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Pharrell posts lowest sales for a Number Two album since 1991
Any chance Adele could come out of whatever British domestic utopia she's living in to (re-)rescue the record business? Because, no offense to the Frozen soundtrack, things are bleak out there. Albums are down 17 percent, singles are down 13 percent and . . . well, just read on for the gory details.
BEYOND FROZEN'S BIG SALES, SALES REMAIN FROZEN: The smash Disney soundtrack sold another 133,000 copies and is in its 10th week at Number One, but the Number Two album, Pharrell's Girl, sold an anemic 29,000 copies — and that's after a sales jump of 18 percent. That's the lowest sales for a Number Two album on the Billboard album charts in the SoundScan era, which began in 1991. After that comes new boy band 5 Seconds of Summer's EP She Looks So Perfect, with 26,000 (a sales drop of 82 percent); Christian rock band MercyMe's Welcome to the New, also with 26,000; and Black Label Society's Catacombs of the Black Vatican, with 26,000. Apparently 26,000 is the magic number for so-so-selling chart debuts.
HOW HITS GET MADE, STARRING SHAZAM AND SOMO: Earlier this year, I did some research on Shazam, the popular music-identification app whose charts frequently predict hit singles. The example I received from Avery Lipman, founder and president of Republic Records, was SoMo, a Texas rapper whose song "Ride" blew up in his home state. Radio play there begat airplay in Baton Rouge, Phoenix and elsewhere, and the song began to appear in the geographical data Shazam makes available via its iPad app. Today, SoMo's self-titled album makes its debut at Number Six on Billboard's album charts — 23,000 first-week sales isn't gigantic, but "Ride" has 3.5 million YouTube views and 7.8 million Spotify streams.
WHAT WILL APRIL 2024 LOOK LIKE? NUMBER TWO WITH 14 SALES?: I'd like to put this week's godawful album sales in perspective: Almost exactly 10 years ago, in the Billboard of April 10, 2004, the Number One album sold 1.1 million copies — Usher's Confessions. An anomaly, you say? Unfair to compare one of the decade's biggest-selling albums to the weak-selling stuff on today's charts? Let's go down a bit further — Number Two was Now That's What I Call Music 15, which sold 343,500 copies; Number Three was Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits, with 169,000. In conclusion: Top Three of April 10, 2004, 1.6 million; Top Three of April 16, 2014, 188,000.
No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely
Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters.
While it's too early to tell just how many copies the hit album will sell in the week ending April 20, it should be a very handsome figure. The number will be amplified by the Easter holiday on April 20, as parents and families purchase gifts suitable for Easter baskets and the like.
Also helping matters is how the "Frozen" album is now stocked at Starbucks stores. It reached the retailer officially on April 15, though some stores may have got it earlier.
The one-two punch of Easter and Starbucks should push a big gain for the album, which sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album's biggest week yet was logged the week ending March 23, when it scanned 202,000 copies. Its sales were bolstered that week by the home video release of the film on DVD and blu-ray.
If "Frozen" spends an 11th week at No. 1, it will become the longest-running No. 1 animated film soundtrack, surpassing the 10-week run of "The Lion King."
In other "Frozen" news: the karaoke version of the soundtrack -- as part of the Disney Karaoke series -- was released on April 15 as well. Sources say it could sell around 10,000 copies in the week ending April 20 -- an unusually high figure for a karaoke set. The last time a karaoke album sold more than 10,000 copies in a week was the week ending Dec. 22, 2013, when the "Tween Hits" set from the Party Tyme Karaoke series sold just over 10,000.
In non-"Frozen" action, the highest new entry on next week's Billboard 200 chart will likely come from August Alsina's debut album "Testimony," with around 50,000 to 60,000. Ingrid Michaelson's "Lights Out" might be the next largest bow, with around 45,000. Both albums seem set for a top 10 debut.
Radio Disney is going to takeover the mainstream because the only people buying music is parents buying music for their kids y/y.
Kanye and Kim are going to be pissed when they find out Bee and Hov are copying their idea! Check out in this post two photographs - that have surfaced online mere hours ago - that see 'power couple' R&B star Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z shooting something in the desert outside Los Angeles on Thursday (April 17th).
What is this? Two are the possibilities: 1). They are shooting a music video for "On The Run" (from Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album, or 2). They are simply shooting visual content for their upcoming joint tour this summer. Which do you think it is?
I mean, from the fact Beyoncé is wearing a wedding dress (a super short one that is) while Jay rides the motorcycle, it all points out it's something "On The Run"-related, huh? This matches the lyrics of the song in a way.
Wonder what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will think of their friends' new video, though? People are going to think they're mocking Kimye's "Bound 2'" treatment, ha.
Luke is so done with his shit.
The article was "presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way," singer says
Patti LaBelle did not punch Aretha Franklin, and the latter soul diva wants the website that wrote a fake story "for entertainment purposes" to pay up for spreading the rumor. Franklin has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the humor site the News Nerd, according to The Detroit News. "The stories were not presented as satire or humor," she said through her publicist. "It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way – defamation of character."
On April 11th, the News Nerd published a story that claimed LaBelle had been charged with assault and battery after accosting Franklin, apparently angered over how Franklin "threw epic shade" at her. The supposed attack took place at the Women of Soul concert in Atlanta in March. "Franklin was quickly struck with a Mayweather style right and left and stumbled backwards, landing awkwardly," the website wrote. "Bystanders subdued Labelle and escorted her outside of the venue. Franklin suffered only minor injuries."
Franklin then issued a statement a few days later denying the attack. "I've never heard anything crazier – regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta," she wrote, via Billboard. "On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error). I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time. Patti and I are cool and we always have been. I enjoyed her at the White House. Classic Patti."
Since the article has gotten the website attention, the News Nerd has since changed the byline from Kato Leonard to "The News Nerd Staff," according to the paper. It has also apparently been edited.
Franklin recently told Rolling Stone that she is working with Clive Davis, who is executive-producing her next record, a concept album on which she'll cover songs by her favorite female singers, including Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand and maybe Beyoncé. "I like 'Bootylicious,''Survivor'– my little granddaughter loves 'Survivor,'" she said. "She's a worker," Franklin says of Beyoncé. "And I can appreciate that. I'm a worker."
Bryan Singer is fighting back against allegations he sexually abused a teen boy in the late 1990s.
