Chris Brown & Rihanna will never be able to escape the night he viciously beat her on the night of the 2009 Grammys. Four years later, that incident was the basis for this week’s ‘Law & Order: SVU’ — but did NBC do the story justice?
Chris Brown must always live with his violent past against Rihanna, which is now forever documented on the Feb. 27 episode of Law & Order: SVU. But rather than a straight re-telling of Chris and Rihanna’s story, the writers took things a little further, predicting what could happen if a “promising singer” were to stay with her “popular hip-hop star” boyfriend and remain silent when he acted out.
The Episode Begins With The Beating
The episode awkwardly began with a caption on the screen telling us it was not based on anyone in real life. We see a young singer named Misha performing a duet with Caleb Bryant — interesting initials “CB” — showing that they are really in love with each other. Dave Navarro plays the sound engineer, and one of the few people excited that Misha will become a singing sensation. Then, two seconds after kissing on Misha, Caleb moves onto a background singer that looks exactly like Karrueche Tran. Misha obviously sees what is going on, but instead of handling it like a man, Caleb beats her up in front of a handful of people.
Caleb is a big jerk, getting a hold of his lawyer by saying, “Somebody call my jew!” when he gets arrested for the beating that has now been blasted all over Perez Hilton‘s website. What’s also interesting is that when this happens, they actually have the words “Chris Brown & Rihanna” on screen. Comparing this beating to the one of Chris and RiRi were involved in is art imitating life.
The Chris Brown Character (Caleb Bryant) Gets Away With The Assault
Though he is arrested, Caleb goes onto The Wendy Williams Show to apologize, offering Misha a friendship ring. Then he actually violates a restraining order when the police find him in bed with her, so he gets sent to court and receives another slap on the wrist. The cops continue to be frustrated that he gets away with things, over and over. Caleb even gets arrested again when he is found with pot, but Misha continues to fall in love with him. Going back to the man who abused her; it certanly sounds like Rihanna and Chris, doesn’t it?
Truth & Fiction Begin To Blur
During a record release party, Caleb breaks his restraining order again, shooting and killing his former band manager, and harming Misha again. Caleb may be a huge thug, but he has tons of talent, so his fans and the law are at an odds. Misha continues to lie for her love, even covering for him while the police visit her in the hospital.
But its the death of his former band manager, who is now Misha’s band manager, that really gets the case moving forward — because she actually cares for the man she calls “Brass.” The cops bring Brass’s family to make Misha start talking, and it works.
Misha (Rihanna) Finally Tells The Cops The Truth
Misha claims it all started when she found a text on Caleb’s phone in a club from another girl. That was the first beating, which was actually very similar to Chris and Rihanna’s infamous moment in 2009 when he beat her after arguing over a text! Back to the show, Misha admits that Caleb shot Brass and the case moves forward to get Caleb the punishment he deserves.
Misha & Caleb’s Shocking Twist Ending
Caleb goes back to court as Misha doesn’t tell the truth on all the incidents which gets the case thrown out, and the cops very upset. The police suggest the next thing that will happen is that Caleb will kill her — and they’re right! Caleb and Misha go to Bermuda on a private yacht, and when she gets him mad again after another text, he kills her.
Overall, the show took some liberties in re-telling — and adding onto — the couple’s story, but pretty much wrapped things up exactly as they are: Chris is a violent man and Rihanna accepts a bad man in her life. How sad!
So HollywoodLifers, What did you think of the dramatic retelling of the Chris Brown & Rihanna story? Sound off below!
Nicki Minaj was ready to sign two girls on the Feb. 27 episode of ‘American Idol’ — but wacky contestant Zoanette Johnson stole the show!
American Idol judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson gave Zoanette Johnson a standing ovation after she sang “Circle Of Life” from The Lion King! Who did YOU love tonight?
‘American Idol’ Recap
Melinda Ademi – "I really loved that performance. I think you have so much raw potential and talent." Randy said she might be in a little bit of trouble.
Candice Glover – Keith gave her a standing ovation after she sang "Natural Woman."
Juliana Chahayed sang Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper." Keith said her tone was very "pure" like Jewel and Taylor Swift.
Jett Hermano sang a stripped down version of Rihanna's “Only Girl In The World.” She sounded good while playing along on the piano. Mariah said "there's something different about you…I think it's very intriguing."
Cristabel Clack sang Alicia Keys' "No One." "That was fantastic," Keith said.
Aubrey Cleland sang Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams." "I am obsessed with you," Nicki said. "You're gorgeous, you're absolutely stunning!" Randy says she has the "complete package." "You're limitless," said Mariah.
More ‘American Idol’ Contestants Sing For Survival
Rachel Hale – In the first high-energy performance of the night, she did great! "You're always smiling and you're smiling makes me want to smile," Mariah says.
