June 28, 2014



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June 16, 2014


Dignitaries and Ambassadors from all around the world will assemble at the United Nations on Friday, June 20, 2014 for the Humanitarian Summit in association with The 2nd Annual Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards, presented by We Care For Humanity. WCH Founder and President, HH Princess Maria Amor Torres, DD states, “This is one of the biggest collaborations in the history of philanthropy.”

The G.O.D. award is the leading International recognition honoring excellence of individuals who have outstanding civic and charitable stewardship, and have significantly improved the quality of life in their communities through their expertise and talents in the fields of diplomacy, business, economy, philanthropy, and entertainment.

Performing at this Gala Event will be Rebecca Holden and Tony LeBron,featuring their new single, “Dreams Come True”, which even before its release has already amassed over 10 Million YouTube views from all around the globe who have embraced the song as their personal theme for hope, love, and inspiration. Rebecca, who many TV viewers will recognize from her co-starring role in Knight Rider (which is still in syndication in over 200 countries), will also act as Emcee, along with legendary record producer and entrepreneur Joel Diamond and Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes.

Additional performers will include: Narts Dance Ensemble; Jazz Band by Robert Mwamba and Group; Denise L. Cook-The Oracle; Reggae artist Freddie McGregor;and world artist sensation Alston Koch. There will be a Fashion Couture Show byCelebrity Couturier Tatyana Peter; Art Exhibit by HH Duke Michael Teschka; a book signing by HIRH Prince Gharios; and a silent Aaction.

In addition, this event will launch the 2nd Family Film Awards and Olympia Awards, founded by Antonio Gellini, with musical director and producer Allan Jay Friedman.

Justin Bieber Will Be Charged With Vandalism

Justin Bieber
will be charged with criminal vandalism today, it has been claimed.

The 20-year-old singer was accused of pelting his neighbour's home with eggs in January, causing a rumoured $20,000 of damage to the Calabasas, California, property. Since then there has been a lot of speculation over what the star might be charged with, with prosecutors said to be intent on making the allegations a felony.

According to TMZ, Justin will be told he is facing criminal vandalism charges today. However, it remains unknown whether they will be misdemeanour or felony charges. It's claimed many people have been involved in deciding how serious the incident was, with the bosses at the District Attorney's office making the final call.

Although not all the evidence linked to the egging is known, there is a video which has been widely reported that was taken during the incident and seemingly features Justin's voice. The superstar's home was also raided by police in connection to the incident, with surveillance video of him around the time of the egging seized.

In the state of California, a misdemeanour vandalism charge garners a maximum of one year in jail and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted. But a felony has much more serious implications, including a jail sentence of one to three years, a penalty of up to $50,000, and probation.

Justin has been at the centre of a great deal of legal trouble over the last year. Recently he was cleared of claims he had grabbed a woman's phone as she tried to take a photograph of him. He was also arrested for DUI in Miami earlier this year, but is said to have reached a plea deal with cops, which will see him plead guilty to reckless driving and agree to anger management classes.

It's not the only problems the star is facing - videos of him using racist language several years ago were recently released, prompting the star to make several heartfelt apologies.

June 15, 2014

Casey Kasem Dies at Age 82

June 13, 2014

Robert Pattinson Denies Rumors That He'll Play Indiana Jones

22 Jump Street, Reviewed: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Take a Page From the Animal House Playbook in Perfectly Stylized Comedy

Feld Entertainment And Marvel Entertainment Unveil Cast For Highly Anticipated Live Event Spectacular Marvel Universe LIVE!

After scouring the country to find the best of the best in live action performers with an amazing array of disciplines and skills, Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family events, today reveals the final cast of more than 50 performers ready to bring its most ambitious live event experience to life in Marvel Universe LIVE!. Debuting this July in Tampa, FL, before having its world premiere at New York City's Barclays Center on Wednesday, August 13, the show will be the most physically demanding in Feld Entertainment's storied history and will stop in 85 cities nationwide.

Featuring the most Marvel characters ever in one production, Marvel Universe LIVE! will be headlined by a cast trained in everything from martial arts to motocross in order to bring the Marvel Universe to the live action arena. Supported by a unique blend of aerial stunts, pyrotechnics and state-of-the-art special effects, the performers will bring an epic live action experience right in front of audiences' eyes every time.

