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A musical stage adaptation of Back To The Future will be hit by delays after the director walked out in a bust-up over creative differences.
The sci-fi adventure comedy, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was a smash hit movie in 1985, and a musical stage version was scheduled to premiere in London's West End in 2015 to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary.
The production will no longer be ready for next year (15) as the British director Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn from his role following creative disputes with writer Bob Gale, who penned the movie, its sequels and the upcoming musical script.
Workshops for the show were due to be staged but now Gale will rewrite the entire script and send the new version to directors next year (15). Jamie Lloyd tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper his departure was "just a case of wanting to stand by my vision... you absolutely have to believe in it or there's not much point."
The musical production is now expected to remain in development until 2016.
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Actress/singer Vanessa Williams is facing a hefty bill from U.S. authorities amid allegations she owes $370,000 (£217,647) in unpaid taxes.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials issued the lien to the Ugly Betty beauty earlier this month (Aug14) in relation to an address mix-up on the star's 2011 tax return. The documents were filed under her accountants' Manhattan address, even though she lives miles away, in the New York hamlet of Chappaqua, reports the New York Daily News.
Williams is the latest celebrity to be targeted by IRS bosses - singers Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Courtney Love, actor Michael Madsen and rapper Flo Rida are among the more recent stars hit by the tax authorities.
Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry ruled the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday (24Aug14), by picking up the biggest honours. The Roar hitmaker took home the first Moonman trophy of the night for Best Female Video for Dark Horse and was joined onstage by rapper Juicy J who appeared on the track.
Cyrus, who returned to the prizegiving a year after causing a stir with her raunchy routine with Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, was all about the message this year, choosing to use her Video of the Year acceptance speech for Wrecking Ball to pay tribute to homeless youths.
The pop star sent a man named Jesse to accept the prize on her behalf for the "1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States, who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now."
He continued, "I know this because I am one of these people... If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley's Facebook.com page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality."
Beyonce was feted with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and wowed the crowd with a show-stopping performance featuring a medley of hits from her self-titled album, including Partition, Flawless and Drunk in Love.
After her stunning set, which brought the audience to its feet, she was presented with the accolade by daughter Blue Ivy and husband Jay Z, who called his wife "the greatest living entertainer."
Beyonce tearfully accepted her award, saying, "I'm so full. Thank you, I have nothing to say, but I'm filled with so much gratitude. I just thank God for this moment and I love y'all so much. Blue I love you, my beloved I love you, my fans I love you, MTV I love you, goodnight."
The moment appeared to be her bid to once and for all end divorce rumours.
Ed Sheeran and Fifth Harmony were also big winners, taking home the Best Male Video and Artist to Watch awards, respectively.
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked off the ceremony with Grande singing her hit Break Free, followed by Nicki Minaj giving a jungle-themed performance of her new track Anaconda.
Jessie J then started off the trio's new hit song Bang Bang, but Minaj suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction when she did not complete her quick-change in time and was forced to hold the front of her dress together so as to not expose her bare breasts as she returned to the stage.
Other performance highlights included Sam Smith with his hit song Stay With Me and Maroon 5, who made their VMAs debut with a performance of Maps outside of the venue.
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora also hit the The Forum stage for their first-ever live performance of Black Widow.
There was also a couple of serious moments in among the festivities - Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this month (Aug14), was remembered and rapper Common asked for a moment of silence for Missouri teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August (14), sparking the ongoing unrest in the state.
The 2014 MTV VMAs winners at press time were:
Video of the Year - Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Best Hip-Hop Video - Hold On (We're Going Home) by Drake featuring Majid Jordan
Best Male Video - Sing by Ed Sheeran
Best Female Video - Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
Best Pop Video - Problem by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Artist to Watch - Fifth Harmony
Best Rock Video - Royals by Lorde
Best Lyric Video - Don't Stop by 5 Seconds of Summer
MTV Clubland Award - Stay the Night by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award - Beyonce
The 2014 MTV Video Music Award winners are...
Best Female Video"Dark Horse" - Katy Perry, ft. Juicy J
Best Male Video"Sing" - Ed Sheeran, ft. Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Video"Problem" - Ariana Grande, ft. Iggy Azalea
Best Hip-Hop Video"Hold On (We're Going Home)" - Drake, ft. Majid Jordan
Best Rock Video"Royals" - Lorde
Artist to WatchFifth Harmony
Video of the Year"Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
Micbael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardBeyonce
Best Lyric Video"Don't Stop" - 5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will debut their new single Bang Bang at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (24Aug14). The trio will open the show and immediately after the performance fans will be able to check out the video for the song online.
Reports suggest the new video features an easy-to-learn dance that was created by Jessie J.
Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Usher, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer are also billed to perform at the 2014 VMAs.
Beyonce, who will also pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the prizegiving, leads all nominees with eight, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video.
