Monday Aug 31, 2015

Telefe International to present 'Story of a Clan' miniseries at Mipcom TV

Argentinian distribution house Telefe International will feature the "Story of a Clan," a crime miniseries based on real-life events, in its fall line-up, reports Variety.Telefe plans to show off the new series at this year's Mipcom TV entertainment market in October. The 11-episode series...
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Telefe International to present 'Story of a Clan' miniseries at Mipcom TV
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Telefe International to present 'Story of a Clan' miniseries at Mipcom TV

Argentinian distribution house Telefe International will feature the "Story of a Clan," a crime miniseries based on real-life events, in its fall line-up, reports Variety.Telefe plans to show off the new series at this year's Mipcom TV entertainment market in October. The 11-episode series will look at the Puccio family in the 1980s, who were connected to a number of abductions and murders in a case that rocked Argentina. The series is highly anticipated in Argentina, where the August 13 release of Pablo Trapero's feature film about the Puccio family "El Clan" sold 1.13 million tickets in nine days and became the country's top-selling film of all-time. Sebastien Ortego's Underground Producciones will produce the miniseries, which stars Cecilia Roth ("I'm So Excited," "All About My Mother") and Chino Darín ("Death in Buenos Aires").   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'SpongeBob SquarePants' headed to Broadway
Monday Aug 31, 2015
'SpongeBob SquarePants' headed to Broadway

The hit Nickelodeon cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" is to inspire a stage show that will bow next year in Chicago before moving on to New York.Several big names in music are set to contribute original songs, including David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips and John Legend, reports Variety. Tina Laudau ("The Bells Are Ringing") will direct, and composer Tom Kitt will be musical supervisor, joined by a team that includes Dirty Projectors, Panic! At the Disco, T.I. and They Might Be Giants."The SpongeBob Musical" is to premiere in Chicago next summer, then continue on to New York, where it will open during the 2016-17 Broadway season. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

US President Obama to appear on 'Bear Grylls' episode
Monday Aug 31, 2015
US President Obama to appear on 'Bear Grylls' episode

Barack Obama is to feature on a special episode of US TV show "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" set to air this year.EW reports that Obama will meet Grylls in Alaska to observe the effects of climate change, later meeting up with the reality TV star in the Alaskan Wilderness to receive a crash course in survival techniques.The resulting show will air on NBC later this year."Running Wild with Bear Grylls" is in its second season and has previously featured celebrities including Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer online for "The Shannara Chronicles"
Monday Aug 31, 2015
New trailer online for "The Shannara Chronicles"

A new trailer for the upcoming MTV series "The Shannara Chronicles" has been released and is available on Youtube.The MTV fantasy series, planned for a January 2016 release, is based on the best-selling science-fiction books by Terry Brooks, reports Deadline. It follows a group of heroes who fight to stop a demon set on destroying the world. The series stars Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler, John Rhys-Davies, Manu Bennett and Poppy Drayton. Al Gough and Miles Millar, of "Spider Man 2" and "Smallville" fame, will act as executive producers, along with Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks, Dan Farah and Gene Stein. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDR8b1SpoSc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers
Saturday Aug 29, 2015
Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return next year. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news Friday night in the second inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs. Magic Johnson, a co-owner of the team, appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board to tell the crowd that Jimmy Kimmel had a major announcement. Late-night TV host Kimmel appeared and without a sound used cue cards to explain Scully would return for another season "at least," read one of the cards. His last card read: "God bless us everyone." The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer's consecutive years of service make him the longest-tenured broadcaster with one team in sports history. "I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said in a statement distributed during the game. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium, and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends." Earlier Friday, Scully asked Cubs manager Joe Maddon to visit his booth in the press box. "He was aware of our players, of course, but he wanted to know about a lot of the young guys," the manager said. "I've never asked for my photograph to be taken with anybody, but we did and I'll keep that. It was a very nice meeting and to get my photograph taken with him was pretty special. I was very honored." Scully confided in Maddon that he was going to return. "I was happy," Maddon said. Scully calls all nine innings of the team's home games and road games in California and Arizona for the Dodgers' television home on SportsNet LA, while the first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio. "Vin is a national treasure and the Dodgers couldn't be happier to have him back at the microphone in 2016," team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. "Vin makes every broadcast special and generation after generation of Dodger fans have been blessed to be able to listen to him create his poetic magic since 1950. We look forward to adding many new chapters to that legacy in 2016." However, a dispute between Time Warner Cable and other cable subscribers now in its second year is keeping 70 percent of the Los Angeles television market from seeing the team's games. Only customers of Time Warner and a couple of its partners have been able to watch, while subscribers of major providers such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon and AT&T have been shut out. Even Scully can't watch road games because he lives in an area not served by Time Warner. Scully began his professional broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He has called three perfect games, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games. He was behind the microphone for Kirk Gibson's Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run and Sandy Koufax's four no-hitters, including a perfect game. Last season, the Dodgers revealed Scully's return on a night when talking microphones featuring his dulcet tones were given away to fans. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Beth Harris from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Review: Redford and Nolte in Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods'
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Review: Redford and Nolte in Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods'