After an intensive eight month cross-country casting process that took place inNew York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando and Ellenton, Florida, with hundreds of hopefuls representing the United States, Mexico, Hungary, France,United Kingdom, Russia, and Japan showing off their considerable skills, the final ensemble is set. When the spotlight finally shines, spectators will see some of the world's most gifted athletes and performers including professional snow-skater and three-time X Games champ Phil Smage (Captain America), WMX Pro National champion and two-time X Games winner Ashley Fiolek (Hydra Agent), and 2012 X Games Silver Medalist Louise Forsley (Black Widow). To depict the superlative athleticism of some of Marvel's most renowned heroes, Feld Entertainment also has signed martial arts expert and AAU Junior Olympics/National Champion Kirk Jenkins (Wolverine) and long-time AmericanNinja Warrior professional course tester Eric Foster (Hawkeye).

"From the beginning we knew that to pull off a show of this magnitude we had to have a cast that was the closest thing we could find to real life Super Heroes," said Shanda Sawyer, director of Marvel Universe LIVE! "These are intense roles that require performers who are experts in their fields with the ability to take those skills and apply them to a number of meticulously crafted sequences, all designed to push the limits of anything the audience has ever seen in an arena show of this caliber – and they need to do this day in and day out."

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor's villainous brother, Loki, devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

June 12, 2014

iHeartRadio Survey: Ozzy is Music’s Weirdest Dad

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought you might be interested in seeing the results from this month’s survey of iHeartRadio listeners. Last year, listeners voted Paul McCartney as music’s coolest dad. This year, Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Ray Cyrus took the top two slots as the weirdest. Not even the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea could keep Ozzy from taking the top spot.

Listeners also said that they would cast Denzel Washington as President Obama in an inevitable biopic – with Will Smith a close second. And of all the celebrity couple names out there, “Garfleck” (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner) edged out newlywed couple “Kimye” for having the worst of all time. Listeners had a surprising tolerance for “Zanessa” (Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens).

The full survey results:
Who is music’s weirdest dad?

1. Ozzy Osbourne – 51.6%

2. Billy Ray Cyrus – 13.3%

3. Kanye West – 11.7%

4. Steven Tyler – 7.6%

5. Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers – 7.1%

6. CeeLo Green – 5.9%

7. Jack White – 2.8%

Who would you cast as President Obama in his inevitable biopic?

1. Denzel Washington – 30.2%

2. Will Smith – 25.1%

3. Jamie Foxx – 19.0%

4. Don Cheadle – 13.3%

5. Chiwetel Ejiofor – 7.0%

6. Jay Pharoah – 5.5%

Which celebrity couple had the worst name of all time?

1. Garfleck (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner) – 23.6%

2. Kimye (Kanye West and Kim Kardashian) – 19.6%

3. Vaughniston (Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston) – 19.2%

4. Ashmi (Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore) – 11.5%

5. Bennifer (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez) – 10.8%

6. TomKat (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) – 9.7%

7. Zanessa (Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens) – 5.7%

Lady Gaga & Manager Bobby Campbell join Artist Nation

Lady Gaga is one of the most iconic and highest-grossing artists of this generation,” Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer of Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Artist Nation, tells Billboard.biz. “We have a long-standing relationship with Lady Gaga, dating back to her 2009 Fame Ball tour, and we look forward to continuing to support Lady Gaga and her manager Bobby Campbell in their careers.”

Campbell adds, “Lady Gaga and I have had an incredible relationship with Live Nation over the last five years. Their insight, strategic vision and global power have made them a truly invaluable member of our team. I’m ecstatic to be working even more closely with them in the years to come as we take Lady Gaga’s career to new levels all around the world.”

Lady Gaga parted ways with her previous manager Troy Carter and his Atom Factory firm last November. Campbell, who worked with Gaga at Atom Factory, stayed with the artist after her split with Carter. He assumed management duties at the time and will continue to manage Gaga moving forward. The move to Artist Nation brings to an end to rampant industry speculation on Lady Gaga’s management representation going forward, as several well-known management firms were pursuing her as a client, according to sources.

After bringing in Lady Gaga, Live Nation has been reaffirmed as the world’s largest management organization, with more than 230 artist clients from all genres and some 16 management companies under its umbrella. As its concert and sponsorship division churn record numbers, Artist Nation is also on a roll, recently bringing in U2 and Madonna under manager Guy Oseary.

Lady Gaga, a five-time Grammy winner whose latest album “ARTPOP” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200, has sold more than 27 million albums worldwide (including 710,000 for “ARTPOP” in the U.S., according to Neilsen SoundScan), and has more than 125 million downloaded singles since she broke in 2008.

