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Kandi Burruss has another hit on her hands. Her newest spinoff, The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding, nabbed brag-worthy ratings on Sunday night.
The 8 p.m. airing of the new spinoff show scored 2.4 million total viewers and 1.2 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic. That means Burruss’ wedding spinoff beat all other RHOA spinoffs in total viewers and all key demographics, according to Nielsen ratings.
In comparison, Kim Zolciak's “Don't Be Tardy” debuted to 1.39 million total viewers/691,000 in ad demo in April 2012, NeNe Leakes’ “I Dream of NeNe” premiered with 1.6 million total viewers/740,000 in ad demo in September 2013.
There's some redemption in this win for Burruss, as well. Kandi's Wedding did way better than her previous spinoff, a talent competition called The Kandi Factory, which premiered in April 2013 to a low 671,000 viewers, with 337,000 in the ad demo.
Additionally, a little slight of hand should increase Kandi's Wedding viewers even more in time-shifted viewing. By referring to the show as The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding, DVRs that were set to record RHOA ended up recording Kandi's Wedding automatically.
Monica Brown thinks Kandi's aunts stole the show!
Monica was so entertained by the premiere of Kandi Burruss’ wedding spin-off that she had to share her favorite moment from the show. Even though she was there to see Kandi get hitched back in April, the Love All Over Me siren tuned in on Sunday just like every other RHOA fan.
It wasn’t the usual wedding planning antics or even Mama Joyce that had her hollering with laughter, it was Kandi’s aunts.
“LAWD I’m SO feeling Aunt Bertha right now!! Folks on IG and Twitter talk to MURCH… Blat Blat Blat Blat Blat Blat Blat Blat and don’t even know what they’re talking about,” Monica wrote along with one video post. “Assuming, over analyzing & flat out out thinking themselves #LawdGimmeStrength LOL #KandisWedding #ThisWasSoFunnyIPostedItTwice yesssssssssss @kandiburruss.”
A couple of months ago, Married To Medicine’s Dr. Heavenly Kimes ruffled a few feathers when she proudly shared that she submits to her husband, who is the head of their household, and further let it be known that the example she set is one Black women in particular need to see more of.
When we got the dentist in the office we had to ask her about her comments and to explain why she thinks African American women need to learn a thing or two about submission.
We also wondered how the medical community has responded to her foray into reality TV and, shockingly, Dr. Heavenly claims she hasn’t received any backlash since joining the BravoTV family. Do you believe her?
It’s no secret, reality TV seems to ruin friendships. Such is the case for reality cast members, Mariah Huq and Quad Webb-Lunceford. The two former BFFs were introduced to viewers on BRAVO’s Married 2 Medicine, but after one season the two have ended their friendship.
In April, we interviewed Mariah, getting her perspective on what went wrong with the two. And as you know, there are always three sides to the story. In an exclusive interview with Quad, the self-proclaimed ‘VERY BUSY’ personality shares her side.
If she’s over the Mariah vs Quad story-line this season:
I am completely over it. It is a knock-down, drag out story that is just like ‘Stop it already’. I mean yet again? I don’t want to talk about it as much as it has been discussed but people knew us for being like this, ya know she was a person that I just completely adored….completely adored, loved her. Loved, loved, loved her! You had better not said anything about Mariah last year honey, I would’ve snapped your neck two times for Mariah, I really would have because I looked at her like a sister I never had and it is really just unfortunate to see where we are today.
On believing she and Mariah would be best friends for a lifetime:
If someone would have told me this a year ago I would’ve cursed them out and said ‘No, you’re talking about a different set of girls, we’re not like that, we’re going to stand the test of time’.
On what she watched on season 1, that upset her about Mariah:
When I reviewed some of the episodes of season 1, I was seeing the little digs and the snide remarks that she was making in regards to me and I’m like ‘Wait a minute, what the hell is going on here?’ because friends don’t do this, especially best-friends don’t do this. Now I can expect this, at the time, from Toya [Bush-Harris] or whatever because her and I was at odds but from Mariah to take those type of digs towards me, I was like, ‘Where is that coming from?’….For someone who I completely adored, cared about, loved, I put so much of me into our friendship, so for me to actually hear how SHE viewed me, was flooring. It was just way too much for me to take and like I said, where we are today, I would’ve never thought we would be here 2 years ago, even a year ago until I actually was seeing the episodes.
sources: TheWrap, S2Smagazine, MadameNoire, TheJasmineBrand
IDINA MENZEL on the red carpet
The 2014 Tony Awards hosted by Hugh Jackman air tonight on CBS!
Hugh Jackman & Deborah-Lee Furness:
Brian J Smith:
Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee:
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
Isabel and Ruben Toldeo:
William Ivey Long
Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown
Audra McDonalad & William Swenson:
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
All the Way
Best Leading Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Best Leading Actress in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Featured Actress in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Best Director of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Director of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Book of a Musical
Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Featured Actor in a Play
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
As part of their Dragon Age: Inquisition "Meet the Heroes" series leading up to E3 next week, BioWare has released a new image featuring yet another character from the game. Meet Sera the Wildcard, an elf who may or may not have an axe to grind.
