Here’s a look at individuals and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Mere hours after Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter asking for donations for a “Veronica Mars” movie, they achieved their $2 million goal. Bell, the star, and Thomas, the show’s creator, had already broken a record for being the quickest Kickstarter to raise $1 million earlier in the day. Members of the much beloved, UPN/CW series rejoiced at the news on Twitter. “I love you guys,” Bell tweeted to the fans (one of which pledged $10,000 for a walk-on role). “You are all SO spectacular. I am speechless.” Thomas responded to the news with a great big “Hallelujah! It’s a green light my friends. I love you all, but particularly the donors among you.” Veronica Mars follows the life of a college student who moonlights as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father.
Kelly Osbourne’s getting back in the groove. The 28-year-old TV personality has been released from the hospital after suffering a seizure last week, CNN’s confirmed. Last Thursday, Kelly collapsed on the set of E’s “Fashion Police,” and was hospitalized for five days. Her rep said in a statement to E! that Kelly’s been given “a clean bill of health,” and that she’s ready to get back on set. According to Kelly’s rep, “doctors ran numerous tests and determined that this was most likely a onetime episode of which there are no conclusive results,” the statement said. “She is looking forward to returning to ‘Fashion Police’ this week and getting back to business and life as usual.”
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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris accepted the 2013 Capital Award from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The NCLR Capital Awards is the only Hispanic event that recognizes leaders from both sides of the aisle for their outstanding support of public policies that are vital to Hispanic Americans. Other awardees included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas and the advocacy organization United We Dream.
After being hit with the double whammy of flu and laryngitis, Rihanna’s pulled out of her second concert this week. The 25-year-old was supposed to perform in Baltimore on March 12, but the show’s since been postponed. On Sunday, the “Diamonds” singer also had to hold off on her Boston show. “#BOSTON this is the hardest thing for me to deal with! I feel like we’ve been waiting on this day forever, and I’m hurt that I let you down,” Rihanna tweeted on March 10. “I hate disappointing people that never ever let me down!! I’m so embarrassed about this! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!” Her Twitter account has been quiet since, and according to a statement, she’s still trying to recuperate. She plans to next take the stage on March 14 in Philadelphia. A statement says fans who purchased tickets to her Boston or Baltimore shows should hold on to them pending more information.
Justin Timberlake returned to “Saturday Night Live” for his fifth hosting gig, and did a performance of his hit single, “Suit & Tie,” with Jay-Z, who is known to be extremely close to Kanye West. Rather than performing the song Timberlake remixed a line saying “My hit’s so sick got rappers acting dramatic,” a move many interpreted as a response to West who recently bad-mouthed the song during a concert in London. Timberlake addressed the lyric swap on Monday’s “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon telling the audience, “Let me just, for the record … I absolutely love Kanye. So there’s that.”
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are teaming up for another comedy. The frequent co-stars, who’ve previously played romantic leads in 2004’s “50 First Dates” and 1998’s “The Wedding Singer,” are signed on for an as-yet-untitled movie, reports Variety. The script, written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera, centers on a couple who go on a horrible blind date and then end up stuck together at a family resort with their children from prior marriages. Frank Coraci, who directed Sandler and Barrymore in “Wedding Singer” and went on to work with Sandler twice more, will helm the feature. Production on the project is expected to begin in May.
The first solo exhibition in about 20 years of early photos of the Beatles taken by a British photographer who designed five of their UK album covers is on display in London. Robert Freeman photographed and designed the Fab Four’s second to sixth album covers and was the group’s favored snapper for three years between 1963 and 1966 in their early and middle stages of fame. Freeman also traveled with the band on their momentous first tour of the USA in 1964 when Beatlemania first spread across the Atlantic. Freeman, who is now in his 70s and lives near Seville, Spain, sold his entire Beatles collection to Rock ‘n’ Roll photo curator and agent Raj Prem many years ago. The 58-year-old Londoner has put up a solo exhibition of Freeman’s work at Snap Galleries in Piccadilly Arcade, London.
This year’s Cannes film festival will swing open in ‘20s style. Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” has been selected to begin the festivities for the 66th edition. The project, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, could become one of summer’s biggest events when it has its American release on May 10. “The Great Gatsby” will then debut at the film festival five days later on May 15. This won’t be the first time Cannes has screened a film in 3-D, as it previously did with 2009’s “Up.” Luhrmann isn’t a stranger to the festival either, as his 2001 movie “Moulin Rouge!” opened that year’s fest. For Luhrmann, opening at Cannes has a special significance for both his film and its story. “It is a great honor for all those who have worked on ‘The Great Gatsby’ to open the Cannes Film Festival. We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts,” he said in a statement. “[N]ot only because my first film ‘Strictly Ballroom’ was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away.” Cannes will run May 15-26, and will be judged by this year’s special guest judge and head of jury, Steven Spielberg.
Justin Bieber’s neighbor accused the singer of spitting on him and making threats during a heated confrontation outside his California home Tuesday, a sheriff’s spokesman said. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the neighbor’s battery complaint against Bieber, spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Bieber’s representative denied that the singer spat on or threatened the neighbor, Whitmore said. A member of the singer’s security personnel told CNN there was no physical contact.