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Looks like the Oval Office won’t be covered in gold lamé after all.
After months of unofficially campaigning, Donald Trump announced at this morning’s NBC Upfronts event in New York that he will not be pursuing the Republican presidential nomination.
Instead, he’s signed on to host two more seasons of Celebrity Apprentice. That’s comparable, right?
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“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency,” Trump said in a statement released in conjunction with his live announcement.
“This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country.
“I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
Still, while Trump is officially out of the running for the Republican nomination, he’s not completely getting out of politics. Far from it, in fact.
“I look forward to supporting the candidate who is most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.
“Thank you and God Bless America!”
VIDEO: Trump talks Apprentice!
Demi Lovato is ready to hit the beach.
The former Sonny With a Chance star was all smiles as she posted a twitpic of her bikini body today. The brighter outlook comes after leaving a treatment center and going public with her struggle with physical and emotional issues including bipolar disorder,
So what did she have to say about her toned bod?
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“I’ve been working so hard to get healthy and fit,” Demi tweeted. “I can’t believe I’m about to do this but I’m so excited.. Here’s my bikini time body!”
Lovato, who announced she was quitting Disney Channel’s Sonny With a Chance last month, added that the picture was partly the result of her new outlook on life.
“I never thought I’d ever feel confident enough to ever do that. I’m excited how far I’ve come since being completely ashamed of my body,” she added. “I want any girl/guy out there who struggles with body image or confidence to know that it IS possible to find peace with yourself. It hasn’t been easy, but it starts with a commitment to yourself. . .your mind. . .and your soul. And trust me, I’m still working at it! Haha.”
Sounds like she’s doing great. Congrats, Demi!
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Chelsea Kane may not be sporting a neck brace à la Kym Johnson, but that doesn’t mean the Disney starlet isn’t feeling plenty of her own Dancing With the Stars wear and tear…
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“I’m definitely getting tired,” Kane recently admitted to us while promoting her new website ChelseaKane.com, “and it’s one of those tireds that’s just piled on top of being tired. Sore muscles on top of sore muscles. Blisters on top of blisters. You just haven’t had that one day to recoup.”
Since she’s been spending so many tireless hours rehearsing with partner Mark Ballas, how has Kane managed to avoid tabloid rumors the two are hooking up?
“[It’s] ’cause we’re not,” Kane laughed. “Mark and I get along so well and we have a very interesting relationship where I’ve never wanted to physically hurt someone so much at times. And then at the end of every rehearsal it’s like, ‘So, do you want to go get a drink or have dinner?’ We have a very intense love-hate relationship and I’m just so happy that we were partnered together. He’ll definitely be a friend for life.”
And if Kane does dance her way to winning the whole competition, she has a very creative idea of how to put that mirror-ball trophy to good use.
“I would actually like probably hang it above my bed,” she said, adding “Like a disco every night!”
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Now that Donald Trump has revealed he’s not running for president and thus doesn’t have to worry about filling all those cabinet positions, it’s that much easier to sack potential talent. Meaning aging crybaby Meat Loaf.
Not going to get to where I was?
You mean fired?
Still, nice attempt at face-saving, Meat: Regular guy bonding with the elevator man, signing off with the receptionist … even the voice crack. You’re good!
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M-Bone was a promising rapper with the up-and-coming SoCal outfit Cali Swag District before he was tragically gunned down Sunday night in a drive-by shooting.
He’ll be sorely missed by hip-hop fans, not only because the community lost a great talent, but because of a life barely lived.
Here are five things to know about the late M-Bone (please note, the above video contains graphic language):
His Personal Stats: M-Bone was born Montae Talbert on Sept. 17, 1988. He grew up in Inglewood, Calif., and joined Cali Swag fresh out of his teens. According to his bio listed on Cali Swag’s website, his dream date was Alicia Keys; his favorite video game was Madden Football; favorite clothing brand was Misfits; favorite place to visit was Europe; his favorite movie (sadly enough) was Boyz n the Hood, “because it reminds him of when he grew up in L.A.”
Always the Joker: M-Bone frequently thought of himself as the wild man of the quartet. He liked to crack wise, had a lot of tattoos and often bragged that he was going to out-ink his fellow MCs and, per his bio, “probably be the one to end up with the most.” He also loved Twitter: “When I’m bored, I can just hop on Twitter and find a funny Trending topic…and we just go in and make it fun…every time we perform they always make us a trending topic.” As for his favorite artists, M liked Eminem and Ludacris especially, but also didn’t mind slow jams by Jamie Foxx, R. Kelly and Justin Timberlake.
