Rapper Lil Wayne has sparked rumours he is dating R&B singer Christina Milian after he attended the 2014 ESPY Awards with her on Wednesday (16Jul14). The Lollipop hitmaker was spotted sitting next to Milian at the Nokia Theatre event in Los Angeles, which was hosted by his pal Drake.
Wayne also arrived at the prizegiving hand in hand with the Dip It Low singer, who he signed to his Young Money record label in 2012.
Milian recently ended her engagement to music mogul Jas Prince, and prior to their break-up, Wayne released a song called Tina Turn Up Needs a Tune Up, which fans believe is sly dig at Prince and a confession of his love to Milian.
The lyrics include, "I'll take your Tina (Christina)/She need a king, f**k them princes/You’re a queen/Let’s have a princess".
Incidentally, Wayne and Milian are both connected to music producer The-Dream - Wayne was previously engaged to The-Dream's first wife, R&B singer Nivea, while Milian was also married to The-Dream, but divorced him in 2011 after just a year of marriage.
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Miley Cyrus has been blasted by anti-drugs campaigners for portraying an overdose in her new music promo.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker appears alongside dance star Moby in the short clip dubbed Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain, a collaboration with The Flaming Lips. In the video, Cyrus is seen lying on a bed, foaming at the mouth and surrounded by pills.
The bizarre, psychedelic footage is intended as a reference to hallucinogenic LSD and the singer is portraying a "drug-induced coma", according to The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, who reveals much of the project was filmed while Cyrus was hospitalised in April (14). The singer suffered an allergic reaction to prescription medication, and she was forced to deny her ill health was the result of a drug overdose.
Coyne tells Rolling Stone, "This is the video we originally intended to be for a song that has a reference to the drug LSD. We were lucky enough to get a couple of hours with a bedridden Miley Cyrus. And even though she was still quite ill, she was full of laughs and great absurd suggestions."
However, the video has infuriated anti-drug campaigners, who have slammed the young pop star for her involvement.
Marolin Watson from Hope U.K., an organisation which provides drug and alcohol education to youngsters, tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "She took pains to deny that her recent spell in hospital was the result of a drug overdose. It is hard to understand why drug-taking should feature so prominently in her latest video."
"It has been said again and again, but celebrities really need to consider the impact their behaviour, whether real or as part of a performance, has on their young fans."
The Pogues are backing a search for a heroic fan who saved a man's life during the band's gig in London over the weekend (05-06Jul14). Shane MacGowan's group stopped its set at Hyde Park on Saturday (05Jul14) when a crowdmember suffered a heart attack. After Andrew Plank collapsed, a stranger rushed to his aid and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics were able to pull him from the crowd.
After the drama, the band returned to the stage and played one more song before ending the show. They later sent out a message to the victim via Twitter.com, writing, "The Pogues want to send out good wishes to the young man who had to be pulled from the crowd last night. Thinking of him & wishing him well."
Plank, 46, was taken to a London hospital and is now recovering, and the band is backing his family's search for the man who helped save his life.
The band has been retweeting messages from Lloyd Smith, who is married Plank's niece, to back the drive. The messages read, "Anyone know the name of person in crowd that performed CPR on the man who had heart attack at Hyde park? Want to say thanks... One stranger saved another's life... that person is a hero and should know it. Thank you."
The band's official Twitter.com page also features retweeted articles about the hunt for the good Samaritan.
Six previously unheard recordings by late British singer/songwriter Nick Drake are expected to fetch at least $425,000 (£250,000) at auction. Fellow folk star Beverley Martyn reveals the tapes are in "pristine" condition, despite being recorded 46 years ago. The tracks, including versions of Fruit Tree and Cello Song, were made months before the 1969 release of Drake's debut album Five Leaves Left.
She tells Independent.co.uk, "He was young, he sounds full of fun, he sounds light and his guitar playing is absolutely excellent. It really shows that he didn't need to have this whole layer cake of strings."
Martyn claims she decided to sell off the tapes due to her own failing health, adding, "Someone else should be able to enjoy it."
The memorabilia will go under the hammer at London auction house Ted Owen and Company on 31 July (14).
News of the auction emerges three months after Martyn shared another of Drake's unheard compositions, a duet between the pals, titled Restless Jane. It was included on her album The Turtle And The Phoenix.
Drake was just 26 when he committed suicide in 1974.
