Lady Gaga is set to return to South Korea two years after censors banned young fans from attending her Born This Way Ball concert in Seoul. In 2012, the Applause hitmaker brought her tour to the city's Olympic Stadium, but after protests from religious groups, authorities at South Korea's media rating board decided the concert would be harmful to young people and prohibited anyone under the age of 18 from attending.
Two years on, Gaga is slated to play in Seoul once again, headlining the second day of the AIA Real Life: Now Festival this summer (15-16Aug14).
A spokeswoman for the media rating board tells Agence France-Presse that it is "too early" to say whether similar restrictions will be placed on the singer's upcoming appearance.
Gaga, who recently announced that K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop will serve as the opening act for her upcoming ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour, will join the likes of Gangnam Style hitmaker Psy and K-Pop heavyweights BIGBANG, 2NE1 and WINNER on the music festival bill.
Hugh Jackman combined two of his most iconic roles when he performed a showstopping track from Les Miserables in character as Wolverine. The Australian actor played the lead role of Jean Valjean in the 2012 big screen adaptation of the beloved musical, and thanks to BBC Radio 1's The Matt Edmondson Show, he was able to reprise his part as the French protagonist and the Marvel superhero at the same time.
The British DJ rewrote the lyrics to Who Am I? from the epic movie, dubbing the track as part of 'Wolverine The Musical'.
A video posted on YouTube.com shows Jackman going along with the skit, singing the rewritten lyrics which include, "Who am I?/Am I a superhero with some claws?/Or just an actor searching for applause?/Wolverine has all the fans, but what about Hugh Jackman?
"I play the wolf man, yes it's quite the task/In X Men: Days of Future Past/ I'm at the gym doing weights each day/Hugh has got to look buff they say."
However, the performance wasn't pitch perfect - Jackman began to laugh as he tried to reach the high notes at the end of the song.
Singer K.D. Lang gave a surprise encore following Friday's (07Mar14) performance of Broadway musical After Midnight when an audience member offered up $10,000 (£6,250) for charity. The musician is currently appearing in her first run on the Great White Way in the show, which celebrates jazz icon Duke Ellington's stint at New York City's famous Cotton Club.
After Friday's performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, it was announced a mystery donor would hand over $10,000 to The Actors Fund charity if Lang sang her rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, which she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in her native Canada.
She agreed and returned to the stage, receiving a rapturous round of applause after completing the number. Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six suggest the donor was financier David Steiner.
Actress Whoopi Goldberg honoured The Wizard Of Oz in her own way at the Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14) by donning her own version of ruby red slippers - glittery red stilleto heels. The Ghost star helped to mark the film's 75th anniversary by leading a round of applause for Judy Garland's children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, before introducing Pink to the stage to perform the film's beloved theme Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Bill Murray honoured his late pal and collaborator Harold Ramis at the Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14), as he graced the stage to present the Best Achievement in Cinematography award with Amy Adams, by adding the actor/filmmaker's name to the list of nominees. He quipped, "Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day", earning a round of applause from the audience. Ramis died from a rare blood disorder on 24 February (14) at the age of 69.
Composers behind the scores for Academy Award-nominated movies Gravity, Her, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks and The Book Thief were given their chance to shine on Thursday (27Feb14) at the first ever Oscar Concert. Best Original Score nominees William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her), Alexandre Desplat (Philomena), Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks), Steven Price (Gravity), and John Williams (The Book Thief) were invited to take to the stage at the University of California, Los Angeles' Royce Hall, three days before Hollywood's big night, to conduct and direct their works in full.
During the special show, which was hosted by rapper/actor Common, five-time Oscar winner Williams was given a round of applause as he declared, "(Movies) wouldn't be what they are and couldn't be made without the service of a great orchestra."
The Best Original Song nominees were also performed, with Jill Scott taking on Pharrell Williams' Happy from Despicable 2, and composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez taking on Idina Menzel's vocals on Frozen's Let It Go.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress Cristin Milioti covered Karen O's The Moon Song from Her, while former The Voice contestant Matt Carmanski belted out U2's Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Each of the artists behind the nominations for Best Original Song will take to the stage at Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars in Hollywood.
