Oct. 04--It's officially Miley season, ya'll.
As Tuesday's release date of Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" draws dangerously closer, nearly nude pictures of the former "Hannah Montana" star and provocative marketing maniac were posted to the Web. (Uncle) Terry Richardson -- the infamous fashion photographer and director of Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video -- posted them to his website.
Meanwhile, three different personalities -- Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Tiegen, former sitcom superstar Roseanne Barr and "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor -- all expressed concern about the star's behavior.
Tiegen posted a link to one of the sexed-up Miley pictures and wrote on Twitter that she "wouldn't stand for this."
Barr went the all-caps route and wrote on Twitter things like, "YOU ARE BEING USED BY PIMPS," according to eonline.com.
And before the Cyrus photos had even posted, O'Connor delivered an impassioned open letter in response to Cyrus telling Rolling Stone that O'Connor's famed music video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" partly inspired her "Wrecking Ball" vid.
"It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it's the music business or yourself doing the pimping," O'Connor writes, among other things.
On Tuesday, Cyrus' full-length "Bangerz" pops out onto shelves. NBC just announced that she'll perform a special live concert on Rockefeller Plaza on Monday as part of its "Today" show. She'll also sit down with Matt Lauer for her first live TV interview since her controversial appearance on the "MTV Video Music Awards." There's even a special hashtag NBC created for the preshow buzz: #MileyTODAY.
Jackson suit dismissed
A jury's rejection of a long-running lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against the promoter of his ill-fated comeback concerts could finally allow Jackson to disappear from a forum he has dominated for years -- the courtroom.
For five months, jurors were given an intimate look at Jackson's life, his drive to be the top entertainer of all time and his devotion to his mother and three children.
Barring the intervention of an appeals court, Katherine Jackson's case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC figures to be the last time a jury is asked to consider the life and death of the King of Pop in such detail.
Several court cases involving Jackson remain, including disputes related to his estate, which erased nearly $500 million in debt after his death and keeps churning out new products. It opened a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show this year and is likely considering additional releases of Jackson-related material to ensure his mother and children keep living comfortably and fans have new material to see and hear.
Queen Latifah hires Internet sensation
A University of Missouri graduate's viral video announcing she was quitting her job has landed her another employment opportunity.
On her talk show Thursday, Queen Latifah offered a digital content producer position to Marina Shifrin, a suburban Chicago native who worked for the Taiwanese company Next Media Animation before quitting in a dance video that went viral after being posted to YouTube, according to the Associated Press.
At first Shifrin thought Latifah was joking, but the host responded that she's the boss, and bosses can hire people.
Latifah said the two would do a quick job interview backstage, but the show ended without disclosing whether Shifrin had accepted the position.
In her video -- which she recorded on company time before walking out -- Shifrin danced to Kanye West's "Gone" in a 1 minute, 45 second production. She explained in captions on the video that she had spent two years sacrificing "my relationships, time and energy for this job."
Next Media Animation responded this week with a video of its own using the same song.
Titled "An Interpretative Dance from NextMedia Set to Kanye West's Gone," employees are shown dancing. Text along the bottom says, "We work for an awesome company that hires based on dance skills."
The video also wishes Shifrin well and announces that the company is hiring.
-- NBC said Thursday it is teaming with Richard
Branson'sVirgin Galactic and veteran TV producer Mark Burnett on "Space Race," a competition where the winner gets a ride on the space liner that is expected to begin commercial flights sometime next year. No plans yet for when the show will air, according to the Associated Press.
-- Fox announced Thursday it renewed "Sleepy Hollow" (Monday, 9 p.m.). The drama is the first of the new fall shows to be picked up for a second season. Monday's third episode drew 8 million viewers. The Sept. 16 series premiere grew to 13.6 million viewers after three extra days of time-shifted viewing, making it Fox's best fall drama premiere since "24" in2001.
-- David Ives' "Venus in Fur" tops the list of the most produced plays nationwide during the 2013-14 season, according to American Theatre magazine, the theater industry's largest trade group.
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