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Miley Cyrus slams media for 'going after' her homeless friend Jesse

Miley Cyrus slams media for 'going after' her homeless friend Jesse

Pop star 'disappointed' for the attention turned on spokesperson's 'legal issue'

During the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Miley Cyrus used her platform to raise awareness of homeless youth, but attentions also turned in on her awards show guest this week.

The pop star, in lieu of delivering an acceptance speech for her Video Of The Year win for "Wrecking Ball," sent up her new friend Jesse to speak about his experience of living homeless. Cyrus directed fans to her website to learn more about Los Angeles non-profit My Friend's Place and to learn more about the plight of poverty and homelessness in America.

But Jesse -- identified Jesse Helt, 22, this week -- actually has a warrant out for his arrest in his homestate Oregon, for violating probation. According to the Associated Press, he'd previously been arrested (as a juvenile) for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. Court documents said he'd broken into an apartment of a man "who had been selling what Helt believed to be bad marijuana."

His mother, Linda, said that Cyrus had given Helt money to fly home to visit her; she said that Helt was welcome home at any time, and that he'd moved to L.A. to "make it on his own." He intended to pursue a career in modeling.

This has immediately led to concerns that Miley Cyrus' homeless date wasn't homeless enough. Or was selected because he was good for cameras. Or wasn't vetted to be "representative" of homelessness.

Rewinding a little, Cyrus' move to hand over precious media time on Sunday is what audiences were calling her' "Sacheen Littlefeather moment," mirroring what Marlon Brando did for his Best Actor acceptance speech in 1973. He sent Sacheen Littlefeather -- a spokesperson chosen by Native Americans involved in the American Indian Movement -- to deliver a long speech he had written about the poor and underrepresented culture of Native Americans in Hollywood. (It was a move that then caused the Academy to ban proxies from accepting awards on people's behalf at the Academy Awards, which is why now presenters accept for non-present winners.)

Miley Cyrus made waves at the VMAs last year for her twerking with Robin Thicke; she's spent the year trolling awards and entertaining at concerts, the nature of which you could file under "rebellious" since establishing her post-Hannah Montana persona.

This current move in the great Miley Cyrus re-branding is the most illustrative and widely covered example of Cyrus' charitable works. She has been an activist and donated time and effort to other causes, from Haiti relief to HIV/AIDS research to Rock the Vote to PETA support.

Which would explain, in part, why Cyrus' camp reacted with vitriol toward those who would call her VMAs move a "stunt." Representatives told Mashable that MTV didn't even know what Cyrus had planned.

That could also be why homelessness' moment in the sun turned into another moment in the sun for her, as she stood awkwardly and stagey in-frame of the honorees platform. Cuts to Cyrus crying profusely certainly added drama to Jesse's statements, but also fed skepticism. This, from the young woman whose orbit is around her own image, to the degree that merchandise is manufactured to match that long, unruly tongue.

Of course people would side-eye that moment. It's a damned shame it diminishes her motive: to make good come out of her fame, for a cause that affects more that a million and a half young people in America. Perhaps of the millions of people who watched the VMAs, many hadn't given a second thought to those who suffer unwantedly from homelessness.

(And guess what? Some homeless are criminals. Some are recovered criminals. Or mentally ill. Or abused. Or addicts. Or recovering addicts. Or victims of poor Child Protective Services or broken homes. Some are down on their luck. And many want and need help. Understand those needs more at My Friend's Place.)

Miley Cyrus spent the last year trying to convince people to lighten up, to have fun with her brand of pop, to expect wild things to come from her mouth/Twitter/Instagram/concert. The careful Miley Cyrus business is a multi-million dollar business -- maybe the backlash came from the notion that the brand hadn't vetted and prepared for the moment when Cyrus actually tried stepping back from the mic?

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<p>Zach Galifianakis</p>

Zach Galifianakis

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Zach Galifianakis makes FX a 'Baskets' case for 2016

Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel co-created the comedy with the 'Hangover' star

FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a new comedy from the creative all-star team of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.

But don't get too invested in "Baskets," because its premiere is a mighty long way away.

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'Glee' final season details revealed: Rachel Berry is the new Mr. Schuester

“Glee” final season details revealed: Rachel Berry is the new Mr. Schuester
Returning to Ohio, Lea Michele’s character will attempt to resurrect the glee club that was eliminated after Sue Sylvester banished all the arts at school. Meanwhile, Blaine, Sam and Mr. Schue will have surprising new gigs.

