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How Madonna And Britney Spears’ VMAs Kiss Came To Be

When Madonna kissed Britney Spears on stage at the 2003 VMAs, the world erupted. Soon it became one of the most iconic images in MTV award show history. In a recent interview with Billboard, Spears' longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, spoke about the story behind the kiss.

“Madonna had been very, very, very rigid about the rehearsals," he said. "She was telling Britney and I every day, ‘Be here tomorrow at 10 o'clock.' She would never address me by name, she would just say, 'You, make sure Britney's here tomorrow at 10 o'clock.' And I would say, 'Okay.' You don't want to upset her."

Just after the kiss Rudolph ran into Madonna in the elevator at Radio City Hall. "She came right up to me first," he said. "She put her arms around my waist and she gave me a big kiss on the lips and said, 'You see Larry? It was all worth it.'" Watch the whole interview below.

20
Oct
2014

Neil Patrick Harris Was ‘Terrified’ To Accept Oscars Hosting Gig

When news broke on Wednesday that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Oscars in 2015, he tweeted a video in which he crossed the gig off a lengthy bucket list. But in an interview with Z100, Harris admitted that he was initially "terrified" to take the job.

"I’ve been in the hosting world for a little while and the Oscars has been that show that I was terrified to take on, but had never been asked to do," Harris told Elvis Duran. "So when Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of the show, they just reach out to someone, and thankfully, I think with the help of 'Gone Girl' and 'A Million Ways to Die in the West,' I had a couple more feature film credits than I did before and that definitely helps with the Academy and their decision making. It’s weirdly one of those things that you don’t know when it’s happening and you don’t reach out for it and present yourself, you just sometimes get a call.”

When asked if he was excited to host, he said, "Partly, I’m that way, and partly I’m reticent because I’ve always thought and said it’s the big target and as exciting as it is it’s potentially lose-lose in various ways because it’s just such a big show."

Harris said that he first got the call last Friday, but he hasn't started planning the details of the show, which airs Feb. 22, 2015, just yet.

Hear Neil Patrick Harris' interview in its entirety over at ElvisDuran.com
16
Oct
2014

Ezra Miller Makes History With ‘Flash’ Casting

Ezra Miller has been tapped to play The Flash in Warner Bros.' new Justice League movie based on the DC Comics character. The film is due out in 2018.

As BuzzFeed notes, Miller, 22, is the first out LBGT actor cast to play a superhero in a franchise blockbuster. (Sir Ian McKellen, who is gay, stars as the villainous Magneto in the "X-Men" series; Ellen Page also stars in the "X-Men" films, but was cast as Kitty Pride before publicly coming out in February of 2014.) Miller is known best for parts in "Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

"I'm queer," Miller told Out in a 2012 interview. "I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I've been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don't know if it's responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don't think we're ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you’re supposed to be looking for. Then [when] we find what we think is love -- even if it is love -- we do not yet have the tools. I do feel that it's possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible -- which is fine. I'm super down with being irresponsible. I'm just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That's where I’m at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question."

It's rumored that Miller will appear as The Flash at the end of 2016's "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." He would likely also portray the character in 2017's "Justice League Part One," directed by Zack Snyder, before starring in his own standalone film.

Warner Bros. revealed the news of Miller's casting as part of a larger Justice League announcement, which included premiere dates for "Aquaman," "Wonder Woman," "Shazam," "Justice League Part Two," a "Green Lantern" reboot and a "Cyborg" solo film.
16
Oct
2014

Neil Patrick Harris Is Hosting The Oscars In 2015

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars. The news, first reported by Variety and also BuzzFeed, was confirmed to HuffPost Entertainment by a representative for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A press release confirmed Harris as host for the 87th annual Academy Awards.

Harris has taken home Emmys and a Tony, and has hosted both, but this will be his first time acting as emcee for the Oscars. He did, however, perform in the opening musical number in the 2010 ceremony.

Last year, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the most-watched Oscars of the past decade. The broadcast garnered 43 million viewers.

"It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year's Academy Awards," Harris said in a statement. "I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true." Harris tweeted a video of the bucket list, which proves -- as we all knew -- that Harris has had a pretty great career.


15
Oct
2014

40 Years Later, Fleetwood Mac Is Still Touring. Let Them Tell You Why

When asked to describe Fleetwood Mac's latest tour, the closest thing Mick Fleetwood could compare it to was a circus. Aptly titled, "On With The Show," the 33-city stadium run is intended to be a spectacle: a live reunion of five bona fide rock stars, whose personal lives are intertwined like tree roots and documented on a dozen albums. For Christine McVie, it's a homecoming; this marks her first set of public performances since rejoining the band this spring. For Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Stevie Nicks, the next few months are a kick in the face to skeptics who believe the band lives in the past. As Fleetwood told HuffPost Entertainment, "Underneath that canopy, anything can happen."

