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Chris Brown: Is He This Generation’s Bobby Brown?

Chris Brown: Is He This Generation’s Bobby Brown?

It seems that there is no end to the public relations nightmare that has become onetime-promising-singing-prodigy Chris Brown’s personal life. Now, another brawl threatens to further paint him as this generation’s Bobby Brown – a singer/dancer who wasted his god-given talents through a series of thuggish moves, questionable associations and unrepentant actions justified through the foggy lens of a persecution complex.

No matter how many albums Brown may or may not sell, the “Don’t Judge Me” singer continues to have his artistic merits eclipsed by antics outside the recording studio. As the world now knows, the latest incident involves fellow R&B singer Frank Ocean, who he began baiting with verbal barbs on Twitter – then recently saw the back-and-forth erupt in a violent, public altercation.

Way back in 2011, Brown attacked Ocean seemingly out of the blue, tweeting: “I f-ck wit Frank Ocean! Reminds me of a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin Cossum.”

Points for Ocean, however, who replied: “i f-cks wit chris brown, reminds me of a young sisqo or ike turner.”

Well, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that Chris Brown doesn’t like to be one-upped. He fired back with a series of profanity-laden tweets, claiming that his initial comment only served to help Ocean’s album sales and that it was meant as a compliment. Yeah, okay.

“I was tryna help yo sales [n-word]. You f-ckin clown!” Brown clarified in his tweet. “You and [Tyler, The Creator] would be casted great for planet of the apes!”

The feud seemingly died down after that initial Twitter fight. That was, until this week.

Last night, in the aftermath of an altercation in a Los Angeles parking lot, Ocean accused Brown of assault. A report from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department confirmed Brown was involved, but did not name Ocean as the victim. The fight reportedly started over a parking space (because, you know, two able-bodied in their twenties shouldn’t have to walk an additional ten feet or so), and led to Brown punching Ocean in the face and the two singers’ entourages were physically separated.

Ocean tweeted about the altercation a short time later, writing “got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol.” Police will interview both singers, and the department confirmed that Ocean is going forward with pressing charges.

Although the altercation may not be related to Ocean’s sexuality, the pairing of this attack and the infamous beating that nearly killed Rihanna shows Brown to have a notorious streak of intolerance.

Of course, Ocean came out as bisexual last summer in a letter on Tumblr, describing his first love as a man, so we could be venturing into the very serious business of hate-crime territory here. But, while Brown’s initial Twitter insults were perceived as homophobic, he denied the accusation. “Love who u wanna love,” he tweeted. “It’s ur decision.”

Chris Brown and his entourage were also involved in a violent altercation with rapper Drake and his entourage at a New York City nightclub in 2012 that left eight people injured, including basketball star Tony Parker. Neither party was arrested or charged, although the club did lose its liquor license.

Through it all, it seems like the more Brown opens up his mouth, the farther his foot gets stuck in it. Late Monday night, as the story hit the mainstream news, Brown took to Instagram to defend himself – in his own unique way. He posted a photograph of a painting of Jesus Christ on the cross and captioned it “Painting the way I feel today.” Because, you know, musicians comparing themselves to Christ always goes over so well with people.

Once again, Chris Brown has painted himself as the victim of a public tar-and-feathering. Which makes sense, because it was the public that forced him to type up Tweets about Frank Ocean, make him park so far away that he’d have to walk across a parking lot, and then jump Ocean and his crew.

Despite an intense public backlash that has gone on for years, Brown has never seemed apologetic about the Rihanna assault, even after all those brutally graphic photos hit the Internet depicting the brutality of the attack on a woman half his size. For now, Chris Brown continues to thrive off a devoted fanbase and entourage that seem likely to defend him and support him no matter how dangerous his actions become.

At this point all we can say is this: Chris, you may want to track down this guy, because in 1996 he was three years older than you, equally famous and successful, and living the same sort of life you are right now. Blaming everything on everybody but himself. In twenty years from now, do you really want to find yourself still in trouble with the law in your forties, responsible for the downward spiral of the love of your life, alone and bloated and finding your days filled with regret? Because, it seems like you and Bobby Brown may share a lot more than just a last name.

