Dario Franchitti, husband of Ashley Judd won his third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The Scottish driver beat out teammate Scott Dixon for the title. Dixon finished second and Tony Kanaan finished third. Japanese driver Takuma Sato crashed in the final lap to miss out on placing first. Franchitti dedicated his win to close friend Dan Wheldon, who died in an October 2011 race. Franchitti also won the Indy 500 in 2007 and 2010. Of her husband’s big win, Judd said she knew before the race that he would win, and that he did things on the track that no one else has done.
Justin Bieber had a bit of a run in with a photographer over the weekend in his neighborhood of Calabassas and the Biebs had the cops called on him. Now Justin is a suspect in a criminal battery case. Witnesses say the photog had been blocking Justin’s car as the singer was trying to leave. Justin got out of the car and asked the guy to move away but he wouldn’t, and a scuffle ensued. The photographer complained of pain to his upper torso, an ambulance was called and he was taken to a local hospital where he was examined and later released. The photographer filed a police report naming Justin as the culprit. Cops are investigating the incident as a misdemeanor battery.
Lady Gaga is speaking out after she was forced to cancel her concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to protests from a religious group. “There is nothing Holy about hatred,” Gaga tweeted Saturday. “We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I’m so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me. I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people.” News of the concert cancellation comes just weeks after members of the Islamic Defenders Front began protesting the singer performing in the city, claiming her “pornographic” dance moves and barely-there outfits would destroy the country’s morals, according to Business Week. Members of the group, who called the pop star “a messenger of the devil,” claimed its supporters bought tickets to the concert with plans to stop it, among other things, leading Jakarta police to recommend that her concert permit be declined to prevent disturbances. The “Born This Way Ball” concert, originally scheduled for June 3, had already sold out of its 52,000 tickets, according to Rolling Stone. A representative for concert promoter Big Daddy said all ticketholders would receive refunds.
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will have surgery today to repair a congenital kidney problem. He’s been living with kidney stones that are so big they can’t pass through his system. It’s probably one of the more painful situations to be in. Phillip’s recovery is expected to take up to six weeks and will be spent with his parents at a home in Malibu, thanks to an American Idol production company executive. And in other Phillip Phillips news…the American Idol winner is giving his new 2013 Ford Fusion that he got from the show, to his parents. Evidently he’s happy driving his 2001 Ford Ranger Truck…
There were rumors that Britney Spears “stormed off” the set of “The X Factor” last week, but she later Tweeted that she was just taking a break. Simon Cowell recorded an announcement for TMZ saying that there have been no walkoffs at all.
Will.I.Am is a “coach” on the British version of “The Voice”, but he admits that he can’t sing without Auto-Tune. He says it allows him to record ideas as fast as he can come up with them, without having to wait on a good singer to come to the studio.
Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Francesca, 19, must have way too much money because she just set a $100,000 Birkin bag on fire…just for a photo shoot. She and boyfriend, Tyler Shields, first took a chain saw to the bag and cut it in half before letting it burn while the cameras rolled. Since that time, Francesca has been bombarded with horrible death threats online from people who were upset she should waste so much money when so many people can’t feed their families. Reportedly, the teen knew people would be shocked, but didn’t expect the overwhelmingly negative reaction. She’s allegedly telling friends that “people just don’t understand art…”
The new album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Americana”, doesn’t come out until NEXT Tuesday, but the whole thing is streaming on RollingStone.com. The whole album is new arrangements of traditional American folk songs. And one or two Canadian ones, it looks like.
Beck has teamed up with his old friend Jack White for a new single on White’s Third Man Records label. “I Just Started Hating Some People Today”/”Blue Randy” will be released as a vinyl and digital single next week. According to the Third Man website, “Both tracks were recorded in 2011 while Beck was in Nashville working on new material for his long awaited next album. The songs spontaneously came together at the Third Man studio on Beck’s final day in town.”
TD Bank is suing Mary J. Blige and the Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now for $250,000. MJ’s charity, according to the bank, borrowed $250,000 last June and agreed to pay it back by last December. However only $400 of the principle has been paid. The bank claims it has demanded payment in writing on February 7th and 29th, but hasn’t heard back from the foundation. According to the New York Post, the foundation never filed taxes for 2010…and it’s also being sued by musicians from a 2011 fundraising gala who claim they were never paid. A released statement says merely that “The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation For The Advancement Of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN) is presently transitioning its management and headquarters.”
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is recovering after being carried off a British soccer field from injuries he sustained playing a charity game on Sunday. Ramsay was playing against other stars and former pro players in Soccer Aid, a charity match that benefits UNICEF. Also injured during the tackle was Will Ferrell who injured his leg, but was able to walk off the field on his own. Gerard Butler, Mike Meyers, Ed Norton and Woody Harrelson also played in the game. Ramsay says he’s fine, but just a bit sore now.
Elvis Presley’s original crypt is going up for auction! Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills is set to offer up the iconic singer’s tomb, located at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 23rd as part of his “Music Icons” auction. Following his death on August 16, 1977, Elvis rested in the tomb for two months, alongside his mother Gladys. Both were then later re-buried at Graceland. The tomb has remained empty ever since. The winner
will receive the crypt, opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of the chapel for a committal service.
TOP OF THE BOX
May 25-27, 2012
1 - MIB 3 $55,000,000
2 1 Marvel’s The Avengers $36,987,000
3 2 Battleship $10,800,000
4 3 The Dictator $9,600,000
5 - Chernobyl Diaries $8,000,000
6 4 Dark Shadows $7,515,000
7 5 What to Expect/Expecting $7,150,000
8 6 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $6,350,000
9 7 The Hunger Games $2,750,000
10 8 Think Like a Man $1,400,000