Mariah Carey's sister files $1.25M lawsuit against her over memoir
Mariah Carey's sister is taking her to court over stories the singer included in her bestselling 2020 memoir, "The Meaning of Mariah Carey." According to Page Six, Alison Carey has filed suit a $1.25 million lawsuit against her younger sibling on grounds Mariah caused Alison "immense emotional distress" with what she describes as the star's "heartless, vicious, vindictive, despicable and totally unnecessary public humiliation of her profoundly damaged older sister." In her book, Mariah writes that when she was 12 and Alison was 20, Alison drugged Mariah then sent her out on a dangerous car ride with an older boy who was carrying a gun. The lawsuit, filed Monday, Feb. 1, also calls out Mariah for accusing Alison of having once burned her with boiling tea in the book. Alison says she "disputes" many of Mariah's claims about her but was never given a chance to respond to them before the book went to press. She also accuses Mariah of having used the family's painful past "to promote the sale of her book," despite knowing Alison was already "damaged" psychologically by other abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of their mother. She says that she's now battling alcohol abuse issues again after a long period sobriety. Alison, who is representing herself in the case, adds that she got no response to a settlement offer sent to Mariah's lawyers last month. As of Monday, Mariah's reps had not commented publicly on the lawsuit.
Kylie Jenner celebrates Stormi's 3rd birthday with heartfelt post, controversial girls' getaway
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott were both emotional on Monday, Feb. 1, as their daughter, Stormi Webster, turned 3. "Thank you God for sending this little soul to me. crying today because i can't stop the time," Kylie wrote alongside photos of the birthday girl on Instagram. "It's all the little things i'll miss like your cute voice and our long talks on the potty. watching you experience everything for the very first time has been the best part of these last few years." She added, "But on the other side i'm excited to watch you grow into the most special girl i know you will be and all the amazing things i know you will do. Happy birthday to my baby forever!!!!" Travis, meanwhile, kept his sweet Instagram b-day wish to a cute rhyme that read, "3 is bigger than 2, 3 more years of love that's true, 3 more inches u might have grew, 3 more years a lot to dooo!!! 3 more TIMES I LOVE UUUUUU … Happy bday to my Lil storm storm." Like other members of her family, Kylie's previously faced backlash for traveling outside during the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc on Los Angeles, where the Kardashians and Jenners live. But that didn't stop her from treating Stormi to a birthday getaway to Turks and Caicos last week. The three-night "girls trip" also included Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and their daughters, as well as Rob Kardashian's daughter, according to People. E! News reported Kylie's pals Stassie Karanikolaou and Victoria Villarroel also joined the large group on the trip, photos from which both Kylie and Kim posted on their social media accounts. They made the trip in spite of state safety regulations requesting Californians not to travel "more than 120 miles from their home or other place of residence and avoid non-essential travel," per California.gov.
Angelina Jolie to sell historic Winston Churchill painting she bought with Brad Pitt in 2011
Angelina Jolie is preparing to sell a painting described as Winston Churchill's "most important work" at an upcoming Christie's auction. Entitled "Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque," the piece — an image of a mosque in Marrakech at sunset — was purchased by Angelina and her then-partner Brad Pitt back in 2011, and is expected to go for $2.1 million to $3.4 million, according to the Associated Press. The painting's significant for a number of reasons. Churchill — an amateur but prolific artist — reportedly painted it after he and President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled to Marrakech following the 1943 Casablanca Conference, where the two leaders devised their game plan for defeating Nazi Germany and eventually ending World War II. The AP also notes it's the only piece Churchill completed during the war. Angelina and Brad separated in 2016 and were declared divorced in 2019 via a bifurcated judgment. They're still hashing out the details of their settlement with regard to custody and other matters. A rep for Christie's told the AP the historic art work could "set a new record for a Churchill piece" when it hits the auction block in London on March 1.
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Selma Blair, Rose McGowan support Evan Rachel Wood amid Marilyn Manson abuse allegations
In the wake of Evan Rachel Wood's public statement alleging Marilyn Manson "horrifically abused" her during their relationship from 2007 until 2010, the "Westworld" star — along with four other women who have come forward alleging the singer abused them physically and sexually — has been widely praised online for her courage in speaking out. "I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and other brave women who have come forward," Rose McGowan wrote on Twitter on Monday, Feb. 1, just hours after Evan's post. "It takes years to recover from abuse and I send them strength on their journey to recovery. Let the truth be revealed. Let the healing begin," Rose added. Evan's "True Blood" costar Anna Paquin showed her support for Evan as well, writing, "Your courage is inspiring #istandwithyou." Both Selma Blair and Josh Gad simply weighed in with the words, "I love you." Evan began dating Manson when she was 19 and he was 38. The singer responded to the allegations on Monday evening, by which time his record label, Loma Vista, had already dropped him. "Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality," he wrote on Instagram. "My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."
