Oct 30 2013
Singer Chris Brown is heading to rehab.
A representative for the R&B star announced that Brown has decided to go to rehab a day after he was released from jail following his arrest for allegedly punching another man in Washington.
Brown remains on probation after his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna and could face jail time as a result of the arrest.
"Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility," a statement said. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said the singer checked in at an unspecified facility to be treated for anger issues.
"He just decided he wanted to take some time off and do some introspection," Mr Geragos said.
Brown and his bodyguard were arrested early on Sunday morning after an altercation at The W Hotel in Washington.
Brown was initially charged with felony assault after a man said Brown broke his nose with a punch when he tried to get a picture with the singer. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor on Monday and he was released from jail.
Mr Geragos has said the singer will be exonerated. He said Brown's decision to enter rehab is not an acknowledgement of wrongdoing in the Washington case.
Oct 30 2013
Stevie Wonder plans to release two albums next year, including some newly written songs, and he is working on a third.
The 63-year-old performer said that his first albums in eight years would be When The World Began and Ten Billion Hearts.
Wonder, who filed for divorce last year, said the new music was inspired by "family, change, growth, heartbreaks".
He is also hoping to fulfil a promise to his mother Lula, who died in 2006, by recording a gospel album in her memory.
First, though, Wonder will celebrate one of his most acclaimed albums. He will perform Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety for the first time on December 21.
The Los Angeles concert will benefit his House Full Of Toys charity.
Retired England football star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.
The former England captain who retired earlier this year after stints with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the MLS club L.A. Galaxy, had been considering several locations and toured Miami this summer, meeting with city and county leaders.
His MLS player contract included an option to create a new team for $25 million.
Beckham was still putting together a team of investors, the source said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Beckham's plans have yet to be officially announced.
His representatives are already looking at sites for a purpose-built football-only stadium, according to a well-placed source in Miami's business community.
"They have people looking real hard. They want to be in the urban core," the person said.
A fan group which has been campaigning for a team to come to the city welcomed the news. Julio Caballero, spokesman for the group, which calls itself MLS Miami Bid, posted "It's our time," on the group's Facebook page.
MLS confirmed it was in discussions with Beckham but declined to confirm if a deal had been struck.
"We are continuing our discussions with David Beckham regarding future ownership of an MLS expansion team," said Dan Courtemanche, a spokesman for MLS.
"Our policy regarding discussions with potential expansion team owners is that we keep those conversations private until the individuals we are speaking with decide they want to go public with their plans. Thus, it is more appropriate for David Beckham to comment on his plans."
Miami officials also reacted cautiously to the news. "We've not had any official notification that David Beckham has chosen ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Oct 30 2013
McFly star Tom Fletcher found an unusual way to announce he is to become a father - by carving a message in pumpkins and placing a video online.
The frontman and his wife Giovanna created a musical video which sees them slicing through the skin of the squashes to spell out: "We're having a baby."
The video is captioned: " Sometimes the best way to say something is with a pumpkin...and a song."
Tom - whose hits include Obviously and Five Colours In Her Hair - charmed guests at his wedding by delivering his speech to the accompaniment of the tunes from his songs.
And he shared the moment from his wedding last December by placing it on YouTube, where it has been seen more than 11 million times.
The couple's slick new home video sees them at their kitchen table, slicing and scooping out the flesh until they turn out the lights and spin the pumpkins around so viewers can read the message.
It ends with a scan of the baby - the couple's first - with a caption which reads "Arriving 2014".
Tom alerted fans with a message on Twitter which said: " Me and Mrs Fletcher have some rather exciting news to share with you."
He added: "Thank you very much for all the lovely messages. We couldn't hide it any longer...literally."
The corset and conical bra Madonna wore for her 1990 world tour will go on display at London's Barbican Centre next year as part of an eclectic 2014 season.
The lingerie will be in an exhibition of designs by Jean-Paul Gaultier, who created them for Madonna's "Blond Ambition" tour as well as stagewear for Kylie Minogue and costumes for the films of Pedro Almodovar and Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element".
The Barbican lineup will also include a look at the impact of digital technology on the arts and culture, a play based on a book by Colm Toibin and the venue's more traditional fare of symphony concerts, recitals and film.
