Miley Cyrus performs at iHeartRadio music festival

MILEY Cyrus can’t stop.

The pop singer was a crowd favourite at the iHeartRadio music festival day event today in Las Vegas. Before she hit the stage, the crowd of a few hundred chanted: “Miley! Miley! Miley!”

The 20-year-old emerged onstage in all white, wearing a tight corset and high wasted shorts that revealed some of her backside.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Village - ShowHer four-song set opened with the anthemic We Can’t Stop, where people onstage were dressed in flower, mushroom and rainbow costumes. She gyrated and slapped a dwarf-sized dancer’s butt onstage. She followed the colourful performance with Party In the USA

But it was her emotional rendition of Wrecking Ball that was her set’s highlight. Cyrus’ mascara was running as she left the stage after the song and the performance comes days after she announced she was no longer engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth. She thanked the audience for helping the song top the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.

“I couldn’t have done it without all you guys,” she said.

Cyrus broke a record with the debut of the song’s provocative video, which features her in the nude. It became the fastest music video to reach 100 million views on VEVO.

The wild child singer said she knows “things I’m doing that’s getting me into trouble and it’s just me doing what my heart and soul is telling me what to do.”

Everything she’s done is “inspired by the music,” she said.

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Michael Jackon’s ‘Thriller’ Music Video Recreated With Legos

What do you get when you combine Michael Jackson and Legos? Pure awesomeness.

Annette Jung, Talking Animals animator extraordinaire, first caught our attention in February with her portrayal of Jackson moonwalking using only Lego blocks. At the time, The Huffington Post hoped the director was hard at work creating a “Thriller” animation and it seems our wish has come true.

The Berlin-based comic artist is back with another homage to the King of Pop with a recreation of the opening scenes of “Thriller” using brightly colored Legos.

In the stop-motion visual short, Jung uses Legos in hues of red and blue to show Jackson transforming into a werewolf, as seen in the beginning of the legendary 13-minute music video first aired in 1983. Juxtapoz notes that Jung used the bottom sides of the Legos bricks, which double as pixels, to create shading. She also layered them to create depth.

Jung told The Huffington Post in an email Friday that it took her 10 weeks to complete the piece.

“I usually work much faster but Lego is an entirely new medium for me to animate with and I enjoyed every single second playing with it,” she said.

Why did she choose “Thriller”? “Because I think it is the best music short film ever made.”

What do you think of Jung’s Lego Jackson?

Teenage exorcists who say Harry Potter has corrupted the world head to Britain armed with Bibles and Holy Water to tackle hotbed of occult activity

When I read that headline I thought, are these girls SERIOUS???? Really Harry potter??How can these girls be thinking fiction is real?  Well I have to say Just thinking about this gave me a giggle. So who are these girls?

They’re stunning American teens with black belts in karate, and spend their weekends battling demons.

No, it’s not the plot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – this wholesome trio are actually professional exorcists, and have come to London with a suitcase full of Bibles and Holy Water, intent on banishing the Capital’s dark forces.

Brynne Larson, 18, and sisters Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, aged 18 and 21, are determined to rescue London’s youngsters from evil spirits, which they say they are inviting to possess them by reciting the spells in the Harry Potter books. article-2415387-1BB1C1F6000005DC-159_634x407 (1)

The threesome, from Arizona, believe the spells in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling fantasy series are real, and dangerous.

In fact, they see Britain as a hotbed of occult activity whose origins go back to pagan times.

Savannah explains: ‘It has been centuries in the making, but I believe it came to a pinnacle with the Harry Potter books.’

‘The spells you are reading about are not made up,’ adds Tess. ‘They are real and come from witchcraft.’

Inspired by their religious faith, the young women believe loose morals are a prime cause of demonic possession, and that promiscuity can transmit ‘sexually transmitted demons’ in the same way as physical infections.