Lady Gaga Celebrity Feud With Kelly and Sharon Osbourne Heats Up, Divides Fans

Lady Gaga Celebrity Feud With Kelly and Sharon Osbourne Heats Up, Divides Fans

The recent pop feud between Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne has opened a riff between the eccentrically-wardrobed metal and pop communities. And now, fans of both artists are wondering: “Can’t we all just get along?”

It all began more than three years ago, when Ozzy’s daughter critiqued the former Stefani Germanotta’s famously unique wardrobe choices and called her a butterface.

Then last year, Kelly gave an interview in which she called Gaga’s “Little Monsters”: “The worst. They’ve said I should kill myself, and they hope that I get raped.”

The direct assaults on the chart-topping singer made Gaga retort on her personal blog. Gaga questioned the former reality star’s own body makeover, and wondered why she would accept a position on the E! Network that required her to offer up the same harsh, often cruel celebrity opinions that only a few years ago Kelly was herself a victim of. “To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding,” she wrote. A very valid point, it would seem.

But when you attack somebody, it’s only natural instinct for a mother to come out in defense of her daughter – and when said Mom is Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s famously outspoken wife, it’s time to strap on the body armor.

“I reached out to [your management] as Kelly’s manager and mother to ask him if you could address your ‘little monster’ fans and stop them from writing libelous, slanderous and vile comments about my family,” she wrote on her Facebook page in an open letter to Gaga. “Including death threats [they’ve made] to Kelly.”

Then, Gaga went on her Facebook page to respond to Sharon. Oh, the drama!

“The ‘real world’ can be cruel, why not try to change it into a better place?” wrote Gaga. “I am an activist. Nobody takes adolescents seriously, I do. My letter to Kelly Osbourne was open, because her statements on cyber-bullying were public, and as a youth activist I’m compelled to be involved.”

Where does it go from here? Stay tuned to Nicerazzi for the latest news.

Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, Begs For Help In Voicemail From Prison

Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, Begs For Help In Voicemail From Prison

Hello!! Is anybody out there?! Gauging by a voicemail that embattled onetime Michael Jackson-physician Conrad Murray left for one of his “friends,” it seems like they are all avoiding him like the Flu!

Some recently-released audio features a portion of a message where the doctor who may have contributed to the King of Pop’s death is literally begging for help. In the recording, Murray is crying and pleading for someone, anyone to answer his calls.

“Good Morning, I need some help, I had called through the night, I’ve been calling everyone I know to answer, nobody has picked up.” Murray says. “My right shoulder pain has been so bad I’ve been in tears since about 2:30 in the morning.”

Allegedly Murray has suffered a “debilitating” shoulder injury in prison (where he Is currently serving a 4 year sentence), and is in constant pain. According to the message, he is in so much pain that he can’t sleep – which may seem a bit ironic, since it was supposedly MJ’s inability to sleep that drove him to the doctor back in the day.

Murray also complains that he no longer has use of his arms (although he is obviously able to use them to make these calls), and he desperately needs someone to help him. He even asks the “friend” to call Sheriff Baca (who has the authority to release him into house arrest) because he feels that the Sheriff doesn’t know how inmates are treated.

The voicemail ends with Murray sobbing hysterically and pleading for help.

Yesterday, a reporter ran into Tom Mesereau. If you don’t know the name, he’s the attorney that won MJ’s child molestation case in 2005. The reporter handed Mesereau his phone so that he could hear the voicemail but after about 30 seconds, he gave the phone back to the reporter in utter disgust and said “I can’t listen to any more of this…” he continued. “This man is despicable, he has never taken responsibility for what he has done to Michael Jackson…he blames MJ for everything…he caused the death of one of the greatest artists in World history, who also happens to be one of the greatest humanitarians in World history…he’s despicable…I can’t listen to this entire statement.”

Mesereau, like many MJ fans undoubtedly will, doesn’t believe anything Murray has to say and believes that this is just a gimmick to get sympathy. Could Murray be attempting to set the scene for an early release or at the very least, house arrest?

JJ Abrams to Oversee “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” Universes Simultaneously, Geek Heads Explode

JJ Abrams to Oversee “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” Universes Simultaneously, Geek Heads Explode

The news appears to be official -and soon, nerds may be arguing “You got your ‘Trek’ in my ‘Star Wars’” and “You got your ‘Star Wars’ in my ‘Trek’.”