Lady Gaga has been denied a permit from the City of Austin Music & Entertainment division to play an upcoming gig at the popular South By Southwest music festival in Texas next month (Mar14). The Applause hitmaker was slated to perform at an event sponsored by snack brand Doritos, in which she was due to play on a stage built as a giant vending machine in the parking lot of a restaurant.
Last year (13), hip-hop stars LL Cool J, Ice Cube and Public Enemy graced the one-of-a-kind stage, but this year local officials have decided that due to Gaga's popularity and loyal fan base, they could not issue a permit for her to perform in the lot.
Don Pitts, the manager of the City of Austin's arts division, tells local blog Austin360.com that since Gaga is such a high profile artist, they saw her gig in the lot a risk for all fans planning to attend the concert.
He says, "Our conclusion was based primarily on public safety concerns. As part of the review process the applicant provides a talent list to the city team to review and we can adjust public resources as needed. We look at the size and capacity of the location covered by the permit being sought and how it fits with the anticipated attendance, based on event capacity and promotion. At the end of the day, it's a parking lot."
While Gaga may not be able to play in the unique venue, Pitts confirmed that they are willing to issue a permit if her concert is moved to an established venue with the "necessary permanent infrastructure."
The South by Southwest Music Festival runs from 11 to 16 March (14).
British actor Jamie Bell was thrown into filming for controversial movie Nymphomaniac so abruptly he never actually spoke to co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg before he started hitting her on camera. Bell plays a sadistic dominator in Lars Von Trier's new movie, which explores the life of a sex addict, and he shot some aggressively explicit scenes of violent sexual encounters with lead actress Gainsbourg.
But the director's unusual methods meant the Billy Elliot star found himself in front of the camera with Gainsbourg before the two had even had a chance to say hello.
The actor tells Britain's The Guardian, "With Lars, you literally get to the set and it's: 'Action!' And I lose my mind. Because I have no idea what I'm doing. For the last few years I've been working with very conventional film-makers. I'm used to rehearsals, finding beats and positions with directors. Lars doesn't do any of that. He records you not knowing what you're doing, to a degree.
"I hadn't said hello to Charlotte Gainsbourg before I started hitting her in the face... I really didn't, I swear to God, I didn't say a word to Charlotte Gainsbourg the entire time we were making that film.
"When they said, 'OK everyone, this was Jamie's last day, he's wrapped, that's him done on Nymphomaniac,' and everyone gives a little round of applause, in my very short goodbye speech I said, 'Charlotte, I have no idea who you are but I'm sure you're a lovely person. Maybe I'll see you another time'. I literally hadn't said anything else to her."
Pop star Britney Spears brought her good friend Nicole Richie on to the stage during her show in Las Vegas on Tuesday night (18Feb14). Spears usually brings a male audience member out for a saucy segment in her Britney: Piece of Me shows, but on Tuesday night, she picked Lionel Richie's daughter.
While onstage, Richie had a leash tied around her neck and was led around the stage on all fours by Spears.
The Circus hitmaker later thanked Richie for her participation, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Can we all give a round of applause to Nicole Richie for playing along in the show tonight? U (sic) looked hot crawling on all fours."
Lady Gaga's designer clothes from her upcoming Harper's Bazaar cover shoot are going up for auction. The Applause hitmaker will grace the cover of the March, 2014 issue of the fashion magazine and soon devotees will be able to own the very same pieces as seen in the pages of the publication.
Partnering with Harper's Bazaar editors and her own design team at the Haus of Gaga, fans can bid on her wardrobe via auction site eBay.com from 18 February to 28 February (14).
Among the one-of-a kind items are a Versace jumpsuit covered in crystals, a Phillip Treacy neon green plexiglass headpiece, and the Carolina Herrera custom-designed headpiece and dress Gaga wears on the magazine's cover.
All proceeds from the sale will go to Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which she founded in 2011 to give young people the skills and opportunities they need to make a difference in the world.