A special “The Force Awakens” screening… “The Rap Game” begins… Justin Bieber’s relationship with his mom… Bindi Irwin wants to get paid… and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani spotted holding hands
32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood has terminal cancer. He was told in July that he only had two months to live, but he’s still hanging on. Daniel happens to be a HUGE “Star Wars” fan and his wish was to see “The Force Awakens” before he passes away. Not knowing if he would live until the December 18th release date, his friends began an online campaign — #ForceForDaniel — and Daniel got his wish and got to see an unedited version of the movie yesterday. Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, tweeted: “I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family! Thanks to the powers-that-be for making his dream come true.”
Just when you thought they’ve exhausted every idea to find new talent, starting New Year’s Day, “The Rap Game” begins on Lifetime. For eight episodes, five aspiring hip-hop artists ages 12-16 go through a bootcamp to see if they have what it takes to be a star. Queen Latifah serves as one of the show’s executive producers and Jermaine Dupri is the host. Serving as mentors on “The Rap Game” are Usher, Ludacris, T.I. and Da Brat.
In an interview with “Billboard,” Justin Bieber says fame came close to destroying him and that his relationship with his mom is “pretty non-existing.” Justin blames himself. He says, “I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust.” Justin says the relationship is getting better, but it’s difficult because mom lives in Hawaii now.
Bindi Irwin is considered one of the front-runners to win season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars,” but right now, she just want to get paid! According to sources, Bindi started the season with a guaranteed $125K. Once she made it past the first couple weeks, Bindi was to be paid $10K for weeks 3 and 4; $15K for week 5, $20K for weeks 6 and 7; and then $30K for week 8. So that would make $230K so far! And then, as she continues her quest for the mirror ball trophy, Bindi is set to earn another $30K for week 9 and $50K for weeks 10 and 11. That’s a lot of money for a 17-year-old girl, right? Only, Bindi hasn’t seen a dime of it yet. Because Bindi is a minor, her mom signed a form stating that she gives up all rights to any money her daughter earns, BUT! The court wants the same release signed by Bindi’s father, who happens to be the late Steve Irwin. A judge said without proof that Steve is giving up his rights to Bindi’s money, the court can’t approve Bindi’s DWTS contract. Basically, she has to produce her dad’s death certificate to get her check.
After the relationship was confirmed by her rep, E! finally got the first photo of Gwen Stefani holding a glass of white wine in one hand and Blake Shelton’s hand with the other! They were photographed at a CMA Awards after-party, right before they flew on a private plane back to LA. “People” magazine is reporting that right after the new season of “The Voice” kicked off, Blake and Gwen wrote a country song together but they haven’t recorded anything yet. Reportedly, it’s a break-up song and it’s getting favorable reviews around Nashville.