Category Archives: Celebrities

R. Kelly Misses Minnesota Hearing, Arrest Warrant Issued

(Minneapolis, MN-AP) — A Minnesota judge is issuing an arrest warrant for R. Kelly after he failed to show up for a hearing to face child prostitution charges. The singer is accused of paying a 17-year-old to dance for him back in 2001 in Minneapolis.

During that interaction, Kelly is accused of taking off the girl’s clothes and touching her.

Kelly did not show up to Thursday’s hearing because he’s locked up in Chicago awaiting trial on federal sex crime charges. Federal authorities are refusing to make him available to Minnesota authorities until after his federal case wraps up.

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Taylor Swift Highest Paid Woman In Music

(New York, NY-AP) – Taylor Swift is the highest paid woman in music. The Me! singer takes the top spot on Forbes list, after earning 185-million-dollars before taxes last year.

Beyonce is in second place, earning 81-million-dollars, while Rihanna comes in third with 62-million-dollars. The 29-year-old Swift earned most of her money from her Reputation stadium tour, which grossed 266-million-dollars, a U.S.-record.

She also has a nine-figure deal with Republic Records.

Dwayne Johnson Tops List Of Highest Paid Actors

(Los Angeles, CA) – The man formerly known as The Rock is Hollywood’s biggest earner. Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes annual list of the world’s highest paid actors. The star of the “Fast and Furious” franchise made over 89-million-dollars for the year ending June 2019.

It comes from films, his HBO series “Ballers” and royalties from his line of clothing, shoes and headphones with Under Armour. He’s followed by two “Avengers” stars. Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey, Junior made 76-million and 66-million-dollars respectively.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was the fourth-biggest earner while martial artist turned actor Jackie Chan came in fifth on the Forbes list.

Liam Hemsworth Cites “Irreconcilable Differences” In Filing For Divorce From Miley Cyrus

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – It appears Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are moving forward in their breakup, with the Hunger Games actor citing “irreconcilable differences.” Court documents obtained by E! News indicate that the couple have a pre-nup agreement, and that Hemsworth filed for divorce, but didn’t ask for spousal support.

Reports indicate the couple own no property together, kept their earnings separate while married, and only have jointly-owned animals that need to be divided.

Hemsworth is reportedly laying low with family in his native Australia, while Cyrus has been spotted out in Los Angeles with Kaitlyn Carter, as the pair appear to be dating.

Accused Oscar Robber To Appear In Court

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — A pretrial hearing will be held Thursday in downtown Los Angeles for the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar from her table during the post-Academy Awards Governors Ball.

Terry Bryant pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges and faces up to three years behind bars if convicted. McDormand reportedly didn’t want to see the 48-year-old Bryant prosecuted. However — the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences technically owns the statuette and is listed on the police report as the victim.

McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar in March 2018 for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

R. Kelly Held Without Bond

(Chicago, IL-AP) — R-and-B singer R Kelly is staying behind bars. A federal judge ordered he be held without bond on sex crime charges.

This means Kelly will be taken from Chicago to New York to face a separate count of allegedly sexually abusing girls across the country. Kelly was arrested Thursday evening and faces a total of 18 charges in Chicago and New York.

Kelly’s attorney argue there’s no evidence he’s a risk to children, but prosecutors say the 52-year-old is an “extreme danger.”

R. Kelly Due In Chicago Federal Court Today

(Chicago, IL-AP) – R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom today. The singer is charged with federal sex crimes and racketeering in two separate indictments filed last week in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.

The judge is expected to consider whether the R&B star should be freed from jail as he awaits trial. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti represents three victims in the federal cases.

He claims Kelly paid two-million-dollars to keep the alleged victim and her family off the witness stand in the 2008 child pornography trial that ended with the singer’s acquittal.

Meghan Markle Finally Meets Beyonce At Lion King Premiere

(London) –– British royalty meets Hollywood royalty at the Lion King premiere in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at the premiere last night, and mingled with Lion King star Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z.

Beyonce reportedly talked with the Duchess of Sussex about her new baby, Archie. Other celebrities at the premiere included Seth Rogen, Elton John, Taron Egerton and Vin Diesel. The new live-action version of The Lion King hits U.S. theaters this Thursday.

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Robert Downey Jr. Got A Blockbuster Payout For Endgame

(MSN) – Avengers: Endgame‘s success at the box office made for an even bigger payday for star Robert Downey Jr.

Downey, who made his 9th appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Endgame, has made $75 million now that the movie has found blockbuster success at the office, according to a new report from Forbes. The Iron Man actor had a salary of $20 million up front, while his 8% in back-end points once the movie hit theaters brought him an additional $55 million, per the outlet.

Avengers: Endgame shattered box office records, starting with its astronomical $1.2 billion opening weekend worldwide. It’s gone on to earn $2.7 billion at the box office, trailing just $14.6 million behind 2009’s Avatar for the highest grossing movie of all time.

Downey first joined the universe in 2008 with the first Iron Man film.

“The percent of budget cost have certainly skewed heavy, particularly on the Avengers movies, to cast now, whereas maybe in the early ones it was more visual effects or below the line,” Marvel president Kevin Feige told Forbes in 2017. “But that’s okay because [the actors] are the best effects.”

Downey, who has starred as Iron Man since the release of his 2008 film, also earned $5 million for 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for three days of work, according to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only star set to make some serious cash: THR also reports that Scarlett Johansson will be returning to her Black Widow character for a 2020 standalone film for which she is reportedly making around $20 million.

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans were also able to renegotiate their Marvel contracts to place themselves within the earning range of $15 million to $20 million for Infinity War and Endgame, according to THR.