That’s right, for the first time ever, one person will be a common link between George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away and Gene Rodenberry’s “’Wagon Train’ to the stars.” None other than JJ Abrams himself – an unabashed child of late-Seventies pop culture who often said he preferred “Wars” to “Trek” when he landed the cherished job of re-launching the USS Enterprise – is in talks to direct Episode VII, one of the eagerly-anticipated upcoming sequels from Disney.

According to multiple sources, Abrams is negotiating to direct the first film in the “Star Wars” trilogy, rumored to involve some combination of original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford and catch up with their characters decades after “Return of the Jedi” seemingly ended their tale on a happy note dancing around an Ewok campfire.

After purchasing George Lucas’ Lucasfilm for $4 billion late last year, Disney has been lining up projects faster than Han Solo can do the Kessel Run. Already, “Toy Story 3” writer Michael Arndt has been hard at work on the script for the new film, and ”Watchmen” filmmaker Zack Snyder was rumored to perhaps be making a parallel film based loosely on “The Seven Samurai.”

Wherever all this is headed, it is tantalizing to think that for some period of time, the same man could be overseeing “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” – undoubtedly the two most popular science-fiction franchises since the second half of the Twentieth Century. Although crossovers would appear to be an impossibility because the films are made by different studios, Abrams is an unabashed fan of Easter Eggs and fan-baiting, so it seems likely that he’ll cross his streams a bit – and any references would then become canon, which means the two universes would co-exist in each other’s eyes, which would pretty much make every geek’s head simultaneously explode.

Mr. Abrams, we wish you the best – you’re stepping into some mighty big shoes. And a little tip: If you bring Jar-Jar Binks on screen and then kill him in the first scene, you’ll win over all the haters in a heartbeat.

TV Round-Up: New Shows Include “Sleepy Hollow” Reboot, “Lost” Producer Hoping Lightning Hits Twice

TV Round-Up: New Shows Include “Sleepy Hollow” Reboot, “Lost” Producer Hoping Lightning Hits Twice

After what seems like months of bad news for the Fox network, things finally seem to be on an upswing. The television times are a changin’, and it’s harder than ever for the networks to fill up their primetime schedules with bona fide hits, especially with the steep competition that cable channels like AMC and FX are putting out these days (and don’t even get me started on the glorious TV Showtime and HBO provide us on a regular basis). However, Fox has just released pilot orders for some intriguing new concept shows that could bring in the audiences they want (and need).

One of them is being listed as a “Sleepy Hollow” reimagining and is being developed by the writer/producers of “Star Trek”, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, with director Len Wiseman attached to helm the pilot. Wiseman, who directed the first two vampire/werewolf “Underworld” movies, sounds like the perfect person to bring a stylish supernatural thriller to life.

Also on tap is the development of the “Delirium” book trilogy by Lauren Oliver, a futuristic story where love is outlawed and must be cured. This “Blade Runner” meets “Twilight” plot being developed by “Bones” executive producer Karyn Usher could tap into both Sci-Fi and tween fandoms so potential on this one is exceedingly high.

Last but not least, Paul Zbyszewski (writer/executive producer for “Lost”) is working on a show called “The List,” which yes, seems to be another cop show (don’t we have enough of those?), but has an interesting twist with the idea of federal witnesses being hunted down and the US Marshal trying to save them. Plus, being a former “Lost” super-fan, I’m biased towards this one and will definitely give it the benefit of the doubt.

The slate of new shows is extremely promising and exciting for Fox, which also has the strong debut of the new Kevin Bacon-starring vehicle “The Following” to bank on. The smart and slick serial-killer drama which premiered last night has already got this viewer hooked (they can really show some of that stuff?! Dang!) and the heavy promotional campaign seems to have paid off so far.

On a more personal note, I also have to root for the network that kept my beloved, recently-ended Sci-Fi favorite, “Fringe,” on the air for five seasons despite lack of viewership and the constant threat of cancellation. It’s always nice to see studio executives listen to the fans and actually take their considerations to heart, so it is in earnest that I hope their new ambitious ventures pay off big time. So for now I guess all I can say is stay tuned!