In officially joining the Artist Nation portfolio, Gaga builds on her already strong relationship with Live Nation, producer of the artist’s two previous tours, which grossed more than $300 million combined and sold more than 3.2 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore. Live Nation is also producing GaGa’s current artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, one of the biggest global tours of the summer, having sold nearly 800,000 tickets in more than 24 countries across North America, Asia, Australia and Europe, according to Live Nation.

“The ARTPOP Ball Tour will continue the successful run around the world through November,” says Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s chairman of global music, president of global touring, and Lady GaGa’s tour producer. “The show is great musically and visually, and Lady Gaga is at the top of her game.”

Source: Live Nation

June 11, 2014

Grumpy Cat Will Star in a Lifetime Christmas Movie


   ReedPOP, the world's largest producer of pop culture events, today announced the launch of New York Super Week – a first of its kind pop culture festival. For one week the entire city of New York will become a playground for super heroes, villains, vampires, zombies, geeks and passionate fans of all sizes. With different pop culture themed experiences happening in every corner of the City – including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings and more – New York Super Week is an immersive and inclusive experience that aims to bring the energy, passion and color of the entire universe of popular culture to every corner of all five boroughs of New York City. The event will take place October 3-12, 2014 leading into the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention, New York Comic Con. Clear Channel Spectacolor has been announced as the Official Media Partner of New York Super Week and New York Comic Con in 2014 and will co-produce several New York Super Week events.

ReedPOP has partnered with a number of venues, bars, restaurants and retailers throughout the city, including, but not limited to: Hammerstein Ballroom, 92nd Street Y, Rock Bar, The Bell House, Galapagos Art Space and Barcade. New York Super Week will be the ultimate celebration for fans of pop culture. Kicking-off with StarTalk Live! hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York Super Week events will demonstrate the breadth of international, national and local pop culture, ranging from live recordings of Ask Me Another and Slate's Hang Up & Listen podcast, to The Big Quiz Thing, Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz, Story Collider, and eSports competitions.

Additional partners, on sale dates and details about purchasing tickets for each of the New York Super Week events will be continually announced throughout Summer 2014. In addition to tickets for individual New York Super Week events a New York Super Week Card will be available for purchase starting on June 18 and will offer cardholders access to discounts and special offers happening during New York Super Week at dozens of retailers, restaurants and bars across the city ranging from happy hour prices, free desserts, and merchandise discounts to priority seating for select New York Super Week events.

“We envision New York Super Week taking over NYC, brining diverse content from all corners of the pop culture galaxy to all the corners of the five boroughs of the greatest city in the world. New York Super Week will follow the spirit of popular events like South by Southwest, but introduce it with a distinct New York sensibility and flair and fully rooted in the world of popular culture,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “With New York Comic Con becoming so popular amongst fans, media and sponsors it was natural to broaden the scope of content and tear it out of the Javits Center and into the city at large allowing new fans and more fans to experience a whole week of content leading into the show.”

"With New York Comic Con attracting over 130,000 people each year to the Javits Center and generating tens of millions of dollars to New York City¹s economy, we look forward to the increased programing being offered through New York Super Week," said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. "We encourage both New Yorkers and visitors to experience the inaugural New York Super Week, a truly unique pop culture celebration throughout the City¹s five boroughs."Since ReedPOP's first event in 2006, the sold-out New York Comic Con, the group has sought to dually produce exceptional experiences for passionate audiences and grow the industries surrounding these passions, and this philosophy has led to burgeoning attendance, the support of major creators and publishers, and partnerships with leading entertainment brands including Lucasfilm (Star Wars Celebration), UFC (UFC Fan Expo) and Penny Arcade (PAX). ReedPOP's events now reach 600,000 attendees, welcome 3,000 exhibitors, showcase 2,000 guests, and occupy 4,000,000 gross square feet across 15 conventions on four continents around the world.

Additional exciting details about New York Super Week, events, talent, and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewYorkComicCon.com or www.NewYorkSuperWeek.com and New York Super Week’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).

Michael Jackson's Guards Speak Out in New Book— Remember the Time: Michael Jackson In His Final Days

Michael Jackson's bodyguards say he was 'certainly eccentric'.

Security professionals Javon Beard and Bill Whitfield were hired to protect the King of Pop two and a half years before his June 2009 death.

And according to the guards, Michael often spent his estimated $263 million fortune on bizarre items.