As Gossip Cop reported, Michael Egan claims he was drugged, molested, and sodomized by the X-Men director repeatedly during a two-year span, when he was 15 to 17 years old.
Egan and his lawyer held a press conference about their lawsuit on Thursday, where the former aspiring actor and model detailed some of his accusations, and claimed that when he went to the police and FBI in 1999, “it basically fell on deaf ears.”
Singer’s own attorney has now released a statement blasting both the claims and what they believe is a publicity stunt:
“The claims made today about Bryan Singer are completely fabricated. We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail. It is obvious that plaintiff’s attorney is not looking to litigate the case on its merits. This matter is nothing more than the attorney seeking to get his 15 minutes of fame by sending out a press release with his ‘media consultant’ yesterday and following up with a press conference today. Attorneys who try cases don’t hold press conferences.”
The filmmaker’s lawyer also points to a 2000 lawsuit filed by Egan for sexual abuse that didn’t name Singer, saying the similarities between the two prove his client’s innocence.
That suit, in which Egan received a default judgment, was against convicted child molester Marc Collins-Rector, who Egan now says orchestrated Singer’s alleged abuse.
But as the scandal continues to grow, ABC has reportedly pulled Singer’s name from promos for the new series “Black Box,” and the filmmaker has backed out of his scheduled appearance at this weekend’s WonderCon event in Anaheim, Calif.
Egan, who said he decided to file his new suit after undergoing therapy, is seeking at least $75,000 for each of his legal claims – intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy.
Drake Bell‘s constantly informing the world about his disdain for Justin Bieber, most recently in an interview with BuzzFeed (in which he also took jabs at Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga). And the 20-year-old singer’s kept quiet about it… until now.
Last night, Drake Bell held his album release party at The Grove, and guess who stopped by — yup, JB himself. *mic drop* Drake attempted to make nice with the Biebs, tweeting him after he learned of his arrival:
Drake Bell ✔ @DrakeBell
@justinbieber dude ! Thank you for coming to my party I didn't know you were down stairs sorry they didn't let you in!! Should have hmu!!
12:26 AM - 18 Apr 2014
Drake Bell ✔ @DrakeBell
@justinbieber Damn! they told me you were there while I was changing. I tried to come get you in time but you split. only saw you drive away
2:19 AM - 18 Apr 2014
Sorry, DB — did you really think the “As Long As You Love Me” singer was there to SUPPORT you?? Although Justin never wrote back to Drake directly, here’s what he had to say about his brief stint: So “nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight.”
see the video at the source.
"The only thing I love on par with sloths is Brad Pitt."
– Dax Shepard, comparing his admiration for the actor to wife Kristen Bell's obsession with sloths, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
"I've always been known for my boobs, but it pisses me off, because I do also have a great a––!"
– Sofia Vergara, on her best assets, to Women's Health magazine
"A super-sized personality deserves a super-sized cup of joe."
– Lara Spencer, welcoming Michael Strahan to the Good Morning America family, on his debut episode
"It was warm, soft, tender, like a chicken's thigh."
– Rita Ora, describing Zac Efron's physique after ripping off his shirt at the MTV Movie Awards, in a backstage interview
"Alien chic meets mental patient that's just had electroshock therapy."
– Kelly Osbourne, on the inspiration behind her latest hairstyle, to PEOPLE
"I can't do the Twitter thing either. Maybe there is something wrong with me. Maybe I need to be better at saying: 'Check me the f–– out, motherf––ers.'"
– Andrew Garfield, on his inability to self-promote, to The Guardian
"Obviously it's something different and new – I'm not dodging snot rockets from big linemen this time around!"
– Erin Andrews, on how her Dancing with the Stars hosting gig differs from sports reporting, to PEOPLE
"Why am I crying on Oprah?"
– Pharrell Williams, who broke down in tears after watching a clip of fans around the world dancing to his hit song "Happy," on Oprah Prime
"What's a more trailblazing experience than a gorgeous man becoming a movie star?"
– Jonah Hill, presenting Channing Tatum with the Trailblazer Award, at the MTV Movie Awards
"It takes courage to believe the best is yet to come."
– Robin Roberts, on her new outlook on life following two cancer battles, to PEOPLE
HAPPY FRIDAY, ONTD! :-) xoxo
Miley Cyrus is postponing two more stops on her Bangerz tour – in Nashville and Louisville – as she remains in the hospital after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics several days ago.
And she's not happy about it.
"Sick of waking up to needles," Cyrus, 21, Tweeted early Friday morning, adding this hashtag: "#goingthruit." She also added the hashtag "#floydfriday," referring to her beloved dog Floyd, who passed away earlier in the month.
In more Tweets, Cyrus lashed out over reports that have skewed the reports of her medical condition. "So many ignorant stories out there no one is reading the official statement and these dumb asses are scaring my fans," she wrote in one. "Shut the f–– up and let me heal," she wrote in another. "Stop scaring my family, friends and fans."
She then linked to the official statement, which was released earlier this week and explains how she suffered an extreme allergic reaction to the antibiotic she was prescribed to treat a sinus infection.
According to her rep, Cyrus will remain hospitalized until her condition improves, which means potentially more canceled shows.
The Nashville show has been rescheduled for August 7, while the Louisville show has been moved to August 9. All tickets will be honored, according to the venues.
Days Of Our Lives Star Guy Wilson Views Will & Sonny's Storyline As An Example Of True Love!
The soap opera made daytime television history earlier this month with the nuptials of Horton and Sonny Kriakis (played by Freddie Smith), broadcasting the genre's first gay male wedding.
“When we filmed that episode and the days leading up to that, each day it became increasingly powerful for us,” Wilson told Gay Star News. “The actual day of filming it, there was no acting. It was simultaneously one of the most powerful moments I've had as a performer or otherwise and also one of the most fluid moments I've had as an actor.”
“We were trying to demonstrate for our viewership the fact that it's okay to be fearless, to express who you are and what you believe in and it's okay to love whoever you want to love. I view the Will and Sonny storyline as an example of true love, pure love,” he added.
Wilson joined the show just as Sonny was to propose marriage. He replaced the popular and acclaimed actor Chandler Massey who had won two Emmys for the role and inhabited Will as he came to terms with being gay, came out publicly and fell in love with Sonny.
Now that the wedding has taken place, Wilson feels more at home than ever as Will.
'As far as the Will and Sonny storyline, the marriage is a new chapter,' he said. 'As far as my tenure as an actor on the show, I do feel on an internal level that it is the beginning of a new chapter. I feel like I'm Will now. I feel like I've achieved something for the storyline, I've achieved something that I can own.'
Cady McClain has joined The Young and the Restless as grieving mom/town pariah Kelly Andrews, just as she's published her brutally frank memoir, Murdering My Youth. The two-time Emmy winner tells TV Guide all about it.
TV Guide: How does it feel to land on a healthy, high-rated soap after your last two died such dismal deaths? In fact, AMC died twice!
McClain: It's the most amazing thing. Y&R had its 41st anniversary a couple of weeks ago with the big press party and the cake-cutting and a lot of celebration — something I never thought I would experience again. [Laughs] I thought the party was over for me!
TV Guide: Are you still stinging from the failure of Prospect Park's reboot of AMC?
McClain: When you watch a beloved show come to an end and see the toll it takes on everyone with the production and the fans who have loved and supported it, it's like the death of an entire family. The experience with Prospect Park was nightmarish and heartbreaking. I was a big supporter of the show and what they tried to do with it online, but the powers that be who held the purse strings did not have their plan in place. It was all rather sad. [Laughs] Now there is nothing to bitch about! I'm, like, "You people at Y&R don't even know how bad it can get!" Every time I drive on the lot at CBS, I say a big prayer of thanks and gratitude. I hate to say it — and I would never wish those soaps to have been cancelled ever — but the gift of that loss is that it put a hot fire under everybody's ass. The surviving shows got their s--t together and everybody — actors, writers, producers — stopped taking their jobs for granted and worked a lot harder to make the most of the opportunity. It also made the networks realize how much these shows mean to the public.
TV Guide: You're replacing Cynthia Watros, who left Y&R to do an MTV series. She was last seen April 14 and you hit the air two days later. How are you dealing with that crazy-fast switch?
McClain: There's much more pressure being an instant replacement. Boom! Usually when this happens on a soap there's a break of a few months or at least weeks. And Cynthia was mind-bogglingly good and really made her mark with some award-worthy work. So I'm like, "Oh, s—t!" But I'm bringing my A game and hoping the fans will accept me.
TV Guide: Kelly easily could have been written out when Watros left, but the decision was made to keep the character because Peter Bergman needed a love interest. Do you feel used in a way? This seems so much less about Kelly and more about Jack.
McClain: Peter is an amazing actor and this is a soap opera, which is about love and romance. He needed somebody to play with and I'm thrilled to be the one. In a way, it's very special. When you're dancing in a couple, there's a leader and a follower, and there's an art to being a follower. You have to be present and open and pay attention to the cues you're given, and I love that. That's a big part of why I worked so well with Michael Knight on AMC — we were great dancing partners. I think the same thing is happening with Peter. He's very responsive, as well. He catches what I throw. But it's fine with me to let him be the lead. I have no problem with this!
TV Guide: Murdering My Youth, your shocking survival story, is a fantastic but tough read, marked by years of family madness, alcoholism, abandonment and domestic violence. You were also sexually abused by your father. Was it hard to get it all down on paper?
McClain: For years I could not return to L.A. and spend more than two days there without freaking out and needing to leave quickly, because that's the town where I was put on sale. I know my story is bigger than life — not everyone was a kid in showbiz — but I wrote the book for anyone who was forced to grow up in chaos and violence. A child's innocence should never be for sale. I really wanted and needed to understand what had happened to me. It didn't really sink in until 2012 when I fully realized that my parents had spent all of the money I had made as a child actor — and it was a lot! It wasn't until I started writing the book that I thought, "What the f--k did happen to all that money?" And so I dug into my old boxes of crap and found the original incorporation papers and found out that I had been paying the mortgage on our house and that my parents were taking salaries. Finding out the truth — 100 percent of the truth — was essential to me. That's how I know who I am. That's how I keep myself from going nuts or turning into a drug addict.
TV Guide: You don't write about your early years at AMC with much happiness.
McClain: It was tough. It was brutally hard. Michael Knight always made me laugh, God bless him, but you're right. I wasn't a happy person then. I was going through a lot of s--t and there was a lot of fallout. Maybe it was a happy time for other people there but I didn't have a lot of joy in my heart back then.
TV Guide: The book concludes when you are 25. Will there be a sequel?
McClain: I wanted to end the book when my mom died, which was the most dramatic and profound thing that ever happened to me. The years after that? [Laughs] Oh, dude, I got into a lot of trouble! I decided after a life of so much pain and childhood crap that I was going to have fun and, oh boy, did I! That is a different book and, if I ever write it, it would have to be called something like Days of Being Wild. I turned into a wild child who set out to have fun but instead I got really hurt and really screwed up and made some really stupid choices. That was part of the reason I starting writing Murdering My Youth so many years ago. It was my attempt to say, "Whoa! Slow yourself down, girl!"
Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson is heading back to tape at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on April 16 for scenes that will air on May 19. He will cross paths with Eric Braeden (Victor) and Sean Carrigan (Stitch).
The fullback first appeared on March 13 as a businessman.
“It was an amazing experience! I’ve been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show,” Robinson said of his first on set. “I’ve always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their storylines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms, and I felt like a part of the Y&R family.”
Former ALL MY CHILDREN actor and THE PRICE IS RIGHT model Robert Scott Wilson has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, according to Soap Opera Digest. He will replace Justin Gaston in the role of Ben, Jordan's brother.
DAYS has not said why Gaston, who first aired on February 27, was being replaced by Wilson.
Wilson will first air next month. He played Pete Cortlandt on The OnLine Network's web version of ALL MY CHILDREN in 2013. His final appearance on THE PRICE IS RIGHT is scheduled for April 15.
Gaston was a contestant during Season 6 of NASHVILLE STAR. He is married to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS actress Melissa Ordway (Abby).
If you don't yet have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with this: The 15th Annual SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island, FL! More than a dozen daytime actors are scheduled to attend the festival, taking place Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Stars scheduled to appear include GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt); and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Melissa Archer (Natalie).
