“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55

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“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55 (Photo Credit: Cinema.de)

#RIP: Actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in “Rush Hour” and “The Incredibles,” dies at age 55. She died on Oct. 14 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief illness.

Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In John SaylesLone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Source: Hollywood Reporter

Elizabeth Pena is survived by her husband Hans Rolla and their daughter Fiona and son Kaelan, as well as her mother and sister.

Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap

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Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Iggy Azalea gets six American Music Awards nominations, including one in the rap/hip-hop category. Um, haters are going to hate because she’s white.

Australian-born Iggy Azalea is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist – pop/rock, and favorite artist and album in the rap/hip-hop categories, Billboard reports.

Bill Hader Skit: SNL’s Impoverished “Africans” Demand More Than 39 Cents A Day

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SNL Bill Hader Skit Seeks 39 Cent Donations for Impoverished Africans (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader hosted the show last night and headlined a commercial asking for donations of 39 cents for impoverished “Africans.”

One person implored Charles Daniels, played by Hader, to “ask for more,” while others joined in saying that wasn’t enough and why didn’t he ask for 99 cents instead.

Daniels said 39 cents was “all they need” and was “decided by very educated and caring people.”

It was hilarious when the ‘starving’ villagers asked Charles Daniels what country he was in and he said “Africa.” Um, he wasn’t. The skit ended with a “villager” telling viewers to send $200 cash or else!

Bill Hader’s monologue was also funny:

Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food”

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Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis told a crowd of Hollywood heavyweights that she “sacrificed a childhood for food.” The actress said her drive to end childhood hunger is motivated by memories of growing up in “abject poverty.” Davis said, “I’ve stolen for food, I’ve jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food.”

Davis said she “grew up in immense shame.” She shared her personal story as she accepted an award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday. Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also recognized for their humanitarian efforts. She was honored for her work with the Hunger Is charity.

Viola Davis, who “grew up in immense shame” in Central Falls, Rhode Island, said she befriended kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day. She revealed that she is “only now” beginning the healing process.

Davis is the second youngest of six children. She was born in South Carolina before moving to Rhode Island. She was the daughter of a horse trainer and a maid. She attended Central Falls High School, where she said many children had to struggle to “navigate their way through the darkness” of poverty.

She majored in drama at Rhode Island College. She won two Tony Awards and was nominated twice for an Oscar award.

Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl: “I Don’t Put Up with Bullsh*t”

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Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl: “I Don’t Put Up with Bullsh*t” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes put Katherine Heigl, who abruptly departed from the show, on blast telling the The Hollywood Reporter: “There are no Heigls in this situation.” Heigl reportedly had a very difficult reputation on the show.

Rhimes went in on Heigl:  “I don’t put up with bullsh*t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.” Wow.

Katherine Heigl, who won an Emmy for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens, her history on the series has been marked with a level of drama. In 2008, she created some buzz:  “I don’t feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”

 

 

 

“First Wives Club” Star Stephen Collins Allegedly Confesses to Child Molestation

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“First Wives Club” Star Stephen Collins Allegedly Confesses to Child Molestation (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

7th Heaven” dad Stephen Collins allegedly confessed to his estranged wife that he was a child molester and it was apparently recorded on tape, TMZ reports. The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into the allegations. Stephen Collins also starred in “First Wives Club,” with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler. How ironic.

Here’s more from TMZ:

Collins — who is in the middle of a nasty, prolonged divorce with actress Faye Grant — revealed to her in 2012 he had molested and/or exposed himself to several underage girls years before. Collins and Grant went to a therapist where she peppered him with questions about the incidents … and he not only answered, he was specific.

Here’s what Collins didn’t know at the time. Grant taped the therapy session. We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.

We have protected the names of the victims Collins mentions on tape. As you listen … you will hear Collins refer to a “disclosure” and a “list.” This refers to a confession Collins had already made to his wife … which triggered the therapy session.

You hear Collins flatly confess to molesting an 11-year-old New York girl — a relative of his first wife — saying, “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.” He also acknowledges exposing himself to the girl “a couple of times” … he says when she was 11, 12 and 13.

Mariah Carey Ripped by Fans After Voice Cracks During “Vision of Love” (VIDEO)

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Mariah Carey Ripped by Fans After Voice Cracks During “Vision of Love” (VIDEO) (Photo Credit: Instagram)


Singer Mariah Carey was ripped by fans after her voice cracked as she tried to hit the high notes in her “Vision of Love” hit song during her Elusive Chanteuse World Tour in Tokyo.

Fans ripped Carey’s performance as she struggled to get through some of her hit songs, with several people posting videos and scathing comments from  the concert.

According to Mariah Carey’s official website official website, the concert took place Friday night at the Makuhari Messe venue in front of a “sold out” crowd with “thousands of adoring fans.” Um, adoring, really?

The comments are just as scathing on Twitter as they are on Instagram:

Here’s a video of Mariah Carey failing to hit notes via Istagram:

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Michael Phelps Taking Time Off to Attend ‘Program’ Following 2nd DUI Arrest

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Michael Phelps Taking Time Off to Attend ‘Program’ Following DUI Arrest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps tweeted he was taking time off from swimming to  attend a “program” in order to “better understand” himself following a DUI arrest on September 30.

This is Phelps second “lapse in judgment” and I have to ask, are we going to hold him to the same standards are we hold black athletes?

Phelps tweeted: “The past few days have been extremely difficult. I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”

He added, “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”

Michael Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympican in history with 18 gold medals, was arrested on Sept. 30 for driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lines inside a Baltimore tunnel. Police say he was driving his 2014 Land Rover at 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. He had also failed several field sobriety tests.

Phelps was also arrested for DUI in November 2004. He was given 18 months probation and a $250 fine, ESPN reports. He was also photographed smoking marijuana.

Here are Michael Phelps’ tweets announcing he’s taking time off:

SNL Mocks President Obama’s ISIS Missteps in Cold Opener

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SNL Mocks President Obama’s ISIS Missteps in Cold Opener (Photo Credit: SNL video screengrab via Twitter)

Saturday Night Live mocked President Obama’s ISIS (Islamic State) missteps in cold opener with comedian Jay Pharoah, playing POTUS. The group’s social media proficiency was also mentioned.

During an interview on a fictional “60 Minutes” episode, President Obama (Jay Pharoah) said the administration not only underestimated ISIS’s military proficiency but also its social media proficiency.

Pharoah: “These terrorists have nothing to do. They can be tweeting all day.”

Jay Pharoah said ISIS was seeking to get attention by using popular hashtags: “One day the Black Flag of ISIS will fly over the White House #TheVoiceIsBack.” He also said terrorists were raising money on Kickstarter to make up for the lost revenue from oil facilities that have been destroyed.

Pharoah said “Apparently every time we thought we were giving money to Zach Braff, it was really going straight to terrorists.”

R&B Legend Anita Baker Sued by Lawyer Over Unpaid Bills

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R&B Legend Anita Baker Sued by Lawyer Over Unpaid Bills (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

R&B legend Anita Baker has been sued yet again. Her lawyer, Jamal Hamood, filed a $150,000 lawsuit against her in Wayne County Court for failure to pay legal fees owed to him.

Hamood represented Baker in her legal battle against a contractor who she allegedly failed to pay after he did work in her home. That lawsuit was for $15,000.

Jamal Hamood told WXYZ-TV that he worked for Anita Baker for more than a year.  He said during the course of that year his expenses, including travel and salary, came to $69,000 for travel, salary and other expenses.

A hearing for the lawsuit is scheduled for January 2.