Monday, May 26, 2008
posted by Chi-Chi at 5/26/2008 | Permalink
RANDOM MUSIC & FILM HOOPLA
M.I.A would have collaborated with Kanye West on his 2007 "Graduation" record...
"I was at his show four days ago and he was like, 'You have to make this song with me,' " she says. "I turned him down for the last album (West's 2007 release, Graduation) so he's really pissed off about it. (But) I think he'll marry me to keep me in the country. He was really dead serious about it." [quote via ONTD]
Michael Jackson made a brief appearance at designer Christian Audigier's birthday bash. Hard to believe MJ's 50th birthday is coming up this August...
Kerry Washington attended the closing day of the current Cannes film festival in silver Louis Vuitton couture dress. According to VARIETY, Kerry has sign on to play Eddie Murphy's wife in the upcoming film, "A Thousand Words".
Chris Brown and Rihanna were spotted at CIRCA in Toronto after Kanye West's "Glow in the Dark" tour. In related news, Rihanna recently commented on taking control of her image.
Photo credit: Joe Fuda
""I felt like the whole world had long, curly, flowy blonde hair. Ciara, Beyoncé, Mariah, Christina Milian. Everybody wanted to be like everybody else. So I cut my hair and they made me put my long hair back in as extensions.
"The second time, I didn't have any discussions, nothing. I just cut it, I dyed it black, I went into the studio making music my way. I found myself all at once. I like things strong, edgy, a little to the left. I don't like things that are expected - nothing cliched." ["SOURCE]
Bow Wow has decided to turn his full attention to his acting career via a steady gig on the hit HBO series, "Entourage". The show casted him in a recurring role as a stand-up comedian managed by Eric (Kevin Connolly).
Photo credit: GAP.COM
"After 16 years in the music industry and six successful albums, I’ve decided to shift my energy to something else I’m passionate about, acting. I’m going to try to be the next Will Smith."[HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]
Usher opened up to "Entertainment Weekly" about his relationship with his former manager and mother, Jonetta Patton. The newlywed R&B singer also said his son, Usher Raymond V who he nicknamed Cinco, served as a olive branch between him and his mother.
''I understand the whole thing about the drama between me and my mother,'' he concedes. ''To be honest with you, we had a very one-sided relationship, and for obvious reasons: She had to make the majority of the sacrifices; otherwise we didn't go forward.... I'm pretty sure that my mother would want to forever manage me. She'll always be my partner. But I feel like I'm at a point where I wanna grow, be able to handle my business firsthand, and understand every facet of it. Also, on the other side is the fact that you get the stigma of being too sheltered. So now I make the move to go out as a man and stand on my own, and it's bad?''
Photo credit: EW/WIREIMAGE
Usher on his mother's absence from his wedding to Tameka Foster...
''My mother made a decision not to come to my wedding because she didn't really agree with my decision,'' he explains, declining to specify whether she disagreed with his choice of wife or his decision to fire her. ''I don't know why,'' he offers simply. ''She's never told me and I've never asked her.'' Though he demurs when pressed further for details, he reveals: ''It hurt me very much not to see her there 'cause I would've liked for her to be there, not to mention that I paid so much money for her to be accommodated and her behind didn't show up. [Laughs] But just as she's made stands, so have I.'' (That may help explain the title of his new album, though he insists, ''It's not me lashing out at anyone; it was the hottest name for the project, and a testimony to how certain I was about certain issues.''[CONTINUE READING...]