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Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: AP
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Miley Cyrus accepts award onstage during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome
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Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: AP
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Miley Cyrus poses for photographers upon arrival at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: AP
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Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: AP
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Miley Cyrus smokes joint, twerks during MTV Europe Music Awards

AMSTERDAM (AP) — In an unabashed — and likely successful — bid for attention, singer Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf during the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The 20-year old singer also won the Best Video award for her hit song "Wrecking Ball."

Sunday's strong lineup of performers also included Eminem and Katy Perry.

Cyrus opened the space-themed show singing the song "We Can't Stop," while wearing a silver spandex suit and gyrating her buttocks in the move known as twerking.

Marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, but smokers can't be prosecuted for possession of small amounts and it is sold openly in cafes known euphemistically as "coffee shops."


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'Downton Abbey' to return for a 5th season


"Downton Abbey" will return for a fourth season in January, but now PBS is announcing the series will be back for at least one more after that.

"Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton says Downton fans can "rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way."

The celebrated British costume drama focusing on the elite Crawley family will air its fourth season on "Masterpiece" beginning Jan. 5. Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Jim Carter are among its stars.

Earlier this year, more than 24 million viewers watched the third season of the series in the U.S., making it the most-watched drama in PBS history.

This week's hot celebrity photos

Sting, Scarlett Johannson, Will Ferrell and more: Check out photos of celebrities on the red carpet and around the world.

From left, actress Rooney Mara, director Spike Jonze, actors Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Her" at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Italy. (Nov. 10, 2013) Credit: AP
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British singer Sting smiles during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy. (Nov. 10, 2013) Credit: AP 
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Actor Will Ferrell, dressed as the character Ron Burgundy, poses for photographers upon arrival at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Nov. 10, 2013) Credit: AP
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Actor and comedian Billy Crystal makes a jump shot at the opening ceremony for two new DreamCourts in Long BeachThe courts were constructed and opened today, one-year post superstorm Sandy, thanks to the Nancy Lieberman Foundation, WorldVentures Foundation and Billy and Janice Crystal. (Nov. 10, 2013) Credit: AP
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix arrives for the screening of the film 'Her' at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Italy. (Nov. 10, 2013) Credit: AP 
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'Thor: The Dark World' bashes box office with $86M 


Disney's "Thor: The Dark World," earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, noted studio estimates Sunday.

The Marvel superhero sequel, which earned $109.4 million when it opened internationally last weekend, brought in $180.1 million globally.

Paramount hidden-camera comedy "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" held the second place slot for the second weekend in a row, earning $11.3 million during its third weekend, with a domestic total reaching more than $78 million.

3-D animated kiddie flick "Free Birds" soared into third place with $11.1 million in its second weekend at the box office.

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Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke to perform in Amsterdam 


AMSTERDAM — Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon and Miley Cyrus are among those who will be performing at MTV's Europe Music Awards.

Cyrus delighted a group of fans as she left her hotel for the Sunday show by sticking her tongue out at them — the same expression she flashed repeatedly during her memorable appearance at MTV's Video Music Awards in New York in August.

The European awards traditionally focus on global, rather than U.S. pop music acts, though the overlap is huge: Eminem is receiving a "Global Pop Icon" award and Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are nominated in five categories each.

The show in Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome begins at 9 p.m. local time and is scheduled to be rebroadcast in the U.S. later Sunday.Miss Brazil Jakelyne Oliveira participates in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant final in Moscow.

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Real talk about those 'insane' Billy Joel ticket prices

By Glenn Gamboa

Tickets for Billy Joel's New Year's Eve concert at Barclays Center go on sale Monday morning. Let the grousing begin!

In recent weeks, the quest for Joel tickets -- to his surprise Paramount show and now for his Barclays show -- has driven many to complain and some to lash out at everyone from charities to the media to Joel himself.

Time for some real talk. It's hard to get tickets to see him. That's not because of some weird conspiracy to keep his fans out, but because there is so much pent-up demand to see Joel, who hasn't toured much in recent years.

In 2008, he sold out two shows at Shea Stadium -- more than 100,000 tickets -- in a matter of hours. Under the best of circumstances, it would be tough to land one of the 1,500 tickets for the Paramount or one of the 10,000 or so tickets that will go on sale Monday through Ticketmaster.

