The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has singled out out Ariana Grande for criticism after spotting a billboard featuring the pop star in her underwear. In a post on her Kveller blog, the modest actress and lifestyle guru, reveals she has no idea who the Problem singer is, but she would rather her kids weren't subjected to images of scantily-clad pop stars around Los Angeles.
Bialik writes, "I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they only wear to synagogue. I don't favour my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don't want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that.
"Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me. There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I'm sure.
"Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?"
The billboard in question appears to feature an advert for Grande's new album My Everything.
Jamie Foxx appears to have forgiven his former co-star Garcelle Beauvais for her big sex scene reveal back in 2012 by showing up at her book launch on Sunday (07Sep14). During a taping of irreverent chat show Hollywood Girls Night, Beauvais revealed that all her leading men get aroused during sex scenes, and singled out Foxx among her horny co-stars.
The actress, who played Francesca 'Fancy' Monroe on The Jamie Foxx Show over a decade ago, admits the Oscar winner was so aroused he couldn't "get up" after intimate scenes.
Her comments prompted TV bosses to later clarify her remarks when viewers mistook her remarks and thought Foxx couldn't "get it up" during the scenes, suggesting he wasn't able to get aroused.
But Foxx was all smiles on Sunday when he joined Halle Berry at the launch of Beauvais' latest children's book I Am Living in Two Homes at the Zimmer Children's Museum in Los Angeles.
"I'm a strange bird because every time I get praise, I also think, like, 'Alright, they're just making it... the longer the fall...! They're building me up to knock me down...!' I love being involved in these films, I love that my films have acclaim, but it does scare me a little bit." Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is not comfortable being singled-out for high praise.
Singer Courtney Love recently lashed out at a male concertgoer in Australia after the man threw a bottle onstage during her performance.
The former Hole frontwoman was playing for fans in Adelaide, Australia last week (ends24Aug14), when the man launched a missile at Love's guitarist Micko Larkin.
A shocked Love stopped her set and singled out the rude attendee, chastising him by saying, "In 20 years, no one's thrown a beer can at me, except for you, f**ker... Do not do that again... "Throw a beer can at my Micko, I will f**king kill you. Throw it at me next time. We'll have fun."
Singer Janelle Monae performed for U.S. President Barack Obama at a star-studded political fundraiser in Los Angeles on Wednesday (23Jul14). The event took place at the home of Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, and was co-hosted by the show's star Kerry Washington.
As well as Obama, attendees included Scandal actors Tony Goldwyn and Scott Foley, and veteran music mogul Berry Gordy.
Obama addressed the crowd, and singled out Monae for particular praise, saying of the Tightrope hitmaker, "She's played so often at the White House, there should be a room named for her."
According to reports, the politician revealed Monae is in possession of a video showing him dancing with pop star Usher, adding, "She can blackmail me at any time. I did not drop and split, but I did bust a move."
Proceeds from the gathering will go to the Democratic National Committee.
"The only person who has consistently said no has been Prince. I haven't approached him in 20 years... I had several ideas... for When Doves Cry and Kiss and 1999 and a few others but Prince wasn't into parody... I got a telegram from Prince's people saying that I was not to establish eye contact with Prince at the American Music Awards. Everybody in his immediate seating area got that same telegram, so I didn't feel singled out." 'Weird Al' Yankovic never got along with Prince after trying to persuade the pop superstar to let him parody his hits.
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Members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have urged Hollywood bosses to step up the number of gay characters in films amid fears the community is woefully under-represented in movies.
GLAAD bosses have released their second annual Studio Responsibility Index in which they analyse the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters seen on screen.
They suggest that out of 102 major films released last year (13), only 17 included gay characters, and the advocacy group's members have also singled out a number of movies for particular criticism over their depiction of the LGBT community.
The report targets Mark Wahlberg's thriller Pain & Gain for featuring a gay priest who is beaten up, and The Hangover Part III, which is branded offensive for the inclusion of potentially-gay character Mr. Chow as a "walking joke".
