Tuesday Sep 1, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is returning to NBC. Not to his old show, "The Celebrity Apprentice," but to "The Tonight Show," where he'll be a guest on Sept. 11. Currently leading the Republican field in the 2016 presidential race, Trump will sit down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss his campaign and other issues, NBC announced Tuesday. Terrence Howard and Pharrell Williams will also be guests that night. Other scheduled guests next week (countering premiere week for CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert") are: Sept. 8: Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson and Keith Urban. Sept. 9: Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Sept. 10: Andy Samberg and Carrie Underwood. 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.
The UK's "The X Factor" saw the lowest audience ratings for a season launch since 2006, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Despite the additions of British singer Rita Ora and TV/radio presenter Nick Grimshaw as judges, the show brought in 7.7 million viewers compared to last season's 9.5 million viewers. The program's best year was in 2011, when it saw 11.3 million people tuning in at the season debut, just up from 11.1 million in 2010. After a lull in 2012, the show's audience ratings slowly climbed in 2013, until last year's season launch got an extra boost when show creator Simon Cowell was brought back. Joining Ora and Grimshaw as judges will be Caroline Flack and Olly Murs. The US version of "The X Factor" was canceled by Fox last year. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
The teaser for the latest version of the Destiny video game is available for viewing online."Destiny: The Taken King" looks to expand on previous versions, incorporating the base game "Destiny" as well as two previous add-ons for retail editions. This third expansion for the game features new character sub-classes, more emphasis on plot and new weapons, among other additions. The expansion -- coming out September 15 and available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 -- can be purchased via PlayStation and Xbox stores. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTvf2cAIUtk Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
The Steven Spielberg-produced TV series "Under the Dome" has been canceled and will wrap up with its third season, which is soon to come to an end.Variety reports that the series, which is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, will take its final bow when the season finale airs on September 10.That episode is expected to answer many questions about the dome and its power."Under the Dome" premiered in 2013 to high summer ratings but has since seen its audience decline, although Nielsen reports that it remains one of this summer's best-rated scripted shows.All three seasons will continue to stream on Amazon Prime Video after the show's finale, says Variety. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
The "Coach" reboot, set to hit NBC screens, has been axed, according to Deadline.The network, which had ordered 13-episodes of the show in April, has decided to cut the project reportedly due to creative differences between NBC and producers. Only the pilot episode had thus far been filmed. Craig T. Nelson, the show's original star, was set to feature in the "Coach" reboot, which was written by series creator Barry Kemp. It would place the now-retired Coach Fox 18 years after the sitcom went off the air. Universal TV is rumored to be shopping the show in other directions. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
Eddie Redmayne plays the transgender artist Lili Elbe in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," whose first trailer has just been released.Lili Elbe, born Einar Wegener, is the first person to have undergone a sex-change operation. Redmayne stars in the role alongside Alicia Vikander, who plays Elbe's wife, Gerda."The Danish Girl" will get its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and wil also be shown at the Toronto Film Festival before releasing on November 27 in the US.Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAVj7WQfMaI Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
LONDON (AP) — Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and Maggie Smith are among the British stars to attend this year's London Film Festival. Among the highlights to be screened during the Oct. 7-18 festival are "Trumbo," starring Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted for being an alleged Communist sympathizer, and mobster drama "Black Mass," starring Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp. Other headlining films announced Tuesday include "The Lady in the Van," which stars Smith as an elderly woman who lived in a battered car for over a decade, and "Carol," a 1950s drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The festival will open with the European premiere of historical drama "Suffragette," starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. The biopic "Steve Jobs," starring Michael Fassbender, will close the festival. 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.
