Dear Lil Baby Jesus,
Can you please make May 26 hurry up…see, I REALLY want to see THE HANGOVER II…and well, you’re my only hope. Perhaps if you’re too busy…God could help out. Thanks!
Singer JenCarlos Canela – who recorded ‘Caramelo,’ the Spanish-language version of ‘I want Candy’ - in the studio with E.B. from Universal’s upcoming live-action, animated comedy HOP, in theaters April 1, 2011. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
“Hey Movie Fans! I got my hands on a press release for the upcoming animated film, CARS 2! It looks like the cars are hitting the road…check out all at the cool info below! Make sure you visit the official website for city info!” – @mikethemovieguy
PRESENTED BY STATE FARM®, “AGENTS ON A MISSION” MULTI-CITY TOUR KICKS OFF AT THE MALL OF AMERICA ON MARCH 22
Star Racecar Lightning McQueen, Lovable Tow Truck Mater and Master British Spy Finn McMissile Race Across North America to Celebrate
Disney•Pixar’s Big-Screen Adventure “Cars 2”
BURBANK, Calif. (March 18, 2011) – Presented by State Farm, the “Agents on a Mission” tour hits the road with Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” this spring when four-time Piston Cup champion Lightning McQueen and best friend Mater join master British spy Finn McMissile on a 30-city tour that kicks off at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., on March 22. The star cars race off the big screen and into a host of cities—life-size remote-controlled models will light up and rev for fans in Detroit, Toronto, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and Miami, among others. The tour heats up at the film’s Los Angeles red-carpet premiere on June 18, just in time for the “Cars 2” theatrical opening on June 24.
“The ‘Agents on a Mission’ tour lets fans get face to face with ‘Cars’ favorites Lightning McQueen and Mater, plus the very cool, very savvy spy Finn McMissile, a new character on ‘Cars 2’ roster,” says MT Carney, president of marketing for The Walt Disney Studios. “This movie is filled with fun, action, heart and a lot of laughs—we want to get everyone geared up for ‘Cars 2.’”
Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. But the road to the championship is filled with surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine). Directed by John Lasseter and produced by Denise Ream, the fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
State Farm brings Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” adventure directly to fans with the “Agents on a Mission” tour, showcasing cars modeled after their big-screen likenesses. The cars will be outfitted in Goodyear tires and transported from coast to coast (and back again) by Mack Trucks, Inc. Visitors can check out the cars and take part in a variety of “Cars 2”-themed activities, including a video kiosk, e-photo opportunities, games and giveaways. They can also enter the “Agents on a Mission” sweepstakes, which features 18,000 prizes, including a new car.
“State Farm is thrilled to present the ‘Cars 2’ ‘Agents on a Mission’ tour,” says Pam El, marketing vice president, State Farm. “Like our force of 18,000 agents across the U.S. and Canada, whose mission is to help people realize their dreams every day, families can become secret agents by participating in fun ‘Cars 2’-themed missions at the tour and online.”
The tour will run through June, hitting the U.S. red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles, and wrapping up in San Francisco and Sonoma.
Disney•Pixar’s “Cars,” originally released on June 9, 2006, grossed nearly $462 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Oscars® and one Golden Globe® Award, winning the first ever Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.
Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D in select theaters, Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” hits the track on June 24, 2011. The film marks DisneyPixar’s 12th feature-length animated film and will be released as Pixar Animation Studios celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. The Studio, founded in 1986, has earned 29 Academy Awards® and seven Golden Globes®. To date, its 11 feature films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
For more information about the movie, the tour and a list of cities, check out Disney.com/cars. Like “Cars 2” on Facebook: facebook.com/pixarcars, and follow “Cars 2” on Twitter: twitter.com/disneypixar. To enter the “Agents on a Mission” sweepstakes, go to Disney.com/agents. For more information about State Farm and the “Agents on a Mission” promotion, like State Farm on Facebook: facebook.com/statefarm or follow State Farm on Twitter: twitter.com/statefarm.
