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Beyonce dedicates Detroit OTR II show to Aretha Franklin

When Beyonce hit the stage in Detroit for her “On the Run II” joint tour with her husband, Jay Z, she made sure to acknowledge the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin, who was born in Memphis but raised in the Motor City, is reportedly in poor health

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Detroit Free Press reported that after the opening song, Beyonce told the crowed of 40,000 people, “This show is dedicated Aretha Franklin. We love you and thank you.”

She then thanked the 76-year-old musician for her “beautiful music.”

Before the Carters took the stage at Ford Field, DJ Khaled, who is opening some dates of the tour, led a sing-along of Franklin’s 1967 song “Respect,” according to People.

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Demi Lovato Overdose Caused By Oxy Laced With Fentanyl

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 20: Recording artist Demi Lovato attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Demi Lovato is currently in Chicago after suffering an overdose on July 24.  She’s undergoing treatment with a therapist who specializes in sobriety, mental health, & wellness, but she will return back to rehab after her treatment in Chicago is completed & will reside at the facility for several months.  Demi is taking part in an extensive rehabilitation program to ensure she gets the help she needs. The stay in Chicago is just one part of the bigger recovery plan she has in place to heal and get her addiction in check.  Lovato had to cancel the remaining dates of her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour dates, also keeping contact with the outside world to a minimum.  According to an insider, she “hasn’t been in communication with anyone,” including her ex Wilmer Valderrama, who was devastated by her relapse and visited her multiple times at the hospital in L.A. He is, however, in touch with her family. She “is really focusing on herself” and “her health right now,” and her family is making sure they “eliminate all distractions.”  Apparently, the singer texted a drug dealer to come to her house the night of her overdose.  Direct sources to the singer said “Demi had been at a party in WeHo following a birthday celebration at Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip. After the drug dealer got the text, he came to her house and we’re told the 2 freebased Oxycodone on tin foil.” However, the batch “appeared to be laced with fentanyl.” Fentanyl is the same drug that reportedly killed Prince back in 2016.  Lovato was revived with Narcan, which can restore normal breathing for someone who has overdosed on fentanyl, heroin, or prescription painkillers. An insider claims that “Demi is doing much better” overall. “She has become more open and is happy she is getting the help she needs.” That realization came after she began to “grasp the severity of what happened and that she almost died.”

Ariana Grande & James Corden Perform A Musical Version of Titanic

ARIANAJames Corden is a night time TV genius- or at least his writers are! But he performs his ass off & never let’s us down! Add Ariana Grande’s fantastic pipes to the mix & you have pure amazingness!  The singer appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” Monday night for a live, one-take musical version of “Titanic” as Rose opposite Corden’s Jack. Or, as Corden put it, “we’ve got 13 songs, nine sets, one take and zero pressure.” Ariana opened the skit boarding the Titanic, singing Styx’s “Come Sail Away.”  Corden sang Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” in a recreation of the “paint me like one of your French girls” scene. Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” & *NSync’s “Bye Bye Bye” wvwn made the list. Of course, they finished with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”  “Oh man! I’ll never forget the moment we decided to try it,” Corden later tweeted to Grande. “Thanks for making me do it!!!!!! “Crushed it w the prettiest placement too,” Grande responded. “pls have me back like every day. love u. thank u !”  Ari is also set to appear in “Carpool Karaoke” on Wednesday.  Apparently, she injured her hand while filming the segment, posting a photo on Twitter with a bandage wrapped around her hand & the caption “HAHAHHAAHAHHAAHHAAH I’m AN IDIOT”

Watch the full “Soundtrack to ‘Titanic’ ” video clip for yourself and check out the full setlist below:

1. “Come Sail Away” by Styx

2. “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates

3. “The Way I Are” by Timbaland

4. “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters

5. “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga

6. “Steal My Girl” by One Direction

7. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

8. “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly

9. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

10. “Timber” by Pitbull feat. Kesha

11. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

12. “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC

13. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

 

Defamation lawsuit over alleged fake Western painting tossed

A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit a Western art collector filed against a prestigious auction house and the owner of a Reno gallery who claimed an early 20th century cowboy painting he sold for $750,000 was a fake.

