Rap newcomer Iggy Azalea's surprise set with Jennifer Lopez fell flat in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday (14Jun14) after her microphone failed to work. The Jenny from the Block superstar headlined the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash and thrilled fans when she brought out the Australian performer.
However, as Azalea was about to break into her rap on Lopez's track Acting Like That, technical difficulties shut off her mic.
The sound team at the event eventually fixed the problem, but Azalea was furious when she left the stage.
Taking to Twitter.com, she wrote, "I was supposed to sing actin (sic) like that with JLo at summer bash today but some idiot handed me a microphone that wasn't even turned on."
Despite the incident, Azalea admitted she felt honoured to perform with a superstar like Lopez.
She added, "Watching this woman do her thing tonight was beyond impressive. We had some technical difficulties when it was time for our song but hey, I still enjoyed the opportunity to stand on stage next to someone I've admired for a long time. jlo you're the most down to earth diva there is, always smiling & a true class act. wishing you so much luck for your album release!"
British rapper Dappy stormed off stage during his set at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight Festival on Saturday (14Jun14) after he was reportedly confronted with a chorus of boos from the crowd. The former N-Dubz star was one of the acts performing on the event's Big Top Stage, but he kicked off the show 15 minutes late and then struggled with technical difficulties as he played a short medley of his own tracks.
He left the crowd waiting again as he walked off stage for 10 minutes, only to return to a booing audience, prompting him to storm off stage 30 minutes before his set was due to end.
The star has yet to comment on the walk-off.
Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out Saturday night's festivities as they made their debut at the weekend event, rocking out to hits including Can't Stop, Californication and Give It Away.
Kings of Leon and Suede will headline on Sunday (15Jun14).
Rapper 50 Cent has defended himself after famously botching the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets baseball game on Tuesday (27May14), insisting the ball "slipped" from his hand. The Candy Shop hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, took the mound at Citi Field at the start of the Mets' home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his off-course throw was labelled "terrible" and "one of the worst first pitches of all time" by multiple sports commentators.
He laughed off the incident by joking after the game, "50 Cent is the best. Curtis Jackson, I don't know what's the matter with him!" and writing on Instagram.com, "I'm a hustler not a Damn ball player. LMAO (laughing my a** off)..."
However, 50 had another excuse on Friday (30May14) when he was quizzed about the embarrassing mishap during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.
Asked whether the poor pitch was a publicity stunt for his new album Animal Ambition, he stated, "Oh no, it slipped! It slipped out of my hand... I'm not a professional pitcher, I make music."
He then admitted the throw had been so bad, he was even teased about it by a police officer: "I actually got pulled over by New York City police... He pulled me over and I said, 'I got my licence, right?', because I was a little nervous when he pulled me over. I was, like, 'Oh no, what did I do?' and then he said, 'You know that pitch was terrible...'"
50 Cent's bad week continued during his GMA appearance in Central Park after technical difficulties blighted the start of his performance. The rapper hit the stage for a rendition of his new song Smoke with singer Trey Songz, but a faulty microphone caused him trouble for the first few seconds of the set.
However, the sound issue was quickly resolved and the 38 year old went to perform his hits In Da Club, Just A Lil Bit and Big Rich Town with singer Joe.
Atlanta is the next stage in Housewives evolution. Just when you think you know exactly what is going to happen these women shock you, finding new ways to be obscenely fabulous and downright trashy at the same time. You would normally expect a ton of clips, boring patter, and Andy smiling while asking mean-spirited viewer questions. But TMZ already broke the story of the physical altercation between Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart. As such, we don't have to wait until Part 3 of the reunion (and suffer through countless promos) before we reach the fight. These ladies give us exactly what we want when we want it.
