Miley Cyrus has taken her "Just Being Miley Tour of Antics" abroad this weekend when she appeared at the MTV European Music Awards ceremony, which was held in Amsterdam. While she was accepting an award for her "Wrecking Ball" video, she appeared to pull a joint from her purse and light it up onstage. When MTV re-aired the awards in the U.S., they cut her speech short, which seemed to confirm that Cyrus had indeed smoked pot onstage.
But before we jump to conclusions about Cyrus or judge her latest behavior, we should consider the fact that Cyrus was a tourist in Amsterdam, a place where marijuana is both legal and a significant part of the culture. Perhaps instead of simply trying to shock the world yet again, Cyrus was actually trying to be a respectful visitor and abide by the laws and customs of her host country. After all, Americans abroad don't have the best reputations, so it's possible she was just trying to make a good impression. We've come up with five other possible performances that Cyrus could have staged as part of her goal to be a respectful tourist, based on things that are illegal in the United States, but legal elsewhere in the world.
PolygamyWhile polygamy is illegal in the United States, there are many countries — primarily in the Middle East and Africa — where it is perfectly legal to marry more than one person at a time. If Cyrus were performing in one of those countries, instead of lighting up a joint, she would instead plan a performance of "We Can't Stop" staged as an elaborate wedding officiated by one of her backup dancers. She would then proceed to marry one of her teddy bear mascots, three other backup dancers, and Lil Kim, who would also provide a guest verse for her next single. On the plus side, though, Cyrus could still wear her EMAs outfit for a wild take on wedding white.
GamblingAs detailed in the film Runner Runner, the U.S. has all but outlawed online gambling, leading to a rise in offshore and foreign gambling, meaning that if Cyrus were to perform in a country like Panama, she would have revised her performance to be an elaborate game of poker. As she twerked her way through her hands, Cyrus would gamble off things like the grill she wears in her "We Can't Stop" video or one of her Hannah Montana wigs. However, in order to keep things as edgy as possible, she would treat her performance like a game of strip poker and take off an item of clothing each time she lost a hand.
Dog FightingUnderstandably, if you are caught dog fighting in the United States, you will likely go to jail. However, that's not the case in Pakistan, where dog fighting is legal and popular, meaning that if Cyrus were to perform there, she would feel obligated to pay her respects to her host country and join in. However, Cyrus is a noted animal lover who owns several rescue dogs, and so would choose instead to dress up some of her backup dancers in costumes that resembled cuddly, possibly-high cartoon dogs and have them "fight" onstage until she finally ends the song and a fight with a bout of twerking that brings peace and happiness to all of her dancer mascots.
Dying in ParliamentFor hundreds of years, it was illegal in Great Britain for anyone to die inside the Parliament building. The law was recently repealed by Justice Secretary Jack Straw — a feat which, were she performing in the U.K., Cyrus would celebrate with an elaborate show where her twerking, lack of pants, mature lyrics, and penchant for sticking out her tongue would shock "members of Parliament" into having a "heart attack." Eventually, though, her "bangerz" would resurrect them, and Cyrus would lead all of the revived MPs through some sort of sexy dance routine. Ideally, this would also end with her fist-bumping a Queen Elizabeth look-alike.
Being Released from PrisonIn Canada, upon your release from prison, you are legally required to be provided with a gun filled with bullets and a horse so that you can ride out of town. We're not sure if this law is actually still regularly carried out, but it would be a great way for Cyrus to channel her southern upbringing for a performance up north. The spectacle would begin with Cyrus being released from prison, which, in this case, is a metaphor for her Disney years, complete with long, blonde wig. After pulling off the wig to reveal her shorter 'do, she would twerk away from her past onto a new stage setup, and hop on a mechanical bull in order to "ride forth" into her new, edgy future.
So, before you judge, consider thanking Cyrus instead for simply trying to do her part to improve American relations abroad. And if she's ever looking for new performance ideas, we're always here to help.
Miley Cyrus gave her 15 million Twitter.com followers a thrill on Sunday (10Nov13) as she got ready for the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland by posting a 'shower selfie' photo online. The provocative 20 year old appears to be wearing nothing in the shot, which features her posing while showing off her bare shoulders and chain necklaces, and sporting her hair in bunches on top of her head.
She later stunned on the red carpet, wearing a back-less, lace-up mini-dress featuring the faces of slain rap rivals Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur and black and white chequered thigh-high boots.
The singer wasn't just there to dazzle; she also had a message - words printed around the hem of her barely-there outfit read: "Please Stop Violence".
And during the ceremony itself, Cyrus made sure she would be back in the headlines by spanking a little person and grabbing her breast during a performance of We Can't Stop.
The pop superstar became a talking point after the last MTV awards bash in New York in August (13) when she danced provocatively with a bunch of dancers dressed up as teddy bears and then stripped down to flesh-coloured underwear to perform a very racy version of Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke.
Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has joined the cast of the new Night At The Museum movie. The Brit, who played Matthew Crawley on the period drama, will portray King Arthur's one-time sidekick Sir Lancelot in the third installment of Ben Stiller's hit film series.
Stiller and Robin Williams will return as security guard Larry Daley and Teddy Roosevelt, respectively, when the film starts shooting in February (14).
"Taylor, you have grown up right before our very eyes and I wanna thank you from a grateful industry for never once humping a teddy bear or gyrating with Beetlejuice... I know that's not easy." Country Music Association Awards host Brad Paisley honoured Taylor Swift at the big event in Nashville on Wednesday (06Nov13) for not following Miley Cyrus' example onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), when she danced with bears and stripped to perform with Robin Thicke, who was dressed in a Beetlejuice-style suit.
Finally, after that long dry spell to follow her sharing train cookies with Lily, we get some mileage out of Cristin Milioti. It's post-narrative flash-forward mileage, but at least it's something.
The well has run dry on character development for Ted. At this point, all he is is... waiting. Waiting to believe in love again (or does he believe in it wholeheartedly this week? It kind of ebbs and flows with whatever the episode calls for), and waiting for that love to come his way. Now that we have a face attached to the intangible idea of "the Mother," we can get a little bit more excited about his melodramatic groans. But even more exciting than whatshername's meeting with Ted is her meeting with everyone else. We know, thanks to extra-curricular research, that she'll meet every other member of the group prior to Teddy Westside. Her initial encounter with Lily was fine at best, but Lily's the "sane" one. Milioti coming into contact with Barney, Marshall, and Robin (probably in that chronological order, if we want to think about this stream with accelerating significance) is bound to be a lot of laughs.
And speaking of the rest of the troupe, "Lighthouse" deals with moreover interesting material involving longstanding psychological problems. More prominently, we have Robin, whose parental traumas are so deeply rooted that the mere mention of her mother — before even the Future Ted interjection spelling out just how weird a phenomenon this is — feels like a weird phenomenon. For the past few weeks, Robin has been feuding with Barney's mom Loretta, and tosses a jab her way in regards to her world famous scrambled eggs, asserting that her own mother makes better eggs.
Just as the inception of the Robin-Loretta warfare might have proved an appropriate venue to really dig into Miss Scherbatsky's piercing mommy/daddy issues, "Lighthouse" presents the opportunity and snatches it away from us. Robin's mother, at the very last minute, phones her daughter to reveal that she won't be at the wedding. The show uses the canon of Robin's mom being afraid to fly as the reason, although this does seem like a cop-out. There are plenty of Scherbatsky fissues to offer a more substantial, more painful reason for Robin's mom not making it to the ceremony. But instead of treating this as a window into Robin's festering pains, the show just uses it to bridge the gap between Robin and Loretta, the latter kicking on her maternal instincts to comfort her new daughter-in-law in her time of need.
But there is one piece of noteworthy character development in this episode, and not a particularly favorable one: at the behest of Daphne, Marshall drops his longstanding "nice guy" identity, stranding Ted's step-father Clint (who hitched a ride with the two of them after Marshall and Daphne stopped at Ted's mom's house in Cleveland to grab a meal and an embarrassing childhood picture of Ted) in the woods and seizing control of the trip. Now, we've often commended Marshall as being the only halfway decent human being among the troupe. But if Daphne's words really got through to him, if he's really now the sort of a**hole who would abandon a family friend in the middle of nowhere without so much as a warning, then we might have to bid adieu to the last speck of humanity in this show.
At least we got a callback to the "I Wanna Be" gag though, which, while predictable, was quite funny.
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R&B hitmaker Teddy Riley is suing pop superstar Lady Gaga over allegations he has not been paid for his contributions to her song Teeth. The Blackstreet star claims he was promised 25 per cent of the writing fees, but got nothing back for the 2009 track, which featured on her widely acclaimed album, The Fame Monster.
Riley is demanding $500,000 (£333,330) in compensation plus punitive damages, according to TMZ.com.
These actors have shaken us to the core with their gravitas on screen, but they've also shaken us with laughter. While they normally play kings, soldiers, gangsters and Shakespearean characters, once in a while they'll play best friends to teddy bears and over-the-top agents with intense arm hair. And they play both ends of the spectrum just as convincingly. Just think about how Steve Buscemi played Nucky on Boardwalk Empire and magician sidekick Anton Marvelton in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at the same time and nobody batted an eye. In other words, these might be the perfect actors.
Sir Patrick Stewart may be best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, or for his stage roles in Shakespearean classics like MacBeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Recently, however, Sir Stewart has emerged as somewhat of a viral video darling, wowing us with his quadruple-take acting lessons and endearing us by sharing his first experience with pizza. In 2005, he made one of the funniest and most memorable cameos on Ricky Gervais's Extras, in which he's obsessed with seeing women naked.
