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Goodbye smiley Miley….


mileyhannah She’s been talking for months about carving out an edgier image after years of  the pink and sparkly world she  inhabited as  “Hannah Montana”, but even so the new Miley Cyrus music video must have come came as a bit of a shock — at least to her millions of Disney Channel fans around the world.

E!Online has an exclusive first look at the music video here

With its black leather figure hugging bodices, sexy dance moves,  and in your face lyrics, “Can’t Be Tamed”  sees Cyrus going down the road trod by Britney Spears after her first couple of albums, and more recently by glam sensation Lady GaGa.lady gaga

Except that Britney was 20 when she broke away from her bubblegum pop persona and started writhing around with snakes in her single  “I’m a Slave 4 U” ,  and Lady Gaga is now 24.

The music video for “Can’t Be Tamed” makes last year’s fuss over a few seconds of Miley dancing on a pole on an ice-cream cart at the Teen Choice Awards seem like child’s play.

Botero brings inflated sense of art to Istanbul exhibition


TURKEY/Colombian artist Fernando Botero says his iconic overstuffed figures are helping to re-inflate art that has gone limp.

“Volume was an element neglected in the 20th century. The paintings became flat,” Botero told reporters in Istanbul at the opening of a new exhibition.  “Whatever I paint — man, woman, still life, landscape — there is always this presence of volume.”

Idols do it their way. But they’re no Sinatra


                                                     mike lynch                                                     

 Frank Sinatra is a tall order for any singer. 

Add Harry Connick Jr. accompanying on stage, Sinatra’s two daughters Tina and Nancy in the audience and possibly the weakest  “American Idol”  top five for a number of years, and  you’re in for an uphill climb.sinatra

Lohan, Dreyfus and two tall Hollywood tales?


From the wacky world of Hollywood comes two larger than life stories — but  only one of them may be true.

dreyfus 1) Double Emmy winner,  actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”  fame  gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grumpy “Seinfeld” creator Larry David was among those turning out to celebrate with her.  But there’s one problem.  Just before the ceremony,  organizers realize they have spelled one of Julia’s names wrong  (Whoops!) and scramble to fix it before she arrives.

For Canada’s Rush, all the world’s indeed a stage


FILM-RUSH/After rocking for several decades and largely flying under the critical radar, Canada’s perennial power trio Rush seems to have finally crossed over into superstardom. While talk show icon Stephen Colbert may attempt to take credit for that development, Rush — Geddy Lee on bass and vocals, Alex Lifeson on guitar and Neil Peart on drums and percussion — has been winning over audiences worldwide for the better part of four decades.

At the Tribeca Film Festival this past week, fans of the band were seen lining up for screenings of “RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage,” a new documentary which premiered at the festival. The film, directed by noted rockumentarians Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, chronicles the band’s journey from the early years of heavy metal headbanging to a brainier, more modern rock sound. Along the way, Rush goes from playing school dances in the suburbs of Toronto to negotiating record deals and surviving long years on the road without comprimising their music.

Comic book movie producer is big on Japanese manga


Hollywood producer Avi Arad has put down his stack of comic books and turned to flipping through mangas, the Japanese version of the comic — and he likes what he sees.Avi Arad

Arad, who helped popularize comic book movies with “X-Men” and “Spider-Man,” sees stories from Japan as driving another wave of major studio films. The Israeli-born Arad has a vested interest in being big on Japan, because the toymaker turned movie producer with comic book house Marvel Entertainment hopes one of those hot Japanese stories will be the manga “Ghost in the Shell,” a futuristic police thriller which he plans to make into a film with DreamWorks Studios. The heroine in “Ghost in the Shell” has been described by one reviewer as a “cross between the Terminator and a Playboy centerfold.”

M.I.A. shocks fans with “Born Free” video


M.I.A.’s latest video “Born Free”, which features scenes of nudity and graphic violence,  has fueled a raging Internet debate over the merits of the British-born rap artist’s latest politically-charged offering.MIA

The nine-minute video, directed by Romain Gavaras, depicts American-flag clad commandos rounding up a ginger-haired minority, who are later executed or forced to run through a landmine-laden desert.

Joan Rivers at Tribeca — brash, annoying or brave comedian?


Should we respect Joan Rivers for forging the way for female comedians, or cry at her need for attention?

One of the most surprising and buzzed about documentaries at the Tribeca Film Festival this week has been a bittersweet portrait of Joan Rivers, beginning with the aging comedian and actress telling jokes at a club, telling stories about her daughter refusing to do a Playboy photoshoot and looking around at the small audience before quipping that after 40 years in showbiz, “This is my career, I mean, how depressing is this!”

Crystal disappoints, Siobhan storms back on night of “American idol” surprises


In the words of Simon Cowell,  Tuesday night was a shocker on “American Idol”. bowersox

For the first time this season, front runner Crystal Bowersox failed to impress.  Simon went so far as to describe her happy-clappy version of Shania Twain’s “No-One Needs to Know”  as ”limp”.

Korea’s Queen of Cannes is back


By Jon Herskovitz

South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon returns to Cannes for the first time since she impressed global critics with her role as a widow trying to rebuild her life in the 2007 movie called “Secret Sunshine”. Jeon was an obscure actress as the time but now returns with much greater fanfare as she plays the lead in the South Korean movie “The Housemaid.”

Reuters met Jeon, who was dubbed by local media after she won her award as the “Queen of Cannes”,  last week at a coffee shop in Seoul not far from an ancient palace that once housed Korean kings. Here are excerpts from the interview: