People: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Amanda Bynes, Taran Killam, Keira Knightley
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A person familiar with the situation says Nicki Minaj is getting $12 million to be a judge on "American Idol."
A person in the music industry with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday that the singer-rapper will receive $12 million for a one-year contract with the hit Fox singing series. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the contract had not been made public.
Fox announced earlier Sunday that Minaj and country singer Keith Urban will be judges on "Idol" when the show returns in January. They will join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson. A representative for Urban wouldn't disclose the singer's compensation for "Idol."
The AP reported in July that Carey is receiving just shy of $18 million for a one-year contract with a renewal option.
Chris Brown's probation hearing was pushed back to give authorities more time to complete a probation report in the singer's assault case, the AP reports.
The R&B singer had been scheduled to appear in court on Monday for the first time in more than a year, but the Los Angeles District Attorney's office says the proceedings are being delayed for a week.
A judge has ordered an audit of Brown's community service after a prosecutor said there were some questions about how many hours he had actually performed.
Brown is on probation for the 2009 beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna and had been ordered to perform six months' worth of community service, including graffiti removal, roadside cleanup and other manual labor. Brown has so far completed his terms with praise from a judge.
Amanda Bynes had another run-in with the law when she was pulled over for driving on a suspended license, the AP reports.
Burbank's Bob Hope Airport spokesman Victor Gill says airport police cited the actress and impounded her car Sunday.
Bynes' driving privileges had been suspended after she was charged with hit-and-run in connection with two traffic crashes.
Los Angeles prosecutors accused Bynes of leaving the scene of two accidents, one on April 10 and another on Aug. 4, without providing proper information. The first incident occurred just days after Bynes was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. She has pleaded not guilty in that case.
The 26-year-old is best known for her role in the WB's "What I Like About You" and the film "Easy A."
The final piece is in place for the presidential race on "Saturday Night Live," the AP reports.
"SNL" cast member Taran Killam will be playing GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
The question of who had won this key role was answered Saturday when the NBC comedy show returned for its season premiere. Killam appeared in a sketch as Ryan, attempting to clarify his past athletic achievements.
Killam is beginning his third season.
Earlier, "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels said Jay Pharoah would take over the role of President Barack Obama from Fred Armisen. Pharoah made several appearances as Obama on Saturday's show.
Michaels also said Jason Sudeikis will remain with the show, continuing to play both Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, as well as Vice President Joe Biden.
Actress Keira Knightley seems to be in a good place personally and professionally. She's engaged to marry musician James Righton, and stars in the film adaptation of "Anna Karenina" alongside Jude Law, the AP reports.
The 27-year-old tells Vogue magazine's October issue there was a time when she wasn't in such a good place.
She recalls a time when the fame from such roles as "Bend it Like Beckham" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise was too intense. She says she "literally had no life outside of acting" and desired to "not be 'on' all the time."
Instead of working, Knightley read books, cooked and lived in France.
"Anna Karenina" opens in limited release Nov. 16.
NewsRadio 1020 KDKA's 29th annual Spaghetti Breakfast fundraiser is twirling its way Downtown Friday at Heinz Hall Garden Plaza at Sixth Street and Liberty Avenue. The charity event, originated in 1981 by the late John Cigna, will serve up pasta, sausage and bread, among other unorthodox early morning items. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be collecting donations and canned items at the event, which runs from 5-9 a.m.
First Published September 17, 2012 11:02 pm