Month: November 2013

Russell Brand Compares Rupert Murdoch to Hitler

Russell Brand has launched a bitter attack on Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch by comparing him to Adolf Hitler in an controversial online rant.

The British comedian, who is dating socialite Jemima Khan, was left fuming after editors at one of Murdoch’s British tabloids printed an interview with model Sophie Coady, who alleged she enjoyed a fling with Brand earlier this year.

Brand is adamant that suggestions he slept with Coady behind his girlfriend’s back are untrue, and he has now published a lengthy rant on in which he compares News International boss Rupert Murdoch to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star writes, “In the general scheme of things… it might not seem like a big deal. That’s because it isn’t to anyone, except me or my girlfriend. The pain, disruption and distress… (this caused me) is a pale liver-spot on the back of Murdoch’s glabrous claw… Rupert Murdoch, an animatronic al-Qaida recruitment poster… referred consistently to his pride in (his newspaper) the Sun as ‘a trusted news source’. Trusted is the word he used, not trustworthy… He uses the word ‘trusted’ deliberately. Hitler was trusted, it transpired he was not trustworthy…”

He adds, “(Murdoch’s newspaper) loves me when I’m a prattling, giggling, Essex boy ‘Sh**ger of the Year’, when I’m in my proper place, beneath vacuous headlines… But if I use my glistening podium, to talk to the people I grew up with, or signed on with or used drugs with, vulnerable, overlooked, undeserved, ordinary people, people that can’t sue them as I am, then out come the fangs.”

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Taylor Swift Thinks Prince William is "Awesome"

Taylor Swift was among the celebrities who jetted to Kensington Palace Tuesday night to partake in the evening’s Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint.

The 23-year-old star was due to perform at the event, but she didn’t miss her chance to chat up Prince William before she was due on stage.

“Awesome!” she reportedly said after meeting the prince. “He was very funny. I was really happy he was funny.”

Jon Bon Jovi was also schedule to perform at the reception for over 200 major donors.

Centrepoint is a homeless youth charity that Prince William took on after his mother Princess Diana died in 1997.

Other celebrity guests at the gala included Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Dockery.

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TMZ: Paul Walker, Second Person, Die in Fiery Car Crash

U.S. actor Paul Walker, star of “The Fast and the Furious” movies, and a second person died Saturday when Walker’s Porsche crashed and burned, TMZ reported.

The entertainment news website said the single-car accident happened in Santa Clarita, Calif. TMZ said sources connected to Walker said the 40-year-old actor was in the sports car when the driver lost control and slammed into a post or a tree and caught fire.

It wasn’t clear who was driving or how the accident happened, TMZ said. The name of the second occupant also was not known.

TMZ said its sources said Walker was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort and was taking friends for rides in his new Porsche GT.

A spokesman for Walker confirmed the actor was leaving the charity event when the accident occurred, TMZ said.

Walker also appeared in “Varsity Blues,” “Eight Below,” “Into the Blue,” “She’s All That” and “Takers.” His television credits included the National Geographic Channel’s “Expedition Great White” series.

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Ariana Grande leads Thanksgiving Day Parade; Stars Tweets Messages

Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning (28.11.13).

The 20-year-old star sung ‘Last Christmas’ from her float while clad in a thick coat and large earmuffs to try and keep warm in New York City.

She tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgivinggg my loves…Wishing you a beautiful holiday with your families and loved ones. I am so thankful for you. (sic)”

Elsewhere in the parade, talk show host Jimmy Fallon joined the ‘Sesame Street’ float with Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, and Big Bird, who all sang ‘Somebody Come and Play’.

Jimmy had earlier joked on Twitter: ”I’m on the ‘Sesame Street’ float in the parade … But it’ll be awkward when Big Bird asks, ‘What’re you having for dinner?’ ”

Meanwhile on the other side of the US, sitcom star Neil Patrick Harris and Disney star Bella Thorne did their bit to give back last night (27.11.13) by joining hundreds of other volunteers to help to feed Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless at Los Angeles’ LA Mission.

Neil – who was working in the kitchen – tweeted: ”Prepping the turkey for @TheLAMission ‘s annual thanksgiving meal. A wonderful organization. #thankful.

”Super grateful to @MVoltaggio and all the other amazing chefs for lending their time and brawn. I was honored to be included. (sic)”

Bella was joined by her boyfriend, Tristan Klier, and helped to give out meals to the homeless.

Many more celebrities took to social media to send out their best wishes to all.