Phaedra Parks was her normal sassy self and savvy as ever dodging questions about charges against her husband, Apollo Nida. Kandi Burruss is her normal folksy self… who just got Bravo to pay for her wedding. Cynthia Bailey is as stunningly beautiful as she is boring. The other ladies seem to have gotten a makeover of psychological proportions. Kenya inspired by the success of her fan last season brought an entire bag of tricks including a scepter and bullhorn. Porsha is sassier than we’ve ever seen her. NeNe Leakes seems above the usual Housewife reindeer games. It’s unclear if she is passive-aggressively acting disengaged or if there is another reason behind her indifference.
The Fight Heard Around TMZ
Kenya's latest accessory, a scepter, is an upgrade from her fan from last season’s reunion. But Porsha couldn’t stand her waving it around so much while talking, so she grabbed it and threw it. Not to be outdone, Kenya also brought a bullhorn that she had some technical difficulties assembling. Both ladies debated over Kenya’s infamous, yet unseen, African prince. Porsha called Kenya a “whore from the '90s” and Kenya retorted with, “You are dumb.” Porsha tried to grab the bullhorn and the ladies got into each other faces. Then Porsha lost it and grabbed Kenya’s hair and took her down to the ground and did the weave grab heard around the world. Poor Andy couldn’t stop them.
Kenya, seemingly satisfied, told Porsha she was fired and stormed off set. Now, was Kenya trying to get someone to physically fight with her and get fired? Was she just jockeying for attention with her props? Meanwhile, Porsha lost it and yelled and screamed and cried. NeNe, Phaedra, and Kandi run over to console her. NeNe literally puts her hand over Porsha’s mouth to keep her from embarrassing herself. The ladies reveal they had talked about things before. It’s also really funny to watch NeNe get almost hit in the face by Porsha’s feet not once but twice. Andy checked in with both ladies and told Porsha she should leave to relax and that she would eventually have to apologize to Kenya. Does this mean she's actually fired?
Straight From the Shady Grove
-Andy Cohen forcing the women to watch footage of them twerking.-Kandi responding to NeNe commenting about her “not needing to be eating sandwiches” by pointing at NeNe’s body.-Phaedra’s various side-eyes at Kenya.-Kenya reiterating the Chris Rock joke that she stole in an episode. Who can forget, “Want some d**k? How about some d**k?” It was Rock that wrote it.-Kandi and Phaedra laughing at Kenya while she was fighting.-Andy’s awkward face when dealing with Porsha.
The Real Houselines of the Reunion
"Excuse you! I ate my yams and got my twins. So hello!" – Porsha on her breasts being real
"Do they look new? Smell 'em. They smell new." – Porsha on her breasts being fake
"Cynthia may be able to walk a runway but the twerk needs some work." – NeNe
"Velvet was probably one of her only friends." – Phaedra
"Are you my momma? You’re nobody’s momma." – Phaedra
"If that touches me it’s going up your ass, b**ch." – Porsha
"She is such a clown." – Kandi talking about Kenya
"I would like Porsha to spell 'scepter.'" – Kenya
"It’s interesting that the people that laughed the hardest at me last year. You know karma has done what it’s needed to do." – Kenya
"Your vagina is so rotten no one will claim you." – Porsha
"That’s why I didn’t want to be in that seat." – Phaedra right after the fight
"I can’t believe that ratchet hoe made me go there." – Porsha
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Simon Cowell decided against making any changes to a musical spoofing The X Factor after he was given the chance to sign off on the project. The music mogul is parodied by Downton Abbey actor Nigel Harman in I Can't Sing!, a new West End musical based on the reality singing series.
Cowell is lampooned throughout the stage show, but he decided not to amend the script, which was written by British comedian Harry Hill.
He tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "I've not changed a word. If it feels like it's got my hands all over it people won't enjoy it as much... We all get it in the neck, particularly me, but we didn't want to make something pompous or earnest. It was a big p**s-take of us but not in a cynical way."
Previews of the musical will begin at the London Palladium on Tuesday (04Mar14) after being postponed twice due to technical difficulties.
