R.I.P. Chester Bennington's was laid to rest at a private funeral near his home in CA on Saturday. Many guests were musicians who'd played or toured with Chester and Linkin Park. A full stage, including a drum kit, was set up for musical tributes to be performed. All guests were provided with a yellow wristband and a pass with Bennington’s picture on it, similar to the type of admission items VIP fans would receive at a concert.
HMM: John Mayer and Nike have collaborated on a new sneaker called Air Mayers. They'll feature grey tones, with black & neon green accents.
TRESPASSING: A 24 year-old woman has broken into Drake's LA home for a second time. The woman started spitting at deputies before they pepper-sprayed her. She was charged with trespassing and assault.
INK: Macaulay Culkin and his god daughter, Paris Jackson, recently got matching tattoos of spoons inked on their forearms.
DANCING DEMARIO: Controversial "Bachelor In Paradise" star DeMario Jackson is considering "Dancing With the Stars". Nothing's signed yet, but hard to imagine a scenario where DeMario doesn't take this opportunity.
THROWBACK: MTV is bringing back 'Total Request Live' which originally ran from 1998 to 2008. Comedian and rapper DC Young Fly will host it, and it will be filmed in Time Square.
HUMBLE ABODE: Beyonce and Jay-Z have agreed to buy a $90 million Bel Air, California home. It has 4 swimming pools, 8 bedrooms, bulletproof windows, a media room and a 15-car garage. Just a humble abode.
WEEK OF JULY 31, 2017
The Kee High girls softball team has just won back to back State Champion Titles! Four of the girls also made the special tournament team!
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MOON WOMAN: Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV VMAs on August 27th.
HELICOPTER PARENT: LeBron James' son was recently playing in a summer league basketball game when LeBron stormed onto the court to make sure the official scorer had the score right. Referees stopped the game and corrected the score.
TV TALK: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will star in a new sitcom about New York television morning shows and New York media. It's currently being shopped to networks.
OH HOLY NIGHT: Oprah Winfrey, Tracy Morgan and Kelly Clarkson will star in a new animated movie about the first Christmas called The Star. Winfrey and Morgan will voice camels while Clarkson will voice a horse.
MO' BOOTY: Kylie Jenner asked Madame Tussauds to enlarge her wax statue's butt. Most celebrities want Madame Tussauds to make them look thinner. Not Kylie. She wanted her statue to have mo' booty!
FANCY FEET: Jennifer Lopez is launching a second footwear line in the fall. It will include lace-up, over the knee boots, booties and sandals. The shoes will range in price from $1,495 to $2,795. What kinda prices are those? What happened to, “I'm still Jenny from the block”?
SAD: In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie reveals that she has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy and hypertension, & the disease damaged her facial nerves causing one side of her face to droop. She says quote, “I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”
AMERICAN IDOL CHATTER: Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Scotty McCreery are all being considered as judges for the new American Idol reboot! Katy Perry & Ryan Seacrest are locked in!
OH BABY: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their third child via surrogate, who is 3 months pregnant. They're allegedly paying $120,000.
RUMORS: 69 year-old Steven Tyler may have gotten engaged to his 28 year-old girlfriend Aimee Preston who was recently spotted wearing a pearl and gold ring on her left ring finger.
UMBRELLA-ELLA: Remember when Britney Spears took a large green golf umbrella and wacked it against photographer Daniel Ramos' vehicle back in 2007? Well, he kept that umbrella and he has decided to auction it off, now that Britney is doing so well and seems to have moved on in her life. The auction is August 10th and he believes he can get $50,000 for it. Did anyone keep the hair?
FASHION NEWS: Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion. The Weeknd will release his first Puma sneaker in August. It's a mix between a traditional sneaker and a boot. And Rihanna's new beauty line, Fenty Beauty, will be released in the fall.
MOVIE TALK: Kate Hudson has shaved her head for a new movie she's working on with pop star Sia called Sister. And ''Wonder Woman 2'' will be released on December 13, 2019.
SWEET! Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys are teaming up for a CMT Crossroads special that will air on August 30th. They will perform “I Want It That Way,” ”As Long As You Love Me,” ”Cruise” , “H.O.L.Y.” and “God, Your Momma, and Me.”
