Miley Cyrus is courting more controversy from her sick bed by showing off her latest raunchy music video.
The We Can't Stop hitmaker is currently recovering from a severe allergic reaction to medication she was taking for a sinus infection, and she has been forced to cancel a host of concerts on her Bangerz world tour in the U.S. and Europe.
However, on Thursday (01May14) the pop star showed she is determined to stay in the headlines by uploading her latest music video to her YouTube.com account. The promo features the singer naked except for a pair of black latex underwear with her nipples covered by strips of black tape.
The bondage-themed clip for her track Tongue Tied shows Cyrus blindfolded by strips of latex as she provocatively licks her lips and slathers her body with black paint. Cyrus plans to resume her world tour with a show at London's O2 Arena on 6 May (14).
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This week's episode in a nutshell: The gang of John Reese — who had just returned after going AWOL due to his grieving over the death of Joss Carter, Harold Finch, Samantha Shaw, and Lionel Fusco — had to help Kelli Lin (Elaine Tan), an art thief, steal the Gutenberg Bible from a very, very secure building to emancipate her from the ruthless Czechoslovakian criminals who were holding her daughter hostage. The Czechs were also killing people to frame Lin. They did all this while also trying to thwart an intrepid Interpol police officer (Henri Lubatti) on her trail There was much banter, technology, gymnastics and also a modicum of punches thrown.
Did The Good Guys Win?
Yes. They were able to get Lin off free and even got the Interpol Agent on her side.
- Finch wagging his eyebrows at a patron, pretending that he and Reese were a couple at an art event, which led them to meet Lin for the first time.
- Finch looking mildly perplexed at the instructions on how to set up a 3-D printer. They used it to make makeshift fingerprints to get past a scanner at the building.
- Shaw's moment of pause when Finch told her to lick her latex fingers to help thwart the scanner's temperature reading
A Couple of Somewhat Unrealistic Moments
- A set-up of what look like gymnast bars on the ceiling for Lin, who had been a World Champion gymnast for China prior to her life of crime, to use to get over an electric fence. It was still nowhere near as silly as the stuff in Gymkata.
- Fusco somehow being able to intercede twice and keep Reese and Shaw from being arrested at different intervals. Cool scenes, but still...
It was a tie between Reese suddenly appearing in on the webcam in the room that the little girl was being held hostage and beating up her captor before freeing her and the silent tribute to Carter at the end of the episode.
Reese Angst Level
Minimal. He did have a drink poured for Carter at the end of the episode, but other than that, he was the same hyper-focused Reese who often solved problems with his fists.
Did Reese Kick People's Asses?
In one scene, he was overpowered by guards, but that was by design to allow Shaw and Lin access into the building. He did destroy the captor of Lin's child. So, yeah.
Was It a Good Episode?
Yes, since it was a straight-forward one, which was welcome after the long arcs of the past few weeks. I'm sure there will be more twists and turns in the near future, but this was a good change of pace. Sarah Shahi is really doing well stepping in as the main female lead.
"AWOL and air travel and he doesn't miss a beat." Shaw talking about Reese
"Finch, where's my spare weapon?"
"I moved it to the history section. Update your arsenal, John." Shaw thought Reese could use slightly more modern weapons
"I know how to work it... along with the .380 in my handbag. So watch it." Shaw getting all the good lines in the episode
"Did I just hear the word 'Mommy'?" Shaw, realizing that things had just gone really sideways for the gang after she initially thwarted Lin from getting the Gutenberg Bible
"I already cut myself loose." Lin to a shocked Finch and Shaw, who thought they had tied her thoroughly; fortunately, she realized she needed their help
Miley Cyrus is courting controversy once again with the video for new single Adore You after sharing a teaser in which she pleasures herself while writhing around in a bed. The pop superstar is shown wearing skimpy underwear in the black-and-white preview as she stares seductively into the camera, while she is also featured leaning back and slipping her hand into her panties.
Cyrus shared the clip with fans on her Instagram.com page on Saturday (21Dec13), but they will have to wait until Boxing Day (26Dec13) to view the promo in full.
The 21 year old is no stranger to risque performances - she stripped off for her recent Wrecking Ball video and grabbed headlines in August (13) when she twerked and gyrated through a raunchy dance routine with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, wearing nothing but Latex underwear.
Saucy singer Miley Cyrus has thrown her weight behind a campaign supporting women's right to strip off. The pop star has come under fire in recent months over her provocative stage performances and flesh-flashing costumes, which have included a racy routine in a skin-coloured Latex two-piece with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13).