'He was certainly eccentric ,' Bill, a former policeman and security veteran, told British newspaper The Mirror.

'He would go into a store and buy everything. When we stayed in hotels he would buy thousands of books.

"At one point, he bought a whole bookstore.'

Michael left behind three children, including daughter Paris, 16, and sons Prince, 17, and Blanket, 12.

And Bill was deeply moved by how close he was with his kids.

'We worked for Mr Jackson. We didn't work for the King of Pop,' he recalled.

'We got to see him as a man and a father.

"It was so good to see the side of him which was so in tune as a parent, from helping them with their homework and making sure they were eating right, to putting them to bed.'

Apparently Michael's brood wasn't exposed to his media image at all while they were in his care.

'He didn't have any internet in the house. The kids couldn't watch regular TV, so they never saw how he was portrayed,' Javon said.

Michael died at the age of 50 of a propofol overdose and Conrad Murray served time in jail for manslaughter after the courts found he was guilty of administering a fatal dose of the anaesthetic to the musician.

Security guards Bill and Javon speak more about their experience working for the star in their new book, Remember the Time: Michael Jackson In His Final Days.

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June 10, 2014

Hedwig and the Angry Inch--Original Broadway Cast Recording Release Date To Move To Thursday, June 12

   In response to an overwhelming demand following a victorious night at the Tony Awards which saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch winning four Tonys and a show-stopping performance by Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall,Atlantic Records has moved the release date of the show’s Original Broadway Cast Recording to this Thursday, June 12. The digital version of the album will be available at all points of purchase on that date. Physical CDs will be available on Tuesday, July 15.

June 9, 2014

Sandra Bullock Gets Restraining Order Against Intruder

Actress Sandra Bullock has obtained an emergency protection order against a man suspected of attempting to break into her Los Angeles home.

Joshua Corbett, 39, was arrested and booked on suspicion of residential burglary after he was allegedly caught trying to gain access to the Gravity star's property early on Sunday morning, hours after she attended the Guys Choice Awards in Culver City, California on Saturday.

A representative for Bullock, who was home at the time of the incident, has assured fans she is "fine" and "unharmed", but the actress has since taken legal action to ensure the suspect doesn't get too close for comfort again.

According to TMZ.com, the Oscar winner, mother to young son Louis, obtained the restraining order shortly after the incident.

Corbett is currently being held on $50,000 bail.

He is not thought to have a history with Bullock, but the actress has reason to be fearful - she has previously been granted permanent restraining orders against overzealous fan Thomas James Weldon, who began harassing her in 2003. She had the court order renewed in 2010 and he was subsequently committed to a mental institution in Wyoming.

Bullock also had to obtain a protective order against another obsessed devotee, Marcia Valentine, in 2007 after the fan dumped pieces of animal fur in the star's backyard and hurled abuse at her then-husband Jesse James when he tried to note her car licence plate.

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“The Man From Mars” Has Landed

Sci-Fi fans, hold onto your jet packs: Pulitzer-nominated author and composer David Menefee has teamed up with master musician Masanori to create "The Man from Mars,” the world's first Mars One song. The gut-wrenching three-minute mini-drama with Techno music embraces a cosmic set-up that rivals Star Wars.

“It’s 2024. The Mars One mission. Count down. Blast off,” describes Menefee. “In seconds, I am alone in outer space, a pioneer from the human race on a one-way trip to the red planet. Suddenly, I can think of nothing but my greatest love, the girl I left behind . . . forever.”

Menefee’s and Masanori's “The Man from Mars” song explores love in outer space and what may happen when an astronaut blasts off on the upcoming one-way Mars One mission in 2024. “Love is the greatest thing in the world,” Menefee explains, “but when destiny calls, an astronaut has to be willing to leave behind the greatest love of his or her life. We’ve captured that mood and sentiment in a mesmerizing blend of music, lyrics, and sound effects. Who knows? The song may prove to be prophetic.”

The third of their musical collaborations, "The Man from Mars" weaves wailing lead and harmony vocals with an ominous twenty-male background chorus entwined into a futuristic fugue that would make Steven Spielberg envious.

Listen to "The Man from Mars" on YouTube here!

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I Am Mr. Ed: Millions of Americans Hear Mysterious Voice from a Horse

If you watched American television during the late 1950s or if you watch MeTV today, you could be among millions of people hearing a mysterious voice from a horse.

Fort Worth, TX – BearManor Media proudly announces the release of I Am Mister Ed: Allan “Rocky” Lane Revealed by Linda Alexander.

