Whitney Houston talked about her role in the forthcoming movie Sparkle and the death of Aaliyah in the course of an interview with Essence magazine, just weeks before Houston herself passed away. Houston and her Sparkle co-producer Debra Martin Chase originally intended to make Sparkle 11 years with Aaliyah but then the R&B singer was killed in an August 2001 plane crash. “God needed her more,” Houston told Essence. “We were so, so saddened by it. And then 10 years later, to the date, Debra calls me and said, ‘Whitney, you won’t believe this but they want Sparkle.’” Houston, who died Saturday afternoon at the age of 48, appears in the film alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps.
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Suge Knight was charged with marijuana possession after being pulled over by Las Vegas police for an alleged traffic violation, CNN reports. Police found less than one ounce of marijuana in Knight’s car. The rap mogul, who was also ticketed for making an unsafe lane change and had three outstanding traffic warrants, “was released on his own recognizance.” Knight, who spent time in jail in 1997 and 2003 for parole violations, was previously arrested in 2008 on drug and assault charges (which he was later cleared on) and in 2010 for assault with a deadly weapon and driving with a suspended license.
Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the rapper, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another individual. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. READ FULL STORY
The doctor sentenced to four years behind bars for causing Michael Jackson’s death has filed a notice that he intends to appeal the conviction.
Conrad Murray signed a one-page document that was filed in Los Angeles on Friday seeking all records and transcripts from the case. The filing does not indicate the basis on which Murray will argue to overturn his conviction or sentence.
The 58-year-old was sentenced Tuesday to four years in jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction, but the term will be automatically cut in half.
Murray’s challenge will be heard by a state appeals court in Los Angeles, assuming he files an opening brief at a later date.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor blasted Murray’s conduct on Tuesday, calling him a disgrace to the medical profession.
Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying the singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning. “The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death,” Greenaway said.
The singer, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23 at age 27. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system. Pathologist Suhail Baithun told the inquest into the singer’s death that Winehouse had consumed a “very large quantity of alcohol” — the level in her blood put her more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit. READ FULL STORY
The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.
The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”
He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY
Miranda Cosgrove broke her ankle in a bus accident early this morning, and her summer tour has been postponed, according to her spokesperson. The 18-year-old iCarly star was on a tour bus traveling on I-70 near Vandalia, Ill., at the time of the crash. “There were five passengers on the bus, and Miranda suffered a broken ankle. At this time, we are told everyone will be fine,” her spokesperson said in a statement. “Because of this, her tour is postponed until further notice. Miranda thanks everyone for their understanding and support.”
Cosgrove’s Dancing Crazy Summer Tour began in July, and she was driving to Wichita, Kans., after Wednesday night’s show in Kettering, Ohio. The tour was scheduled to last into late October.
Amy Winehouse checked in to a London rehab clinic on Wednesday, but not before downing a last bottle of vodka, according to People. In a statement, Winehouse’s rep said the singer “has embarked on a treatment program at the Priory Clinic. She wants to be ready for performances in Europe this summer and decided to seek an assessment. She will remain at the Priory on doctors’ advice.”
According to the magazine, Winehouse’s father was instrumental in getting his daughter to seek help, but that didn’t stop her from finishing a miniature bottle of Smirnoff on the way to checking in. “She’s determined, and this is all off her own back,” a source close to the singer told the magazine. “It’s just a lapse. There are ups and downs on the road, and there have been mostly ups recently. But this is a down and she’s done the right thing and gone to rehab.”
News Corp. is looking to unload Myspace, according to Bloomberg News, and Vevo.com, the fifth-largest music video website, owned by three of the industry’s biggest record companies, is in talks to take over. According to people familiar with the negotiations, News Corp. would swap Myspace for a stake in some new venture with Vevo. News Corp. has hopes to move Myspace, which has seen traffic shrink 29 percent since redesigning its web presence last October, by this June.
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