Cyndi Lauper's third annual charity concert in New York got off to a painful start on Saturday (07Dec13) when singer Pink battled through sound problems as she kicked off the fundraiser. The So What hitmaker decided to pay tribute to the veteran pop star by performing an acoustic version of Lauper's classic Time After Time at the Beacon Theatre bash, but the set was marred by loud feedback noise.
The issues prompted Pink to plead with audio technicians, "Stop, please make it stop, it's making my head angry."
The problems were quickly fixed, allowing fans to enjoy an early Christmas celebration, with Swedish rockers The Hives teaming up with Lauper for a rendition of Christmas Duel, while she returned to the stage for four more collaborations, including a cover of John Lennon's Imagine with Josh Groban, and festive favourite Home for the Holidays with Nelly Furtado, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The quirky singer closed the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays show by spreading a little more seasonal cheer with Feels Like Christmas, and her own hits Girls Just Want to Have Fun and True Colors.
The concert, which also featured appearances from Susan Sarandon and Rosie O'Donnell, was held to benefit homeless youths in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Pink wasn't the only singer to suffer sound problems over the weekend - Selena Gomez stormed off stage after severe microphone difficulties disrupted her performance at the Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles on Friday night (06Dec13).
Singer Rihanna, Sex And The City's Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Kevin Bacon are among the stars offering their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, tore through the island nation on Friday (08Nov13), leaving vulnerable citizens seeking shelter as homes and schools were wiped away.
The death toll, which was initially estimated by officials at the Philippine Red Cross at up to 1,200, is expected to soar as authorities attempt to determine the full extent of the devastation, while the news has prompted an outpouring of emotion from around the world on Twitter.com.
A host of famous faces have also weighed in on the latest natural disaster, with actress Parker tweeting, "My very best to all in the Philippines. I met some wonderful friends while visiting.The news from there is devastating," while Bacon shared a link to a donation page, writing, "Please help: join me to support Typhoon Haiyan relief."
R&B star Rihanna, who recently visited South East Asia as part of her world tour, reached out to her fans, writing, "Navy please keep the people of The Philippines in your prayers!!! I was just there and this truly breaks my heart!!!"
Crooner Josh Groban adds, "My heart is heavy for the people of the Philippines tonight. Devastating," while Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough writes, "My heart goes out to all those affected by the destruction in the Philippines. Wishing all our fans there a speedy recovery. God bless!"
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, Pamela Anderson, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, sports icon Mike Tyson and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz also took to Twitter to share messages of support.
Pop star Nick Jonas has reached out to fans online to assure them he is safe after landing at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) terminal where a shooting broke out on Friday (01Nov13). A gunman opened fire on a Transport Security Administration (TSA) official at a Terminal 3 checkpoint at around 9.30am local time, prompting police to evacuate the building and its surrounding areas.
Authorities claim the suspect, who has since been identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia, used a rifle to kill one employee before engaging in a shoot out with airport cops, injuring at least seven others.
Earlier, unconfirmed reports suggested Ciancia had been killed, while sources now tell the Los Angeles Times that he is in custody and in critical condition.
All flights in and out of LAX were grounded as a result, and actor James Franco took to his Twitter.com page to reveal that his plane was among those affected.
Now Jonas has told fans of his experiences on Twitter after arriving at the LAX terminal which has been temporarily shut down.
He tweeted, "Landed at LAX... to the news that there was a shooting in the terminal my plane was supposed to deplane at... Currently waiting on the plane in a remote parking area. I am safe. Praying for the victims of this shooting."
Meanwhile, Glee star Mark Salling has been forced to scrap plans to spend the weekend (01-03Nov13) in Dallas, Texas after his flight out of Los Angeles was axed.
He writes on Twitter, "Otw (on the way) to lax and I hear there was a shooting at the terminal I'm going to. No Dallas for me this weekend, hope everyone is ok. I hate u (sic) LAX".
A host of celebrities, including Salling's Glee co-star Amber Riley, Alyssa Milano, Kelly Osbourne and Josh Groban, have expressed their shock and horror online, while Billy Ray Cyrus tweets, "Thoughts and prayers for all the victims and those affected by the shooting at LAX today."
Actor James Franco was among the passengers caught up in the drama at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday (01Nov13) after a gunman opened fire at security officials inside a terminal. The unidentified shooter targeted a Transport Security Administration (TSA) official at a Terminal 3 checkpoint at around 9.30am local time, prompting police to evacuate the building and surrounding areas.
Authorities grounded all flights at LAX as they hunted down the suspect, who was shot and reportedly killed shortly after cops conducted an airport-wide manhunt.
Officials have since confirmed that one TSA employee was killed in the incident, while another was wounded.
Franco took to his Instagram.com blog on Friday to share a photo of himself on a plane, suggesting his flight had been one of the many grounded during the emergency.