First-Look Photo: Rising Star Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange!

First-Look Photo: Rising Star Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange!

Remember how a few months ago we reported that Benedict Cumberbatch, a.k.a. the man with the best name in Hollywood, was going to burst onto the scene like crazy in 2013? Well, just a few weeks into the new year, we’re being treated with a first-look photo of Cumberbatch starring as controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming film “The Fifth Estate.”

The photo gives us a sneak peek at Cumberbatch donning the titular bleached-blonde coif Assange is known for, with bespectacled costar Daniel Bruhl, playing colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, by his side. The film is purportedly based on Daniel’s time working with Assange and his book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website. I think it’s safe to say that all eyes will be on Cumberbatch and his portrayal of the fugitive, and while there is no new information on a release date, the stripped-from-the-headlines topic and strong cast could prove it to be next year’s Oscar bait.

On board for the ride is director Bill Condon, no stranger to Oscar glory himself, winning one for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1999, as well as directing such Academy Award fare as “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey”. Rounding out the stellar cast for the film are indie favorites Laura Linney (“Kinsey”), Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”, “Half Nelson”), and David Thewlis (better known as Professor Lupin from “Harry Potter”).

So needless to say, we’re off to a pretty great start for what is sure to be a Cumberbatch-laden year. The star on the rise will soon be gracing the big screen as the as-yet-unnamed villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness”, a film that is guaranteed to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. And oh yeah, he’ll also be appearing in a wee little franchise you may have heard of, “The Hobbit.” Pfew, busy year! I’m sure Mr. Bandersnatch Cummerbund could use a break, but for me, being the selfish person I am, I hope he keeps up his manic pace.

Shakira Becomes a Mom, Giving Birth to Baby Milan!

Shakira Becomes a Mom, Giving Birth to Baby Milan!

Congratulations to Shakira, whose hips did a lot more than lying today as she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy!

The singer gave birth in Barcelona, according to an email Nicerazzi received from her publicists just moiments ago:

“We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain,” the statement began. “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.”

Getting light-hearted for a moment, the proud parents joked that little Milan is a huge fan of his Dad’s favorite soccer team. “Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth,” the publicists teased. “The hospital confirmed that the couple’s first child weighed approximately 6lbs. 6 ounces, and that both mother and child are in excellent health.”

Congratulations to Shakira and Gerard on the birth of their first child, from everyone at Nicerazzi!

 

Big Celebs Including Katy Perry, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson Show Up To Help Obama Kick Off Second Term

Big Celebs Including Katy Perry, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson Show Up To Help Obama Kick Off Second Term

It was a big day for President Barack Obama as he was sworn in for his second term, but as is often the case with our 44th POTUS, his undeniable cool factor was enhanced by the string of celebrities that showed up for the festivities.

Among the performers for the day’s events, James Taylor graced the stage to sing “America the Beautiful,” followed by one of the many powerhouse female vocalists the Inauguration had to offer, our first “American Idol” darling herself, Kelly Clarkson. Apart from her amazing rendition of “My Country Tis of Thee,” Clarkson’s performance also provided the nation with one of the funniest moments of the day when a picture of former President Bill Clinton photobombing the singer went viral. Clinton is no stranger to Internet fame following his presidency (as evidenced by a very popular meme), but I’m not quite sure these are the headlines he had in mind for what appeared to be a completely unintentional Kodak moment. Regardless, Bill, we thank you for this priceless piece of history.

Longtime Obama supporters Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, and Beyonce and husband Jay-Z were also present for the ceremony, with Queen B taking the stage to sing the national anthem. Her flawless vocals roused the crowd (and suspicions it may have been lip-synched), but not to be outdone, it is her former “Dreamgirls” costar and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s performance later that evening at the inaugural ball that will stick in most people’s minds. The star performed Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” (which, as we all know, is one of Obama’s favorite tunes) as the President and First Lady danced the night away, the latter earning style raves for her stunning red gown by designer Jason Wu.

