August 15, 2013 |
Friction over Russia's new anti-gay legislation and the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics has reached ground level, with athletes entering the fray. The issue has become a hot point at the track-and-field world championships in Moscow, where Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva won her third title. Isinbayeva criticized fellow competitors for painting their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays. She spoke out against gay rights. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva was quoted as saying Thursday by the Associated Press. "We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.
August 14, 2013 |
Tameka Raymond doesn't blame ex-husband Usher for the Aug. 5 near-drowning of their son Usher Raymond V. But she was angry, that's for sure. So she said Wednesday on "Good Morning America. " "I was mad because I was like, 'How did this happen? Who was watching him. Why was my son under water for nearly three minutes?' " she said , adding that never have her children been injured while on her watch. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 Getting the phone call was a shock as well - one that sent her mind into overdrive recalling last year's boating accident that resulted in the death of Kile Glover, her 11-year-old son from another marriage. "I was at a dental appointment," Raymond said, "and [Usher]
August 14, 2013 |
Who said a little band drama would hurt record sales? Despite not touring -- or even speaking to one another -- the Civil Wars have earned their first No. 1 album. The Grammy-winning folk duo's self-titled sophomore album sold 116,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2011's “Barton Hollow,” which debuted at No. 10, might be a hit for Nashville singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, but the album's success comes at time when tensions between the duo are so high they aren't promoting the album together, let alone speaking to each other, according to Williams.
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August 14, 2013 |
Hollywood had a hard time saying "no" to Gary Shusett. In the early 1970s, he co-founded Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, a professional school devoted to the craft of filmmaking, and kept it going for the rest of his life by brandishing a trait never in short supply in this town: tenacity. After a guest lecture by reclusive record producer Phil Spector proved popular, Shusett realized he could make a go of it by persuading the industry's big names to share their experiences and expertise with students.
August 13, 2013 |
Last week, Stephen Colbert spun a last-minute cancellation by Daft Punk attributed to a conflicted appearance on the MTV VMAs into comedy gold. The well-publicized debacle sparked at least one giant viral hit and even a few conspiracy theories . Now, for the first time, an out-of-character Stephen Colbert has spoken at length about the Great Daft Punk Controversy of 2013, and it turns out the duo's no-show was just the tip of one big, irritating...
August 10, 2013 |
Actor Lake Bell makes her debut as the writer-director of a feature-length film with this weekend's release of "In a World... " The comedy about a struggling vocal coach, played by Bell, who succeeds in the fierce world of movie-trailer voice-overs earned her the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. You've said that you're obsessed with the voice - over world. Why is that? I think I'm more specifically obsessed with the idea of the blind voice and voice acting, the voice as a tool to express oneself, whether in characterization or in life.
August 9, 2013 |
What is a “scapegoat”? “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has clarified a controversial decision on the long-running game show that sparked angry responses last week. Trebek became the unlikely target of scorn after a controversial decision regarding a final Jeopardy answer from Thomas Hurley, a Newtown, Conn., eighth-grader who was participating in the show's Kids Week competition. Hurley and his fellow contestants were asked to name the 1863 document Abraham Lincoln said was a "fit and necessary war measure.
August 9, 2013 |
The boutique 57-room Redbury Hotel near the iconic Los Angeles intersection of Hollywood and Vine was sold for $34 million to a Maryland real estate investment trust. The five-story hotel was designed by celebrity photographer and music video director Matthew Rolston and nightclub impresario and hotelier Sam Nazarian with an intentionally over-the-top flair intended to appeal to guests in creative industries in Hollywood for extended stays. Rolston made up the hotel's name by crossing "red" for the color of the building with "bury" from Haight-Ashbury in an effort to mix bohemian, 1960s flower power and old Hollywood sensibilities.
August 6, 2013 |
After the Civil Wars broke out with their 2011 debut, Joy Williams and John Paul White repeatedly insisted that the lovelorn lyrics on "Barton Hollow" weren't about them. Each was happily married to another person, they said; the intense romantic bond they conjured onstage was strictly an artistic creation, one that led to more than a half-million album sales, two Grammy Awards and superstar fans such as Adele and Taylor Swift, who recruited the folk-rock duo for a hit collaboration on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack.
July 31, 2013 |
He walked into applause and still left with yet an even more appreciative audience. Mariano Rivera is a Yankee, which makes him a natural enemy to anyone who cares about the Dodgers. Yet there he was, meeting privately with approximately 20 longtime Dodgers employees before Wednesday's game, expressing his gratitude for their being there, answering questions, posing for individual photographs and handing each a signed baseball. “It's a privilege and honor to be here,” he told the small group.