Chris Brown suffers seizure
Grammy-winner Chris Brown has suffered a seizure brought on by intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, his publicist said Saturday.
The “Look At Me Now” singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure early Friday morning while he was working in a Los Angeles studio, Nicole Perna said.
Perna said Brown’s doctor attributes the episode to “intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.” The doctor examined the 24-year-old but he wasn’t hospitalized.
The singer has been on felony probation since the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. He has been in and out of court since the assault.
Usher will keep custody
R&B singer Usher will hold on to primary custody of his two young sons.
A judge in Atlanta on Friday dismissed an emergency request by Usher’s ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.
Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing a day after the former couple’s 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the multi-Grammy winner’s aunt at Usher’s Atlanta home. Fulton County Superior Judge John Goger dismissed her request after hearing from both sides in court.
After the judge issued his ruling, Usher approached his ex-wife, who broke down while testifying, and gave her a long hug.
Sondheim receives art award
Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has been awarded one of the top honors in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.
The award was presented Sunday at the MacDowell Colony, the prestigious retreat for artists, writers and composers in Peterborough, N.H. This is the first time the medal has been awarded for achievement in musical theater. Past recipients include Robert Frost and Georgia O’Keefe.
Sondheim has won more Tony Awards than any other composer. His hit musicals include “Follies,” “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.”
‘Elysium’ tops box office
The dystopian science fiction thriller “Elysium,” directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, topped the weekend box office with $30.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com.
1. “Elysium,” $30.5 million ($10.9 million international).
2. “We’re the Millers,” $26.6 million.
3. “Planes,” $22.5 million.
4. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” $14.6 million ($9.8 million).
5. “2 Guns,” $11.1 million.
6. “Smurfs 2,” $9.5 million ($34.6 million).
7. “The Wolverine,” $8 million ($18 million).
8. “The Conjuring,” $6.7 million ($9.9 million).
9. “Despicable Me 2,” $5.7 million ($12.2 million).
10. “Grown Ups 2,” $3.7 million ($6.6 million).