It is even tougher because ticket brokers of all sorts employ hundreds, if not thousands, of tech-savvy folks who try to scoop up as many tickets as possible for resale at a higher price. If you're looking for someone to blame for your striking out at getting tickets, why not look at them -- instead of people, including Joel, who have nothing to do with ticket distribution?

Of course, those people have jobs only because so many will pay 10 to 20 times a ticket's face value to see Joel. Joel himself tells fans all the time not to pay such prices. "We're not worth that much money," he says.

While that may be debatable, the underlying facts aren't -- patronizing brokers makes tickets scarcer and more expensive. Think about that tomorrow after tickets sell out.

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Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela, presents the Yamamay Million Dollar Swimsuit for Miss Universe after the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.  
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Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela, center, waves after winning the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
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Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela, poses for a photo after winning the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. 
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Venezuelan is the new Miss Universe 


MOSCOW — A 25-year-old Venezuelan who appears on TV in her country and is an accomplished flamenco dancer is the new Miss Universe.

Gabriela Isler was crowned Saturday night in the pageant at a sprawling exhibition hall on Moscow's outskirts.

In the excitement just after the announcement, the tiara fell off Isler's head as she was being crowned by Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo of the United States. Isler caught the crown laughing.

Patricia Rodrigues of Spain was the runner-up.

The panel of judges was led by American rock musician Steven Tyler.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro congratulated Isler on Twitter, calling her title a "triumph" for Venezuela, a country that has now won three of the last six Miss Universe pageants.

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Rolling Stones' Wood, Taylor play blues for celeb crowd in NYC


Another Rolling Stones rumor bites the dust.

Hours before Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood took the stage with former band member Mick Taylor at a club in Manhattan on Saturday night, a crowd gathered outside amid speculation that they would be joined by fellow guitarist Keith Richards and, possibly, Mick Jagger.

Inside the Cutting Room was a mix of celebs — musician and actor Steven Van Zandt, Monkees member Micky Dolenz, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, among others.

But the standing-room-only crowd of a few hundred got what was originally promised: A 90-minute set of guitar-grinding Jimmy Reed blues songs from Wood and Taylor.

The duo played a few shows at the club earlier in the week, too, tearing into the likes of "Bright Lights Big City" and "Going to New York."

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NYPD: 'Hurt Locker' actor charged with DWI


Anthony Mackie has been arraigned on two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving in New York City.

The 35-year-old actor was arrested in Harlem and was released after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday. His next court date is Dec. 19.

A publicist for "The Adjustment Bureau" co-star had no comment. Mackie also has appeared in the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," in "Pain & Gain" and numerous other movies.

A criminal complaint charges him with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and while impaired by alcohol. It says Mackie had the smell of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The complaint says he told an officer he'd had one beer.

It says Mackie refused to take a Breathalyzer test to measure his blood-alcohol level.

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Alanis Morissette to adapt 'Jagged little pill' for stage


If Alanis Morissette gets her wish, Broadway will swallow a jagged little pill.

The singer-songwriter said Friday she hopes to adapt her 1995 breakthrough album "Jagged Little Pill" for the stage. Though no story is yet written, a workshop is planned for next year.

Broadway veteran Tom Kitt , who adapted Green Day's "American Idiot" as well as the original, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Next to Normal," will provide orchestrations and arrangements.

The show, right now called "Jagged Little Pill," will include the albums hits, including "You Oughta Know," ''Ironic," ''You Learn" and "Head Over Feet."

She would join a glut of pop stars exploring the stage, including Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Edie Brickell, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.

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Reports: Scott Disick's mother, Bonnie, of Eastport, dies at 63

By Kaydi Poirier

Bonnie Disick of Eastport, the mother of Scott Disick, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star and boyfriend to Kourtney Kardashian, has died at the age of 63.

Several sites including US Weekly and E!, the network that airs the "Kardashians" reality show, reported the news Thursday. E! called her passing "sudden," while US reports she died following a long illness. The grandmother to Scott and Kourtney's children, Mason, 3, and Penelope, 1, died last week, according to People.

