August 30th, 2014

Vegas Banks on Britney Spears Factor to Attract Younger Acts


“If you build it, they will come” has always been a fairly safe operating principle in Las Vegas, at least as far as the gambling, partying masses are concerned. Whether it’s a safe bet for attracting marquee name pop stars to desert residencies, however, is something that Caesars Entertainment Corp. is about to find out.

Last winter, the Caesars-owned Planet Hollywood opened a permanent residency space for Britney Spears, rebuilding the Axis Theater into a 4,600-seat venue that functions as a hybrid performance venue and nightclub, with state-of-the-art production facilities and a bottle service-style customer experience designed by nightlife entrepreneur Victor Drai. The initial results were immensely promising: The star sold out every night of her “Britney: Piece of Me” run, with dates scheduled all the way through spring 2015.

This represents a major turnaround for a theater that, per Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph, was something of a “white elephant … a 7,000-seat arena that was booked for maybe 10 shows a year” prior to Spears’ arrival. Yet Spears only performs three nights a week, with weeks-long breaks programmed into her schedule. So the question of how to exploit the $20 million theater — and in doing so, use Spears’ residency as a proof of concept to attract a new breed of acts — remains a pressing one.

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Mary-Kate, Ashley, Swagger

Mary-Kate Olsen rides her horse, Swagger, while competing in the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Thursday (August 28) in New York City.

While relaxing on the sidelines, MK showed off her large engagement ring from fiance Olivier Sarkozy.

Ashley is also in the Hamptons this week and they have been spotted roaming around town on several occasions over the last few days.

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The 'This Is Where I Leave You' Trailer: Ranking that Starry Cast

The trailer for This Is Where I Leave You finally hit Youtube on Wednesday morning, and with a packed cast, the fight for meaningful screen time inside two minutes would obviously be brutal. Somehow the trailer would have to sum up the plot, introduce the main characters, and convince us that it's worth seeing. Which, frankly, is a pretty tall order. Thankfully, This Is Where I Leave You succeeds and seems like a charming little dark comedy worthy of your time come its September 12 release date. Here's who came out on top.

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Brandon Flowers' Ariel Rechtshaid-Produced Album Coming in 2015

Brandon Flowers of The Killers has confirmed that he plans to release a new solo album in 2015. The frontman released his first solo record, 'Flamingo', in 2010 and is currently working with Sky Ferreira and Kylie Minogue producer Ariel Rechtshaid on its follow-up.

Speaking to NME, Flowers said: "The record's not done yet, but I'm excited about it... I'm liking it." He also admits that the album is less influenced by his hometown of Las Vegas than 'Flamingo' was. "People are going to interpret it how they will, but there's only a little bit of Vegas in there."

Meanwhile, on the subject of Rechtshaid, the frontman admits that their different ways of working have led to the pair butting heads. "He's taking me out of my comfort zone. Normally I make demos and they're pretty similar to how the song ends up. but he'll take a song and be like, 'I hear this'. It's incredible – his palette and his range, what he's able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we're hitting it off."

The Killers released greatest hits album 'Direct Hits' in 2013. However, fans can rest assured that Flowers has no plans to end things with the band, saying: "I wanna keep being in this band. I don't think we'll get too morbid about it, I think we wanna keep going."

Earlier this month The Killers headlined V Festival in Stafford and Chelmsford – with the band covering Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' while drummer Ronnie Vannucci performed an interpretive dance.

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David is banned from contacting the Mother Teresa of Pop

Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend David Lucado is desperate to have at least one last convo with her -- but Brit's entire team, led by big daddy Jamie Spears, is blocking him from contacting her ... TMZ has learned.

David is telling friends he and Britney were not "100% together" a few weeks ago when he was videotaped dancing and making out with a girl -- and he wants to explain himself, but he's running into a brick wall in the form of Team Brit.

Britney's camp tells us David won't be getting through because he's persona non grata at her show in Las Vegas, at her home in Thousand Oaks, CA ... and his phone number's been blocked.

We're told David never heard about the break up directly from Britney ... and he wants to have that talk, just in case he still has a slim shot. Our Spears sources say that's exactly why he's getting shut out.


Michael Sam cut by Rams

The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced.

Sam's efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have until noon ET on Sunday to put in a claim for Sam. If he goes unclaimed, he will be free to sign with a practice squad.

