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Out's top bachelors; Bjork's funding troubles
Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2013-02-20

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Out magazine has released its list of the 100 most eligible bachelors. Among those listed are Glee actor Chris Colfer, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, statistician Nate Silver, photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya, blogger Perez Hilton, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, actor Guillermo Diaz (of TV's Scandal), athlete Gareth Thomas, actor Ronnie Kroell, gymnast Josh Dixon, singer Mika and writer Christopher Rice.

The line-up of the 100+ acts playing the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been unveiled, according to its website. Among the acts at the Manchester, Tenn., event are Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Grizzly Bear, R. Kelly, Cat Power, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, ZZ Top and "Weird Al" Jankovic. Bonnaroo will take place June 13-16.

Speaking of Bjork, her Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund the development of a new version of her Biophilia album app for Android and Windows 8 has been cancelled, just 10 days after it launched, according to The Guardian. The campaign was aiming to raise 375,000 British pounds ($578,400) in 30 days for the port of the critically acclaimed iOS app; however, a third of the way through, it reached just 4.1 percent of the goal. Bjork's campaign had an educational focus: She wanted to port Biophilia as part of a program to teach children about science and music.

The Real Housewives of Orange County—Bravo Media's original series that started the "Real Housewives" franchise—will return Monday, April 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, according to a press release. Returning Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Heather Dubrow are joined by Lydia McLaughlin. In addition, original Housewife Lauri Peterson returns after a four-season absence.

Lady Gaga has cancelled all the remaining dates of her Born This Way Ball Tour and will be needing surgery after injuring her hip, according to JustJared.com . "Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball performances have been cancelled," a statement on Gaga's website read. "It has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip caused by strenuous repetitive movements in her performances."

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has selected Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé to perform at this year's Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Feb. 24 at West Hollywood Park, Business Wire noted. This annual gala—which Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo sponsor—is the largest fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night, and has raised more than $34 million to support the Foundation's mission to empower HIV/AIDS-affected people.

Out actor Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) left the Paradigm agency, where he had been a client for seven years, and has signed with CAA, according to Deadline.com . Harris is headed into the ninth and final season of "Mother," which earned him four Emmy nominations. Additionally, Harris has hosted and produced the Tony Awards twice, winning two Emmys.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have gone into the wine business, helping to produce a rose called Miraval from their French estate and putting their names on the label, according to Reuters. The movie star couple have been working with French winemaker Marc Perrin starting with the 2012 harvest. The Miraval wine was formerly called Pink Floyd because the British rock band recorded its 1979 album The Wall in a studio on the estate.

Celebrity event planner Preston Bailey orchestrated his own wedding to Grammy-nominated jazz singer Theo Bleckmann—and had Joan Rivers to officiate, according to Yahoo! News. The wedding took place at New York City's Empire State Building, and guests (who included Martha Stewart and NeNe Leakes) were greeted with a King Kong-like statue draped in flowers as well as a long hallway decorated with blooms and personal photos of weddings Bailey has planned.

In London, Helen Mirren began performances in the West End premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience Feb. 15, prior to an official opening March 5 at the Gielgud Theatre, according to Playbill.com . She's reprising the role of Queen Elizabeth II, for which she won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actress for The Queen, also written by Morgan. Stephen Daldry directs the play, which imagines a series of meetings between the queen and various prime ministers.

Philip J. Smith, the chairman and co-chief executive of The Shubert Organization, will be honored at Theatre Development Fund's March 4 gala, Playbill noted. Douglas Carter Beane will host the entertainment portion of the evening, which will feature, among other things, a performance by Bernadette Peters. Peters, Angela Lansbury, Zoe Caldwell and Hugh Jackman are the event's honorary chairs.

Disgraced celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander—who has been convicted in California of raping aspiring models—has pled guilty to a similar charge in New York, according to the Daily Mail. Alexander, who is currently serving 59 years to life in the Los Angeles case, accepted the plea deal to spare his victims from testifying multiple times. Alexander made a name for himself collaborating with Paris Hilton and appearing on America's Next Top Model.

Bisexual rapper Azealia Banks has released a new song and music video, and is once again creating headlines for calling people "faggot," according to Advocate.com . Banks became involved in a Twitter feud with musician Baauer (whose viral sensation, "Harlem Shake," she remixed without his permission), and she concluded with "you guys are all faggoots.... May you drown in faggotry." Banks has used the same slur to attack blogger Perez Hilton on Twitter.

Legendary rock 'n' roll star Chubby Checker—who was behind the hit "The Twist"—is suing Hewlett Packard over an app that uses shoe size to determine someone's penis size, the Huffington Post reported. Checker (real name: Ernest Evans) has filed suit in Saint Lucie County (Fla.) Federal Court, alleging that Hewlett Packard and subsidiary Palm, Inc. didn't have permission to maintain the app called "The Chubby Checker."

According to official documents obtained by TMZ, singer Mary J. Blige owes $901,769.65 in back taxes to New Jersey, HipHopDX.com reported. This is not the first time Blige has faced money troubles, having been sued earlier this month for allegedly defaulting on a $500,000 bank loan. Last year, she was sued for doing the same on a $2.2 million bank loan, and her charity was hit with a lawsuit for not paying back a $250,000 loan.

Singer Morrissey has canceled more shows because of illness, according to the Huffington Post. Morrissey first canceled concerts earlier this month, citing a bleeding ulcer and a condition called Barrett's esophagus. He then canceled subsequent shows, including dates in Salt Lake City and San Francisco.