Bonnie Disick appeared on early episodes of the Kardashians' spinoff show "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" in 2011, when Kourtney and sister Khloe take Kourtney and Scott's son, Mason, to visit his grandparents on Long Island.

On the current season of "KUWTK," Scott Disick, 30, revealed he struggles with being around death and illness, in part because his father, Jeff, suffers from diabetes and heart problems. In that episode, he put his fears aside to spend time with a fan who had cancer and wanted to meet him.

Kourtney and Scott reportedly attended Bonnie's wake Wednesday, as well as a "small" funeral in New York.

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New York booming as setting for reality TV shows

By Danielle Valente

Camera crews trail behind people, not professionally trained actors, as they go about their accustomed routines. Elaborate film sets creating imaginary worlds are replaced with cities and towns. 

This is reality TV, and it’s no stranger to New York. “The Apprentice,” “What Not to Wear,” “Project Runway,” “Princesses Long Island” -- the list of Empire State reality shows goes on.

Production generates a minimum of $7,500 daily for the Suffolk County economy, according to Michelle Isabelle-Stark, director of the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs. Marybeth Ihle, press secretary for the New York City Mayor’s office of Media and Entertainment, says reality TV contributes to the annual $7.1 million the city generates from production. The East Coast hot spot has evolved into the perfect set for those shows that do not require lines.

After all, who needs a script when New Yorkers’ realities are just as engaging as fiction?

“I don’t know what it is about the East Coast, but the people who have grown up there are incredibly honest and forthright,” said Howard Lee, executive of vice president for production and development for TLC. “And that’s why they make some of the best talent on reality shows.

For Lee and his team, it’s all about storytelling when looking for compelling men and women to cast. He explains that chronicling a person’s progress is the key ingredient for the channel. TLC receives ideas internally from its team as well as from outside production companies. It can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year or more before a show gets produced and broadcast.

TLC viewers saw complete transformations on "What Not to Wear,” which recently aired its final episode after a 10-year run. On the show stylists revamped a chosen woman’s inappropriate, unflattering or dated wardrobe when makeovers seemed impossible for the rigid subject.

Season one of TLC's “Breaking Amish: Brave New World” gave young adults from simplistic means a peak into unchartered territory: New York City.

“You want to see . . . what they are struggling with, their journey, what they’re trying to accomplish,” Lee said. “If it’s fascinating enough, we’ll tune in.

And the good thing about New York is that there are always ideas.

“When you talk about New York, it’s always changing,” said David Sirulnick, executive vice president of MTV news, documentaries and specials. “Tastes always change and we’re always changing.

MTV filmed young adults living Uptown in “Washington Heights.” When Broadway needed to find its Elle Woods for “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” the channel documented the women singing new pitches and rehearsing hours on end for the coveted spot. As Ideas evolve, Sirulnick insists that the channel does as well.

"[We work] in and with New York and it’s been terrific,” he added.

With the opportunity for more New York-based programs comes the need for more production workers, something beneficial, according to Michelle Isabelle-Stark. In addition to the utilization of Long Island-based businesses during production, Stark also believes that the recurring nature of reality TV brings people back to New York. Communication with various channels, she says, has developed into contacts.

And why not return to New York?

Shari Levine, Bravo’s senior vice president of current production, New York, believes the 24-hour city serves as a “visual style” that garners “a universal attraction.”

“New York is the best kind of melting pot,” Levine said. It is within that mix that Bravo is able to hone in on various subcultures for shows centered around fashion, cuisine, architecture. The location itself is a great place for the channel to be visually and culturally involved as life happens.

Bravo’s “Newlyweds” follows real-life couples during the first 365 days of their relationships. “Princesses Long Island” shadows Jewish girls in their 20s and 30s living in the suburbs. “Nine By Design,” which ran in 2010, trailed married, Manhattan-based architects and their seven children.

And then, of course, there’s Bravo's “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

As a former cast-member of the show, Jill Zarin said reality TV “is not for the faint of heart” and felt differently about being filmed at various points throughout each season of the show. She claims not to watch past seasons.

“I always thought I’d have it as a memory,” she said.

