Demi Lovato fears Miley Cyrus' controversial behaviour is overshadowing the pop star's vocal talent. Lovato has been friends with the Wrecking Ball hitmaker since they were in their early teens, but admits she is concerned that her pal's saucy stage routines and provocative persona will have a detrimental effect on her credibility as an artist.
She tells U.S. TV host Katie Couric, "I think she knows what she's doing. A lot of artists take that route of shock value and that's totally fine and that's great, but I think that she has such an incredible voice that's overshadowed by some of the things that she's doing."
Cyrus hit headlines over her racy performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in September (13), and courted controversy again by lighting a joint as she accepted a prize at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland earlier this month (Nov13).
Lovato and Cyrus both rose to stardom as teen actresses in Disney productions, Lovato in TV movie Camp Rock and Cyrus as Hannah Montana, and the Heart Attack hitmaker wants the public to finally let her friend leave her kids TV persona behind.
She continues, "I think that the world kind of needs to get over the fact that she was Hannah Montana when she was like 16 or whatever... Same thing with me, but I guess my transition was a little different because I went straight to rehab, but - I didn't twerk, I just went to rehab."
Lovato's career hit a stumbling block in 2010 when she was admitted to rehab to deal with a number of personal issues, including a diagnosis with bipolar disorder, self-harm and bulimia. She later bounced back by reviving her music career and landing a role on U.S. reality TV show The X Factor.
The Spider-Man musical will end its run on Broadway early next year (14). The superhero show, which features music from U2's Bono and The Edge, was one of the most expensive theatrical productions in history, and after a shaky start, rose to become one of Broadway's biggest earners.
But after a major dip in earnings over the autumn (13), producers have decided to end its Broadway run in January (14) and take the musical to Las Vegas.
The show's spokesman Rick Miramontez says, "Further details will be announced in the weeks to come."
Mexican actress Karla Alvarez has died at the age of 41. The TV star's body was found by a maid in her apartment in Mexico City on Friday (15Nov13) and officials have attributed her cause of death to cardiopulmonary arrest due to complications from eating disorders anorexia and bulimia.
Alvarez rose to fame in 1992 after appearing in telenovela Maria Mercedes, portraying Latin superstar Thalia's stubborn younger sister.
She went on to land roles in other popular Mexican soap operas, including Buscando El Paraiso, and scored the starring role in Mi Querida Isabel.
She later became known for playing villains onscreen in shows like La Mentira, Alma Rebelde and La Intrusa, while she shot her final acting gig earlier this year (13), in Que Bonito Amor with actors Jorge Salinas and Danna Garcia.
Paying tribute to her tragic former co-star, Thalia writes on Twitter.com: "Very saddened by the parting of Karlita Alvarez. Great memories of 'Maria Mercedes.' Prayers for her family. Rest in peace."
Once upon a time in a far away land there was a beautiful girl named Rose… and she has now made it to Hollywood for everyone to know! Hailing from New Zealand, Rose McIver is just as sweet as she looks, and incredibly hard working, beginning her career at the age of 3. It’s no surprise we love her so much!
How has it been playing Tinkerbell on Once Upon A Time? Can you share any stories from the set?
I have been having so much fun working on this project. I get to fly around in a harness and play a wonderful icon. I am very aware of how lucky I am to have that chance. On set we have such a great group of people who are professional and still know how to have fun, we have had a couple of freezing cold night shoots where we all sit huddled around heaters in a tent on set and it feels like a school camp.
How is it working with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan on Masters Of Sex? Are there are a lot of laughs on the set?
Lizzy and Michael are both fantastic in this show. They compliment each other incredibly well and are backed up by so many brilliant cast mates. Allison Janney has been an absolute pleasure to work with, definitely a big inspiration to me.
What can you tell us about Charlotte from Brightest Star?
Charlotte is an artist, with strong creative tendencies who adjusts to a different world and mindset. She has a drive and ambition that can be both constructive and limiting. She was raised by very high achieving parents and definitely feels a need to mirror that behavior. She is strong willed and caring.
You’ve been working since you were a child, at the age of 3. How was it growing up with that kind of success?
It never really felt like work. I would partake in projects on weekends or in school holidays, it felt more like an extra curricular activity to me. Instead of playing soccer I would go to set. I am so grateful that my parents wanted me to stay in school, I love that I still made it to my school balls and graduated with my classmates.
How different do you find Los Angeles from New Zealand?
Los Angeles is an incredible city. There is so much opportunity and work potential and you can find so much within a couple of hours drive of the city itself. I really enjoy it, but New Zealand is still very much my home. My family and my oldest friends all live there. There is such a beautiful focus on family and lifestyle and living on the coast there, the summer's cannot be beat.
You’ve been working so much lately, is there anything else we can expect from you in the near future?
I'm looking in to what is next for me at the moment. I am still working on Once Upon a Time so haven't really decided where I am headed next but there are a few exciting projects that may be in the pipeline so as soon as I know something definite, I will be able to throw my energy into those!
French actress Marion Cotillard spent Friday (15Nov13) in a cage on the streets of Paris as she joined fellow environmental campaigners to demand the release of 30 Greenpeace protesters incarcerated in Russia. The so-called Arctic 30 group, which includes two journalists, was arrested in September (13) and charged on suspicion of piracy and hooliganism after holding a demonstration against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
The jailed activists, who were originally held in the city of Murmansk, were reported on Monday (11Nov13) to have been transported to pre-trial detention centres in St. Petersburg, although officials failed to give a reason for the move, sparking concerns for their safety.
Earlier this week (begs11Nov13), Sir Paul McCartney penned a letter to Vladimir Putin, urging the Russian president to intervene and help the detainees.
Now Cotillard, an outspoken Greenpeace activist, has added her voice to the cause and taken part in a peaceful demonstration outside the Palais Royal complex in the heart of Paris.
Standing silently inside the cage with other protesters, who were all dressed in red, she held up a plaque which declared: "I am a climate defender". Others held up posters bearing photos of the jailed activists, calling for their freedom.
The La Vie En Rose star later branded the detention of the Greenpeace campaigners "absolutely absurd and crazy".
Director Spike Lee has placed his New York City mansion on the market for $32 million (£21.3 million) - almost double the price he paid for it. The Do The Right Thing filmmaker and his wife Tonya purchased the historic town house in Manhattan's Upper East Side from artist Jasper Johns in 1998 for $16.6 million (£11 million), but they are now preparing to move and are keen to make a nice profit from the sale, according to the New York Post.
The landmarked home, which was built in 1916 and boasts an internal courtyard with a fountain, has a storied past - one of its previous owners was famed burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, who was known for throwing wild parties at the pad, which she lived in for three decades until her death in 1970.
Scottish singer Susan Boyle is on a hunt to find the best choir in the U.K. to join her for a performance of her festive duet with Elvis Presley. The singer has launched a competition to find a gifted group to help her sing her version of Christmas carol Oh Come All Ye Faithful for a performance which will be aired globally through YouTube.com and social media websites.
Boyle tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "I'm very excited to find a choir that will sing with the King & I on O Come All Ye Faithful.
"No matter what age you are or where you sing or the style you sing in, send in your entries for a chance to win and I look forward to watching your videos."
Entrants have to submit a video of their choir singing the track via YouTube.com to be in with a chance of winning.
Boyle enlisted the help of 120 pupils at St Rose of Lima School in Glasgow, Scotland to perform the Nativity story in the promo for the festive track, and she celebrated its release by paying the young video stars a visit on Wednesday (13Nov13).
Five-year-old Rhys, who stars as Presley in the video, says, "Susan's really nice. I've met her loads of times and she's a really good singer."
Music producers used digital technology to combine Boyle's vocals with those of late star Presley on the record, making her one of only a handful of artists to be given permission to record a duet with the late legend.
"It was haunted. There was a silent movie star who drove herself off Mullholland (Drive), which is a famous road in Los Angeles, and killed herself after she found out her husband cheated on her, and it's said that she haunts the place... How amazing would it be to see a ghost at your wedding? I would have loved that. That would be everything." Newlywed Rose Mcgowan was hoping to see a ghost at her wedding to artist Davey Detail last month (Oct13).
Leading British composer Sir John Tavener has died, aged 69. The musician, who battled illness for years, passed away on Tuesday (12Nov13), six years after suffering a debilitating heart attack in 2007.
Tavener, who studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, rose to fame in the 1960s and became known for his religious works. His most popular compositions include The Whale, The Protecting Veil, and Song For Athene, which was played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
However, he will perhaps be best remembered for his choral compositions for William Blake's poem The Lamb, which is traditionally performed as a Christmas carol.
He was recognised for his contributions to the music industry in 2000 when he was honoured with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Taverner was plagued with health problems throughout his life, suffering a stroke in his 30s and undergoing heart surgery and an operation to have a tumour removed in his 40s. He was also diagnosed with genetic disorder Marfan syndrome, which can cause heart defects.
Country star Rodney Atkins is a married man after exchanging vows with singer/songwriter Rose Falcon in Florida. The happy couple tied the knot on the beach on Captiva Island on Sunday (10Nov13), with Atkins' son Elijah, from his first marriage, serving as the groom's best man.
The nuptials were made extra special by the fact that Atkins had asked Charles Hutchins, the founder of the children's home where he spent much of his youth before he was adopted by Allen and Margaret Atkins, to officiate the ceremony.
The date was already of significance to Atkins - his parents wed on that day 51 years ago, and the newlyweds decided to mark the special occasion by presenting the singer's mother with a three-carat aquamarine ring.
Atkins began dating Falcon following his 2011 split from first wife Tammy Jo amid allegations of domestic violence. He was cleared of the assault charge and their divorce was finalised in September, 2012.