What do we know about Sera, then? Not a whole lot, to be honest. She appeared very briefly in the "gameplay" trailer that was released back in April, shown standing with other allies of the Inquisitor (the player character) along a table.
The teaser image from BioWare does give us some idea of what Sera is like as a person, though. Just look at her quote and then consider her "Wildcard" title, cliche as it may be. Basically Sera is supposed to be some kind of badass, I'm assuming, if a tad ineloquent.
Honestly, I'm just glad we still see female characters with short hair, because long hair doesn't feel right on battle-ready ladies. (um....) Either way, expect to learn more next Monday, when EA will be dropping Dragon Age: Inquisition info at their media briefing.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC on October 7. Check out the recently released screenshots of the Fade and Therifal Redoubt:
I guess we can add one more game to the list of things we expect to see at EA’s Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference tomorrow. The official Mirror’s Edge Facebook page posted the above image (which appears to be concept art) with the hastag “#E32014.”
EA’s chief operating officer Peter Moore also tweeted the image, saying,“Have Faith.” Faith is the name of the protagonist in Mirror’s Edge. Sounds like Mirror’s Edge 2 will definitely be making an appearance at E3.
The sequel to the cult free-running game was announced with a simple trailer at last year’s EA press conference, but we have heard nothing at all since then. It’s good to get a sign that the game is not only still coming, but that we’ll see it again very soon.
As if 2003's cult-hit The Room wasn't strange enough, the upcoming film about its creation looks set to take things to a whole new level.
The Room had one of its monthly screenings in Los Angeles last night, curated by the film's star, director, writer and producer Tommy Wiseau.
To the crowd's delight, actor Dave Franco stood up during a Q&A session and asked: "Tommy, how do you feel about me playing Greg Sestero in the movie?"
The crowd erupted into cheers.
"That's what I say: It's a good choice!" said Wiseau.
Wiseau's Room co-star Greg Sestero wrote a behind-the-scenes book about the making of The Room last year, called The Disaster Artist.
Shortly after it was published, Seth Rogen's production company bought the film rights to Sestero's book. Since then, James Franco has come on board to direct, and has indicated multiple times he will play Tommy Wiseau.
If last night is anything to go by, it now appears James Franco's younger brother Dave Franco will play Tommy's best friend (and author of The Disaster Artist) Greg Sestero.
Like Rogen's 2013 film, This Is The End, The Disaster Artist appears to be turning into some kind of Hollywood in-joke the rest of us will eventually get to share.
After giving his approval, Wiseau urged Dave Franco to come on stage, to which Franco replied, "No way!"
"I didn't want to say it, but it happened, so. He's a good guy," Wiseau told the crowd in his typical garbled manner.
When another audience member asked Wiseau if he'd read The Disaster Artist, Wiseau said he had, and agreed with "about 50 percent of it".
He said, "Greg is a talented guy, but you know, whatever".
3News Online Entertainment editor Daniel Rutledge was at the screening, and says it was a surreal thing to behold.
"A few people pushed at what he thought of the book being turned into a film, but Wiseau was coy and typically unreadable about it. But [he] didn't seem totally into the idea, far from it," says Rutledge.
"Tommy also did a hilariously bad impersonation of James Franco, and took a slight dig at Dave's recent film Neighbors [released as Bad Neighbours in New Zealand], for taking the same name as his upcoming project The Neighbours."
Rutledge says Dave Franco was joined in the crowd by Superbad's "Mc'Luvin" actor, Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse.
"The crowd was especially passionate last night. I've seen The Room in LA before, but this was the most active and enthusiastic crowd, and had by far the funniest heckles. It was the eleventh anniversary of the film playing in LA and it was a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience," says Rutledge.
Wiseau spent the rest of the Q&A session clearing up other facts about the film he made 11 years ago. This included clarification about the mental state of one of the film's actors, Danny.
"Oh, before I forgot, Danny is retarded by the way," said Wiseau.
didn't watch tonight's ep but oop @ the stannis fans.
It’s been two decades since the white Bronco carrying O.J. Simpson in a strangely serene, low-speed police chase burned itself into our collective psyche.
The NFL Hall of Famer — armed with a gun, his passport and a fake beard — was threatening suicide after authorities decided to arrest him on suspicion of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her waiter friend Ronald Goldman, 25.
Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings piloted the ghostly SUV from one freeway to another as an estimated 95 million television viewers looked on.
The shocking slayings took place June 12, 1994, just steps from the Brentwood, Calif., condo where the young Simpson children, Sydney and Justin, slept upstairs.
Cops eventually found two blood-soaked leather gloves and a trail of bloody Bruno Magli shoeprints — evidence that would factor prominently in the televised soap opera that was the People vs. Orenthal James Simpson.
The voyeuristic circus dubbed the “Trial of the Century” ended Oct. 3, 1995, when a jury of nine blacks, two whites and one Latino found the Heisman Trophy winner not guilty.
The racially charged courtroom drama introduced a memorable cast of characters including Simpson’s legal Dream Team, his house guest Kato Kaelin and embattled Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman.
Two decades later, the Daily News checks in on the key players who captivated America:
O.J. Simpson, 66, has spent the last five years at Lovelock prison in Nevada on an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. He’s serving up to 33 years for leading a group of men in a Las Vegas casino confrontation with two memorabilia dealers. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2017, but he filed a new appeal Wednesday.