Originally, the show was set to focus on family and the New York school scene; Zarin thought she and her daughter Ally Shapiro would be able to take on this experience together.

“Kids lives in the city are not better or worse, just different,” she said. “There’s the assumption that they all go to Harvard, and that’s not true.

But the show switched its focus from New York students to New York socialites.

Throughout Zarin’s time in the Bravo spotlight, viewers saw her friendship with self-made mogul Bethenny Frankel dissipate while encounters with Brooklynite Alex McCord and Upper East Sider Ramona Singer range from pleasant and tolerable to horrific. Despite difficult times, the show captured her closeness with LuAnn de Lesseps, her daughter’s first weeks of college in Bronxville and her businesses ventures.

For all the good times and bad times that were captured on film, Zarin said she’d do it again. If there is another reality TV go-round for Zarin, she hopes to use those big New York personalities for a family-oriented show, her mother being “the character of all characters.

“You only regret the things you don’t do. Remember that,” she said.

Reality TV has impacted many New Yorkers, from shows’ casts and crews to the local business owners and targeted audiences.

“As a genre, it’s growing and there’s no end to people’s imagination,” Stark said.

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Eagles 'bordered on unforgettable' at MSG

By Glenn Gamboa

As touring inspirations go, the release of a career-spanning documentary is kind of a shaky one. But that hardly matters when the resulting tour is as enjoyable as The Eagles’ three-hour extravaganza was Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

“The History of The Eagles” tour, a companion to the sprawling, impressive documentary of the same name from earlier this year, creates a framework to tell the story of how Glenn Frey and Don Henley, two singer-songwriters from Linda Ronstadt’s backing band, went on to form the legendary band.

It starts quietly, with Frey and Henley seated on stools on a spare stage meant to look like a low-rent rehearsal space, strumming acoustic guitars to deliver “Saturday Night” in the way they did in 1971. For “Train Leaves Here This Morning,” they add Bernie Leadon, who sings and plays guitar while seated on an amp, and the band’s trademark harmonies kick in. Then, Timothy B. Schmit joins in on their classic “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and guitarist Joe Walsh comes on board for “Witchy Woman” and soon it’s clear how the Eagles took flight.

Once they’ve launched, though, the idea of telling the band’s history kind of becomes unnecessary – and it’s all but forgotten in the show’s second half – because it’s known through the songs. The incredible hit parade of “Tequila Sunrise,” “The Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes” (which Frey said he wanted to “dedicate it to my first wife, Plaintiff”) and “Take It to the Limit” shows not only how potent the band was in its day, but how those songs form the core of everything from today’s mainstream country to a growing segment of indie rock. Even the way they bring up the bass on “One of These Nights” as a nod to the era when disco surrounded them references the way today’s rockers are utilizing today’s dance beats.

The whole band was in fine voice, especially Henley in his higher register, making songs like “New Kid in Town,” where they all sang in harmony, sound even more impressive than the original. The biggest surprise, though, was how much Walsh dominated the show’s second half, with songs that aren’t even Eagles’ songs, including his solo hit “Life’s Been Good” and the James Gang’s “Funk #49.” He was the one who made the show a rock concert, with his virtuoso guitar playing and wild man antics.

It was a quick turn from Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” to the finale “Desperado,” but Henley’s poignant vocals made it work, offering yet another tutorial for young rockers.

As history lessons go, “The History of The Eagles” may be a bit dodgy. As a concert, though, it bordered on unforgettable. (The Eagles play Madison Square Garden again on Saturday and Monday nights.)

SETLIST: Saturday Night / Train Leaves Here This Morning / Peaceful Easy Feeling / Witchy Woman / Doolin-Dalton / Tequila Sunrise / Doolin'-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise) / Already Gone / The Best of My Love / Lyin' Eyes / One of These Nights / Take It to the Limit // INTERMISSION // Pretty Maids All in a Row / I Can't Tell You Why / New Kid in Town / Love Will Keep Us Alive / Heartache Tonight / Those Shoes / In the City / Life's Been Good / The Long Run / Funk #49 / Life in the Fast Lane // ENCORES: Hotel California / Take It Easy / Rocky Mountain Way / Desperado


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