British filmmaker Dan Murdoch has spent six months getting to know the trio for an upcoming documentary, Teen Exorcists, which will be shown on BBC3.

While filming, he joined them at work in the Ukraine, and afterwards in London where he captured an exorcism meeting on camera.

Guided by their trainer, Brynne’s father the Reverend Bob Larson, the women are seen apparently banishing a demon from Beth Wragg, a former Anglican chaplain, in London’s East End.

Though Bob says he is guided by God and has cast out more than 15,000 demons, sceptics claim he is preying on the vulnerable in a bid to sell his books, DVDs and ‘crosses of deliverance’ – a tool of the trade.

There’s also the question of donations. While attendance at the exorcism meetings is free, the cleric requests a £200 contribution for private sessions.

Reverend Bob compares his work to medical treatment, and told the Sunday Express: ‘People pay thousands to go to drug rehab or for a psychiatrist but there is this idea that spirituality should be free. It is not uncommon for a pastor in America to make up to a million dollars a year. I can assure you we are nowhere near that.’

Though she believes her role as an exorcist is a divine calling, Bob’s daughter Brynne has decided to return to the States to study for a degree at Liberty University in Virginia. Ultimately, she hopes to work in international business.

Discussing his documentary, Dan Murdoch admits he has doubts about the team’s demon-smiting mission.

‘I don’t believe in exorcisms after doing the documentary but I do believe in the power of belief after what I’ve seen,’ he says.
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Nevada Desert: Burning Man Crowd Tops 61,000

In Reno, Nevada,  A federal official says more than 61,000 people have turned out so far for the weekend Burning Man outdoor art and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Mark Turney said Saturday that gate management was tightened Friday when organizers got close to a permitted capacity of 68,000. The crowd ebbs and flows at the festival taking place about 100 miles north of Reno.

He says organizers reported one person was flown to a hospital by medical helicopter this week after being struck by a vehicle. No other serious incidents have been reported.

Attendance peaked last year at 56,000. The BLM raised the crowd limit this year after organizers agreed to security, public safety, resource management and cleanup rules.

Julie Harris: Broadway Star And 5-Time Tony Best Actress Winner Dies At 87

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One of Broadway’s most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in “I Am a Camera” to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst,”Julie Harris passed away Saturday at her West Chatham, Mass., home of congestive heart failure, She was 87.

Born on Dec. 2, 1925, in Grosse Pointe, Mich., the daughter of an investment banker. She grew up fascinated by movies, later saying she thought of herself as plain-looking and turned to acting as a way of becoming other persons.

She made her stage debut at the Grosse Pointe Country Day School in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at age 14. In the years that followed, she studied drama in finishing school, prep school, Yale University and the Actor’s Studio.

During her career Julia Harris won five Tony Awards for best actress in a play, she displayed a virtuosity that enabled her to portray an astonishing gallery of women during a theater career that spanned almost 60 years and included such plays as “The Member of the Wedding” (1950), “The Lark” (1955), “Forty Carats” (1968) and “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” (1972). She was honored again with a sixth Tony, a special lifetime achievement award in 2002.

Harris had suffered a stroke in 2001 while she was in Chicago appearing in a production of Claudia Allen’s “Fossils.” She suffered yet another stroke in 2010.

Television viewers would have know Harris as Lilimae Clements on the prime-time soap opera “Knots Landing.” In the movies, she was James Dean’s romantic co-star in “East of Eden” (1955), and she had rolls in such films as “Requiem for a Heavyweight” (1962), “The Haunting” (1963) and “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967).

Julie Harris, blue-eyed with reddish-gold hair, made her Broadway debut in 1945 in a play called “It’s a Gift.” Five years later, at the age of 24, she was cast as Frankie, a lonely 12-year-old tomboy in “The Member of the Wedding,” Carson McCullers’ stage version of her wistful novel. The actress appeared in the 1952 film version, too, with her original Broadway co-stars, Ethel Waters and Brandon De Wilde, and received an Academy Award nomination.