The lure of the wild has recently attracted an interesting batch of solitude seekers: Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Mia Wasikowska ("Tracks") and Robert Redford, twice. Two years after "All Is Lost," Redford has swapped the sea for the woods, and wordless isolation for Nick Nolte. It's not a bad trade. "A Walk in the Woods" is a broad and congenial comedy about two aged old friends trying to hike all 2,000-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. It's light on its feet, even though its geriatric woodsmen are plodding and grunting. The story, taken from Bill Bryson's 1998 book, might seem like the kind of hokey comedy trotted out every now and then for older moviegoers. It is that, to be sure. But Redford and Nolte are a class, or two, above the standard stars of such fare. While "A Walk in the Woods" is tame stuff, indeed, a simple, comic stroll with pleasant company is a decent way to end a movie summer where the usual pace is a Tom Cruise sprint. Redford has been trying to adapt Bryson's book for 10 years, and he's now older than the author was when he made his trip, along with his pal Stephen Katz (Nolte). It makes their endeavor, particularly on the part of the wheezing Nolte, a little incredulous. Nolte's Katz, a former alcoholic and proud philanderer, was never an ideal hiking companion; he's the only one Bryson could get to go with him. But Nolte, 74 and so croaky he can be hard to understand, is now more convincing as a grizzly bear than a camper. This, thankfully, is not a movie where the actors are weighing down their backpacks for the sake of realism. The germ for the trip begins when Bryson returns to his New Hampshire home after a humbling book tour where he's met with questions of retirement — likely the same kind Redford has become accustom to fielding but happily (for our sake) ignoring. Authors, Bryson responds, don't retire. They either drink themselves away or blow their brains out. But Bryson is instead drawn by a mysterious longing to hike the Appalachian Trail. His concerned wife (Emma Thompson — now there's a couple) insists he find a companion. When everyone he can think of turns him down, Katz, with whom Bryson had lost touch, calls him up to say he's game. After the two set out in Georgia, their adventures unfold in episodic encounters and pratfalls. Along the way, they meet Kristen Schaal (as an annoying fellow hiker), an attractive innkeeper (Mary Steenburgen) and, inevitably, a bear. But whereas "Wild" sought redemption across the country on the Pacific Crest Trail, profundity isn't the pursuit of Bryson, Katz and "A Walk in the Woods." Director Ken Kwapis ("Big Miracle"), working from the script by Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman, steers it on well-trod but pleasant buddy-comedy paths that offers few surprises other than the undiminished appeal of its ambling stars. "A Walk in the Woods," a Broadgreen Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "language and some sexual references." Running time: 104 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. ___ This story has been changed to correct the spelling of Kristen Schaal's name. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Trailer out for new Will Smith film 'Concussion'
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Trailer out for new Will Smith film 'Concussion'

The first trailer is out for Will Smith's new football film "Concussion," set to hit cinemas on December 25.The film is based on the real-life research of neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, according to The Verge, who discovered the link between repeated head trauma and a neuro-degenerative disease in the brains of former NFL players Dave Duerson and Andre Waters. Duerson and Waters, who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, eventually committed suicide.  The film is directed by Peter Landesman, who also wrote the script, and will be released by Columbia Pictures. Watch the trailer: https://twitter.com/SonyPictures Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer online for "The Shannara Chronicles"
Monday Aug 31, 2015
New trailer online for "The Shannara Chronicles"