(Daily Mail Reporter) The toy market is constantly innovating when it comes to baby dolls. But a new product designed to simulate breastfeeding has sparked widespread anger among parents. Makers of The Breast Milk Baby claim that their new doll allows children to experience the “magic of motherhood.”
But parents have spoken out in anger over the toy, which they have slammed as ‘totally inappropriate’. The doll comes with a bib for the child to wear, with pink flowers indicating the nipple area. When held to the breast the doll makes suckling noises, and start crying if it is not burped afterwards.
Consumers took to the internet to express their disgust.
A comment on a New York Daily News article read: ‘Why would a little girl need to learn how to breast-feed before she has breasts? Before she goes through puberty?
‘This is another disgusting example of forcing adulthood on our children decades before they’re ready to absorb it.’
Another, speaking in response to a story in the American Chronicle, added: ‘ The Breast Milk Baby is totally inappropriate for young girls; breastfeeding is a skill that comes naturally to a mature woman.
‘Let older girls play with a doll that poops, cries, burps, and needs to be breast fed. It might discourage girls from having sex, or at least motivate them to practice safe sex.’
Dennis Lewis, U.S. spokesman for Berjuan Toys states: ‘The whole purpose of The Breast Milk Baby is to teach children the nurturing skills they’ll need to raise their own healthy babies in the future. ‘We really don’t understand why this has created such controversy.’
And though the overwhelming response has been negative, there are some parents that believe the Breast Milk Baby is harmless and fun.
Writing on the Today show website, Jennifer Langston said: ‘This IS just a toy (though at $99, a pricey one). Kids love to mimic things they see adults doing, whether that’s using a stapler, brushing their hair or making a grocery list. Why is this different than a doll that comes with a bottle?’
Blogger fineandfair added: ‘I think it’s fantastic that there are dolls that promote breastfeeding. ‘I don’t see a young girl imitating breastfeeding as any more inappropriate than a young girl imitating bottle feeding, whether at home or in public.’
The range of six dolls are available in both sexes and a range of different ethnicities, retailing for $89 each.
Released in Spain two years ago under the name Bebe Gloton, meaning greedy baby, the toy was widely criticized by parents that felt it promoted the sexualization of children.
“I REALLY DON’T SEE WHAT THE BIG DEAL IS…IF PARENTS DON’T LIKE IT…JUST DON’T BUY IT. PRETTY SIMPLE. IF I HAD A DAUGHTER…IT WOULDN’T BE ON HER BIRTHDAY LIST! LOL” – @mikethemovieguy
NICKI RESPONDS TO X FACTOR RUMORS
According to MTV News, Nicki Minaj danced around questions of appearing as a judge on The X-Factor. When asked about negotiations, the fem-cee’s alter ego responded with “I can’t talk about that, but I love [creator] Simon [Cowell] very dearly.” She recalled “the pleasure of meeting him and my life will never be the same, darling.” Minaj described Simon as an “amazing man” who she “dreams about every night.” While she did not confirm or deny her involvement with X-Factor, she said the show will be “dope because Simon is dope…I wish them luck.”
· The news comes a week after Simon told XXL magazine, “I’m a big fan of hers.” He added she “was definitely somebody I wanted to meet.”
MARIAH TWEETS DECORATED BABY BELLY
Following Mariah Carey being rushed to the hospital on Sunday after she started having contractions, the mother-to-be posted a picture of her pregnant belly decorated with a butterfly. Mi Mi and husband Nick Cannon are expecting twins. No word on when she is due.
LIL WAYNE TALKS I AM MUSIC II TOUR
In case you haven’t caught a Lil Wayne show yet, the rap star is promising great things on his I Am Music II outing. Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Travis Barker will perform tonight in University Park, Pennsylvania.
· Wayne’s upcoming album, Tha Carter IV, will drop on May 16th.
Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II dates:
March 30 – University Park, Pennsylvania
April 1 – Chicago, Illinois
April 2 – Detroit, Michigan
April 3 – Washington, D.C.
