It's almost become a game — how many things can be blamed on Miley Cyrus? When she went out on her Bangerz tour, mothers — none of whom had apparently been paying attention to what the singer's been up to since Hannah Montana — took to the web to complain about her antics, comparing the stage show to porn and lamenting the fact that their children had been exposed to it. Joe Jonas wrote a tell-all essay for New York Magazine, where he revealed that it was peer-pressure from Cyrus and Demi Lovato that got him to smoke pot for the first time. When she subsequently lit up a joint on stage in Amsterdam, she was labeled out of control. Months after, she caught a ton of flak for her "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Internet exploded with rumors that Cyrus was the real reason behind the break-up of Robin Thicke and his wife, Paula Patton.
Now, Katy Perry is taking shots at the singer after Cyrus tried to kiss her at a concert, telling an Australian television show that she backed away from the smooch because, "God knows where that tongue has been." Even something as simple as being photographed using a teleprompter during a concert in Denver — a practice that did not originate with Cyrus — becomes national tabloid fodder. All that's missing at this point is Vladimir Putin issuing a statement saying that Cyrus is the real cause behind the unrest in the Ukraine.
Do a search for Cyrus' name and you'll return a lot of self-righteous posturing about her habit of not wearing clothes and her professed love of marijuana. The problem with all of this is that when you boil it all down, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what Cyrus is doing. In fact, if anything, it's a savvy career move.
Cyrus' image make-over isn't the first of its kind. When Drew Barrymore wanted to be seen as something more than the girl from E.T., she posed for Playboy and flashed David Letterman on national television. Within the music industry, Cyrus still has a ways to go before she tops the dual masters of self-promotion, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Heck, Madonna was kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera years before Cyrus thought of it, and Gaga has been naked (or nearly) so often that it doesn't even register anymore.
So, why does what Cyrus is doing bother so many people? Is it because there's a segment of the audience that feels like they've watched her grow up on her Disney Channel show? Is it because she comes from a country music background with its more "traditional" values and with none other than Dolly Parton as her godmother? Or is it just that even now, people have difficulty with a young woman flaunting her sexuality?
The truth is that as a culture there are continuous mixed messages about female sexuality. Being sexy is valued, but being overtly sexual can go either way. When Jennifer Lawrence goes on Conan and tells a story about sex aides, it gets treated as something cute. If Kim Kardashian does the same thing, the nicest label that gets attached to her is "vapid." Madonna and Gaga are hailed as smart business women for parlaying an image based largely on sex into millions of dollars, but Spears is continuously portrayed disparagingly for doing the same thing. Cyrus was bashed for the tone of her concerts, but mothers routinely take their daughters to Perry's shows that feature skimpy costumes, stripper poles and a variety of accoutrements tied to her breasts. How does any young female performer that's coming up know what's over the line, when the line isn't the same for any two women?
To her credit, Cyrus does not take the criticism without hitting back. When Jonas made his comments, she responded to the New York Times that, "If you want to smoke weed, you're going to smoke weed. There's nothing that two little girls are going to get you to do that you don't want to do." When Perry called her out, she took to Twitter to shoot back about Perry's ex-boyfriend John Mayer, "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we all know where THAT (tongue) been."
She also has a sense of humor about it, appearing on Saturday Night Live two different times in the fall to make fun of the furor over her behavior. Parton, who was never shy about using her own sexuality to gain notice, has defended her goddaughter as well, telling a London newspaper, "It's not easy being young. You almost have to sacrifice your damn soul to get anything done."
Unlike Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, Cyrus appears to know exactly what she's doing. If she's to blame for anything, it's for showcasing again the double-standards that get applied to strong, young women.
Singer Miley Cyrus has slammed Katy Perry over comments she made about the kiss they shared at the Wrecking Ball singer's concert last month (Feb14). The pair hit the headlines in February when Miley locked lips with Perry during her concert in Los Angeles.
After the smooch, Perry revealed Cyrus was hoping to steal a more intimate kiss from her, but she pulled her head away.