“He’s depressed,” his manager Norman Prado recently told The News. Prado said he regularly corresponds with the former Buffalo Bills star and last spoke to him a couple of months ago. He said one popular topic is Glen Rogers, a serial killer on Death Row who claims he carried out the murders.
“(Simpson) wants to know more (about Rogers), but he told me, ‘Norman, a guy could run up with a knife dripping with Nicole’s blood, and they’ll tell him to stop covering for O.J.,’” Prado said.
Simpson lost his Florida house to foreclosure last year and still owes a $33.5 million civil judgment to the estates of his ex-wife and Goldman.
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were savagely knifed to death June 12, 1994.
Fred Goldman, 73, is the grieving father and Simpson nemesis whose relentless pursuit of the athlete-turned-actor led to the megabucks civil judgment.
“We went after him whenever we saw an opportunity to take something away, so there’s a level of satisfaction knowing our efforts all those previous years might have been part of the reason he ended up committing armed robbery. We made him constantly worry about keeping his memorabilia away from us,” said the dad who moved to Arizona with his wife, Patti, after the civil trial.
“Hopefully he’ll die in jail. It’s the next best thing to seeing him found guilty of double murder and being put to death,” Goldman said.
Marcia Clark, 60, was the co-lead prosecutor in the criminal trial and quit the L.A. County District Attorney’s office after the acquittal. She earned a reported $4.2 million for her Simpson book “Without a Doubt” and has worked as a legal commentator for “Entertainment Tonight,” CNN, ABC and NBC covering high-profile cases including the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida.
Robert Kardashian was a longtime Simpson friend who read The Juice’s apparent suicide letter on live TV the day of the Bronco chase. He sat beside Simpson throughout the trial but expressed doubts about the “Naked Gun” star’s innocence before dying in 2003 from esophageal cancer at age 59. His daughter Kim Kardashian later catapulted to superstardom with a sex tape that helped the family snag its famous E! reality show, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
THE GETAWAY VEHICLE
The white Bronco is privately owned by a collector who snapped it up for a reported $75,000 after the civil trial.
“It’s well taken care of. It’s not on the street,” owner Michael Pulwer told The News, declining to name the SUV’s exact storage location.
He said he gets about five to 10 requests a year from people or organizations wanting to rent the world-famous wheels for exhibition.
It was transported to Connecticut two years ago to serve as a prop for a party hosted by The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich. That same year it was on display at the Luxor hotel in Vegas.
“I think someday, somebody will want to have it in a museum of famous or infamous cars,” Pulwer said. “But on this anniversary, I think we should care more about the people who were killed than the white Bronco.”
THE COP AS ‘VILLAIN’
Mark Fuhrman, 62, found the bloody glove at Simpson’s house but later became the trial’s unexpected villain when recordings revealed he repeatedly used the N-word while consulting on dialogue for a screenplay. The recordings contradicted the LAPD detective’s claim he hadn’t used the hateful slur in a decade and led to a felony perjury conviction that ended his police career.
Simpson’s team accused Fuhrman of planting the glove in a racially motivated plot to frame the former gridiron great.
“This was the simplest case in the history of murder in Los Angeles, but it turned into a giant car wreck,” Fuhrman told The News. “The truth wasn’t important. All they cared about was the sensationalism of a guy who could play a child’s game and become a celebrity.”
Fuhrman, who lives in Idaho and has written several books, works as a pundit for Fox News. He said Simpson is “getting what he deserved” as a Nevada inmate.
“I know I sound bitter and angry, but I’ve wasted 20 years of my life on something that took 20 minutes (of detective work),” said the retired cop who many blame for turning the tide of the criminal trial.
“I wasn’t even on call that night, but my boss wanted me to handle it. Everything was fine until 1:05 a.m. on June 13, 1994. If I could go back, I wouldn’t answer that call. It wasn’t worth it.”
Asked if he had any regrets, Fuhrman said, “You can’t go back.”
“You don’t get a do-over when you screw up like that. I wasn’t privileged. I didn’t have a father growing up. If I could change all that, maybe I wouldn’t have been a policeman,” he said.
He said his recorded racist statements were taken out of context.
“We were writing a screenplay,” he tried to explain. “Some people say, ‘Well, you had to think those things to say them.’ Okay, I did. But I could absorb a lot of personalities and regurgitate them.”
He called the case “the Great Wall of China speed bump” of his life.
“You watch people in the news talk about drug addicts and abusers who get convicted and do their time. They say, ‘He paid his price, time to move on.’ Well, I would like that same consideration.”
FAMOUS HOUSE GUEST
Kato Kaelin, 55, was the breakout star of the criminal trial with his long, surfer-style blond locks and colorful, often conflicting, testimony. He was Simpson’s houseguest in 1994 and told jurors the football star had no obvious cuts or injuries shortly after the murders.
The would-be actor parlayed his trial fame into spots on “The Weakest Link” and the reality shows “Celebrity Boot Camp,” and “Gimme My Reality Show!” His newest endeavor is a loungewear line for couch potatoes, aptly called Kato Potato.