SoapFest events include the intimate A Night Of Stars dinner; Cruizin' Boozin'& Schmoozin' With The Stars on the Marco Island Princess yacht; Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and VIP Brunch With The Boys Of Daytime.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual SoapFest weekend, which will raise funds for Camp Able (a program for local special needs children), the Island Theater Company Kids Program and other local organizations. For a complete schedule and description of events, ticket packages, and additional updates, visit www.SoapFest.com.
General Hospital" fans love the way things are right now and hate the idea of actresses changing around on this soap opera. On Tuesday, Soaps in Depth shared some news about one of the actresses on the show. It looks like the actress that plays Sabrina might be leaving the show. This would mean Teresa Castillo would be leaving.
The show is looking for a new actress. They want someone who looks like they originally came from Mexico and is pursuing a career in medicine. In May, Teresa will be going on maternity leave from the show. They are wanting the new actress to come in about the exact same time. That could easily mean that they are replacing her. It is perfect timing and has fans wondering what is going on.
A source spoke out saying that it is a new character, but that doesn't mean that is true. You never know with these soap operas and they also will be trying to keep it a secret if they are planning to have Sabrina be recast. They do change actresses all the time. Teresa has been on Twitter talking about the baby and things but hasn't mentioned if she is leaving or not.
Teresa Castillo confirmed to fans that she is due on May 24. That means she won't be filming for very much longer and will be taking off for her maternity leave pretty soon.
Canadian fans will have an opportunity to mingle with Kate Linder (Esther) and other cast members of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS while donating to a worthy cause on Sunday, April 27. The actress will be hosting 'OpportuniTeas' For Independence, a high tea in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that will benefit the March of Dimes Canada.
"It's exciting because we're going to a different part of Canada," Linder tells Soaps In Depth. "This will be different because while I'm sure some fans who have been to past teas will come to this one we'll also have some new faces, too. It's always nice to meet people who support the show!"
Joining Linder at the get-together will be co-stars Jess Walton (Jill) and Tristan Rogers (Colin). "Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) is coming, too, and I'm very excited about that because this might be one of her last events for a while," says Linder sadly, of her soon-to-be-exiting on-screen daughter.
The tea will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session. The afternoon of fun and festivities will include a raffle, live auction and gift bag giveaway. Plus, Y&R make-up artist Patti Denney and hair stylist George Guzman will auction off an on-the-spot makeover for a lucky winner!
Greg Vaughan announced his divorce from wife Touriya Haoud via social media on Monday, April 14.
The couple had been for married eight years before the split, and they share three children together; Jathan James, 6, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2. Consequently, Vaughan's Twitter announcement clarified that the split was harmonious.
"As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together & 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," the announcement to both Twitter and Instagram read. Vaughan's post also included a photo of himself with Haoud.
"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time," the 40-year-old actor added. "With our sincere love, Greg & Touriya."
Vaughan stars as the adult version of Eric Brady on Days, but the actor is best known for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital from 2003 to 2009. While his fame continues to grow, Days is now one of the longest-running scripted television series in the world. Over its nearly 50 years on the air, the soap opera has accumulated a strong fan following that continues to grow today, with many tuning in to the show which airs almost every week day.
Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley has spoken to Digital Spy about Danny Miller's upcoming return to the soap.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Miller has agreed to reprise his role as Aaron Livesy and will be back on screen in the summer.
Hit play below to see Hordley reveal his reaction to the news in an exclusive video interview with Digital Spy:
Maite Perroni has been filming La Gata for two months, and she opened up about her experiences shooting the upcoming telenovela.
"I'm very happy," she said to El Mañana. "I think La Gata is a project that allows me to develop in the areas I most like, music and acting. With this novela, I'm super happy that it's a story that moves me very much and each episode that I see makes me excited, and it has a good rhythm. We are telling a very real story."
As for the music, the song, which is a bachata, won't be released until the premiere of the series on May 5. It will be released on the show and later it will be on the radio.
She has been working on the border of Xochiaca, which is the largest dump in Mexico City. They started filming on Feb. 10, and this location is where her character comes from.
"It's a special place," she said. "We have met incredible people. We've been able to share with the people that are there that either live or work there. It's been a beautiful thing. We laugh, eat together and they support the show, and you realize that this is the kind of life someone leads. You have to respect that."
She was drawn to the role in La Gata because she would be able to learn about someone else's life. It didn't take her long to feel moved by the place, she said. She even said that this role is one of the most important she has played to date.
As Alison Sweeney is set to depart the NBC soap opera this year after more than two decades as Sami Brady, the fan favorite posted a special message on her facebook page which relates to the current story, where it looks as if Sami may discover that the man she is about to marry, EJ DiMera (James Scott) has been having an affair with Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi)!
From this week’s promo of DAYS: A mysterious envelope shows up at the DiMera mansion that Sami gets her hands on which has incriminating evidence of EJ and Abby in the throes of passion. So is it what happens next that will be one of the best episodes for Sweeney of all-time? Well, according to this post below, it surely is!
Alison: “I am so proud of the episode airing on Monday, April 21st. We worked so hard on it, and everyone gave their all. I hope you watch. Thinking back on all the pivotal episodes I’ve been blessed to be a part of at Days of our Lives, this without question stands out at the top. And believe me, as we were shooting it everyone was thinking about YOUR reactions. So … I can’t wait to read your thoughts after!! XOXO”
In addition, if you picked up the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Sweeney also mentioned the episode and elaborated a little more saying: “In fact, we were in the fan event last November right when we shot those scenes, like giddy, practically from the excitement and the buildup it created in that particular episode. We did a read-through with the director and I am going to say that we dedicated probably at least nine hours or more of rehearsal time toward them.”
Following the success of the first season of El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies), that averaged 2.3 million viewers nightly and generated more than 35 million page views on Telemundo.com, Telemundo announces the premiere of The Secret Episode (El Capitulo Secreto), an unprecedented seven-part mid-season web-series that will bridge the first season cliffhanger with the upcoming second season. Starting April 22nd, fans that sought long-awaited answers regarding the fate of Aurelio Casillas will enjoy two new action-packed digital chapters per week leading up to the complete full-length episode that will be available on May 9th across all Telemundo Digital and Social platforms including Online, Mobile and the novelas application.
“Following the climatic cliffhanger of the first season, we wanted to produce original content in order to continue the story of El Señor de Los Cielos, prior to the on-air second season premiere” said Joshua Mintz, EVP Scripted Programming & GM Telemundo Studios. “Digital platforms allowed us to create our first-ever mid-season series.”
