Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Iggy Azalea were among the high-profile stars who took to the stage in Las Vegas over the weekend (19-21Sep14) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in the music industry graced the stage in Sin City for the two-day event, which kicked off on Friday (19Sep14) with acts including Swift, Minaj, Grande and Coldplay.
Coldplay's set was overshadowed by the appearance of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the gig, fuelling rumours she is dating frontman Chris Martin, while other acts included pregnant singer Alicia Keys, who made a surprise turn on stage to perform her new single We Are Here.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am also made a surprise appearance onstage with DJ Steve Aoki.
Usher rounded out Friday night by bringing out Chris Brown for a rendition of his single New Flame, and the Yeah! star baffled the crowd by setting his sneakers on fire. The flaming shoes were dealt with by a stagehand who doused them with a fire extinguisher.
Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Magic!, One Direction, Lorde and Paramore all took to the stage on Saturday (20Sep14) to close the festival. Calvin Harris brought out British pop star John Newman during his Saturday set, while Ed Sheeran performed with rapper Macklemore.
Sir Elton John left guests in "disbelief" by putting in an unannounced performance at Neil Patrick Harris' recent nuptials. The former How I Met Your Mother star wed longtime partner David Burtka in a castle in Perugia, Italy earlier this month (06-07Sep14), and among those present for the intimate ceremony was the legendary singer, who is close friends with the newlyweds.
During an interview with U.S. TV personality Meredith Vieira on her talk show on Thursday (18Sep14), Harris revealed that John was never meant to be the main attraction during their reception.
Harris explained, "He and (husband) David (Furnish) and their kids were coming as guests. And there was a piano player that was playing anyways, so I said, 'Would you want to just go up and play one song at some time?' And he said, 'Sure.'
"It turned into a much more involved thing - he sang three different songs. We kept it a secret so everyone that was there was just slackjawed in disbelief that Elton John was singing in a castle."
Harris described his big day as "fairy tale-ic", and that the ceremony turned out to be a much bigger to do than expected.
He added, "It wasn't super intentional. We wanted to have a destination wedding, so it eliminated having to invite hundreds of people... All of a sudden it turned into this really beautiful 50 person small intimate (ceremony)."
DJ Calvin Harris has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Blame. The track, featuring English singer John Newman, has beaten Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz's Prayer in C to the top of the charts.
Harris' previous number one singles include I'm Not Alone, Sweet Nothing, Under Control and Summer.
He also featured on two other top songs; Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me and Rihanna's We Found Love.
Rounding out the top five are Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow.
Meanwhile on the albums chart, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has scored this week's (ends14Sep14) highest new entry with Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.
Plant's 10th solo album debuted at number two behind Smith's In The Lonely Hour.
Ed Sheeran's X, Royal Blood's self-titled Mercury Music Prize-favoured eponymous album and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage sound out the new top five.
Neil Patrick Harris' son Gideon shunned his role as ring bearer at the actor's wedding to David Burtka in favour of becoming an "orange boy". The How I Met Your Mother star and his partner Burtka wed in a castle in Perugia, Italy over the weekend (06-07Sep14) and they decided to give their three-year-old twins special roles in the ceremony.
However, Gideon was not happy holding the rings and instead chose to hand out oranges to guests at the nuptials.
Sharing the news with viewers on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Michael on Monday (08Sep14), TV presenter Kelly Ripa, who was a guest at the event, explained, "(Daughter) Harper was going to be the flower girl and Gideon was going to be the ring bearer, and he said, 'I don't want to be the ring bearer!' And they said, 'OK, well, what do you want to be?' And he said, 'I want to be the orange boy.' And he passed out oranges to everybody as he came down the aisle...!
"He came up with it (the role) on his own. He had his little tux and his top hat and he was passing out oranges."
Ripa continued, "Later on, during the night, we were dancing (and) I said to him, 'Look, Gideon, I saved your orange because I'm going to keep it forever.' And he goes, 'Oh, you shouldn't! It's so delicious!'"
Ripa went on to reveal the "beautiful family affair" also included magic tricks, fireworks and a special toast from close friends Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, who acknowledged the progress made in the global fight for equal rights for lesbian and gay couples.
She added, "(They) got up and said, 'You know, many, many years ago, this would not be possible. We're so thankful and grateful to everybody for supporting us and our families, and how our children (John and Furnish's sons and Harris and Burtka's kids) have each other to sort of look to each other as another example of a family like ours and how the definition of a family is changing, always.'"
Elton also thrilled guests by performing during the reception.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris married his long-term partner David Burtka in Italy over the weekend (06-07Sep14).
The How I Met Your Mother star confirmed the news in a post on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14) and shared a picture of the happy couple exchanging vows.
He added in a caption, "Guess what? David Burtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the 'n' and 'd' in 'husband'." The actor and his partner tied the knot on Saturday (06Sep14) and wore Tom Ford tuxedos for the ceremony, which was officiated by How I Met Your Mother producer/director Pam Fryman, according to E! News. Reports suggest the couple's longtime friend Sir Elton John performed at the reception.
Harris and Burtka became parents when they welcomed twins Harper and Gideon via surrogate in October, 2010, and they announced their engagement the following year (11).
Actress Christina Hendricks was dropped by her talent agents after accepting a role on period drama Mad Men, because they were convinced the show would be a big flop. The 39 year old reveals she was advised against taking on the part of Joan Harris on the programme, set in the 1960s advertising world, but she decided to ignore her agents' concerns and follow her heart.
She tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "(My agency) said, 'It's a period piece, it's never going to go anywhere. We need you to make money and this isn't going to make money.' They ended up dropping me."
Hendricks' instincts proved to be correct - Mad Men, co-starring Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Elisabeth Moss, became a critical and commercial hit upon its premiere in 2007 and her role has earned her five Emmy Award nominations to date.
She adds, "I had been on several shows that were meant to be the big ones, that would go on forever, and they didn't. So there was no sure bet and I'd already taken a chance on them, and I felt, why not do the one you're in love with and take a chance on that?"
Actress Jessica Lange is to be honoured with the 2015 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The two-time Academy Award winner will be feted for her achievements at a black-tie gala at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California on 16 November (14).
Announcing the news, Douglas says, "Jessica Lange possess the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty, and intelligence... all of which have served her well and continue to do so. It is my honour to give her my award."
Previous recipients of the acting legend's prize include Forrest Whittaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.
Coldplay star Chris Martin became an honorary member of Kings Of Leon on Sunday (25May14) when he joined the U.S. rockers onstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival in Glasgow, Scotland. The Yellow singer was all smiles as he teamed up with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill for part of the group's opening set, just hours after his band had closed out Saturday night (24Jun14) at the festival.
The impressive weekend line-up also included appearances by One Direction, Calvin Harris, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Katy Perry, The Vamps, Rita Ora and John Newman, who was thrilled to be a part of the big event.
Speaking backstage, the singer said, "It's crazy, Kings Of Leon have just come onstage... and One Direction yesterday at 1pm - it's opening up strong straight away. To be given a main stage opportunity the first year I've done it solo is incredible and I've kind of got to make the most out of it.
"I've played Glasgow and I've got a weird curse about travelling to Glasgow where my bus breaks down or we're always late or something, but we always manage to get here, and every time we do get here you know it's always an incredible gig, so thank you to Glasgow."
Singer Lily Allen has scored her second number one album on the U.K. music charts. The Smile hitmaker's third studio album, Sheezus - which is her first record in five years - has beaten out Take That frontman Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last for the top spot.
Last week's (ends04May14) number one, Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love, has dropped to number three, while Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction claims the fourth spot.
Meanwhile, Mr Probz's Waves has beaten out Calvin Harris' Summer for the top spot on the U.K. singles chart.
Kiesza's Hideaway, John Legend's All of Me and Sigma's Nobody to Love round out the new top five.
Ever since Mad Men debuted on AMC in 2007, the 1960s has been as integral a part of the show as John Hamm's shadowy and conflicted Don Draper. Both because the characters react to what would've been happening in the real world at the time as well as the embrace of the style and swagger of the early '60s — when cocktail hour was as important to business as having a good steno pool. These elements have helped to define the series' look and feel.
Mad Men does perhaps as good a job as any show ever in recreating a very specific period in American history, delving into storylines that don’t try to shy away from the social norms of New York during that time, which would include a lot of smoking and drinking to go along with institutional sexism and racism. The show also impeccably recreates the '60s fashion trends, lending an air of authenticity to what we're watching. (The writers occasionally slip with business phrases that are more '80s than '60s, but why quibble?)
Because it was such a defining decade in the history of the country, the '60s have been used as a backdrop for any number of series over the years. The Playboy Club and Pan Am both tried unsuccessfully to match the feel of Mad Men, and both suffered in comparison lasting for just a season each. So, what other shows besides Mad Men have done a good job of capturing the era of Vietnam, Kennedy, and the Beatles?
The drama set at a Vietnam military medical way-station earned a Best Drama Golden Globe and Emmys for acting for Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger. While another series at roughly the same time — Tour of Duty — was covering the combat aspect of the Vietnam War, China Beach excelled at showing the human side of the war, as characters mourned those that were lost and reacted to news that they received from back in the States. The show attempted to comment on how the war affected more than just the people fighting it, and even occasionally showed real interviews with people who had been at the real China Beach.
The Wonder Years
There might have been no greater change during the '60s than the dynamic within suburban families, and The Wonder Years showcased that. While at heart it was just a family sitcom with panache for melodrama, it did a wonderful job of both showing the frustration of the parents over the changing times and the confusion mixed with optimism of the children. Fred Savage's Kevin dealt with normal early teen issues, but one of his friends (Danica McKellar's Winnie) had a brother who was killed in Vietnam, and his sister (Olivia d'Abo) was more interested in protesting the war than in listening to their parents. The show moved into the '70s as it went along, but the first couple of seasons showed a slice of '60s suburbia that no one else has quite captured before or since.
Laverne and Shirley/Happy Days
Both sitcoms began in the late '50s before migrating into the '60s (Happy Days by the sixth season and Laverne and Shirley by its third… although, really, each frequently had trouble deciding which decade they were in at any given time). Garry Marshall's pair of sitcoms never pretended to be an actual historical representation of the times that they were set in, but both managed to capture the vibe that American Graffiti —set in 1962 — had previously… namely in the optimism of young adults at the beginning of Kennedy's America. Neither show was trying to do much more than make people laugh, but thanks to the music that was employed throughout the runs of both shows they each managed to do it just the same. Of course, if you want us to try and explain why Scott Baio's Chachi had a very '70s blown-dried and feathered haircut for much of Happy Days' '60s years… well, you've got us there.