‘Honestly, I don’t remember much. I only know I can recover from here,’ singer tweets after being attacked in New York. By Kara Warner Gavin DeGraw Photo: Jeff Fusco/ Getty Images After suffering a brutal attack early Monday morning in New York, Gavin DeGraw has been released from the hospital and is said to be on the road to recovery. A rep for the “I Don’t Wanna Be” singer confirmed that DeGraw was discharged Tuesday evening (August 9) from Bellevue Hospital, where he was being treated for a concussion, broken nose, black eyes, cuts and bruises sustained when a group of unknown assailants attacked him in Manhattan’s East Village. The attack is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made, but the 34-year-old took to Twitter to say a few words about the incident and to let his fans know that he plans to get well soon. “Hi my friends,” he tweeted to his more than 60,000 followers. “Honestly, I don’t remember much. I only know I can recover from here. Thank u all for your genuine concern. I love u guys.” Despite being released from the hospital, DeGraw was forced to cancel several upcoming appearances. “As a result of Gavin’s injuries, he won’t be performing in Wantagh, NY on August 12 or Mansfield, MA on August 13,” his rep said in a statement to MTV News. It is not yet known how quickly DeGraw will recover and whether he will reschedule his appearances. The singer is preparing to release his fifth album, Sweeter, on September 20, and has plans to open a second National Underground bar in Nashville with his brother, fellow musician Joey DeGraw. Share your well-wishes for Gavin in the comments below. Related Artists Gavin DeGraw
‘This is something I’ve created myself,’ the presenter tells MTV News. ‘I’m kind of Bruce Wayne in that way.’ By Kara Warner Jim Carrey Photo: MTV News The list of reasons why you should tune into the 2011 Movie Awards on Sunday seems endless at this point, from the sheer number of A-list celebrities attending to the show-stopping performances scheduled (Hello, Foo Fighters !) to the general unpredictability of MTV’s annual event. A chief master of the art of being unpredictable, Jim Carrey is among the celebrity presenters , and if his appearances at past MTV Movie Awards are any indication, viewers are sure to be buzzing about him Sunday night. Carrey’s Movie Awards history is a storied one, the stand-out, of course, being his surprise, disguised appearance in 1999. Carrey also currently holds the title of most Golden Popcorn won, with 11 awards to his name. When MTV News caught up with the funnyman during promotion for his upcoming flick “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” we asked if he’d decided on his awards-show ensemble yet. “I’m wearing a suit that I’ve had made,” he told us. “It’s the latest in nanotechnology, so I’m able to project whatever I want on it. I’m going to be revealing that at the MTV [Movie] Awards,” he teased. “This is something I’ve created myself; I’m kind of Bruce Wayne in that kinda way. I have a lot of interesting and very cutting-edge technology that I work with and I want to unveil it at the Awards. “Wait until you see it,” he added with a smile. “It’s going to be amazing.” Carrey joins a superstar-studded list of presenters that includes Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Will wizards, vampires or dream thieves steal the 2011 MTV Movie Awards ? Find out June 5, when the 20th annual show airs live at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT that night for the “America’s Best Dance Crew” finale and Movie Awards pre-show, loaded with live action from the red carpet, exclusive movie clips and a special edition of “After Hours.” Related Videos Get Ready For The 2011 MTV Movie Awards!
Radio and TV personality was killed early Sunday morning at age 32. By James Montgomery DJ Megatron Photo: Scott Wintrow/ Getty Images DJ Megatron, the radio personality, hip-hop promoter and television host, was shot and killed early Sunday morning near his home in Staten Island, according to The New York Times. He was 32. Born Corey McGriff, Megatron first made his name in Staten Island hip-hop circles as a promoter of local artists, something he continued during his stint as a DJ on famed New York radio station Hot 97, where he had risen from an intern to an on-air sidekick of popular personality Fatman Scoop. He had also worked at stations in Boston and Philadelphia. In recent months, Megatron had started to gain national exposure thanks to his appearances on BET’s “106 & Park,” where he’d hype up the in-studio audience during commercial breaks and conduct frank — and hilarious — man-on-the-street interviews. “He will truly be missed,” BET said in a statement extending condolences to his family. In recent weeks, he had become engaged to Shyleen Robinson, with whom he had a 10-month-old-son. Megatron had also appeared in movies, including 2005′s “State Property 2,” starring Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash and rappers Beanie Sigel and N.O.R.E. According to his manager , Megatron was shot and killed while heading to a store near his home in Staten Island at around 2 a.m. on Sunday. No arrests have been made in the shooting. As news of his death began to spread, some of Megatron’s contemporaries took to Twitter to express their sadness. In one tweet , Nicki Minaj wrote “Rest In Peace DJ Megatron. My thoughts are with your family and friends at Hot 97.”