Cinemax’s “The Knick” to get an HBO showcase
The first three episodes of the Steven Soderbergh series will be shown on Cinemax's sibling network on Labor Day.

BET suspends “106 & Park” producer, apologizes to Beyonce and Jay Z over Blue Ivy hair joke
On Monday's show, guest host Karrueche Tran said: "I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair."

New book details Katie Couric-Diane Sawyer rivalry
In “The News Sorority,” Couric, according to The Daily Beast, "comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, Diane Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic, and Christiane Amanpour has an off-putting moral superiority.”

Watch Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert sing “The Obvious Song” in 1993
Second City has begun posting its archives to YouTube.

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'In the Heat of the Night' is getting another TV remake

“In the Heat of the Night” is getting another TV remake
“The Help” writer/director Tate Taylor and “Fargo” producer Warren Littlefield are developing the project for MGM TV, set in the present day and based on the 1967 film.

“Sons of Guns” canceled after one of its stars was arrested on child rape charges
A Discovery spokesperson tells TMZ: “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series.”

Jay Leno’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony will feature Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Wanda Sykes
Betty White and Leno’s former “Tonight Show” sidekick Kevin Eubanks will also be part of the Kennedy Center’s 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony, taping Oct. 19.

Chris Harrison: “The Bachelor” Chris Soules is "everything the show is based on”
"He's that diamond in the rough from middle America who more than ever needs the show to find his wife,” says Harrison. "It reminds me of Aaron Buerge in Missouri. He needed the show to expand his horizons. So, it takes us back to where the show began.”

“Friends” Central Perk pop-up coffee shop is coming to Manhattan
In celebration of next month’s 20th anniversary of the “Friends” premiere, Warner Bros. is recreating the Central Perk coffee shop.

“Dancing with the Stars” eyeing “The Bachelorette” and a YouTube star
According to TMZ, "American Ninja Warrior" contestant Kacy Catanzaro, Lolo Jones and Antonio Sabato Jr. are on the “Dancing” wish list.

Here’s “The Wire’s” Seth Gilliam on “The Walking Dead”
He plays Father Gabriel Stokes next season.

How “Pretty Little Liars” star found about her summer finale fate
She was told, "You still have a job, don’t worry.”

“Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon will appear on the Starz series she inspired
Gabaldon actually got to speak during her cameo, which she filmed in February.

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Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert

Lady Gaga joins Adam Lambert and Queen for 'Another One Bites The Dust': Watch

Which one wins in the belt-fest?

In an abundance of vocal riches, Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen on stage in Australia for a powerhouse version of “Another One Bites The Dust” last night.

The two belted the lyrics as if they were having a sing-off or trying to raise the roof in Sydney. Lady Gaga is down under with her ArtRave tour. (h/t Idolator)

As you know, the second half of Lady Gaga’s name is an homage to Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga.” She referenced the song in an Instagram post: “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio Gaga Mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild.”

Though we don't recommend it, it's worth even watching with the sound down to get a load of Gaga's outfit.


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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift bows at No. 1 with 'Shake It Off'

Take that, T-Swift haters

Taylor Swift’s complete switch to pop is being met with resounding success: Her new single, “Shake It Off,” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 today.

The song, which was bolstered by immediate radio play, sales, and streaming, following its release on Aug. 18, is Swift’s second Hot 100 chart topper, following 2012’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The single sold 544,000 downloads this past week, the greatest weekly tally so far in 2014, according to Billboard.

For trivia buffs, “Shake,” the first single from Swift’s fifth studio album, “1989,” out Oct. 27, is only the 22nd of the 1,038 songs that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 to bow at No. 1. The last, coincidentally, was Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” in March 2013. Billboard created a fun list of the most successful chart songs with "Shake" in the title here.

“Shake’s” good news is bad news for Nicki Minaj, whose “Anaconda” soars 39-2, kept out of the top spot by Swift. Both artists performed their latest hits on MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night. Nonetheless, the No. 2 spot is Minaj’s highest Hot 100 perch. She previously peaked at No. 3 with “Super Bass” and her feature on Britney Spears’  “Till The World Ends.”
All this activity pushes Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” down 2-3, despite a gain in chart points. Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” similarly drops one place to No. 4.