Apple is reportedly working on producing its own original entertainment content, reports Variety.According to the publication, the company will begin hiring for development and production in the coming months, with plans to roll out services next year. The content would be in competition with streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Strengthening rumors, Apple is said to have made a bid to snag three former hosts of "Top Gear" after they left the BBC series. Amazon eventually grabbed Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. Apple has thus far declined to comment on any future original movie or TV programming. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine for a moment the peculiar experience of finding yourself in the Arabian desert, telling C3PO what to do. Such was the case for J.J. Abrams, who — despite his own trepidation — stepped into George Lucas' space opera with the monumental task of meeting the Death Star-sized expectations that await "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." For the 49-year-old Abrams, who grew up a "Star Wars" fan, part of the challenge was coming face to face with a fantasy world he knew and loved. "That was a constant in the production of the movie: moments where we would all look around and realize what we were doing and gasp a little bit and then dive back in," Abrams said in a recent interview before ducking back into editing. "When you're on the set of the Millennium Falcon or staring into the eyes of C3PO giving direction, it's pretty easy to have that fanatic part of you bubble up. But our job was to be there to tell this story, not to be a fanboy." Thanks to those fanboys and girls (many of whom are now men and women), there's no more anticipated movie this fall than "The Force Awakens" (due out Dec. 18). The rollout began months ago, whetting the rabid appetites of "Star Wars" fans with an IV drip of footage, still pictures and trailers. Enthusiasm, which might have waned after the disappointment of the last trilogy, is again reaching lightspeed, thanks to promising new elements (like the rolling droid BB-8), the return of original cast members and Abrams, himself, already the trusted hero of another galaxy: "Star Trek." Abrams is the New Hope of a franchise (now a Walt Disney Co. property) already preparing to fire out a meteor storm of sequels and spinoffs. Billions are at stake, but the Force, they say, is strong. "Star Wars" Episode Seven is expected to surpass $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend alone. It almost wasn't to be. Intending to focus on original material, Abrams initially balked at inheriting "Star Wars," but was persuaded by producer Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "She and I were talking about what this world would be, this universe, nearly 40 years after Episode Six and the idea that these characters would have lived on. And yet there would have been this new generation that may not know at all who these characters were, or had heard of them but not necessarily believed that they were real," says Abrams. "It felt like such fertile ground." That means a mix of familiar, if now older, faces (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca) and new ones (among them Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Max von Sydow) that will tether "The Force Awakens" to the original films. It was made with extreme secrecy, always under the threat of leaks, and under the watchful eyes of "Star Wars" devotees. Fans have dissected every frame, analyzing everything from the physics of a briefly glimpsed lightsaber to the interior design of a TIE fighter. Working in the midst of that extreme passion, Abrams says, was more incentive than pressure cooker. "It is on the one hand incredibly and understandably stressful because you've got the anticipation and expectation that comes with this world that George created," he says. "And on the other hand, it's something that I would never complain about or look at as a negative because it is excitement and anticipation and passion for this world that got me excited not just to be involved with this movie but be involved with moviemaking." The Force is a mystical, invisible power, but the stuff of "Star Wars" — the matter of its galaxy — is tactile: the melancholy horizon of Tatooine; the lush forest of the Ewok planet Endor; the spilled innards of a Tauntuan. These are the tangible qualities that lent Lucas' films an exotic, hand-crafted realism. Realizing this, Abrams endeavored to marry modern CGI tools with old-school effects and real sets. That strategy, he says, paid off in capturing the spirit of "Star Wars." "I can't think of something that we did that doesn't look and feel more authentic that I wish we had done differently," says Abrams. "Wherever possible, whenever possible, we tried to do things as much in camera as we could. And that meant that a lot of artists on that side of things were building things not with pixels but with wood and paint and foam and actually constructing sets that we could have done in post. It gave the actors the actual location, the actual sunlight or stage light something to bounce off of, and the movie a feeling of being in an actual location and not an artificial one." Though that meant some hot days in the Abu Dhabi sun and the occasional studio set difficulties (production was shut down when a hydraulic door fell on Ford, fracturing his leg), it was worth it to Abrams. "It was really nice to not have to also worry about: Will that ship look good on camera? Because we actually had it. We were actually filming it," he says. Such an approach was a way to keep the fantasy grounded, and it typifies the entire production: a melding of new and old, fantastical and authentic. Yet as much as Abrams tried to keep his inner fanboy at bay, he did grant one "marvel": seeing Fisher, Hamill and Ford slide back into their iconic characters. "What was incredible from my point of view was how apparently easily they flipped back into these roles," says Abrams. "I knew for a fact, for example, that Harrison Ford was going to be in this movie, but I couldn't be certain that Han Solo would be. Meaning, I hadn't seen Han Solo return after nearly 40 years, either. And it wasn't until we got on set that I got my answer. It was a remarkable thing to see how effortlessly Harrison Ford became Han Solo again." ___ 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.
