Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has defended himself online after Rita Ora's fans blasted him for blocking her performance at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (10Aug14). Ora was scheduled to sing her latest single I Will Never You Let You Down at the Los Angeles ceremony but it was axed at the last minute because her ex-boyfriend Harris, who owned the creative rights to the song, refused to let her perform the track.
Ora has insisted she is not bitter with Harris about the incident but is annoyed she was forced to let down her fans, who have since directed their disappointment at the music producer.
Harris has now opened up about the dispute, writing on Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14), "You'll only know 1 side of the story re (regarding) Teen choice awards because I choose not to talk to the papers about every aspect of my personal life... But just know I had a damn good reason."
The musicians split up in June (14).
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Pop star Rita Ora has sparked rumours she has taken revenge on her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris by penning vicious lyrics about a former lover in a new song.
The I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker wrote the track after splitting from the Scottish DJ, and she was determined not to hold back, comparing her ex to the devil.
Lyrics in the song, called Poison, include, "Like a serpent/From the Garden of Eden/You are like poison/Running in my blood" and "I open up my windows/I'm so sick of breathing/Every day I'm trying/But I don't remember who I was before you came."
Although Ora has not confirmed who the song is about, fans are speculating the mystery man in the lyrics is Harris.
The 23 year old tells Clash magazine, "This is about my bad luck with love."
Ora split from Harris in June (14). She previously dated Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob, and has recently been linked to fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger's son, Ricky Hil, after they were spotted on a night out in London in July (14).
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Pop star Rita Ora is still struggling to recover after splitting from music producer Calvin Harris.
The Scottish DJ confirmed in a post on Twitter.com in June (14) that he and Ora had parted ways, revealing they broke up several weeks earlier.
The R.I.P. hitmaker responded a few days later, complimenting Harris and insisting she had already moved on, but now Ora admits she is still striving to come to terms with the end of the relationship.
She tells Britain's Glamour magazine, "Honestly, if Calvin hadn't done it (announced the split), I wouldn't have done it. It took me five days to write three sentences. It was a massive... I don't know... We both work really hard, we're both all over the place. And I'd always denied it, always said, 'If you really want something, you'll do it!' When I go for something, I go in 100 per cent. So it was a wake up call."
"I'm gonna tell you the truth, I'm not doing too great. But, I'm doing better than I thought. I adore him and he's such an amazing human being. It was more about the situation, it was inconvenient, it was s**t, it sucks. It wasn't about 'us' it was about the world we live in."
Last month (Jul14), Ora was linked to Ricky Hil, the rapper son of U.S. fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger, after they were spotted together at a restaurant in London.
Shamed entertainer Rolf Harris was caught up in a prison brawl when another inmate spat at the convicted sex attacker. Britain's The Sun newspaper reports a fight broke out at HMP Bullingdon in England after a prisoner attempted to spit at Harris during a Catholic service, but missed and hit another inmate.
Harris was not involved in the altercation, which involved at least two lags, but was reportedly left shaken by the incident.
A source tells the newspaper, "One prisoner called Rolf a dirty nonce (child molester) and spat at him. All the others were jeering too, but the spit landed on the bloke next to Rolf, who went berserk. He then attacked the other guy. At least two prisoners were throwing punches. An alarm went off before the officers came over. Rolf stood in a corner while the other prisoner was taken to(a) segregation unit. Then he just sat back down. He was shaken up , but didn't let on."
A spokesperson for Britain's Ministry of Justice confirmed the incident, which occurred on 19 July (14), Sky News reports.
Word of the altercation comes in the wake of the announcement that Harris has sought permission to appeal against his conviction for sexually assaulting four girls.
The Australian singer/artist was found guilty in June (14) of 12 counts of indecent assault and sentenced to almost six years behind bars.
