COMEDIAN CHARLIE MURPHY DIES AT 57 – (04/13/2017)
Comedian Charlie Murphy died yesterday (April 12th) after a battle with leukemia. He was 57. TMZ reports that the late comedian’s manager revealed that Murphy died at a New York City hospital, where he had been undergoing chemotherapy. Family members say they were shocked to learn of the comedian’s passing because they thought his health was progressing.
A long time comic, Murphy rose to fame for his work on Dave Chapelle’s popular Chapelle’s Show, where he was a co-star and writer. His recurring skit Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories, which recalled celebrity encounters he and his younger brother Eddie Murphy had with Rick James, Prince and others, became cult hits.
- A New York City native, Murphy toured with comedians George Lopez and D.L. Hughley. Murphy also appeared in several movies, including Jungle Fever, Lottery Ticket and CB4.
- Charlie also co-wrote some of Eddie Murphy’s movies, like Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn. He co-starred in Are We There Yet?, The Boondocks and Black Jesus.
- He recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on The Comedy Get Down.
- Charlie’s wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died in 2009 from cervical cancer. They had two children, and he had another from a previous relationship.
SELENA GOMEZ TEASES ‘MAGICAL’ NEW PROJECT – (04/13/2017)
Selena Gomez is wasting no time.
Fresh off her success producing the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why, she is readying fans for a collaboration with sisters Petra and Anna Collins.
- Gomez took to Instagram, sharing a black and white polaroid of the girls with her more than 116 million followers.
- She captioned it: “Always playing and working on something magical,” and included a heart emoji.
- Gomez didn’t provide any details, but the teaser she dropped was enough to garner more than 2.5 million likes in 12 hours.
- Observers were quick to speculate on possibilities, pointing out that Petra is an established photographer and artist, and Anna is a ballet instructor and artist.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN REVEALS SHE WANTS TO MARRY TRISTAN THOMPSON – (04/13/2017)
Reality star Khloe Kardashian sat down with Evening Standard Magazine for a revealing cover story in which she confessed that she wants to marry her NBA boyfriend Tristan Thompson and have his babies.
- While the pair have only been dating since August, the 32-year-old aunt of five is ready to get down to brass tacks.
- Kardashian says that she has “never been in this type of love” and that if the 26-year-old Cavaliers star popped the question, she would accept. (Khloe finalized her divorce from Lamar Odom last year).
- “I would love to have a family. We’ve talked about it,” Kardashian said. “He [already] is a father, and I know for a fact that he would be an impeccable father.” Thompson shares a 4-month-old with ex Jordan Craig.
- Still, she’s not racing. “I definitely want to be a mom. But I don’t put the pressure on it. It’s not like, ‘The clock is ticking,’,” she said. “I feel in my soul it will happen.”
HARRY CONNICK JR. TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY – (04/13/2017)
Harry Connick Jr. is set to sing the national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby on May 6th, the Churchill Downs Racetrack announced. Connick Jr. is the ninth artist to perform the national anthem since Churchill Downs began this tradition in 2009. Lady Antebellum, Josh Groban, Jo Dee Messina, Martina McBride, Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts and LeeAnn Rimes previously sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the high-profile horse race.
Connick, who has performed the anthem at the Super Bowl and World Series, said it will be his first time at the Derby. He’s also scheduled to perform this spring at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – the annual celebration of music known as Jazz Fest.
BRITNEY SPEARS ANNOUNCES FINAL DATES OF HER ‘PIECE OF ME’ VEGAS SHOW – (04/13/2017)
Britney Spears took to Twitter to announce the final dates for her Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
“The last #PieceOfMe dates… ever. Saying goodbye to this show is going to be SO hard Tix on sale 4/14 at 10am PT,” Spears tweeted, along with the dates of her final concerts at the venue. The curtain will officially drop on December 31st.
Spears’ tweet came after her rep said the show would close at the end of the year. It is unclear how she will spend 2018. Tickets for the final 18 performances at the resort’s Axis venue will go on sale to the public Friday.
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