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.
VENICE, Italy (AP) — It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner - the feast of fall film festivals. The 72nd Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, followed later in September by movie extravaganzas in Toronto, Telluride and New York. As well as celebrating the best of global cinema, the festivals battle one another to snag the biggest stars and hottest awards prospects. Venice, the oldest and stateliest of the bunch, brings 11 days of red carpets, flashbulbs, parties and premieres to the canal-crossed Italian city. Here are five highlights, trends and themes to look out for: ___ HIGH-ALTITUDE OPENER Venice's opening slot has developed a formidable hit-making reputation. In 2013, it sent the space saga "Gravity" into orbit, and on to seven Academy Awards. Last year's opener, the midlife crisis comedy "Birdman," scooped up four Oscars, including best picture, and revived Michael Keaton's career. This year's festival opens with Baltasar Kormakur's thriller "Everest," which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Jason Clarke in the fact-based story of peril on the world's highest peak. Producers' hopes are as high as a Himalayan summit. Festival director Alberto Barbera said Tuesday that the opening film had to strike a balance between artistry and audience-pleasing. "We need to find a film which is at the same time spectacular, with a lot of emotion (and) good characters the audience can relate to," he said. "So it's not easy. "I think 'Everest' is more or less in the same vein as the previous two." ___ HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHTS Some of Hollywood's biggest names will be walking the red carpet on Venice's Lido island - and hoping it's a rehearsal for Oscar night. Among potential prize contenders are Johnny Depp, all but unrecognizable as a Boston mobster in Scott Cooper's "Black Mass;" Eddie Redmayne transformed into a transgender woman in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl;" and Idris Elba as an African warlord in Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation." The combination of Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes could make waves in Luca Guadagnino's drama "A Bigger Splash," while Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult find love in a dangerous time in Drake Doremus' futuristic feature "Equals." And last year's Venice hero, Keaten, returns alongside Mark Ruffalo and Stanley Tucci in Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," about Boston Globe journalists investigating sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. ___ GLOBAL GIANTS Venice is offering up meaty fare from heavyweight global auteurs among the 21 films that Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and his jury will consider for the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion. Israel's Amos Gitai depicts the traumatic 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in "Rabin, The Last Day," while Russia's Aleksandr Sokurov - a previous Golden Lion winner - tells the story of the Louvre museum - and of Europe - in "Francofonia" and Italy's Marco Bellocchio bites into the vampire-themed "Blood of My Blood." Among the quirkier-sounding offerings are Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's animated feature "Anomalisa" and musician Laurie Anderson's canine-themed feature debut "Heart of a Dog." ___ REAL-LIFE DRAMA Tragic and transformative real-life events loom large in the festival's strong slate of documentaries. Zhao Liang's Golden Lion contender "Behemoth" shows giant mines gouging the Chinese steppe, while Evgeny Afineevsky's "Winter On Fire" charts the mass demonstrations that toppled Ukraine's government in 2014. Amy Berg's "Janis" traces the short, sensational life of singer Janis Joplin, while aerial-photography master Yann Arthus-Bertrand celebrates humanity in the kaleidoscopic "Human," which has premieres in Venice and at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 12. ___ CINEMA CONTROVERSY No festival would be complete without a soul-searching debate over the future of cinema. This year's comes courtesy of streaming service Netflix, which is moving into fiction films with "Beasts of No Nation." Netflix plans to release the African child-soldier drama simultaneously on-demand and in cinemas in October, a development that has alarmed distributors and movie theater owners. Barbera is philosophical. "We cannot avoid that the Internet and the new digital platforms are there, and they are competitors with the traditional theatrical circuit," he said. "It doesn't make any sense trying just to fight this trend. We have to find a way to collaborate." ___ Online: http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/ Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless ___ This story has corrected the name of the festival director to Alberto, not Alberta. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jill Lawless from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
