Britney Spears' upcoming Las Vegas residency will begin on 27 December (13) and include shows on New Year's Eve (31Dec13) and St. Valentine's Day (14Feb14). The pop superstar announced details about her Britney: Piece of Me shows early on Tuesday morning (17Sep13), revealing plans for a two-year residency at Sin City's Planet Hollywood.
And now the first dates have been released.
Spears will perform five concerts in Las Vegas before the end of 2013 and then return to the desert from 29 January (14) to perform a series of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday shows.
The singer will release her eighth studio album in the U.S. on 3 December (13), one day after her 32nd birthday.
Rapper Eve has confirmed Gwen Stefani is pregnant with her third child. Earlier this month (Sep13), the Don't Speak hitmaker and her rocker husband Gavin Rossdale hit headlines when it was reported they were expecting their third child. The couple is already parents to two sons - Kingston and Zuma.
The hitmaker broke the news after she was asked in a previously taped interview for Live Nation if Stefani would be joining her onstage at her then-upcoming 12 September (13) performance at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
She said, "She's preggers (pregnant). I think she's chilling."
Stefani and Rossdale have yet to confirm the news.
Jack Osbourne contemplated quitting U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars on the eve of Monday's (16Sep13) big premiere because he was convinced he would never compare to his celebrity competitors. Family matriarch Sharon Osbourne reveals her son, who suffers with Multiple Sclerosis, believed he had made a huge mistake by signing on for his dancing debut after sitting in on practice sessions for fellow contestants including Valerie Harper, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley, Christina Milian and Leah Remini.
Jack eventually decided to face up to his fears and hit the dancefloor for the season premiere on Monday - and Sharon admits she was wracked with nerves as she cheered him on from the studio audience because of her son's pre-show confession.
Appearing on her U.S. daytime show The Talk on Tuesday (17Sep13), Sharon said, "I swear to you I felt physically sick before he started to dance because it's something he's never ever done and it wasn't until the day before that he actually got into the studio, out of the rehearsal room into the physical filming studio, and saw everybody else dance, because they watch everyone else dance.
"He texts me and says, 'Mum, I've done the wrong thing here, I can never compete, I've done the wrong thing.' And so I'm like, 'Oh, my goodness', and then he said that day he messed up his routine, so I was like, 'Oh no, it's gonna be just uncomfortable for him.' And then when he came out and he started (dancing) and... he was like, cruising, and I was like, (relieved)... Not just for Jack, but for all the people who have never danced before, it's really brave."
Jack had no need to worry - he and his professional partner Cheryl Burke impressed the judges with their foxtrot, scoring a respectable total of 23 out of 30.
Britney Spears has signed a lucrative deal for a Las Vegas residency which will earn her around $310,000 (£206,667) per show and $15 million (£10 million) a year, according to a U.S. report. The pop superstar is said to be preparing to make an announcement about her upcoming stint at Sin City's Planet Hollywood resort on Tuesday (17Sep13), but details about the rumoured deal have already emerged online.
Spears will perform at the hotel for two years, racking up 48 shows per 12-month period, and she will take home around $310,000 (£206,667) for every concert, according to TMZ.com.
The website, which has also published graphic plans of Spears' stage set, reports the Toxic star will kick off the residency in December (13) and it will run until 2015.
Online reports suggest the shows will start with a New Year's Eve (31Dec13) spectacular on 31 December (13).
Michelle Pfeiffer's new role alongside Robert De Niro in mob comedy The Family has been over 30 years in the making - she originally auditioned to work with him in 1980 classic Raging Bull. The actress made the confession during a recent joint interview with the legendary star for Fox News, and the news took De Niro by surprise.
She said, "That was when I very first met you. Did I ever tell you that? It was my very first interview ever... never thinking I would get the part, which of course I didn't. I had always dreamed of working with him, and so I was just very excited (to land a role in The Family)."
After hearing the secret, a stunned De Niro replied, "Really? Oh, wow."
Pfeiffer had previously appeared with De Niro in 2007 fantasy Stardust and 2011 ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve, but they had never been in the same scenes until Luc Besson brought them together to portray husband and wife in The Family.
Former Village People star Randy Jones is a married man after exchanging vows with his partner of 30 years on Thursday (12Sep13). The disco group's original cowboy wed Will Grega, a Wall Street software developer, in New York on the eve of his 61st birthday, wearing his trademark stetson and a Swarovski rhinestone-encrusted tuxedo, reports the New York Daily News.
They celebrated the nuptials at a joint birthday party for Jones and actor pal Keith Collins at Manhattan hotspot The DL on Friday night (13Sep13).
In the days leading up to the wedding, Jones told WENN, "Calling NYC home for four decades, and seeking marriage equality for nearly as long, we could not have chosen to be married in any other city in the world."
Jones and Grega previously tied the knot at a Big Apple club in 2004, but the union was not legally binding as the same-sex marriage bill was only passed in the state in 2011.
Rapper Nas marked his 40th birthday by throwing a star-studded party in New York City on Thursday night (12Sep13). The hip-hop star, who reaches the milestone on Saturday (14Sep13), was joined by friends including Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, model/TV host Tyson Beckford and British singer Estelle for the lavish bash at Avenue NYC in Manhattan.
Actress Olivia Munn and her boyfriend Joel Kinnaman were also at the party, during which Nas was presented with a number of gifts, including a box of pricey cigars, booze and jewellery, and he later took to the microphone to express his thanks, telling the crowd, "Shout out to everyone here. I thank you from the f**king bottom of my brave heart. I thank you sincerely. God bless you all. Continue to live long!"
Carey posted a number of pictures from the party on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Fun in the city... Nas's 40th."
Nas continued the celebrations on Friday (13Sep13) by heading to Las Vegas, where he was joined by pals including Sean 'Diddy' Combs for a special dinner on his birthday eve.
Star Trek doesn’t care about the fans anymore. At least its current makers don’t, judging by some firebreathing remarks Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci made in the comments section of a TrekMovie.com article. He basically told Trekkies critical of his film to “F**K OFF!” (Yes, it was all caps.) The article that got Orci worked up to Khan-level wrath was titled “Star Trek Is Broken: Here’s How To Fix It,” meaning that the headline alone ticked him off. “I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents,” Orci said. “Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided. Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of 'broken.' And frankly, your tone and attidude [sic] make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.”
So in this scenario Orci is the parent and the disgruntled fan is the child. But what parent goes on to say what Orci did in a follow-up comment to another fan? “You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the F***ING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of s***ty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: F**K OFF!” Maybe that’s the parent of Go the F**K to Sleep saying that. But it sure isn’t appropriate, and there’s an inherent flaw in Orci’s rant (I won’t say argument, because his ramblings aren’t coherent enough to be called an argument). He suggests that there’s a gulf between filmmaker and fan that can’t be crossed — “There is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t” — and yet he’s trolling TrekMovie.com message boards to lash out against his anonymous critics, whose barbs really must hurt him deeply, even despite the box office numbers and critical raves for Star Trek Into Darkness that he cites.
Who’s really the child?
No work of art will be universally adored. Ever. Plenty of philistines have even called Citizen Kane “boring,” and I can’t begin to tell you all the people I’ve encountered who find The Godfather “slow.” (“Why is this wedding lasting so long?”) The thing is, you can’t win ‘em all. Can you imagine if every writer or director lashed out against his naysayers the way Orci did? Imagine if George Lucas, whose Star Wars prequels have become the pop culture dead horse fans must beat unto eternity, lashed out in this way. It might even be understandable if he did. If Lucas has criticized anyone, though, it’s professional critics, people who are paid to give their opinions and take heat for them — never the “s***ty fans,” as Orci would call the rabble.
Forget the idea of Star Trek itself being broken. That’s up for debate. Yes, we concur with the Trekkies who recently voted Star Trek Into Darkness the worst Trek movie ever (here are 12 reasons we agree). But it’s the link between the franchise and its fans that is truly broken. That “there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t” line shows Orci’s profound lack of understanding of Trek’s relationship to its fandom. For years, under the auspices of producer Michael Piller’s open door policy, fans could submit spec scripts for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. And not only did the producers read them, several of them got made. Battlestar Galactica reboot co-creator Ronald D. Moore launched his career by getting a TNG episode he wrote on spec, “The Bonding,” produced. That led to him getting a staff job on the show, the opportunity to write more scripts, and eventually the chance to be a producer on Deep Space Nine. One of the very best episodes of TNG period, “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” a story so good Trek honcho Rick Berman says he wishes he’d saved it to turn into a big-screen movie, was submitted on spec by a fan.
