John Legend's model wife Chrissy Teigen is taking a hiatus from Twitter.com after facing a storm of criticism for appearing to trivialise the shooting death of a soldier in Canada. The brunette beauty came under fire on Wednesday (22Oct14) when she took to the micro-blogging site to air her thoughts about the death of a 24-year-old solider, who was killed while standing guard at a war memorial in Ottawa.
The gunman then went on a rampage in the parliament building nearby, where Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing fellow politicians. He was shot dead by a ceremonial official.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Teigen tweeted, "Active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday... That's not a joke. It is a fact."
Her comments irked some of her followers and led to a Twitter backlash, with many accusing the model of insensitivity and some even threatening her life.
However, Teigen refused to apologise for her statement, insisting critics had misunderstood her remarks, which she insisted was simply meant to highlight the high level of gun crime in America.
The defiant star went on to share a number of nasty, expletive-filled messages which she had received from angry Twitter followers, and added, "It's been a while since I inadvertently p**sed a ton of people off. Forgot how much it sucks."
The negative comments continued to roll in and by Thursday (23Oct14), Teigen had had enough.
She wrote, "I can't see anything through the sea of hate and anger that is now my Twitter. Seriously I can't sift through it all."
Initiating a Twitter break, she added, "I feel sick. Bye Twitter. Taking my talents to instagram".
Model Chrissy Teigen has been accused of trivializing the shooting drama in Canada on Wednesday (22Oct14) by comparing the atrocity to American gun attacks.
A 24-year-old solider was shot and killed while standing guard at a war memorial in Ottawa before the gunman went on a rampage in the parliament building where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing fellow politicians. The attacker was shot dead by a ceremonial official. Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, went online in the aftermath of the events in Ottawa to comment on Twitter.com, writing, "Active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday... That's not a joke. It is a fact."
The remark prompted a storm of criticism, with users accusing the brunette beauty of insensitivity in light of the attack, but Teigen refused to back down and instead attempted to explain her post, adding, "Sorry you don't understand that is a knock at America and our issues with gun control. No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting... I'm not apologizing. If you take it wrong, that is your fault... For some reason, Canadians think I am saying they have a lot of shootings. I am not saying that. Sigh... I've lost faith in this world. Sorry if it comes off as being unemotional..."
Teigen went on to share a number of nasty, expletive-filled messages which she had received from angry Twitter followers, and added, "It's been a while since I inadvertently p**sed a ton of people off. Forgot how much it sucks."
Filmmaker Adam Mckay has thrown his support behind an anti-gun violence campaign by shooting a parody video taking aim at members of the U.S. Congress for allegedly accepting campaign funds from gun lobbyists. The Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy director has teamed up with activists at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to call out the politicians who are purposefully blocking new safety legislation, which would expand background checks on those wishing to purchase firearms, out of loyalty to corporation bosses donating campaign cash to keep them in office.
The video footage features a man posing as a congressman begging for a cash handout and compares him to real-life lap dogs as a voiceover states, "There's another kind of lap dog that's just as docile and submissive: members of Congress that belong to the corporate gun lobby. If you've got a treat or campaign money, he'll do whatever they want."
The campaign website lists Congress' biggest culprits, which allegedly include House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Marco Rubio, among many others.
In a statement, McKay adds, "If a lap dog could serve in Congress, they would do whatever the gun lobby wanted for a piece of bacon or a doggy treat. But lap dogs can't be elected to Congress, so the gun lobby got these shameless congressmen to sit and roll over for campaign checks.
"They are good little doggies who don't give a hang about the safety of innocent Americans. It's time they were finally recognized for their blind obedience to the almighty dollar."
Pitbull has signed up to host the American Music Awards again after his debut last year (13) turned into ratings gold.
The rapper will front the 2014 show from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on 23 November (14), and admits he's thrilled to be back. He says, "World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I work, the luckier I get. Thank you (TV producers at) ABC and Dick Clark Productions for the amazing opportunity. More than anything, let's get ready to have fun."
Pitbull will also perform, along with Charli XCX. Other acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Iggy Azalea leads all nominations with six, just ahead of John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each have five. Meanwhile, AMA bosses have hit back at Sinead O'Connor's claims she was uninvited from performing at this year's awards ceremony because The Pope was not interested in introducing her.
In a post on her website earlier this month (Oct14), the singer claimed Dick Clark Productions officials reached out to the pontiff and asked him to introduce O'Connor, who famously ripped up a photo of his predecessor as part of a protest against the Catholic Church during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1992, and he refused to get back to them. As a result, Sinead alleges show bosses dumped her planned performance. But sources close to AMA officials insist the Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker has her facts all wrong, telling TMZ.com her remarks are ridiculous.
Celebrities including Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran helped raise $23.2 million (£14.5 million) during the U.K. Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (17Oct14).
The "Toxic" hitmaker took part in a sketch called "Andy Murray: The Movie", in which celebrities were auditioning for parts in the upcoming biopic of the Scottish tennis player's life. Spears tried out for the role of Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears with a fake Cockney accent, while Williams tried a Scottish twang as he auditioned for Murray. Others trying out for parts included Ed Sheeran, who played "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Scottish group The Proclaimers, while Andy Serkis filmed his audition in a motion capture suit. Swift took on British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for a 'bake it off' competition sketch, where they were supposed to each make a chocolate cake. However, Oliver began singing and dancing to a revamped version of her new single Shake It Off and the pair ended up pulling funny moves and throwing food around.
