Day in Pop Report for 06/06/2012
(TMZ) Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda is currently in a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack Monday, TMZ has learned.
84-year-old Lasorda was in NY representing the L.A. Dodgers at the MLB draft, which started yesterday.
Sources tell us ... the heart attack was "mild" and Tommy is expected to be ok -- and the plan is for him to be released today.
People at the draft began to suspect something was wrong today when Tommy was not present to announce the Dodgers' draft picks..
Tommy appeared just fine yesterday, signing autographs at a media gathering and eating at an Italian restaurant ... even singing with an accordion player. more on this story
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(TMZ) Legendary horror maven Clive Barker -- who's responsible for the "Candyman" and "Hellraiser" franchises -- gave his ex-boyfriend HIV ... and then kicked him out on the street ... this according to claims in a new lawsuit.
Emilian David Armstrong says in the suit ... he met Barker in early 1996, and they quickly moved in together. Armstrong had a daughter from a previous heterosexual relationship. She also moved in.
Armstrong says in November, 1996, he was diagnosed with HIV. The suit claims Barker had tested positive and had urged Armstrong to get tested. Armstrong is convinced -- Barker gave him HIV.
Armstrong says Barker confessed he had previously engaged in a sexual relationship with his own cousin, who had AIDS -- and also engaged in sadomasochism in prior relationships that involved syringes.
As for why Armstrong waited 16 years to file a lawsuit -- Armstrong says he and Barker tried to work out their relationship and battle the virus together ... but things started to go south in 2003.
According to the lawsuit, that's when Barker became addicted to prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol, and Oxycodone. Armstrong claims Barker would mix these drugs with alcohol, cocaine, and/or crystal meth and use them for recreation.
But Armstrong says he still didn't give up on the relationship -- and tried to help Barker through his drug problems ... but they only got worse. Armstrong says Barker started throwing drug-fueled parties with young men ranging in age from 19 to early 20's.
The suit claims in 2009, Barker kicked Armstrong out of his house -- along with Armstrong's daughter -- and left them destitute.
Armstrong claims he was a partner in Barker's business ventures and is entitled to a cut of the profits. He also says he was promised support for life. more on this story
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(TMZ) "Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood has been sentenced to five long years in the big house ... again -- after asking an Indiana judge to reimpose her sentence, stemming from a December drug arrest.
Portwood was in court this morning when the judge reimposed the sentence. Her attorney asked for leniency, but the judge was unmoved ... insisting he had no choice but to enforce the terms of Amber's plea agreement.
Portwood's five-year prison sentence was previously stayed on the condition she complete a drug rehabilitation program -- but as we first reported, Portwood gave up on the program ... and asked to go to prison instead.
The judge said he would refer Amber to the Indiana Department of Corrections therapeutic community program -- an incarceration-based treatment program.
Portwood will be given credit for time served in jail. more on this story
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American Idol season 10 finalist Casey Abrams has premiered a brand new song called "Get Out," which comes from his forthcoming self-titled debut album out June 26th.
"I'm so glad to be a part of this thing called music, and I am thrilled people are going to be able to take this musical journey with me" said Abrams of his upcoming release.
Abrams was a standout finalist on American Idol season 10 thanks to his distinctively original voice and musical ability. The 21-year-old can play a staggering 11 musical instruments by ear and was classically trained on the stand up bass. Listen to the new song here.
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The Voice finalist Tony Lucca plans to hit the road in October for a North American tour.
Some dates are scheduled for the summer in advance of his fall tour, with additional tour stops confirmed for September, including a headlining gig at Hotel Carolina. more on this story
Lucca is also thanking his hometown area of Detroit for all of its support with several area performances in the month of June. Already he performed the national anthem at the Tigers game on Sunday, June 3rd; he's also set to headline St. Andrews for a show on Thursday, June 21st and will be the guest of honor performing at the WDIV-TV Fireworks celebration on Monday, June 25th (the show airs live on WDIV-TV from 8 to 11 p.m.).
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VH1 Storytellers: Norah Jones is set to premiere on Friday, June 8th at 11 PM ET/PT on VH1. The network sent over some info and a preview clip.
Performing before an intimate crowd at NYC's legendary Metropolis Studios, Norah Jones opened up on her past heartbreaks, her early days as a struggling musician in New York, her deep love of country music and other influences that have shaped her iconic songwriting. A highlight of the evening included Jones' account of her first meeting with her future label, Blue Note Records. An unknown artist at the time looking for her big break, Jones talked about her anxiety before the meeting and her subsequent journey from traditional jazz singer to contemporary singer/songwriter. That journey led to the eventual release of her blockbuster, Grammy award-winning first album, "Come Away With Me."