NEW YORK (AP) — Though the fall movie season is traditionally the time of year when Hollywood gets serious, this fall is stuffed with spectacles. Alongside the seasonal biopics, true-life tales and period dramas that will surely contend for Oscars, some of the biggest franchises around are set to add a whiff of popcorn to awards season. James Bond returns in "Spectre" (Nov. 6), "The Hunger Games" comes to a close with "Mockingjay, Part 2" (Nov. 20) and a little movie called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" lands Dec. 18. Here's a monthly rundown of a few highlights to the upcoming movie season: SEPTEMBER "Sicario" (Sept. 18) — Emily Blunt stars in Denis Villeneuve's grim and muscular drug war thriller on the U.S.-Mexican border. "Black Mass" (Sept. 18) — Johnny Depp takes on the role of Whitey Bulger, the Boston mobster who inspired Jack Nicholson's gangster in "The Departed," in an engrossing true-life crime story. "The Walk" (Sept. 30) — The French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, whose walk between the Twin Towers in 1974 inspired the 2008 documentary "Man on Wire," gets Robert Zemeckis' 3-D treatment, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring. OCTOBER "Steve Jobs" (Oct. 9) — Danny Boyle directs Aaron Sorkin's script of the Apple co-founder, played by Michael Fassbender. "Truth" (Oct. 16) — A starry cast of Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford dive back into the CBS News scandal over the network's report on President George W. Bush's Vietnam service. "Bridge of Spies" (Oct. 16) — Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite for their fourth film together in a Cold War spy thriller about the negotiated release of a U.S. pilot shot down in the Soviet Union. NOVEMBER "Spotlight" (Nov. 6) — Thomas McCarthy dramatizes the reporting of the Boston Globe's "Spotlight" investigative reporting team and their Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Catholic sex abuse scandal. "By the Sea" (Nov. 13) — Angelina Jolie Pitt stars with husband Brad Pitt in her third directorial effort, a marital drama set in 1970s France. "The Good Dinosaur" (Nov. 25) — Pixar returns with its second film of the year, a dino-and-boy tale that imagines Earth had the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs never struck. DECEMBER "Joy" (Dec. 25) — David O. Russell's latest is a family drama across generations that reteams him with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. "The Hateful Eight" (Dec. 25) — Quentin Tarantino initially bagged this wintery Western after his script leaked online. He eventually capitulated and will release the movie first only in theaters projecting it in 70mm film. "The Revenant" (Dec. 25) — A year after his Oscar triumph, Alejandro G. Inarritu is back with this gritty frontier Western starring Leonardo DiCaprio. 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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna says she's thrilled to have had a decade-long career in music and she plans on celebrating the feat at some point this year. "Definitely a very big deal for me. You know, I can't believe it's 10 years already, but we definitely have to celebrate this year," the singer said during an interview Monday. "There are a few things I have in mind, so you'll have wait on that, but don't think I'm forgetting because this means a lot to me that I made it to 10 years." Rihanna released her debut album, "Music of the Sun," in 2005. The 27-year-old has released seven albums, launched multiple Top 10 hits and won eight Grammy Awards. This year she's dropped three singles, including the Top 5 hit "FourFiveSeconds," and says she's busy working on her eighth album. "New album is going really, really great. We have recorded a lot of songs and I can't wait to finish and put it out. That's my next step," she said. Rihanna made the comments at Macy's in downtown Brooklyn at the launch of her new fragrance called Ri Ri. Feverish fans screamed inside the packed store, singing her lyrics to past hits and dancing wildly as one of her songs blasted from from speakers. "I know I made a great decision coming to Brooklyn because Brooklyn fans are on another level," she said. "They are full of energy and they're loud and I like that. They're going to turn up in here today." The singer said Ri Ri is the first of a new trilogy of fragrances. She's had more than a half dozen other fragrances in the past. "I intentionally wanted to do something fun, something that made you feel young, flirty, you know, cute," she said with a smile. "It's like a brand new pair of shoes." ____ Online: http://www.rihannanow.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.
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' 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.