We knew him as the voice of TV's famous talking horse, Mister Ed. Others remember him as Red Ryder, the comic book Western hero. A few may remember him as Rocky Lane, yet another Western good guy.

He was Allan Lane. He began in films in 1929 as a handsome, suave "drawing room" romantic type, over the years working with such leading ladies as Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young, and Joan Fontaine. Then there was Allan Lane, the businessman, who owned his own successful photography advertising agency.

Linda Alexander's new biography, I Am Mister Ed Allan "Rocky" Revealed, reveals the full story in an intriguing, well-researched work that pulls the myth from Allan's many masks.

Available in soft cover and e-book formats exclusively from BearManor Media. $26.95

Visit www.bearmanormedia.com for more info.

2014 Tony Awards: Complete Winners List: Hedwig, Beautiful, and A Gentlemen's Guide Big Winners

The 2014 Tony Awards did not disappoint, as history was set with Audra McDonald winning her sixth award -- the most for any actor ever, surpassing the iconic Angela Lansbury, who has won five.

It was also a big night for Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston, who took home awards for their work in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "All the Way," respectively. Here's a complete list of all the Tony winners:

Watch: Tony Awards 2014: Winners and Recap

Related: 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' Wins the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical

Best Musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Jesse Mueller, "Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical"

Best Play "All the Way"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Audra McDonald, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Bryan Cranston, "All the Way"

Best Revival of a Musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Best Revival of a Play "A Raisin in the Sun"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Mark Rylance, "Twelfth Night"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Lena Hall, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Best Book of a Musical Robert L. Friedman, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

Best Direction of a Musical Darko Tresnjak, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

Best Direction of a Play Kenny Leon, "A Raisin in the Sun"

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater "The Bridges of Madison County"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical James M. Iglehart, "Aladdin"

Best Choreography Warren Carlyle, "After Midnight"

Best Costume Design of a Musical Linda Cho, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

Best Costume Design of a Play Jenny Tiramani, "Twelfth Night"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Sophie Okonedo, "A Raisin in the Sun"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Best Lighting Design of a Play Natasha Katz, "The Glass Menagerie"

Special Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Jane Greenwood

Regional Theatre Award Signature Theatre

Isabelle Stevenson Award Rosie O'Donnell

Honors for Excellence in the Theatre Joseph P. Benincasa Joan Marcus Charlotte Wilcox

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June 5, 2014

One Direction To Take on Wembley Stadium

For three nights this June, London plays host to the chart conquering One Direction. The band is embarking on a huge tour this year, after enjoying three years of unbridled, unbroken success off the back of their X Factor win.

The five-piece outfit have won plaudits all over the pop-speaking world since bursting onto the scene with 2011 debut 'What Makes You Beautiful', even cracking the notoriously tough American market. Several awards and two albums later, One Direction are a firm fixture in the musical landscape of 2014, and are clearly still pulling huge audiences.

It's only fitting that Britain's biggest boy-band should play the country's biggest sports venue. Wembley Stadium has gone from strength to strength since being overhauled, rebuilt and reopened in 2007, but it has continued to maintain its long-held reputation as the country's premier outdoor, large-scale concert venue.

The shows will take place on June 6-8, with tickets ranging from GBP43-GBP70, but fans travelling from far and wide to see One Direction at Wembley can take comfort from the discounted London hotel rooms currently being offered by LondonTown.com, the city's biggest events, accommodation and tourist information hub.

Diana Ross: The Name of Love Tour 2014

Documented as the Most Successful Female Artist in the History of Music -- with 70 hit singles in five decades, over 100 million records sold worldwide and a pop culture legacy defined as iconic, Diana Ross is the consummate entertainer.

Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour will continue in the Americas though summer. The next leg of concerts will begin June 13 in her hometown, Detroit, MI and includes a performance at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 21 in New York City.

"One of the most remarkable entertainers of all time" - Time
"Dazzling" - Los Angeles Times
"Magical superstar" - San Francisco Chronicle
"Powerful connection and compassion…celebratory, communal spirit" – Chicago Tribune
"Spectacular and defines glamour" - San Jose Mercury News
"Iconic legend" - EurWeb.com

Diana Ross' vast repertoire encompasses hits from the spectrum of every music category. Ross has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, bestowed a Kennedy Center Honor and is the recipient of the Recording Academy's highest accolade, The Grammy™ Life Time Achievement Award.

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June 3, 2014

Taylor Swift Donates $50k to Children's Hospital

Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to fund a new music therapy initiative.