“By no doing of my own, I was thrust into an intense spotlight. Never had a man done so little to be recognized by so many,” Kaelin, who still lives in Los Angeles, told The News. “I didn’t ask for any of it.”
He said his Kato Potato line has been in the works for years and will launch this summer with a followup kids’ line called Kater Tots. It features special pockets for TV remote controls and bags of potato chips.
The self-professed “slacker” — who has long maintained Simpson was probably guilty of the double murder — said his sister lost a son to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2004. He said the family tragedy gave him a deeper understanding of the complexities of life and loss.
“I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child. I can only see it through my sister’s eyes,” he said, adding that he’s not hawking a clothing line to cash in on anyone’s grief.
JUDGE & RINGMASTER
Lance Ito, 63, is the Los Angeles Superior Court judge who allowed cameras in the courtroom for Simpson’s trial and thereby sealed his fate as the unofficial godfather of reality TV.
The bearded and bespectacled jurist caused a stir last year when he walked two blocks to the civil court building to watch part of Katherine Jackson’s trial against Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG Live. His term is up next January, and he didn’t run for reelection, setting the stage for his retirement.
Faye Resnick, 56, was a friend who spent considerable time at Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo until leaving for rehab just days before the double murder. The Dream Team floated the theory that Nicole’s true killer was a cocaine dealer targeting Resnick. Her steamy tell-all memoir “Nicole Brown Simpson: the Private Diary of a Life Interrupted” hit bookstores during jury selection in the criminal trial. She posed nude for Playboy in 1997 and later appeared in multiple episodes of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
HIS GAL PAL
Paula Barbieri, 47, was the beautiful and dutiful girlfriend who was with O.J. Simpson just hours before the double murder. She visited Simpson in jail but dumped him soon after his acquittal. She posed for Playboy in late 1994 but later sought salvation as a born-again Christian. She’s now married to a Florida judge and has a daughter.
IF IT DOESN’T FIT, YOU MUST ACQUIT
Johnnie Cochran Jr. was the Dream Team’s master showman. He delivered the crowning blow, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” He reportedly got $2.5 million for his book “Journey for Justice” about the case. He did a brief stint as co-anchor on Court TV’s short-lived “Cochran & Grace” with Nancy Grace and represented the families of NYPD misconduct victims Abner Louima and Alberta Spruill.
Cochran scored a 2001 acquittal for Sean (Diddy) Combs in the Manhattan weapons case stemming from a December 1999 nightclub shooting that nearly landed his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez on the witness stand.
Cochran died in 2005 from an inoperable brain tumor at 67. Simpson attended his funeral.
Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and remains at No. 2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem," which soars with top Streaming and Airplay Gainer honors. Meanwhile, two songs reach the top 10: MAGIC!'s "Rude" and Calvin Harris'"Summer."
As we do each Wednesday, let's run down all the action in the Hot 100's top 10 and more.
Azalea continues her record-tying run at the chart's top two spots: last week, when "Fancy" and "Problem" rose 2-1 and 3-2, respectively, she joined the Beatles as the only acts to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 entries; On the Feb. 22, 1964, chart, the Fab Four's "I Want to Hold Your Hand" held at No. 1 and "She Loves You" pushed 3-2.
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Azalea also becomes just the second woman to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently for multiple weeks, following Ashanti, who doubled up for five frames in 2002. (One other female soloist has claimed the top two ranks for one week: Mariah Carey [who enters this week's Billboard 200 at No. 3] on Sept. 10, 2005.)
(And, as noted last week, Azalea will celebrate her birthday with the No. 1 song in the U.S.: the Australian rapper turns 24 this coming Saturday, June 7.)
"Fancy" maintains is Hot 100 command despite dips in sales and streaming. The track jumps 5-3 on the Radio Songs chart with a 16 percent gain to 121 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. As previously reported, it lands its first perches atop airplay charts, as it rises 2-1 on both Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay; it also charges 4-2 on Pop Songs and jumps 36-28 in its second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
"Fancy" crowns Digital Songs for a second week but decreases by 14 percent to 289,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending on June 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It racks a third week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, down by 3 percent to 13.5 million U.S. streams. (The song had soared last week by 44 and 66 percent in sales and streaming, respectively, after Azalea and Charli XCX performed it on the Billboard Music Awards on May 18).
Still, "Fancy" holds off "Problem" for the Hot 100's top rank, although the latter song surges following the premiere of its official video, boasting top Streaming and Airplay Gainer kudos. "Problem" returns to its No. 2 peak on Streaming Songs, up 25 by percent to 13 million after its official clip arrived on May 30. (It, thus, misses the top spot on Streaming Songs by approximately 500,000 streams.) On Radio Songs, "Problem" pounces 10-7 (94 million, up 29 percent.)
"Problem" ranks at No. 2 on Digital Songs for a second week, after spending its first three weeks at No. 1, down by 15 percent to 243,000. Grande likewise sang the song on the Billboard Music Awards, with Azalea.
With "Fancy" down by 5 percent in overall Hot 100 points and "Problem" up by 6 percent, the former claims 15 percent more chart points than the latter. "Problem" nearly halves its deficit, however: last week, "Fancy" won by a 28 percent margin.
"Fancy" additionally leads the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a second and seventh week, respectively.