April 6 – Miami, Florida
April 8 – Greensboro, North Carolina
April 9 – Atlanta, Georgia
April 10 – St. Louis, Missouri
April 14 – New Orleans, Louisiana
April 15 – Dallas, Texas
April 16 – Houston, Texas
April 19 – Phoenix, Arizona
April 23 – Anaheim, California
April 24 – Oakland, California
April 26 – Sacramento, California
April 28 – Edmonton, Canada
April 29 – Vancouver, Canada
NE-YO GETS CREATIVE TO HELP JAPAN
R&B singer Ne-Yo designed a t-shirt and a poster to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The shirts read “Spread Love with Music” and comes in black and white. The limited-edition T-shirts will be sold online for 25 dollars with proceeds going to relief efforts in Japan.
· Go to Ne-yo.Shop.BravadoUSA.com to help out with Ne-Yo’s fundraiser.
J COLE EXCITED FOR RIHANNA TOUR
We previously reported Rihanna tapped J. Cole and Cee Lo Green to be supporting acts for her Loud outing. The Roc Nation rapper told AllHipHop.com that he’s “excited” adding, “I have a high respect for both RiRi and Cee Lo, and I appreciate the opportunity to perform in front of an audience as large and diverse as theirs.” You can visit her official website for a list of tour stops.
BEYONCE SPLITS FROM FATHER’S MANAGEMENT
Beyonce is parting ways with her father/manager, Mathew Knowles, and Music World Entertainment. Following the surprising news, Mathew said in a statement that the decision was “mutual.” He added, “We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment.” To let everyone know there’s no love lost, Knowles concluded with: “Business is business and family is family. I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved. I look forward to her continued great success.”
ICE CUBE TO ENDORSE COORS LIGHT
According to BallerStatus.com, Ice Cube has landed a new endorsement deal with Coors Light beer. The rapper will appear in ad campaigns where he’ll have a competition with a Coors bottle to see who is “colder.” In related news, Cube is currently on tour to further promote his I Am West LP.
· His next tour stop is tonight in West Hollywood, California
SWIZZ GRABS EVE FOR LEAD SINGLE
According to Rap-Up.com, Swizz Beatz has released a new track called “Everyday (Coolin’)” featuring Eve. The cut will serve as the lead offering from the mega producer’s upcoming disc, Haute Living. While there’s no release date for the album, you can check out the song today!
Click HERE to hear it!
FOXY BROWN GETS KICKED OFF CRUISE SHIP?
TMZ reports Foxy Brown was recently kicked off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Why? Well, apparently the fem-cee threw a tantrum after she showed up three hours late for a nail appointment on the ship and was told that her spot was taken. Brown was in such a rage that security had to escort her out of the salon and to her room. She was then told to get off the cruise once the ship docked in the Cayman Islands.
· Foxy was onboard to perform for the guests.
ANGIE STONE ARRESTED
According to TMZ, Angie Stone was arrested in Georgia on Sunday for allegedly driving with a suspended license. To make matters worse, the soulful singer was caught speeding. She was booked and later released.
KILLER MIKE: “T.I. IS DOING GREAT”
While promoting his upcoming album, The Pledge, Killer Mike gave us an update on T.I., who is currently serving 11-months in prison for probation violation. The rapper feels Tip deserves to be freed. In related news, Mike recruited T.I. on The Pledge, as well as Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane and Big Boi. The disc has been pushed back from April 19th to May 17th.
· Killer Mike says that he has to send a UPS box to Tip because he gets so much fan mail on an everyday basis. This way it will go directly to his cell.
BIG SEAN READIES JUNE DEBUT
Rap-Up.com reports Big Sean’s debut album, Finally Famous, has been pushed back from May 3rd to June 21st. The G.O.O.D. Music artist did not explain what caused the delay, but he told the site, “I’m really excited about it. I can’t wait for the public to hear it.”
