Friends and family of late Kriss Kross star Chris Kelly remembered the rapper as he was honoured at the inaugural Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala on Saturday (06Sep14). The Jump hitmaker died of a drug overdose in May last year (13) and his life was celebrated in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia at the Woodruff Arts Center.
The event was hosted by rapper Lil Wayne's daughter and aspiring singer Reginae Carter and rapper-turned-radio personality Ed Lover.
Special performances and guest appearances made up the night, and familiar faces such as former Xscape singer Tiny Harris and Sean 'Diddy' Combs' ex-girlfriend Kim Porter were among those in attendance.
Proceeds from the event will go towards a scholarship fund for the students of Kelly's alma mater, the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.
Guys!! Only 1 hour until the 2014 MTV VMAs (aka the biggest thing to ever hit MTV) and we are SO EXCITED. But, we're not the only ones. Check out these celebs who cannot wait for the award/entertainment ceremony to begin. If only we could join them, instead of hanging out in cloudy New York.
Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift
These famous besties are doing what everyone wishes they could do (be in each other's presence) tonight. Aren't they just the cutest?
As always, Kelly is rocking her classic purple locks and looking fierce as anything. Go gurl.
Lucy is not going to apologize for blowing up our Instagram newfeeds tonight, and she's going to be bringing her very best friend, Annie, along as she does it.
Doesn't Kesha look great right now? So happy to see her happy!
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The Fault In Our Stars and TV series Orange Is The New Black were the big winners at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday (27Jul14), scooping three honours each.
The teen romance film picked up the Favourite Flick accolade at the annual prizegiving, which celebrates the achievements of the entertainment industry's young stars. The movie's main star, Ansel Elgort, won Fan Favourite - Male and was also awarded Best On-Screen Couple with co-star Shailene Woodley.
The prison-based TV series was crowned the most Bingeworthy TV Show while Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in the show, won Breakthrough Actress and Pablo Schrieber won the We Love to Hate You trophy for his evil character George 'Pornstache' Mendez.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber also took to the stage in Los Angeles to be honoured with the Champ of Charity Award, for his humanitarian work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other winners included Ed Sheeran, Chloe Grace Moretz and British singer Sam Smith. The ceremony, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, will be televised in the U.S. on Monday (28Jul14).
Janelle Monae, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Skrillex will join Grateful Dead star Mickey Hart for the annual Superjam at this summer's (14) Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.
Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley and Zedd will also perform with Hart and company at the event in June (14), while Andrew Bird, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal and Ben Folds will perform with guitarist Derek Trucks at another live jam, and The Hangover star Ed Helms will host the festival's The Bluegrass Situation Superjam, featuring Dierks Bentley, Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Dive and Yonder Mountain String Band banjoist Dave Johnston.
Last year's (13) Bonnaroo Superjam featured My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, John Oates, R. Kelly and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard. Bonnaroo 2014 begins on 12 June (14).
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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Pop superstar Cher had no idea how much she knew about music and performing until she appeared as a celebrity mentor on U.S. reality show The Voice and realised how influential she could be. The Believe hitmaker has teamed up with show regular Blake Shelton to help whip his contestants into shape for pre-taped episodes of the current season five, but the veteran entertainer admits she did not expect to make such a difference to the aspiring singers' performances until she saw the results for herself.
During an appearance on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly & Michael, she says, "I cannot tell you... how completely devoted you become to those kids... I didn't know really what I was gonna do. I didn't really have a clue.
"Someone said mentor, but I thought, 'Yeah, whatever, two days, I guess I'm gonna see some kids do stuff and give an opinion, whatever', and then all of a sudden you become involved, and you really become involved, and then you see, like I didn't realise how much I knew.
"I didn't realise that I could say something and it really would change what someone did, like something so small. There was this young girl, this really great singer, but like, she would be singing, and she would go (make a face), but the moment she did that and lost herself in her facial expressions and her hand movements, she forgot the song, so I said, 'Stick your hands in your pockets and don't ever pull 'em out.' Next time she did the song, it was like a different person, and I was only guessing! I'm only pretending I knew what I was talking about!"