John Legend's "All of Me" places at No. 3 on the Hot 100 for a second week after logging three weeks at No. 1. Still, it tallies a sixth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (158 million, down 2 percent). It rebounds 5-4 on Streaming Songs (6.6 million, down 8 percent) and drops 4-7 on Digital Songs (123,000, down 16 percent); Legend also performed "All" on the BBMAs.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" (5-4) swaps spots with Pharrell Williams' former 10-week No. 1 "Happy" (4-5). "What" tops the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 10th week, becoming just the third song to reign for 10 weeks or more since the list's launch last year; Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" ruled for a record 26 weeks and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," featuring Williams, led for 13.
Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz pushes 8-6 with its first Hot 100 hit, "Am I Wrong." The track holds at No. 3 on Digital Songs (149,000, down 5 percent), rises 16-14 on Streaming Songs (3.3 million, up 5 percent) and bounds 20-14 on Radio Songs with a hefty 30 percent blast to 68 million. Pop radio is championing "Wrong," which jumps 15-12 on Pop Songs and 16-11 as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Pop Songs.
Katy Perry's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, dips 6-7. The song continues Perry's longest top 10 run, as it spends a 22nd frame in the top tier. Last week, it passed "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, which logged 20 weeks in the top 10 in 2011. (Notably, both songs represent Perry's more experimental, trap-leaning forays; meanwhile, current single "Birthday," which showcases her more core pure-pop sound, holds at its No. 17 highpoint.)
Below Perry, two titles freshen the Hot 100's top 10. Canadian pop/reggae quartet MAGIC! climbs 15-8 with its debut entry "Rude." The song wins top Digital Gainer honors as it grows by 25 percent to 141,000 and rises 9-4 on Digital Songs. It also rockets into the Streaming Songs top 10 (23-10; 4.1 million, up 49 percent) and lifts 25-18 on Radio Songs (57 million, up 32 percent).
While "Rude" marks MAGIC!'s first Hot 100 top 10 (after reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 last month), it's the fourth top 10 as a writer for frontman Nasri Atweh. He previously reached the region as a writer on Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never," featuring Jaden Smith (No. 8, 2011); Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," featuring Big Sean (No. 6, 2012); and Pitbull's "Feel This Moment," featuring Christina Aguilera (No. 8, 2013).
Calvin Harris'"Summer" likewise enters the Hot 100's top 10, coasting 12-9. It makes an identical 12-9 advance on Radio Songs (81 million, up 16 percent), enters the Streaming Songs top 10 (15-9; 4.2 million, up 13 percent) and pushes 13-11 on Digital Songs (97,000, up 13 percent). Harris claims his third Hot 100 top 10, following his guest turn on Rihanna's 10-week 2011-12 No. 1 "We Found Love" (which he wrote and produced) and his own "Sweet Nothing," featuring Florence Welch (No. 10, 2013).
Speaking of summer, this week brings the return of Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart. Stay tuned for the first ranking, and an analysis of this summer's top hits so far, on Billboard.com tomorrow. (The 10-position Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly Hot 100 from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of the season, the top song of summer 2014 will be crowned.)
Wrapping the Hot 100's top 10, Jason Derulo's "Wiggle," featuring Snoop Dogg, bullets for a second week at No. 10. The song (which Derulo sang as part of a medley with previous single "Talk Dirty" on the BBMAs, with Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz) rises 7-6 on Digital Songs (133,000, up 14 percent) and 8-7 on Streaming Songs (5.9 million, up 11 percent), while approaching Radio Songs (26 million, up 35 percent).
Two songs depart the Hot 100's top 10: Derulo's No. 3-peaking "Talk Dirty" (7-13) and Justin Timberlake's No. 8 hit "Not a Bad Thing" (9-11); still, the latter holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs with 126 million (up 2 percent). As previously reported, "Thing" climbs 2-1 on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart while spending a second week at No. 1 on Pop Songs.
What is your Summer playlist ONTD?
Joe Dante’s Gremlins is one of the many camp classics celebrating a 30th anniversary this year. And because everything old is instantly new again in Hollywood, the industry’s trying to find some way to reboot it.
Original Gremlins star Zach Galligan isn’t trying to fight the inevitable. In fact, if he plays his cards right, he’d like to somehow participate.
The actor was speaking with Moviefone on behalf of Gremlins turning 30 years old. He shared a number of fun and interesting stories from Joe Dante’s set, talking about the influence Steven Spielberg had on the movie, and reminiscing about his audition. He doesn’t want to audition for the planned remake. He already knows what part he’d like to play. Said Galligan:
"What I can tell you is that they are in the process of rebooting it. I know that the process is going reasonably well. I know that they are writing something, right now, as we speak. I would obviously never have any idea or presume to have any idea about my cooperation with a reboot until they approach me or sent me some kind of script.
You would have to figure one of three possibilities would be apparent: 1. I would have no involvement in it; 2. I have a small, cameo-type involvement in it; or 3. and hopefully the Warner Bros people are listening to this, would let me play the new Billy Peltzer's teacher, or play the dad, or play the cop. Just move up and play another part."
The finale was outstanding! Hopefully we'll get to see a second season.
"We grabbed each other and we touched. We did everything you can do while driving..."