Lady Gaga tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgiving little turkey+tofurkey monsters, I love you with all my heart and thought all day about how grateful I am to be a performer in this life, writing you songs and singing to you year after year! #thankful4monsters (sic)”

Country star Carrie Underwood wrote: ”I have much to be thankful for…Family,friends and fans! Hope you all have a blessed day. Lots of love from me to you! #HappyThanksgiving.(sic)”

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Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, and Robin Thicke Confirmed to Perform on "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014"

Ryan Seacrest hosts the year’s biggest celebration at the crossroads of the world in Times Square with Jenny McCarthy (ABC’s “The View”), while Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas will return to host the west coast party on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. West Coast performances feature Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, and Robin Thicke. More artists to be announced at a later date, for both east and west coast parties.

“As the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve legacy continues, it is an honor to be a part of the largest celebration of the year,” said Fergie. “I am excited to share the stage with so many global stars.”

The bi-coastal celebration will include hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City.

Here is the complete NYRE rundown for the evening:

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music” — Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host a fascinating two-hour countdown of the 30 greatest female artists in music, through clips and interviews from the archives of dick clark productions. (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014” –Ryan Seacrest spotlights some of the year’s hottest artists, groups and songs. Fergie hosts the Los Angeles party, and Jenny McCarthy is live with all the festivities in Times Square. (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014, Parts 1 & 2” — Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year’s hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York. (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. – 1:08 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:08 – 2:12 a.m., ET)

Bruce Springsteen’s "Born To Run" Manuscript Up For Sale

A handwritten manuscript of New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen‘s classic song, “Born to Run,” is to hit the auction block next week, Sotheby’s said.

“Written entirely in Springsteen’s hand, this early version charts the beginnings of the 1975 hit that
catapulted The Boss to mega-stardom. The manuscript is estimated to fetch $70,000 to $100,000 and is on public view from Nov. 30,” the auction said in a news release Wednesday.

The sale is to take place Dec. 5 in New York.The seller of the lyrics was not mentioned.

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The Making of The Life-Size Lady Gaga Doll-Video

Lady Gaga  has been turned into a life-size robot – manufacturers in Japan have created high-tech dolls of the singer featuring tracks from her new album ARTPOP.
The Applause hitmaker is in the country to promote the release of her latest record, and on Wednesday (Nov.27) she came face to face with robots which were eerily made in her likeness.
Gaga posted a photo of herself sitting in between two identical dolls, along with the caption, “Who needs Barbie when you can own your own life size pop star that sings to you.”
According to the Gaga Doll website, music from Artpop blasts through a speaker hidden in the mannequins.

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Singer/Songwriter Marsha Jewell Nominated For 6 Independent Music Network Awards

Singer/Songwriter Marsha Jewell has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving in more ways than one. Not only did the popular and talented artist earn six Independent Music Network Award nominations this week, but she also hit the top of the charts on both IMN’s Mainstream and Country charts with her current single, “You This is the sixth # 1 single for Jewell, marking every single released since her debut in 2010, a # 1 song.

Her Independent Music Network nominations include:

*Favorite Mainstream Single– “You”
*Favorite Female Mainstream Artist
*Favorite Impact Artist
*Favorite Country Single “Ragged Angel”
*Favorite Female Country Artist
*Favorite Crossover Artist of the Year

“Marsha Jewell rocked radio in 2010 and never lookedback stated Gary Hendrix, head of the Independent Music Network, the leadingnetwork for Indie artists and bands. “It started with a beautiful song called “I’m Still in Love With You,” and she won IMN’s Best Female Artist of the Year Award. Then came her next two # 1’s, “ Waterfall” and “Nothing She once again walked away with IMN’s Best Female Artist of the Year. 2012 saw Jewell impact Country radio and the charts with “Country Cowboy” which earned her the 2012 Crossover Artist of the Year and Impact Artist of the Year Awards. Plus, she hit # 1 on Mainstream with that song as well. So, here we are in 2013 Award season and Marsha Jewell is nominated for six awards at the same time her single, “You hits # 1 on both our charts. To say Marsha Jewell is a hit making artist is a true statement and it is also true that there is much more to come from this talented singer/songwriter who we are proud to feature each month on our syndicated radio shows. Congratulations Miss Jewell!

Besides the IMN Awards, Jewell walked away with the 2013 Breakthrough Artist of the Year from New Music Weekly, and she will no doubt earn more from NMW this year when they announce their nominations. Her fifth single, “Ragged Angel,” hit # 1 and dominated the charts for months in 2013. In August, her sixth song, “You was released and is now another # 1.

“The single ‘You’ has recently earned the # 1 spot on our Hot AC Indie Chart as well as on the Western Regional chart commented Masika Swain, Senior Associate Editor at New Music Weekly. “I am happy about the IMN nominations for her and I look for Marsha to have NMW ones as well. She is a talented artist who delivers music that comes from the heart. That is a winning combination as her string of # 1 hits prove.