The popular action series will defy expectations with the launch of the second season in May which promises to deliver cutting-edge special effects, explosions and thrilling action sequences. Produced by Telemundo Studios and filmed by Argos Television, El Señor de los Cielos is inspired by actual facts and recreated in the late 1990s on location in Mexico.
“Our goal is to continue delivering the highest quality content and go beyond traditional on-air programming, taking the viewer’s experience further” said Borja Perez, SVP Digital & Social Media. “The vision is to continue this initiative with other series in the future by combining programming strategy with digital and social innovations.”
Rafael Amaya reprises the role of Aurelio Casillas along side lead actors Ximena Herrera, Carmen Villalobos, Raúl Méndez, Fernanda Castillo, Manuela González, Robinson Díaz and Mauricio Ochmann. For the first time, renowned actress Marlene Favela will join the cast for the second season.
Danna Paola is experiencing one of her best career moments as a star of the Mexican version of the Broadway musical, Wicked, that has received positive reviews. The 18-year-old actress also scored the starring role of Saving Sara Cruz, a remake of The Bodyguard that Selena Gomez also auditioned for. Paola was also cast as one of the three female leads of Televisa's new primetime telenovela Hasta El Fin Del Mundo from the Amores Verdaderos and Soy Tu Dueña producers.
Due to her very busy agenda, she ultimately had to bow out of the project as scheduling issues wouldn't allow her to film her first movie in Hollywood and tape the Mexican series.
Now the production headed by Nicandro Diaz had to re-audition young girls to replace Danna and caused a delay in the project. Televisa is upset at the Atrevete a Soñar star for leaving the series and has subsequently banned her.
Alex Kaffie who hosts gossip show Pasillo TV mentioned on the radio show that the network issued a memo where they prohibit their shows from mentioning Danna Paola. None of the Televisa produced shows is able to talk about the singer and actress, effectively ignoring all of her projects and giving her any press.
This policy is common practice for the No. 1 Mexican network that operates four over-the-air television stations and multiple cable channels. Danna has bigger aspirations and if she takes off in Hollywood, she won't need to worry about Televisa's practices.
Singer Pedro Fernández is once again ready for his closeup.
The 44-year-old will be making his return to telenovelas in Nicandro Díaz's Hasta El Fin Del Mundo, according to TV Notas. In a press release, Díaz confirmed that Fernández would be working with him again. The two previously teamed up for 2009's Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe, which was highly successful. The singer starred opposite Itatí Cantoral.
In an industry where actors can get very worn out by the amount of work that goes into a telenovela, Pedro Fernández has made sure this isn't his fate, too. As part of his contract, he will only work Mondays through Thursdays. He would like to take Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays off so that he can continue performing those days.
Claudia Álvarez, Marjorie de Sousa, Mariana Seoane, Julián Gil, Aleida Núñez, César évora, María Rojo, Alejandro Camacho, Jaime Moreno and Diego Olivera have also been confirmed.
Hasta El Fin Del Mundo is based off of Dulce Amor, an Argentine telenovela from 2012. The story will revolve around sisters who own a candy factory, and they are facing tough economic times. The oldest sister is chiefly in charge, along with her boyfriend. But she doesn't know that her boyfriend is actually trying to sabotage her business. The show will start shooting in April, and is slated to released in August.
DAYS's Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas) and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their first child together, due this summer. "I'm having another little rugrat!" confirms the actor.
A baby shower for the duo, who wed on July 12, 2011, is being held this weekend. Dattilo, already a father to Gabe, 14, is looking forward to having a new baby in the house. "I miss my son as a baby so much," he shares.
"I love him as a young man now, but when he was a baby it was insane." This time around, Dattilo notes, "I'm more prepared in the sense that I know what's coming: the hard work, responsibility and lack of sleep. It's a long road. But I'm very content and happy."
As Steffy and Liam planned their nuptials, Hope became painfully aware that her advice to Liam about marrying Steffy quickly would mean that Hope would lose him forever. Liam told Hope that he'd always wonder what would have been. On the wedding day, Steffy rode up the aisle on her motorcycle, and Hope demanded that Rick take her to the ceremony. Katie awakened at the hospital and asked for her wedding rings. Katie had realized that she'd been wrong about Bill and Brooke, and Katie wanted to continue with her marriage. Bill told Brooke that he loved Katie, but he couldn't forget what he and Brooke had shared. Brooke loved Bill; however, she loved her sister, too, and Brooke insisted that what she and Bill had shared was just a memory.
Daniel tricked Jennifer into returning home and told her that he knew that Chloe had blackmailed her so that he would not lose custody of Parker. Chloe, sincere and regretful of her actions, told Daniel and Jennifer that she planned to leave Salem to get her life back on track. Chloe asked Daniel to take care of Parker until she returned. Chloe said goodbye to Nicole and Anne, who was still determined to take down Jennifer. E.J. was ecstatic that Sami agreed to marry him. Victor, Brady, and Kristen's meeting was interrupted just before they opened the envelope to reveal the incriminating picture of Sy and Kristen together. Stefano decided to take care of Sy but told Kristen that the photograph was still missing. Kristen was frantic to find the missing photograph, unaware that Ciara had found it on the floor at the coffee shop. Hope told an excited Ciara that Bo would soon be returning home. Gabi learned that Rafe and Kate were together, even though he tried to convince her that they were over. Rafe apologized to Kate, and they agreed to try the couple thing again. Vargas continued to pressure Nick to honor their deal. John gave Kristen a gift that was reminiscent of a special time in their past. The gift was part of John's master plan to expose Kristen's true agenda. Maggie told a shocked Brady the significance of the baseball shirt that John had given to Kristen. Sonny, Will, and friends shared some happy times together.