Breanna Steer – "Right now, record deal!" Nicki yelled. "Sexy on a stick!" Randy agreed: "You know who you are." Mariah said, "I thought you were extremely marketable and gorgeous and talented."
Janelle Arthur – Nicki said it feel a little bit flat. Randy said she is his favorite country singer in the competition.
Zoanette Johnson got a standing ovation from Keith, Nicki and Randy for her STUNNING performance of "Circle Of Life!" "Kudos to the Queen of the jungle," Keith laughed. "Your spirit is too big to be contained," Mariah said.
The Results Are In
In the end Zoanette, Aubrey, Breanna, Candice and Janelle were sent through.
Did you agree with the judges tonight, HollywoodLifers?
According to Us Weekly, while she was at the Chanel dinner at Madeo on Feb. 23, Liberty, 34, got chocked up while speaking to another guest, saying, “You have no idea what I’ve been through. It’s been horrible.” She was clearly referencing the upheaval her life has faced ever since Rupert was caught cheating with Kristen Stewart.
Liberty Ross Surrounded By Men On Oscar Weekend
It wasn’t all tears for Liberty that night, though! An eyewitness at Mario Testino's preview at Prism Gallery, held the same night, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively, "Liberty Ross arrived alone, but was quickly surrounded by men once inside. She hung on the upstairs outdoor patio and got chatted up by three handsome male models."
Liberty Focusing On Her Children After Divorce
As previously reported, Liberty’s trying to move on from her public humiliation, choosing, instead, to focus on her children. “That girl's extremely mature," our source told us. "She's handled all this public tragedy in her life with grace and humility for the sake of her children. I toast to her."
"All she's focused on right now are her children [Skyla and Tennyson] and her future," the insider said, adding, "She's spoken to Rupert by phone and the conversations were all business – trying to discuss the arrangements for the children.”
“The good thing about Liberty is that she's not upset anymore," the source said. "She's had time to get over the initial shock and awe of it when it was exposed last year and the divorce was the nail in the coffin."
Do you think Liberty has handled this situation well, HollywoodLifers?
Elena helps Damon relive his 1970s glory days when ‘The Vampire Diaries’ returns. (Plus, an old friend comes back!)
What’s a girl to do when her brother dies, her house burns down, and there’s an ancient evil fast approaching? Party! (Duh.) On the March 21 episode of The Vampire Diaries, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) decides that Elena (Nina Dobrev) needs “some time away from Mystic Falls,” so he whisks her away on a trip to New York City, where the couple gets a lot more than they bargained for.
I’m talking about a surprise appearance from Rebekah (Claire Holt), who unexpectedly joins the duo in their travels. According to The CW’s official description of the episode, Rebekah is “impressed with Elena’s secret agenda.”
Oh, and did I mention flashbacks to Damon’s life in the ’70s also include the return of Lexi (Arielle Kebbel)? And that Damon and Lexi’s encounter is “complicated?” Get excited, kids!
More Spoilers From ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 4, Episode 17
While Damon and Elena are galavanting in the big city, the rest of the Mystic Falls gang is back home, trying to figure out what to do about Silas. Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) spend the episode trying to convince Klaus (Joseph Morgan) to help them track Silas down, while Bonnie (Kat Graham) is off in her own little world as she “struggles to keep her grasp on reality and do the right thing.”
What do you make of these new spoilers? Are you excited to learn about Damon’s past — and to see him have some alone time with Elena away from everyone else? Drop a comment with your hopes for the episode!
Fifth Harmony are out to prove just how talented they are with a new video of them covering Frank’s gorgeous song, ‘Thinkin Bout You’! Read on to watch the ‘X Factor’ cuties flex their pipes!
The girls of Fifth Harmony grabbed our attention and stole our hearts during season two of The X Factor with their stellar girl group harmonies. While we impatiently await their debut album, which the girls are already at work on, they’ve shared a new video on their YouTube page, singing the heck out of Frank Oocean‘s beautiful single “Thinkin Bout You”!
The video, the first ever on the girl group’s official YouTube page, was shared on Feb. 26. In the clip, the five stunning songstresses are joined only by a pianist as they croon Frank’s song. Could this cover be included on the group’s album?
Fifth Harmony To Become The Next Spice Girls?
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, sources close to the group revealed details about the album, saying, “It’s going to be a fun pop album the likes of Spice Girls and early Destiny's Child. Its going to have a fun flavor of radio-friendly hits and ballads, because they really want to live by their name.” It’s possible this could be one of those ballads our sources spoke of!
Fifth Harmony: No Collaborations On Debut Album
Though the girls memorably collaborated with Demi Lovato on the season finale of The X Factor, our sources told us that no collaboration tracks have been planned yet. “Currently their are no collaborations on deck, but that doesn't mean remixes won't be made," our insiders said. "The whole process is starting, and they are all seeing what works. It's going to be a good, fun record. They are gearing up to be the sexy and fun female version of One Direction.”