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Just three weeks in production, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raked in more than $15 million — this puts it ahead of the latest YA release The Giver as the eighth highest grossing property this month. But trouncing that Jeff Bridges/Brenton Thwaites travesty by nearly $3 million is only the second most noble of the Ice Bucket Challenge’s efforts. The movement is allotting nigh unparalleled funds toward the study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an illness known best as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The condition observes the weakening of the muscles in accordance with a degeneration of a specific portion of the spinal cord. As a result of ALS, those afflicted find difficulty speaking, swallowing, breathing, and moving altogether.
Though discovered in the 19th century and brought to infamy in the late 1930s in accordance with the suffering of beloved New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, ALS remains the most common motor neuron disease actively plaguing men and women today. While perhaps only a small measure in the fight against the illness, the Ice Bucket Challenge is allowing for tremendous progress in the collection of funds devoted to the defeat of such a longstanding travesty.
As is inevitable with any cause célèbre or public movement, we have witnesses no small share of backlash against the Challenge; critics decry the endeavor as a bandwagon trend and a waste of time that offers no real benefit to the cause in question. As far as the latter goes, the $15 million and counting — a sum made possible thanks in large part to the spirited, sportsmanly brand with which the Ice Bucket Challenge was designed — would beg to differ. Nevertheless, we find those with a sour taste for the charitable phenomenon. Not to mention those who simply don’t want to pour a bunch of cold water over their heads. But if you find yourself a culprit of this mindset, maybe take a look at the pedigree of the company you’d be joining were you to hop aboard for this particularly frigid mitzvah.
So what pop culture accomplishments can be attributed to the community of water-logged philanthropists?
5 ACADEMY AWARDS Between Steven Spielberg (3), Russell Crowe (1), and Oprah (a Humanitarian Oscar).
60 EMMYSBetween Oprah (13 Daytime Emmys and 2 Primetime Emmys), Steven Spielberg (11), Meredith Vieira (4 News/Documentary Emmys and 3 Daytime Emmys), Jimmy Fallon (4), Justin Timberlake (4), J.J. Abrams (3), Conan O'Brien (3), Jim Parsons (3), Ricky Gervais (2), William Shatner (2), Harry Connick Jr. (2), Rachel Maddow (1), Ryan Seacrest (1), Nathan Fillion (1 Daytime Emmy), and Topher Grace (1 Daytime Emmy).
62 GRAMMYSJustin Timberlake (9), Taylor Swift (7), Carrie Underwood (6), Lady Gaga (5), Mackelmore (4), Lil Wayne (4), Keith Urban (4), Weird Al Yankovic (3), Gwen Stefani (3), Ludacris (3), Brad Paisley (3), Adam Levine (3), Harry Connick Jr (3), Jason Mraz (2), Drake (1), Jimmy Fallon (1), and Calvin Harris (1).
10 GOLDEN GLOBESSteven Spielberg (7), Russell Crowe (1), William Shatner (1), and Don Johnson (1).
Actress Keke Palmer and rapper J. Cole have visited protesters in Ferguson, Missouri to show their support over a shooting controversy.
The city near St. Louis has been torn apart by unrest over the past week (begs09Aug14), as groups of campaigners have taken to the streets to express their outrage over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a local police officer.
Heavily armed riot police descended on the city centre and used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the demonstration, and while the news has sparked outrage among many celebrities, who have taken to Twitter to voice their disgust, both Palmer and J. Cole decided to witness what the tense atmosphere is like first hand.
The 21-year-old actress had already been urging for unity and nonviolence during the protests on her various social media sites, but was spotted in Ferguson on Sunday (17Aug14). Citizens snapped photos of Palmer as she visited the protesters, and shared them on the microblogging site, with one user writing, "@KekePalmer thank you for showing love to my community," and another adding, ""Thank you for standing with the people of Ferguson."
Palmer also made an appearance at the Greater Grace Church in St. Louis, where she spoke at the podium. Meanwhile, rapper J. Cole, who recently released a tribute song, Be Free, in honour of Brown, was also in Ferguson on Sunday, first stopping by the scene of the crime where the teenager was shot.
Cole spoke to the activists about the unrest, and also stopped by a nearby gas station, where Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars. Fans and protesters shared photos and videos of Cole at the scene on social media.
Rapper J.cole has paid tribute to a black teenager killed by a police officer in Missouri by releasing a new song dedicated to him. Darren Wilson shot unarmed Michael Brown, who was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a suburban St. Louis store, on 9 August (14), and the incident has sparked a series of tense protests between African-Americans and civil rights leaders and officials in the state.
As Governor Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama and Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson join forces in a bid to end days of violence, hip-hop star Cole has released Be Free to voice his frustrations with the deaths of African-American men in the U.S.
In a post on his website, Dreamvillain.com, he writes, "That coulda (sic) been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don't give a f**k if it's by police or peers. This s**t is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel."
Cole is not the only celebrity to speak out about the incident in Missouri - John Legend, Kerry Washington and Mark Ruffalo have voiced concerns over the treatment of protesters by police following the shooting.
