Pop singer Cyndi Lauper has criticised Broadway officials for deciding against staging a tribute in memory of late comedienne Joan Rivers. Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14) at the age of 81, and bosses at the Broadway League chose not to honour her by dimming the lights of theatres on the Great White Way because she is not "synonymous with Broadway".
Fans were outraged by the ruling and set up a petition in a bid to overturn the decision, noting that Rivers had been on the New York stage three times and was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1994.
Eighties singer Lauper, who is the brains behind hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, has also backed the social media campaign, writing on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), "The lights on Broadway should be dimmed for #joanrivers (sic). She supported the theatre more than any other celeb (celebrity) and was a Tony nominee. Very sad... Dim the lights for #JoanRivers on Broadway. #dimthelightforJoan (sic)."
Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet adds, "Broadway execs (sic) won't dim lights for Joan Rivers. Aww aren't they so cute with their little meetings on their light dimming power and such (sic)."
President of the Jujamcyn Theatre group, Jordan Roth, has chosen to overlook the ruling and plans to dim the lights of the company's four theatres on Tuesday evening (09Sep14).
Singer Adam Levine is set to produce an autobiographical comedy TV series. Kids in America will be inspired by the Maroon 5 frontman's time as an up-and-coming singer and will centre on a teenager from an unconventional family who dreams of becoming a rock star, according to Deadline.
The script will be written by Family Guy's Aaron Blitzstein and Levine, Jordan Feldstein and Josh Gummersall will serve as executive producers.
This isn't the first autobiographical series Levine has worked on - a show based on his friendship with writer-producer Gene Hong and another inspired by their experience at a karaoke bar are currently in development.
Pop star Jessie J has been tapped to contribute a song dedicated to the people of Boston for the Finding Neverland musical's upcoming concept album.
The musical adaptation of the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie is currently having a successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to its move to Broadway next March (15), the show's producers, including Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, are planning a concept album featuring some of music's biggest stars. The Price Tag singer is among the artists to be featured on the album, singing a track called Stronger, which Weinstein has dedicated to the people of Boston in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, according to the New York Post.
Other singers rumoured to have tracks on the album are Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, who performed the song Never Neverland at the Tony Awards in June (14).
The Finding Neverland musical, which stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, has broken attendance records for a single production in the theatre's 34-year history, and will run until 28 September (14).
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
Christina Aguilera has spoken of her pride after welcoming a baby girl named Summer Rain on Saturday (16Aug14). The Beautiful singer gave birth to her second child at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend (16-17Aug14), and she has now reached out to fans to express her delight after becoming a mother again.
In a post on Twitter.com, Aguilera reveals the baby's name, writing, "So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world..."
Summer Rain is Aguilera's first child with fiance Matt Rutler. She also has a six-year-old son, Max, from her first marriage to Jordan Bratman.
Christina Aguilera is a new mum. The Beautiful singer gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday (16Aug14) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The baby is Aguilera's second - she has a six-year-old son, Max, from her first marriage to Jordan Bratman.
Her daughter is her first child with fiance Matt Rutler. The couple became engaged on St. Valentine's Day (14Feb14).
The news comes just days after nude photos of a heavily pregnant Aguilera were released by the editors of V magazine. She is the cover girl for the publication's latest issue.
Thrilled by the artistic shots, the singer took to Instagram.com on 1 August (14) and wrote, "(Thank you for) giving me the freedom to bare my soul & body at this incredible, magical, transition time in my life."
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The Teen Choice Awards have been throwing surfboards at the most popular things in teen pop culture for over a decade, and last night's ceremony continued the tradition with huge wins for films like The Fault in our Stars and Divergent. While the organization doesn't always lend to the most surprising list of winners, but there have been cases where shockingly good (and shockingly bad) things have walked away with the night's big prizes. Here is our list of the top five best and worst winners of the Teen Choice Awards.
Black SwanWho knew teens loved Darren Aronofsky? The soul-crushing drama Black Swan earned the director the well-deserved Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama, something even the Academy Awards failed to do that year. You can't surf an Oscar, so we'd say Mr. Aronofsky came out ahead.
Toy Story 3The Teen Choice awards rightly heralded Pixar's Toy Story 3 as the best animated film of 2010, presumably because it was impossible to vote for The Vampire Diaries in this category.
Jennifer Hudson for DreamgirlsActress and singer Jennifer Hudson was awarded the hallowed surfboard in 2007 for her theater-shaking performance in Dreamgirls. We're sure the gigantic, sea-worthy trophy enjoys a place of distinction right next to Hudson's Academy Award, which the actress won for the same performance.
The Sixth SenseBack in 2000, when director M. Night Shyamalan was being heralded as the next Spielberg (boy have things changed), the filmmaker netted the Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama for his spooky thriller, The Sixth Sense.
