Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry to perform at MTV VMAs

Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd and host Katy Perry will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month.

MTV announced Monday that Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also hit the stage Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

More performers will be announced at a later date.

Kendrick Lamar is the top VMA contender with eight nominations. His hit, “Humble,” will compete for video of the year with Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts,” the Weeknd’s “Reminder” and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful.”

Sheeran is nominated for artist of the year along with Lamar, Mars, Ariana Grande, Lorde and the Weeknd. (AP)

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Pitbull to Host American Music Awards

Pitbull will host the American Music Awards.

The Miami rapper will perform his song “Timber” with Ke$ha during the Nov. 24 awards show, to air live from Los Angeles on ABC, it was announced Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, was chosen in part for his Latino heritage as the AMAs celebrate the 25th anniversary of Gloria Estefan’s appearance on the show and the 15th year of the favorite artist Latin category. Estefan was the first Latin AMA performer.

Pitbull will be joined in performance by lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.

Macklemore and Lewis are up for six awards, including artist of the year. (AP)

‘Real Killer’ Surfaces in Morgan Freeman Death Hoax

CNN says it was not the source for an Internet rumor that circulated Thursday saying that Oscar winner Morgan Freeman was dead, reports E! Online.

Internet tweets and posts began appearing at about 5 p.m. ET that said CNN had reported that Freeman, 73, was dead.

Someone tweeted this message, according to the story: “RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home<< wow legendary actor #RIPmorganfreeman.” However, it was not true.

The cable network immediately denied the story, via Twitter. “CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death. Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax.”

The original tweeter, identified in the story as C.J. Wiley, apparently felt some remorse over the incident, later writing, “It was a joke that got too out of hand,” and adding, “I’m a huge fan of Morgan Freeman and I wish him the best in all future endeavors.”

The story points out that other celebrities–including Jeff Goldblum, Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks–have also been prematurely “killed” on the Internet.

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63 Songs Compete for Oscar

Sixty-three songs are eligible for an Oscar nomination and five of them are from the “Hannah Montana” movie.

“Hoedown Throwdown” is one of them, but Miley Cyrus’ hit “The Climb” is not because it wasn’t written specifically for the movie.

“The Princess and the Frog” has four songs on the list.

The theme from “Avatar” sung by Leona Lewis is eligible, along with the theme to “The Young Victoria” sung by Sinead O’Connor.

The song “(I Want to) Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine” written by Paul McCartney is on the list, as is the U2 song “Winter” from “Brothers.”

There’s also a song called “The Word Is Love” from “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!”

Academy members will vote on the songs and up to five will be nominated.

Oscar nominations will be announced February 2 and the awards given on March 7.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Is ‘This is It’ Oscar-Worthy?

“This Is It” has missed the deadline for a documentary Oscar, but there are those who think it could be nominated for best picture.

Variety’s executive editor Steven Gaydos says with the best picture category expanded to 10 films this year, Michael Jackson’s concert movie could be a contender. He says Kenny Ortega could also be nominated for best director.

Ortega says an Oscar would be a fitting cap to Jackson’s career. He says Jackson “deserves one. Come on, people.”

 

Michael Jackson’s concert film is off to a record start. “This Is It” made more than $7 million in its first day, which Sony says is the most a movie’s ever made on a Wednesday in October.

The movie has made a total of more than $20 million worldwide, which makes it the second-biggest concert film in history, just ahead of the Jonas Brothers 3D film.

The all-time top-grossing concert film is “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds,” which made more than $65 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Golden Globes Nominations Announced

 Nominees for the Golden Globe Awards announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

MOTION PICTURES:

PICTURE, DRAMA: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,”

“Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Slumdog

Millionaire,” “The Visitor.”

PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: “Burn After Reading,”

“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “In Bruges,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Vicky

Christina Barcelona.”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE: “Baader Meinhof Complex,”

“Everlasting Moments,” “Gomorrah,” “I’ve Loved You So Long,”

“Waltz With Bashir.”

DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”; Stephen Daldry,

“The Reader”; David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin

Button”; Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”; Sam Mendes, “Revolutionary

Road.”

DRAMATIC ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Revolutionary Road”; Frank

Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The

Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”

DRAMATIC ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”;

Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kristin

Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long”; Kate Winslet,

“Revolutionary Road.”

ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Javier Bardem, “Vicky Cristina

Barcelona”; Colin Farrell, “In Bruges”; James Franco,

“Pineapple Express”; Brendan Gleeson, “In Bruges”; Dustin

Hoffman, “Last Chance Harvey.”

ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Rebecca Hall, “Vicky Cristina

Barcelona”; Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”; Frances McDormand,

“Burn After Reading”; Meryl Streep, “Mamma Mia!”; Emma

Thompson, “Last Chance Harvey.”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tom Cruise, “Tropic Thunder”; Robert Downey,

Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Ralph Fiennes, “The Duchess”; Philip

Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams, “Doubt”; Penelope Cruz, “Vicky

Cristina Barcelona”; Viola Davis, “Doubt”; Marisa Tomei, “The

Wrestler”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”

ANIMATED FILM: “Bolt,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Wall-E.”

SCREENPLAY: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”; David Hare,

“The Reader”; Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”; Eric Roth, “The

Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt.”

ORIGINAL SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of

Benjamin Button”; Clint Eastwood, “Changeling”; James Newton

Howard, “Defiance”; Hans Zimmer, “Frost/Nixon”; A.R. Rahman,

“Slumdog Millionaire.”

SONG: “Down to Earth” (performed by Peter Gabriel, written by

Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman), “Wall-E”; “Gran Torino”

(performed by Clint Eastwood), “Gran Torino”; “I Thought I Lost

You” (performed Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, written by Miley

Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele), “Bolt”; “Once in a Lifetime,”

(performed by Beyonce), “Cadillac Records”; “The Wrestler”

(performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen),

“The Wrestler.”

 

TELEVISION:

DRAMATIC TV SERIES: “Dexter,” “House M.D.,” “In

Treatment,” “Mad Men,” “True Blood.”

ACTOR, TV DRAMA: Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”; Michael C.

Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House

M.D.”; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “The Tudors.”

ACTRESS, TV DRAMA: Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”; Mariska

Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”; January Jones, “Mad Men”; Anna

Paquin, “True Blood”; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer.”

TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: “Californication,”

“Entourage,” “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Weeds.”

ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve

Carell, “The Office”; Kevin Connolly, “Entourage”; David

Duchovny, “Californication”; Tony Shalhoub, “Monk.”

ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Christina Applegate, “Samantha

Who?”; America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”;

Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife”; Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds.”

MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: “Cranford,”

“Bernard and Doris,” “John Adams,” “A Raisin in the Sun,”

“Recount.”

ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

Judi Dench, “Cranford”; Laura Linney, “John Adams”; Catherine

Keener, “An American Crime”; Shirley MacLaine, “Coco Chanel”;

Susan Sarandon, “Bernard and Doris.”

ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:

Ralph Fiennes, “Bernard and Doris”; Paul Giammatti, “John

Adams”; Kevin Spacey, “Recount”; Keifer Sutherland, “24:

Redemption”; Tom Wilkinson, “Recount.”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION

PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Eileen Atkins, “Cranford”; Laura

Dern, “Recount”; Melissa George, “In Treatment”; Rachel

Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”; Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment.”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES,

MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Neil Patrick

Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”; Denis Leary, “Recount”; Jeremy

Piven, “Entourage”; Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”; Tom

Wilkinson, “John Adams.”

CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Steven Spielberg.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)