She said, "I just walked up to her to give her like a friendly girly kiss, you know, as girls do and then she like tried to move her head and go deeper and I pulled away."
Perry added, "God knows where that tongue has been...We don't know! That tongue is so infamous!"
Now, Cyrus has hit back at the Roar hitmaker for her remarks in a tweet that reads: "Girl if ur worried abt (about) where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT been."
She adds, "Dontchyouuuu act like you didn't lurvvvvv (sic) it @katyperry".
Perry reportedly ended her relationship with singer John Mayer last month (Feb14).
He has been previously dated a number of celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Taylor Swift.
Prince William and the Duchess Of Cambridge have topped sex tape distributor Vivid's fourth annual Top Ten Hottest Couples poll for the third year in a row. Lusty fans want to see non-existent candid footage of the royals making love over saucy film of Katy Perry and John Mayer and Beyonce and Jay Z.
Vivid founder Steve Hirsch tells WENN, "The young royals remain our top choice. Kate’s pregnancy and birth to Prince George only made the couple more popular. They project natural good looks and good health and their stature on the world stage is unparalleled. We know our chances of getting them to star in a sex tape are slim, but that’s what wish lists are for."
Also making the sex tapes 'wish list' are Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who became a sex tape superstar when footage of her romp with ex-boyfriend Ray J leaked.
Meanwhile Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt round out the 2013 top five, just ahead of Pitt's ex Jennifer Aniston and her fiance Justin Theroux.
The genesis of Universal's 47 Ronin is almost as tragic as the actual history that the movie is culling from. As the story goes, Universal saw the sprigs of talent sprouting from fresh faced director Carl Rinsch, whose previous experience was limited to just a couple of commercials and a nifty short film. The studio decided to ease the new director into feature filmmaking by cutting him what amounts to virtually a blank check, and giving him charge over a multi-national samurai fantasy epic. Almost impossibly, the film isn't a complete disaster. It's just a minor one.
47 Ronin follows the classic story of the titular team of warriors, a group of disgraced samurai who band together to seek revenge against a merciless warlord that betrayed and killed their master. But this isn't your grandfather's version of the story. 47 Ronin is an international affair, and it's covered with a veneer of Japanese mysticism and a thick coating of Hollywood lacquer, but east meets west rather uncomfortably, and it's mostly due to Keanu Reeves. Reeves' character is clearly crowbarred into the story that has no room for him, and it's plainly obvious where the seams of the story were stretched in order to patch him into the narrative. Reeves plays Kai, a half Japanese, half English orphan who is adopted by the samurai clan. His character serves no real purpose beyond being white, slicing things until they die, and playing the male lead of the most superfluous love story of the year. Rinsch simply can't make the inclusion of the character feel organic in any way, and "Kai" ends up feeling like a calculated studio move. It's a shame that the film spends so much time on Reeves when the real star is clearly Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays off the stoic samurai most believably among the rest of the cast.
It's also shame that with all the mysticism pumped into the story, there's no magic in the actual center of the film, the ronin themselves. The only personality trait a samurai is allowed to possess seems to be unerring stoicism, and between all 47 ronin, there are probably only three distinct samurai with any discernible character traits beyond an intense need to brood, and you'll probably only remember those three by the time the credits roll, only to promptly forget about them only a few hours later. Thankfully, Rinko Kikuchi's slinky and treacherous witch adds some much needed camp and personality to the mostly forgettable human characters.
And that's the issue with 47 Ronin. It's largely forgettable. When your film takes on a historical legend like the tale of the 47 ronin, a story that has been told and told again ad nauseum over the years, you really need to justify your own version. There are reels and reels of film dedicated to this story, and 47 Ronin doesn't manage to add anything significant to the canon. It promises to weld myth and history together, but does so clumsily, and while some of the action scenes are exciting, especially a particularly inspired set piece that involves the ronin noiselessly breaking into a heavily guarded fortress, the film is a bore when it's not clanking swords together.