The Hunger Games: Catching FireThe second installment in the Hunger Games franchise winning the award for Choice sci-fi film has always been a foregone conclusion, given the film's audience, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is actually a fantastic science fiction film in its own right, and the best one to be released in 2013. The film would have won the award regardless of its quality, but a broken clock is right twice a day, and this time, it was on the money.
Taylor Lautner for AbductionResidual heat from the Twilight series is the only explanation we can fathom for Taylor Lautner winning anything for Abduction. Despite the fact that hardly anyone actually bothered to see the film (it only managed to gross $28 million domestically) and it was universally panned by critics (currently sitting pretty at a 4 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the actor walked away with the Choice Action Star flotation device in 2011. The film also won the award for Choice Action Film over Mission Impossible: Ghost Protoc0l, but let's not even open up that can of worms.Rihanna for Battleship2012's Battleship didn't do Taylor Kitsch many favors, but it did net Rihanna an award for acting. The R&B mega-star took home the Choice Breakout Star award, even though her performance is almost exclusively made up of one line utterances and exclamations like "What happened?", "Ahhhhhhh!", and "You look like Colonel Sanders, actually." The even bigger crime was that Noomi Rapace was passed over in the same category.
Adam DeVine for Pitch PerfectNow there's nothing particularly awful or even wrong with Adam DeVine's smarmy performance in Pitch Perfect. In fact, we even sort of liked him in the movie. Unfortunately, DeVine earns a spot on this list for the sheer quality of talent he beat out for the Choice Villain award. Acting heavyweights Javier Bardem, Tom Hardy, and Ben Kingsley left the Teen Choice Awards empty handed in favor of DeVine.
Drake Bell for Superhero MovieThankfully, the string of awful spoof movies that ran rampant in the 2000s is finally over, but back in the craze's heyday, Drake Bell won the Choice Breakout Star award for Superhero Movie. Anyone that has seen more than one frame of Superhero Movie knows why that's a travesty.
Ashton Kutcher for KillersRemember that film with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl where Kutcher plays a secret assassin? No? Good.
Pregnant singer Christina Aguilera has dedicated her final few days before giving birth to helping other mothers around the world. The Fighter hitmaker is preparing to welcome a baby girl with her fiance Matt Rutler, and she has been spending the last days of pregnancy undertaking charity work.
Aguilera is a long-time supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief effort, and she is spearheading a new drive called #PasstheRedCup to help mothers around the world who are struggling to feed their children.
She has posed for pictures holding a red cup on her pregnant belly and penned a blog about her experiences in Rwanda last year (13) for Huffingtonpost.com.
Aguilera writes, "So much can change in life in just one year. This summer, I've been preparing for the arrival of my new baby girl and working on recording new music for my next album. It's hard to believe that about the same time last year I was in the fields of Rwanda with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief effort. The beautiful faces of the young mothers and children I met in Rwanda are with me every day and fuel my passion to raise awareness about the critical global hunger issue.
"It's heartbreaking to me that in our social media driven, increasingly-connected world, nearly 850 million people go to bed hungry each night. And this includes far too many children. It's a subject so close to my heart and has been for a long time, being a mom."
Aguilera is also mother to a six-year-old son named Max, from her first marriage to Jordan Bratman.
Singer Taylor Swift surprised a young cancer patient at a Boston, Massachusetts hospital recently with a visit and an impromptu performance. Jordan Nickerson, six, was diagnosed with genetic disorder Williams Syndrome when he was a year old and is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia.
Over the weekend (02-03Aug14), Swift dropped by Nickerson's room at Boston Children's Hospital and delighted the youngster by teaming up with him to sing her hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
She also posed for pictures with Nickerson and took part in a game of air hockey.
British singer Dev Hynes has accused heavy-handed Lollapalooza bouncers of assaulting him and his girlfriend after his Friday (01Aug14) set at the Chicago, Illinois festival. The Blood Orange star claims he was "jumped by three security guards" after his band's late afternoon performance, insisting, "Everyone saw it."
In a series of tweets on Friday evening, Hynes wrote, "Samantha (Urbani) and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges... They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me."
Urbani joined Hynes onstage during Blood Orange's set and urged the crowd to be aware of police brutality issues.
Controversial Hynes also staged a silent protest, wearing a T-shirt that featured the names of African-American victims of violence Eric Garner, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin. Garner's 17 July (14) death at the hands of a New York police officer was officially ruled a homicide hours before his set.
He promoted the T-shirt before the gig by posting a photo of himself wearing it and writing, "Samantha & I made this T-shirt which I'm wearing today. The set is dedicated to these names & more. We remember."