R&B star Bruno Mars made a young car crash survivor's dreams come true on Saturday (28Jun14) by inviting the fan to his show in Cleveland, Ohio and serenading her from the stage. Zumyah Thorpe lost her pregnant mother and two sisters in an horrific car accident last year (13). The 11 year old suffered a traumatic brain injury which impacted her motor skills and she only regained the ability to speak again by learning the words to tracks by Mars.
The Grenade hitmaker learned about Thorpe's tragic story and subsequent recovery via social media and he decided to reach out to the child so he could meet her when his tour touched down in Cleveland this weekend.
He met Thorpe and her family before his gig and treated them to a private four-song set before presenting her with a teddy bear, while he also gave them tickets to attend his concert on Saturday, when he performed his hit Just the Way You Are for the pre-teen.
Mars later took to his Instagram.com account to share a photo of himself with a smiling Thorpe. In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Tonight's show was dedicated to this amazing young woman. I love you, Zumyah."
He also uploaded a second snap of him giving Thorpe a kiss on the cheek and added, "Zumyah tonight you gave my band and I something we've never felt before. You're an inspiration to the world! #WeLoveYouZumyah."
Sir Ian Mckellen helped kick off the 2014 gay pride celebrations in London on Wednesday (25Jun14). The Lord of The Rings actor was the guest of honour at the Pride in London Gala Dinner, which was held at the official residence of Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf.
The event marked the launch of the Pride in London festivities, which include a parade on Saturday (28Jun14) and performances by singers Sinitta and Samantha Fox and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.
McKellen gave a speech at the gala launch, and spoke about a meeting with late actor Sir Alec Guinness, who was long rumoured to have been bisexual, in which the Stars Wars legend urged him not to become an active member of the gay rights drive.
According to Gaystarnews.com, McKellen the crowd, "Alec Guinness took me out to lunch and said, 'You really should not, as a leading actor, have anything to do with anything political... I beg you not to do it.' That was self-hatred."
During the speech, the actor also voiced his hope that a top soccer player in Britain will 'come out' and break down taboos over gay stars in sport, adding, "My preference is that he is cute."
Guests at the dinner included pop star Will Young, who tweeted throughout the event and hailed McKellen's talk as "fantastic".
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Beyonce and Jay Z marked five years since Michael Jackson's death on Wednesday (25Jun14) by performing one of his hits on the first night of their tour. The couple, which married in 2008, kicked off their co-headlining On The Run trek on Wednesday at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida and they paid tribute to the King of Pop by playing Jackson 5 hit I Want You Back during the show.
Earlier that day, Beyonce marked the five year anniversary by writing in a post on her website, "Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am thank you Michael. Love always, B." The pair opened the first show of the tour with their 2002 collaboration '03 Bonnie & Clyde, with Beyonce wearing a plunging fishnet leotard and balaclava.
The 42-song set list switched between the stars' own solo hits and duets, and the concert ended with Forever Young, which was accompanied by on-screen footage from their wedding and home videos of their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
The tour's next stop is in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday (28Jun14) and will continue through to September (14).
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Clint Eastwood, famous for gritty westerns, intimidating squints and asking punks if they’re feeling lucky, wouldn’t be the first person you’d think of to direct a glitzy movie musical. He’s about as far removed from the world of production numbers and intricate choreography as you could possibly get, so it’s something of a surprise that he’s the director bringing the hit musical Jersey Boys to the big screen. Though the film is based on the lives and careers of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the film’s real star power is behind the camera, which should help it stand out in an unusually crowded field of movie musicals.
Though it's been a few years since we've seen a full-blown spectacular on screen, 2014 has three iconic musicals receiving the Hollywood treatment. After Jersey Boys has gotten moviegoers warmed up, December will bring a new, modern take on Annie as well as the star-studded film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's iconic Into the Woods. But which of these upcoming musicals are the real show-stoppers, and which are you better off skipping? We've run down the year in movie musicals, along with their potential for greatness, both critically and commercially.