BARBIE GIRL: Anne Hathaway may play Barbie in a new live-action movie based on the doll. Amy Schumer dropped out of filming due to scheduling conflicts. Anne reportedly agreed to negotiations as long as she got to handpick a director.
PERMENANT: Drake's new arm ink went unnoticed for almost a half a year and it's a tattoo of Lil Wayne's face! Drake got it while overseas and sent Lil Wayne a pic when it was done, and Wayne was beyond floored and honored. It's on Drake's tricep, so it's covered by the average t-shirt, which explains why no one picked up on it sooner. As for returning the favor, no word from Lil Wayne...
CANCELED: Justin Bieber has canceled the 15 remaining concerts on his Purpose World Tour. John Mayer tweeted “When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin [two thumbs up] for realizing it was time to call it. You should too.”
FASHION: Camila Cabello has signed on as the new face of Guess Jeans.
OMG: After recently released court documents revealed that Usher paid a woman $1.1 million for giving her an STD in 2012, a second woman is accusing Usher of the same thing, saying she contracted the disease from Usher earlier this year. She initially sued him for $10 million, but now wants $20 million after testing positive for the STD.
HOSTS: Host of the Bachelor, Chris Harrison, and host of Sports Center AM, Sage Steele will host the Miss America pageant on September 10th on ABC.
AMAZING: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are auctioning off a dinner date for charity. The winning bidder will dine with the both actors later this year in New York City. Proceeds benefit Leo's foundation as well as a London mother who is battling cancer.
MONKEY AROUND: Paintings by Michael Jackson's chimpanzee Bubbles recently sold for $1,953 at a gallery in Miami. Proceeds went to benefit Florida's Center for Great Apes where Bubbles has been living since leaving Michael.
R.I.P: John Heard, the actor who played Macaulay Culkin's dad in Home Alone, died on Friday at the age of 72. His body was discovered by a hotel housekeeper in California. No foul play is suspected & an autopsy will be performed.
SAD: Thieves recently broke into Hillary Duff's Beverly Hills home where they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other items. Hillary was on vacation at the time, with her family in Canada, and was posting pictures on Instagram.
WAXY: Madame Tussauds removed Beyonce's wax statue before touching it up and then returning it to their museum floor. Beyonce's fans complained that the statue's skin tones were too light.
BDAY: Selena Gomez celebrated her 25th birthday on Saturday with a low-key bash at a home in LA. filled with the important things in life—cakes (she had not one, but two green birthday cakes), comfy clothes and some loved ones, including her boyfriend The Weeknd!
MORE BDAYS: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez celebrated their birthdays in Miami on Saturday with a huge party. They downed a double birthday cake with friends and family, while Alex sang ''Sweet Caroline''. And of course, it wouldn't be a party without J-Lo wearing a see through dress.
WEEK OF JULY 24, 2017
Maria will be a Junior at Caledonia High School. She is involved in track, holds down an early morning job of milking cows for her neighbor, and is skilled in horse back riding. Most days she's training her horse, Cinchy, for speed events and other classes that showcase their partnership. Her peers and adults have recognized her as the 2017 Triple R Saddle Club Queen. She attends horse shows in the South East Minnesota Show Association and represents our area. How many other athletes have a 1100 lb partner with attitude and speed?!
SO SAD: Lead singer of Linkin Park, 41 year old Chester Bennington, was found dead at his home yesterday morning. Authorities are investigating his death as a suicide. He leaves behind 6 children; 6 year old twin girls, and 4 sons ages 11, 15, 19, and 21.
WOW: OJ Simpson was granted parole yesterday after serving nearly nine years in prison for robbery. He will be out in October. OJ Simpson made $600,000 during his 8+ years in prison. The money came from various pensions.
NOT A SURPRISE: Ryan Seacrest has been confirmed as the host ABC's American Idol reboot.
FASHION: Sarah Jessica Parker will launch another shoe collection in October on Amazon Fashion. She will be selling pumps, heels and boots.
SHH: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his wife Tasha are the proud parents of a new baby boy. Their son was born last month, but they kept it a secret.
OOOH: A bag containing traces of moon dust sold yesterday for $1.8 million. Astronaut Neil Armstrong used the bag during a 1969 mission to the moon.
SHARK! Michael Phelps is looking forward to racing a shark on Sunday night. He will be wearing a monofin during the race. The custom-made set of flippers allow him to mimic the shark's tail fin, allowing him to swim faster.