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47 Ronin is a film with many stories. As much as it is a tale about the revenge of four dozen masterless samurai, it's also the tale of an inexperienced filmmaker swallowed up by the enormity of blockbuster filmmaking. Most of all though, It's proof that you shouldn't cram Keanu Reeves into a movie that doesn't really need Keanu Reeves. What you're left with is a dull and bloated samurai epic that has its moments, but feels largely unnecessary.
WENN.comIt now seems difficult to imagine anyone other than Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the lead roles of The Hunger Games. But due to the phenomenal success of the novels, the majority of the cast faced super-tough competition to land a part in the film. Here's a look at five characters who in an alternate universe would have been played by somebody completely different.Katniss EverdeenAround 50 actors reportedly auditioned for the series' hero, the most high-profile of which were Abigail Breslin, Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Emily Browning. The last of these shares something in common with J-Law: both actresses had previously missed out on the role of Bella in Twilight.Peeta MellarkAmerican Horror Story's Evan Peters, X-Men: First Class' Lucas Till and Magic Mike's Alex Pettyfer were all in contention for the male lead, as were Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig, both of whom of course went onto play Gale and Cato respectively.Gale HawthorneHad Miley Cyrus' ex been cast as Peeta instead, then Arrow star Robbie Amell, Disney Channel graduate David Henrie and former Hannah Montana regular Drew Roy would all have been poised to take his place.Haymitch AbernathyAccording to various sources, John C. Reilly was in the frame to play the middle-aged victor of the 50th Hunger Games until Woody Harrelson was selected ahead of his fellow Oscar nominee at the last minute.Finnick OdairDespite publicly professing his love for the series, Glee actor Grant Gustin missed out on the role of District 4 tribute Finnick Odair, who will first be seen onscreen in Catching Fire, to Pirates Of The Caribbean star Sam Claflin.
Actress Olivia Wilde reached out to pal Jennifer Aniston for advice on how to handle the media after a joke about her sex life with fiance Jason Sudeikis turned her into a tabloid target. The TRON: Legacy beauty hit the headlines last year (12) after quipping that she and her boyfriend were like Kenyan marathon runners in the bedroom.
The intense media scrutiny prompted Wilde to turn to her close friend - Sudeikis' We're The Millers co-star - for help, because Aniston had "been through the wringer" following her high-profile romances with Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn and John Mayer.
Wilde felt sure Aniston would be able to offer her the best advice on fame management and tells Allure magazine, "I explained the situation, and I said I needed advice on how to deal with these things.
"She wrote me one of the most gracious, wise emails describing her journey and really wonderful words of advice about how to deal with it. And, in the end, I think I would do it all again exactly the same way."
Benedict Cumberbatch recently told the paparazzi to turn their attention to Egypt rather than himself. His message seems a bit self-serving; he's using his desire for privacy to show the world how modest and globally aware he is. It also seems paternalistic for an actor to tell people in his industry what to pay attention to, as if they had sat down before they began their work day, wondered whether Cumberbatch or Egypt was more important, and idiotically decided on Cumberbatch. Anyway, Cumberbatch joins a group of celebrities who are constantly stressing their unimportance. Here are five of the humble few.
1. Jennifer Lawrence has often said that acting is an unimportant career, and she's called herself "vastly uneducated" “Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”
2. Rob Pattinson thinks that his heartthrob status is more due to luck than any inherant attractiveness "I have been lucky, of course. Like, last year, if I went out, I'd have to fight to chat someone up. This year, I look exactly the same, which is really scruffy, and yet lots of people seem to have just changed their minds and decided I'm really sexy."
3. Keanu Reeves is so modest that he's a bit of a downer "I'm sorry my existence is not very noble, sublime, or even beneficial."
4. Kristen Stewart never seems to love the spotlight, and agrees with JLaw that there are more important jobs out there "A lot of actors think that what we do is so important, like we're saving people's lives or something."
5. Robert Downey, Jr. does not consider himself an artist "I know very little about acting. I'm just an incredibly gifted faker."
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Rush, Heart, Donna Summer and Public Enemy were among the artists inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday night (18Apr13). Randy Newman, Lou Adler and Albert King were also included in the list of 2013 honourees who were feted during the star-studded ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A, and Quincy Jones landed the Ahmet Ertegun Award for lifetime achievement.