Singer B. Simone is reportedly set to play late R&B star Aaliyah in a big screen biopic. Nickelodeon regular Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to replace Zendaya Coleman in an upcoming TV movie based on the singer's short life, but Aaliyah's uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, is working with author Zane on a second film, which may also feature actors Terrence Howard and Wood Harris, according to S2S magazine.
A source says, "We're in a position where we can do the feature film and we can do the music. I think if we do our due-diligence, people will watch the TV movie and still say, 'I need to see the feature film'."
Coleman pulled out of the TV project in June (14) after she was bombarded with negative comments surrounding her casting.
Aaliyah was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for sex attacks on four young girls. Harris was found guilty in June (14) of molesting four females aged between seven and 19 in a catalogue of abuse dating from 1968 to 1986.
The Australian singer/artist was jailed for almost six years for 12 counts of indecent assault, but he is now launching a bid to appeal against his convictions, with Judicial Office staff confirming Harris' lawyers have lodged papers at London's Court of Appeal.
Harris was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
The U.K. Attorney General has declined to appeal disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris' five-year sentence for child sex offences after receiving a slew of complaints suggesting the punishment is not enough. The Australian singer/artist, 84, was ordered to serve five years and nine months behind bars in June (14), after he was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges regarding the molestation of four young girls between 1968 and 1986, when they were aged from seven to 19.
The punishment, handed down by judge Justice Sweeney, was considered by many to be too lenient and prompted 150 people to file official complaints about the sentence with U.K. authorities.
However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright has decided against challenging the sentence in the Court of Appeals.
A representative for the Attorney General's Office reveals, "He (Wright) did not think they (appeal judges) would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it...
"The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending.
"The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts; the overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending."
Harris, who denied the counts, was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
British pop star Rita Ora is reportedly moving on from her split from DJ Calvin Harris by romancing the rapper son of U.S. fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
The I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker, 23, sparked rumours of a new romance with Ricky Hil after they were spotted holding hands while dining at Nobu in London on Saturday night (05Jul14), before heading to the Drury Club to party.
Hil, 24, has also been showing off his blossoming relationship with Ora with images on his Instagram.com page, uploading a picture of the rumoured couple cuddling for a snap last week (ends04Jul14).
A source tells Britain's Mirror newspaper, "They really hit it off when they met and really like each other, so Rita invited him over (to Europe) to join her. They want to see where things might take them - they're just having a lot of fun."
Ora and Scottish dance star Harris announced their on/off romance was over for good in early June (14), confessing they had called time on the relationship "some time ago". She previously dated Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob.
Musical theatre composer Mary Rodgers has died, aged 83. The daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers passed away on 26 June (14), according to Playbill.com.
Rodgers grew up with her father's enormous success in the theatre, and she wrote the music to Once Upon a Mattress, the musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Princess and the Pea, in her 20s.
The production, which debuted in 1959, gave lead actress Carol Burnett her big break and her first Tony Award nomination.
Once Upon a Mattress closed less than a year after opening, but found success with a TV special in 1964 and 1972, both starring Burnett, as well as a Broadway revival in 1996 starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
Rodgers also composed the music to such shows as A to Z, Hot Spot, and Working.
She later became a children's book author, and wrote A Billion for Boris, Summer Switch, The Rotten Book and Freaky Friday, which was adapted for the big screen in 1976, featuring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, and again in 1995 and 2003, when it starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.
Rodgers' son with her second husband Henry Guettel, Adam Guettel, is also a musical theatre composer. He earned two Tony Award wins for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his 2003 musical The Light in the Piazza.
Rodgers is survived by her sister, Linda Rodgers Emory, five children, seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
When drag queens, rock and roll legends, murderous social climbers and tap dancing gangsters come together, it can only mean one thing: the Tony Awards. The biggest night on Broadway made its way to Radio City Music Hall Sunday night to celebrate the best and most unforgettable performances of the season, and while the show had its fair share of historical moments, show-stopping numbers and mind-blowing spectacle, the 2014 Tonys stood out for another reason – they were just plain weird.