A new trailer for the upcoming MTV series "The Shannara Chronicles" has been released and is available on Youtube.The MTV fantasy series, planned for a January 2016 release, is based on the best-selling science-fiction books by Terry Brooks, reports Deadline. It follows a group of heroes who fight to stop a demon set on destroying the world. The series stars Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler, John Rhys-Davies, Manu Bennett and Poppy Drayton. Al Gough and Miles Millar, of "Spider Man 2" and "Smallville" fame, will act as executive producers, along with Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks, Dan Farah and Gene Stein. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDR8b1SpoSc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction

NEW YORK (AP) — The Titanic's last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called "Money Boat" before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it's estimated it will bring $50,000 to $70,000. The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on Sept. 30. The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the wreckage's discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Abraham Lincoln Salomon was one of a handful of first-class passengers who boarded the lifeboat — dubbed the "Money Boat" or "Millionaire's Boat" by the press because of unfounded rumors one of them bribed seven crew members to quickly row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others. The menu, which listed corned beef, dumplings and other savory items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat. It's believed the two men lunched together that fateful day in 1912. Salomon also took away a printed ticket from the Titanic's opulent Turkish baths, which recorded a person's weight when seated in a specially designed upholstered lounge chair. It bears the names of three of the five other first-class passengers with him on Lifeboat 1. One of four weighing-chair tickets known to exist, it's estimated it will bring $7,500 to $10,000. The third artifact is a letter written by Mabel Francatelli to Salomon on New York's Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the disaster. She had climbed into the No. 1 lifeboat with her employer, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon and her Scottish husband Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, who it was alleged bribed the crew to row them to safety in the boat that had a capacity of 40. The Duff-Gordons, who were the only passengers to testify about the disaster, were cleared by the British Wreck Commissioner's inquiry, which determined that they did not deter the crew from attempting to rescue other people but that others might have been saved if the boat had turned around. A letter by Lady Duff-Gordon grumbling about the "disgraceful" treatment they received from the press and public upon their return to England sold at an auction in Boston earlier this year for nearly $12,000. "We do hope you have now quite recovered from the terrible experience," Francatelli wrote to Salomon. "I am afraid our nerves are still bad, as we had such trouble & anxiety added to our already awful experience by the very unjust inquiry when we arrived in London." It's estimated it will sell for $4,000 to $6,000. Lion Heart Autographs says the seller is the son of a man who was given the items by a direct descendent of one of the survivors of Lifeboat 1. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Ula Ilnytzky from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died. He was 76. In a statement, Craven's family said that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer. Craven helped reinvent the teen horror genre with 1984's "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The movie and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund) led to several sequels, as did his 1996 success, "Scream." "He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever," said Weinstein Co. co-chairman Bob Weinstein, whose Dimension Films produced "Scream." ''My brother (Harvey Weinstein) and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us." Besides his work in horror films, Craven also directed the 1999 drama "Music of the Heart," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination. But Craven's name will always be synonymous with horror. "Horror films don't create fear," Craven said. "They release it." Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 2, 1939, to a strictly Baptist family. Though he earned a Master's Degree in philosophy and writing from John Hopkins University and briefly taught as a college professor in Pennsylvania and New York, his start in movies was in pornography, where he worked under pseudonyms. Craven's feature debut under his own name was 1972's "The Last House on the Left," a horror film, inspired by Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring," about teenage girls abducted and taken into the woods. Made for just $87,000, the film, though graphic enough to be censored in many countries, was a hit. Roger Ebert said it was "about four times as good as you'd expect." "Nightmare on Elm Street," however, catapulted him to far greater renown in 1984. The Ohio-set film about teenagers (including a then unknown Johnny Depp) who are stalked in their dreams, which Craven wrote and directed, spawned a never-ending franchise that has carried on until, most recently, a 2010 remake. The concept, Craven said, came from his own youth in Cleveland — specifically an Elm Street cemetery and a homeless man that inspired Krueger's raged look. Along with John Carpenter's "Halloween," ''Nightmare on Elm Street" defined a horror tradition where helpless teenagers are preyed upon by knife-wielding, deformed killers in cruel morality tales; usually promiscuous girls were the first to go. "There is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can," Craven once said. "And the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage." The formula would work again for Craven with "Scream," albeit with an added layer of self-aware spoof. By 1996, the Craven-style slasher was a well-known type, even if it wasn't always made by him. (He had no involvement with many of the "Elm Street" sequels.) "Scream," written by Kevin Williamson and starring a cast including Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell, played off of the horror clich├ęs Craven helped create. It spawned three sequels, all of which Craven directed. Craven increasingly oversaw a cottage industry of horror branded with his name, including remakes of his 1977 film "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006) and "The House on the Left" (2009). Craven was also a published author (the 2000 novel "The Fountain Society") and an ardent bird conservationist, serving as a long-time member of the Audubon California Board of Directors. He recently penned a monthly column "Wes Craven's The Birds" for Martha's Vineyard Magazine. He was active up until his death. Craven had numerous television projects in development, including a new "Scream" series for MTV. He's an executive producer of the upcoming film "The Girl in the Photographs," which is to premiere in September the Toronto International Film Festival. Craven is survived by his wife, producer Iya Labunka, a son, a daughter and a stepdaughter. In 2010, he told The Los Angeles Times: "My goal is to die in my 90s on the set, say, 'That's a wrap,' after the last shot, fall over dead and have the grips go out and raise a beer to me." ___ Coyle reported from New York. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Daisy Nguyen and Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Another MTV VMAs, another controversial Miley Cyrus
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Another MTV VMAs, another controversial Miley Cyrus

