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Sept. 26, 2011 at 2:50 PM   |   Comments

Report: Sly Stone living in a van

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Funk music icon Sly Stone says he is living out of a van in Los Angeles, broke after a former manager allegedly swindled him out of royalty payments.

Stone, 68, confirmed to the New York Post he has been living out of a van since 2009.

"I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home ... I must keep moving," the musician said.

Stone, who has been arrested several times for drug-related crimes, has performed publicly only occasionally in recent years.

The Post said Stone filed a lawsuit last year against manager Jerry Goldstein, whom Stone insists stole royalty payments from him for decades.

Goldstein did not return calls seeking comment on Stone's allegations, the newspaper said.

Stone said he has recorded hundreds of new tracks in his van and is eager to get back to collaborating with other artists, but finds it difficult to find people he can trust to help him release the music.

"But, with new energy, it will feel good to step on stage," he told the Post. "I see all the guys playing those old songs. Let these guys know, like Lady Gaga, let me come in, just let me come in and pay me if you like it."


Qualls says Canadian cop assaulted him

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actor DJ Qualls is demanding an apology and reimbursement for an $800 hospital bill from the Vancouver police officer he says beat him up.

Qualls, 33, starred in the films "Road Trip" and "The New Guy." He also is a cast member of "Memphis Beat" and had a recurring role on TV's "Lost."

UsMagazine.com said he recounted on Twitter his alleged brush with the law early Saturday morning.

"Just got out of the ER. I was beaten by a Vancouver police officer for no reason. I got stitches and was released," he said in his message. "I was not arrested because I was innocent. I was handcuffed and bleeding while the cop kept saying to me, 'You think you're [expletive] better than me?'"

The actor said he witnessed "a dude punch a girl" outside of a cafe, then tried to tell a policeman who arrived on the scene what he saw.

"He said if I didn't get out of there, he'd arrest me. I asked why and he tackled me, busted my face and handcuffed me," Qualls said. "I was beaten, detained and released to an ambulance because I was bleeding and drew a crowd who recognized me."


Selena Gomez to host MTV EMA show

LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and singer Selena Gomez will be the host of the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards show in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the cable network announced Monday.

"With her infectious charm, striking style and upbeat energy, actress and platinum recording artist Gomez is guaranteed to help make the 18th annual MTV EMA a must-watch event," MTV said in a release. "As host of the main show, she'll be overseeing all the onstage antics, performances, winners and unforgettable moments of the evening. On the digital front, Gomez will be juggling several duties to engage with EMA fans all over the world throughout the show -- from checking in with the Twitterverse to sharing behind-the-scenes gossip to offering her unique commentary on mtvema.com."

The show will broadcast live on MTV's international channels Nov. 6 from Belfast's Odyssey Arena. It will premiere in the United States on MTV Nov. 6 and on mtvU Nov. 7.

"I'm so excited to be the host of the '2011 MTV EMA' -- it's a dream come true!" Gomez said in a statement Monday. "This is such a huge event that always recognizes the biggest stars in music from across the globe, so it's a real honor to be MC at this year's show."


Scorsese penning column for TCM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Renowned Hollywood filmmaker Martin Scorsese is to pen a monthly column for TCM's Now Playing Guide and tcm.com, the cable network said Monday.

Scorsese, who recently took home an Emmy Award for directing the pilot for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," will provide insight on the various films and programs on the TCM schedule. He is best known for his movies "Mean Streets," "Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver," "Goodfellas," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed" and "Shutter Island."

Scorsese's first column on the network's monthly programming has been posted on tcm.com.

"Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker with an immense passion for movies, an encyclopedic knowledge of film history and a ceaseless dedication to preserving the world's cinematic heritage," Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TCM, TBS and TNT, said in a statement Monday. "We are proud of our partnership with The Film Foundation in bringing Scorsese's unique voice to TCM's community of fans."

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