Taking Names: Amy Winehouse’s parents to inherit her $4.66M estate
Records show Amy Winehouse left an estate worth $4.66 million after her death last year, the Associated Press reports.
The 27-year-old soul diva was found dead in bed on July 23 at her London home.
Probate documents showed Wednesday that she left behind assets totaling more than $6.7 million, with $4.66 million remaining after debts and taxes.
Since Winehouse did not leave a will, the money will go to her parents. The documents list father Mitch Winehouse as administrator of the singer’s estate. Nothing goes to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she divorced in 2009.
Winehouse shot to fame with her 2006 album “Back to Black,” but struggled for years with drug and alcohol abuse. An inquest found she died of accidental alcohol poisoning.
At a news conference for her debut movie “Battleship,” the singer dismissed questions about whether she’s involved with the “Two And a Half Men” star, after reports that she visited his house in Los Angeles.
She said, “I am happy and I’m single, if that is what you are asking.”
“Battleship,” based on the game by Hasbro, is directed by Peter Berg and puts Rihanna in her first film role. She plays Petty Officer Second Class Cora Raikes, a weapons specialist, alongside Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson.
“Battleship” is being released in the U.K. on April 11 and the U.S. on May 18.
Cameron prepping footage from deep-sea expedition
James Cameron will be one of the stars of his next big-screen adventure, a chronicle of the expedition on which he has made record-setting ocean dives.
Mr. Cameron said he plans a TV special for National Geographic and a 3-D theatrical release on the Deepsea Challenger missions, which included his 7-mile descent to the ocean’s deepest point in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. It was the deepest solo dive ever.
He said in a phone interview Tuesday that the film could be ready late this year or early next year, depending on how much additional shooting he and his colleagues need to do.
Mr. Cameron completed his dive Monday, then rushed to London for the premiere of a 3-D version of his 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” which sails into theaters next week.
Lady Antebellum concert to benefit Indiana town
The country music trio Lady Antebellum will put on a benefit concert for a tornado-wrecked southern Indiana town after holding a prom event for the town’s high school juniors and seniors.
The group said the May 16 events for Henryville High School students will be at the KFC Yum Center in nearby Louisville. According to the Associated Press, the group said all concert proceeds will go to a relief fund for the town that was heavily damaged by the March 2 wave of tornadoes that killed 13 people in Indiana and 24 in Kentucky.
Lady Antebellum announced Henryville as winner of its “Own the Night” prom contest last week after schools from as far away as northern Wisconsin submitted YouTube videos on Henryville’s behalf.
Concert ticket information will be released in the coming weeks.
‘Octomom’ appears nearly nude in magazine
Financial struggles have led “Octomom” Nadya Suleman to pose seminude in photographs to run alongside a paid interview in a British magazine, her attorney said Tuesday.
“She’s not doing well. She’s struggling financially and she does whatever she can,” Mr. Czech told the Associated Press.
In photos posted to TMZ.com and published in Britain’s Closer magazine, Ms. Suleman wears panties and little else.
In an interview with TMZ’s television show, Ms. Suleman said she didn’t expect the photos to reach American readers so quickly, but she’s not ashamed of posing for the magazine.
“I’m doing what I need to do to take care of my kids,” Ms. Suleman said.
When Ms. Suleman gave birth to octuplets in 2009, she was an unemployed single mother who already had six children. All her children were conceived through in vitro fertility treatments.
Her octuplets are the world’s longest-surviving set.
Since the birth, she has cut deals with media outlets and posed in tabloid photo spreads to earn a living. She has promoted spaying and neutering for an animal rights group and gotten beat up in a celebrity boxing match.
In 2009, Ms. Suleman declined a million-dollar offer to appear in pornography.