Miley Cyrus has been tapped to make a return to the MTV Video Music Awards, nearly a year after her controversial performance with Robin Thicke in 2013. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker caused a stir with her raunchy routine with the Blurred Lines singer and now producers have decided to take a risk with Cyrus again.
She is set to make an appearance at the upcoming prizegiving on Sunday (24Aug14).
A representative for MTV has confirmed to E! News that Cyrus will be on hand for the event, but it is unclear in what capacity she will take part.
Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have reportedly split after three years of dating. The actress and rocker quietly began dating in 2010, but they have recently called it quits due to their cross-country relationship, according to People magazine.
An insider tells the publication, "It was the distance. She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause (of the split)."
Mellencamp previously revealed to Rolling Stone that he had no intention of moving to the Big Apple to be closer to Ryan, admitting, "I'm too sensitive to live there (in New York). I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets.
"I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here."
Ryan and Mellencamp were last seen together in May (14).
The singer finalised his divorce from ex-wife Elaine Irwin shortly before dating Ryan in 2010, while Ryan split from ex-husband Dennis Quaid in 2001.
A warrant for actor Columbus Short's arrest has been increased to $500,000 (GBP294,000) following the troubled star's no-show in court on Wednesday (20Aug14). The former Scandal star was scheduled to appear in court to face charges of domestic violence following a fight with his estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short.
Short has been a fugitive from justice after failing to make it to a hearing last month (Jul14), preferring to extend his Barbados vacation.
His aides tell TMZ.com that the actor is expected to return to the U.S. late on Wednesday.
A bench warrant for his arrest was initially issued on 30 July (14) after he failed to attend a hearing in his domestic violence case.
A man who was assaulted during a Hank Williams, Jr. concert in Michigan has died. Robert Kobe, 55, was caught up in a fight with an unnamed 15-year-old boy at the DTE Energy Music Theatre just outside Detroit on Sunday (17Aug14).
According to police reports the teen pushed Kobe during the concert, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete floor.
The boy was detained for one night at Oakland County's Children's Village juvenile detention facility and released into his parents' custody, while Kobe, who has been in hospital since the incident, was pronounced dead on Tuesday (19Aug14).
An investigation is still pending, but Kobe's son, Cory Kobe, tells the Detroit Free Press that his father and the teen knew each other prior to the incident, and Kobe may have even provoked the young man.
Cory says, "I want to make sure that this young man gets fair treatment. There are a lot of indications that there was no malicious intent."
Williams, Jr. has yet to comment on the incident.
Sir Cliff Richard has turned down a Portuguese honour in the wake of a sex scandal back in his native England. The singer, who owns property in Portugal, was to be presented with the keys to his adopted city of Albufeira, but he has chosen not to accept the honour, following his denial of a sex offence.
Earlier this month (Aug14), his home in Berkshire was raided by police officers following allegations Richard sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 16 in 1985.
Denying the claims, Richard said, "For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen."
The singer was due to be awarded the Freedom of Albufeira on Wednesday (20Aug15), but did not attend the ceremony.
The city mayor Carlos Silva e Sousa told the Daily Telegraph, "Cliff was invited to receive the gold key of the city because he is a distinguished member of Albufeira. It's a big honour. We are recognising big politicians and figures in civil society. He's not here today because it was his choice.
"It doesn't change my opinion of him. We are very proud of him, he is a big man. He is a very good man and we keep that opinion... I hope to give him the award at some point."
The news comes a day after Richard's publicist revealed the singer would not be returning to Britain from Portugal for a concert at Canterbury Cathedral next month (Sep14).
Actor Robbie Amell has given up the single life after asking his girlfriend, actress Italia Ricci, to be his wife. He announced the happy news via Instagram.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) in a caption to a photo of the couple kissing. Amell wrote, "She said yes!!!... I think. I can't really be sure. I'm going marry my best friend. @italiaricci." The couple has been together for over six years.