The judge in Reno dismissed the lawsuit last week against Peter Stremmel Galleries, the Coeur d'Alene Art Auction of Nevada and its partner Mark Overby of Hayden, Idaho.

Gerald Peters, who owns galleries in New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico, said in the lawsuit filed last year that the defendants told his longtime friend and business partner R.D. Hubbard a 1937 oil painting wasn't an original work of Frank Tenney Johnson.

Lawyers for the defendants argued Peters wasn't maligned because the statements about the authenticity of "The Sun and the Rain" didn't refer directly to Peters. Rather, they were contained in private communications with associates of Hubbard, a business tycoon who owns the Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California. Most of the associates were contacted at a time when they had no idea Peters was even involved.

U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du agreed and granted their motions Friday for summary judgment.

"It would have been unreasonable as a matter of law for Mr. Hubbard or his associates to infer that Mr. Stremmel intended to disparage plaintiffs," Du wrote.

"Under the circumstances here, where Mr. Hubbard and his associates solicited Mr. Stremmel's opinion about the painting and kept him in the dark about plaintiff's involvement, a finding that Mr. Stremmel engaged in deceptive trade practices would border on absurdity," she said.

Defense lawyer Mark Gunderson said they "trust that this dismissal with prejudice will be the end of this inappropriately brought lawsuit."

But Kurt Wihl, a lawyer for Peters, said they intend to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Johnson, a one-time illustrator for Field and Stream magazine who became famous for his oil paintings of nighttime frontier scenes, was born in Iowa in 1874 and died in Los Angeles in 1939.

More than a dozen of his works have sold at the massive annual Coeur D'Alene Auction in Reno over the years, including "The Sheriff's Posse," for nearly $1.1 million in 2008.

Less famous than Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, Johnson is of special interest because he worked with Hollywood studios to create backdrops after he moved to Los Angeles in the 1920s when the Western movie genre was being invented.

Hubbard founded the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, New Mexico, in 1992 and is a former chairman of the board of the Pinnacle Entertainment Group, a Las Vegas-based casino holding company.

Before this dustup, Peters said, he and Hubbard were friends and neighbors at Hubbard's golf development and traded art worth millions — including "The Sun and the Rain."

That started to change in 2013 when Hubbard's associate sent Stremmel images of art he wanted to sell at the auction and Stremmel replied the one in question was "not, in fact, by Frank Tenney Johnson."

Peters said the embarrassing allegation was an insult to his reputation and that in its current tainted state, the painting was worthless. "Word travels quickly within this small community when a work of art is called a fake," his suit said.

Stremmel argued that if the painting really was the work of Johnson, then it still carries the value Peters claimed so he hasn't suffered any damages.

Sean Young calls laptop theft claims a publicity stunt

Actress Sean Young says the producers of a movie from which she was fired are attempting a publicity stunt by accusing her of stealing two laptops.

The 58-year-old star of the 1982 movie "Blade Runner" told the New York Daily News the producers are trying to promote their "Charlie Boy" movie by claiming she stole the laptops with production software.

Young says she entered a building in Queens last Thursday to retrieve her belongings and mistakenly took production computers instead of her own.

Police are investigating.

Timothy Hines, who took over as director, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Young is the one creating the publicity stunt. He had a message for her: "Sean Young, please turn yourself in to police."

Jury says former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle intruded on ex-wife's privacy

Jurors reached a verdict Monday in the civil court case involving former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle. 

According to the jury, Greg Biffle did invade the privacy of his ex-wife, Nicole Biffle.

Nicole Biffle and her mother sued him, claiming Greg Biffle had hidden cameras installed in bedrooms and bathrooms of their mansion, recorded them and showed that video to other people.