This tradition of fan-submitted spec scripts goes back to The Original Series. There’s a reason why Mad Men’s Paul Kinsey thought he could submit a story idea to the show: because the makers of Star Trek listened to the fans. And no wonder. It was the fans who got The Original Series a third season, after intense letter writing campaigns, when NBC was ready to pull the plug. That symbiotic relationship between maker and fan was unique in pop culture and symbolic of the democratic, “let the best idea win the day” ethos embodied by Kirk, Spock, and the Federation itself. The makers of Star Trek lived what they preached. If Star Trek still existed where it should really live, television, I’d like to think it would be possible for Breaking Bad’s Badger to submit his pie-eating contest idea.
That is no longer the case. Now the writers of Star Trek are a class apart existing in a paternalistic relationship with their “child”-like fans who, like drinking milk from a bottle, should be content and happy with whatever Star Trek they’re given. Even if it’s mindless nonsense like Into Darkness that barely even resembles a Star Trek movie. Oh, and Orci will probably go on to point out the many references in that movie to Trek of old, like Section 31 or the Enterprise NX-01 model sitting on a desk. But if the spirit of Trek isn’t there, if Roddenberry’s exploratory ideals and social commentary are replaced two movies in a row with tired revenge narratives, then they’re not going to be happy. Recreating a classic scene from a 30-year-old movie, the way Into Darkness restages Spock’s death with the roles reversed, will only make us wish we were watching that movie instead. Somewhere Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and J.J. Abrams forgot that Star Trek is about looking forward, not looking back.
What’s so odd about the direction they’ve taken the Trek franchise is that, while other media makers like Marvel Studios have come to embrace the geeky richness of their oeuvre, realizing that all pop culture today is niche culture, Abrams, Orci & Co. want to turn Trek into a sex-and-explosion-filled action franchise for a mass-market, “mainstream” culture that no longer exists. They can’t think of anything more imaginative than creating a carbon copy of a beloved villain from decades ago and putting Alice Eve in a bikini, while Marvel Studios is like, “Hey, let’s get Bradley Cooper to voice a machine gun-toting raccoon and Vin Diesel to play a talking tree.” If Marvel fans can get excited about that, the people who go see a Star Trek movie will be able to handle Uhura talking about more than her relationship problems. Maybe they’ll get a few more Trek movies produced with the current running-and-jumping formula, but it’s not sustainable if they lose Trekkies in the process: the people who will buy tickets to see the movie multiple times and plunk down their pay for tie-in merchandise.
What’s funny about this also is that, in telling the fans “F**K YOU!” Orci cites Simon Pegg, who for years criticized George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels. In his Twitter rants and on his TV show Spaced, Pegg launched every kind of barb imaginable at those movies from the perspective of an angry, passionate fan. You could disagree with his argument, but at least he cared. And you know what? Lucasfilm hired him to voice Dengar on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They didn’t hold a grudge. They didn’t say “F**K YOU!” George Lucas actually listened. What happens when the tables are turned and Pegg’s a part of a movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, that some revile? He can’t take it. People like Pegg and Orci act like they’re all about the fans, and that they are fans themselves. Maybe they were once. But they’re the suits now. And finally, they know a fraction of what George Lucas has been dealing with all these years. The question is, like Lucas will they listen?
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Rapper/actress Eve was presented with a $10,000 (£6,670) cheque for charity after correctly answering a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?-style question during an appearance on U.S. talk show Katie on Wednesday (11Sep13). The money was donated to her chosen charity, youth organisation Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Rapper/actress Eve was left stunned by the "hateful" reaction she received from fans in 2010 after she began dating white fashion designer and race car driver Maximillion Cooper. The Who's that Girl hitmaker, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, met the Brit in London at the Gumball 3000 rally, which he founded in 1999, and they later went public with their romance.
However, Eve was shocked by the nasty comments she received online about the interracial relationship because she couldn't believe how many people were still so divided by race.
She tells U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, "It was shocking. I'm dating a white man and... he's cute. I got heat because I'm this black girl who comes from hip-hop and I'm dating a white man, and honestly... I've always just been a people person... and it (the romance) just so happened to happen. I got so many hateful tweets from people, and I don't understand hate... Get over it. I just really couldn't believe it. Now it's fine. Now it's fine, but I just couldn't believe it."
The rapper, 34, now hopes their love will lead to a marriage proposal. When asked if she would like to settle down with Cooper, she says, "Yeah, I hope so. I definitely do (want to have kids). To me, that's the ultimate blessing, so I can't wait."