Pop star Miley Cyrus is adamant music icon Elvis Presley danced in a sexy way but was not blasted for it because he is male. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker regularly comes under fire for her provocative dance moves, raunchy outfits and for stripping naked in music promos and magazine shoots.
She believes there is a double standard because she is shamed for her onstage behaviour while Presley was not, telling Australian TV show Sunday Night, "Elvis, he wasn't wearing the outfits I was wearing but he was coming out and he was doing like the OG (original) twerking... Like, no one wants to admit that he was twerking, he was...
"He was like sex. He was a symbol of sex but no one would have ever called Elvis a s**t because he wasn't a girl... It's that double standard and I think I'm doing something for the double standard."
The full interview will air on Sunday (31Aug14).
Presley died in 1977, aged 42.
Singer and reality TV star Bobbi Kristina Brown's husband Nick Gordon has been arrested for driving under the influence. Gordon was detained after flipping his BMW and slamming the vehicle into a fire hydrant in Roswell, Georgia, on Thursday (28Aug14).
Police discovered Gordon was driving on a suspended license.
A Breathalyzer test was not administered at the scene, but officials are seeking a warrant for a blood test, reports TMZ.com.
Ariana Grande has defended her behaviour at a meet-and-greet event earlier this month (Aug14), insisting she walked away from a fan because she was upset.
The Problem hitmaker came under fire from the parent of a fan who wrote a lengthy blog post accusing the singer of being rude and cold towards the crowd during the event held by MTV over the weekend (23-24Aug14). Another attendee accused Grande of demanding that she delete all the pictures she had taken on her phone.
Grande has now defended herself against the allegations, insisting a fan upset her by bringing up memories of her grandfather, who passed away last month (Jul14).
She writes on Twitter.com, "A fan gave me a photo of me & my grandpa. I walked away because I didn't want them to see me start to cry. I am still in mourning and I wrote a letter to have sent to her afterward but MTV told me they had already left. My heart is still healing and it's moments like that that make it real again that he's gone... wasn't expecting it and (it) hit me like a ton of bricks."
Grande tried to redeem herself by holding a spontaneous meet-and-greet in New York on Wednesday (27Aug14) but that was halted by security in her apartment building. She adds, "Another impromptu meet n greet w (with) my ny (New York) loves until my apartment building threatened to kick me out... oooops (sic). Love u so much (sic)..."
Former Miss Spain Patricia Yurena Rodriguez has made pageant history by becoming the first openly gay professional beauty queen.
The 24-year-old stunner, who was crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, 'came out' as a lesbian to fans last week (ends22Aug14) by sharing a photo of herself in bed with her DJ girlfriend, Vanesa Cortes, and captioning the shot, "Romeo and Julliet (sic)". The image has garnered more than 7,200 'likes' online.
She has since defended her decision to address her sexuality in public, telling Spanish newspaper La Opinion de Tenerife, "I do not regret what I did because I'm thrilled with what is happening to me." She has also reached out to her Instagram followers to express her gratitude for their support, simply writing a message which translates to, "Thanks to all for your comments".
The news emerges a year after Rodriguez landed the runner-up prize at the Miss Universe competition in Moscow, Russia, where government officials have come under fire for their controversial anti-gay legislation.
Dominican Republic officials have pulled the plug on an upcoming Miley Cyrus show in Santo Domingo on morality grounds. Members of the country's commission that oversees public performances have axed the 13 September (14) show.
In a statement released on Thursday (21Aug14), they reveal fears that Cyrus will perform "acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law."
In addition, they state Cyrus performs with "unsuitable costumes" and uses "language and images which encourage sex and violence" and "inappropriate objects", while also alluding to "crime... and denigrating acts before civilized culture".
The pop superstar has upset parent groups and critics in recent years with naked videos, twerking, thrusting and crotch grabbing at concerts and references to her love of marijuana onstage.
