By Gil Kaufman
'Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second,' West warned about his treatment by the paparazzi.
Let's get one thing straight. The Kanye West-Jimmy Kimmel feud was real.
When 'Ye appeared on Kimmel's show on Wednesday night to make peace with the late night host, it became clear right away — from Yeezy's posture and his seriousness — that despite some suggestions that their beef was a bit, Kanye was dead serious.
"I wish I had thought of that," Kimmel said of the public fight in his monologue. "I just didn't. You know honestly I've been too busy masterminding the giant prank going on in Washington D.C. right now. That one is going gangbusters."
It also became that the interview was going to turn into the latest Yeezus rant about art, culture, fashion and the celebrity world, and that Kimmel was going to have to sit back and let Kanye be Kanye. At the outset, the duo shared a hug and Kimmel immediately apologized for the misunderstanding, which was sparked several weeks ago when he aired a video spoofing West's hour-long interview on BBC Radio 1.
"I guess we should kind of talk about what happened because I do think that somewhere in you you want people to understand where you're coming from," Kimmel said. "Yeah, correct," 'Ye responded.
Admitting that he'd only seen snippets of the BBC interview before filming the spoof ("Yeah, that's what I thought," 'Ye said), Kimmel re-aired some of his bit. "The main reason that I did that is because I like to see kids curse," Kimmel explained, noting that he was not trying to position Kanye as a child.
And then it was Kanye's turn. "Everyone out there in TV world, real world, whatever world you stay needs to know that I've never done a publicity stunt in my life," Kanye said, debunking rumors that the whole beef was a prank.
Kimmel recounted the "bad" phone conversation they had after the skit and West talked about how the pair had previously met and Kimmel told him that he wanted the world to know the "good guy" side of Kanye.
To be fair, 'Ye did not watch the whole Kimmel skit either, out of fear of being even more enraged, but said he was hurt because he thought he could trust Jimmy. "This is the one person I know, so I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus Weekly cover. Every single bogus skit... Every person who feels it's OK to treat celebrities like zoo animals, or act like what they're saying it not serious ... or their dreams are not serious," West said.
"Egos can flare up and we kind of just took it back to high school a bit," Kanye continued. "And I got beat up a lot in high school, so I didn't want to go back to high school," Kimmel responded, calling the zoo animal a perfect metaphor for the kind of constant tabloid scrutiny celebrities are under.
"Some of these things are hurtful and the truth is important," Kimmel said. "A lot of times I think you bring it on yourself this misunderstanding of you ... I don't know if you know this, a lot of people think you're a jerk," he added as West looked on with a blank expression. To the contrary, Kimmel said he's often told people what a good guy West is, throwing up a picture of a smiling Yeezy with his arm around Jimmy's dad at a wedding they both attended.
And then it got real. Kimmel replayed a classic skit with Josh Groban performing some of 'Ye's funniest tweets, admitting that the BBC bit was maybe a five on the funny scale. He then put up one of the since-deleted post-beef tweets from Kanye in which the rapper profanely compared Kimmel to SpongeBob Squarepants. "Do you really think I look like SpongeBob?" he asked. "I mean, it's the first thing that came to my mind," laughed Kanye.
"As we were writing it there was a frustration that was getting out," West said of the hard-hitting series of tweets railing Kimmel that he subsequently scrubbed from his timeline. "But also they were really funny to me and I just thought it was so amazing that I was saying this in real time, in real life. With my position, because people would be so scared to say anything as soon as you're a celebrity you're not allowed to say anything anymore. But to just completely wild out?" There was a second set of tweets, he revealed, which were apparently even worse, which he'll save for next time.
Kimmel ended by congratulating Kanye on the birth of baby North and gifted him with a pair of tiny leather jogging pants. That led to West, who was wearing ripped jeans and a light blue Ralph Lauren shirt, re-expressing his frustration about not being able to break through in the fashion industry (and bringing up his favorite movie, "The Truman Show," again), despite his "creative genius."
During his extended rant near the end of the chat, in which he touched on taste, culture and art, West noted that he stood up to drug dealers in Chicago and told them he'd die before giving them his publishing, and then took off on the paparazzi and his place in the cultural universe.
"It's about truth, it's bout information, it's about awesomeness ... Taste, culture, art ... just the quality of life. This is what I'm here to do. So when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus, I'm saying these are my heroes. These are people that I look up to. This is the type of impact I want to make on the Earth," he said.
"When people hear my music, they have a good time. And I should be respected as such when I walk down the street," West added, getting hyped. "Don't ask me a question about something you saw in the tabloids. Don't try to antagonize me. Because you know what — it's not safe for you in this zoo. Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second!"
by Chelsey Wilkins in Beauty
Our royal highness, King Beyonce Knowles-Carter, found herself in quite a hairy (heh) situation while on stage during last night’s stop on the Mrs. Carter World Tour. In the middle of her performance for "Halo," Bey's GLORIOUS blonde wavy tendrils were snatched up by a fan! If you’re anything like us, you’re saying to yourself, "Who dare approach the throne to commit such a maleficence!?!" But Beyhive, before you go summoning Jay-Z and the rest of “La Familia” to initiate a manhunt for this audacious audience member, note that the offender was only a stage fan—as in, an inanimate object.
