Scottish singer Annie Lennox has clarified comments she recently made about Beyonce allegedly using the feminism movement for self-promotion, insisting her remarks were taken out of context. The former Eurythmics star hit headlines last week (ends17Oct14) when she appeared to suggest the Drunk in Love hitmaker was not a real feminist, after she was asked for her opinion of Beyonce's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (14), when the word 'feminist' flashed up on a big screen during the show.
Lennox now admits she was actually unaware of the performance at the time, and was simply explaining where she felt Beyonce stood in the "spectrum of feminism".
Speaking on U.S. chat show The View, she says, "The context was that I didn't realise that Beyonce performed at a MTV awards show with a huge sign with the word 'feminist' behind her. I had no idea about that.
"So unbeknown to me, I was asked the question, 'What do you think of Beyonce in terms of feminism?' My response was, 'I think Beyonce is feminist lite,' and I said that thinking that for me, there's a spectrum of feminism... and when I was saying this I was thinking about (The Vagina Monologues writer) Eve Ensler and I was thinking, 'There's a heavyweight feminist, there's a woman who works at the grassroots of feminism.'
"And I really will take the opportunity again to say very, very clearly that I adore Beyonce. I think she is extraordinary, powerful, the most extraordinary performer. She's so gifted and beautiful... and if she uses the term feminism, that's fantastic. I truly welcome it..."
Veteran pop star Paula Abdul is reminding women to regularly check themselves for lumps with a catchy new song and dance routine for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Straight Up hitmaker, 52, has teamed up with bosses at beauty brand Avon for the appropriately-titled Check Yourself video, in which she highlights the importance of self-exams and demonstrates how to do them properly with the help of a new dance move.
Abdul admits she jumped at the chance to front the campaign for the month of October because her sister, Wendy Emkin, fought and won her battle with the disease back in 2000.
The sisters even appear together in the promo, which features a slew of other breast cancer survivors and their family members.
Discussing how she became involved with the cause, she tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "They (Avon bosses) didn't know that I had my own personal (connection to the disease), it was very near and dear to my heart because my sister is a breast cancer survivor. I immediately thought, 'I need to put her in the video...'
"I had a blast (making the promo), they're just amazing people. Over 100 people volunteered their time and 80 per cent of the people that are in this (video) and around it (involved in it) are (personally) affected somehow by breast cancer, and the whole idea about this is I wanted it to be celebratory, as opposed to, you know, it's daunting, and there's so much information and facts and everything..."
In a campaign statement, she adds, "My hope is that this new video will inspire women and men to take charge of their own breast health through screening, detection, and treatment."
If you watch The Mindy Project, you know Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) has dated a lot of guys…and watched a lot of romantic comedies. In our minds, those two reasons are enough to make her our trusted TV relationship guru. The fact that she snagged her dream guy (and ours, let’s be real) Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), just makes us even more likely to take her love lessons to heart (so to speak). While her views on love may seem questionable to some, you just can’t deny there are some truths there.
1. Sometimes you have to be open to trying new things – like going to the gym…or eating fruit for breakfast. As Mindy wisely once said, “What is a relationship if not doing things you hate in between sex sessions?”
2. Wearing you boyfriend’s button down shirt is adorable. Your boyfriend being able to fit into your jeans with room to spare is mildly horrifying.
3. Sometimes a grand romantic gesture is in order, like going to your guy’s job dressed as “Mindiana Jones” or chopping off your hair to prove you’re serious about going on a missionary trip to Haiti.
4. Confidence is key. If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? And sometimes that means flirting with your fine self in the mirror, because girrrrl you look gooood.
5. Never let your man use whipped cream in the bedroom when you’re hungry. Too tempting…and not in the way he intended.
6. Getting along with his mom is important – but you don’t have to agree with her on everything.
7. When you’re sad or depressed, make sure he knows exactly what to do to cheer you up. Candy almost always helps.
8. Kim Kardashian can be a role model for finding love, if applied to the right situation.
9. Try to find a guy that is, ahem, similar to Michael Fassbender.
10. When in doubt, imagine yourself as the romantic lead in your very own rom-com.
11. There’s no such thing as coming on too strong.
12. Always do your research before going on a date. No one wants to end up with a serial killer.
13. Find a man who can DANCE. If it turns out he used to be a male stripper, so be it.
14. Only mature men need apply. To be clear: You can be immature. He can’t.
15. If none of these things work, make sure you have a contingency plan.
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Shia Labeouf has heaped praise on his Fury co-star Brad Pitt, insisting he's much more than a pretty face. As well as crediting the Troy star for helping him arrive at a new spiritual happiness during filming on the World War Two tank drama, LaBeouf admits he was surprised to learn Pitt is a deep thinker, just like himself.
He tells Interview magazine, "People don't know this about Brad - he's a very thoughtful actor. That's not a motherf**ker who just shows up and does the job. He puts a lot in, so you get a lot out. He's hard on himself, very hard."
And LaBeouf believes every great actor has a bipolar edge which keeps them at the top of their game: "I think every great artist is bipolar to some degree. To be great you have to have self-criticism, which, in that moment, becomes some sort of bipolar thing.
"You go from, 'That was f**king great', to, 'I'm f**king s**t!' And Brad has a bipolar element to the way he deals with his work. We have a lot of similarities that way'."
