"I don't really love talking about this stuff, but the thing we told everyone at the beginning of the year is true. We are very close, we are not together... That's the truth... and that's it... There's a lot of love. So there's nothing... No scandal I'm afraid. I wish I could give you scandal." Coldplay star Chris Martin dismisses reports suggesting he and estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow are back together during a recent interview with Los Angeles DJ Valentine, which will feature on his show on Monday (28Jul14).
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford insists there will never be a group tell-all - because he and his bandmates have too much respect for each other to open up about dark days and embarrassing moments. The Breaking the Law rocker is often asked to bare all in book form, but he admits he couldn't run the risk of upsetting his pals.
He tells Esquire magazine, "It's basically (about) trust and respect for each other. I would never say anything about Glenn (Tipton), even about the music to a certain respect.
"As far as the dirty laundry that some bands are very, very open about displaying, the most important thing for Priest is the music. We really treasure it. And I'm only speaking for myself, but once you get beyond that and you get deeper, digging in the dirt, it can really dilute what you're about and what you're trying to be with your music.
"So, we're very, very protective of that. We've also been fortunate in that we're surrounded by people outside of the band who are very protective of us as well.
"You get these tell-all book from agents and managers that don't really know the truth. We've been lucky. We're constantly asked if we're going to do a book. Well, it seems the only way you can get a book to be successful is to dig up the dirt, and I don't want to do that, personally. I think it's also part of the magic and mystery of the band, isn't it?"
Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has moved to dismiss ongoing rumours about her love life by insisting she is "single" and "happy".
The brunette beauty split from British actor Orlando Bloom, the father of her young son Flynn, last year (13) and she was subsequently linked to wealthy Aussie businessman James Packer.
Speculation about the pair's rumoured romance has rumbled on, but Kerr has now insisted she is not in a relationship.
When asked whether she has a boyfriend, she tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "No... I'm really happy and content to just be single at the moment and to be focusing on Flynn and my work. It keeps me very occupied. Of course going on a date here and there is fine if it fits into the schedule."
Kerr also tackles the Packer rumours directly, adding, "We've been friends for years. (Rumours) happen all the time with me, it happens to Orlando (too). We understand it. As long as we both know (the truth), then it doesn't really matter what people think. People can speculate as much as they like."
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The Dark Side of '90s Nostalgia Between the "Fancy" video being played on a loop and the recent premiere of Girl Meets World, nineties nostlgia seems to be at an all-time high. But not everything you loved back then holds up as well as Clueless and My So-Called Life two decades later, VH1 is going to prove it with their rundown of 20 '90s bands you're ashamed to have loved.
You're About to Get Shell-ShockedAnd trust us, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign more than deliver on that promise with their theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Celebuzz has the song, along with some more amazing/terrible lyrics and the criticism that it sounds "exactly like a Michael Bay movie feels."
Weird Al Has a Big Dictionary The smartest man in music released his 14th studio album this week, and it rocketed to the top of the charts on the back of his hilarious parody songs and clever wordplay. In celebration of his achievement, and the joy that Mandatory Fun has brought, FlavorWire has ranked all 8 of the music videos Weird Al has released along with the album.
Treat. Yo. Self... To Retta's Twitter As Donna Meagle, Retta consistently comes up with some of the greatest comebacks, one-liners and truth bombs to come out of Pawnee, Indiana. But she's not just hilarious on television; she's hilarious all the time, and thanks to her Twitter account, you can enjoy her wisecracks as they happen. Hollywood.com has all of her greatest tweets complied in one place to brighten up your day.
A judge in New York City has signed off on a $1.8 million (£1.1 million) record deal for a school-age heavy metal group. The three youngsters from Brooklyn who form Unlocking the Truth, Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, Alec Atkins, 13, and Jarad Dawkins, 12, landed the lucrative deal with Sony Records, but the contract had to be reviewed in court because the bandmembers are minors.
The deal was signed off by a judge in Manhattan on Tuesday (22Jul14), allowing the band to press head with the release of its first single, Monster, this week (beg21Jul14).
Former Destiny'S Child star Farrah Franklin has urged critics not to speculate about her disorderly conduct arrest on Sunday (20Jul14). The singer, 33, was taken into custody by police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after enjoying a night out with American football players Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp.
They returned to Sapp's home in the early hours of Sunday, but the sportsmen called cops after Franklin started shouting and slamming doors, according to TMZ.com. She ran off and was allegedly found lying intoxicated on a neighbour's front yard.
Franklin, who was subsequently released on bail, has yet to open up about the events which led to her arrest, but she took to her Twitter.com blog on Monday (21Jul14) to thank fans for their messages of support and blast those who were mocking her legal troubles.
In a series of posts, she wrote, "Unbothered and staying prayed up (sic) and, away from any negativity... Don't judge what you don't know.
"The sad thing is people LIVE for drama but run from the truth, Smh (shaking my head). There's always 3 sides to a story your side, my side and the TRUTH! But the truth is normally not as interesting as a lie, lol (laugh out loud).
"Thank you to EVERYONE who has reached out to send me love and Blessings during this messy time in my life it's greatly appreciated."