The same stage fan that helps create Bey’s signature hair-blowing-in-the-wind moments turned its back on its fearless leader, leaving her stuck and unable to whip her hair back and forth in true Sasha Fierce fashion. We’re sure audience members refrained from breathing during this frightening ordeal, praying Beyonce’s mane remained intact and unscathed. All the while, Bey continued performing like the boss chick she is, as body guards and concerned stans standing by removed B’s luxurious locks from the metal hands of this unapologetic machine. The show must go on, right?!
Beyonce, aware of the effects of social media and the hundreds of video cameras in the arena, took to Instagram early this morning to make fun of the situation before anyone else could (of course WE’d never poke fun at the Queen!). After uploading an Insta-video of the near disastrous hair experience, she posted a picture with reworked lyrics for her smash hit “Halo”. The remixed version goes something like this:
“Gravity can’t begiiiiiiiin
To pull me out of the fan again.
I felt my hair was yankiiiiiiiin
From the fan that’s always hatiiiiiiiin
Virgin remy & malasiiiiiaaaaaan”
HILARIOUS, right?! She signed her witty note with the message, “I got snatched ‘2 snaps.’ Goodnight all, B.” Well said, Beyonce. Well said.
By Fox News
Mariah Carey returned to the set of her new music video on Sunday just hours after she was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder and cracked rib in a desperate attempt to finish the shoot.
The pop superstar was filming a promo for a remix of her track #Beautiful with rapper Young Jeezy when she took a tumble and had to be treated at a New York medical centre for her injuries.
Her husband Nick Cannon, who had been directing the project, offered to abandon his duties to be by his wife's side, but Carey refused to let her pain stand in the way of her work and ordered the TV personality to continue on in her absence.
During an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Tuesday, he said, "It was pretty serious. Not only did she dislocate her shoulder, she actually cracked her rib. She chipped her shoulder bone during the video shoot. She was in this nice, beautiful gown, heels on and everything, it was kinda on this platform, she kinda slipped and fell on her whole side. She's such a trooper, like I was gonna rush to the hospital, she was like, 'You get back in there and finish the video'.
"Then, after they put the shoulder back in place, bandaged her all up, she came back to the video early in the morning and finished out everything. She's like, 'This better be a good video after all this pain I went through!...' I would be crying and passed out if something like that happened to me. She was right back to work!"
The Hero hitmaker is now recovering at home and resting up for her performance at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert on Saturday.
Miguel was ORDERED not to attempt a dangerous jump over the crowd during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards because producers believed it was too dangerous ... but the singer ignored them ... sources connected to the production tell TMZ.
We're told ... Miguel approached producers before rehearsals and asked if he could try to jump over the crowd during his performance ... but producers shot down the idea, telling Miguel it was just too dangerous.
But when showtime came around, Miguel blew off the order ... and producers' fears were realized when he botched the jump and leg dropped a female fan ... slamming her head against the stage.
Now, the victim's lawyer says she may have suffered a brain injury as a result ... and a lawsuit could be on the way.
We reached out to Miguel for comment -- but he never called us back.
NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson says he's personally witnessed Justin Bieber racing his Ferrari around the streets of Calabasas ... and tells TMZ he's worried the singer could seriously hurt someone if he doesn't slow his ass down.
We spoke to Dickerson -- who's lived in Calabsas for years -- and the NFL legend tells us he doesn't blame Keyshawn Johnson for confronting the singer yesterday.
"I've seen [Justin] driving fast around Calabasas before in the Ferrari," Dickerson says ... "It's just not safe."
Dickerson says he owns two Ferraris and understands how dangerous the car can be if an irresponsible person happens to be in the driver's seat.
"I used to drive fast," Dickerson admits ... "but that was on the freeway ... and even that wasn't safe."
As for Keyshawn's decision to follow Bieber to his home, Dickerson says -- "I don't blame Keyshawn, he's got kids ... I don't blame him for trying to get [Justin's] attention."
"I would've been the same way ... when you're a father it takes on a whole new meaning. Plus, we got that football mentality."
Still no word from Bieber's camp.
By Alexandra Cheney
Morgan Freeman appeared to fall asleep during a TV interview–but he has another explanation, and it involves Google
The 75-year-old actor walked the carpet of the New York premiere of “Now You See Me” Wednesday night, and woke up to do a full day of press Thursday. One outlet, “This Morning,” a Q13 morning show which airs on Fox’s Seattle-Tacoma affiliate, caught Freeman napping on the job.
During the four minute taping, Freeman looked as if he was drifting off as his colleague, Michael Caine, spoke about magic, the core theme of the Summit Entertainment distributed film.
“This business, it’s exhausting,” Freeman told the Journal in Los Angeles last year.
A publicist for Mr. Freeman emailed the following comment regarding the interview. “I wasn’t actually sleeping. I’m a beta tester for Google Eyelids. I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page.”