She won her first Tony Award for playing Sally Bowles, the confirmed hedonist in “I Am a Camera,” adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories.” The play later became the stage and screen musical “Cabaret.” In her second Tony-winning performance, Julie played a much more spiritual character, Joan of Arc in Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s “The Lark.” The play had a six-month run, primarily because of the notices for Harris.

Her third Tony came for her work in “Forty Carats,” a French comedy about an older woman and a younger man. It was a big hit, running for nearly two years.

Julie Harris won her last two Tonys for playing historical figures – Mary Todd Lincoln in “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” and poet Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” by William Luce. The latter, a one-woman show, became something of an annuity for Her, as it was a play she would take around the country at various times in her career.

The actress liked to tour, even going out on the road in such plays as “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Lettice & Lovage” after they had been done in New York with other stars.

Her last Broadway appearances were in revivals, playing the domineering mother in a Roundabout Theatre Company production of “The Glass Menagerie” (1994) and then “The Gin Game” with Charles Durning for the National Actors Theatre in 1997.

In 2005, she was one of five performers to receive Kennedy Center honors.

Julie Harris was married three times, to lawyer Jay I. Julian, stage manager Manning Gurian and writer William Erwin Carroll. She had one son, Peter Alston Gurian.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.

Linda Ronstadt tells: Why She ‘can’t sing a note’

In an online article posted  Friday, Linda tells that she was diagnosed eight months ago with Parkinson’s disease and “can’t sing a note.”

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The 67-year-old music legend says she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. Then when her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation.

She said she was “completely shocked” when she finally went to see neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years. No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease, No matter how hard you try.”

Linda Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s with pop hits like ‘You’re No Good’ and ‘When Will I Be Loved’. But she also segued into among other genres which included, country, pop standards and mariachi music.

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Her autobiography, due to be released next month, makes no mention of Parkinson’s or the loss of her voice. The singer’s New York-based managers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Online petition: American DVD cover of Australian hit movie The Sapphires is racist

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It was one of the most successful Australian films of recent times having grossed more than $20 million at the box office globally and winning 11 AACTA awards last year.It also received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered out of competition at the prestige Cannes Film Festival last year.

The Sapphires tells the story of four indigenous singers in the 1960s who travel to Vietnam to entertain troops. Directed by Queensland aboriginal filmmaker Wayne Blair, is based on the popular 2004 play of the same name written by indigenous stage and screen writer Tony Briggs.

Last week The Courier-Mail reported that US film distribution company Anchor Bay had redesigned the cover for its North American DVD. The new cover art features Irish actor Chris O’Dowd dominating the foreground over a blue-wash faded picture of his Aboriginal female co-stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell.

Fans accusing Anchor Bay of racism and sexism. Melbourne woman Lucy Manne calls on the distributor to change the contentious cover in an online petition.The petition calls for the American film distributor to scrap an allegedly racist version of The Sapphires DVD

Manne’s petition says, The Sapphires is about to be released on DVD in the US, which is great, Not so great is the cover which features a huge photo of a male supporting character, with the female stars of the show relegated to the background (in a weird blue monotone effect, just to add insult to injury). Disgusting.

Irish star Chris O’Dowd has described the move by Anchor Bay as “vile”. He posted on his Twitter feed in response to several followers. O’Dowd, who is more familiar to international audiences for his work in US comedies Bridesmaids and This is 40, agreed with Twitter followers contacting him with their concerns. “Yup, that’s pretty vile. Certainly not my choice” “It’s ridiculous, it’s misleading, ill-judged, insensitive and everything the film wasn’t,”

However Jessica Mauboy said “It doesn’t cross my mind, we all had a part and all had a moment and we all loved it.

New cover image.

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Personally I don’t see why they needed to change the cover in the first instance.

Petition:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/anchor-bay-change-the-sapphires-dvd-cover-2