She came under fire last year (13) at the MTV Video Music Awards for her raunchy performance of hit song Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, and she'll hit the stage at the 2014 ceremony this Sunday (24Aug14).
Representatives for the Wrecking Ball singer have yet to comment on the story.
Singer Justin Timberlake has come under fire for using a perceived racial slur while wishing Madonna a happy birthday. The Suit & Tie hitmaker posted a message to the 56 year old over the weekend (16-17Aug14) reading, "A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!"
After spotting the post, fans took to the social media site to blast Timberlake for using the phrase, which reportedly substitutes, "motherf**king n**ga."
One fan wrote, "I knew Justin Timberlake was getting too close for comfort with black culture but now he is saying ninja. #nosir."
Another added, "Get Justin Timberlake the f**k out of here."
Timberlake has since deleted the message.
Britney Spears is under fire yet again for using backing vocals by Sia during her Las Vegas residency.
The Womanizer hitmaker is currently in the middle of her two-year Britney: Piece of Me stint at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and during a recent performance, a fan recorded her singing a new version of her song Perfume, and posted a clip on Instagram.com.
However, Billboard.com points out that it was songwriter Sia's vocals the crowd mostly heard, and not Spears'. While Sia is one of the co-writers on the track, a few non-official demo versions of the Chandelier hitmaker singing Perfume can be found online, and her vocals are the ones used by Spears to lip sync over in her Sin City show.
Editors of the music site suggest Spears uses Sia's track as an in-monitor guide when she sings, however the backing vocals were accidentally used as the house mix which the audience heard. The gaffe comes weeks after Spears came under scrutiny when a raw clip of her 2013 song Alien surfaced online, prompting critics to mock the singer's out-of-tune vocals.
The deputy chief coroner who presided over Robin Williams' autopsy has defended his decision to go public with details about the star's death following a backlash from critics.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner was found dead after he hanged himself in his home in Marin County, California on Monday (11Aug14).
Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Coroner Keith Boyd gave a press conference on Tuesday (12Aug14) to give details about the circumstances surrounding the actor's death, revealing Williams' personal assistant discovered the body. Boyd also confirmed the Mrs. Doubtfire star had hanged himself with a belt, and that a number of cuts had been found on his left wrist.
Following the press conference, which was shown on TV and streamed online, many fans criticised Boyd for releasing such specific details about the tragedy. However, Boyd has now defended his decision in a statement which reads: "The Sheriff's Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard... may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered 'public information' and we are precluded from denying access to it.
These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved. "Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press... but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams' residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well..."
A private memorial is currently being planned for Williams by his wife Susan Schneider, according to E! News.
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Upon hearing of Robin Williams' death, I witnessed many a friend attempt to choose his or her favorite of the actors' many terrific films... most of these attempts dissolved into chaotic indecision. So let's make it easier — while Williams' dramatic genius is well documented in pictures like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, his penchant for the dark and twisted well chronicled in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, we'll always have a very special place in our hearts for his comedy. As such, we limit our expedition to this realm: which is Robin Williams' funniest role?
There are a few candidates that leap out as frontrunners — Mrs. Doubtfire, for one. It's hard to top a film in which a grown man, disguised as a husky Scottish nanny, tosses a piece of fruit at Pierce Brosnan. But we'd be remiss to discount some of Williams' other laugh riots: He's delightful in the courageous and sharp Good Morning, Vietnam. He's outrageously kooky in the oddball dark comedy The Fisher King. And without even showing his face, he's a tour de force in Disney's Aladdin. Peruse the complete list of Williams laughers below, and then chime in with your feelings.
MRS. DOUBTFIREWilliams plays a newly separated father of three who dresses up like a kindly housekeeper in order to spend time with his estranged kids.Funniest moment: An unexpected run-in with the legal representative charged with determining his aptitude as a parent (and human being) forces Williams to dash from room to room, donning and shedding his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise, juggling accents and sticking his face in pies.