Success in CSD: Cali Swag District, which also includes C-Smoove, aka Smoove Da General, Yung and JayAre, signed to Capitol Records’ Checkmate Entertainment imprint last year, where they released the infectious club hit “Teach Me How to Dougie,” a tune that paid tribute to the dance craze hatched by ’80s hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh (“Pop tha collar! Now Walk It Like a Dog!!!”). “Dougie” sold over a million copies and peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard charts in 2010. It was so successful that it spawned two remixes, one featuring Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, B.O.B. and Red Cafe, and another with Sean Kingston and B.O.B. It also led to a record deal. Their second single, “Where You Are,” followed up by sampling Michael Jackson’s 1972 gem, “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” and reached 22 on the Billboard rap chart.
The Future Looked Bright: Just before his death, M-Bone and his mates were getting ready to hype Cali Swag District’s debut album, The Kickback, set to drop on Oct. 12. On their website, the rising hip-hop stars let it be known that they’re “not dance rappers” but rather “lyrical artists” who are “Pro Propostion [sic] 420” and “don’t wear skinny jeans!!!”
Reaction to His Death: In the aftermath of last night’s shooting, Smoove Da General took to Twitter to mourn the loss of his brotha. “Ma life changed drasticall in the. Blink of an eye. Rip mbone,” he tweeted. “I’m crushed. . .jus seen Ma N—a on the news. . .idk wat to think or say. . .I’m hurting man real talk.” Smoove added “thanx to everybody who had sumthin positive to say to me and for Montae.”
Cali Swag District’s publicist also issued the following statement today on Talbert’s death:
“Cali Swag District member Mante “M-Bone” Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence last night, Sunday, May 15th in his hometown of Inglewood, CA. As police are still investigating the shooting and untimely death we ask that anyone with information contact the Inglewood Police Department. Mante, aged 22, was the comedic entertainer of Cali Swag District (who helped launch “The Dougie” to mainstream audiences) and was an inspiration to his family, friends and fans. He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed.”
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Piers Morgan is at it again: piggybacking on the press of an A-lister in order to boost his own profile.
We mean: banning from his show a celebrity who most likely never had any intention of appearing on the program to begin with.
Well, at least Hugh Grant is in good company (hi, Madonna!).
Larry King‘s replacement took to Twitter this morning to lash out against the charming big screen bumbler extraordinaire after Grant appeared on a British radio program and dared to say that—horror of horrors—the paparazzi and tabloid press aren’t exactly doing the Lord’s work.
“The tabloid press is completely unnecessary,” Grant told BBC Radio host Richard Bacon. “We don’t need them, we don’t want them, and the sooner they go out of business the better.”
Hardly a shocking or controversial stance for a celebrity to take, particularly one who’s had his share of ups and downs with the press. And even less surprising as the declaration came in the midst of a conversation about the News of the World‘s Scotland Yard-investigating, lawsuit-resulting, widespread privacy-breaching (and all around creepy) phone hacking scandal. Grant is among those stars allegedly victimized.
But apparently the declaration got Morgan so hot under the collar that he felt the need to tweet this pronouncement:
“Listening to Bishop Hugh Grant telling @richardbacon he wants popular newspapers eradicated. I feel the same about his crap movies.”
If only he would’ve stopped there. It might’ve been point Piers! Instead, proving himself to be the Donald Trump of cable and therefore unable to quit while he was (slightly) ahead, Morgan continued on.
(Now would be a good time to point out that Piers’ anger no doubt stemmed from the fact that before he fashioned himself into a reality show judge and newsman, he was public enemy No. 1 in Britain, as editor of such reputable publications as News of the World and the Daily Mirror.)
“Hugh Grant is now banned, in perpetuity, from @PiersTonight and Life Stories,” Morgan tweeted on, referencing his U.K. interview show. “And anything else I ever do. Tedious little man.”
There’s something tedious about this situation all right, but we don’t think Hugh’s to blame.
In any case, we’re sure Grant will be just crushed to hear that he can’t appear on Morgan’s shows. Just as soon as someone explains to him that they exist.
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She’s been through one very public divorce already, but would Britney Spears tie the knot again?
The pop star—who’s been dating boyfriend Jason Trawick for two years now, reveals in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, “I’ve thought about both [marriage and kids], so if the timing was right…”
With a long-term relationship and another hit album, Britney’s looking and feeling better than ever…
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“I feel like I’m drinking a tall glass of homemade sweet tea on a really hot, beautiful day,” the Southern star says.
So what else does Britney confess?
That she’s got Justin Bieber fever!
“I think he’s adorable,” Brit said. “I just saw his movie, and I really didn’t realize how big he was. He’s enormous; he’s just Mr. Man.”
Would she want her boys with ex-husband Kevin Federline—Sean Preston, 5, and Jayden James, 4—to follow in the teen phenom’s musical footsteps?
“If they have a love and passion for the arts and that’s what they want to do, then so be it,” the mom says. “They are both little actors and so charismatic, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.”
Looks like they inherited that gene from their mom’s—not their dad’s—side of the family!
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