Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's summer just got hotter - the Problem collaborators have dominated the new Billboard Hot 100 with three mentions apiece. While MAGIC!'s Rude scored a sixth week at number one, Grande and Azalea enjoy a run of hits including top 10 debuts for Break Free and Black Widow, the Australian rapper's Rita Ora-flavoured tune.
Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass climbs to two on the new chart, while Sam Smith's Stay With Me drops to three.
The Grande/Azalea takeover begins at four with the former's Break Free, which climbs into the top five from 18, while Azalea's former number one, Fancy, slides to five.
The girls of summer also land hits at seven (Problem), eight (Black Widow) and 10 (Bang Bang).
Only 12 acts, including Grande and Azalea, have claimed at least three top 10 spots on the Hot 100 in the same week, but this week marks the first time in the Hot 100's 56-year history that two acts have tripled up in the top 10 simultaneously.
The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has helped animal rights activists at Peta take over one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California. The writer helped the organisation's bosses buy up the Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch in Vista and shut it down, after learning the 'pet breeders' there were electrocuting and skinning the pelts of chinchillas who didn't "work out" as companions.
Taking control of the facility recently, PETA experts discovered Valley View employees used "a toe-to-ear electrocution slaughtering method, deemed unacceptable by the American Veterinary Medical Association."
A spokesperson tells WENN, "The owners admitted that they had never provided chinchillas with veterinary care and that they strapped the animals to a table in order to amputate their limbs using wire snips and six drops of brandy in lieu of anesthetics.
"The chinchillas at Valley View were locked in metal cages - often, in solitary confinement - with little or no enrichment.
"The more than 400 rescued chinchillas are now at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where they will soon be available for adoption in groups of two to four."
Simon says, "PETA is happy to have saved these fascinating animals from being painfully electrocuted and to have made sure that no coats or blankets would be made from their bodies. PETA encourages everyone to do their part to help animals like these little individuals by never buying or wearing any animal skins."
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will debut their new single Bang Bang at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (24Aug14). The trio will open the show and immediately after the performance fans will be able to check out the video for the song online.
Reports suggest the new video features an easy-to-learn dance that was created by Jessie J.
Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Usher, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer are also billed to perform at the 2014 VMAs.
Beyonce, who will also pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the prizegiving, leads all nominees with eight, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video.
Actress Emma Stone has officially signed on to replace Michelle Williams in Broadway show Cabaret. The Amazing Spider-Man star will make her New York stage debut as Sally Bowles in the hit revival of the classic Kander & Ebb musical.
Stone was in talks to open the show with Alan Cumming last year (13), but her Spider-Man schedule proved to be too much of a conflict and she had to walk away from the role.
Negotiations resumed earlier this month (Aug14) and now Cabaret bosses have confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Stone will take over from Brokeback Mountain star Williams when her run as Bowles ends in November (14).
Cumming has extended his time with the show to cover Stone's three-month stint. He originated the role of Emcee when the current revival of Sam Mendes' musical opened at London's Donmar Warehouse in 1993.
British singer Sam Smith is aiming for a collaboration with Chris Brown after the troubled R&B star posted a parody of his track Stay With Me online.
Brown uploaded a video of himself singing a humorous version of Smith's song on his Instagram.com page last week (ends17Aug14), and the music newcomer admits he was impressed with the cover.
Speaking to British radio show In:Demand at V Festival in the U.K., Smith voiced his hope that the video will pave the way for a collaboration, saying, "It was amazing, I love it. It's really weird because I'm a massive fan of his music. I love Chris Brown's music so much, yeah. I'd love to meet him so possibly, who knows? It would be cool to collaborate."
Lily Allen was left red-faced after flashing her breast onstage at Britain's V Festival on Sunday (18Aug14).
The singer was among the acts closing out the final day of the two-leg event at the site in Chelmsford, England, and she took to the stage wearing a low-cut silver catsuit with no bra. The racy outfit accidentally unzipped during her performance, and she flashed her nipple to the audience.
Allen also used her set to silence ongoing rumours about trouble in her marriage to Sam Cooper, the father of her two daughters, dedicating a song to her partner and telling the audience, "This song is for my husband, who I'm very much still with - so f**k anyone who says that I'm not."