· The disc will include contributions from No I.D., Mike Posner, Kanye West and Pharrell.
DETAILS ON DJ MEGATRON’S DEATH
We previously reported former hip-hop radio personality DJ Megatron was shot around 2 AM Sunday in Staten Island, near his home. New reports suggest the 32-year-old was murdered for an alleged unpaid debt. XXLMag.com reports a random robbery is not likely since Mega’s wallet and cell phone were not taken. In addition, according to The Wall Street Journal, it’s possible Megatron was buying marijuana just before he was shot. No arrests have been made yet in the shooting death, but an investigation is underway.
· DJ Megatron, whose real name is Corey McGriff, was the host of BET’s 106 & Park. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
SNOOP DOGG VS. WIZ KHALIFA
Unlike most artists who dread the day a young act competes with them, Snoop Dogg doesn’t mind the references that Wiz Khalifa is a modern day version of him. In addition to recording and working with the rookie, the West Coast vet explained that he is not bothered by their many similarities. In related news, Wiz’ Rolling Papers and Snoop’s Doggumentary LP, are in stores today!
· Doggumentary marks Snoop’s eleventh studio album!
WIZ KHALIFA TOUR DATES
We’ve just learned Wiz Khalifa is scheduled to embark on his upcoming The Green Carpet Tour. The “Black & Yellow” rapper, who just completed his Waken Baken outing, is expected to begin the trek on April 1st in Raleigh, North Carolina and wrap up at Penn State University on April 26th.
Wiz Khalifa’s The Green Carpet tour dates:
April 1 – Raleigh, North Carolina
April 2 – Harrisonburg, Virginia
April 3 – Blacksburg, Virginia
April 4 – Ypsilanti, Michigan
April 6 – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
April 7 – Kingston, Rhode Island
April 8 – Durham, New Hampshire
April 13 – Dekalb, Illinois
April 14 – West Lafayette, Indiana
April 15 – Bloomington, Indiana
April 16 – Champaign, Illinois
April 19 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
April 20 – Orlando, Florida
April 21 – Tallahassee, Florida
April 22 – Auburn, Alabama
April 26 – State College, Pennsylvania
CHRIS BROWN TENANTS COMPLAIN
RadarOnline.com reports Chris Brown is a bad neighbor. Tenants in his West Hollywood condo have complained that the singer is “loud and totally disrespectful of his neighbors.” A source told the site, “He’s driving the other tenants in the building crazy. The vast majority of the residents are professionals and they work during the day, so it’s important to them to get some rest at night and that’s proving difficult with the noise that’s being generated.” Brown has been given a warning to keep the noise down in his 1.75-million dollar home.
· His crib is three-thousand square-feet and includes three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.
CHRIS BROWN CHANGES HAIR COLOR
After making headlines last week, Chris Brown has gotten rid of his bleached-blonde hair and has returned to his original jet-black hair color. The singer posted a picture on his Twitter with his new look.
BOBBY V, MEGAN GOOD STAR IN VIDEO GIRL
Bobby V has landed a new acting gig with Megan Good in the much anticipated film, Video Girl. In the flick, Good shows the highs and lows of becoming the highest paid video model in the music industry. Bun B and Lisa Raye also star in the film, which opens in select cities on April 29th.· TIDBIT: In related news, the Bobby’s latest album, Fly On The Wall, is available in stores now.
RICK ROSS EXPANDS MAYBACH MUSIC ROSTER
In addition to working on Maybach Music’s upcoming compilation album, Self Made, Rick Ross is looking to add Teedra Moses to the roster. While nothing is official just yet, the singer tweeted that she admires Rozay’s work ethic and added, “I like the way they move and I like the hunger, and I like that it’s all about work.” We’ll keep you posted!
· Do you think Rick’s Maybach Music crew needs a female presence to rival Lil Wayne’s Young Money artists?
· Self Made is due on May 24th. The Maybach Music roster consists of Triple C’s, Wale, Meek Mil and Pill.