Cyrus, who also stripped off in her Wrecking Ball video, is now backing the controversial Free The Nipple campaign, a drive aimed at decriminalising female nudity in the U.S. and ending restrictions on showing the female form in movies.
She posted a link to the campaign's Twitter.com page on her account, along with a photograph showing her holding up a fake nipple.
A representative for the campaign subsequently thanked the star for her backing.
Pop singer Miley Cyrus and reality TV star Kim Kardashian have been named the worst dressed celebrities of 2013. The singer earned first place in Time Magazine's annual countdown for the nude-coloured Latex two-piece she worse on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in September (13), followed by Kardashian at number two.
Anne Hathaway came in third place, with magazine editors citing the pale pink Prada dress she worse to this year's (13) Oscars ceremony as her main fashion crime.
Cyrus redeemed herself slightly by earning a mention in the publication's Best Dressed list, landing the number six spot.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence was named the most stylish star of the year, ahead of British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Rihanna in second and third place respectively.
Robin Thicke has ruled out the prospect of performing with Miley Cyrus again, insisting their raunchy routine at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was a one-off. Cyrus made headlines in August (13) when she hit the stage in latex underwear to perform a saucy 'twerking' routine with Thicke to his hit track Blurred Lines, and footage of the raunchy stage show became an Internet sensation.
Both stars are expected to appear at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in the Netherlands on Sunday (10Nov13), but Thicke has now confirmed there will be no repeat performance with Cyrus.
He made the revelation in an interview with U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, who asked whether fans could hope for another racy duet and Thicke replied, "Oh no, no no no... No no, definitely no, definitely not."
The singer also revealed that although the VMAs performance was planned, he had no idea Cyrus would don such a raunchy outfit, adding, "You know the only difference was she didn't wear that outfit in rehearsals, so it never seemed as bad, it seemed more playful. And to us, there was no sexuality between us, it was all silliness and fun, it was like throwing a party at your house and being silly."
One Direction singer Harry Styles has paid tribute to fellow pop star Miley Cyrus by donning her raunchy latex outfit from the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13) for a Halloween party. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker courted controversy when she stripped off to flesh-coloured underwear while wielding a foam finger to perform a saucy routine with Robin Thicke at the musical ceremony earlier this year (13).
Styles has now found his own way to credit Cyrus by choosing to mimic the former Disney star's infamous look for a Halloween party over the weekend (02-03Nov13).
In a photo posted on Instagram.com by the band's hairstylist Lou Teasedale, Styles can be seen sticking out his tongue while wearing nude-coloured shorts and using a foam finger to preserve his modesty.
Styles is not the first celebrity to channel his inner Miley for Halloween - Hugh Hefner and his wife Crystal dressed as the Cyrus/Thicke combination, while Paris Hilton also opted for a Cyrus-inspired costume for the Playboy Mansion party last week (ends01Nov13).
Styled to Rock seems like the hundredth show on Bravo to try and recapture the audience of Project Runway. C’mon guys, can you let it go already? The only difference between Project Runway and Styled to Rock is intermittent appearances by Rihanna. It also seems to rest on celebrity more than talent.
Each week, designers must create an outfit for a guest judge with an additional twist or challenge thrown in. The only difference is the "rock" angle allows the designers to produce more flamboyant, avant-garde, and "costumey" pieces. They also get the luxury of using "rock" as a reason their work is unfinished. The format is a little different, to avoid copyright infringement, and has the top and bottom designers separated before their designs are finished at a process called "The Pull."
Judges include Pharrell, supermodel Erin Wasson and Rihanna’s stylist, Mel Ottenberg. The winner gets a cash prize, appears in Glamour magazine, and they end up sewing costumes in a basement working on Rihanna’s design team. It seems like a really elaborate job interview to become a design assistant for a celebrity. Also, most celebrities tend to wear high profile fashion designers. If the prize incoporated music video or tour costumes, it'd be a better career win for a new designer.
Wasson and Ottenberg do not have much in the way of personality. They’re so robotic and monotone that even a cogent, thoughtful critique comes off as catty. They don’t have the likable personality that earns their snarky comments. Rihanna and Pharrell also seem like they want to be in the show as little as possible. Rihanna gives confessional interviews about the challenge but doesn’t interact much with the designers. Pharrell is a “mentor” but does not appear during the design phase.
