Tyler Perry is set to join the cast of Paramount and Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” in which he will play scientist Baxter Stockman. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are on board to reprise their roles in the sequel, while “Arrow” star Stephen Amell landed the Casey Jones role.
According to reports, Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally remain bonded forever. A judge ruled that the former “View” co-host is legally the mother of their now 8-month-old baby boy, who was born via surrogate and was already on the way when the exes called it quits. The ruling mandates that Shepherd’s name will be on the birth certificate and she’s still under contract to pay expenses incurred by the “embryo carrier.”
“Justice was served,” Sally’s attorney, Tiffany Palmer, told E! “The court found that the baby has two legal parents and those people who conceived him, Lamar Sally and Sherri Shepherd.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2015 Gala, “The World of Duke Ellington,” will celebrate the indomitable spirit of swing and legacy of Duke Ellington, the most influential figure in American music. This special one-night benefit concert will take place April 29 on the 116th anniversary of Ellington’s birth at 7 p.m. at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing,” located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York City. Hosted by Michael Keaton, the gala concert will feature the finest names in jazz and dance, conveying the genius of Duke Ellington, whose music explored all themes: love songs, siren songs, dance, civil rights, spirituals, blues, avant-garde, Afro-Latin and more.
Directed by Robert Pullen and drawn from a script written by historian Geoffrey Ward, “The World of Duke Ellington” will feature the critically-acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests Tony Bennett, Baqir Abbas, Melissa Aldano, Jonathan Batiste, Shirley Caesar, Dick Hyman, Adriane Lenox and Christian McBride.
Former “Ugly Betty” star Vanessa Williams was spotted at the TracFone display in Walmart supporting “Success Is Calling,” a new program in partnership with Dress for Success to teach women phone interview skills.
The Houston family is now changing their tune, saying the late Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is off life support, but they continue to maintain there is no real hope for recovery. The Houston family now tells TMZ that Bobbi Kristina is breathing without the assistance of a ventilator, stating, “According to the doctors, she’s breathing on her own, but the trac has to stay.” The family still maintains Bobbi Kristina has “global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive” at the DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, Ga.