Hot Press: Rihanna Goes Back To The 70's w/ Wilmer Valderrama, Jay-Z Intervenes, Ciara Creeps w/ 50 Cent & More
Friday, Mar 27, 2009 12:00AM
Hot off the Press this week Ciara cuddles up with 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake catches flak for "Love Sex Magic" video, Rihanna rebounds with "That 70's" guy, Chris Brown kicks it on campus and Jennifer Hudson's sister speaks up and rocks the runway for the rubenesque set.
While Rihanna hasn't exactly kicked Chris Brown completely to the curb, things have cooled off substantially between the two, and word is, Jay-Z might've had more than a little to do it.
"They're taking a break," a source told Us Weekly. "Jay-Z told Rihanna she needs to cut things out with Chris, at least in public."Meanwhile, while Chris takes the back burner, Hollywood bachelor Wilmer Valderrama of "That 70's Show" fame is rumored to be vying for RiRi's affections. Last week, the two were spied getting cozy out in Hollywood, then this weekend Rihanna was seen at Geisha House where Wilmer hosts weekly karaoke nights.
"Rihanna looked so pretty and Wilmer could hardly take his eyes off her," a source tells The Mirror. "They were chatting and laughing for ages. They looked pretty cozy and relaxed in each other's company. Wilmer was all charm and even had a bottle of champagne for Rihanna."Rebel Talking... I'm not sure going from Breezy to Fez is a good thing, but Wilmer has hoe'd around so much with the Lindsay Lohan crowd, that if the herpes rumors are true, Rihanna probably doesn't have to worry about passing it on to him.
Jennifer Hudson is headed back to "American Idol" to make an appearance, but it seems she'll have to share the media spotlight with her sister's recent modeling debut.
Five months after her mother, son and brother were killed in Chicago, Julia Hudson, Jennifer Hudson's 31-year-old sister, made her first public appearance since as a model for a local fashion show featuring full-figured women, while also speaking about moving by publicly addressing William Balfour -- her estranged husband and suspect in the case.
"You did this to basically kill me," Hudson told CBS2's Pamela Jones, referring to Balfour. "In so many words, to take my life, but it was not. And my mother and my brother and my son, they wouldn't have wanted that. If I was to not be able to function, if I was to not be able to get up, that would mean William and the devil won," Hudson continued. "They took enough from me. They won't take nothing else from me. So I have to go on."Rebel Talking... Good to see both Jennifer and Julia recovering from their tragedy, but Julia doesn't look like she's stepping out of that spotlight any time soon - watch out Beyonce and Solange, there may be a new sister act in town!
No Class Chris
Chris Brown has dismissed rumors he's going to college after he was spotted visiting Norfolk State University with his mother and cousin.
A representative for Brown tells TMZ.com the singer visited the college as a "support factor" for his cousin, and has "not applied", "not enrolled" and is "not interested" in returning to his studies at this point.And it looks like he's still laying low from the paparazzi, since Chris recently purchased 14 baseball caps at a local Lids store. While inside, Breezy did his best to sway public opinion by confiding in the on duty shop girl.
"He said, 'It's not what it seems' about the Rihanna situation," salesperson Shavon Bradshaw told Us Weekly. And though everybody else may have a hard time believing it, fellow crooner Tyrese showed Brown some sympathy by speaking up to People.com about his current struggle.
"It's really hard for him to focus right now on his music, even though he really wants to," Tyrese says.Rebel Talking... There's no hiding from this situation Chris, hanging out at college campuses, recording studios or under baseball caps isn't gonna do it - your best bet is to get Oprah back on your side since everyone treats her word as gospel.
Love, Sex and Madness
50 Cent and Ciara were recently spotted in Vegas enjoying a show together.
Hip-hop couple rapper 50 Cent and singer Ciara, taking in "Zumanity" (New York-New York) on Saturday and "O" (Bellagio) on Sunday. 50 cent wore an afro wig, baseball cap and sunglasses, while Ciara sported a huge pair of trendy shades and a big parka jacket. The two arrived just as the show began and entered through the back of the theater with the help of their bodyguard. Ciara had a snack attack at "0,", ordering Sour Patch Kids, Snickers, and plain Hershey's chocolate bars. They left just before the performance ended.And while the love affair between 50 Cent and Ciara isn't over, the one between her and her fans is certainly on very thin ice. Apparently the video for "Love Sex Magic" ft. Justin Timberlake has rubbed more than one person the wrong way. Someone over at SoulBounce.com picked up on the ill subliminals and wrote a scathing critique of Timberlake's continued objectification of black women:
Someone please explain why Justin Timberlake continually gets a pass to fetishize and exploit the image of Black women. Right now. Because after watching him aggressively pulling on a chain wrapped around Ciara's neck only to later use her bending body as a leaning post in her new video for "Love Sex Magic," it's getting ludicrously difficult to understand . . .
. . . It's not even his song but in the video he's in the opening scene, pulling on a chained Ciara. Whenever the two are interacting she is doing all kinds of sexy acrobatics for him-crawling over him, stick out her ass for him to lean on, bumping him with her breasts-but he can barely be bothered to look her in the face half of the time...and he's on screen a lot. She looks desparate, and he looks like a pimp. As the video progresses and their roles become more evident it gets more disgusting.Rebel Talking... Cici is definitely bugging having JT jerk her chain like that, but we shouldn't forget how well that role worked for Halle Berry and her Oscar. Guess we'll have to wait to see whether the Fantasy Ride sales were worth selling herself video slavery style.
But while you were wondering whether there's really a Chrihanna sex tape, Beyonce was too busy getting that Nintendo DSi loot to notice Ciara swagger jacking at all.