A same-sex kiss between Doctor Who actresses Neve Mcintosh and Catrin Stewart was edited out of the series eight premiere for broadcasts in conservative Asian countries. The lingering lip-lock between McIntosh's lizard-woman Madam Vastra and her human wife Jenny Flint, played by Stewart, prompted a handful of complaints from U.K. viewers when the episode in question, titled Deep Breath, aired last month (Aug14), but British TV watchdogs at Ofcom declined to launch an investigation into claims the footage was "gratuitous" and "unnecessary", insisting they "do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples".
However, the same scene had to be cut from Peter Capaldi's debut as the Time Lord for broadcast in countries like Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to ensure the cult sci-fi show did not fall foul of the region's strict decency standards.
A BBC spokesperson tells PinkNews.co.uk, "In order to comply with broadcast regulations in Asia where our BBC Entertainment channel airs, BBC Worldwide made a brief edit to the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, but did so without detracting from the storyline."
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."
Monday night (yes, Monday) was the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC and millions tuned in. Late Night host Seth Meyers gracefully took on the task of hosting. While the show might have been way too long, we found quite a few enjoyable moments that made us laugh, smile, and cry.
Seth Meyer’s Opening Monologue
Hosting any awards show is tough, but Seth held his own. He didn’t need a musical number, or heavy gag-jokes, to win over the audience. Seth was his usual charming self, with great delivery when it came to a friendly jab, or two.
Beyonce Showed Up
Oh you didn’t know, Queen Bey graced our screens last night? Amy Poehler AKA Beyonce, is half the reason we even tune into these awards shows. She’s either hosting, presenting, or just being fabulous, and that’s alright by us.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Matthew McConaughey Jokes
“Matthew McConaughey doesn't even own a television. I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.”
The "Billy On The Street" Skit Was Surprisingly Good
"He's the host of the #Emmys this year!" "Um, Seth Macfarlane?" Haha.
— Yes/No Films (@yesnofilms) August 26, 2014
Usually, we're not too crazy about Billy On The Street, but his pre-taped skit with the Emmys' host, asking people on the street questions about the Emmys, was pretty hysterical.
Bryan Cranston’s Mustache
The guest of honor.
This Epic Makeout Sesh
Louis C.K.’s Simple, But Sweet Acceptance Speech
Nothing long-winded, just straight to the point, yet sweet. He also made sure to point out that Sarah Baker was the star and reason he won.
Retta Live-Tweeting The Whole Night
What is happening right now?? #Emmys pic.twitter.com/s9MsTYMOrj
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
Poehlsy!!!! #JustLikeBey #Emmys
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
I love how Jessica Lange is killing this “Ima let these fools know I’m still helluh sexy” saunter to stage. #Emmys
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
Retta, AKA Donna on Parks and Recreation and lover of live-tweeting, captured some of the most interesting moments from the night on Twitter.
When Joffery Confronted His Mother
When They Gave George R.R. Martin A Typewriter
And asked him to please write faster.
He was immediately on the case.
Ricky Gervais Just Being Ricky Gervais
"Now that is a television face. Not even really a television face. It's a Netflix face.” – Jimmy Kimmel
When Jimmy Fallon Seized The Day
Gwen Stefani messed up Stephen Colbert’s name, so Jimmy assumed that meant the Emmy was up for grabs. We’d all have done the same if we were there.
Billy Crystal’s Touching Robin William’s Memoriam
Which of these did you love the most? Tweet us your favorite moments from the night!
You might think that the guest of honor was an actor, who was nominated-than-won several Emmy Awards last night. You would be wrong. Last night’s guest of honor was not a nominee (but should have been). Last night’s star was Bryan Cranston’s Mustache.
Just look at how glorious it is:
An absolute star on it's own.
A gift to the world.
We are not worthy.
And it knows that we are not.
A wonder like this does not come easy, it takes work to be so increible.
How do you feel about this star and it's potential? Tweet us your love for the Mustache!
Veteran rockers Kiss rejected a plan to make members of their football team wear the band's signature face-paint. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley launched their own Arena Football League team called the L.A. Kiss last year (13) and the club played its first season in 2014.
The team uses the band's logo, and Simmons has now revealed they rejected a proposal to deck out the players in KISS' iconic black and white face-paint.
He says, "There are some pragmatic reasons why our great athletes should not be wearing the KISS make-up. For one thing, you've got to earn it. Secondly, it's got to be real football, not stuff going into everybody's eyes while they are running on the field and getting tackled. Not a good idea."
The stars' involvement in the running of the team is documented in a new TV show titled 4th and Loud.
Jennifer Lopez became U.S. talk show host Chelsea Handler's last interview guest as the comedienne wrapped up one of her final Chelsea Lately programmes on Thursday (21Aug14).
The singer/actress' appearance was her debut on the show and she dressed to impress, stepping out in a white mini-dress, prompting the host to coo about Lopez's look.
Handler said, "I've been wanting to get my hands on this body for a long time... I'm not a lesbian and I'm certainly not a kiss-a** but I could look at you with clothes on or without for an extended period of time and I want to get into specifics about what the f**k is going on with you?"
A stunned Lopez responded, "I try take care of myself... I try to live right, try to healthy and happy. I don't drink. I never smoked... I don't like it (alcohol)... I never got accustomed to the taste of alcohol. "My mom used to scare us about alcohol and drugs. We grew up in the Bronx and she was just like so afraid that we were gonna fall into bad stuff... She drummed it in our heads."
Handler then questioned "currently single" Lopez's love of monogamy, joking, "If I were you and I had what you have I would just be f**king everybody." Her guest replied, "I like being in a relationship. I'm not one to whore around."