Justin Bieber cried, Taylor Swift won most of the awards and Kanye West ranted onstage, but Miley Cyrus still owned the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The 22-year-old wild child flashed one of her breasts, wore outfits that showed most of her skin, traded words with Nicki Minaj and closed the show with a performance of a new song about marijuana. But it didn't end there: The singer came backstage with a lit joint and passed it around. "I've been doing this (expletive) for a while," she said. "Because you're all my friends, and my song is kinda, sorta about the love of marijuana and the love of humankind, I brought a little joint if anyone would like any. Anyone?" (It was not immediately known whether Cyrus has a license to use marijuana legally for medical purposes.) Cyrus also posed for photos clutching a moon man trophy and passed out avocadoes to photographers and reporters. "I didn't actually win one of these," she said of her trophy. "They just give it to you for free because you host, so that I just wanted to clarify." Sunday's show comes after Cyrus stole the night at the 2013 VMAs when she twerked on Robin Thicke, causing a frenzy. At last year's show, she won video of the year for "Wrecking Ball." But at the 2015 VMAs, Cyrus hit a more controversial stride when she revealed one of her breasts. "MTV isn't under the authority of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), so MTV would not be subject to any broadcast decency fines for that, but if I were a sponsor for the VMAs, I'd probably be pretty outraged," Melissa Henson, director of grassroots education and advocacy for the Parents Television Council, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press after the VMAs. "Especially since they labeled it as TV-14, so they're telling parents, 'OK, this is OK for your 14-year-old to watch.'" Henson added that she wasn't sure if Cyrus' breast reveal was "an accident or not, but it's pretty clear ... she was certainly walking that boundary of getting very close to showing most if not all of her breasts, most if not all of her crotch area" with her range of outfits. MTV said the clip will be removed from all future broadcasts. West admitted he "rolled up a little something" before rambling onstage after accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Swift. He covered a range of topics in nearly 13 minutes: He bashed MTV, apologized to Swift for taking her microphone in 2009 and claimed he would run for president in 2020. He also admitted, "I don't understand awards shows," and said he was upset that Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley lost album of the year to the Dixie Chicks at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Swift, who won video of the year for "Bad Blood," left the awards show drama-free. She was gracious as she handed West his award and stood close to Kim Kardashian as the rapper grew wordy onstage. She also joined Minaj during the rapper's opening set to sing "The Night Is Still Young" and "Bad Blood." They wore similar red outfits and finished with a hug. But Minaj had another bone to pick at the show — with Cyrus. Minaj called out the singer after winning best hip-hop video for "Anaconda": "And now back to this (expletive) that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what's good?" The cameras cut to Cyrus, who fired back with "we all know how they manipulate" words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in The New York Times. Then Cyrus told the audience about voting for the artist to watch category, which later was awarded to Fetty Wap. "I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it's no big deal. It's just an award and I persevered," she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj. In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her "pop star war" with Swift that began in July. "Congratulations Nicki," Cyrus ended. The VMAs, though heavily focused on antics and wild moments, had some memorable musical moments, too. Tori Kelly was a vocal powerhouse during her performance of "Should've Been Us," ending in a cappella to a rousing applause. The Weeknd's smoky performance of "Can't Feel My Face" was energetic and smooth, and even West, Swift and Selena Gomez got out of the chairs to dance to the upbeat track. And Demi Lovato brought a sexy vibe when she sang her anthemic "Cool for the Summer" outdoors with background dancers wearing bright colors that added to the song's summer-feel. Even Bieber's return to the big stage was favorable, and by the end of it he was emotional onstage and cried. And, surprisingly, Cyrus ended the night with music news: She announced the free release of her new album, "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz." ___ Online: http://vma.mtv.com ___ AP entertainment writer in Derrik Lang contributed to this report from Los Angeles. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mesfin Fekadu from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Miley Cyrus bares nipple on VMAs
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Miley Cyrus bares nipple on VMAs

