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Madonna posts pic of teens with booze
“The party has just begun!” That was the caption on the photo Madonna posted to Instragram over the weekend that caused mild controversy. The slightly blurry photo depicted her 13-year-old son Rocco and his two friends (who appear to also be in their early teens) posing with bottles of alcohol in their hands. After commentators started to scold the Material Girl, she fought back, stating in a second post that “no one was drinking, we were just having fun!” The photo was just one of many posted from the singer’s holiday ski trip in Switzerland with her four children. Earlier last week, Madonna also Instagram-ed a shot of her new penis-shaped, uh, tobacco pipe.
Conflicting reports on Curry's future with NBC
Radar Online reported Monday Ann Curry’s $12 million-per-year contract with NBC will expire imminently and will not be renewed. The Wrap, however, quoted an unnamed NBC spokesperson who says the report is “completely untrue, and, as a matter of fact, she’s going on a big assignment for NBC News this week.” The veteran news anchor made news in 2012 when she was ousted from her seat at “TODAY.”
20 years later, Harding blames media
In an interview for ESPN film “The Price of Gold,” figure skater Tonya Harding says her 1994 Winter Olympics performance was hindered by the media attention she received after fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked at Detroit’s Cobo Arena 20 years ago. “Trying to train in front of everyone was so much mania,” she said. “Every time I’d jump they would all flash, I would fall on my face and hurt myself a couple of times. It just started becoming really impossible just to even concentrate on anything.” Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and three other men pleaded guilty to the attack on Kerrigan, who ended up winning a silver medal.
Will Smith writes tribute to 'Uncle Phil'
Will Smith posted heartfelt words about the late James Avery, his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” co-star, Sunday night on Facebook. The actor uploaded a photo of himself with Avery and “Fresh Prince” co-stars Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons and Tatyana Ali. Smith wrote: “Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.” Avery died Dec. 31 from complications following open heart surgery. He was 68.
Katy Perry demands healthy food backstage
It’s always interesting to lure at the details of a musician’s backstage rider whenever one is leaked to the public. TMZ has posted the details of Ms. Perry’s dressing room requests for her New Year’s Eve show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In addition to MSG-free meals the pop star wants tons of organic fruit, fresh-cut vegetables, granola, whole wheat tortilla chips, hummus, freshly-made guacamole and dried figs. The “Roar” singer also requires two bottles of Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Malbec wine.
■“Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady and TLC singer Chilli (born Rozonda Thomas) are dating, according to Us Weekly.
■Rapper Lil’ Kim is being threatened with a lawsuit for using a copyrighted image belonging to Canadian artist Samantha Ravndahl, TMZ reports. Ravndahl sent a letter to the rapper saying she’ll sue for at least $150,000 if the image isn’t pulled from Kim’s social media outlets.