In the accompanying caption, the 127 Hours star simply wrote, "At lax Some s**tbag shot up the place."
Meanwhile, reality TV stars Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci from U.S. show Mythbusters were among those evacuated from Terminal 3, sharing photos of the chaos on Twitter.com.
Celebrities also flocked to Twitter to express their shock at the developments as the news of the shooting broke, with Kelly Osbourne tweeting, "WTF (what the f**k)!!! I really hope everyone at LAX is ok and the LAPD get that shooter fast!"
Josh Groban wrote, "Oh no. LAX. News isn't saying much. How horrible...hope it's resolved soon", and singer Sara Bareilles added, "I'm horrified by the shooting at LAX. I feel so saddened by why so many people turn to violence. Only love can take the place of hate."
Actress Alyssa Milano, comedian Patton Oswalt and singer Ashley Roberts have also commented on the incident online.
Cyndi Lauper is teaming up with Pink, Josh Groban and Susan Sarandon for her third annual Home For The Holidays concert to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The initiative aims to reduce the homelessness rate in the LGBT youth community through the Forty To None project, an initiative seeking to "educate and engage the public and advocate within government and media...", to help the 40 per cent of homeless youths who identify as (LGBT).
The concert will take place on 7 December (13) at the Beacon Theatre in New York and 100 percent of the ticket sales will go to Forty To None.
A statement from Lauper, reads, "Home for the Holidays is once again going to be an amazing night of music and comedy in support of a cause close to my heart, homeless gay and transgender youth. I'm proud that we have built a show that not only sells out every year, but has become well-known for bringing together a stellar array of artists to help change the world through an evening of incredible performances."
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After a public spat between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel, the music artist visited the Jimmy Kimmel Live! set last night to clear the air. West showed up in a sweatshirt and ripped pants, looking every bit the uninterested rap star. As Kimmel attempted to breeze through the interview with humor and grace, West just refused to do the same. Instead, he mumbled one worded answers, then took out his soapbox to promote, what else, himself.
From the beginning, the interview went anything but smoothly. Kimmel tried hard to get West invested in the conversation, and tried to humor him, but that didn't exactly go well. For the first half of the interview, West looked like a sulky teenager, and only answered questions in very condescending ways. For instance, when Kimmel asserted in good humor that the Twitter feud was not a publicity stunt, West indignantly replied that he has never done a publicity stunt in his life (insert awkward silence). He then wetn off on how Kim Kardashian should have a star on the Walk of Fame (wait, what?), and how he feels like a zoo animal when being photographed. West concluded the first segment with the statement, "You're either gonna love me or hate me, but I'm gonna be me." Well, just to be clear, we're kind of hating you at the moment, Kanye.
After the commercial break, Josh Groban performed a skit in which he sang all the best Kanye tweets, and West even cracked a smile and managed to not go off the rails (so far so good!). Kimmel then gifted West with a small pair of leather jogging pants for baby North West... which is hilarious, because this feud basically started because Kimmel didn't understand the concept of leather jogging pants (oh, and neither do we). Anyway, West then took over the interview to go on a five-minute spiel about his fashion buys, how involved he is in the fashion world, and how he is a "creative genius" (seriously). West also posed the question, "Who do you know who is more known for clothes than me?" The answer: so many people. I know so many people who are known more for their clothing than you, Kanye.
He finally put the interview to rest by saying that people like Da Vinci and Jesus are his heroes and that he wants to make that kind of impact on the world. Got that? Kanye wants to make the same type of impact as Jesus. We're not even sure how to respond to that one. Check out the clips and judge for yourself.
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Michael Jackson's former backing singer Judith Hill has signed up to join Josh Groban on tour. The new Sony artist will open the show and also join Groban during his set for two songs, The Prayer and Remember When It Rains, after teaming up with the operatic star in the studio.
Hill, who has also backed Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John, was working with the King of Pop on his This Is It dates when he died in 2009.
Since then, she has performed on U.S. reality TV show The Voice and appeared in director Morgan Neville's acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom documentary, which shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the back-up singers behind some of music's biggest names.
Her North American dates with Groban begin on Wednesday (02Oct13) in Boise, Idaho.
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Not as serious as the Oscars but not as alcohol-friendly as the Golden Globes, the Emmys have a history of hilarious moments. Over the years, both hosts and presenters have created moments memorable enough to make suffering through an overly-long telecast or enduring yet another Jon-Cryer-Best-Supporting-Actor win worth it. We've gathered up the funniest Emmys moments of all time to keep you laughing ahead of the 65th Primetime Emmys on Sunday. Here's hoping 2013 will provide us with plenty more funny moments to add to this list.
Stephen Colbert Is Upset With The EmmysWhen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took to the stage to present an award in 2006, Colbert seemed rather hostile towards the whole thing. His anger grew as the bit went on and Stewart attempted to reason with his friend while being forced to read the cheesy lines on the autocue. Finally, the whole thing comes to a head when Colbert gives the magnificent reason behind his frustration.
