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Billy Ray Cyrus Says Miley is a ‘Real Artist Now’

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Billy Ray Cyrus has jumped to the defense of his daughter Miley in his first TV sit down since her provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.

The Achy Breaky Heart singer pulled out of a planned interview with CNN newsman Piers Morgan in the days after Miley’s racy routine in New York hit the headlines and became a major talking point.

The pop star stripped to her underwear onstage at the Barclays Center and performed Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke while making suggestive facial and hand gestures and grinding her performance partner’s crotch.

Then, days later she debuted her video for new song Wrecking Ball, in which she rides a metal ball and chain while completely naked.

Miley’s dad honored his commitment to appear on news show Piers Morgan Tonight on Thursday, and told the host he’s proud of his daughter no matter how much she shocks.

He said, “She’s just Miley. She’s an artist, she’s real. I think that what’s happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound, she’s evolving as an artist herself… All of what everyone is calling controversy now, that’s still my Miley.”

And he urged viewers to step back and realize what the 20 year old has achieved since turning her back on her Disney character  Hannah Montana.

He added, “What a risk, just the fact that she went and cut her hair off – that was huge. She could have stayed Hannah Montana forever and made a great living doing that, but she’s more of an artist than that and she wanted to evolve and she had to take her time.

“She’s very very smart and she’s had all of this thought out in advance… Miley has been around a lot of the greats like Dolly who have (gone) through that continual process of reinvention. Miley’s smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of Hannah Montana, it really takes something extremely drastic, which, when you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate, but there’s no middle of the road for passion.

“She knows the charts, she set a path, she knew what she wanted to do. In today’s world, the shock factor is tremendously higher than it used to be.”

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Celeste Holm Dies at Age 95

Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm has died at the age of 95, days after suffering a heart attack.

The star was admitted to New York’s Roosevelt Hospital with dehydration earlier this month, but her health took a turn for the worse when she went into cardiac arrest while under doctors’ care.

She was discharged on Friday to continue her recovery at her Manhattan home, but she lost her fight for life on Sunday.

Her niece Amy Phillips tells CNN, “She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby.”

The Big Apple native began her career in theater and landed her first major Broadway role in a 1940 revival of The Time of Your Life, starring alongside a young Gene Kelly. She went on to captivate audiences with her performance as Ado Annie in a 1943 production of hit musical Oklahoma!.

Holm made a successful transition to Hollywood in the late 1940’s and won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress following the release of 1947 Gregory Peck drama, Gentleman’s Agreement. She landed further Academy Award nominations for Come to the Stable and All about Eve.

She co-starred with Frank Sinatra in comedy The Tender Trap in 1955 and the musical High Society, and starred in other films like Tom Sawyer and Three Men and a Baby. She also made guest appearances in TV series such as Columbo andFalcon Crest, and became known later on in her career for soap operas Loving and Promised Land.

Holm retired from Hollywood in 2009, five years after she wed her fifth husband, opera singer Frank Basile, who was 46 years her junior.

Kid Rock To Donate 1,200 Meals To Detroit Charities and Families in Need For The Holidays

Kid Rock announced today that he has purchased 1,200 $25 Meijer gift cards that he plans to distribute throughout the city of Detroit as a Christmas present to people in need in his hometown. The gift cards, which will be distributed through local radio stations in the area, will be good for redemption at any local Meijer store. The gift cards will become available starting today, Dec. 14th. This is becoming an annual tradition for Kid Rock. Last year around Thanksgiving, Kid Rock donated 1,000 meals in the same way, and since the reaction was so great he has upped the amount to 1,200 this year.

Kid Rock recently completed a high profile underplay tour of the U.S. where, in association with a powerhouse group of local Detroit business people, more than $375,000 was donated to local charities via his Kid Rock Foundation. Sunday night, Kid Rock performed a special rendition of his current single “Care” at CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute before heading up the road to Malibu, where he and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band performed for an intimate mix of fans and friends. This is not the last charitable act Kid Rock has up his sleeve; a major announcement is being planned for early next year which will once again focus on Detroit.

Larry King Wants To Be Frozen After Death

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Legendary CNN interviewer Larry King has revealed that he hopes to be cryogenically preserved after his death. Larry broke the news to a table of Hollywood A-listers during the network’s recent “CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings” event. While speaking with guests including Russell Brand, Seth MacFarlane, Tyra Banks and Conan O’Brien, King revealed: “I want to be frozen on the hope that they’ll find whatever I died of and bring me back.”

O’Brien was the first to respond to the comment, saying: “This is big news. You would like to be frozen? This is news to me.”

To which King replied: “It’s the only hedging of a bet.”