When you think Tom Cruise, you probably first think action star, and then maybe dramatic actor (and then maybe crazy Scientologist), but before 2008's Tropic Thunder, you probably would have never thought overweight, balding, sleazy studio executive. But he played exactly that in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy, and he played it to perfection. His character Les Grossman spouts such lines as "First, take a big step back...and literally f**k your own face!" and "A nutless monkey could do your job," making Ari Gold look like Mister Rogers.
Mark Wahlberg has steadily starred in Oscar-winning dramas like The Fighter and The Departed during his career, but peppered throughout are movies like Ted and Date Night. Wahlberg's gruff Boston attitude gives him weight in more serious roles, but also lends an edge to his comedic roles. His performance in David O. Russell's quirky, surreal, philosophy-heavy comedy I Heart Huckabees is perhaps one of the most underrated comedic performances of all time. Seriously, go watch it if you haven't.
Colin Firth first rose to fame playing Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and recently he was nominated for an Oscar for A Single Man and won one for The King's Speech. That said, let's all stop kidding ourselves and admit it: our favorite Colin Firth role was in Love Actually. Don't be ashamed. Every single other person secretly feels the same way.
There are few actors in Hollywood who can do stoner movies (Airheads), Tarantino classics (Reservoir Dogs), rom-coms (The Wedding Singer), dark comedies (Fargo), iconic stoner movies (The Big Lebowski), and still terrify us as TV's meanest gangster. Steve Buscemi is a rare gem of an actor. If he played an old Asian grandma, we would probably believe it, and be impressed.
Oscar-winner Matt Damon has made a career out of carefully-chosen film roles, most of which are of the dramatic or action variety. But the actor's inherent charm truly comes out when he dabbles in comedy, even in less-than-successful movies. His turn as bumbling and dense Mark Whitacre in The Informant! is subtle but spot-on. When he pairs up (literally) with Greg Kinnear in Stuck on You, his performance may not have won over critics, but it's a refreshing contrast to the usually serious Damon. And let's unearth a little-known ditty, shall we? Here's Damon as the lead singer of a pop-punk band in the 2004 comedy EuroTrip (you're welcome):
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"When we were getting ready for the VMAs, I was about to put on my teddy-bear costume and she's like, 'Sweet girl, do you need to go potty before you put your costume on?' I'm like, 'Mom! Kanye is standing right here!'" Miley Cyrus' mum embarrassed her before she took the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Hundreds of props from the set of hit U.S. TV show Breaking Bad are set to hit the auction block. The memorabilia, which includes the Hazmat suits the lead characters wear on the show, a pivotal pink teddy bear from season two and the Pontiac Aztek driven by Bryan Cranston's character Walter White, will be auctioned off following the series finale on 29 September (13) on Screenbid.com.
Screenbid.com's founder Bill Block estimates the props could fetch over $2 million (GBP1.3 million).
Many other props from the hits show were sold off at a charity auction in New Mexico on Saturday (14Sep13).
The sale at a thrift store in Albuquerque attracted huge queues of fans desperate to snap up souvenirs. Items in the sale included a pair of shoes worn by Cranston, as well as a pair of his character's trousers, several shirts, and a variety of chemistry lab equipment.
The goods were donated by show bosses to raise funds for the Goodwill of New Mexico programs.
Well, twerking has officially taken over America. According to Billboard, rapper Juicy J has promised a scholarship to the woman who twerks the best, and New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia is planning to attempt to set a Guinness World Record for twerking. That's a lot of dancing butts, people.
Juicy J is offering $50,000 to a female college student between the ages of 18 and 25 who shows extraordinary talents in the areas of twerking. Applicants must upload a video to YouTube of themselves twerking to the rapper's track "Scholarship." Meanwhile, on Sept. 25 in Manhattan's Herald Square, Big Freedia is teaming up with Fuse to host "Record Breaking Booty Shaking: Break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Twerk Record with Big Freedia." The event will include over 250 dancers twerking for two minutes.
Now, twerking is nothing new. It has been a style of dancing since before Miley Cyrus was old enough to shake what her mama gave her (which, granted, isn't much), but Cyrus' MTV VMA performance brought the Southern craze to the center stage of society. However, according to Fuse, it doesn't sound like Big Freedia is quite ready to include the ex-Disney star in her twerking world record event anytime soon.
"She was going too far," said Big Freedia in an interview with Fuse. "She's trying to twerk, but don't know how to twerk. It's become offensive to a lot of people who've been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture ... When something get hot, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon and act like they created it. That's totally understandable but they have to give credit where credit is due."
Did you get that Miley? You might want to leave the twerking to the professionals from now on.
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