Rounding out the ball’s musical guests were Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, with Keys even altering her hit song “Girl on Fire” to “Obama’s on fire.” With four more years in office to make a difference, there’s no denying that! Hopefully the momentum and excitement of the last few days keeps going, and also, here’s hoping for Keys to release “Obama’s on Fire” as a single. It’s pretty darn catchy.

Howard Stern vs. Lena Dunham: The Celebrity Feud That Pits “Girls” vs. Boys

Howard Stern vs. Lena Dunham: The Celebrity Feud That Pits “Girls” vs. Boys

The latest celebrity feud pits a red-hot star against the tried-and-true King of All Media, a true battle between “Girls” and boys that hinges on issues of weight, public expectations of beauty, and how much shock a shock jock really needs to inject into the national conversation. But before you get too excited, this brouhaha may be over before it began.

The feud started during Stern’s SiriusXM Radio show, when he called Dunham, “a little fat chick who sort of looks like Jonah Hill and keeps taking her clothes off.” His wife Beth had introduced Stern to the hit HBO series. Stern went on to criticize Dunham for being a “camera hog” that rarely lets her co-stars shine.

The backlash came fast and furious, but it took a week before Stern issued an on-air apology. During his January 14th show Stern stated, “I felt bad, because I really do love the show ‘Girls’ and enjoy it, and I admire the girl who writes it.” He even called himself a “Girls” super-fan and declared, “I guess I just wanted to tell you I love you and I think you’re terrific.” Stern said his change of heart came after watching more of the show, and admitted he almost attended the second season premiere last week.

Dunham, for her part, wasn’t fazed by the attention from Stern. During a recent appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman,” Dunham admitted she loved the insults, and called herself a huge fan of Stern’s work. She even joked she’d put the slams on her gravestone, stating, “It put me in the best mood! I just want to be like, my gravestone says, ‘She was a little fat chick and she got it going.” So apparently, no hard feelings here!

To further prove her feelings about the comments, Dunham called into Stern’s show yesterday to officially bury the hatchet. After saying she was a fan of his brand of free speech, Dunham went on to call herself not that fat. She joked, “I’m not super-thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit!” Dunham went on to say she appreciated Stern’s effort to rectify the situation and that she remains a Stern enthusiast.

The short-lived feud was a minor blip in Dunham’s otherwise stellar week. On Sunday night “Girls” won the Golden Globe for Best TV Series Comedy and she won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. A public apology from Howard Stern and two major awards? Dunham has definitely had a decent month for herself.

 

Jennifer Lawrence Shines in New “Catching Fire” Photos!

Jennifer Lawrence Shines in New “Catching Fire” Photos!

It’s been a pretty good week for Jennifer Lawrence fans so far. Not only did we witness the 22-year-old actress win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy on Sunday night (and looking gorgeous as always on the red carpet), but we’re also being treated to some new images and a poster from the hotly-anticipated “Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire”.

Us folks at Nicerazzi had previously reported on the sequel back in November when some behind-the-scenes photos were leaked showing our favorite heroine diving into filming in Hawaii, but we now have some official stills to consider. The new shots give us a peek at some old favorites (more Gale! Hello, Liam Hemsworth!) and some new characters (Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee!)

No disrespect to Plutarch, but I think most fans will agree that a first glimpse at fan-favorite Finnick Odair (as played by Sam Claflin) has been high on must-have list, and it doesn’t disappoint. The picture shows the cocky District 4 tribute cozying up to girl-on-fire Katniss with a smirk that characterizes his flirtatious arrogance from the book. Anyone who has read the book, however, knows there’s more to Finnick than meets the eye so it will be intriguing to watch Claflin play out the character’s ambiguous motives.

We also get a chance to see Katniss delivering what I’m assuming is a speech on her victory tour, with loyal paramour Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) at her side. No clue as to what her speech is about, but I can say Katniss and Peeta’s victory in the Games have earned them some snazzy new duds. Nice suits!

The new poster isn’t much of a shocker, showing the iconic mockingjay up in flames, which is quite similar to the poster from the original film. But regardless, it’s all adding up to one heck of a publicity campaign for a movie that we tragically won’t see until November 22! The difficult wait for the movie could, however, be softened with the release of a teaser trailer. You hear that, Lionsgate? Any day now, please…