British broadcasting standards officials have declined to launch a full investigation into complaints about a kiss between same-sex characters on the season premiere of cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Actor Peter Capaldi made his debut as the Time Lord in Deep Breath, the first episode of series eight, which aired in the U.S. and U.K. last weekend (23-24Aug14), but some viewers took issue with a scene featuring a lingering kiss between lizard-woman Madame Vastra, played by Neve McIntosh, and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).
Six fans officially lodged their dismay at the "gratuitous" and "unnecessary" footage with watchdogs.
However, Ofcom bosses have dismissed the case and a statement issued to Britain's The Independent newspaper reads: "Having assessed the complaints, we can confirm that they do not raise issues warranting further investigation.
"Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples."
Broadcasting standards officials in the U.S. have launched an investigation over allegations Miley Cyrus' recent concert special was unsuitable for primetime TV. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were inundated with viewer complaints after Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour aired last month (Jul14), during the Independence Day holiday weekend.
The show, featuring footage from the pop star's provocative new tour, was considered a ratings flop as it only brought in 2.2 million viewers, but now it could spell further trouble for network executives at NBC amid concerns they allowed obscenity on air.
According to TMZ.com, a slew of viewers voiced concerns about Cyrus' revealing, barely-there costumes and her behaviour onstage, including frolicking in a bed with half-naked male and female dancers and grinding against a man dressed up as former U.S. President and civil rights icon Abraham Lincoln.
FCC representatives are now looking into the issue to determine if the show violated its rules on broadcasting "sexual or excretory activity", which could land NBC bosses a hefty fine.
The U.K. Attorney General has declined to appeal disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris' five-year sentence for child sex offences after receiving a slew of complaints suggesting the punishment is not enough. The Australian singer/artist, 84, was ordered to serve five years and nine months behind bars in June (14), after he was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges regarding the molestation of four young girls between 1968 and 1986, when they were aged from seven to 19.
The punishment, handed down by judge Justice Sweeney, was considered by many to be too lenient and prompted 150 people to file official complaints about the sentence with U.K. authorities.
However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright has decided against challenging the sentence in the Court of Appeals.
A representative for the Attorney General's Office reveals, "He (Wright) did not think they (appeal judges) would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it...
"The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending.
"The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts; the overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending."
Harris, who denied the counts, was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber is moving out of his apartment following a string of complaints from neighbours over his wild parties. The Baby hitmaker took up residence in the luxury home in Beverly Hills, California in June (14) but local police have been called to the property on a number of occasions due to noise and disturbance complaints from neighbours.
Earlier this month (Jul14), the building was visited by police officers six times in one weekend to halt a bash Bieber had thrown on the roof.
According to editors at TMZ.com, Bieber is hoping to move by the end of September (14) and is currently deciding between a house in Los Angeles or a luxury complex in the city called The Century, where socialite Candy Spelling previously lived.
It is not the first time Bieber has had to relocate due to clashes with neighbours. He moved out of his last property in Calabasas, California earlier this year (14) following a string of run-ins with locals for speeding cars around the gated community, throwing wild parties and even pelting a nearby home with eggs.
He was sentenced to five days of community service, 12 weeks of anger management counselling and ordered to pay restitution for the egging incident.
R. Kelly has been dropped from an upcoming music festival in Ohio following a slew of complaints over his controversial past.
Kelly was set to perform as the headliner at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus in August (14), but he has now been dropped from the line-up following a storm of protest on Twitter.com and Facebook.com.
The news came after local bands Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca, along with several sponsors, pulled out of the event over Kelly's involvement.
In a post on Twitter.com, the festival's organisers announced they have "decided to part ways" with the controversial R&B star, with local paper The Columbus Dispatch quoting festival spokesperson Melissa Dickson as saying, "We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners... to make a statement and support the city we live in."
Kelly's publicist also released a statement, saying, "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."
Kelly was indicted in 2002 on charges of making child pornography, but was acquitted in 2008.
The remaining headliners of the festival include O.A.R. and Michelle Williams.
Controversial rocker Ted Nugent has lost two more casino concerts amid a row over his right-wing beliefs. The musician's show at the Coeur d'Alene casino in Idaho on 4 August (14) was axed earlier this week (beg21Jun14) after the venue's Native American bosses took offence to his "hate-filled remarks", claiming they had booked him for a gig without knowledge of his "racist attitudes and views".
Nugent has now also had two shows at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington cancelled.
Lawrence W. LaPointe of the Puyallup Tribe which owns the casino, tells Seattle's King5 News, "Racism is intolerable and not acceptable here... (We have been receiving) lots of complaints from the community and other organisations (about Nugent's concerts)."
The shows had been scheduled for 2 and 3 August (14).
After the cancellation of the Idaho gig, Nugent accused liberal activists of attempting to sabotage his career, telling Radio.com, "They literally have an army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent. To call me a racist is a clear act of desperation. Because everybody knows I'm not a racist!"
Earlier this year (14), Nugent issued a public apology for calling U.S. President Barack Obama "a subhuman mongrel".
Garth Brooks fans in Ireland don't seem to be getting a break this summer (14) - part of a pub festival, staged for devotees who missed out on seeing the country star live when his shows near Dublin were cancelled, has been scrapped. Brooks pulled the plug on all five of his sold-out July (14) shows at Croke Park over a local permit dispute, prompting the managers of Dublin hotspot Doheny Nesbitts to host Garth Brooks tribute concerts scheduled for Sunday (27Jul14) and Monday (28Jul14).
But, in another slap for Brooks' fans, Sunday night's festivities have been cancelled following complaints from local residents.
A post on the pub's Facebook page reads: "You're not going to believe this folks but the big man has cancelled his sixth show in Dublin! Due to complaints by the residents of lower Baggot Street our Garth Brooks tribute this weekend will now only take place on Monday night."
Police were called to Justin Bieber's home in Beverly Hills, California on six separate occasions over the weekend (19-20Jul14) amid noise complaints and other disturbances. Local authorities received four individual calls from disgruntled neighbours concerning loud music and partying on the roof top of the superstar's new luxury apartment on Saturday night (19Jul14) and in the early hours of Sunday morning (20Jul14), but Bieber was not cited for the visits as he promised to keep the noise down each time officers turned up on his doorstep.
Police also had to return to the neighbourhood to investigate two other incidents, involving complaints about fans and paparazzi, according to TMZ.com.
Cops are no stranger to Bieber's pad - they were also called to investigate other noise complaints from angry neighbours last month (Jun14), when the Baby hitmaker hosted a star-studded bash with guests including boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr., rapper Tyga, singer/actor Tyrese and American football star Johnny Manziel.
Bieber moved out of his last property in Calabasas, California earlier this year (14) following a string of run-ins with locals, who accused the 20 year old of being a nuisance by speeding his sports cars around the gated community, throwing wild parties and even pelting a nearby home with eggs. The egging incident recently landed him a conviction for vandalism. He was sentenced to five days of community service and 12 weeks of anger management counselling, and ordered to pay restitution.
M.I.A was booed during her headline set London's Lovebox Festival on Saturday (19Jul14) as the show was blighted with technical problems. The Paper Planes hitmaker complained onstage that she could not hear sound through her earpiece and asked for her microphone to be turned up.
Halfway through the set, she invited members of the audience to dance onstage with her, but shortly afterwards, the sound cut off and the screens went blank.
M.I.A. went offstage during the power cut, which was reportedly caused by an audience member knocking a cable, and returned several minutes later when it was fixed.
She performed three more songs, which were also blighted by poor sound quality, before cutting her set short, prompting boos and complaints from festival-goers on Twitter.com.
Rapper Eminem suffered a similar fate earlier this month (Jul14) when his concert in London was ruined by poor sound quality.
Rapper Tyga's luxury car has been impounded by police after his fiancee, model Blac Chyna, was caught allegedly driving the vehicle without a licence. Cops received complaints about a matte black Rolls Royce Phantom being driven erratically around Malibu, California on Sunday (13Jul14) and when officers pulled the vehicle over, they discovered Kim Kardashian's close friend Chyna did not have a permit to be behind the wheel.
The $300,000 (£176,470) car was seized and towed away and authorities have only agreed to release the Rolls Royce to a licensed driver, according to TMZ.com.
Former stripper Chyna began dating Tyga in 2011 and they became engaged in 2012. They are parents to a baby boy named King.
After a 12-year absence, former college roommates and best friends Valerie Anastas, a housewife with two children, and Joanna Newman, a vice president with an advertising firm, resume their friendship when they again meet. In the pilot, not picked up by NBC, Valerie and Joanna meet for the first time in years and are amazed at the drastic changes in their lives -- so much so that jealousy on Valerie's part threatens to destroy their friendship.