According to one league source, the Rams would like to bring Sam back to their 10-man practice squad.

"There will be no challenge, no challenges whatsoever," for whatever team picks up Sam, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at a news conference.

"There's no challenge with respect to Mike Sam," Fisher said. "He's not about drawing attention to himself. He kept his head down and worked and you can't ask anything more out of any player for that matter."


Well, at least he sacked Johnny Manziel, which was worth a roster spot alone. Maybe Sam should play QB, 'cause Lord knows the Rams need one.
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Mariah Carey's Interview with Turkey's First Gay Magazine's First Issue!

Since she released her first studio album "Vision of Love" in 1990, Mariah Carey has been one of the most popular singers in the world thanks to her five octave vocal range. A mother of 3-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, while juggling her roles as an artist and a wife, Carey has sold more than 200 million albums around the world, earning the distinction of becoming the best-selling female artist of the millennium.

Carey's 14th studio album, "Me. I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse", which was released in May this year, sold more than 828,000 in the first three days and broke a new record as the fastest-selling album in the history of iTunes (lmao WHAT @ this beyonce confusion.). The singer also holds 32 Billboard Music Awards, five Grammy Awards and 20 World Music Awards.

Turkey's first gay tabloid magazine, GayMag, which has been online since 2008, hit the shelves on August 5, and the American pop diva provided support to the magazine with an interview. Collapse )


bow to this flawless egalitarian queen who simply chooses to stand by as an ally and not co-opt movements to sell more singles!

Joan Rivers On Life Support ..But Family Still Hopeful ....

Joan Rivers is on life support ... and sources close to the legendary comedian tell TMZ she is completely reliant on machines to stay alive.

According to our sources, the family will have to decide in the next couple of days whether to keep the 81-year-old on life support. We're told the family remains hopeful that if they do decide to turn off the machines, she will make a turn for the better and fight through it.

As TMZ first reported, Rivers was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery on Thursday.

Get Out Of Their Way! Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Reportedly Pay Locals To Leave Malta Island!

Privacy, please! As exclusively reported, jet-setting newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and their six children have plunked down on the Mediterranean island country Malta, but according to the New York Post, they’re not planning to share their new home base with the locals.

The actors- who are filming their new movie, By the Sea, on the island of Gozo- are so obsessed with keeping their production away from prying eyes, they’re allegedly paying local business owners as much as $200,000 to skip town.

“A lot of people have agreed to leave the island so that they can have privacy to film the movie,” a source told the New York Post’s Page Six. “The set is being built there to recreate the French Riviera.” As Radar revealed, Brangelina and their brood will be based in Gozo filming the drama until at least November 10.

The parents to Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and 6-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne secretly wed last Saturday at their French estate, the Chateau Miraval.

Yes, a lot more of (minor) Nintendo news!

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Taylor Swift Joins The Voice as a Season Seven Advisor

She's in! Taylor Swift has a new big gig, signing on for a role with The Voice, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal. The "Shake It Off" singer, 24, will be joining the upcoming seventh season of the NBC competition show as an advisor. A source tells Us that Swift will serve in the same capacity that Coldplay singer Chris Martin aided the show in its sixth season, advising contestants across all four teams.

Swift will be working with veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, who were added to the lineup for the upcoming season. "Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with," a source tells Us of Swift's contribution to The Voice. "She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor."

Swift, who previously performed on the fourth season of The Voice, joins previously announced advisors Stevie Wonder (who is working with Levine), Gavin Rossdale (working with his wife Stefani), Little Big Town (working with Shelton), and Alicia Keys (working with Williams).

The next season of The Voice kicks off on Sept. 22, one month before the scheduled release of Swift's upcoming fifth studio album 1989. Led by the hit single "Shake It Off," 1989 will hit stores on Oct. 27.
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Doctor Who: 8x03 "Robots of Sherwood" Promo + "Into the Dalek" BTS

Synopsis: In a sun dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars, and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes actually exist?

Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Paul Murphy. Guest starring Tom Riley & Ben Miller.

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This episode was so much better than last week's episode imo. I didn't think I'd enjoy it that much because I'm tired of them constantly using the Daleks on episodes, but they used them in a new way, so it was a fun one. I really liked Danny too. Now I'm a bit excited for the rest of the season tbh.

Tinder Has Gone to the Dogs


Users of the matchmaking app Tinder have a greater chance of finding puppy love now that shelter dogs have made their way to the dating app.