The pop superstar's generous sum will help fund a specialised programming system, which will allow young cancer patients to create and produce their own music during their treatment.

A statement from the hospital reads, "We are thrilled that Taylor Swift has chosen to support The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Cancer Center. Her gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time."

Lamia Barakat, director of the Psychosocial Services Program at the Cancer Center, adds, "Taylor Swift's music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients. We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed to support the emotional well-being of our teens with cancer."

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Sigourney Weaver Says There is 'More Story' For Another 'Alien' Film

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June 2, 2014

Brad Pitt Addresses Red Carpet Attack

Tina Turner Joins The Rolling Stones in Zurich

Tina Turner was hanging out backstage at the Rolling Stones Switzerland gig on Sunday night.

The Stones played their third show since going back on the road in Zurich. Tina Turner, one of Zurich's residents, went along to watch the band.

Mick Jagger and Tina Turner are more than just friends. Mick cites Tina as the inspiration for all of his dance moves. In 1969, Ike & Tina Turner were the support act for The Rolling Stones at their Madison Square Garden shows in New York. Those shows were documented as the live 'Get Yer Ya Ya's Out' album. The recent 3-disc reissue now includes the full supports featuring both Ike & Tina Turner and B.B. King.

Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler posted a picture with Tina backstage at the show. Tina did not perform with the band.

The Stones played 'Let's Spend The Night Together' as a fan request. Fans vote for a request before every show at rollingstones.com.

The band also performed the rare tracks 'Out of Control' from Bridges To Babylon (1997) and Keith's 'Can't Be Seen' at the Zurich show.  More>

Ozzy Osbourne Talks Memory Loss

Ozzy Osbourne's short term memory has been damaged by his past alcohol and drug dependencies.

The legendary rocker has always been open about the battles he's faced, and when a fan quizzed him on writing his autobiography Ozzy wasn't shy in admitting he struggled to recollect certain times.

"I can remember the '80s vividly. I think my short-term memory is damaged from all the years of abuse; I don't know what I did four seconds ago but I can remember clearly things that happened when I was a kid," Ozzy revealed to British music magazine Q.

His autobiography I Am Ozzy was released in 2010 and records the Black Sabbath star's meteoric rise to fame, as well as the downside to being in the public eye.

"The '80s was a fabulous decade. I remember thinking 'Wow, this is great. This is going to last forever.' [My wife] Sharon said to me 'You wait until 1990. It'll all change.' I went 'Naah, it can't be that quick.' Sure enough it changed.

"I don't really remember the '90s. I don't know why. My drug addiction and alcohol addiction were absolutely fierce then. I was just going for it full bore, so there was a lot of blackout time," he explained.

Out of all his vices, it's smoking that ranks highest for Ozzy in terms of addictiveness.

Before kicking the habit the 65-year-old star remembers that it didn't matter how ill he was, he'd always find the strength for another cigarette.

"I honestly do think if they discovered tobacco today, then it would be right next to heroin. I mean, I haven't smoked for a quite a while now but it was one of the most addictive substances that I ever put in my body.

"Even if I had a cold, chest infection, pneumonia, I'd still smoke, It's a miracle that I stopped," he added.

Source: Music News

May 31, 2014

Bruce Springsteen Performs 'Tumbling Dice' live with The Rolling Stones


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Lady Gaga Looks to Hire Justin Bieber' s Manager

Lady Gaga is supposedly considering hiring Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun.

The 28-year-old singer split with her professional overseer of nearly a decade, Troy Carter, last year.

Since becoming a free agent Gaga hasn't reached the success she achieved with representation and apparently she is starting to worry about her professional future.

'If anyone can help Gaga now it's Scooter,' a source told British newspaper The Sun.

'He's one of the smartest blokes in the music industry and made Bieber into the biggest pop star on the planet.
'There are a few options for her but Scooter is one of them.'

Although Gaga's third studio album ARTPOP went platinum and gold in markets around the world, it is claimed the record didn't sell as well as anticipated when it was released last November.

Speculation is rife the Applause songstress is concerned with sales figures, as she wants her fourth LP to be a huge success.

And apparently Gaga thinks the expertise of Justin's manager Scooter will aid tremendously in the attainment of her career pursuits.

'Scooter's also the one who has to get Justin out of his scrapes. Gaga's next album will be make or break,' the insider said.

'At the moment she's still to decide who will manage her.'