Nico & Vinz have scored a second week on top of the U.K. pop charts with their Am I Wrong hit. The Oslo, Norway-based duo, became the first Norwegian act to have a number one hit in Britain since A-ha's The Sun always Shines on TV nearly three decades ago when they hit number one last week (10Aug14).
Rude by Magic! and OneRepublic's Love Runs Out round out the top three, as they did last week.
On the albums chart, Ed Sheeran lands an eighth week at number one with X, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour swaps places with Dolly Parton's hits compilation Blue Smoke - The Best Of to round out the top three.
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At the heart of any dystopian story — be it about warring farm animals, omnipresent elder siblings, or colorless societies wherein pain and inequality have been all but eradicated — there is meant to be something human. Something that shines through to show us just how close we are to the world onscreen and just how far away from it we need to get. But at the heart of The Giver — Phillip Noyce’s film adaptation, not Lois Lowry’s ‘93 intro-to-Orwell novel — we find no humanity. There is nothing remotely vital about the film, its themes, its world, or its characters. Thus, who really gives a damn what kind of hell they’re all dealing with?
Brenton Thwaites is our hero — the exception among the heap of mindless drones (not to be confused with the movie’s surplus of literal drones) that occupy the nameless society, or so we’re meant to believe. In truth, Thwaites and his character Jonas are just as flat, vacant, and devoid of nuance as every other member of this pallid world. So when he is selected as the only villager capable of bearing the world’s memories of joy, pain, life, suffering, and — most prominently — ethnic dancing, we’re bored to tears by what might otherwise be an emotionally riveting journey into emotional maturity.
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But Thwaites isn’t the only issue. Jeff Bridges manages some combination of tired Sam Elliott, tired Bane, and tired Scooby Doo in his performance as the titular Giver, the man whose relationships with the society, Chief Elder Meryl Streep, and Receivers past and present are never illustrated with enough clarity to understand him as a man or a metaphorical function. Just like Thwaites’ big moments suffer from a lack of substantial precedent, any message that Bridges’ character is meant to unfurl falls as flat as the inflection of a dystopian resident.
Broad strokes are one thing; The Giver seems to miss the canvas entirely in its portrait of the importance of pain and experience. Without a single human moment to convince us of the importance of humanity, we’re really left just staring at a confusing oscillation of the color wheel for 90 minutes.
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British pop star Lily Allen has dismissed rumours her marriage is on the rocks. The Smile hitmaker sparked speculation that her relationship with husband Sam Cooper is in trouble after she was pictured without her wedding ring on an outing with her ex-boyfriend Seb Chew in Missouri this week (beg11Aug14).
The band was also noticeably absent from her left hand when she performed at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday (14Aug14).
Reports suggested the three-year marriage is crumbling, but Allen has moved to silence the claims by uploading a picture on Instagram.com on Friday (15Aug14) showing her hand adorned with her engagement ring and wedding band.
Allen and Cooper have been married since 2011 and are parents to two daughters.
Actress Jennette Mccurdy has written a web series loosely based on her experience of growing up in the TV industry. The Sam & Cat star, 22, has been acting since the age of eight and found fame on teen TV series iCarly, which ran from 2007 until 2012. McCurdy reprised her character Sam in a spin-off alongside Ariana Grande last year (13), but it was cancelled after one series following rumours of a feud between McCurdy and show bosses.
The actress has now launched her own web series, titled What's Next For Sarah, which she has written, produced and starred in.
Sarah's story is loosely based on McCurdy's - the character found fame on a TV show and is now unsure what to do with her life.
McCurdy tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I wanted What's Next for Sarah to be a light-hearted call-out to some of the more absurd experiences I've faced growing up in the entertainment industry... My goal was to exaggerate some of the more classic Hollywood archetypes - the phony reporter, the insincere agent, the duplicitous casting director - and heighten them to a surreal extent that we can all laugh at...
"I saw What's Next for Sarah as a creative opportunity for me to try my hand at more behind-the-scenes aspects of entertainment and learn more about the production process as a whole."
Four episodes have been launched on the show's website.