Watch the group’s video below and let us know, HollywoodLifers: Do you hope Fifth Harmony includes this cover on their debut album?
WATCH: Fifth Harmony Covers Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinkin Bout You’
The pregnant reality star is already starting to show into her fifth month of pregnancy, and with more than four months to go, Kim admits in a new interview that she is ‘definitely’ going to get big! Read on to find out what she said.
“I feel good. Nothing’s slowed me down,” Kim tells Cosmo. But when it comes to packing on the pregnancy weight, the petite Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who measures in at 5 feet, 2 inches, isn’t afraid to get fat.
“I’ll definitely be up there,” she told the magazine about her pregnancy pounds.
Kim Kardashian’s Maternity Fitness Plan
Even though Kim knows adding some extra flub to her figure is inevitable, she has been slaving away at the gym to stay as healthy as possible during her pregnancy.
Kim has been training with celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson, whose A-list clients include Gwenyth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, and has been following Tracy’s Pregnancy Project fitness program.
"She's following the pregnancy project, and she is doing a great job," Tracy told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY in January. "She's fun; she really likes the muscular structure. She doesn't love to do the dance part, but she's a really smart girl and she knows that you're going to get out what you put in."
What do YOU think about what Kim said HollyMoms? Do you think she’ll gain a lot of baby weight? Let us know in the comments below!
On next Tuesday’s season finale of White Collar (USA Network, 10/9c), Neal, Mozzie and James finally go after the evidence box hidden in Empire State Building. But as you can see in the following exclusive video, there are a few major roadblocks standing in their way.
Not only will FBI agents be crawling all over the place, but there’s also “no window washers, no trash chutes” for a possible escape, explains Mozzie before adding pointedly, “No basejumping.” (Hey, Neal has parachuted off a building.)
So just how will the trio get in and out of the historic site? The secret, it turns out, is in Mozzie’s champagne!
Walk of shame alert! On Feb. 26 the Biebs was seen entering his London hotel with a sexy blonde, and she was seen leaving the following day in the SAME clothes!
Justin Bieber has sampling all the local treats of the UK, and I’m not talking about the food! On Feb. 26, Justin and his crew were seen leaving his London hotel to go partying at Project nightclub in the West End, and they did not return empty handed. Justin partied with TWO mystery girls, and one of them was caught leaving his hotel on Feb. 27, minutes before the Biebs himself! Read on for all the details of Justin’s sexy sleepover.
Justin Bieber’s Sexy Sleepover With Mystery Blonde
Justin was seen leaving the Langham hotel on Feb. 27 in an interesting outfit of a yellow studded hat and leopard print trousers, as he continues touring around the UK with his Believe tour. Minutes before Justin departed, a mystery blonde with huge boobs was seen leaving, and she had been out with Justin the night before!
Justin’s sexy sleepover companion was wearing a see through lace shirt over a pink bra and tight leather leggings, and the classy lassy had been wearing that exact outfit the previous night when she partied with Justin.
So did they hook up? It sure looks that way!
Justin’s Other London Lady
This sexy blonde is not the only girl that Justin has been romancing while he has been in London.
British singer Cher Lloyd is feeling blue! She debuted an electric blue hairstyle while in New York City on Feb. 26. Do you love or loathe the dye job? Vote below!
Cher Lloyd, who made her mark as a contestant on the British version of The X Factor, shocked fans when she hit Sirius Radio in NYC with bright blue hair on Feb. 26. The hat makes us suspicious that it’s a wig, but what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers?
Cher is touring US radio stations as she promotes her album Sticks & Stones. She’s actually already working on her second album!
Cher Lloyd Working On A Second Album
At the Grammy Awards, she told radio station MYFM 104.3: ”It’s going very well. I’m going in every single day with different producers trying things out. It’s kinda crazy. You kind of look back at the people you’re working with and are like, ‘Wow, I’m working with some pretty amazing people’.”
She also said she’s working with iconic producer and writing Max Martin. “I’m friendly with Max Martin. He’s so great and his whole team is amazing. That’s the team I’ve been working with.” Max has worked with stars like Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and many more.
“I’ve been writing because I want this album to be me. It’s not always right to just have a song given to you,” Cher said.
Cher hit up radio station Kiss 108 in Boston on Feb. 25 for a mini concert and she debuted her blue hair for fans. She sang her hit “Want U Back” as well as “With Your Love” and a cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend.”
Whether she’s glammed up or dressed down, this star always turns heads. Her impeccable sense of style certainly doesn’t go by unnoticed, and now you can get her EXACT look at a great price! SHOP here.