Gaga's former manager Troy helped propel her into superstardom after he signed a contract with her in 2007. He also received an Emmy nod for his work on her HBO Monster Ball Tour special. They are said to have called off their professional partnership due to 'creative differences'.

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Dolly Parton: "Kids Weren't For Me"

Dolly Parton thinks having children wasn't "meant" for her.

The singer married Carl Thomas Dean in 1966 and the pair have been together ever since. Now, at 68 years old, Dolly can look back at her life without any regrets, despite never starting a family of her own.

"I grew up in a big old family with eight kids younger than me and several of my brothers and sisters came to live with me early on in my life," she told People magazine's Country edition. "I've loved their kids just like they're my grandkids, and now I've got great-grand-kids!

"Now I'm GeeGee, which is great-granny. I often think, it just wasn't meant for me to have kids so everybody's kids can be mine."

Dolly has released 42 albums throughout her lengthy career, her latest being Blue Smoke, which came out in January this year.

She's also made time for charitable ventures, such as the Imagination Library. It's a non-profit organisation the star set up to provide free books to preschoolers.

"I think kids relate to me because they think of me like a Mother Goose or a Fairy Godmother," she laughed. "I'm like a cartoon character ' my voice is little and I'm an excitable little person like them! I'm very childlike in that way, in my nature."

Dolly added that she is the "Book Lady" to the students she visits, rather than a superstar country singer.

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May 30, 2014

Angelina Jolie a Magnificent Maleficent: Review

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X-Men Sequel Storms British Box Office Opening Weekend

The latest X-Men movie has stormed to the top of the British box office, just days after exceeding the $110 million mark in the U.S.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman as clawed mutant Wolverine, took $14.5 million in its opening weekend, defeating monster movie Godzilla, which took a measly $4.3 million in comparison.

The X-Men sequel also conquered the U.S., smashing the $110 million mark at the U.S. box office over the same weekend.

Zac Efron's comedy Neighbors fell to third on the U.K. chart with takings of $1.9 million and the top five was rounded out by animation Postman Pat, which raked in $1.2 million, in fourth place and Adam Sandler's new comedy Blended coming in fifth with $1.1 million.

May 29, 2014

Brad Pitt attacked on Maleficent Red Carpet

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The guy known as the Ukrainian prankster is at it again, this time at the Hollywood premiere of Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie.

According to Variety , "Witnesses saw the individual, later identified as celeb prankster Vitalii Sediuk, jump the security barriers while Pitt and Jolie were signing autographs in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The man then approached Pitt on the red carpet, where he allegedly struck the 50 year-old actor in the face."

Bodyguards held the unfunny prankster until police came, took him away and booked him for misdemeanor battery. Brad bravely soldiered on and continued writing autographs.

Here is Vitalii being lead away:

Just two weeks ago, Vitalii, who is a TV presenter, crawled under the dress of America Ferrara during a Cannes premiere. He's also know for trying to kiss Will Smith, grab Leonardo DiCaprio, grope Bradley Cooper and interupt Adele at the Grammys.

The Jolie-Pitts brought their kids to the premiere and before the attack, Angelina said, "Well, oddly, we usually go to the El Capitan, that's where we take the kids. That's the closest theater to us. This is the first time they were able to come to mommy's premiere."

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Katy Perry is Cosmopolitan Magazine's First "Global Icon"

Katy  Perry is set to make history as the first person to appear globally on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

The pop star will continue her world domination on June 3rd, when the July issue of the magazine goes on sale, appearing on the front of all 62 editions of the magazine around the planet.

"Katy's music and attitude have universal appeal to young women everywhere," said Cosmo's editor-in-chief Joanna Coles in a statement. "She crosses all cultural boundaries. Her music is soulful and empowering in equal measure. She's the first Cosmo global icon."

Talk show host Chelsea Handler interviewed the "Dark Horse" singer for the issue, asking her candid questions about her personal life, such as whether or not she'd give love with John Mayer another chance and how long she's gone without sex.

The talk show hostess even got to the bottom of what Katy saw in Mayer and ex-husband Russell Brand, saying, "You were married to [Russell Brand]. Then you broke up and started dating John Mayer.

"These are two men that most people would say, 'If you're not going to date two people in this world, it should be these two.'"

Katy's response appears in the new issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands on June 3rd.

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May 27, 2014

Katy Perry: 'Beyoncé is the Biggest Pop Star in the World

'Dark Horse' songstress Katy Perry has revealed that she doesn't feel comfortable with being given the pop queen crown and thinks that vocal powerhouse Beyoncé is the most deserving.