GLAAD national spokesman Will Cruz says, "What's disheartening for me and to all of us in GLAAD is when it comes to major studio films, LGBT people are basically invisible. And when we do show up, it's largely a part of comedies as caricatures to service a joke that's at the expense of the character... There seems to be this vicious circle, where studios saying they weren't getting scripts that were inclusive, while writers were telling us the studios weren't interested in making films (with) LBGT (people) in them."
U.S. comic Paul Mooney reportedly left the audience in shock at a taping of Arsenio Hall's talk show by hurling a racial slur at a man during a shambolic stand-up routine.
The funnyman, best known for working with late legend Richard Pryor, made an appearance on the programme but left fans aghast during a rambling 14-minute performance, according to TMZ.com. At one point, he singled out a black audience member and called him a "bald-headed n**ga".
According to the website, Hall had to interrupt the routine and bring it to an end. One member of the audience, Jonathan Slocumb, tweeted: "OMG (oh my God)! I just witnessed THE MOST EMBARASSING (sic), Disrespectful "standup" BOMBING ever by Paul Mooney @arseniohall I wanted to walk out! (sic)"
After the show aired with an edited version later on Monday, the tweeter added: "THEEE BEST EDITING ON TELEVISION! @arseniohall Because I was in the audience and what y'all saw was EXCEPTIONAL CLEAN UP. Paul Mooney was deplorable and the highest level of disgusting. Be very blessed that you didn't see the unedited version."
Hall and Mooney have yet to comment on the reports.
A new British musical based on the early career of The Kinks has won high praise from critics, who have awarded the production top marks. Sunny Afternoon, named after the rockers' 1966 hit of the same name, opened at London's Hampstead Theatre on Thursday night (01May14) and the stage musical, which features a slew of the icons' tracks, has gone down a storm with reviewers.
The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts brands the show "a belter" and exclaims, "You really got me! ...This show is far better than a mere tribute evening, though it includes lots of Kinks hits. It gives you a strong sense of period - some terrific short hemlines on the girls - yet also well-drawn characters that evolve with the band."
Nick Hasted from TheArtsDesk.com awards the show four out of five stars and writes, "In The Kinks' 50th Anniversary year, their spirit could hardly be better revived", while The Telegraph's Charles Spencer states, "It is an irresistibly enjoyable and touching night, and anyone who loves pop music at its greatest would be mad to miss it."
Lead actors John Dagleish and George Maguire, who portray Ray Davies and his guitarist brother Dave, respectively, have also been singled out for applause, with the Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings calling Dagleish's performance "immense", while claiming Maguire gives his character "an exciting wildness".
Reports suggest Sunny Afternoon may transfer to the West End stage once its run at the Hampstead Theatre wraps on 24 May (14).
Rockers included Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr are urging British politicians to reconsider a ban on steel-strung guitars in U.K. prisons. The instruments were outlawed in jails in November (13) as part of the government's changes to the justice system, which also includes new restrictions on books for prisoners.
Nylon-strung guitars are still permitted in prisons for inmates who earn the privilege of using them.
In an open letter published in Britain's The Guardian newspaper the group of musicians, which also includes Dave Gilmour and Richard Hawley, urge Justice Minister Chris Grayling to overturn the ban.
The rockers write, "As musicians, we are concerned to hear that the use of steel-strung guitars is being prohibited in prisons. We believe music has an important role to play in engaging prisoners in the process of rehabilitation. However, this ability will be seriously undermined if inmates are unable to practise between group sessions."
The letter goes on to note a rise in self-inflicted injuries among prisoners since October (13) and questions whether the ban on steel-strung guitars and books may be partly responsible.
The group closes the letter writing, "We urge the minister for justice, Chris Grayling, to urgently look into the causes of the rise in self-inflicted deaths in prison since the introduction of the recent prison service instruction and to explain why steel-strung guitars have been singled out for exclusion."