Jersey Boys Opens: June 20 What It’s About: The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and their journey from being four guys harmonizing under a streetlight to becoming one of the biggest bands in the world, including the gambling debts, mob threats and personal crises that almost stood in their way. Star Power: Director Clint Eastwood and Christopher Walken in a supporting role. The main cast is made up of primarily unknowns, although John Lloyd Young won a Tony Award for playing Frankie back in 2006. How Good It Looks: Thus far, it’s gotten mixed reviews, with many critics taking issue with its by-the-book approach to an interesting, conflict-filled story. That weird, grey filter that Eastwood uses can’t be helping matters, either. Box Office Potential: The film hasn’t gotten a lot of promotion ahead of its release, but the Four Seasons are a recognizable enough name that Jersey Boys should be able to pull in a decent amount of money. The show’s still going strong on Broadway 8 years later, after all. Awards Potential: It’s being released too far from awards season, and the early reviews aren’t strong enough to make Jersey Boys a real contender, but we’d be surprised if Eastwood or Young’s name didn’t come up in conversation once or twice - but only once or twice. Number Worth Waiting For: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” of course.
Annie Opens: December 19 What It’s About: Business tycoon Benjamin Stacks takes in Annie, a foster child who has been living in the evil Miss Hannigan’s orphanage since she was born, in order to help his Mayoral campaign. Star Power: A pretty star-studded cast, including Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and of course, Quvenzhane Wallis. How Good It Looks: Every production of Annie lives and dies by its hero and its villain, and while Wallis seems to be a charming and entertaining Annie, Diaz’s Miss Hannigan seems downright terrible. This is definitely a film that can go either way. Box Office Potential: A beloved, classic, family-friendly musical with a Christmas release date and a big-name cast? It’s probably going to rake in the cash. Awards Potential: Very little. Unless it’s animated, the Academy doesn’t really pay attention to child-friendly films, and anyway, this Annie is more about spectacle than substance. Number Worth Waiting For: “Hard Knock Life.” We’d say “Easy Street,” which everyone knows if the best number in the show, but it’s probably best to wait and see some more of Diaz’s Miss Hannigan before we get too excited for it.
Into the Woods Opens: Christmas What It’s About: Set in a fairy-tale forest, a witch attempts to teach various characters important lessons about life and love. Star Power: Off the charts: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski, to name just a few. How Good It Looks: Not much has been released about the film yet, so it’s hard to tell, although Streep does look fantastic as the Witch. Box Office Potential: If the A-List cast or theater pedigree doesn’t bring in a big audience, the massive marketing push that Disney will inevitably roll out should do the trick. Expect this one to do very well with moviegoers. Awards Potential: Of the three films on this list, Into the Woods has the best shot at any awards recognition, even if it’s just because Streep gets nominated every time she leaves the house. We’d be surprised if Sondheim’s new music doesn’t become a major contender in the Best Original Song race, and depending on how well the film is received, Kendrick, Blunt and director Rob Marshall – all former nominees – could have a decent shot at a nomination as well. Number Worth Waiting For: “No One is Alone,” which is not only the most well-known song from the show, but will also be sung by Kendrick, everyone’s dream best friend.
Animal rights activists have marked Sir Paul McCartney's upcoming birthday on Wednesday (18Jun14) by hitting the streets of his English hometown wearing masks of his face. The Beatles legend will turn 72 this week (beg16Jun14) and to honour the longtime vegetarian, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) members handed out meat-free snacks on the streets of Liverpool on Tuesday (17Jun14).
The campaigners wore masks of McCartney's face and carried placards featuring the slogan, "Give peas a chance - try vegan", in reference to the song Give Peace a Chance by the rocker's late bandmate John Lennon.
They marched in front of the city's famous The Cavern Club, where the Fab Four played in their early years.
PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi says, "We're sure Paul will be delighted that we've chosen to honour his birthday by encouraging the public to give vegetarianism a try. Whether you're six or 64 or, in Paul's case, a very young 72, going vegetarian is a great way to help animals, your health and the environment."
McCartney will spend his birthday recovering from a virus which left him hospitalised last month (May14).
Veteran singer Sir Cliff Richard has paid tribute to beloved British funnyman Rik Mayall and thanked the comedian for boosting his profile with his hit sitcom The Young Ones. Mayall co-wrote the comedy, named after the pop star's famous 1962 hit, and played a Richard-loving anarchist student who often quoted the singer's lyrics.
The pair even teamed up in 1986 with the rest of The Young Ones cast to record a cover of Richard's song Living Doll for charity, topping the U.K. singles chart and raking in a fortune for Comic Relief.
Mayall died suddenly at his home in London on Monday (09Jun14) at the age of 56, and Richard has now spoken out to pay tribute and recall how the funnyman's 1980s sitcom boosted his profile.
He tells the U.K.'s ITV network, "I became a fan of his when he was in The Young Ones show and was always thrilled when he used my name during his series. I am so sad at his parting."