Miley Cyrus' various costumes for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were for the most part nearly naked — and then she took it a step farther and flashed her nipple during a costume change. As the camera panned backstage, Cyrus failed to cover up and the broadcast quickly cut away to the crowd while she continued to talk. She then said, "What's happening? Oh, sorry." Throughout the show, she made drug references and sang about smoking marijuana during the final performance of the show. Mariana Agathoklis, a representative for MTV, said the shot would be removed from future broadcasts of the show. The Parents Television Council, an advocacy group, accused MTV of trying to create controversy. "It's become their stock and trade — how can we outrage parents today? Let's play up the youth rebellion angle and do things that kids are going to love and parents are going to get outraged by," said Melissa Henson, the PTC's director of grassroots education and advocacy. Cyrus has previously appeared on various shows wearing pasties, and her first outfit for Sunday's VMAs featured only suspenders as a top, leaving her breasts almost entirely visible other than a strip of covered skin. After the show, Cyrus came backstage to pose for photographs in a bubble gum pink ensemble. She arrived with a lit joint, and passed it around to photographers. "I've been doing this (expletive) for a while. Because you're all my friends, and my song is kinda, sorta about the love of marijuana and the love of humankind, I brought a little joint if anyone would like any. Anyone?" ____ AP entertainment writer Derrik J. Lang in Los Angeles and Mesfin Fekadu in New York contributed to this story. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Kristin M. Hall from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Kanye rants at VMAs, Miley Cyrus flashes breast
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Kanye rants at VMAs, Miley Cyrus flashes breast