The model of the classic Star Wars fighter being unveiled in Times Square has a wingspan of 44 feet and comes complete with R2-D2 and a full range of sound effects. It’s a super-duper-sized version ofStar Wars Lego starfighter set #9493 and was made with 5,335,200 Lego bricks. That, according to Lego, makes it the largest model ever built, eclipsing the Lego robot at the Mall of America by some 2 million bricks. This replica of the Rebel Alliance dogfighter is 42 times the size of the Lego version we’ve all built and a bit bigger than a real X-Wing. (Yes, yes, we know they’re not real. Just go with it.) The X-Wing Luke Skywalker and his fellow rebels flew was about 41 feet long, 2 feet shorter than this Lego masterpiece.
The X-Wing was built at the Lego Model Shop at the company’s facility in Kladno, Czech Republic. It took 32 “master builders” (Note: This is a real job, and we’re preparing our resumés.) 17,336 man-hours to construct the X-Wing. Plans for the model were created using Lego’s proprietary 3-D design software, and the construction team had to work with a team of structural engineers to ensure that the model was safe, master builder Erik Varszegi told Wired.
“This has been a wild and exciting project for us, and it’s taken an international team of designers, engineers, structural consultants, model builders, and logistics personal over a year to bring this model from a conception to reality,” Varszegi said in an email. “In one respect, designing it was the ‘easy’ part, as we were creating a scaled version of an actual toy construction set.”
Once completed, the model — which weighs 45,980 pounds — was broken down into 34 pieces to be shipped to New York by boat (the voyage took two boats two months to complete). Lest the West Coast feel left out, the starfighter is coming to Legoland California after its tenure in Times Square and will remain there until the end of the year. Twenty-three tons is a whole lot of anything, especially Lego bricks, but much of the model’s weight lies in the model’s steel skeleton, which it needed in order to withstand the vibrations from the subway that runs beneath Duffy Square in Manhattan and any seismic activity it could face in Southern California.
While a slightly larger-than-lifesize Lego X-Wing would be awesome even if were made for no particular reason at all, the model was built to celebrate the forthcoming premiere of the latest Lego Star Warsseries The Yoda Chronicles — a three-part animated miniseries launching on Cartoon Network next Wednesday. That’s the official reason this was built, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Lego made this thing just for the thrill.
“My fellow Master Builders and I are always looking for a challenge — and for projects that push our skills to the next level,” Varszegi said. The team chose the X-Wing because it “is one of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars universe and the sheer size and scope of the building and engineering challenges was one we couldn’t resist.”
We’re awaiting the day these Lego master builders create a Death Star for this X-Wing to annihilate.
by James Hibberd
NBC has locked down judges for the next two cycles of The Voice.
Speculation have run rampant as to who will sit in the red swivel chairs this fall and spring, with major media outlets declaring Shakira will exit the series for good after the singer said told reporters she wasn’t planning to return. There have also been rumors that Usher was finished with the show, too.
And it was all partly true. Shakira and Usher won’t be back … in the fall.
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According to sources close to the negotiations, this fall’s edition will reunite the original lineup: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and, yes, Cee Lo Green. In addition, Carson Daly will return as host for both cycles.
For next spring, cycle 6, The Voice will then switch back to its current lineup, which has made for a surprisingly successful shakeup this season. NBC is finalizing deals with Shakira and Usher, who will take the stage along with Levine and Shelton.
The addition of Shakira and Usher were so popular with fans that some even urged NBC to add the duo full time. But this strategy will help maintain both variety and continuity next season — the judges are all familiar faces, yet not the same faces all season.
Meanwhile Fox’s singing competition panels are still partly in limbo, with American Idol andThe X Factor having multiple gaps in their judges panels. US Weekly reported that Nicki Minaj will depart Idol next season, which would whittle down the current panel from four to two (Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, the latter today saying he wants to stay on the show), with two more exits potentially to come. Factor has executive producer Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato set to return as judges, but also has two other seats to fill. Factor has to find its panel soon since production on season three needs to start before the end of the month.
Does Jaden Smith, the precocious 14-year-old son of movie star Will Smith, want to be emancipated from his parents? Not so, said the rising teen star on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday.
The rumors sparked after British rag The Sun printed an alleged interview with Will, who is promoting his and Jaden's new sci-fi flick, "After Earth." After reports spread that the comment was in earnest, Jaden candidly broke down the reasons why he wouldn't be leaving the Smith household -- which he shares with mom Jada Pinkett Smith and sister Willow Smith -- just yet.
"Here's the thing I need to explain. I'm not going anywhere," Jaden said on-air, to laughter. "The thing that people don’t get is that everything at his house is free. So I can get anything and everything that I want at his house, so I think Imma be there for 20, 30 more years. But he [Will Smith] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies, then I have to get my own house."
Of course, Jaden's smooth response about a pesky tabloid rumor should hardly come as a surprise. The teenager has been acting in his dad's movies since the age of 8, when he appeared in 2006's tearjerker, "The Pursuit of Happyness." (He's also had to bear witness to younger sister Willow's instant success with her 2009 single, "Whip My Hair.")
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