Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Madonna responds to Aretha Franklin VMA backlash: "I did not intend to do a tribute to her!"
Madonna was accused of everything from cultural appropriation for wearing traditional African garb to making her tribute to The Queen of Soul all about herself during her six-minute speech at last night's MTV VMAs. Madonna responded to the backlash on Instagram this morning, saying she wasn't supposed to do a tribute in the first place. "Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!" she wrote. "And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T."
- The VMAs were bound to get it wrong while chasing controversy: "Her speech could have been fine, or even excellent. But instead the 'tribute' mythologized Madonna way more than it did Franklin."
- Can we stop having Madonna do tributes? She received similar backlash with her 2016 Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince
- Twitter was merciless with Madonna: "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself," tweeted Charlamagne Tha God
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visiting iZombie for its final season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The retired NBA legend and recent Dancing with the Stars contestant will guest on The CW series' final season as a city council member.
Asia Argento strongly denies she had sex with underage boy, says Anthony Bourdain helped pay off accuser
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Argento said former child actor Jimmy Bennett tried to extort her, in responding to The New York Times article reporting that she paid him off with $380,000 over his underage sex accusation. "I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false," she said in a statement sent to journalist Yashar Ali. "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett." She added: "Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect. (Bourdain) insisted the matter be handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us."
Apple to make a TV series based on The New York Times' Losing Earth climate change article
Source: The New York Times
Apple has bought the rights to Nathaniel Rich's novelistic article that ran more than 30,000 words, taking up an entire issue of The New York Times Magazine earlier this month. According to The Times, "at least a half-dozen bidders sought to acquire the nonfiction project," which "recounted how, from 1979 to 1989, a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians tried to save the world from the ravages of climate change before it was too late. The article was produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center and was based on more than 18 months of reporting and over 100 interviews."
Breaking Bad vet says Better Call Saul cameo was in the works for years
Source: USA Today
In fact, the fan-favorite character was shooting another show in Albuquerque during Season 1 when he ran into co-creator Peter Gould, who said: "It'd be great to have you back."
AMC's three-night event for The Little Drummer Girl kicks off on Nov. 19
The six-part adaptation of John le Carré’s novel will debut on Monday Nov. 19 and air through Wednesday, Nov. 21, with AMC showing two episodes a night.
American Vandal's second season will ask: "Who is the Turd Burglar?"
The Netflix mockumentary series released its official trailer for the second season that's modeled on The Jinx and The Thin Blue Line. American Vandal returns Sept. 14.
Joey King to join older sister Hunter King on Life in Pieces
The two Kings, however, won't be playing siblings on the CBS comedy. Joey King will guest as a pregnant 17-year-old who's planning to give her baby up for adoption.
Supergirl recasts vice president role
Bruce Boxleitner is taking over the role of Vice President Baker after Brent Spiner had to pull out due to family and scheduling conflicts.
Schitt’s Creek‘s Dan Levy is coming to Modern Family
He'll guest as a courtroom sketch artist who draws Mitch and Cam in a very unflattering manner.
Norm Macdonald Has a Show drops all episodes on Netflix next month, with guests including Judge Judy, Lorne Michaels and M. Night Shyamalan
The former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor's new Netflix talk show will drop all 10 of its Season 1 episodes on Sept. 14, the same day that Netflix will also debut the fifth season of Bojack Horseman and American Vandal Season 2. Macdonald's guests include Chevy Chase, Jane Fonda, David Letterman, David Spade, Judge Judy, Michael Keaton, M. Night Shyamalan, Lorne Michaels, Billy Joe Shaver and Drew Barrymore.
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Legacies books Galavant alum Karen David
After playing princesses on Galavant and on Once Upon a Time, David will recur as a "witch-turned-guidance counselor" on The CW follow-up to The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
- Madonna responds to Aretha Franklin VMA backlash: "I did not intend to do a tribute to her!"