A second transgender model has opened up about her alleged sexual encounter with Casper Smart before his break-up with Jennifer Lopez was announced. Xristina Marie, 25, reportedly 'fooled around' with the dancer after meeting him in a Miami nightclub. She told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: 'I said: 'You know what kind of girl I am?' And he said: 'I'm not stupid. My name is Smart'. Xristina claimed she and the 28-year-old locked eyes in the Florida night spot weeks ago. She said: 'I was in a club and Casper was smiling and being flirty.
'Everyone in Miami knows who I am. I think someone would have told him [I'm transgender]. 'Then a few days after that I got a friend request from him on Instagram. 'He started messaging me. We started talking and he met me in his car and we went for a little ride around Miami. 'We started fooling around in the car and being touchy. We had a kiss and did a little more.' The brunette beauty claims he also begged her to send him sexy photographs and when she sent him one of her in a thong, he replied: 'Not good enuff,' before asking her to strip for him during a video chat.
Xristina also sent him a snap of her bottom and she claims the pair met again for a sexy session in his car in Los Angeles. She said: 'We played around -- a little more than the first time. We grabbed each other and we touched. We did everything you can do while driving.' Talking about her transformation, Xristina said: 'I've had three nose jobs, my Adam's apple done and my breasts done four times.'
Casper has also been accused of exchanging messages and sexy photos with transsexual Sofie Vissa, 23, who claims the snaps 'showed everything.'Those close to J-Lo, who has six-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony, said she and Casper split about two months ago and his meetings with models were 'as a single guy.' Casper and Jennifer were last seen together on May 20 heading to Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood after she taped American Idol.
TheDirty.com broke the story of his cheating with the first transsexual model Sofie Vissa last week and followed it with word of Xristina . The website reported: 'Xristina Marie also had inappropriate relations with Casper Smart. According to our source the couple met in Miami and Casper Smart was 100% aware that Xristina is a transsexual.' Nik promised 'more details to come.'
Along with the post, there is a link to several messages between Xristina and a person who claims to be Casper. After liking her photo, he asks for revealing snaps of her, adding, 'I need somethin good.' When she asks, 'But what am I getting back?' he replies, 'Surprise me.' He also reveals he is 'White and Mexican.'
One week ago an anonymous reader maintained her friend Sofie had been getting close to Lopez's partner. 'Nik, sooo my homegirl has been talking and linking up with Casper Smart for a week now… they met online and I guess they Both follow each other,' the person wrote. 'She texted me saying they exchanged pictures XXX’s… and what not… I’m liked shocked… didn’t know he was down for Us beautiful Transexual WOMEN.'
There were also screen grabs of their alleged messages where Smart told the beauty - who slightly resembles the My Love Don't Cost A Thing singer - 'I wanna see more what else ya got.'
The unidentified pal added: 'I myself didn’t believe it…. I’m like Casper Smart? JLo’s MAN!!!!!!! Guess he likes beautiful women and the best of both worlds… crazy what a simple hello and simple talking and flirting can end up to…. 'My girl said she seen him a few times and he picked her up in his big truck…. I didn’t believe it so I asked for screen-shot and here they are. I guess my friend Sofie is f***ing Casper Smart.. I’m asking for more screenshots she has them ALL.'
Richie - whose real name is Hooman Karamian - claimed that Vissa has naked images of Casper. She allegedly took the photos on May 19 and is 'shopping them to the highest bidder,' according to Nik. No photos have since surfaced. 'I can confirm she has naked images of Casper Smart and Casper has nude images of (Vissa),' Richie has said.
'Someone must be posing as Casper, he is not a part of this thing with Sofie, it's absurd,' a source told MailOnline. 'There are no pictures of him.' On Tuesday, Casper responded to Richie via Instagram. Richie posted three messages to Nik where he seemed to deny the cheating claims. 'Negativity,' he wrote, then added, 'Lucky you didn’t waste your money. There are none. I just did a huge charity event yesterday and have to come home to this bs…sad what the media does to people.'
He then wrote, 'along with this nasty story. Thanks. Could you imagine it people came at you your wife your kids daily?' Richie then wrote, 'Trust me I get it. People bash me 24-7. I just want to make sure you are being honest with me bro. That’s all. The transgender has solid evidence saying otherwise. Like really solid.' Smart only wrote back, 'Got it.' On Saturday Vissa was spotted smiling with friends in Los Angeles.
Jill Duggar is set to marry Derick Dillard this month, and the two are preparing for their wedding in the way many engaged couples are: registering for gifts. That registry has been released to the public and is in line with how down-to-earth the couple truly is.
According to Radar Online, the couple has registered for gifts ranging in price from $1.98 (a pot-luck container) to $149.97. Other items include a Bissell vacuum ($47.84), suitcase ($19.00), ironing board ($60) and pillows ($8 per pillow). The couple is registered at a Wal-Mart in Arkansas, but anyone can search for the registry and purchase a gift for the two.
Dillard and Duggar are set to wed on June 21, which doesn't leave much time for wedding planning. However, Duggar and her larger-than-life family are sure to be pitching out to make the ceremony extra special with plenty of homemade touches.
The family all participated in eldest son Josh's wedding to wife Anna and shared in the joy and ceremony of their wedding.