Isn’t this just the cutest thing? It’s Steve Jobs, age 23, getting hair and make-up done for a TV appearance, possibly with WKGO in San Francisco. Watch him gape in amazement at the live national feed that is carrying him into homes in California and New York. This is probably the most “aw shucks” you’ll ever find Jobs and it’s a charming portrait of a kid who is definitely on the way up. Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : CrunchGear Discovery Date : 09/02/2011 13:05 Number of articles : 2
Filed under: Greg Giraldo Sources close to Greg Giraldo tell TMZ the comedian was hospitalized after an overdose yesterday … but it was not a suicide attempt, as has been speculated. We’re told Giraldo — best known for his appearances on Comedy Central roasts — was taken to a… Read more
The Mel Gibson tapes are just insane. They’d be absolutely wild, disturbing stuff from any person, let alone one of the biggest movie stars in history. That said, two big questions remain unanswered: 1. Did he actually abuse Oksana Grigorieva , as she alleges? 2. What the HELL made him so crazy?! Investigators probing Mel for domestic violence are examining a secret email he sent Oksana that may offer an explanation for his erratic behavior. The email, sent the day after the alleged, violent January 6 confrontation with his then-girlfriend, reads: “The tranqullizers (sic) only make me nuts.” Is this an apparent reference to pharmaceutical drug use ? “Tranquilizers” could refer to any number of things, from depressants used to treat anxiety and insomnia to drugs aiding substance withdrawal. The actor was trying to quit smoking then, and on February 18, when ALL the now-infamous Mel Gibson phone calls were recorded by Oksana. If authentic, the email obtained today by Radar Online could shed new light on the psychological state of the troubled star and his pure rage . The message was supposedly retrieved from Oksana’s phone and computer, confiscated as part of the criminal probe underway involving Gibson. Mel supposedly sent the email January 7 at 9:39 a.m. The night before, Oksana has claimed, Mel punched her while she was holding baby Lucia. Mel’s lawyers have never addressed the tapes or his comments, but say that he ever struck Oksana Grigorieva and have accused her of extortion. Eleven minutes after he sent that, Mel apologetically wrote again, pleading with her to call so he could tell her “how unspeakably sorry” he was.
Following their somewhat surprising engagement Monday on The Bachelorette season finale and their emotional After the Final Rose reunion, we can happily report that yes, Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez are still together. We may not have seen the last of them on ABC, either. Amid recent breakups of Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski, and more scandalously Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, the idea of Ali Fedotowsky and her man making it to the altar will obviously have skeptics. But they’re off to a good start. Roberto hasn’t slept with half of Chicago during his sequestration period like Ed, nor is he insane, controlling and altogether phony like Jake. As for Ali and Vienna … we don’t have to explain. Ali and Roberto are moving to San Diego and planning a Spring 2011 wedding! The two certainly appeared happy and overjoyed to be reunited in their appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America last night and today. Will we soon see them on ABC’s other hit reality series? The new cast of Dancing with the Stars will be unveiled August 30 during (what else) Bachelor Pad . According to reports, both Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez have been asked to be on DWTS , a la Jake. We suspect one or more will accept that offer. As for the next Bachelor , what we’re hearing is that last night’s runner-up, Chris Lambton, can have the gig if he wants it. Not a surprise there in the least. With his classy exit on Monday’s Bachelorette finale , and having already cemented his place as a major fan favorite, it’s the IDEAL setup for The Bachelor . The question is whether he does it. Unlike Jake, poor Chris seems very genuine and does not seem hell bent on becoming famous. So will see … and hope! As for Ali and Roberto: Will they last? Vote below!