The show does promise tons of drama. They have selected a random array of contestants. Flighty leatherworker Ahni Radvanyi won the first challenge with a very well-crafted body suit inspired by Nicki Minaj. However, she described the process as "giving birth to a thought baby" with her "brain juice." Andre Soriano channels every gay Project Runway contestent ever with sassy commentary, short shorts and a shredded T-shirt. There's also icy latex-fetish designer Laura Petrielli-Pulice. These crazy contestants guarantee that fur will fly. That fur will then be glued on a bra and worn by Rihanna onstage.
The celebrity judges include popular musical acts like Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Kylie Minogue, Carly Rae Jepsen and...Khloe Kardashian? Glee star Naya Rivera and Kelly Osborne will also appear.
Clearly, Styled to Rock is resting more on celebrity than on making celebrities. Project Runway is like PR/design bootcamp. Talented designers come up with great soundbytes and amazing designs. Styled to Rock has designers contructing psuedo-glamorous outfits for celebrities. Only time will tell if this series can shine bright like a diamond.
X-Men First Class is what the X-Men franchise should have been. It was an inherently good film with complex characters and great super power effects sprinkled in. First Class was significantly better at establishing the characters’ unique motivations and personalities without relying on special effects. There was great casting, groovy '60s references and it was a stand-alone film that entertained die-hard X-fans and noobs alike.
The trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is up and running. I instantly had PTSD flashbacks to the original films. Bryan Singer sets up the first two to end with an epic war and the Phoenix Saga, one of the most memorable storylines in X-Men history. Then he pulls out to make the worst Superman movie ever, Superman Returns. What follows, X-Men: The Last Stand, has all the superhero action you’ve been craving but a horrible mash-up of three major X-storylines and cracked-out plot twists.
The best part of First Class is that it brought hope. Hope that the X-Men trilogy would remain in the clearance bin. A storm is brewing and it’s not Halle Berry in a bad wig. It’s fear…for the future.
These are my major fears for X-Men Days of Future Past:
Berry’s Personal Life Will Affect the Script
Halle Berry is an amazing actress and stunning beauty. However, she doesn’t have the dynamism and attitude to play Storm. She brings more intensity to her role as an ex-junkie in Losing Isaiah than she does as Storm, weather goddess and overall bad mama jama. Storm’s role in the franchise had to grow to keep Oscar-winner Berry involved in the project.
Apparently, her new pregnancy will affect Storm in this film. In an interview with the BBC, she said "Storm probably won't be as badass as she was going to be because we won't be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that."
I’m sure Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, or even Octavia Spencer would be happy to fight, fly, and give a more badass performance as Storm in the future.
Too Many Characters
Judging from the trailer there are a hell of a lot of characters in this movie. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) return from First Class. Magneto, Rogue, Shadowcat Storm, Iceman, Colossus, Wolverine and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) return from the trilogy. The new characters of Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath and Blink, Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask and Evan Peters as Magneto’s son, Quicksilver.
There were some great actors in First Class but there was just the right amount of mutants to allow for actual character and plot development. The number of mutants in X-Men was too low and The Last Stand had too many.
Too Many Plot Points
From the trailer alone, the film is attempting too much. The film will have to fill us in on what’s been happening to the characters after First Class. It will also have to establish the world of the future. It will introduce the Days of Future Past storyline and introduce Bolivar Trask’s Sentinel agenda. It also plans on establishing a relationship with Magneto and his son and introduce a whole new group of mutants. Plus, there are rumors of the introduction of Apocalypse. I can barely explain that in a paragraph let alone a two-hour movie.
Lame Design Choices
The costumes in First Class were amazing. The retro-futuristic brings a sense of realism to the costume design of the comics. Days of Future Past looks a little too fetishy. People are fighting for food and water in the future but there are ample amounts of patent leather and latex? Did they get the production designer from Mortal Kombat: Annihilation?
Also, Hoult’s make-up for Beast in First Class was so amazing and in-line with Beast in the current X-Men Comics. Reworking his make-up so he looks like Kelsey Grammer was unnecessary.
Ian McKellan Will Spend The Whole Movie Talking About "War"
McKellan’s Magneto spends 65% of his screen time in the trilogy talking about a war. He mentions it once in the trailer. If McKellan says “war” one more time I run the risk of turning into Dark Phoenix myself...or having a brain aneurysm. I’d much rather hear him say, "You shall not pass!"
Days of Future Past could end up being amazing. But if it isn’t, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Superstar Beyonce is releasing her first official calendar. The 2014 calendar will be available for purchase online Monday (07Oct13) and in stores next Tuesday (15Oct13). On the cover, the singer sports a sparkly crop top, while another shot shows her flaunting her curves in nude, latex hot pants.