What would you wish for in your wedding registry?
There's an unpredictability to Lily Cole. She made her name as a model while still a schoolgirl and has trodden the familiar route of model turned actress, but in the meantime she went to Cambridge University, where she graduated with a first in history of art, and soon after leaving took the altogether less familiar path of becoming a model turned technology entrepreneur. Last year, she launched a wish-fulfilment website called impossible.com, a site where people post their wishes and that "encourages people to do things for others for free".
There aren't too many 26-year-olds out there who can talk about the complexities of supply distribution networks, who have been shot by both Juergen Teller and Playboy and who believe they change the face of global capitalism by creating a platform to encourage small acts of kindness.
You're playing Helen of Troy in Simon Armitage's new adaptation of The Iliad, The Last Days of Troy. Have you felt any pressure in playing the most beautiful woman in the world?
I don't think that the pressure comes from that one description. Beauty is so relative and so subjective and that's just a description of her but I can't play that description. Everyone will have a different opinion of what that image is. I don't feel pressure, but a responsibility, maybe, in playing a character that's so well known or at least who has occupied such a big part of the human imagination for such a long time. The beautiful thing is… not something I can do anything about. I can't change how I look.
I read somewhere that one of the actresses you admire is Charlize Theron and she's another great beauty who started out modelling but whose breakthrough role came when she uglied up [to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster]. I wonder if that appeals to you, the idea of playing somebody who is much more counter to type?
Actually, the role I played before this one was a small part in London Fields, based on the Martin Amis book, and she was a serious addict and hopelessly dependent. They didn't do anything as extreme to me as Charlize in terms of prosthetics, but they certainly did their best job at making me look shit.
Did you test it out at all the street? Did people react differently to you?
I didn't but I certainly know that from life. There are many days I go out dressed down, no makeup, feeling kind of rough, and I elicit much, much, much, much less attention than if I put on a dress and makeup. If I'm wearing heels and walk down the street, I am really conscious because most people are paying attention.
Was that one of the interesting things about studying history of art at Cambridge: seeing how visual culture and ideas of beauty have shifted so much over time?
Totally, also just seeing the depiction of women for hundreds and hundreds of years. Many more women have been depicted than men, so even the fact that a woman is seen as a beautiful thing to paint [was interesting]. There aren't that many images of Helen of Troy but it's interesting to see how different painters have interpreted her over the years.
You were spotted by a modelling scout at the age of 14. Looking back at it now though, does the fact that you were so young trouble you? The fact that the fashion industry uses underage models to show off their clothes, sometimes in a sexualised way?
It doesn't trouble me too much from my experience. I didn't do very sexualised imagery until I was a bit older. There were some publications such as Vogue, for example, that don't use girls under 16. The way we present images in general bothers me. So the way that beauty is understood often as being largely Caucasian and largely young is inherently problematic. And the idea of what is fashionable, of what is hot or not, and that being applied to young girls is also hugely difficult. I know how I was when I was a teenager and how insecure most teenagers are.
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Chuck D wants Urban radio to "get it right or be gone" -- and he's not just talking about Hot 97 in New York. The Public Enemy co-founder has been in a Twitter war of words with the Hot 97 team since the station's Summer Jam concert on June 1, when he derided "what a sloppy fiasco (the station) has made of Hip-Hop."
Reached by Billboard backstage before the group's Parklife Weekender festival appearance Sunday in Manchester, England, D said his unhappiness about the Summer Jam -- particularly over the prolific use of the N-word and a line-up D felt did not adequately represent the New York hip-hop community -- was "the last straw" in a general dissatisfaction over the state of rap and radio stations that play and brand themselves with the music.
"My goal by year's end is to change the face and sound of urban radio," D promised."I've been in this shit 30 years, too long to just sit and let it be. I'm not going to be the grim reaper. I don't want to be the grim reaper. But people have to stand up and we need some change, and it's time."
This year's Hot 97 Summer Jam featured performances by Nas, 50 Cent, Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, the Roots, Nick Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and many more. D says he was particularly disturbed that the use of the N-word was so readily tolerated by the station and festival organizers.
"That shit is over," he noted. "If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen? Why does there have to be such a double standard?"
Citing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as an example, D added that he felt it would be proper to include a contract clause for performers "to at least be civil in the presentation of the art form they've been granted with."
And though he said that he's "not trying to be a moral compass," D added that he also feels it's time for record labels to also consider clauses "saying you can't be derogatory to the community you can from" in contracts with their artists.
D said he was also disappointed that the Summer Jam lineup did not include enough local artists, especially for a radio station from the birthplace of rap and hip-hop culture.
"It's just a sloppy presentation of the art form, the worst presentation known to man," D explained. "It's negligent. There needs to be a greater representation of the culture and the community on that radio station." Broadening the discussion to the state of Urban radio in general, D said that, "When people say the word Urban, they don't know what that means. When they say urban music, they mean playing black artists -- and artists outside the community. It should be a representation of playing music by a lot of different artists -- non-black artists, too. I just want to see artists be able to have fair game."
Though D labeled comments that Hot 97 personalities Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg made to Billboard in response to his criticisms "a bunch of hogwash," the MC said his argument is less with them and more with station ownership.