From the moment that host Hugh Jackman hopped his way across the screen as part of the opening number it was clear that this year’s awards were going to be a memorable event, and between the impromptu rap numbers, the countless teleprompter issues and Neil Patrick Harris giving everyone a lap dance, the night only got stranger and stranger. It might be hard to believe that there's anything stranger than the idea of Barney Stinson in heels and a miniskirt or Rocky becoming a hit musical, but this year's Tonys managed to make both of those things seem downright normal with all of the confusing moments and odd numbers they unveiled, starting with that opening bit...
Hugh Jackman Bounces Back to Broadway After handing over hosting duties to Harris for the last several years, everyone was expecting Jackman to go big for his return to the Tonys stage. Instead, he went old-school, and spent four minutes hopping around Radio City Music Hall, meeting with all of the actors and checking out all of the shows, in an homage to Bobby Van’s “Take Me to Broadway.” It was a nice tribute to his love of the theater, but for an award show that prides itself on big production numbers and a host who loves a great song-and-dance moment, it was a slightly confusing, slightly underwhelming choice.
Clint Eastwood Loses the Teleprompter We’re not sure if the teleprompters weren’t working or if the champagne was just flowing a little too freely backstage, but almost every presenter struggled to get their words out (or, in Fran Drescher’s case, to read the names in the right order). However, no mispronunciations or flubbed cues held a candle to the rambling, confusing speech that Eastwood gave before giving out the directing awards. We think it had something to do with directing, the theater and the importance of remembering your glasses before you head out onstage, but we’d be lying if we said we could follow any of the nonsense he mumbled.
Neil Patrick Harris Licks Samuel L. Jackson’s Glasses Well, technically Hedwig did. During his raucous performance with the rest of the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris took to the audience to make Orlando Bloom take part in a “car wash,” give Sting a lap dance, and make out with his husband David Burtka. Somewhere in there, he decided to steal the glasses of the most intimidating man in the audience, thoroughly clean them with his tongue and the place them delicately back on his face. See that mix of bewilderment, fear, and excitement on Jackson’s face? That’s the only appropriate reaction to have in a situation like that.
Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J Rap The Music Man If you’ve ever listened to a recording of The Music Man and thought that what Harold Hill really needed were some sick beats, we have some good news for you. Over a beat from Questlove, Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J (because the Tonys air on CBS) freestyled about the hardships of making a living by selling trombones, while the older members of the audience stood there uncomfortably, looking confused and terrified.
Rocky: The Musical Is All Scrap, No Song Look, when your whole show builds to an elaborate, full-contact boxing match complete with an announcer, jumbotron and full-scale ring, you want to show off all of the hard work and preparation that went into putting that number together. Still, would it have killed the Rocky producers to have their leading man Andy Karl sing a few bars? This is the Tony Awards, after all; if we wanted to watch people fight without bursting into song, we’d switch over to Game of Thrones.
Jennifer Hudson Gets an 11 O’Clock Number (Literally) We’re all for producers using the Tonys to preview some of the shows headed to the Great White Way in the upcoming season, but that doesn’t explain why the number promoting Finding Neverland – a show that won’t open for another year, featuring a performer who isn’t even part of the cast – interrupted the biggest awards of the night and forced the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to rush through their Best Musical acceptance speech. Maybe if someone had kept Eastwood on script, Hudson’s diva moment could have come at a more appropriate point in the show. Like as a replacement for whatever dreary song Sting broke out.
Sting is Writing a Musical This one’s self-explanatory.
Who Wrote Jackman’s Bits? If nothing else, this year’s Tony Awards were an experiment to see whether a three-hour show could be carried on nothing but Hugh Jackman’s charisma. Most of his bits were a little odd, relying on his good looks and smooth voice to carry him through to the next introduction, as if the whole show were thrown together during his downtime on the X-Men press tour. The fact that everything still worked is a testament to the sheer force of Jackman’s charm, and our willingness to forgive a great deal for a well-executed soft shoe.