Newman kicked off the show by performing with a stellar line-up including Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Tom Petty, and subsequently said of his induction, "I didn't think it would happen until I died."
Producer Adler was serenaded by Carole King after his inclusion, and rocker John Mayer inducted blues legend King and performed a tribute with Gary Clark, Jr.
Canadian rockers Rush were feted by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his bandmate Taylor Hawkins, with the singer giving an enthusiastic speech voicing his admiration for the band, telling the audience, "When did Rush become f**king cool? The truth is Rush has always been cool... Their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves."
The two rockers then kicked off Rush's set before handing over to the band.
Heart were feted by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, while Harry Belafonte and Spike Lee inducted Public Enemy.
Bandmember Flavor Flav was able to attend the induction ceremony after a judge pushed back a court date which clashed with the show.
Usher also performed a Michael Jackson cover in honour of Quincy Jones, who was feted in a speech by Oprah Winfrey, but there was a change of schedule when the time came to honour late disco legend Donna Summer.
Christina Aguilera, who was due to honour Summer, reportedly had to pull out of the show due to ill health, so Jennifer Hudson took charge of singing duties and Kelly Rowland inducted the late music legend, who died last May (13).
The show in Los Angeles marked the first time the Cleveland, Ohio institution's big night had been held on America's West Coast. The show will be broadcast in the U.S. on 18 May (13).
Gwyneth Paltrow has named and shamed as the Most Hated Celebrity in Hollywood in a new poll by America's Star magazine. The Iron Man actress beat Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez to claim the dishonour, while John Mayer and Katherine Heigl round out the top five. Others featured in the countdown include Madonna, Justin Bieber, Anne Hathaway and Kim Kardashian.
The world of country came together for one of several nights honoring their top talent for the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by The Voice's Blake Shelton and the two-first-named Luke Bryan, the night belonged to Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, and group Little Big Town. Taking home trophies for Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Single Record of the Year, Lambert proved herself the toast of Nashville with her track "Only You."
Other big winners included Eric Church and Jason Aldean, and featured performances by an increasingly-varied roster of artists from across the spectrum — including John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, and Kelly Clarkson. Also came the announcement that the Artist of the Decade award would be renamed to honor the show's former producer, Dick Clark.
Check out the full list of nominees (with winners in bold), below!
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Entertainer of the YearJason AldeanLuke BryanMiranda LambertBlake SheltonTaylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the YearJason AldeanLuke BryanEric ChuchToby KeithBlake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the YearMiranda LambertMartina McBrideKacey MusgravesTaylor SwiftCarrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of the YearBig and RichFlorida Georgia LineLove and TheftSugarlandThompson Square
Vocal Group of the YearThe Band PerryEli Young BandLady AntebellumLittle Big TownZac Brown Band
New Artist of the YearJana KramerBrantley GilbertFlorida Georgia Line
Album of the YearCarrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’Eric Church, ‘Chief’Taylor Swift, ‘Red’Luke Bryan, ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’
Song of the YearLee Brice, ‘A Woman Like You’Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’Miranda Lambert, ‘Over You’Eric Church, ‘Springsteen’Hunter Hayes, ‘Wanted’
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Single Record of the YearEli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’Miranda Lambert, ‘Over You’Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon’Eric Church, ‘Springsteen’Hunter Hayes, ‘Wanted’
Video of the YearEric Church, ‘Creepin’Hunter Hayes, ‘Wanted’Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry go round’Taylor Swift, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’Zac Brown Band, ‘ The Wind’
Vocal Event of a YearKelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’Rascal Flatts (Feat. Natasha Bedingfield) ‘Easy’Kenny Chesney (Feat. Tim McGraw), ‘Feel Like a Rock Star’David Nail (Feat. Sarah Buxton), ‘Let It Rain’ buxtonJason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church) ‘The Only Way I Know’
Songwriter of the YearRodney ClawsonDallas DavidsonJosh KearLuke LairdShane McAnally
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