Entertainment wRap: Psy down, Iron Man up
MANILA, Philippines - Here are some Entertainment stories you might have missed from the week of April 29 to May 4.
Psy's 'Gentleman' slides down the charts
Psy’s newest single “Gentleman” failed to replicate the success of his global hit “Gangnam Style” as his latest track continuously dropped in the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
"Gentleman," which entered the charts at number 12, quickly rose to the fifth spot, yet just as easily dropped to the 26th place. Sales of "Gentleman" have also fallen by 50 percent.
As of writing, Psy's new single posted on April 13, has received more than 280 million hits on YouTube, however, only views from the United States are considered by Billboard.
The South Korean rapper paid no mind to the decline despite critical views saying “Gangnam Style” was merely a one-hit wonder.
"The promotion begins this weekend, so I don't see it as a 'drop in the charts' but only the beginning. Rock on!!" he tweeted.
Watch the video for ‘Gentleman’ here:
Jackson family tried drug interventions, trial hears
Michael Jackson’s wrongful death trial continued on May 2, with the singer’s family stating several attempts at “interventions” were made to counter Michael’s drug addiction, which he denied up to his death.
According to a detective, the late music legend’s mother Katherine Jackson told police a few months after Michael’s death in June 2009, that the family had been convincing the pop star to act on his drug problems.
Detective Orlando Martinez, citing an interview with Katherine on September 2009, told the court: "Mrs Jackson said the family tried to help him but he would have nothing to do with it."
"She had asked Michael if he was taking any drugs, and he denied it," he continued.
On April 29, Jackson's lawyer Brian Panish accused Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) of “sacrificing the troubled star in a ‘ruthless’ pursuit of profit in the months before his death.”
But AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam countered saying Michael had hidden his drug addiction and health problems from everyone, including his family and concert promoters.
Jackson's mother filed the suit against AEG, who she claims was negligent in hiring doctor Conrad Murray (convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 over Michael’s death) and who ignored the late singer’s dwindling health in pursuit of profit.
'Iron Man 3' set to break the charts in North American release
After its phenomenal worldwide release, “Iron Man 3” is anticipated to also smash American box office charts with its launch this weekend, analysts say.
The 3rd installment of the “Iron Man” films made nearly $200 million around the world in the last week, and is expected to follow the same pattern in its first weekend in North America.
"The summer firework show has already begun for most of the world. Disney's cash rocket... is expected to light up the box office with $165 million," explained Jeff Bock, box office analyst at industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Although the film failed to beat the $207 million record set by “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3” beats its record for the first and second films.
Box office analyst Bock however, stated that "Iron Man 3" made $21.5 million in just one day in China, which beat “The Avengers” which made $18 million in two days.
"In fact, 'Iron Man 3,' straight out of the gate, may be the top movie of the summer … definitely playing like a pseudo-sequel to last year's ‘The Avengers,’” he told AFP.
Lindsay Lohan faces fresh legal issues for rehab no-show
Actress Lindsay Lohan who has been in and out of trouble with the law is facing new legal issues after failing to comply to court orders issuing her to check into a California rehab center for a 90-day treatment.
"Ms. Lohan is in violation of her probation, that much is clear," Santa Monnica City Prosecutor Terry White told the Los Angeles Times referring to how Lohan spent only a few minutes at the said rehab center.
Lohan was originally expected to check into a facility in New York on April 2, but changed her mind after finding the facility did not allow smoking. The actress instead headed to a facility in Newport Beach, south of Los Angeles, where she reportedly stayed only a few minutes.
Although the change in facility was agreed upon by Los Angeles Superior Court judge James R. Dabney, White deemed it as “highly improper.”
Reports by TMZ state that Lohan would be faced with a warrant of arrest should she fail to be at her designated rehab center by morning of Friday, May 10.
Will Smith and son planning on a comedy team-up
Actor Will Smith revealed on May 3 plans of shooting a comedy with his son Jaden for their third film team-up.
Smith revealed it was “fantastic” working with his 15-year-old son in their second movie, the sci-fi film “After Earth,” slated for release in June.
The duo first worked on the drama “The Pursuit of Happyness,” where they played father and son.
"Entertainment is our family business, so I am sure that if something comes up we'll do it again," Smith said at a red carpet fan meeting in Taipei.
"He (Jaden) is looking forward to a comedy. He's been having to do lots of drama for his career. Drama has kind of been his signature and he's been asking to find a comedy," Smith furthered.
"After Earth" is an apocalyptic story of survival set 1,000 years after humans are forced to leave an uninhabitable Earth to live on another planet.
Watch the trailer here: