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Pop superstar Beyonce looks set to triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards after scooping eight nominations.
The Crazy in Love hitmaker released promos for every track on her self-titled fifth album, and three of those clips have landed nominations, including nods for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love, which features her husband Jay Z.
She is also in the running for Best Female Video and Best Choreography for Partition, and Best Video with a Social Message for Pretty Hurts at the annual MTV prizegiving.
Beyonce's closest rivals are rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea, who have picked up seven nods apiece.
Azalea's Fancy music promo, based on cult comedy film Clueless, will compete for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video, while she also appears in the Best Female Video category twice for Fancy and Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande. Other acts to land nods include Pharrell Williams and Grande, who have three nominations each.
The ceremony will take place at The Forum venue in Los Angeles on 24 August (14). Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer are scheduled to perform.
The list of main nominees is as follows:
Video of the Year: Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Chandelier - Sia
Best Female Video: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Partition - Beyonce; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Royals - Lorde
Best Male Video: Sing - Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell Williams; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; All Of Me - John Legend; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Stay with Me - Sam Smith
Best Pop Video: Happy - Pharrell Williams; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz; Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Wake Me Up - Avicii
Best Hip-Hop Video: 3005 - Childish Gambino; Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake; Berzerk - Eminem; Black Skinhead - Kanye West; We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa
Best Rock Video: Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys; Royals - Lorde; Demons - Imagine Dragons; Until It's Gone - Linkin Park; Fever - The Black Keys
Best Collaboration: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Loyal - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Timber - Pitbull featuring Kesha.
Kanye West will end the summer with a busy weekend, headlining both Budweiser Made In America festivals in Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. West was recently confirmed as the Saturday-night headliner at Jay Z's event in Philadelphia on 30 August (14), and now it has emerged he'll jet to the west coast after his set and perform his hits again in L.A. the following night (31Aug14).
Iggy Azalea has just been newly added to the inaugural Los Angeles event, which will also feature John Mayer, Juanes, Weezer and Rise Against.
Rapper YG will also appear at both festivals.
The Philadelphia Made in America event, now in its third year, will also feature The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole and Chromeo.
The British singer/actress who understudied for and then replaced Idina Menzel in Wicked is returning to the West End stage as Elphaba for a limited run beginning next month (Aug14). Kerry Ellis, who first took on the role in 2006 when she became the first British Elphaba, will replace Willemijn Verkaik in London from 4 August to 25 October (14).
Verkaik, who will play her final performance as Elphaba on Saturday (19Jul14), has been forced to step out of the spotlight after a seven-year international run to have surgery on her back.
Ellis says, "It is an absolute thrill for me to be returning to this amazing show and the incredible role of Elphaba that is so very special to me. I can't wait to be green again and join this fantastic cast."
The London production of Wicked is the 10th longest running show in the West End.
Kim Kardashian's lawyer has challenged an imprisoned convict to take a lie detector test amid allegations he bedded the reality TV star while she was engaged to basketball player Kris Humphries. Andrey Hicks claims he is in possession of an email Kardashian allegedly sent him in 2011, when she acknowledged the alleged affair in Monaco and admitted it was "a mistake".
However, legal eagle Marty Singer is convinced the note is a fake and he has fired off a scathing letter to Hicks, who openly refers to himself a "greedy capitalist who went to jail for a greedy scheme".
In the message, obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Singer blasts Hicks as "a swindling convict and a liar" and encourages the prisoner to take a polygraph test.
Kardashian wed Humphries in August, 2011 after a whirlwind romance, but she moved to end the marriage just 72 days later. The divorce was granted last year (13), four months before she became engaged to rapper Kanye West. They exchanged vows in Italy in May (14).
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is eyeing a movie adaptation of his musical Cats after confirming the show will return to London's West End later this year (14).
The theatre impresario's show will hit the stage again at the London Palladium in December (14) after a 12-year absence, and Webber has now revealed he is eager to see the show adapted for the big screen.
He says, "The other thing that's happening is them (my musicals) being made into movies... There is considerable talk at last about Cats being made into a movie so it gives me a chance to think about the material and how that can happen."
Webber's Evita is also returning to London, taking over from We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in September (14).