"It's about their bosses," D said. "That's where the discussion needs to go."
But D said he doesn't require a direct role in that discussion for himself. "Why would I sit down with them? I don't have time for that. I don't have to show 'em shit; they're grown people. I ain't wasting my time. Let them sit down with the community and the artists. They'll tell 'em. I'll watch from afar. But they better get it right or we'll destroy the platform of Urban radio across the country."
D did, however, say he'd continue to monitor and speak out about the situation, mostly via written commentary and via his Rapstation.com site and radio station, as well as other outlets.
Breaking news from Hollywood: Chloë Sevigny is no longer an it girl—in fact, she’s no longer a girl at all. “I’ve been feeling like a grownup for a little while now,” says the actress / model / muse / designer / adult. “I don’t know exactly when it happened, but now maybe there’s proof because I just moved to Park Slope,” the leafy Brooklyn enclave that boasts famous residents like Jennifer Connolly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and other movie star MILFs. (That’s mothers-I’d-like-to-film, ahem.)
We caught Sevigny on a rare break from her jam-packed schedule, and discussed clothes hoarding, lost generations, and baby-puppy perfection.
Speaking of babies—is it weird to you that Millennials are obsessed with ‘90s fashion?
It is weird, but also, I get it, because I felt that way about the ‘70s or the ‘80s, like, “I was born too late! I just missed out on the hardcore scene!” Everyone feels that way; everyone wishes they were in the scene that came before them, because you can idealize it. But I also think the kids who are really into the ‘90s now? I agree they might be a little more obsessed, a little more upset that they missed it. And I think it’s because, if you were a teenager or a 20-something in the ‘90s, you were the last generation of the pre-internet age. We were the last kids who didn’t have to worry about social media; we were the last kids who had to connect, physically, to music or fashion, because if we didn’t have a mixtape or a magazine, it wasn’t like you could just Google it. Right after us, that all changed. So there’s an innocence to it, at least for them—they feel like we’re a lost generation, maybe.
You’re famous for your epic wardrobe. Do you wear something once, and then pass it onto a friend, or are you a clothes hoarder?
I have an archive in Connecticut where I hold on to a lot of stuff. Hopefully I’ll have a daughter, or a son who has a wife that likes clothes. I don’t know why, but I hold onto outfits from almost every event I’ve ever gone to. And because I have my Opening Ceremony line, I save some things separately, in case I want them for inspiration.
How far back does your archive go? Do you have your X Girl clothes in there?
Oh yeah. I have lots of X Girl stuff, I have stuff from junior high—some Guess? and Esprit and Benetton street wear—and I also have my first communion dress.
As a certified fashion empress, please predict the next big trend from the street.
I never get to see anyone on the street because I live in Los Angeles! We all drive everywhere. But… I mean, besides babies in puppy suits, which needs to happen… Maybe mules. The shoe, not the animal. I see a return to mules.
No marital trouble here.
It seems that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are regularly battling breakup rumors in the tabloids, but the married couple of nearly 17 years appeared to be more in love than ever over the weekend.
Jada, 42, was photographed kissing and holding hands with her 45-year-old husband on the beach in Hawaii. The couple was snapped as they giggled and twirled around on the beach (doesn't everybody?), appearing relaxed during their getaway.
Though Will also spent some of his vacation working out with a trainer on the sand, it's Jada's super fit bikini body that caught our attention. Can you say ripped?
The pair appeared to be having a ball together, giggling as they stood in the water.
They even gave each other a high-five as they emerged from the surf.
Willow was clearly feeling the love for both her famous parents, as she also gave her father a peck on the lips after her swim.
Last month, the 13-year-old made headlines after a photo of her lying on a bed with her friend, Moises Arias, emerged on social media. Arias was shirtless, which led many to call into question the appropriateness of their relationship as he is 20.
"Here's the deal," Jada told a sea of paparazzi shortly after the incident blew up. "There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. You're acting like covert pedophiles and that's not cool."
The couple were also hit with split rumours late last year after pictures surfaced showing Will getting cosy in a photo booth with his Focus co-star Margot Robbie.
In the pictures, published in Star magazine, Margot lifts up her top to reveal her lacy white bra, as Will pulls up his own shirt, pressing his bare chest against her back.
However, Margot took to Twitter to deny any inappropriate behaviour and insisted the pair were ‘just goofing around’.
We're guessing the Smith clan was definitely ready for a drama-free vacation.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Rise of the Tomb Raider has been confirmed as the next game in the famed Tomb Raider series and Lara Croft's next step in becoming who she was meant to be.
Lara Croft had a rough go of it in the Tomb Raider reboot that came out last year—rough enough to land her in therapy, suffering from flashbacks and other psychological trauma. Her therapist worries that she's fallen into a "mental trap," from which she may never escape. But there's another possibility, too: Through our struggles, as she puts it herself, "We become who we're meant to be."
There's no gameplay in the new trailer--it's clearly all about the narrative, as Lara continues to evolve into the character we've grown familiar with over the past decade and change. She's still clearly not the cavalier heroine of the franchise's early days, but Rise of the Tomb Raider looks like it will be a big step in that direction.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is slated for the 2015 holiday season, and our fingers are crossed for a multiplatform launch.