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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 7, 2013

YellowBrix

"The craziest rumour was that I was dating Michael Jackson!"

Paris Hilton, to Australian radio's "The Kyle and Jackie O Show" about the wildest thing she's read about herself in the media,Miley, Sinead word war heats up,Sinead O'Connor took to her Facebook to pen another open letter to Miley Cyrus.

The "We Can't Stop" singer slammed the '90s star in a controversial tweet comparing her to Amanda Bynes, mocking Sinead's Twitter meltdown last year, in which she hinted at feeling suicidal.

"Before there was Amanda Bynes . . . There was (O'Connor)," wrote Miley, who, prior to their feud, told Rolling Stone that her nude "Wrecking Ball" video was inspired by Sinead's 1990 video for "Nothing Compares 2 U."

The Irish songwriter's original letter expressed concern for the twerktastic star, saying Miley is letting herself become "prostituted" by the music industry. "The music business doesn't give a (expletive) about you, or any of us," Sinead wrote last week.

"They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it's what YOU wanted and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted."

After Miley's harsh Twitter response, Sinead was less inclined to dish out words of widsom.

"Miley...Really?" Sinead said in her second letter. "Who ... is advising you? ... You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help."

Amanda is seeking help in The Canyon in Malibu for court-ordered treatment.

Miley also tweeted the infamous photo of Sinead from a 1992 "Saturday Night Live" episode where she ripped up a picture of the Pope.

"Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope's photo...as if to imply insanity," Sinead said.

Miley decided to respond yet again. This time, she expressed she does not have time for a social-media war. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL this week," she wrote on Twitter. "So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)"

Sinead decided to keep things going, threatening legal action. "I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you," Sinead responded.

"If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness," she continued.

-- New York Daily News,Britney: I toned down the sex because I'm a mom

Both Britney Spears' father and manager are speaking out against a radio interview in which the pop star said she felt she had been pushed too far when it comes to her overly sexualized music videos.

"A lot of sex goes into what I do. But, sometimes, I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you're dancing the whole video, and there's, like, not that much sex stuff going on," Britney, 31, told The TJ Show on AMP 103.3 in Boston last week.

When it comes to her newest video, "Work Bitch," Britney said she actually had the original cut re-edited to a less-risque version.

"We showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video than what is actually there," Britney said. "Like, I cut out half the video, because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it's just hard to play sexy mom while you're being a pop star, as well."

The DJ goes on to ask Britney if people are "pushing you further than you wanna go and then you sit in the editing room and say, 'No, that has to go' and that's pretty much how that's all lined up?"

"Yes," Britney replies.

But her dad, Jamie Spears, and manager Larry Rudolph tell TMZ: "Britney is never pressured into anything. She reviews all creative, and, for her "Work Bitch" video, she discussed toning down some parts in finding a balance of sexy and being a mom."

-- USAToday,Bill Murray is such a great actor besides being a great comedian. Does he have any new movies? -- P.N.

He co-stars with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in the World War II drama "The Monuments Men," directed by George and due out in December; with Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," directed by his frequent director Wes Anderson and due out next year; and with Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts in the comedy "St. Vincent," now filming. He's also set to shoot the comedy-drama "Rock the Kasbah," playing a burned-out music manager who winds up in Afghanistan.

What is that handsome actor James McAvoy doing? -- S.Y.

He co-stars with Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader in the upcoming dramas "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her"; stars in the upcoming crime comedy "Filth"; co-stars with Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," due out in May; and is set to co-star in an untitled Frankenstein movie, with Daniel Radcliffe and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil of "Downton Abbey").

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Spielberg honors Clooney

Steven Spielberg and George Clooney go way back in show business. In fact, it was Steven who gave George his big break on the TV show "ER," the actor recalls.

But the two Hollywood heavyweights came together last week for a different reason: Steven was honoring George for his humanitarian work around the globe, especially in the Darfur region of Sudan.

At a glittery fundraising gala in the vast "Whale Room" at New York's Museum of Natural History, the director and his USC Shoah Foundation presented George with its Ambassador for Humanity Award. Also on hand to praise George were his co-star in the new movie "Gravity," Sandra Bullock, and Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show."

"George is the best kind of humanitarian," Steven said. "The humble humanitarian." The director called George "an unparalleled example of action over apathy."

George told the crowd of donors that "Our job is to make it hard for the bad guys to do what they're doing, and for the good guys to ignore it."

Steven said the only obstacle to further broadening the foundation's work is funding, and the group announced during the evening that the gala had raised close to $3.7 million.

-- AP

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