September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hanging out with author Terry McMillan is like chillin' with your worldly, slightly acerbic, super-chatty aunt. In the 1990s, she ushered in the era of black women's chick lit with her New York Times best-selling novel-turned-movie, Waiting to Exhale . The latest of the 61-year-old McMillan's eight tomes, Who Asked You? , was released Tuesday, launching her first book tour in three years. It will bring her Thursday night to the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she will join Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones . "Now, she can write," McMillan says of Ward.
July 12, 2013 |
What's more amazing? That conservative cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck finally made it official, and is leaving ABC's The View - or that she's actually been there 10 years, coming over to the show in 2003 after finishing fourth on Survivor: The Australian Outback ? Wednesday was her last day. She's going to Fox to join the Fox & Friends morning show with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade . ("Hold on!" you scream. "What of Gretchen Carlson ???" She's getting her very own show.)
June 24, 2013 |
Gov. Christie has ordered American and New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in recognition of the death of James Gandolfini, the actor who portrayed the notorious mobster Tony Soprano on television. Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday in Rome from a heart attack. In an executive order issued Friday, Christie called Gandolfini an "iconic actor" who "left a timeless impact upon television and film" as New Jersey organized-crime boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos.
February 20, 2013 |
P ATRICIA CORNWELL is known for her best-selling novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, but it was the author's attorneys who worked a scalpel with surgical precision over her former financial-management firm. A federal jury Tuesday awarded Cornwell nearly $51 million in her lawsuit, claiming that Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP had been negligent in handling her finances and cost her millions. Attorneys for the firm and former principal Evan Snapper said that there was no money missing from Cornwell's accounts.
January 26, 2013 |
She was inspired to the music life by child star Michael Jackson . Yet when she finally had it all - fame, glory, riches - all Whitney Houston wanted to do was quit. So writes Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston , 79, in Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped , a memoir due out Tuesday about the diva known as Nippy to her family. "I remember Nippy watching television and seeing Michael Jackson doing his thing," Cissy writes.
August 17, 2012 |
SHOWBIZ CLICHES so old they had mold on them back in the Irene Cara era are dusted off for the remake of "Sparkle," a musical melodrama set in the golden age of girl groups. Yeah, you're allowed to think "Dreamgirls," because "Dreamgirls" came AFTER the 1976 Cara musical about sisters trying to make it in Motown. They're plowing the same ground as a century of other showbiz musicals - good kids lured away from religion and piety by the limelight's glow, stumbling into drugs, sex and abuse before trying to pull it all together for one big show.
August 17, 2012 |
DIGGING into a conversation with two stars of "Sparkle" - Jordin Sparks and Carmen Ejogo - is a delicate thing. The musical performances are rousing, riveting. The slick cinematography and period-perfect costumes/art direction of the shot-in-Motown film drama really take you back, evoke an era. Good reasons for a talent interviewer to be upbeat. If only . . . "Sparkle" relates the ups-'n'-downs tale of a fictionalized, sisterly singing/songwriting trio kinda like the Supremes.
May 23, 2012 |
The Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night was a feast of celebrities, emotions and various degrees of clothing. The most touching moment came moments before Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, received an award on behalf of her late mother, who died in February. Just before the presentation, Brown began crying as singer Jordin Sparks sang the Houston megahit "I Will Always Love You. " In less poignant news, Katy Perry wore a shimmering lilac gown by Blumarine while Miley Cyrus' white, low-cut blazer and mini-mini skirt by designer Jean Paul Gaultier fell considerably above her knees.
May 1, 2012 |
Whitney Houston fans have maligned Bobby Brown as a bad influence on his ex-wife. But the "My Prerogative" singer says he's not to blame for the late diva's death. "It's just unexplainable how one could, you know, [say that I] got her addicted to drugs," Brown tells Matt Lauer in a chat to air Wednesday on Today. "I'm not the reason she's gone. " Brown, 43, says it was Houston who introduced him to hard drugs such as crack. Brown says he was devastated to hear Houston was still on drugs.
May 1, 2012
Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston? In a revelation unexpected, strange, and a bit crazy, Michael Jackson's bodyguard tells London's The Sun that the King of Pop had a secret, weeks-long, sexually torrid affair with Whitney Houston. Matt Fiddes says the diva and the divo, who ultimately shared a similar fate, became lovers in 1991. "Whitney practically moved into Michael's [Neverland] ranch — and they had a fling like any other young couple," says Fiddes. But, alas, Houston broke it off. "I know [Jackson]