How Twitter bullying inspired Robin Wright's directorial debut, 'Land'
When Robin Wright set out to make "Land," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 31, it was in response to the growing problem of social media bullying. "I wanted to make a movie at that time because there was so much pain in our country. … Just the ugliness that was going on in the world with, you know, the explosion of Twitter," Robin explained over the weekend at one of Sundance's Cinema Cafe talks (via Page Six). "Everybody was a judge and there was so much bullying going on. I thought about the effect that had on children, and how that's changing, psychologically, our cellular makeup. All this darkness and meanness," the first-time director said. The result was "Land," which features Robin, 54, as a woman whose decision to go off the grid into the mountains after facing a personal tragedy ultimately shows her how much she actually needs the support of others. "You need human connection and kindness to pull you through adversity," she said. As Robin points out in a "Meet the Artist" video on the Sundance Institute's YouTube Channel, the movie's themes, including "survival" and "the necessity of human connection," feel "even more resonant today" than they did two and a half years ago when filming began. "Land" hits theaters Feb. 12.
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga have new album in the works in spite of Alzheimer's diagnosis
Tony Bennett's family confirmed in an extensive feature for AARP the magazine published Monday, Feb. 1, that the legendary jazz singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016. And while the piece shines a light on how the progressive form of dementia is already taking a toll on Tony's memory and ability to engage with others, it also paints a picture of a 94-year-old whose musical talent remains intact. In fact, Tony has already recorded a new album with Lady Gaga, his collaborator on the chart-topping 2014 recording, "Cheek To Cheek." The music was recorded between 2018 and 2020, and left Gaga in tears in the studio on at least one occasion, as she came to terms with the changes in her friend and mentor due to his illness. Still, Tony reportedly sings beautifully on the LP and in person, a testament to the healing power of music
Joe Giudice in talks to create a reality show about his life in Italy: Report
Joe Giudice could be heading back to reality TV. The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star is in talks with a production company about developing a series focused on his new life in Italy, TMZ reported this week. The show would reportedly be a solo venture, without any involvement from Joe's ex, Teresa Giudice, or Bravo. It sounds like Joe's still in the early stages of negotiating a possible deal, though, and has yet to begin the process of shopping around for a network or streaming service to take the show on. The 48-year-old relocated to Italy in October 2019, following his release from prison into an ICE detention center. Joe was born in Saronno, Italy, and grew up in New Jersey, having moved to the U.S. with his parents as a baby. Since he never became an American citizen, he became eligible for deportation after pleading guilty, with Teresa, to conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud and wire and mail fraud in 2014.
Tori Spelling shares moving tribute to 'first onscreen love,' Dustin Diamond
Former "Saved By the Bell" star Dustin Diamond died early Monday, Feb. 1, less than a month after he was he was hospitalized and diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma, commonly referred to as lung cancer. His death at age 44 stunned many of his famous friends and former colleagues, including Tori Spelling, who shared a long and moving tribute to the actor on social media. "My 1st onscreen love Dustin Diamond got his Angel wings today…," wrote Tori, who worked with Dustin on "Saved By the Bell" in the early '90s. "Before there was David and Donna there was Screech and Violet. Dustin was my first onscreen kiss," she continued. "He welcomed me with open arms onto the set of Saved By the Bell. As one can imagine being the newbie on a hit show was overwhelming for a 14 year old girl. He not only showed me around but made sure I was always ok. Such a young gentleman. He was kind, smart, and always making everyone laugh. He was a great scene partner. He was a really good guy. I'm sad after the show we never had much contact aside from occasionally running into each other at events. I'm glad he's out of pain. He's an icon to me professionally and personally. RIP Samuel love, your Violet."
Gayle King reveals her daughter got married at Oprah Winfrey's home in December
Gayle King is "glowing" and "over the moon" after she was finally able to announce on "CBS This Morning" on Monday, Feb. 1, that her daughter, Kirby Bumpus, tied the knot with Virgil Miller at the end of December. The tiny, COVID-19-safe wedding took place at the home of Kirby's godmother and Gayle's longtime bestie, Oprah Winfrey. And the guest list was limited to the bride and groom, Gayle, Oprah and Stedman Graham and Gayle's son, Will, who officiated, Gayle confirmed to Oprahmag.com. "It wasn't the wedding we planned, but it was absolutely perfect," Gayle told the outlet. The mother and godmother of the bride helped Kirby with dress fittings on Zoom, rather than in person, because of the pandemic, Gayle explained, adding that she stayed outside Oprah's Santa Barbara home rather than helping Kirby get ready for the big day, though it was "tough" for her not to help. After the ceremony, the group reportedly enjoyed socially distant dancing and hors d'oeuvres. "My son, Will, says, 'We call ourselves a tripod, and that day with Virgil, we became a perfect square,'" the journalist shared. "Kirby really is so happy, and nothing beats when your children are happy." Kirby and Will's dad is Gayle's ex-husband, William Bumpus.
John Krasinski gave his daughters a sartorial shout-out on 'SNL'
Best dad ever? The 6 and 4-year-old daughters John Krasinski sharesd with Emily Blunt got some onscreen love from their father during his first-ever "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig over the weekend. "The Office" alum's stylist revealed that for the final scene of the show on Saturday, Jan. 30, he was dressed with a nod to his kids, Hazel and Violet. "John wanted to have his daughters' initials monogrammed on his shirt for SNL goodnight looks ❤️," Ilaria Urbinati wrote on Instagram on Sunday. "#GirlDad."