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There were 12 days of testimony in the case, including expert witnesses discussing the cameras.

Greg Biffle took the stand in court and denied doing anything inappropriate. He said that his wife had known the cameras were there.

The jury said Greg Biffle did “intrude offensively upon the privacy” of his ex-wife with the positioning of hidden cameras in their home.

Jurors awarded $1 in damages Monday. The plaintiff was seeking $9 million.

Jurors decided the cameras did not cause emotional distress. 

Both sides claimed victory after the ruling.

“What the jury said sends a loud message that they don’t believe there was wrongdoing,” Greg Biffle told WSOC.

Amy Simpson, the attorney for Nicole Biffle, said it proves Greg Biffle was in the wrong.

A hearing to consider punitive damages is scheduled for next Monday.

The Chainsmokers Talk Haters, New Music & More

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Gabrielle Union reveals adenomyosis diagnosis, discusses fertility struggles

Gabrielle Union has revealed a diagnosis that has affected her fertility.

Essence reported that the actress, book author, wife and stepmother spoke candidly about being diagnosed with adenomyosis at the BlogHer conference in New York City.

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“Towards the end of my fertility journey, I finally got some answers, because everyone said, ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid — and that’s on you for wanting a career,’” she said. “The reality is, I actually have adenomyosis.”

According to the Seckin Endometriosis Center in New York, adenomyosis is a form of endometriosis that causes the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus grow into the uterus muscle, damaging the uterus wall.

“The gag is I had it in my early 20s, and instead of someone diagnosing me, they were like, ‘Oh, you have periods that last nine or 10 days and you’re bleeding through overnight pads? Not a mere inconvenience, perhaps there’s something more there,’” Union said.

Related: Gabrielle Union reveals she had ‘8 or 9 miscarriages’ in new book

The 45-year-old, who has been married to NBA player Dwyane Wade since 2014, said although her symptoms were clear, doctors kept giving her ineffective solutions.

“Every doctor I saw was like, ‘Let me put you on birth control,’” Union said. “Note: If you are on birth control for anything other than birth control, to address or treat any sort of period issue, you are not actually treating or addressing a period or reproductive issue. You are masking it. The pill can mask all kinds of things. It is amazing at preventing pregnancy; not so great with addressing adenomyosis.”

Union has been open about her challenges to conceive in the past. She wrote in her book “We’re Going to Need More Wine” that she had “eight or nine miscarriages.” She discussed her experience with in vitro fertilization on “The Dr. Oz Show” in July.

“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant,” she said. “I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

Union offered support to others at the New York conference, saying, “Just know if you are out there having fertility issues — you are not alone.”

Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson visit ailing Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday.

Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Franklin's ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited the Queen of Soul, who is seriously ill.

A person close to Franklin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told the AP on Monday that the singer is ill. No more details were provided.

Franklin canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up. The 76-year-old announced plans to retire last year, saying she would perform at "some select things."

Fans, friends and musicians influenced by Franklin offered positive words to the iconic singer when news broke that she was ill, including Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tyler Perry, Missy Elliott and Wayne Brady.

At her concert in Detroit on Monday night with Jay-Z, Beyonce thanked Franklin for her "beautiful music" and said "we love you."

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton tweeted Monday that he and Hillary Clinton "are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years."

"We hope you'll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you," Clinton wrote.

In an interview with the AP on Monday, Emmy-winning actor Sterling K. Brown said, "May I wish the Queen of Soul all the best."

"Your music has moved and inspired a generation," he added, "so my prayers are with you. Wishing you all the best, queen."

Actress-singer Mandy Moore, who stars in "This Is Us" with Brown, said Franklin has "the most incredible legacy."

"Who is not a fan? I don't think there is anyone that Aretha Franklin's music has not touched or influenced in one way or another," she told the AP. "She's the best of the best."

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AP Entertainment Producer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

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