RICK ROSS ARRESTED
Over the weekend, Rick Ross was arrested in Shreveport, Louisiana for allegedly possessing marijuana. TMZ reports the rapper was handcuffed after authorities spotted “approximately a gram of [marijuana] in plain view.” The Miami native was later released on a misdemeanor summons.
· Apparently, the police said they could smell the weed coming from Rick’s hotel room.
LIL WAYNE TO BANK 50 MILLION THIS YEAR
Lil Wayne recently allowed Paris Hilton to ask him questions for Interview Magazine. During their session, Weezy revealed what his financial goals consists of in 2011. The mogul plans to “bank a cool 50-million at least…not generated 50 million dollars, but actually bank 50 million.” He also discussed what solitary confinement was like in prison and hinted at a possible collaboration with the socialite. Visit InterviewMagazine.com to read the full article now.
· According to Forbes, Wayne took in 20-million in 2010.
SWIZZ CONTRIBUTES TO WATCH THE THRONE
According to XXLMag.com, Swizz Beatz revealed that he’s contributed and finished a track for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s highly-anticipated joint album, Watch the Throne. We will keep you posted on a confirmed release date for the disc.
· The lead single, “H.A.M.,” entered the Billboard Top 100 single chart at number 23.
TONI’S REALITY SHOW SNEAK PEEK
We previously reported Toni Braxton’s new reality series, Braxton Family Values, is scheduled to premiere this spring. The GRAMMY-winning singer has issued a sneak peek of what to expect this season. Head to YouTube to check out the trailer of the series, which is set to debut on April 12th on the WE network.
· Viewers will see what it’s like as Toni and her four sisters, Tamar, Towanda, Traci, and Trina, along with their headstrong mother, Evelyn, pursue careers in the entertainment industry.
HIP-HOP VIOLINIST HEADS TO THE WHITE HOUSE
GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, who is commonly referred to as The Hip-Hop Violinist, has been invited to perform at the annual celebration of Women’s History Month by First Lady Michelle Obama. The event takes place this Wednesday.
· The event brings together 25 women selected by Mrs. Obama as the most distinguished women in America. Ben-Ari, along the other 24 women being honored, join Mrs. Obama to talk to students in the Washington, D.C. area about their life experiences.
WILLOW SMITH AND BEP FOR KIDS’ CHOICE
Willow Smith is coming to the Kids’ Choice Awards. According to People.com, the young star will be joining the Black Eyed Peas and Big Time Rush as performers at this year’s event, and Britney Spears is also scheduled to make an appearance. The Kids’ Choice Awards will air live on Sunday at 8 PM Eastern on Nickelodeon.
· Jack Black will be hosting the event for the third time.
TRINA TALKS NEW MIXTAPE
According to MTV News, Trina is excited for fans to check out her new mixtape, Diamonds Are Forever. The Miami rapper told MTV that the 12-track project will help tide people over until she unleashes her upcoming sixth studio effort later this year. Trina explained that her mixtape ushers in “a new direction of music.” She added, “I just wanted to do something that was fun and energetic. It’s the summer.”
· Click HERE to download!
· Trina teams up with Rick Ross on a track called “Waist So Skinny.” She also has guest spots with Maino and T-Pain.
MACK 10 FACING LAWSUIT
TMZ reports Mack 10 is facing a lawsuit for unpaid studio time. The rapper failed to pay for 30 hours of studio time at The Doghouse Studio in Los Angeles. He owes over 21-hundred dollars and has not commented about the situation.
· Mack 10’s last album, Soft White, debuted at 141 on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc sold 39-hundred copies in its opening week.
MIGUEL COVERS BRITNEY’S “HOLD IT AGAINST ME”
Miguel has issued a stripped down rendition of Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” for Billboard’s Mashup Mondays. The crooner told the site, “I’m not sure what Britney’s reaction is going to be, but hopefully she digs it.”
Click HERE to check it out!