Rocker Francis Rossi rolled over and went back to sleep when he was told his Status Quo bandmate Rick Parfitt had been hospitalised with chest pains because he was convinced his heart problems were self-inflicted. Parfitt suffered a second heart attack on the band's tour bus in August (14) during a nighttime drive through Croatia, and he was warned by doctors that he would die if he didn't quit alcohol and cigarettes.
Rossi and Parfitt have been close pals since the mid-1960s, but Rossi admits he was indifferent to news of his bandmate's health crisis because he knew Parfitt was slowly killing himself.
Rossi tells Britain's Event magazine, "(Our road crew) said Ricky had been taken away in the night. I sighed, said 'Alright' and turned over. It sounds callous but it's self-inflicted, he can't leave stuff alone. There have been so many scares, loads of times you haven't heard about.
"My mother took so long to die it was a relief when she went and if we're not careful it will be like that with Ricky, he'll get so incapacitated. It got to the point earlier this year where I didn't know who he was. He wasn't the bloke I met."
Former workers on Joan Rivers' self-titled chat show have gathered in New York City to celebrate the late comedienne's life. Around 40 employees of The Joan Rivers Show, which ran from 1989 until 1993, got together at the Broadway Thai restaurant to toast their former boss, who died last month (Sep14) at the age of 81.
Editors of New York Post gossip column Page Six report workers flew in from all over the U.S. to attend the gathering, and they also chatted online with another group which gathered in Los Angeles.
A source tells the publication, "There were tears and laughter in the room. Everybody lamented getting older and wiser, but (noted) Joan had been looking younger and more relevant than ever."
Model/actress Carmen Electra knew she had made a mistake marrying basketball player Dennis Rodman almost immediately after they exchanged vows in Las Vegas. The former Baywatch star began dating the eccentric sportsman in 1998, shortly after losing her mother, and Electra admits her wild side came out as part of a period of "self-destruction".
Discussing the brief relationship on Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now? show, she explains, "I went into self-destruction (mode after losing her mum) and I remember meeting Dennis. Dennis was the life of the party; he was fun. I started drinking. People couldn't understand why I loved him because he had a reputation for being a bad boy and what I saw at the beginning was, sort of, this gentle giant that was in a lot of pain. In a way, we kind of understood each other.
"Our relationship was very passionate. When it was good, it was amazing. And when it was bad, it was the worst."
Electra reveals she had not allowed herself time to mourn her mother's death when she agreed to become Mrs. Rodman in an impromptu ceremony in Sin City after a whirlwind courtship, and she soon regretted walking down the aisle.
The busty beauty continues, "It was so fast, it was so spontaneous and I remember right after (exchanging vows), I felt like, 'Oh God... what did we just do...?'"
Electra realised she had been bottling up the pain of her mother's death while tuning in to an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and knew then what she had to do.
She adds, "We were probably married for about a year... and I remember I was watching Oprah and she said, 'In order to heal, you have to feel'. And that's when it clicked - I was like, 'I'm not feeling I lost my mum, I'm not feeling that because I have just made my life chaos and blocked that out.'
"I took quite a bit of time and I started working on myself, started getting myself together."
Electra wasn't the only one who thought the marriage was a mistake - Rodman filed for an annulment nine days after the wedding, but they later reconciled and mutually agreed to divorce in 1999.
"I'm a self-conscious dancer publicly, but privately I really enjoy it. I was a drummer originally and I love grooves, I love rhythm. My kids would tell me I'm not quite good, but I am enthusiastic." Rocker Peter Gabriel on his dancing skills.
Russell Brand has become embroiled in a war of words with Donald Trump on Twitter.com. The businessman started the spat on Thursday (16Oct14) when he tweeted about Brand's appearance on a TV chat show, writing, "I watched Russell Brand... on (a TV show) the other night - what the hell do people see in Russell - a major loser!"
The Apprentice star went on to publish another Tweet that referenced Brand's doomed 14-month marriage to pop star Katy Perry, adding "@katyperry must have been drunk when she married Russell Brand..."
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall funnyman retaliated by posting cutting remarks about Trump's hair style, the origins of his wealth and his lifelong sobriety, writing, "@realDonaldTrump are you drunk when you write these tweets? Or does that foam you spray on your bald head make you high?"
Brand went on to tweet a link to an article suggesting the bulk of Trump's wealth came from his father, Fred Trump, and he is not the self-made business man he proudly claims to be, adding, "I don't think your daddy left you any witty ripostes, and everything you have you inherited."
Trump later tweeted a message aimed at Brand's ex-wife Perry, writing, "@katyperry I watched Russell Brand and I think his mind is fried - he looks really bad. Russell is a total joke, a dummy who is lost!"
Fashion mogul Dame Vivienne Westwood has been accused of plagiarising parts of her self-titled memoir. A writer alleges large sections of one of his works have been lifted and passed off as Westwood's own in her book, which was co-written with biographer Ian Kelly.
Paul Gorman claims 29 passages from his 2001 book The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion were copied without the proper credit, and he is suing for damages and demanding an apology.
He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I greatly admire Vivienne's achievements but she has been let down badly by her publisher by this sloppy book."
Westwood has also come under fire from Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon over a section in which she claims to have come up with the idea for the band's iconic track Anarchy in the U.K.
He tells the publication, "The silly cow is claiming she had the idea for Anarchy? What a f**king liberty. That's audacity of the highest order. Go back to making frocks."
The book is also believed to be riddled with spelling mistakes and factual errors.