After seven decades, the Golden Globes can still surprise us. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association offered a particularly entertaining show this year — thanks not only to winning hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or a wealth of surprising awards victors — but to the array of unplanned weird s**t that happened during the ceremony's three-hour run-time. The kind of madness you cannot plan, and certainly cannot contain. Practical goofs, drunken faux pas, and the odd reference to genitalia. This is the stuff that made the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards one to remember.
WE SEEM TO BE EXPERIENCING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
Jonah Hill in The Teleprompter Tango — introducing Margot RobbieWhat happens when a transformative funnyman and a showbiz newcomer are given the wrong cues at an awards show? Chaos ensues!
The Longest Bleep I and II, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Diane KeatonWe saw it first in Jacqueline Bisset's acceptance speech — a long, awkward, misplaced bleeping that returns to audio on the word "s**t." And we see it again with Diane Keaton's drunken praise of Woody Allen! Where will the bleeper strike next?
I DON'T THINK THAT MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS...
HERPES! An Alfonso Cuaron filmFrom the director of Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Great Expectations, comes an unexpected herpes joke.
Leonardo DiCaprio presents PhilomaniaA pandemic of mispronunciation hits the awards circuit in this outbreak thriller!
OKAY, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Cheer Up, Rob Lowe: A Documentary About the First Golden Globe Win of Amy Meredith Poehler What is the real reason behind Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe's frowny face during the announcement of costar Amy Poehler's Globe win?
Reese Witherspoon presents What Am I Doing Here? The Story Behind the Introduction of '12 Years a Slave' It's a case of mistaken identity in this experimental feature that assumes someone who "grew up in New Orleans" is the perfect person to deliver a slavery drama.
Diddy and Ebert: Beyond the Boat — a musical buddy comedyOne's a madcap hip hop legend prone to wild outbursts. The other's an oddball composer with hair like Radagast the Brown. Together, they bring the love, the laughs, and some groovy tunes.
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Singer Katy Perry battled technical difficulties while performing at the NRJ Awards in France this weekend (14-15Dec13). The pop superstar took to the stage to perform her hit single Roar, but had to stop midway through the set because she was out of sync with the audio and background screens.
Running onto the stage to alert Perry to the issue, the host asked her to "restart" because they "had a little problem", and added, "I'm really sorry to stop all your energy."
Despite the mishap, Perry had reason to celebrate at the prizegiving - she was a double winner at the ceremony, which was held at the Cannes Festival Palace in the south of France, as she scooped the International Female Artist of the Year title and landed International Song of the Year for Roar.
One Direction battled technical difficulties as they performed on live TV in New York City on Tuesday morning (26Nov13). The boyband brought New York's Central Park to a standstill when they performed to a packed crowd for U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, but the first portion of their concert was marred by faulty equipment.
The pop heartthrobs opened with a rendition of Best Song Ever, but Harry Styles and Zayn Malik struggled to make themselves heard as technical problems left their microphones useless.
The faults were quickly resolved and the group went on to perform new single Story Of My Life, as well as fan favourites What Makes You Beautiful and Kiss You before announcing details of their 2014 North American tour.
Before the concert, U.S. news anchor Robin Roberts announced the band as One Edition, but there were no hard feelings from the group as they playfully mocked her mistake by calling themselves One Edition as well.
Rapper Drake has axed an upcoming concert in North Carolina due to a scheduling conflict. The Started From The Bottom hitmaker was due to hit the stage at the PNC Arena in Raleigh next Sunday (03Nov13) as part of his Would You Like A Tour? shows, but the gig has now been axed and ticketholders have been offered refunds at the point of purchase.
His performance in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday (02Nov13) is still expected to go ahead as planned.
News of the scrapped Raleigh event comes just days after Drake disappointed fans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 19 October (13) by cancelling the gig less than an hour before showtime amid claims of technical difficulties. That concert, which features an extensive light show, has since been rescheduled for 18 December (13).