That was the feeling as the lights went down at New York's Madison Square Garden on Monday night. There was the reunited Fleetwood Mac: Nicks at the microphone, her band assembled behind her (McVie stood at the piano in a sparkling black blazer, ready for her pseudo-coming out party). "Welcome back, Chris! Where have you been?" Nicks bellowed, before shouting a call to action: "Let's get this party started!"

Without a beat, Fleetwood Mac jumped into a 24-song set that included two encores, one glittery gold shawl, a black top hat and two Buckingham guitar solos that could melt metal.

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"In the last year and a half, none of us in our wildest dreams would have thought that we would be going on this adventure," Fleetwood, the band's drummer, former manager and self-proclaimed "gatekeeper," told HuffPost Entertainment over the phone a few weeks before the New York show. He spoke from the Santa Monica canyon house he and McVie rented together as the band rehearsed. McVie decided to return to the band earlier this year, after 16 years of living in England's countryside. Fleetwood helped her get over a paralyzing fear of flying and she joined her ex-husband, John McVie, Fleetwood and guitarist Buckingham in Los Angeles to lay groundwork for a new album and plan the tour.

For fans, McVie's return means the band gets to play her songs -- some of Fleetwood Mac's best, most recognizable tracks -- in their original arrangements. "I just love these songs even after all these years," McVie said, speaking from the same home in Santa Monica. Her favorite at the moment is "Little Lies." Fleetwood, though, is partial to "Everywhere," only because watching Buckingham fiddle with it is like "watching a kid in a toy shop." During the New York show, the band also ripped through "You Make Lovin' Fun," "Say You Love Me," and ended the concert with McVie and a grand piano alone on the stage. She sang her delicate single "Songbird" just after Fleetwood had said to the crowd, "Our songbird has returned, Christine! Hallelujah!"

The band didn't play any songs from the upcoming album, and that's by design. "It's really all about Christine returning," Fleetwood said. "It's all about the fact that we're doing all these lovely songs we haven't done in 20 years. That's a big enough slice of cake." As nearly 18,000 people sang along to every word, they made the right choice. "There's about 10 songs, I always say, that truly if we didn't do we would be lined up and shot."

On stage, Fleetwood Mac looked like a band at the height of its powers. Buckingham slammed his guitar with thoughtful determination. Nicks twirled and twirled, telling stories about dreamcatchers and seeing the future. Fleetwood sat atop his drum set throne, looking like a delighted six-foot-five cherub. McVie never left Fleetwood's right side nor addressed the crowd, but playfully nudged his bandmates when they came by to say hello. And Christine McVie embraced the spotlight, clearly giddy with this musical reunion. She joked to the audience about her and John's divorce, strapped on an accordion and joined the others as they skipped around the stage like Maypole dancers, connecting with one another for brief moments. "You don't often get to do what you love twice," she said to the crowd.

For those not under Fleetwood Mac's witchy spell, it's easy to brand the group as has-been Baby Boomers clinging to the '70s and '80s. "But it just feels so new," McVie insisted. "Obviously we are living with the history of us all, but everything we do is the present." When asked why she thought fans, in earnest, still want to hear Fleetwood Mac enough to warrant this kind of production, she paused. "If I knew the answer to that, I'd bottle it."

Fleetwood summed up Fleetwood Mac's apparent staying power as best he could: "I hope that the message is this: That a bunch of people in their 60s, who have taken the blows, brought up families, sometimes gone off the tracks, are sitting here like hundreds of millions of people going, 'Now what do we do?' I think it's like Fleetwood Mac."

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A band firmly placed in the rock and roll canon has nothing left to prove, which is why "On With The Show" feels like such a celebration. "Our professional pipe dream, if you like, has been fulfilled on such a fantastic grand level against hopeless odds, sometimes, most of which we created ourselves," Fleetwood said. "It just feels like a time warp, as though I never left," McVie echoed. "I look across the stage at Lindsey, Mick, John and Stevie and it's a sense of disbelief. Mainly it's just a pure sense of profound joy."

By this time, the band is well-aware of their worn history, documented in gossip magazines and in 37-year-old Rolling Stone features. "Our lives were almost too public, but that's the way we handled it. Now it's part of the fabric. We have a chance to re-write some of the bits and pieces now, because of Christine's return," Fleetwood said. "I really believe that."

After the encores, which included "World Turning," "Don't Stop," "Silver Springs" and the aforementioned "Songbird," all of Fleetwood Mac returned to the stage for a bow. They hugged each other and took turns at the microphones, not yet ready to leave the carnival they created for two-and-a-half hours. "I just want you to know how happy we are that we have our dream girl back," Nicks said. Fleetwood, the night's de facto ringleader, had brought out a red top hat for the finale and said goodbye. "We are literally in heaven, floating on a cloud."

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Find tickets for Fleetwood Mac's On With The Show tour at Ticketmaster.com.
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Oct
2014