Handler ended the interview by thanking Lopez for finally coming on her show. The comedienne's one-hour finale airs on Tuesday (26Aug14) and will feature appearances by Miley Cyrus and Handler's ex-boyfriend 50 Cent.
Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan accepted Bon Jovi leader Jon Bon Jovi's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dunking freezing water over their heads. The former bandmates took the plunge to raise awareness about the condition and raise funds for the ALS Association after Bon Jovi nominated them to follow his example at the weekend (16-17Aug14), when he recruited New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to tip an ice bucket over his head at a garden party.
Celebrities have been taking the challenge, filming it, posting the footage online and nominating famous friends to follow suit for weeks, boosting the charity's coffers and raising awareness about ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Sambora, who quit Bon Jovi last year (13), took the challenge in his back garden and nominated his reported guitarist girlfriend Orianthi and "friends and fans around the world" to follow his lead, while Gavin DeGraw and Ryan Cabrera were picked by keyboard player Bryan after he was dunked in his swimming pool.
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres posted his Ice Bucket Challenge on the band's Facebook page and nominated Alice Cooper, who took the opportunity to cool off on Wednesday (20Aug14) when he was chilled onstage during a concert in Virginia Beach.
He nominated tour co-headliners Motley Crue and movie star pal Johnny Depp to take the plunge. Motley Crue quickly accepted Cooper's challenge with their own onstage dunking, and named Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Kiss to follow suit.
Paul Stanley has already accepted on behalf of Kiss, insisting he'll take on the challenge on Friday (22Aug14).
Cooper is also hoping to raise more money for the ALS Association by selling the stars and stripes T-shirt he was wearing when he was iced onstage and the bathrobe he changed into backstage to raise cash for the cause.
A Los Angeles judge has praised R&B star Chris Brown for following his probation rules since his release from jail in June (14). The singer appeared in court on Wednesday (13Aug14) for a progress report and was told he's doing well.
Judge James Brandlin reduced Brown's drug test requirement from three times to twice a week and denied a request from probation officials who wanted the star's community labour requirement to be increased from three to four days a week.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following an altercation outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year (Oct13).
He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Pop star Ariana Grande has sparked rumours of a new romance with frequent collaborator Big Sean following her split from singer Jai Brooks.
The Way hitmaker, 21, became friends with the rapper last year (13) after working together on her single Right There, while they recently teamed up again on her new summer smash Problem and her next release, Best Mistake.
Reports suggest they have since grown so close, they have started dating. The pair was snapped leaving a Los Angeles movie theatre together earlier this month (Aug14) after catching a screening of action thriller The Purge: Anarchy, and eyewitnesses tell Eonline.com the stars shared a kiss during the film.
Grande reportedly ended her on/off relationship with Brooks in late July (14), not long after reconciling.
Big Sean, 26, has been single since calling off his engagement to Glee actress Naya Rivera in April (14). Rivera has since rebounded with actor Ryan Dorsey, with the pair tying the knot in Mexico in July (14).
Anyone who has seen Pitch Perfect loves Anna Kendrick and her dry sense of humor. She is easily earning the title of #1 Girl Crush, but she shouldn't just be considered a girl crush. She deserves to be everyone's celebrity crush, because she's freaking awesome.
1. She can always make you laugh.
First day of shooting! Yesterday we had to try to learn entire finale dance. #ChoreographyHangover. Woke up like pic.twitter.com/iJlLZg08VP
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 20, 2014
2. Whenever you have to say goodbye to her, she would blow you a kiss like this:
3. She knows what Reddit is AND she wants to be a part of it. Also - J.LAW BOOBS.
Hey Reddit, I mention Jennifer Lawrence's boobs in my Vogue Diary. Does this mean I can hang out with you guys? http://t.co/6ypiqK7AQl
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) March 6, 2014
4. Her modesty is very endearing.
5. She would never drag you onto a reality TV show.
"House Hunters" should be called "Couples Realizing They Should See Other People."
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 8, 2014
6. She’s a girl who actually eats REAL food.
Why do I HAVE to eat 2 or 3 french fries before I can take a bite of a burger? Does this unlock some kind of force field? Call Bill Nye!!
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 17, 2013
7. She may, or may not, run a prostitution ring. So she’s obviously got some money and great time-management skills.
Also, she knows how to mess around and not be taken seriously.
8. If you’ve ever had the desire to date a bad bitch, she happens to be one.
9. She might be Cinderella in Into The Woods, but she isn't some prissy princess.
INTO THE WOODS is in theaters this Christmas and Cinderella may be dirty but she can throw shade pic.twitter.com/6tARQQm8CF
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 30, 2014
10. She is one of Hollywood’s elite, but she’s also down to be lazy.
11. She’s not about to pressure anyone to settle down and have a bunch of babies.
It still blows my mind that I'm at an age where if I got pregnant people would be happy for me. #Yikes #Babies
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) March 24, 2014
12. She can take care of you after a rough night of drinking.
13. She is super romantic when it comes to expressing her feelings.
"You're the only person in the world I don't hate right now" is as close as I get to saying "I love you"
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 16, 2014
14. She didn’t let her bitchy role as Jessica in Twilight stop her from dominating Hollywood and making people laugh.
15. She’s up for impromptu Dashboard Confessional ballads.
Just sat in my car and sang along to Dashboard Confessional even though I got home halfway through the song. Because I'm 14. #Feeeeeeels
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 17, 2014
16. She has some pretty awesome famous last words planned out. Maybe she'll help you think of some.
17. She really loves cake, so you can expect it to become the main course at every meal.
There are 3 cakes in my trailer. From now on I'm only doing movies with sugar based titles. #CAKE #DayOne
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 7, 2014
If you weren’t crushing on her before, I’m sure you are now:
Hay, gurl, hay!