As Swift’s ”Shake” is coronated in the top spot, Magic!’s “Rude,” tumbles from the throne after six weeks at No. 1 to No. 5.

On the bottom half of the Top 10, Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora rises 8-6, Ariana Grande’s “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, falls 4-7, Sia’s “Chandelier” inches 9-8, as does Jessie J, Grande and Minaj’s “Bang Bang,” which moves 10-9. Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” slips 6-10.

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<p>Nadiya and Natalie of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Nadiya and Natalie of "Survivor"

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New 'Survivor' cast features 'Amazing Race' twins and John Rocker

A former Miss Michigan is also among the 18 new castaways

While the second "Blood vs. Water" cast for "Survivor" doesn't feature any returning castaways, that doesn't mean that the group is devoid of familiar faces.

CBS announced the new "Survivor" cast on Wednesday (August 27) morning and, to put it politely, notoriety abounds.

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'COPs' cameraman shot and killed during a police shoot-out with a robbery suspect

“COPs” cameraman shot and killed during a police shoot-out with a robbery suspect
The cameraman was shadowing the Omaha police last night when he was caught in crossfire after police exchanged gunfire with a man who allegedly robbed a Wendy’s restaurant.

Did David Chase really reveal if Tony Soprano died or not?
A long-winded piece on Vox posted this morning claims to have the answer. PLUS: Did Chase ruin “The Sopranos’” ending?

“The Colbert Report’s” intro now features Gwen Stefani’s flub
“Colbore” is now part of the opening credits.

Hulu picks up “Party Down” reruns
All episodes of the canceled but beloved Starz series will be available for streaming on Friday.

“Survivor” will have more men than women this season due to a medical issue
"We lost a pair of women, so the way it works out is there are more men than women,” says Jeff Probst. PLUS: Clay Aiken's ex is among the contestants.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” Guillermo gets Emmy winners to drink tequila, including Stephen Colbert
This could be one of Colbert’s last appearances on a rival 11:35 show now that he’s replacing Letterman.

Check out Amazon’s “Transparent”
The comedy starring Jeffrey Tambor about his transgender revelation debuts Sept. 26, with co-stars Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffmann and Jay Duplass.

Watch the “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 10 gag reel
It includes a lot of dancing.

Jerry Seinfeld’s web show spoofed in "Poor Comedians In A Car Getting Coffee”
Watch the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Kristen Bartlett and Jason Gore interview up and coming comedians using a 2003 Toyota.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: Small 'America's Got Talent,' 'Food Fighters' bumps lead NBC Tuesday

Maroon 5 draws few viewers to The CW

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

NBC's "America's Got Talent" and "Food Fighters" were both up a hair from last week and carried the network to Tuesday wins in all measures.

There were few other notables on Tuesday, with ABC's special "Bachelor in Paradise" copying Monday's numbers and The CW's "IHeart Radio Album Release Party with Maroon 5" drawing a negligible audience.

On to the numbers...

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11 best moments in Usher's sexy 'She Came To Give It To You' video

From the sexy to the stunning to the downright strange

Usher performed his current single, “She Came To Give It To You,” featuring Nicki Minaj, on MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night and now we have the official video. It’s a high-energy, sexy performance clip that takes place in a steamy, hidden club and it’s filled with superior, sultry dance moves and fantastic lighting. Try to sit still while you watch.

Here are 11 moments to look for:

1:07: Usher charm will melt your computer screen. Yeah, baby
1:36: What the hell? Did this just turn into a horror movie?
1:55: Best abs ever or camera trickery or both
2:58: First Nicki Minaj sighting
3:02: Quick shot of Pharrell Williams, who produced and co-wrote the song
3:05: First shot of Minaj from the front
3:18: What body part is that?
4:14: Usher looks even hotter when he sweats
4:23: What?
4:32: Oddest Swifter rhyme ever in a song
4:47: It’s all in the camera angle…like so many things in life

Usher also unveiled a new song, "Believe Me," earlier this week. It's a sultry, slow jam that features Ush singing in his delicious falsetto. It's more dramatic than "She Came To Give It To You."  The song is embedded below the video.

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Kate Bush

Review Round-Up: Kate Bush's triumphant stage return after 35 years

One show down, 22 to go. Will a US run be next?