Groban Sings TV ThemesJosh Groban has made a career from singing pop songs in a classical style, and at the 2008 Emmys, he put his big voice to great use when he sang a medley of classic television theme songs. It turns out that Groban's also pretty good at impressions — his take on the South Park theme is a particular highlight — and with a cameo from Animal from the Muppets and a gospel choir, Groban takes a throwaway bit and makes it memorable. Plus, his slow motion run to the Baywatch theme is the perfect touch.
Lucille Ball Forgets Her GlassesThe original Queen of Comedy brought some slapstick to the 1975 Emmys when, while announcing the winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, she realized that she had forgotten her glasses and couldn't read the card. Although Milton Berle rushed to her assistance with both a wine glass and an actual pair of glasses, Ball had already mixed up the envelopes. Only Ball could make a minor mixup as funny as her character's iconic stint at a chocolate factory.
Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel WrestleLate Night Competitors Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel may have seemed amicable when they walked out to present an award at the Emmys, but it all quickly went south when Kimmel demanded to see the acceptance speech Fallon was trying to hide. It's a testament to the pair's inherent goofiness that the bit not only works, but with the added touch of Fallon awkwardly acting out the speech behind Kimmel, becomes something memorable.
The Office Gets New Co-WorkersIn 2011 the cast of The Office poked fun at Steve Carell's departure by having characters from from popular shows take part in an interview about the things they dislike about their jobs. With guest appearances by a very nervous Jesse Pinkman and Kim Kardashian — who, of course, is unfamiliar with the term "work" — the sketch shows that workplace annoyances are universal. However, the funniest moment comes courtesy of Leslie David Baker, whose deadpan delivery is a hilarious counterpoint to Aziz Ansari's enthusiasm.
Jimmy Fallon Memorializes Shows That EndedFor his hosting gig in 2010, Fallon took inspiration from his experience the MTV VMAs eight years prior and decided to do a musical medley for a fun spin on the classic Emmys "In Memoriam" segment. Dressing up as Elton John, Boyz II Men, and Billie Joe Armstrong, Fallon eulogized 24, Law and Order, and Lost, respectively. With lyrics wondering why Jack Bauer never went to the bathroom and a magical five-part harmony Fallon used his manic energy and trademark impressions to add some much needed silliness to the proceedings.
Bob Newhart is Trapped in a Glass Case of EmotionCertain things in life are unavoidable — taxes, death, award shows running over time. In 2006, host Conan O'Brien showed the audience the ingenious way that the Emmys planned to avoid such a fate — beloved television star Bob Newhart was sealed in a glass container along with exactly three hours worth of air. He then threatened the nominees that if the ceremony went over the allotted time, Newhart would die. Newhart plays his growing panic perfectly, and the whole thing becomes even more memorable in light of his recent Emmy win — Newhart's first.
Ricky Gervais Wants His AwardBefore Ricky Gervais offended all of Hollywood by hosting the Golden Globes several times, he won an Emmy for playing David Brent on the original British version of The Office. Unfortunately, he wasn't there to accept his award, so Steve Carell did it for him. One year later, Gervais actually was at the Emmys and he was going to accept his award by any means necessary. Although this bit is fantastic because of Carell's incredible poker face, the real beauty of it is realizing that this is essentially the moment that won Gervais his Globes hosting gig.
Amy Poehler Doesn't Speak Spanish (or Italian, or Martian)Whenever these two funny ladies get together, it's amazing to watch — just look at their Golden Globes hosting job — and although Poehler gets a lot of attention for her nominee skits, it's when she's making up languages with complete abandon that she really shines. With Fey playing the straight man, Poehler takes a bit that would have been clunky and eye-roll inducing from anyone else and makes it a standout moment.
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Singer Josh Groban is taking to the skies in a bid to earn his pilot's licence. The You Raise Me Up hitmaker is the latest celebrity to take up flying, as he's been logging hours in the air to become an official pilot.
During an interview with U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Groban revealed his new venture, and even received the help of a high-profile airline.
He explained, "It's a lot of hours in the sky for the privilege of getting to do that. It's something that I'm really passionate about. It's something that I've kinda started getting into a few years ago. I kind of got the bug.
"I was touring in Atlanta, Georgia and I was with some of my friends from Delta (Airlines) and they let me fly in their simulators - their 747, $25 million hydraulic simulator."
The singer is currently in the midst of his U.S. tour, but has managed to log a few hours in the air, but still has about 20 more flights to go. Once he earns the licence, he hopes he can be in charge of transporting himself from city to city for his gigs.
He said, "It's an incredible way to see the world. My dream would be to fly my own plane one day to my own concert. Just land next to the audience, kind of like Led Zepplin would come in on an inflatable banana."