Bobbie bumped into Noah at the airport on her way back to Seattle and was surprised when Noah revealed that he had taken a job at Seattle General, where Bobbie worked. Patrick assured Sabrina that Britt's pregnancy hadn't changed his desire to pursue a relationship with Sabrina. Britt told Patrick that she had decided to have an abortion because she didn't want to raise a baby alone or have her child feel the pain of not being wanted by its father. Connie's integration was a success, so she decided to use the name that she had been given at birth. Sonny was devastated when Connie explained that she couldn't risk having a relationship with him because it might trigger her alter personalities to return. Michael confessed to Sonny that he had slept with Brenda. Carly demanded that Sonny kill Brenda, but Sonny pointed out that harming Brenda wouldn't help Michael. Carly warned Sonny that Brenda would continue to pursue Michael to get a reaction out of Sonny, so Sonny had to do something to stop Brenda. Michael was surprised when Brenda admitted that she had a confession to make. A.J. and Nikolas had a tense conversation about Elizabeth. Dante, Luke, and Laura were concerned when they realized that Stavros had manipulated Lulu's memories to erase her life and brainwash her into believing that she was Stavros' wife. Lulu's loved ones convinced her to return to Port Charles with them because it was too dangerous to remain on Cassadine Island. Sam was granted guardianship of Rafe.
Chloe was upset when Kevin continued to steal, but he thought the thrill was the only thing holding their marriage together. Lily tried to downplay her kiss with Tyler, but she was clearly jealous to learn that he was dating Lola. Gus and Leslie had problems adjusting to living together. Gus suffered an apparent heart attack. Despite Cane's pleas, Katherine refused to tell her family about her brain tumor. The Newmans celebrated Nikki's birthday. Victoria returned to Newman Enterprises over Billy's objections. Adam goaded Billy into a poker game, and Billy won On the Boulevard from Barry. Victoria was furious when Billy told her that he'd "bought" the restaurant. Phyllis accepted Jack's invitation to move in with him. Michael and Lauren drifted further apart, and Fen blamed himself for their estrangement. Lauren resisted Carmine's advances, and Carmine extended his friendship to Fen. Avery and Dylan discussed the baby they'd lost, and he realized that she hadn't told Nick everything about her past. Dylan asked Avery to marry him, but she remained with Nick. Dylan sold Avery's ring to repay the bail money, and he planned to leave town. Faith reacted badly to Avery's attempt to bond. Chloe discovered that Dylan had been Chelsea's one-night stand, and she attempted to push Chelsea and Dylan together. Adam unsuccessfully tried to reach out to Chelsea. Sharon had a romantic fantasy about Adam. Sharon discovered that Chelsea was pregnant, and she told Adam. Adam confronted Chelsea about her pregnancy in front of Dylan.
Monday, April 21
A photo of E.J. (James Scott) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) causes chaos at the DiMera mansion; Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) discuss the DiMeras.
Tuesday, April 22
Nicole (Arianne Zucker) discovers startling information about Liam (Mark Collier); Daniel (Shawn Christian) faces a disciplinary hearing; Jennifer finds incriminating evidence in Daniel's apartment; Nick (Blake Berris) makes Gabi (Kate Mansi) believe Sami (Alison Sweeney) is plotting to take the baby away.
Wednesday, April 23
Jennifer looks into the evidence she found; Nicole meets Liam's ex-wife; E.J. confronts Kate (Lauren Koslow); J.J. (Casey Moss) receives troubling news about Paige (True O'Brien).
Thursday, April 24
Nicole starts to realize Liam is dangerous; Theresa (Jen Lilley) worries the Liam situation is getting out of hand; Gabi, Nick and Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) meet to draw up a custody agreement; J.J. and Paige fight about the future.
Friday, April 25
Nicole turns to Rafe (Galen Gering) for help; Liam tracks down Jennifer; Daniel pushes Theresa to confess; Nick threatens Sami.
Michael turns to Sonny for comfort; Spencer comes face to face with Luke; Nik and Elizabeth share an emotional moment before Ric interrupts.
(Up to No Good)
Franco tries to bond with Carlos in jail; Sonny walks in on Luke and Spencer.
Port Charles gathers to pay their respects to AJ; Monica is upset when Sonny shows up to the funeral service.
Anna and Nathan assess the aftermath of a dire situation; Spencer tells Sonny about Luke's plans; Morgan defends Kiki.
Morgan faces the ultimate betrayal from his father; Sabrina and Patrick find out that their baby might be at risk.
Monday, April 21
A mother intervenes in her son's romantic life; Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) and Oliver (Zack Conroy) start their romance at the Forrester estate pool.
Tuesday, April 22
Liam (Scott Clifton) makes a future-altering proposition to Hope (Kim Matula); Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) tells Rick (Jacob Young) about her plans to help Bill (Don Diamont).
Wednesday, April 23
Hope tells Wyatt (Darin Brooks) about Liam's ultimatum; Aly and Oliver's flirtations go unnoticed at a board meeting.
Thursday, April 24
Maya (Karla Mosley) confronts Oliver about Aly; Wyatt gets Quinn (Rena Sofer) to let him fight his own battles.
Friday, April 25
Hope reveals her decision about Liam's ultimatum; two mysterious people take advantage of a romantic setting.
Monday, April 21
Nick (Joshua Morrow) confronts the Cassie (Camryn Grimes) imposter; tensions increase between Ashley (Eileen Davidson), Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Stitch (Sean Carrigan).
Tuesday, April 22
Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Leslie butt heads; Sharon (Sharon Case) talks toe Jack (Peter Bergman) about her memories; Victor (Eric Braeden) has the rug pulled out from under him.
Wednesday, April 23
Nick and Sharon face change; Noah (Robert Adamson) and Courtney (Kelli Goss) get intimate; Christine (Lauralee Bell) and Paul (Doug Davidson) consider the future.
Thursday, April 24
Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) sees Billy (David Tom) differently; Victoria and Stitch's date takes an unexpected turn; Colin (Tristan Rogers) tries to make peace with Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil).
Friday, April 25
Cane encourages Devon (Bryton James) to pursue Hilary; Jack and Kelly's (Cady McClain) relationship disturbs Summer (Haley King); Jill hits a speed bump in her path to happiness.
A new coach is reportedly coming to The Voice, and she ain’t no Hollaback Girl. Gwen Stefani is currently in talks to temporarily take over Christina Aguilera‘s swivel chair, according to The Wrap.
Per the report, Stefani will take Aguilera’s spot in Season 7, while Aguilera — who is said to be taking time off due to her current pregnancy — is expected to return for Season 8. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, neither of whom have missed a single season yet, are also expected to continue.
Stefani’s addition to The Voice would be the latest in a series of major announcements, following news of Pharrell Williams taking over for Cee Lo Green.
Drake Bell wants to make something clear—Justin Bieber "tried" to crash his album release party.