It’s been 35 years since British songstress/icon/muse Kate Bush has performed live so her Aug. 26 return was highly anticipated and, according to some reviews, the show surpassed the almost impossibly high expectations fans and critics had placed on it.

Bush, who draws a Stevie Nicks-like devotion among her followers,  sold out 22 shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 15 minutes when the “Before The Dawn” shows were announced several months ago. The notoriously performance shy Bush had last played the venue for three shows in 1979.The show sounds like an artistic spectacle with all her theatrical elements still in the forefront. Bush divided the concert into three parts: the first segment was a range of songs from her catalog, the second portion was The Ninth Wave- the back half of 1985’s “Hounds Of Love” album- while the third act was the second half of 2005’s “Aerial.” In other words, if you were looking for a hits-packed show —or anything from her 1978 U.S. breakthrough, “The Kick Inside,”  you were out of luck.

David Bowie, Madonna, Lily Allen, and Bjork were among the artists reported to be in the audience for opening night.

Here is a sampling of what the critics said. Maybe the glowing reviews and audience reception will lead her to a similar U.S. run.

New York Times: “Before the Dawn” is light and film and movement and theater, but also a rock show, dense, cathartic and physical. The audience, still as stones during the music, stood to cheer whenever tiny between-song intervals allowed. After the full-band final encore, “Cloudbusting,” it would not leave until the tech crew arrived to dismantle the stage. “Thank you so much for such a wonderful, warm and positive response,” Ms. Bush said, with remarkable composure. She’s going to do this 21 more times?

The Independent: Accompanied by music ranging from polyphonic choral harmonies to folksy minstrels,  [the show is] quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage. Which is just what everyone here tonight was hoping for.

Billboard: Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage….Onstage, Bush appeared to be enjoying herself hugely, displaying none of the nerves or apprehension you would expect of someone who hadn’t performed live in over three decades…The show ended with a majestic, muscular run through “Cloudbursting” and, in turn, the final standing ovation of the evening. Nearly ten minutes after Bush and her band had departed the stage, the audience was still on its feet in noisy appreciation.

The Guardian: For huge sections of the performance, Bush's movements look heavily choreographed: she moves with a lithe grace, clearly still drawing on the mime training she underwent as a teenager forty years on. Her voice too is in remarkable condition: she's note-perfect throughout. Backed by a band of musicians capable of navigating the endless twists and turns of her songwriting – from funk to folk to pastoral prog rock - the performances of Running Up That Hill and King of the Mountain sound almost identical to their recorded versions - but letting rip during a version of Top of the City, she sounds flatly incredible…For someone who's spent the vast majority of her career shunning the stage, she's a hugely engaging live performer, confident enough to shun the hits that made her famous in the first place: she plays nothing from her first four albums.

The Telegraph: Bush boldly strode out in front of her band and backing singers in bare feet and an extravagantly tassled jacket that made her look like a cross between Loretta Lynn and Sandie Shaw. There was something touchingly gauche and bashful about her as she awkwardly twirled around the stage. Yet while her stage craft might have been creaky, her voice was an undiminished roar, surprisingly rich and powerful after such a long break…Throughout, the pace was resolutely mid-tempo,the narratives sometimes obscure and the skits often hammy - in one artists ' scene from the Aerial segment, literally as exciting as watching paint dry...But nonetheless there was something thrilling about seeing the often bonkers but still delightful imagination of Bush run free after all this time, apparently untouched by the frenetic pace of the digital world.

BBC: Bush may not be the energetic 20-year-old who last performed on the same stage in 1979, but the 56-year-old singer has retained the power to entrance her audience. Among the cheers, some were moved to tears at this most unpredictable of comebacks. After the three-hour show, thousands spilled out into a damp London night knowing they had witnessed something unique. It's likely that many will wake next morning feeling they have been not only to a gig, but squeezed in a trip to the cinema and the theatre as well.

Bush asked that fans not take photos or video, but, of course, someone did (and we're kind of glad).





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<p>The Sopranos final scene</p>

The Sopranos final scene

Credit: HBO

David Chase finally answers the 'Is Tony Soprano dead?' question (or not)

Will Chase's clipped, cryptic response finally put the matter to rest?

"The Sopranos" creator David Chase has finally — out of frustration more than anything else — answered the "Is Tony dead?" question.

Well, sort of. UPDATE: And even much less definitively than it seemed at first. See below.

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