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM Williams plays a 'Nam-based disc jockey keeps his Army base lively with his irreverent radio show.Funniest moment: Any one of Williams' rapid fire on-air bits (much to the chagrin of the stuffed shirts in charge).
THE FISHER KINGWilliams plays a delusional derelict who entertains Medieval fantasies years after the death of his wife.Funniest moment: Williams' forceful escort of new friend Jack (Jeff Bridges) across the street, completely unfazed by oncoming traffic.
POPEYEWilliams plays a live action version of the animated sailor on a perplexing and listless quest through the neighborhood of Sweethaven.Funniest moment: Williams' genius is in his sardonic murmurs; after every ridiculous affirmation by one of the lively Sweethaven residents, Williams will mutter something nearly unintelligible and certainly hilarious under his breath.
THE BIRDCAGE Williams plays a gay nightclub owner who is married to his star performer (Nathan Lane) and father to a notably ungrateful young buck (Dan Futterman) who brings his girlfriend and her conservative parents over for dinner... prompting Lane to dress up as a woman. We're noticing a trend.Funniest moment: In truth, Williams is the straight man in this picture, letting Lane take most of the broad, wild comedy. But he does have plenty of good deadpan one-liners to enjoy.
PATCH ADAMSWilliams plays a doctor who holds dear to the maxim that laugher is the best medicine when he makes it his mission to lift the spirits of his ailing patients.Funniset moment: That old lady squeezing noodles can't be beat.
ALADDINWilliams plays an all powerful Genie, tasked with the wishes (and friendship) of dopey street rat Aladdin when the latter discovers his magical lamp.Funniest moments: It's gotta be his entrance. Williams puts on a veritable stand-up routine when he meets "Al" for the first time in the dank caves below the desert.
Which is your favorite? Cast your vote!
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has dismissed accusations he plagiarised much of the dialogue recited by Matthew Mcconaughey in the hit TV crime drama. Pizzolatto recently came under fire for reportedly lifting many phrases and ideas from Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror, and pieces of other philosophers' works, then using them as dialogue for McConaughey's Emmy-nominated role of detective Rust Cohle.
Jon Padgett, founder of the fan website for Thomas Ligotti Online, tells The Lovecraft eZine that Pizzolatto was clearly taking ideas from the author and did not properly credit him in the series.
Padgett said, "It became obvious to me that Pizzolatto had plagiarized Thomas Ligotti and others - in some places using exact quotes, and in others changing a word here and there, paraphrasing in much the same way that a high school student will cheat on an essay by copying someone else's work and substituting a few words of their own."
However Pizzolatto has slammed the allegations, insisting all the philosophical ideas Cohle refers to in the series are based on many authors, and he uses that knowledge to solve the murder case in his own vocabulary.
A statement from Pizzolatto to E! News reads, "The philosophical thoughts expressed by Rust Cohle do not represent any thought or idea unique to any one author; rather these are the philosophical tenets of a pessimistic, anti-natalist philosophy with an historic tradition including Arthur Schopenauer, Friedrich Nietzche, E.M. Cioran, and various other philosophers, all of whom express these ideas. As an autodidact pessimist, Cohle speaks toward that philosophy with erudition and in his own words. The ideas within this philosophy are certainly not exclusive to any writer."
Bosses at America's HBO Network also backed their show's creator, adding in their own statement: "True Detective is a work of exceptional originality and the story, plot, characters and dialogue are that of Nic Pizzolatto.
"Philosophical concepts are free for anyone to use, including writers of fiction, and there have been many such examples in the past. Exploring and engaging with ideas and themes that philosophers and novelists have wrestled with over time is one of the show's many strengths - we stand by the show, its writing and Nic Pizzolatto entirely."
True Detective, which also starred Woody Harrelson, leads the pack of nominations for this year's (14) Emmy Awards, including nods for both McConaughey as a lead actor and Pizzolatto in the outstanding writing category.