British rocker Noel Gallagher teamed up with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for a celebrity version of Gogglebox, where viewers are filmed watching TV. The trio watched reality shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor and gave a comedic running commentary. Also during the broadcast, Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey revived their Men Behaving Badly characters for the first time in 16 years for a one-off sketch about testicular cancer. Will Ferrell appeared as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, giving a news report on cancer, Sherlock star Martin Freeman took part in a magic card trick with celebrity illusionist Derren Brown, and Nicole Scherzinger and John Legend were interviewed during a live taping of chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. At the end of the live telethon, $23.2 million had been raised for Cancer Research U.K.
Singer John Legend has dismissed rumours his friend Jay Z is heading towards a split from wife Beyonce.
The showbiz supercouple has been under the spotlight in recent weeks amid reports their marriage is in trouble, but Legend, who has worked with the rapper on a number of tracks, is adamant his pal is not worried about the false gossip. Legend tells Jo Parkerson of British radio station Magic FM:
"I think all of us (friends) are aware of what people are saying and we probably care a little bit but we also know they don't know everything that's happening. And so when you hear all this speculation about Jay and Beyonce getting divorced... If you're Jay, you know the truth. "You can only let the rumours affect you so much... He knows the truth and he's pretty mellow as well. He's cool and collected and he knows how to take it all in his stride."
R&B singer John Legend and his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen are selling their Los Angeles mansion for $2 million (£1.25 million) to trade up for a larger property. The couple, which wed last year (13), purchased the Hollywood Hills home in 2007, but now Legend and Teigen are seeking a bigger property as they continue with the next phase of their married lives.
The three-bedroom home was built in the 1960s and has a combined living room, dining room and kitchen, which opens onto a deck.
Legend tells the Wall Street Journal that they are looking for a new home in the same area, and are hoping to find a place similar to the one they're putting on the market.
He says, "We're ready to expand a little bit. If we could have the twice-as-big version of this place, we would get it. We love the feel of this home."
The Doors are to be honoured with the 2014 Inspiration Award at the upcoming Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles. The two existing members of the group, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, will accept the accolade on behalf of late bandmates Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison at the first U.S.-based awards ceremony in the 10th year of the British magazine's annual prizegiving.
Densmore and Krieger have released a statement which reads: "In 1965 and '66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast. It's really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in Venice, CA.
"To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."
Previous Inspiration Award recipients include Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord, Steve Marriott, Ronnie James Dio and Phil Lynott.
The event, which will be hosted by Sammy Hagar on 4 November (14), will also be a special night for Gregg Allman, the recipient of this year's Living Legend Award.
Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Queen + Adam Lambert will compete for the night's Band of the Year honour, while the coveted Album Of The Year award will be a battle between Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes), Judas Priest (Redeemer Of Souls), Motorhead (Aftershock), Pearl Jam (Lightning Bolt) and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Hypnotic Eye), among others.
Stevie Wonder cancelled a transatlantic flight to record his contribution to a charity cover of the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows after missing the session when he fell sick. The soul legend is one of several stars who sing a line in the track, including Sir Elton John, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Chris Martin, and Kylie Minogue.
However, Wonder was forced to sit out the main recording session when he was struck down with a bout of influenza, and when he had recovered enough, the Superstition hitmaker cancelled his flight home to return to the studio.
Sam Walker, creative director at Karmarama, the team behind the fundraising track, says, "This was almost certainly the lowest point in the whole project. We were gutted and were on the verge of giving up but then another call came through, to say that he was back in if we could record and shoot him the following day.
"He would move his flights back if we could say yes in the next fifteen minutes. It took about 30 seconds to make the decision."
When Wonder finally got to sing his line in the song, Walker and his team watched in awe: "It sounded amazing and we were blown away. Without doubt, having been that close to not getting him, it is definitely one of the highest points in the whole two and a half years. And to top it all off he's such nice bloke as well."
The song was recorded in aid of the BBC's Children in Need fundraising telethon, which is due to take place next month (Nov14).
Chris Brown will lead the way at the 2014 Soul Train Awards after scoring seven nominations. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is bouncing back from months of legal troubles, which included a prison stint earlier this year (14) after he was kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for anger management, and now he has been given a career boost. He will compete for the titles of Song of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and Best Collaboration for his track Loyal, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.
His New Flame duet with Usher is shortlisted for Video of the Year, while he will fight for Best R&B/Soul Male Act against the likes of five-time nominee Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz and John Legend.
Meanwhile, Williams will go head-to-head with Beyonce, who has notched up six nods, for Album of the Year. Other nominees in the coveted category are John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson, whose posthumous release, Xscape, makes the shortlist.
Beyonce and Monae are also in the running for Best R&B/Soul Female Act, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Jhene Aiko.
The 2014 Soul Train Awards, which celebrate the best in black music, will take place in Las Vegas on 7 November (14).