The 27-year-old star spoke out about what happened at his event at Mixology at The Grove last night during an interview with Fox 11 News. "I don't think there is anything going on between us," Bell told the news anchor when asked what's going on between him and the Biebs.
"I think I've joined with most celebrities and have said a couple of opinions on there [Twitter]. I don't think the Beliebers have liked it very much," he added.
He also mentioned that Bieber never actually crashed the album release party, but Bell said he tried, though added that the event was 21 and over.
still funny. also, witness aaron carter backpedaling for his life:
I just wanted to stop today and APOLOGIZE to @justinbieber for saying I wanted to punch him in the face. I didn't mean it and I'm sorry man— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) April 19, 2014
Some times you gotta just stop think and do the right thing.. I'm more mature than that and I support @justinbieber in everything he does.👍— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) April 19, 2014
If you’ve ever been caught singing the wrong lyrics to a famous tune, you're not alone.
A new survey has revealed an alarming number of popular song lyrics misunderstood by the British public.
Almost a quarter of people think lyrics to Abba’s Dancing Queen “See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen” are actually “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen.”
Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was the second most commonly misheard lyric, with 18 per cent of respondents hearing “Kicking your cat all over the place” in place of “Kicking your can all over the place”.
Ozzy Osbourne and Lady Gaga topped the Blinkbox poll of artists with the hardest lyrics to understand.
Many Brits believed the line in Gaga’s “Poker Face” was “Polk Her Face”, while Ozzy’s lyric “Off the rails on a crazy train” was misheard as “Off the rails on a gravy train.”
1. ABBA – Dancing Queen
“See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen"
2. Queen – We Will Rock You
“Kicking your cat all over the place”
3. Bon Jovi – Living on a Prayer
“It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
4. Madonna – Like a Virgin
“Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time”
5. The Monkees – I’m A Believer
“Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her”
6. Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
“I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone”
7. Rihanna – We Found Love
“What it takes to form a line"
8. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
“Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
9. Spice Girls – Wannabe
“If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends”
10. Starship – We Built This City
“We built this city on logs and coal”
Reminds me of this:
This is your face on Botox—and it's ridiculous.
Fillers and Botox might lend a resting face a youthful appearance, but it hijacks an emotional face into a crazy appearance. After eight years and six series, the Real Housewives franchise has become a sort of catalog of Botulinum toxin gone wrong. Here, we collect the best of the worst cries from Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, DC, Miami and Beverly Hills.
In what is surely the most significant event of our time, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian ran into each other at the dermatologist in LA while a normal looked on and acted as scribe. It was an icy encounter.
According to the eyewitness, Kim "seemed so excited to see Beyoncé and was really eagerly going over to her." However, "Beyoncé wanted nothing to do with Kim and was really trying to stay away from her." She reportedly asked some desultory questions about Baby North but did not care. (Other potential topics of conversation they could have had: "How was your Vogue cover? Good? Same."; "Tom Ford, am I right?"; "Hey, have you heard of that new band, 5 Seconds of Summer? Do you think they all hate Mikey, secretly?")
According to ANOTHER source, Kim Kardashian then "made sure that she had the exact same procedures that Beyoncé had," i.e., fillers and Botox. I don't know if that's really copying her, per se, because those are very standard procedures. That's like saying, "Kim Kardashian ran into Beyoncé at a Chipotle and TRIED TO BECOME HER by ordering a burrito bowl with extra guacamole." Anyway. Such intrigue. [Radar]
RADAR ONLINE- When Kardashian, 33, ran into Knowles, 32, at Dr. Harold Lancer‘s Beverly Hills office on April 11, “Kim wanted to make sure that she had the exact same procedures that Beyoncé had,” a source told Radar. “She requested Botox and fillers, which were the same treatments Beyoncé got.”
But rather than bonding over Botox, Jay Z’s wife and Kanye West’s fiancée had a seriously awkward run-in, as Radar has reported — even though Kardashian didn’t seem to notice!
Kardashian “seemed so excited to see Beyoncé and was really eagerly going over to her,” a source told Radar. “But Beyoncé looked like she wanted nothing to do with Kim and was really trying to stay away from her. Kim was basically fawning all over her … and Beyoncé looked like she could have cared less!”
Kardashian’s copycat behavior was especially striking since she’s practically a plastic surgery expert, having undergone such extreme procedures as a “vampire blood facial” and laser scar removal on episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Has Kim gone too far with her worship of Beyoncé? Tell us in comments.
Boston Pizza is a Canada-based chain that makes third-rate pies but first-rate hybrids of pizza and politics. As part of their “Pizza Game Changer” promotion you can vote right now for a hypothetical weird food innovation you want to see at a parlor near you. If you have strong feelings about Pizza Cake (as you should) then make your voice heard!
The Pizza Cake is exactly what it sounds like, and actually one of the more normal “game changers” Boston Pizza has submitted to the voting public. In reality, a multi-layered cake pizza hybrid would obviously be a sign of the coming apocalypse and probably a horcrux, but as far as the field of nominees goes, it’s pretty reasonable. Although I’m sure if you try and slice it (possibly with the gasoline-engine pizza cutter that is also up for votes) you’ll still open a portal to Hell.
Alarmingly for anyone who doesn’t want the world to be destroyed by Pizza Cake dark matter, the other nominees are even sillier. There are Pizza Mints available in 27 flavors of pizza to keep the party “going all night long”, and Pizza Cheese Clippers, so “a monster cheese pull will never get the better of you again”!
I’m pretty uncomfortable with the phrase “cheese pull.” If we could delete that from our collective consciousness I’d be deeply grateful.
There’s also a pizza pocket, which is not, as the name might suggest, some kind of calzone-Hot Pocket hybrid but actually a cotton shirt with a special front pocket in which to put your pizza and seal in freshness. You know, fashion.
Feel a little vulnerable leaving your ‘za out in the open like that? No worries, my dude! There’s also a Pizza Protector in which to lock a single slice away from thieves.
There are also some actual edible options on the docket (The Pizza Cake, I am assuming, is not edible since once it is manifested in reality there will be no one left alive to eat it). Of the variety of weird fusion foods Boston Pizza is suggesting in an apparent attempt to out-gross other high publicity yuck-o menu options, I will probably cast my vote for the Sriracha Chicken Pizza. I know from experience that if you get a pizza and put some sriracha on it, you’ve got a good thing going.