She added, "I pray for God to give me strength in every weak and weary place in My life and, for Him to turn My obstacles into Victories. Amen... God gives all of his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers."
Franklin was briefly a member of Beyonce's girl group before she was dismissed in 2000.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's daughter Willow has had a tough lesson on drugs after learning her cousin was slipped a date rape pill at a party.
The unnamed relative was out with pals when someone laced her drink with a drug that knocked her out for three hours. Friends had to sit with the 20 year old in a room to make sure no harm came to her while she was out for the count.
Pinkett Smith tells WENN, "Thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her and with three of her friends. She was saved because she was with her friends."
"She started losing consciousness, and immediately the people that she was with put her into a room, closed the door and got the other girl there - and kept her there. She didn't come to for three and a half hours. "She's doing fantastic. Thank goodness nothing happened and it was a big lesson for her."
Rather than try to sweep the scary incident under the carpet and forget about it, Pinkett Smith decided to use it as a life lesson for her teenage daughter, Willow. She adds, "I had my niece sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. I don't just sit with Willow and go, 'Hey, this is what mummy thinks', I just bring in for her a little reality to validate what mummy's been talking about."
"When you have your 20-year-old cousin come in and she's like, 'This is what happens...', and she's someone that you look up to as well; she's like, 'Oh man, this is really real. Let me pay attention'. Then she can kind of mesh the information that I've been giving her and the information her father's been giving her, her brothers have been giving her, with the truth of this reality - of how this event actually touched our lives..."
"She welcomes that kind of information and she welcomes when she can have more truth too. If you allow a person to be an individual and have power within and have confidence on who they are, she'll never have to look into the eyes of a man and question whether it's a 'yes' or a 'no'. She's gonna be very clear and she's gonna be in a position to determine how to protect herself and know when she's in danger. Should you be a girl that goes into a room with four men drinking? Should you? Even if you think you know them. Is this about wanting to be the cool girl? Or is this about wanting to set a standard for yourself?"
George Clooney has opened up about his feud with a British tabloid, insisting it is "fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while". Earlier this month (Jul14), the Hollywood star slammed Mailonline.com - the Internet arm of the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper - for publishing a false story about his upcoming marriage to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
The article suggested Clooney's future mother-in-law was unhappy with the match, and editors at the tabloid subsequently issued an apology, insisting the story was "not a fabrication" but accepting it was "inaccurate".
Clooney publicly rejected the apology, and in a new interview with Variety, the actor admits he continued the feud with tabloid bosses to point out just how inaccurate some of their stories can be.
He explains, "It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock them around."
Clooney adds, "I would sit with my friends and we'd just go, 'So they just sat at a computer and just went, 'OK, this is what I'm gonna say today.' I mean, literally, because you just go 'There isn't literally an element of truth in this.'"
Although Clooney does not take tabloid gossip too seriously, he fears the publication of rumours could lead to a bigger problem in the media: "You just laugh, and let it go. I'm used to it after all these years. But the thing that bothers me is how much the Daily Mail is now bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers. So that's the thing that worries me.
"Those are really bad guys and they do tend to tee off on everybody. It's fun when you can go, 'Well, this one, I know I have all the facts right.'
"Usually the argument is: 'Hey, we're not gonna tell you our source,' and, 'Prove it.' And when they actually do it themselves it's so great. You go, 'OK, well you obviously just s**ewed this (up), so I think I can get you now."
He adds, "That's why you pick your fights at a tabloid. Every day they write things that aren't true, but every once in a while they write something that is actually dangerous to your family, and it's probably not true. And that's the one you pick."
Actress Jessica Chastain will be feted at the upcoming Deauville American Film Festival in France in recognition of her impressive career . The Zero Dark Thirty star has been named an honouree at the annual festival dedicated to American cinema, which will take place from 5 to 14 September (14).
Festival director Bruno Barde has praised Chastain's work in a statement, which reads: "The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient... We have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.
"When we first discovered Jessica Chastain, we had the definite feeling that here was someone special on-screen. Through her successive roles, she has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight. We salute her grace and talent and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance."
Previous Deauville honourees include Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.
This isn't Chastain's first recognition from Deauville organisers - in 2011, she received the New Hollywood award for her work in Take Shelter, which also won the festival's Grand Prize.
Adele's fans have been left disappointed after the singer's record label boss dismissed rumours suggesting she is plotting a comeback this year (14). The Rolling in the Deep star has been largely absent from the music industry in recent years after becoming a first-time mother, but devotees had hoped the Grammy Award winner would be back in 2014.
Fans were sent into a frenzy this week (beg14Jul14) when a message posted on the World Music Awards' official Twitter.com account appeared to confirm a new album and a 2015 tour.
The note read, "#adele confirms 2015 Tour After The Release Of Her New Album '25'!"
However, Martin Mills, Chairman of the Beggars Group which runs Adele's XL Recordings label, has dismissed the story, telling Billboard.com, "(There is) no truth in this."
Adele previously fuelled rumours of a comeback herself in May (14) when she tweeted, "Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year" on the day before her 26th birthday.
The British star released her debut album 19 in 2008, and her follow-up 21 in 2011.