Quotes from "VH1 Storytellers: Norah Jones": On getting her "big break" and the anxiety of her first meeting with future label Blue Note Records:
"So I got in there and [they] asked me 'well, what do you want to do? Do you want to sing jazz or do you want to do all this other stuff?' I said 'oh no, jazz, jazz' because I was in his office and I didn't want to say the wrong thing. I didn't want to waste the opportunity
[they] gave me a lot of opportunities to kind of not be in just one genre and to kind of stretch out, which was wonderful." more
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Nero will be hitting the road this fall as a support act on Madonna's MDNA Tour of North America.
Nero, which is British-born producers, remixers, DJs, and artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, will open for The Material Girl on the North American leg of her tour in support of her most recent album, MDNA on select dates including New York's Madison Square Garden, and Miami's American Airlines Arena. Nero will open the show with a DJ set, featuring live vocals from Alana. more on this story
Nero recently appeared at Coachella, Sasquatch, and the Electric Daisy Carnival NYC festivals and is also set to perform several shows on this summer's IDentity Festival, as well as at Lollapalooza in Chicago and Hard Summer Los Angeles in August.
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Grouplove will be performing their new single "Tongue Tied" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 19th and Today on July 9th.
Grouplove is currently in the midst of a sold-out North American headlining tour that has also featured stops at some of the year's biggest music gatherings, including the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and Sasquatch Music Festival.
The band performs at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 10th, followed by their remaining headline shows at Philadelphia's Theater of Living Arts on June 11th, New York City's Webster Hall on June 12th, and Washington DC's 930 Club on June 13th. more on this story
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Blonds have set a August 7th release date for their debut full-length alubm, The Bad Ones.
The duo, consisting of Cari Rae & Jordy Asher, relocated from their native Florida to Brooklyn to record the album. They tapped producer Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter, Spoon) to helm the sessions.
The Bad Ones follows their debut EP Dark Roots, released last November. Blonds are currently plotting a summer tour, with dates to be announced soon.
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Eric Hutchinson will perform his new single, "Watching You Watch Him," on "Conan" on Tuesday, June 12.
Hutchinson joins up with the "Conan" crew at the Chicago Theatre, where they are taping this week's shows. Their trek to Chicago coincides with the TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival, which is being held in the Windy City June 12-17.
The track was recently iTunes' "Single of the Week." The video for "Watching You Watch Him," which is in rotation now at VH1, can be seen here.
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(rephlektor) David Morales has released his brand new single "Golden Era" featuring Roisin Murphy (Moloko) on vocals.
This is the first single from Morales' forthcoming album Changes, to be released on June 19 on Ultra Music.
"Golden Era" is a disco house hybrid that brings back the vibe of dance music's glory days while adding a contemporary twist. The original mix matches a warm, summery bassline and Latin percussion with Roisin Murphy's rich and bluesy tones. David Morales has been known throughout his tremendous career for his ability to write dance-oriented tracks that stand on their own as "true songs" and not "just tracks" that work only in a club setting. "Golden Era" is dance music for the heart and soul. more on this story
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Animal Kingdom will be hitting the road for a North American club headlining tour this summer.
The tour in addition to their appearances at this year's Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, IL, on Friday, August 3 and the Outsidelands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA, on Saturday, August 11.
The 16-date tour will be visiting major markets including New York City on Wednesday, July 25, Boston, MA, on Thursday, July 26 and Los Angeles, CA, on Tuesday, August 14. more on this story
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(TMZ) Amanda Bynes has officially been charged with DUI after her arrest back in April -- when she sideswiped a cop car and allegedly attempted to flee the scene.
Bynes has been charged with one count of misdemeanor DUI -- and the D.A. has sought a sentencing enhancement because the actress refused to take either a breathalyzer or a blood test.
Bynes has not been charged with hit-and-run. If convicted -- with the sentencing enhancement -- we're told Bynes faces a minimum of 48 hours in jail ... and a maximum of 6 months.
But because of jail overcrowding, it's unlikely Bynes will ever serve longer than a few hours. more on this story
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(TMZ) Little people across Hollywood are rising up against the producers of "Snow White and the Huntsman" -- for casting tall people in the role of Snow White's dwarfs -- and now, a prominent "midget" theater group plans to stage an over-sized protest.
The wee man leading the charge is a guy named Matt McCarthy -- a 4'1" self-described "midget" who works for Beacher's Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel, a theater troupe that features more than 20 little people.
Like Little People of America, McCarthy's pissed "midgets" weren't cast as Snow White's dwarfs in the new movie -- producers cast normal-sized actors instead, digitally resizing their limbs or transplanting their faces onto little people's bodies.
But McCarthy's not fuming in silence -- he just fired off a letter to Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson, informing him, "In response to and in protest of this incredible injustice and prejudice, the Beacher's Madhouse midgets and I are coordinating a 100-midget march to Universal's offices."
