Beck Sued For Property Damage To 'Inglourious Basterds' Actor's Mansion

beck_hansen_0100It may be Beck‘s February release, Morning Phase, that’s been on everyone’s mind, but a recent story by TMZ is stirring up a new kind of buzz around Beck. TMZ is reporting that Beck is being sued for alleged damage and unauthorized changes to a mansion rented from Inglourious Basterds cast member, Til Schweiger from 2010-2013. The alleged damages include “substantial physical damage” which is said to total over $40,000. Schweiger, who played Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film and will appear in the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted, is suing Beck for damage repairs, along with unpaid back rent, for a total of $56,704.24. Beck states that the mansion already had problems when he moved in, from mold to electrical issues, and is suing Schweiger for an $11,000 security deposit.

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Gunplay (The Rapper) Might Be Going To Jail For Gunplay (The Physical Act)

Maybach Music Group member Gunplay has been having a rough couple of weeks. First the ascendant rap star was involved in a dust up with some of 50 Cent’s entourage at the taping of the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Unpleasant as that may have been, the legal imbroglio that Gunplay finds himself currently involved in probably tops that. Gunplay, born Richard Morales Jr., turned himself in to Miami authorities on October 11th for robbery, aggravated assault, and assault with a deadly weapons charges.

The warrant for Gunplay’s arrest stems from an incident last April involving an accountant, a pistol, and a man that looks a lot like Gunplay. TMZ got their hands on damning footage of the whole episode over the weekend which you can watch after the jump.


Tim Commerford Hints At New Rage Against The Machine Album

In possibly the most pleasant exchange that has ever resulted from TMZ accosting a celebrity on the street, former Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford has shyly hinted at a possible new album from the funk metal pioneers. When asked if the defunct group were working on a new album, Commerford quietly answered, “Maybe¦maybe.” Since the band’s breakup twelve years ago, vocalist Zack de la Rocha has worked on a string of collaborations with various artists, while the remaining three Rage members “ Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk “ formed Audioslave with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Though Rage have performed several festival dates since their official breakup, there has been no substantial news about a new album yet. The vague TMZ interview with Commerford provides the most information that fans will get about a new album thus far. That, and his apparent appreciation for Gucci Mane’s facial tattoos and his penchant for “removing teeth” as a fashion statement.

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Green Day Release New Video, Singer Loses Voice

Green Day have released another new music video. This one is for their explicit single “Kill The DJ” off their upcoming album ¡Uno!, the first of three albums to come within the next five months (the others respectively titled ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!). The video features all three band members riding motorcycles in the desert and then walking apathetically through a dance club, never breaking character. There’s also a pretty brutal cat fight, which ends with everyone at the club covered in either blood or chocolate syrup. It’s hard to tell. Anyway, tell nearby children to put on their earmuffs, and enjoy!

UPDATE: On that note, Billie Joe Armstrong has lost his voice. According to TMZ, Green Day’s singer was recently rushed to the hospital for a medical problem regarding his throat and/or vocal chords. Because of his condition, the band had to cancel their show in Italy and possibly more, depending on his recovery. Perhaps someone heard their message wrong and tried to kill the Green Day. Zing.

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R. Kelly Pens 32 New Chapters To His 'Trapped In The Closet' Series

R. Kelly is continuing his work on the great epic narrative of our time.

The gloriously eccentric R&B singer recently let it slip to TMZ that he has committed an additional 32 chapters of his song/video series Trapped In The Closet to paper and is currently looking for investors to fund the project. The singer originally dropped hints back in March that he wasn’t done with his “hip hopera.”

It cost a lot of money to do it, so I’m looking for investors, R. Kelly said in his chat with TMZ. 32 more chapters, you guys have to find out what the package is, referring to the mysterious “package” which became the focal point of the series near the tail end of its initial run. The addition of thirty-two new chapters would bring Trapped In The Closet, our generation’s Iliad, to a staggering 54 installments in length.

R. Kelly has been on a bit of a winning streak as of late. His autobiography Soulacoaster recently received the dramatic reading treatment from The Dark Knight Rises star Gary Oldman. Kelly is still killing it on the commercial front as well; his most recent album, Write Me Back, debuted at #5 on Billboard this past June.

You can actually watch the first 22 chapters of “Trapped In The Closet” on R. Kelly’s Vevo account right now. Just tell your boss that work can wait, they’ll understand that this is more important.

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These Rappers Are Living Large

In late July, reports started coming in that rapper Soulja Boy dropped a whopping $35 million on his own private jet. What’s more, the young rapper was to trick out his new whip with an additional $20 million, tricking out the G5 with 4 liquor bars, Italian leather seating and flat screens up the wazoo. As it turns out however, the veracity of the story started to be called into question shortly afterwards and was debunked early last week by one of Soulja’s reps.