Boston Pizza’s website runs excruciatingly slowly, probably from all the Canadian kids trying to get their vote oot, but I suggest heading over there if you want your voice to have an impact on the future of mediocre chain pizzerias.
If you wanna see more, go here: http://www.pizzagamechangers.com/
Scott had alleged that the network tried to censor his appearance when he was hosting red carpet coverage for their 2013 BET Awards last June. “It’s not just about the fact that BET forced me to pull my hair back, asked me to take off my makeup, made me change my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel,” Scott wrote on his website the day after the show.
“It’s more so that from the mentality and environment created by BET made me feel less than and that something was wrong with who I am as a person.” Scott’s campaign against the channel has galvanized supporters of transgender rights and only raised his profile more.
Scott launched a high-profile lawsuit against the network and brought some much-needed attention to discrimination against the LGBT community in the process. However, the courts did not see his case as valid. The judge found that BET was within in its 1st Amendment rights to require Scott to change his clothing to more traditional men’s dress.
Scott told the gossip site TMZ, “It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression.”
It’s unfortunate that Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos presiding over today’s motion failed to consider the facts in their entirety, especially pertaining to a case as unique as this one.
It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression – and that such discriminatory acts are protected under the first amendment.
As my attorney and I seek to appeal the judges decision on the motion to strike in the California Court of Appeal, we’re continuing to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community and to remind the world that it’s ok to be who you are.
Standing up for your rights and the rights of others can be a lengthy, uphill war. When one battle is lost, another is waged and yet we must press forward.
Although I’m saddened by what today’s verdict means for myself and other members of the LGBTQ community, the struggle is not over. I will pursue progress and human rights for our community through the Appellate Court where I hope that my unique set of circumstances and BET/Viacom’s treatment of me will collectively yield active legislation to prevent anyone else from having to suffer as I have – without networks being able to disguise their unlawful discriminatory practices with vague, umbrella terms like ‘creative privilege’.
I’m committed to change, progress, human rights and equality for all, and by no means do I feel defeated.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
Rapper Andre Johnson reportedly was under influence of drugs before he allegedly attempted to commit suicide earlier this week. According to E! News, a source said that Johnson a.k.a. Christ Bearer used PCP, which is also known as Phencyclidine or Angel Dust, before he jumped from a balcony on the second floor of a North Hollywood apartment building on Wednesday, April 16.
The source also shared more story in regards to the situation, saying that Johnson was already on the balcony when the police arrived and told him to get down and talk to them. The rapper reportedly said "OK" before he took the dive.
The source additionally said that Johnson used a serrated steak knife to mutilated himself before jumping off the building. At first he cut off the tip of his penis and continued severing the testicles and the remaining part. Police recovered the severed parts upstairs.
Johnson suffered from critical injuries following the jump and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is still being treated at the hospital and reportedly was in stable condition on Thursday. Doctors, however, apparently were unable to reattach his penis.
Johnson is a part of a group called Northstar. Two other members of the group who live in the same building previously told TMZ that Johnson did not consume "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."
well. i fucking knew it
As a legal battle ramps up pitting director Bryan Singer against a man accusing him of sexual abuse, 20th Century Fox finds itself caught in the crossfire as it attempts to launch a new project from the filmmaker. An appearance Singer was to have made at a comics convention this weekend on behalf of his new film X-Men: Days of Furture Past has already been canceled, and Singer also has dropped out of an MPAA-sponsored conference in Washington, D.C., on May 2 at which Vice President Joe Biden will be the featured speaker.
The accusations aimed at the director are likely to complicate Fox's marketing efforts on its upcoming $205 million movie. Fox is scheduled to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in its X-Men series, in the U.S. on May 23. Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, returns to the franchise as director and producer of the new film, which will have its world premiere in New York City on May 10.
In the wake of a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Michael F. Egan, accusing Singer of sexually abusing him during his teenage years, Fox issued a statement, saying, "These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately." Marty Singer, Bryan Singer's attorney, has called the allegations in the lawsuit "absurd and defamatory."
Fox has no plans to postpone the opening of the X-Men movie, which begins a worldwide rollout on May 20. But it will probably have to revamp some of its marketing plans. Although no final decisions have been made amid ongoing discussions, it is expected that Singer will step back and assume a low profile and may avoid the movie's scheduled premiere screenings and junkets altogether. (Buzzfeed reports that he has dropped out completely).
Instead, the studio will rely on the large cast -- headed by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence -- to promote the movie and had already developed plans to divide up the stars to send them to the various events surrounding its openings around the world. While all that star power could easily compensate for Singer's absence, even if the director doesn't take part, the legal case could become a major distraction if the press insists on asking the actors about his situation.
The first two trailers for X-Men: Days of Future Past carried two cards that read "From Bryan Singer, the Director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men." But the final trailer, which was released April 15, just as news of Egan's lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii broke, carries just one card that reads "From Director Bryan Singer." Instead of selling the movie based on the director's name, the main focus of the new trailer and the surrounding key art is the large cast of mutant characters and the movie's time-travel plot.
Singer established the template for the X-Men movies and their Wolverine spinoffs when he directed the first two films in the franchise -- 2000's X-Men and 2003's X-Men 2 -- and his return could have been used by the studio as a selling point. However, a revolving group of directors handled the two subsequent X-Men movies (2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011's X-Men: First Class) and the Wolverine movies (2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine). So Singer's name is not as closely associated with the series as, say, Steven Spielberg's is with the Indiana Jones franchise.
Singer is a recognized director among the film geeks who gather at events like Comic-Con, but he has not always received the fanboy praise lavished on filmmakers like James Cameron or Peter Jackson. His 2006 Superman Returns, for example, came in for its share of fanboy criticism. In terms of its marketing power, his name alone doesn't necessarily attract the wider general public to his movies.
Nevertheless, Singer had been scheduled to be part of a presentation of Fox's upcoming slate at WonderCon, the comics convention taking place this weekend in Anaheim, Calif. But that appearance has been canceled, and Simon Kinberg, who wrote the screenplay and also served as one of the producers on Days of Future Past, will be on hand instead to represent the film.
Singer had been on the guest list at the Creativity Conference at which Biden is to speak on May 2 in Washington, D.C. The conference is sponsored by the MPAA, Microsoft and ABC News.A source told THR that Singer no longer plans to attend. Reps for the MPAA and for Singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.