British actress Carey Mulligan has won glowing reviews for her West End debut, with critics hailing her performance in Skylight as "moving" and "beautiful". The David Hare play, which opened at London's Wyndham's Theatre on Wednesday (19Jun14), stars Mulligan and veteran actor Bill Nighy as two former lovers who meet up after several years and reminisce about their affair.
The production, directed by Stephen Daldry, has won over reviewers, who heaped praise on the two leading performers.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph gives the drama five stars out of five and calls it a "knockout production", writing, "Nighy and Mulligan beautifully capture both the hurt and anger of lost love, and sudden piercing moments of enduring sadness."
The Independent's Paul Taylor hails Mulligan for her "moving, intensely focused performance", while Dominic Maxwell of Britain's The Times was most impressed by Nighy, who appeared in a previous production of the play back in 1996, calling him "a case study in charisma" and "an enormously seductive presence" who "boasts a performance of pure class".
Quentin Letts of Britain's Daily Mail gives similar praise to the lead actor, writing, "Bill Nighy at full belt on stage is astonishing, unbalancing, unforgettable" but adds that Mulligan "holds her own... to not be upstaged by a rampaging Nighy is an achievement".
Skylight will run until 23 August (14).
Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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Veteran actress Kathleen Turner's new play Bakersfield Mist has been savaged by critics who branded it "implausible", "phoney", and "too pleased with itself". The new drama, which opened in the West End on Tuesday (27May14), stars Turner as Maude, a trailer park resident who believes she has unearthed a valuable Jackson Pollock painting. She enlists a New York art expert named Lionel, played by Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid, to verify it.
However, the culture-clash show, written by Stephen Sachs, has failed to impress many critics, who found the plot unconvincing and suggested the actors' performances are the only highlight.
Henry Hitching, of the London Evening Standard, writes, "Her (Turner) passionate performance and an enjoyably outrageous one from Ian McDiarmid can't redeem a play that turns a true story into something clunkingly implausible... There are flashes of humour, but despite the strong performances Bakersfield Mist feels very slight."
Charles Spencer, from the Daily Telegraph, echoes the criticism, adding, "Bakersfield Mist, neatly directed by Polly Teale and cleverly designed by Tom Piper, is too slight, and a touch too pleased with itself, to be fully satisfying. But, unlike the dubious picture at the play's heart, the performances are definitely the genuine article."
Mark Shenton, from The Stage, writes, "A play about trying to verify the authenticity of art falls at the first hurdle if it itself feels phoney... The situation here simply beggars belief... I suspect it will quickly fade into the mists of memory."
Bakersfield Mist will run until 30 August (14) at the Duchess Theatre in London.
Kanye West will perform one of his first shows as a married man when he headlines pal Jay Z's third annual Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August (14). The Stronger hitmaker, who is scheduled to wed fiancee Kim Kardashian this weekend (24May14), will return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway venue over America's Labor Day weekend to entertain audiences, two years after he joined Jay Z as a special guest onstage at the inaugural two-day event in 2012.
Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, dance DJ Tiesto, The National, rap veterans De La Soul, Steve Aoki and J. Cole will also be part of the 2014 line-up.
This year's bash will also be celebrated simultaneously in Los Angeles for the first time. Performers for the west coast show are due to be unveiled later on Thursday (22May14).
Jay Z's superstar wife Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails topped the bill at last year's (13) festivities in Philadelphia.
Actor Mike Myers is "super proud" to have been standing next to Kanye West when the rapper infamously accused former U.S. President George W. Bush of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, because he's convinced the musician was speaking the truth.
The Austin Powers comedian had been selected to present a segment for a live TV fundraiser with West back in 2005, when the outspoken hip-hop star went off-script and took aim at the then commander-in-chief for his handling of the disaster relief effort in New Orleans, Louisiana, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Cameras captured the look of shock on Myers' face as he heard what West had to say, but nine years later, the actor claims he was glad someone had the courage to call out authorities for their lack of action when so many lives were at stake.
He tells GQ magazine, "For me, it isn't about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans. "To have the emphasis on the look on my face, versus the fact that somebody spoke truth to power at a time when somebody needed to speak? I'm, like, super proud to have been next to him."
West was forced to issue a public apology to Bush after his outburst, which the former leader subsequently branded one of the lowest points of his presidency in his 2010 memoir, Decision Points. Hurricane Katrina claimed the lives of at least 1,833 people in late August, 2005 when it swept across the Bahamas, Cuba and areas of Florida before flattening parts of New Orleans.