Out singer Adam Lambert kicked off his "We Are Glamily" tour Feb. 17 in Seoul, South Korea, according to DirectLyrics.com . While he sang songs from his two albums, For Your Entertainment and Trespassing, Lambert also covered Rihanna's latest hit single, "Stay." The new, brief international tour will take the American Idol alumnus through Asia and parts of Europe over the next few weeks.

Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning comeback queen Liza Minnelli is following up her "Cabaret" anniversary promo blitz by adding a second performance to her forthcoming run at New York City's Town Hall alongside out performer/actor Alan Cumming, according to the Huffington Post. Minnelli will now join fellow Tony winner Cumming for two concerts March 13-14, just one day after her 67th birthday.

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's 1981 hit "Endless Love" topped a Valentine's Day-themed poll to find the best love songs of all time, according to ContactMusic.com . The ballad edged Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" and "We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris to claim the number-one spot on Billboard magazine's Top 50 Love Songs of All Time. Among other songs in the top 10 were Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love?"

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood said that the duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, should re-wear her outfits to help the environment, according to Reuters. "If you're going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it," Westwood said. Middleton turned heads for stepping out in the same outfit more than once, stirring debate in the British media over whether the thrifty behavior was praiseworthy or a fashion faux pas.

Ann Dexter-Jones, the mother of DJ Samantha Ronson, said that Ronson's relationship with Lindsay Lohan "was not healthy," according to the New York Post. Dexter-Jones was referring to a 2008 incident in Dubai, where she said Lohan threw a temper tantrum while Ronson was DJing the opening party of the five-star hotel Atlantis. Dexter-Jones called Lohan's tantrum "classic psychotic behavior."

Khloe Kardashian has been X'd from the TV Show X Factor, the New York Post reported. Kardashian, 28, came to the show with no television hosting experience. However, co-host Mario Lopez (who also co-hosts Extra) has reportedly been asked to return. Kardashian's exit follows the departures of judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid (who quit to focus on his day job as head of Epic Records).

On Feb. 16, Rihanna was injured at the London hotspot The Box when someone reportedly threw a bottle of Lucozade, a British energy drink, in her general direction, according to US Magazine. The culprit also screamed at the singer about her relationship with singer Chris Brown. The "Umbrella" singer was left with a bloodied right knee.

Singer/DJ Boy George is making news for his weight loss, according to TV Guide. The out entertainer—who was the talk of the WhatsOnStage.com Awards—has been extensively documenting his weight loss journey for months, sharing advice from his doctors, reactions to his new lifestyle and even his meals. He later tweeted, "I love that the size of my a— is trending worldwide."

Legendary music producer Clive Davis—who signed Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, among many others—comes out as bisexual in a new book, according to Buzzfeed.com . In his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis details long-term, monogamous relationships with men for the past two decades. Davis writes that his first same-sex encounter was during "the era of Studio 54" and wrote that being with a man provided "welcome relief."

Prince Michael Jackson, the 16-year-old son of the legendary entertainer Michael Jackson, has been hired as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, TV Guide noted. One of Jackson's first segments for the show involved interviews for the new film Oz the Great and Powerful; his father starred in 1978's The Wiz, an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

Oprah Winfrey is giving her $85-million house a makeover because she feels it's too opulent, according to the New York Post. "I knew my house was impressive," she told O, The Oprah Magazine. However, she added, "The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets and sherbet palette—it was all very grand, but it wasn't very true to myself."

Out R&B star Frank Ocean is slated to be a special guest performer at London's top-ranking music festival, Wireless, according to Gay Star News. He will join the line-up on the first day of the festival (July 12), which Snoop Lion and Justin Timberlake are headling. (Rapper Jay-Z and singer Emeli Sande will be part of the July 13 line-up.) Ocean recently won two awards at this year's Grammys.

A man is attempting to sell naked Grindr images of reality star Honey Boo Boo's gay uncle to the highest bidder, according to Gay Star News. Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle, whose real name is Lee Thompson, is frequently featured on the show. The seller allegedly tried to sell the photos of Thompson in the shower to show-biz outlet TMZ.

HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning show Game of Thrones will be the subject of a touring exhibition, according to a press release. The traveling exhibit, the first of its kind by HBO, will go to five international cities—Toronto, Canada; New York City, New York; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Amsterdam, North Holland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The exhibition will include props from the show, including weapons and the Iron Throne.

Trans entertainer/activist Chaz Bono has lost 43 pounds since announcing his public mission to lose 50 pounds last November—and wants to lose more, according to People.com . The former Dancing with the Stars contestant, 43, has now increased his goal to 80 pounds. Bono, who weighed 250 lbs. pre-diet, first addressed his goal publicly with Dr. Travis Stork on an episode of The Doctors.

DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who discovered Madonna before she signed a record deal, has died at age 57, according to the Huffington Post. Kamins suffered a "massive coronary" in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. Kamins took Madonna under his wing in 1982, passing her demo on to Sire Records executive Seymour Stein, who signed her.

Out hip-hop/soul duo God Des and She will guest-star in a special, one-night-only performance in the musical Lesbian Love Octagon on June 5 in New York City, SheWired.com reported. God Des and She, who are currently on tour promoting their latest album, will portray a '90s lesbian performance-artist duo in the musical. Creators are hoping to bring the musical on or off Broadway by 2014.


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