Legend took to Twitter.com to voice his opinion, writing, "I believe these cops are intentionally trying to inflame the situation. They want an excuse. Recall the local cop telling those 'animals' to 'bring it' on (news channel) CNN... He wants a fight.
"Calling us 'animals' has been the language to justify slavery... Dehumanization and racism go together."
Meanwhile, R&B star Frank Ocean took to Tumblr.com to comment on an image of Governor Nixon standing in front of a black woman as he addressed the slaying of Brown and wrote, "You see that black woman standing up there? I wonder if she was called to stand behind the governor because she’s black. I wonder if i’m supposed to think Missouri’s gov’t is pro-black because of her being stood up there with those other black men being all black and everything. I wonder if she was off the clock while she stood up there... then i wonder if she was getting paid for her time off like the guy who shot Michael 8 times."
Actor Michael J. Fox was "stunned" to learn his late friend Robin Williams was secretly suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death on Monday (11Aug14). The tragic Oscar winner was found slumped in a chair at his home in Marin County, California, after apparently taking his own life.
The news of Williams' death was accompanied by speculation concerning the state of his mind, and rumours about his finances and past addiction battles.
His publicist addressed the gossip on Wednesday (13Aug14), insisting Williams had no financial woes, and his widow, Susan Schneider shed light on Williams' state of mind at the time of his death by revealing her husband was sober but still coming to terms with a recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis in a statement released to the media on Thursday (14Aug14).
And following the announcement, Back to the Future star Fox, who has been battling the same debilitating condition since the early 1990s, took to Twitter.com to share his thoughts.
He wrote, "Stunned to learn Robin had PD (Parkinson's Disease). Pretty sure his support for our Fdn (Foundation) predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace."
Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, disclosed his condition to the public in 1998 and established The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in 2000.
Since then, his organisation has become the largest non-profit funder of Parkinson's Disease research in the world, and has invested in more than $350 million (GBP209.7 million) in finding a cure.
Liam or Harry? Niall or Zayn? We can't forget about Louis. Who do you choose?! Believe me, it is a TOUGH decision. Why should we have to choose between 5 beautiful men? They're all equally wonderful. And they have accents. It's not fair to choose. But if you have to, I can help. After seeing them in Philadelphia on their Where We Are tour (Thanks Sony!) I have ample evidence to support each guy.
Here are your reasons, starting from youngest to oldest:
Harry Styles (2/1/1994)
He’s not afraid of being goofy, like at all.
He will PROPOSE to you if you show up to the concert in a wedding dress.
His dancing is a strange mix of wiggling his legs while pointing his fingers.
*** On August 13th, 2014, he took his headband off and it was AMAZING***
He will stop in the middle of a performance to read a book.
He spends a great portion of the concert just waving at fans.
He enjoys spraying water like this:
This lip bite:
He will sing someone else’s verse in a song and mess it up adorably.
He’s silly enough to recreate popular vines.
Niall Horan (9/13/1993)
He’s the only Irish band member and he will never let you forget that.
He’s got the best hand gestures out of the entire band.
Even Zayn can’t keep up.
Niall is actually a fanboy(girl) at heart:
He looks great holding a puppy.
He plays the guitar, a lot.
And it’s REALLY hot.
It’s easily one of the hottest things you’ll ever witness.
Honestly, this is all you should need to become a Niall girl/guy.
Actually, I’m sorry. This is what you need:
BIGGEST PLUS: This is still true.
Liam Payne (8/29/1993)
Liam does what thousands (millions) of people want to do...smack 1D butts.
Liam gets really into singing the lyrics to every song.
Liam is the god of wearing jorts.
Who knew jorts were even in again? Liam did, that’s who.
His eyes crinkle when he laughs.
He also laughs a lot when he’s on stage.
Cause he’s having an awesome time, obviously.
Liam knows exactly how to get a crowd jumping.
He can dance AND sing like Michael Jackson.
He is comfortable with his body, because he is PERFECT the way he is.
This song and dance combination:
Zayn Malik (1/12/1993)
He can hit notes so high, you’ll feel it in your bones.
He is very pensive. You two could have deep discussions.
This is what he looks like with his hair slicked back and holding a (fake) guitar.
He has an adorable little giggle/smile.
Here is that hair & giggled combined:
I’m so sorry if you’re a Zayn girl now and just fainted.
He actually listens to choreography very well.
His entire face, really.
Louis Tomlinson (12/24/1992)
His arm tattoos could make a saint swear.
His hair is so long now that he’s perfected the hair flip.
He’s got an adorable little smirk.
Even he knows he has a nice butt.
Just look at those eyes when he sings:
He can teach us a new style of how to vogue.
Did you choose one? Maybe these options made it harder on you. If you still can't decide, just be like me and say you're equally dedicated to all five members. One Direction started the U.S. leg of their tour in East Rutherford, NJ on August 5th and will be making some Midnight Memories around the country until October 5th.
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