Speaking to London's Time Out magazine, the hitmaker explained that it's 'embarrassing' to be praised in such a way when there's a performer like Beyoncé in the same industry as her:

"It kind of embarrasses me because I don't feel that way. I have pinch-me moments, sure, but Beyoncé is the biggest pop star in the world so don't be blasphemous. I hope [I'm an empathetic pop star]. I work really hard; I work myself into this state. But Beyoncé's an icon and bionic, almost. I bet she doesn't get sick ever!"

Perry, meanwhile, is currently on the UK leg of her Prismatic tour and she will perform tonight at London's O2 Arena where she will also play 3 subsequent concerts on May 28, 30 and 31 respectively.

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Micky Dolenz To Headline “COMEDY IS HARD!” Premiering September 24th at The Ivoryton Playhouse

Actor, writer, director, performer Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees) has been confirmed for the lead role in Mike Reiss’ new play Comedy Is Hard!, premiering Wednesday, September 24, at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Connecticut.

Dolenz, who just began a tour with The Monkees last week, has delighted audiences with his performances in such theatrical productions as the Elton John/Tim Rice production of Aida; Grease; Pippin’; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; and, most recently Hairspray in the West End playing Wilbur Turnblad.

Reiss’ play is set in a home for retired actors and the play takes an affectionate look at the relationship and rivalry between a retired stand-up comedian and a classical actress.

A renaissance-artist of the highest order, Dolenz has continued his recording career as well, most recently with a solo album entitled Remember, released last year. He’s also participated heavily in the several Broadway charities; most notably for Rockers On Broadway. In fact, he was just announced as recipient for their yearly award; to be presented in November.

Said Dolenz, “The opportunity to originate this role in Mike’s new play is terrific. I am ready to un-leash my inner-comedian.”

Reiss, the acclaimed writer of I’m Connecticut and writer and producer for the animated series The Simpsons; also created the animated series The Critic. He’s also written the webtoon Queer Duck and worked on the screenplays for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Horton Hears a Who!; The Simpsons: The Movies; and, My Life In Ruins.

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May 26, 2014

Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Talk Teaming Up, Tour Dates and "Seeing Each Other Naked"

In this week's Billboard cover story pop princess Katy Perry and country music darling Kacey Musgraves talk why the pairing makes sense, seeing each other naked, and cyberstalking.

"We're both very whimsical in our own ways, but I think at heart we're both songwriters," says Musgraves. For her part, Perry says she "instantly connected" with her country counterpart after hearing her debut single "Merry Go 'Round." "She struck a chord in me," she says. "I feel like we have the same eyes. Not in a physical sense, but in a way of perception."

After she heard "Merry Go 'Round" Perry did a little bit of ol' fashioned cyberstalking -- "as I do with everyone," she notes -- and reached out Musgraves about teaming up. The songs they worked on didn't make the cut on "Prism," but a partnership was born.

On seeing each other naked Musgraves said: "A couple times."
"And it won't be the last." They'll have plenty more chances for dressing-room exhibitionism when Kacey joins Katy's "Prismatic" tour in August.

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Dolly Parton Wants Scarlett Johansson To Portray Her in Biopic

Dolly Parton thinks Scarlett Johansson could play her in a movie because she's "full bosomed".

The 68-year-old country singer has been in the music industry for decades and has also dipped her toe into acting over the years.

Giving hints about an upcoming biopic based on her, Dolly shared why she thinks Scarlett would make a good candidate.

"Well, you know what, I'm doing a musical of my life story - and I'm also doing a movie version!" she told People magazine. "When we started talking about a movie, people had mentioned Scarlett Johansson. I guess she's full bosomed."

Country singers have become more successful recently, with stars such as Carrie Underwood gaining worldwide recognition and rewarded at the Country Music Association Awards. Asked which young singer reminds her of herself, Dolly was quick to name two females she feels are on her level.

"Miranda Lambert," Dolly said. "I relate to her earthiness, just being a real woman. And I really admire Taylor Swift for her song writing and business sense."

Dolly looks as youthful as ever, still rocking her iconic blonde tresses. Although she is close to turning 70, she has no intention of looking her age.

"There's nothing I can do about the number, but I'll do everything I can to keep myself in working order," she laughed. "I'm going to do whatever little nip and tuck and collagen and Botox that I can do safely. But if you keep your spirit young, you look younger. And I don't have time to get old!"

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