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There’s a couple of reasons why we should’ve seen this one coming: for one, the concept of Soulja Boy having $55 million to drop on anything in 2011 is a little surprising (in fact, while Soulja’s spokesperson confirmed that the story was untrue, Soulja himself was slapped with a lein for taxes owed to the IRS). Also, the story was originally reported in gossip blog TMZ, and though it sounds like they had the wool pulled over their eyes as well, shame on everybody for jumping on what now appears to be an elaborate publicity stunt.

However, this whole story got us thinking about some of our other favorite hip hop artists and the money they’ve dropped in the name of a lavish lifestyle. Opulence, extravagance and luxury is the name of the game”from the hood to hood rich to just plain rich. And many of our favorites fit this description to a T.

One of those top earners, Bryan Williams aka Birdman, has certainly earned his wealth; built less on album sales and more on his position at Cash Money Records and his tenacity and success as an entrepreneur. He’s worked hard so he probably felt like getting something nice for himself as a gift. Last August, Birdman bought himself a $1.5 million dollar diamond encrusted, 900 karat watch. A $1.5 million dollar watch might seem a little much but bear in mind that there’s only two of this watch in the world. The other owner? Elton John.  Check out the video after the jump for a quick peek into William’s swagged out trailer and the watch in question.


Sound And Vision: Miley Cyrus' Career Rehab — Can She Pull Off A Pop Comeback?

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m several decades removed from my tween years. Or perhaps it was her sound, which, on her early hit albums, was a bit too High School Musical for my taste. Whatever the reason, I never quite got Miley Cyrus nor did I understand the haste with which she was able to turn a starring role in the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana into international pop and film stardom.
She wasn’t the first ambitious kid to ride Disney to the top. Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling all got their starts on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club in the ’90s, but it took them several years to parlay their Disney exposure into instant fame. Cyrus’s 2006 rise, if not quite faster than a speeding bullet, was certainly more rapid than the ascent of Disney’s Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff in the early ’00s. Maybe the tweens were just desperate for someone new, and for a few years, Cyrus was it. Rising Disney starlets Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were no match for her. She had hit albums and hit movies, sell-out concerts, massive media coverage, famous boyfriends (including”natch!”a Jonas Brother) and, until last January, Hannah Montana, the alter ego and the show.
Then Cyrus went and did the unthinkable: She grew up”way too soon.
Her 2010 album Can’t Be Tamed introduced a sexier, worldlier and still-underage Miley. Critics and tweens cringed, and it promptly tanked. Bong hits and public lap dances did neither her image nor her bankability any favors. Then this past March, I was the one doing the unthinkable: For the first time, I found myself rooting for Miley Cyrus. All it took was TMZ’s video replay of her run-in with a pushy paparazzo who got too close to her mom. As Cyrus forcefully told him to show some respect, I cheered and wished she’d channel some of this attitude and raw spunk into her work.
There might be hope for her yet. Though she announced after the release of Can’t Be Tamed that she’d be putting music on the backburner for a while to focus on acting (she’ll costar as Demi Moore’s daughter in the forthcoming film LOL: Laughing Out Loud), Cyrus already seems to be eyeing a pop comeback. Though she has no current projects to promote, she was booked to host the March 5 episode of Saturday Night Live. Not only did she prove that she still has some Hollywood pull by grabbing the plum gig, but considering that SNL regularly lampoons her with the mock “Miley Cyrus Show” (on March 5, she appeared as Justin Bieber alongside Cyrus impersonator Vanessa Bayer), she’s apparently a pretty good sport, too”plus she does a spot-on Bieber. She scored bonus points by mocking Lindsay Lohan and inciting yet another LiLo celebrity fued. And look what that did for Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee!
On April 27, Cyrus continued her climb back up the pop ladder with an appearance in the American Idol performance package for sixteen-year-old Lauren Alaina, who had sung the Cyrus hit “The Climb” weeks earlier. (Idol mentor and music exec Jimmy Iovine offered a huge reality check, though, when he declared Alaina “a much much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus.” Ouch!) Though she didn’t perform, her appearance hinted at a renewed interest in her pop career. According to her dad Billy Ray Cyrus, she’s met with Dr. Luke, the producer behind hits by Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Cyrus herself, so new music might be forthcoming sooner rather than later.
While Dr. Luke has an excellent track record (which includes Cyrus’s greatest hit, “Party in the U.S.A.”), I’m hoping she’s gotten the pop tart bit out of her system. Can’t Be Tamed already proved that no one is buying Cyrus as the second coming of Spears or any of those under-dressed female pop stars currently crowding the market. Unlike Lohan, there have been no arrests, no truly embarrassing moments. Cyrus’s biggest sins so far have been making poor fashion choices and releasing bad music, so this, too, shall pass”if she’s learned from her mistakes.
Next time, she should skip the skimpy. If she must embrace sexual liberation, she should do it with class”and better songs. She’ll likely never get a return shout out from Jay-Z, but maybe she can team up with Jessie J, the rising, sort-of-edgy UK star who co-wrote “Party in the U.S.A.,” for a sequel that’ll convert her detractors and restore her V.I.P. platinum status.