate Aidiladha,” said the father of three.
Independent Islamic preacher Ustaz Danial Hafizan Christopher, 40, said he hoped that the ceremony would serve as a platform for new converts to learn more about the teachings of Islam.
Danial Hafizan, who is Muallaf Network Association manager, said he was always prepared to help new converts.
“This association is active in the country and helps new Muslim converts so that they do not feel marginalised after embracing Islam,” he said. – Bernama
After a whirlwind summer, Chloe Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham have broken up.
According to multiple reports, the couple has split after being nearly inseparable over the last few months in Los Angeles.
At present time, neither have addressed the breakup on social media. Page Six first reported the news.
Reps have not returned E! News’ requests for comment.
Back in May of this year, Moretz finally confirmed that she was in a relationship with Victoria Beckham and David Beckham’s son during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
“He’s a very good guy. He’s a good person. I enjoy hanging out with him,” she said coyly.
In a subsequent interview with Glamour U.K. magazine, the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising actress explained that their relationship is “great” but having a relationship in the public eye can be extremely trying at times.
“One of the reasons why dating him is great is that we both get what it means to have our lives twisted and torn apart and faked.”
She added, “Seriously, you don’t know how often I’m just described as ‘his girlfriend’ and you think, ‘Well, I’ve also been acting for 13 years, but don’t worry.'”
She also shared with InStyle U.K. how dating the Brit is awkward given her level of fame.
“You already know what I look like in a bathing suit. You know what I look like in a sex scene. You know what I look like when I say ‘I love you’ to someone. You’ve already seen it all.”
Moretz and Beckham’s last public appearance was one month ago, in Los Angeles, at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
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