McCarthy adds, casting average-sized actors as Snow White's dwarfs "is the equivalent of Universal casting a white actor to play a role written for an African-American person and digitally changing the color of their skin."
So far, a date for the march hasn't been set. more on this story
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(TMZ) Octomom will not be coming to the stage of a Florida strip joint -- TMZ has learned she's canceling her stripper gig because she thinks club staffers are talking smack about her.
As TMZ first reported, Octomom was set to drop her top (and only her top) at T's Lounge in Palm Beach, FL next month -- but Octo's rep Gina Rodriguez tells TMZ they pulled out of the deal Tuesday morning.
Rodriguez says the straw that broke Octo's back was a local news interview with a club bartender who said, Octo has "a lot of mouths to feed so it was only a matter of time" before she started stripping. The bartender added, "She must be a little crazy, normal people don't have that many children."
We're told Octo, aka Nadya Suleman, was also angry about a manager at the club insinuating she might go fully nude and do lap dances ... for the right price. more on this story
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(TMZ) We've just obtained the settlement agreement between former domestic partners Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, and get this ... Tammy has a piece of Melissa's music.
Under the agreement, Tammy gets 50% of the royalties from the album, The Awakening. Tammy also gets 50% from the songs, A Simple Love, All There Is, All We Can Really Do, An Unexpected Rain, California, God Is in the People, Heroes and Friends, Imagine That, I've Loved You Before, Map of the Stars, Message to Myself, Open Your Mind, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Universe Listened, Threesome, and What Happens Tomorrow.
As we previously reported, the settlement requires Melissa to pay Tammy $13,000 in monthly spousal support and $10,000 a month in child support. They have agreed to joint custody.
Melissa gets to keep some property in Springdale, Arizona and Hidden Hills, California. She also gets some property in Arkansas.
And the best. They each get to keep their own Vespa. more on this story
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(TMZ) "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing has filed for divorce from her husband Daniel Zelman ... TMZ has learned.
Debra cites "irreconcilable differences" in the divorce docs, filed by celeb divorce lawyer Neal Hersh in L.A. County Superior Court.
She is asking for joint custody of their 8-year-old son. She is also asking for spousal and child support -- although that could just be a formality.
The couple announced their separation last year and they stayed living together even after the separation. They were married on September 3, 2000.
Sources connected to the couple tell us they are getting along well. more on this story
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(TMZ) "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kim Zolciak just dug herself a hole to China by telling us Monday she is not living in her home illegally -- turns out, what she told us was a big fat LIE, because TMZ has the lease.
Kim is embroiled in a verbal war with her landlord, Kendra Davis. As we reported, Davis has said she's trying to evict Kim because she has no right to live in the house and won't pay rent. For her part, Kim insisted she's paid every cent of the rent and the lease was still in effect.
So here's the smoking gun ... According to the lease, either Kendra or Kim had a right to terminate the lease by giving written notice 30 days before May 30. If no one gave notice, the lease would be extended beginning in June on a month-to-month basis.
But here's the deal ... Someone did give 30 days notice -- AND IT WAS KIM AND HER HUBBY!! Take a look at Kroy Biermann's email to the landlord dated March 29, 2012. So the lease officially terminated May 30 -- so she lied to us when she said it was still in effect.
It's now June 5 and Kim and Kroy are still in the house. Under the lease, they're considered squatters -- i.e., illegal tenants -- and the lease says they are required to pay $600 for every day they illegally stay. The landlord says they haven't paid $600 a day, so it appears Kim also lied to us when she said she was totally current on rent.
The landlord gave us a letter that she sent Kim and Kroy today ... telling them they're in the house illegally and must vacate immediately, and if they don't she'll see them in court. more on this story
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(TMZ) Kris Humphries SAYS he's not dating the chick he was laying side-by-side with on a beach in Miami Saturday, but we know differently.
Kris claims 25-year-old Fatmire Sinanaj (she goes by Myla) was just a neighbor whom he had never met before and she just happened to walk out on the beach when he was being photographed. But we found out he flew her from New York City to Miami to spend the weekend with him.
And get this ... We're told they've been seeing each other for months -- since mid-January.
Kris -- who has been telling people he was devastated when Kim Kardashian left him and filed for divorce -- has been seeing Myla a lot ... meeting at various basketball games. We're told Kris provided Myla and her family with courtside seats at some of the games, even allowing her in the area leading up to the locker room. Check out the photos.
Myla works at a prominent, 5-star hotel in New York. They met at the hotel, where she sometimes helped him with various requests.
We tried to reach Myla for a comment but couldn't get a hold of her. Kris had no comment. more on this story
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