Cher joins fellow mentors Miguel, Ryan Tedder and Ed Sheeran, who will be working alongside team leaders Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera respectively.
Pop star Kelly Clarkson has lost her fight to keep a ring once owned by British author Jane Austen. The singer bought the turquoise and gold treasure at auction last year (12) for around $228,675 (£152,450), but Britain's Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export block on the piece in a bid to keep it in the U.K.
He gave other bidders until 30 September (13) to match Clarkson's offer, and curators at the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England launched a campaign to raise enough money to buy it.
They have now succeeded in their goal after receiving a slew of public donations, including an anonymous gift of $150,000 (£100,000), and their bid for the ring has been accepted, meaning Clarkson will not be able to take possession of the piece.
The ring will go on display at the museum alongside two other pieces of jewellery once owned by the Pride and Prejudice author.
Clarkson insists she is happy for the ring to be kept in Britain: "The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen's House Museum."
Vaizey adds, "It's clear from the number of people who gave generously to the campaign just how admired Jane Austen remains to this day."
Kelly Clarkson has been dealt a massive blow in her fight to keep a ring once owned by Jane Austen after museum bosses in Britain were handed a $150,000 (£100,000) donation to help buy back the treasure. The pop star purchased the turquoise piece last year (13) for around $188,175 (£152,450), but the U.K.'s Culture Minister Ed Vaizey opposed her bid to take it out of the country.
He placed an export ban on the piece and ruled the sale will be voided if another buyer can match Clarkson's offer before 30 September (13).
Curators at the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England launched a campaign to raise the money, and now they have been given a massive boost by a mystery donor who handed over $150,000 (£100,000), pushing them much closer to their target.
A post on the museum's website reads, "Total after the weekend stands at £103,200 after an ASTONISHING private donation of £100,000. Only another £49,000 to go!"
Clarkson has been spotted wearing a replica of the treasured artifact while she waits to hear whether she will be allowed to take the original to America.
The ring is one of only three pieces of jewellery in existence known to have been owned by the famous writer.
Pop star Kelly Clarkson is facing a fight to keep her Jane Austen engagement ring after bosses of a museum in Britain launched a campaign to buy back the treasured artifact. The Since U Been Gone hitmaker purchased the gem, one of the few surviving pieces of jewellery known to have belonged to the author, for around $188,175 (£152,450) last year (12).
However, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the ring in a bid to keep it in the U.K. and he has encouraged other potential buyers to match Clarkson's offer before 30 September (13).
Now curators of the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England have launched a campaign to raise enough money to buy the ring back.
A message posted on the museum's Facebook.com page reads, "Jane Austen's House Museum is pleased to announce the launch of its fundraising campaign 'To Bring the Ring Home'. If you would like to make a donation towards our 'Give Us a Ring' campaign to purchase the turquoise ring that belonged to Jane Austen please call the museum... or email... Fingers crossed we will be able to have the ring on display in the museum by early next year!"
The museum already displays two other pieces of jewellery owned by the writer - a turquoise bracelet and a topaz cross, and bosses reveal they have failed in efforts to contact Clarkson to ask her whether she would be willing to donate the ring to the institution.
Clarkson has been seen wearing a replica of the ring on her wedding finger while she waits to find out whether she will be allowed to bring the original to America. Her fiance, music executive Brandon Blackstock, proposed last December (12) and they are expected to wed later this year (13).
British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is appealing for British literature buffs to step forward and buy a ring once owned by writer Jane Austen, so singer Kelly Clarkson doesn't take the jewellery item out of the country. The Since U Been Gone hitmaker bought Austen's rare turquoise and gold ring for over $225,000 (£150,000), but Vaizey has put a temporary export ban on the gem because he wants to try and keep it in Britain.
Calling it "a national treasure", the minister has asked for someone to match the $228,700 (£152,450) price tag before the 30 September (13) deadline.
Vaizey says, "Jane Austen's modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a UK buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation."
The ring, thought to be one of only three Austen jewellery items in existence, has been in the writer's family since her death in 1817.
Clarkson will be able to collect the gem and take it home to America if no one steps forward to match her auction bid.