Visitors to the famous brutalist-architecture arts-cum-housing complex in northeast London for the first time topped one million for the 2012-2013 season, Barbican managing director Nicholas Kenyon said at a news conference on Tuesday.
He acknowledged it would be hard to beat that, but the varied offerings next year look like a serious bid to do so.
The Gaultier exhibition, which opens in April, will be supplemented by the designer's personal selection of films he says have influenced him, ranging from Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" to Elia Kazan's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire".
In July, the Barbican will open "Digital Revolution: An Immersive Exhibition of Art, Design, Film, Music and Video Games" which Louise Jeffreys, director of arts, said "will be the most comprehensive cross-arts presentation of digital creativity ever to be staged in the UK".
The exhibition will include two purpose-built displays, one of which is an installation of "laser sculptures" by two artists who call themselves Umbrellium.
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The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season.
AMC announced that the zombie drama - starring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - will return, with Scott Gimple continuing as showrunner.
"We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever. The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season," said AMC president Charlie Collier on Tuesday (October 29).
"This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast.
"Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently - and most notably - with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.
"On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here's to more Dead."
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9/8c on AMC, and is broadcast on Fridays on FOX in the UK.
A spinoff companion series to The Walking Dead has been commissioned and will debut in 2015.
Oct 30 2013
Emile Hirsch will star in an upcoming biopic of John Belushi.
The actor has signed on for the lead role in Steve Conrad's untitled film, reports Variety.
The movie will centre around the high points in the late actor's career, including The Blues Brothers, Animal House and Saturday Night Live.
Belushi died in the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles at the age of 33 following a drug overdose.
The film will be based on Belushi, the book written by the actor's wife Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.
Belushi Pisano will also serve as a producer on the project.
Hirsch will next be seen in the Bonnie and Clyde TV miniseries, The Motel Life and Peter Berg's Lone Survivor.
Oct 30 2013
ABC has apologised for a controversial joke on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
A segment on the late-night chat show featured a child joking about killing Chinese people in order to erase US debt.
The unscripted remark formed part of a skit in which children commented about the latest news events, while making fun of 'childish' politicians.
The apology arrived after receiving a complaint from a group named 80-20, which describes itself as a pan-Asian-American political organisation.
ABC stated that the network would never attempt to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities on purpose. All future airings of the episode will remove the joke, the network added.
"We offer our sincere apology," said the statement. "We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large.
"Our objective is to entertain. We took swift action to minimise the distribution of the skit by removing it from all public platforms available to us and editing it out of any future airings of the show. We hope our actions and our apology effectively address your concerns. Thank you for bringing this to our attention."
Several protesters recently marched by the ABC headquarters in San Francisco. Leader Carl Chan said: "We have a sense of humour, but not at the expense of killing all Chinese.
"Today's hate speech becomes tomorrow's hate crime."
Kings of Leon and Icona Pop will perform at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards.
The acts will take to Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome stage for the ceremony on November 10.
For Kings of Leon, it will be their second time performing at the show, as they promote new album Mechanical Bull.
Swedish duo Icona Pop has three EMA nominations. Their single 'I Love It (I Don't Care)' topped the UK charts back in June.
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto will present the ceremony with Rita Ora and singer-songwriter Bridgit Mendler.
Justin Timberlake and rapper Macklemore lead the EMA nominations with five nods each.
It was previously confirmed that Robin Thicke and Snoop Dogg will be performing at the show.
The MTV Europe Music Awards will air live from 9pm (CET) on Sunday, November 10.
The Jonas Brothers have announced their split.
The pop-rock act - comprising of siblings Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas - recently cancelled their North American tour due to a "deep rift within the band".
"It's over for now," Kevin Jonas told People.
"It's really hard to say 'forever'," Nick added. "We're closing a chapter, for sure."
Joe concluded: "It was a unanimous decision."
The decision came on October 3, after the band met to discuss their future together as a music trio.
"I was feeling kind of trapped," Nick Jonas admitted. "I needed to share my heart with my brothers."
The Jonas Brothers entered music with their 2006 debut It's About Time, before they rose to international fame after signing to Disney's Hollywood Records for their second collection Jonas Brothers.
They have sold over 20 million records worldwide since their formation, as well as starring in a string of Disney Channel movies.