‘I’m not here to change the music world,’ the ‘American Idol’ champ tells MTV News. By James Montgomery Lee DeWyze Photo: MTV News It’s been exactly one week, but Lee DeWyze still can’t believe he won “American Idol.” The words seem strange even coming out of his mouth. “Yeah, it’s weird to say it, man,” he told MTV News on Wednesday (June 2). “I’m lovin’ it, to be sure, but man, it feels weird to say ‘ “American Idol” champion.’ ” To further illustrate that point, DeWyze said he can’t really remember how he felt — or what he did — when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced that he’d been crowned the champ of season nine. It’s all just one rather glorious, delirious blur. “I was lost, dude. I didn’t know where I was! It was so crazy and intense, because everything we’ve done had led up to that point. And it was like, ‘And the winner is … ‘ And then there’s like the six-month pause, and then he says my name, and I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” he laughed. “It was just a big weight off my shoulders, and it felt amazing. I had it in my head what I would say or do if I won or if I lost, and all of that went out the window. … I’ve watched it back, and I try to remember what it was like. There’s some parts I don’t really remember. I remember being up there, and then the next thing you know, I was in the room with the press. It was just really fast and nonstop.” And things haven’t really let up since then. There has been the constant promotional cycle that comes with winning “Idol” — the performances and the appearances on TV shows — and then the upcoming American Idols Live! Tour. DeWyze doesn’t mind all the fuss that comes with winning the show (“Why would I complain about any of it?” he laughed), but more than anything, he’s really looking forward to getting into a recording studio to begin work on his album — which he’ll do whenever he has a free moment in between tour stops. “The studio and the stage are obviously two completely different things, so it’s going to be interesting to see how going from the live performances to the recording and back is going to pan out, but I’m really looking forward to it, because I’m going to have a lot of say in it,” he said. “I think that’s another misconception about ‘American Idol,’ is that once you go on there, you’re forced to do this or forced to wear that … we’re not. We get a lot of freedom and a lot of say. So I’m just looking forward to making a record I can be proud of.” What will that record sound like? Well, it’s still early, but DeWyze said fans can expect to hear some different sides of him — the kind of stuff he didn’t really get to show off on “Idol.” Though he knows winning the show only raises expectations, he’s ready and willing to take on the task at hand and whatever tasks come after that. “I’m sure there’s going to be elements of pop somewhere in there, there always is, and elements of rock and a folky feel. I’m not trying to go out there and do something that’s never been done. It’s all been done … and I think now, it’s more or less an opportunity for people to show who they are through their music,” he said. “I’m not here to change the music world, but I’m definitely here to show what I can do and express myself through my music. So to do that’s going to be cool, and to prove myself. Because I don’t feel that, just because I won ‘American Idol,’ that, you know, now I’ve made it. There’s a lot to prove still. There’s an album to put out, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s all about the process for me, you know? Just making the album, touring, doing all that stuff and seeing where I’m at in a year from now.” Where do you think Lee will be a year from now? Let us know in the comments! Get your “Idol” fix on MTV News’ “American Idol” page , where you’ll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions. Related Photos Lee DeWyze: From Illinois Boy To ‘American Idol’ Star Related Artists Lee DeWyze
Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson has been hardly covert in her appearances at the Cannes Film Festival. In the Doug Liman film Fair Game , screening for the press on Thursday, she’s played by Naomi Watts. But today, she’s doing press for a documentary film in which she appears, Countdown to Zero .
Vanessa Williams was among mourners at New York memorial service. By James Montgomery Lena Horne’s funeral program Jazz great Lena Horne, who died Sunday at age 92, was remembered by hundreds of mourners at New York’s St. Ignatius Loyola church on Friday (May 14). At the funeral — attended by Vanessa Williams, former Mayor David Dinkins and actress Jenny Lumet — Horne was remembered by those who knew her as a girl from Brooklyn who became a world-renowned singer and actress and, in the process, lent her voice to those oppressed by decades of racism. But she was also so much more. “[She] was so many ideas existing all at the same time, in the same space, and they were all conflicting, and they were all true,” Lumet said, according to reports . “I’ve tried to sum her up and I can’t. … Summing up really means it’s over, and I think she’s not over and that she’s quite infinite.” Horne’s paternal grandparents were early members of the NAACP civil-rights organization, and in a precursor to her lifelong battle on behalf of equal rights, she was the cover girl for the organization’s monthly bulletin in October 1919, when she was just 2 years old. She would go on to sing at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club, appear in Broadway productions and star in Hollywood films, though she would often refuse to play roles that portrayed blacks in subservient positions, which limited her appearances. By the 1940s, she was the top-earning black performer in Hollywood, playing lucrative nightclub gigs and gaining popularity among black and white G.I.’s during World War II. Horne’s sultry voice would go on to dazzle fans for decades on hits like “My Blue Heaven” and “Stormy Weather.” Upon learning of her death, a whole new generation of artists — including Alicia Keys, Diddy and Monica — remembered Horne as a pioneer and a prodigious talent, one the world would probably never see the likes of again. Share your memories of Lena Horne in the comments. Related Photos Family And Friends Say Goodbye To Lena Horne