Director Brian G. Hutton has died, aged 79. The filmmaker passed away on Tuesday (19Aug14) after suffering a heart attack last week (begs11Aug14).
The New York City native began his career as an actor, but stepped behind the camera after taking part in a directing programme with Universal Studios.
In 1968, Hutton directed Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in the war classic Where Eagles Dare, and he teamed with the duo again in 1970 for Kelly's Heroes, which also starred Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.
Hutton also made two movies with Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor - drama X, Y and Zee opposite Michael Caine and Night Watch with Laurence Harvey.
In 1980, Hutton was recruited to replace Roman Polanski as the director of The First Deadly Sin, after his predecessor fled America to escape statutory rape charges. The movie featured Faye Dunaway and Frank Sinatra in his final major film role.
Hutton also directed the films High Road to China, The Pad and How to Use It, and Sol Madrid.
As an actor, Hutton starred in movies like Fear Strikes Out, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, King Creole, The Case Against Brooklyn, and TV shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel, Rawhide and The Rifleman.
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."
Live Aid hero Midge Ure gave up plans for a booze-filled retirement after realising he couldn't fight what he hated about the music industry from a rocking chair. The former Ultravox singer has recorded his first new album in a decade, Fragile, and he admits it's a comeback record that almost didn't happen at all.
He tells Billboard.com, "It's a diary of thoughts and emotions and highs and deep lows I've experienced. I went through huge swatches of doubting my continued involvement in this rapidly changing music industry. (There was) a lot of self doubt as to whether I could write anymore after walking away from my all too constant writing partner Jack Daniels and the realisation that, just maybe, nobody was waiting desperately for new Midge Ure material.
"I realised that if you don't agree with where music is at the moment, where busloads of writers contribute to one song and talent shows are supposed to find us the next John Lennon or Led Zeppelin, then walking away from music isn't going to change anything."
He adds, "Fragile might not change anything, but it makes me feel better about trying to redress the balance."
The new album features Dark Dark Night, a collaboration with Moby but everything else on the record was played and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Ure.
He adds, "I thought of each instrument and what they were doing in relation to the other instruments and melodies as building blocks towards the final production. They all had to contribute something to the overall picture but be melodic at the same time. I hope it sounds like a band rather than one person."
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As a comedic actor, John Lithgow — one of the best of the sort today — plays big. With a 6'4" stature and the vocal projection of a well-read howler monkey, Lithgow has made sitcom fare seem like a night on Broadway, invigorating small-scale material with the bravado of a live performance. To me, this has always been his utmost appeal. But in soft, somber, and sweet Love Is Strange, Lithgow plays small and close. And the victory of his talents are just as present.
Lithgow’s role in Ira Sachs’ occasionally lovely, occasionally wrenching drama is one of intense vulnerability. After a long-awaited marriage to his boyfriend of 40 years, Alfred Molina, Lithgow’s Ben is forced (by the will of financial woes) from his Manhattan apartment and into the care of his nephew’s family. As a character whose neuroses are evident from minute one, Ben’s internal trauma is the principal hook for Love Is Strange: after finally winning the opportunity to commit to the man he loves, we watch the 70-year-old painter struggle to identify a “comfort zone” in a world he finds increasingly difficult to understand.
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Lining the film, we have Molina, adroitly playing the stoic (frustrated more than devastated, at least as far as he’s willing to show) in contrast to the anxiety inhabited throughout by Lithgow, and the pair’s lot of conditionally generous family and friends — a community led by Marisa Tomei, Lithgow’s primary screen partner as a budding adversary to Ben, and young Charlie Tahan, who too is at unwitting odds with his misplaced houseguest.
Though the ensemble doesn’t have a weak link to speak of, the show is Lithgow’s through and through. Love Is Strange uses Lithgow in its portrait of man eroded by time and change, a team of forces that maintain volatility even when they are working for the better. Appropriately enough, Sachs’ story takes some jagged turns, failing to cement every choice in a clear intent. But as an illustration of one man’s insides in a chapter he can just barely handle — all those between hope and loss — we see something rather moving.
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