Ten dogs from Social Tees Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter in New York, now have Tinder dating profiles.

Interns at the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency came up with the idea as a way to increase pet adoptions.

“People strictly go to Tinder to find love, go there to find relationships and companionship,” intern Alexis Mood told Ad Week. “These dogs have something to give.”

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Barkbuddy App

Even though I am a cat stan I still love me some dogs so I think this is a fantastic idea! I hope it is successful. <3

Hopefully they make one for cats as well soon. :)

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Mark Wahlberg Not Attending Brother Donnie's Wedding To Jenny McCarthy

Mark Wahlberg isn't going to his brother's wedding.

It’s a family affair, but the entire family is not attending Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's wedding today.

Earlier today, actor Mark Wahlberg tweeted out his excitement for his brother's nuptials to the former host of The View.

Donnie responded with a tweet back to his brother.

It looks like there are no hard feelings here. The reason Mark isn't attending is because it's the same day as his daughter Ella's birthday party. Ella will turn 11 on September 2.

Jenny's cousin, actress Melissa McCarthy isn't attending their nuptials either.

In Jenny's explanation as to why not, she told People that the wedding will be "very intimate" and "not a huge production with hundreds of friends and extended families."


IDC for Mark but he made the right move here.

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Keri Hilson has a message for chicks creeping in her man's DMs

It’s hard out here in these social media streets when your man is not only finer than frog’s hair but also has tons of money. In fact, while you’re reading this, thirsty women from all over the world are currently flooding the message boxes of taken guys with nudes in hopes of being chosen as a side chick. It’s a struggle that Keri Hilson knows all about, but is way too secure in her relationship to be concerned over.

The singer, who’s currently dating basketball player Serge Ibaka, sent out a warning message to chicks trying to DM their way into her baller’s pants. And she got them right together:

"Why do girls think it’s cute to vie for the attention of a taken man?

Why don’t they feel hoe-ish? When did this become acceptable? Did ALL the rules go out the window w/ social media? Don’t we have more respect for OURSELVES, if not for other women? And relationships?

Meanwhile, that man AND his girlfriend are laughing at your thirsty ass–together. That’s what you need to know. Have a little self-respect.


have you ever been a side chick/side dude ontd?

Miley Cyrus' date to MTV awards show turns self in at Oregon jail, posts bail


The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

Jesse Helt, 22, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail, said Martin Silbernagel, director of Polk County Community Corrections. Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks, Silbernagel said in a telephone interview.

Court records show that Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal mischief and criminal trespass several years ago after breaking into the apartment of a man he believed to be selling bad marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation.

Helt moved to Los Angeles and lived on the streets while trying to find work as a model. He gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. Helt, who met Cyrus through the Hollywood homeless centre My Friend's Place, used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness. "I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now," Helt said. "I know this because I am one of these people." Cyrus selected the charity with help from her friend Trevor Neilson, the president of G2 Investment Group and co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group.

"Jesse Helt turned himself in tonight to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues," Neilson said in an email late Thursday. "Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year."

Jesse's mother, Linda Helt, said late Thursday that the past four days had been a whirlwind experience, and she confirmed that Cyrus has offered to help pay for her son's legal help.
"God gets the glory and she gets the credit," Helt said.

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Ed Westwick enjoys his yummy iced coffee with a guy friend

Ed Westwick enjoys his yummy iced coffee while making a quick stop at Starbucks with a guy friend on Wednesday afternoon (August 27) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 27-year-old actor was spotted leaving Chateau Marmont earlier in the day.

The week before, Ed casually strolled out of Rite Aid Pharmacy with a brand new pair of crutches.

Ed‘s next role is in Conspiracy on Jekyll Island about an ex-Wall Street man whom the Secretary of the Treasury enlists to thwart a cyber attack that threatens to derail the American economy.
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In "What In the World" News - Justin Bieber Taunts Marina and the Diamonds on Her YouTube page?

Justin Bieber allegedly posted this a couple of hours ago on Marina and the Diamond's YT page for her song "Primadonna:"


Hacked? Maybe. Random? Yes.

eta: If we recall, Marina did a cover of Bieber's "Girlfriend" years ago where she twisted the lyrics around for a less bullshit spin:

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eta: It appears to be a very elaborate fake which I don't understand because I'm old.