Taylor Swift won video of the year, Miley Cyrus briefly flashed one of her breasts and Kanye West ranted at the MTV Video Music Awards. After Swift won the top prize for "Bad Blood," Cyrus was backstage speaking and hiding behind a curtain, but one of her breasts appeared onscreen before the camera cut away. MTV said the clip will be removed from all future broadcasts. Cyrus closed the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a performance, which started with the line: "Yeah, I spoke pot." She's not the only one: West, who said he got high before going onstage on Sunday, gave a rambling speech as he apologized to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009, admitting "I don't understand awards shows," bashing MTV, and claiming he would run for president in 2020. Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "This arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different setup, this stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone, but the affect that it had on people remained," West said of running onstage during Swift's speech at the 2009 VMAs. "The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn't know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing." It was just one of the dramatic moments at the awards show. Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper was being a poor sport about not receiving a nomination for video of the year. After collecting best hip-hop video for "Anaconda" on Sunday, Minaj told the audience: "And now back to this b---- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what's good?" Minaj's microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with "we all know how they manipulate" words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times. Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award. "I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it's no big deal. It's just an award and I persevered," she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj. She ended with: "Congratulations Nicki." In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her "pop star war" with Swift that began in July. On the show, however, that "war" appeared to be over, with Swift joining the rapper during her performance of the "The Night Is Still Young." Both in red, Swift performed some of her hit, "Bad Blood," and the two closed with a hug. The beef began in July when the nominations were announced and Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with "Anaconda," was not up for video of the year. She tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and said black female entertainers don't get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift, the top nominee with 10 nods, thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online, but later apologized. Swift's wins included best female video and pop video for "Blank Space" and video of the year for "Bad Blood." "I know there's been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I'm just happy that in 2015 we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers," she said onstage after winning the top prize. Justin Bieber returned to the big stage with slick dance moves to his hit "Where Are U Now" and new single, "What Do You Mean." He was emotional by the end of the performance and cried onstage. Tori Kelly was a vocal powerhouse during her performance of "Should've Been Us," ending in a cappella to a rousing applause. The Weeknd's smoky performance of "Can't Feel My Face" was energetic and smooth, and even West, Swift and Selena Gomez got out of the chairs to dance to the upbeat track. And Demi Lovato brought a sexy vibe when she sang her anthemic "Cool for the Summer" outdoors with background dancers wearing bright colors that added to the song's summer-feel. Cyrus hosted the VMAs two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for "Wrecking Ball." She took a selfie with people in the audience and asked them to yell: "Marijuana." "Ellen, you ain't got nothing on this," she said. Cyrus announced at the end of the show that her new album is available online for free. ___ Online: http://vma.mtv.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mesfin Fekadu from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Kanye for 2020? White House welcomes rapper's political bid
Monday Aug 31, 2015
Kanye for 2020? White House welcomes rapper's political bid

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president. West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he looks "forward to seeing what slogan (West) chooses to embroider on his campaign hat." Earnest was traveling to Alaska aboard Air Force One with President Barack Obama. This isn't the first time the outspoken rapper has dabbled in talk of politics. West is noted for criticism of President George W. Bush and the federal government's response after Hurricane Katrina. He has also compared the world's fascination with his wife, Kim Kardashian, to its interest in first lady Michelle Obama. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

MTV VMA memorable moments from Kanye to Miley
Monday Aug 31, 2015
MTV VMA memorable moments from Kanye to Miley

The MTV Video Music Awards are as much about the performances as the memorable moments. A few of the top moments in the 2015 VMAs: KANYE'S EPIC RANT Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his memorable music videos and live performances over the years, but it was his penchant for unscripted speeches that added to the anticipation. During a rambling speech, he said he got high before getting on stage, sort of apologized to Taylor Swift for interrupting her acceptance speech in 2009, explained how his daughter North West has changed him, ranted against MTV and announced that he planned to run for president in 2020. Ummmm, OK. WHERE'S THE BEEF? Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj exchanged tense tweets prior to the Sunday night's awards, but they teamed up for a showing-opening duet that ended with a hug. The genuine moment at the top of the show drove home the point that female friends were worth more than any trophy. But Nicki and Miley Cyrus aren't done yet. After winning best hip-hop video for "Anaconda," Minaj called out this year's host for criticizing her in a recent New York Times interview. Cyrus retorted that she lost a VMA in 2008 and she persevered. The only thing we knew for sure when the moment ended: Minaj also wins this year's award for throwing shade. BIEBER BREAKS DOWN Justin Bieber returned to the VMA stage with a high-flying performance of his new single, "What Do You Mean?" In a spoken word voiceover, the young singer talked about his journey and came swinging out of the rafters. After the performance, Bieber was overcome by emotion and fan reaction. MILEY'S FASHION MOMENTS For all the hype leading up to Cyrus' hosting gig, the foul-mouthed, nearly always close-to-naked singer did not disappoint those expecting her to both shock and amuse. Her wildly colorful outfits throughout the show ranged from see-through to barely covering her body. And then there was ... MILEY'S NIPPLE Enough said. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Kristin M. Hall from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.