Zoe Saldana, 34, was spotted strolling the streets of LA after having lunch at Sushi Dan on Feb. 6. She looked super cute sporting one of the coveted Prabal Gurung for Target items. The stylish star gave us a sneak peek of the collection, wearing the colorful sweatshirt days before the collection debuted on Feb. 10! While she got a head start on flaunting the style, you can scoop up her top right here!
Paired with a pair of black skinnies and trendy glasses, the sweatshirt was perfect for a casual afternoon. The crew neck sweatshirt boasts a vibrant floral pattern that really stays true to Prabal’s design asthetic. The black banded cuffs give a vintage feel to the laid back look. The ‘First Date Sweatshirt’ added a much needed pop of color to her all-black ensemble. Zoe is a pro when it comes to mixing affordable items with more expensive designer items, and that’s exactly what she did here. She carried a black Dolce & Gabbana tote to accent the sweatshirt.
We’re a huge fan of the designer’s gorgeous looks that are often worn on the red carpet by so many of our fave stylish stars, and that’s exactly why we couldn’t wait for his affordable Target line! You can get the same look as Zoe right HERE for just $29.99.
The collection offers over 80 eye-catching statement pieces that look like they came right off the red carpet. “If [shoppers] can feel even a little bit of the love that I felt when I was designing this I’ll consider it a job well done,” the designer says of the budgeted line.
There’s nothing better than seeing our fave celebs in modestly priced clothing. Do you love Zoe’s sweatshirt as much as we do?
Hopefully there’ll be no rift in the TV space-time continuum when a pair of Sex and the City alumnae join The CW’s freshman prequel dramedy The Carrie Diaries for multi-episode arcs.
Nadia Dajani (Ned and Stacey, The Big C) is joining the show as Deb, a feisty woman who begins dating Carrie’s widower dad Tom — but without his daughters’ knowledge. Dajani previously portrayed SATC‘s “pretzel girl” Nina Katz, who dated Aiden after he split from Carrie.
Meanwhile, Noelle Beck (As the World Turns, Cashmere Mafia), who played Mr. Big’s first wife Barbara in a Season 1 episode of SATC, has been cast as Sebastian’s sometimes absentee mother Ginny, a woman who flits in and out of her son’s life and isn’t afraid to share the intimate details of her romantic life with him.
Stoked about these new Carrie Diaries casting developments? Any other former Sex workers you’d like to see become a part of Ms. Bradshaw’s mid-80s adolescence? Hit the comments with your thoughts!
The gorgeous model told us all about what it was like hanging out with her pals, Jen and Justin, at the ‘Vanity Fair’ Oscars Party — WATCH to see what else Miranda had to say about the ‘great couple’ right here!
Jennifer Aniston was beaming when she walked down the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars in LA on Feb. 24, and there’s no denying the fact that her best accessory was definitely her fiance, Justin Theroux. The 44-year-old star looked ravishing in a red Valentino gown, and the couple continued to have fun, mingling with their famous friends Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Miranda tells us that Jen and Justin really “are a great couple.”
We got to chat with the gorgeous supermodel at the Victoria’s Secret Fabulous Launch at the Herald Square store in NYC on Feb. 26. “She’s funny and he’s super cool!” Miranda says of Jen and Justin. Miranda says Justin and her hubby, Orlando, have really bonded over their mutual interest in motorcycles. “My husband [Orlando], and him [Justin] ride motor bikes together.”
Miranda also fills us in on why Jen and Justin work so well together as a couple. “They’re in love,” she says of her famous friends.
Miranda looked stunning in a plunging, silk chiffon Valentino gown at the star-studded party, and she gushes about her hubby in his dapper Saint Laurent suit. The Victoria’s Secret Angel says it truly was a memorable night. “It was just nice to be able to be under the same roof as many of our friends, catching up at the same time and having a dance together,” she says. “It was a great night.”
When she isn’t looking sexy on the red carpet or on the runway, the multi-tasking mom loves to be at home with her family, spending time with her son, Flynn. She also fills us in on how the couple balances out their work schedules and prioritize family time. WATCH the video below to see what else Miranda shares.
Karrueche sent out tweets of total bliss during Kendrick’s concert: “Ain’t no feeling like living,” she first tweeted, followed by another life-affirming message: “Living = happiness.”
Reportedly, Karrueche was there as Kendrick’s “stylist,” but that was just a coverup — she was really there as Kendrick’s personal guest!
According to Media Takeout, Kae and Kendrick’s relationship has just gotten off the ground, so the two are taking things slowly. But they are reportedly very into each other and very interested in seeing where the relationship goes.
Kendrick Lamar’s career has blown up in the past year — he went from being a little-known Los Angeles rapper to being one of the biggest in the world, his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city earning all-around rave reviews. Looks like the success is translating to his personal life!