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Beyonce nails it at awards

Beyonce owned the MTV Video Music Awards — like she did in 2014 — with a 16-minute performance featuring her recent hits from "Lemonade," working various stages with strong, layered vocals, skilled dance moves and even an outfit change — all as the audience watched in awe and cheered her on.

Queen B kicked of her strong set with "Pray You Catch Me" as blue lights beamed onstage. She was wearing white, but later stripped down to a black leotard with full sleeves as she sang "Hold Up" and "Sorry." She grew angry and twerked while performing "Don't Hurt Yourself" and ended with the anthemic "Formation."

"If y'all came to slay, sing along with me," she said.

The audience at Madison Square Garden watched intensely Sunday, at times recording the performance with their phones.

It was reminiscent of the 2014 VMAs, when Beyonce also performed for 16 minutes and accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. This year it is being awarded to Rihanna, who is splitting up her performances throughout the night.

Beyonce's top-notch performance was the opposite of Britney Spears, who returned to the VMA stage after 10 years. Not only did she lip sync, in typical fashion, she did so badly. Spears performed her hit "Make Me..." and danced slickly, but she didn't actually sing a word of the song live. She was joined by rapper G-Eazy — and she lip synched the hook to his hit song, "Me, Myself and I."

Beyonce is the top nominee with 11, including video of the year for "Formation." She won best female video, presented to her by four of the Final Five gymnast, excluding Gabby Douglas, who is hospitalized for a mouth infection.

"Thank you to my fans. I love you," she said. "Have a beautiful night."

Beyonce was angel-winged and green-feathered with daughter Blue Ivy in tow as she arrived on the white carpet along with Sybrina Fulton, Lezley McSpadden and Gwen Carr, the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, among others. They appeared in videos for Beyonce's "Lemonade" visual album and also make up the Mothers of the Movement, women of colour who lost children to violence.

In typical and true Kanye West fashion, the rapper ranted onstage, touching on subjects from music to his beef with Taylor Swift to violence in his hometown Chicago. Before he debuted his music video for "Fade" on Sunday, West rambled onstage as the audience in New York City cheered him on.

"Now later tonight 'Famous' might lose to Beyonce but I can't be mad, I'm always wishing for Beyonce to win," said West, who will compete with Beyonce for video of the year, and also referring to the 2009 VMAs when he jumped onstage, stole Swift's microphone and said Beyonce should have won over the then-country singer.

He talked about his "Famous" video, which features what appears to be naked images of West, Swift, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and more. He even pointed to former girlfriend Amber Rose, who was in the audience and is also in the video.

"It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV, you know, the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump," he said.

"I put Ray J in it bro," he said, referring to Kardashian's ex with whom she did a sex tape.

"But if you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago," he continued. "You know, people come up to me like, 'Man, that's right! Take, tell Taylor this. Bro, like I love all y'all."

"That's why I called her," he said with a laugh.

West could have another memorable moment Sunday if he wins video of the year later in the show. Aside from Beyonce's "Formation," his competition includes Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Drake's "Hotline Bling" and Adele's "Hello."

Rihanna kicked off the show, performing a medley of her hit songs in a bright pink ensemble that matched her background dancers and the stage. She sang songs like "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been" — sometimes letting the backing track do most of the work. She sang "Work" and other songs during a second performance, and will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.

Ariana Grande brought spin class to the VMA stage when she sang the reggae-tinged "Side to Side" with Nicki Minaj. Grande cycled while singing and was backed by female dancers imitating her. Male dancers lifted dumbbells and did other exercises, and at the end of their performance, Grande and Minaj put their male dancers' faces in front their crotches.

Michael Phelps said he's been inspired by hip-hop music before introducing Future, who Phelps said he listened to before swimming. The rapper-singer-producer performed his hit "(Expletive) Up Some Commas."

Drake won the first award for the night — best hip hop video for "Hotline Bling." Puff Daddy, who presented the award, said Drake was stuck in traffic. Calvin Harris won best male video — beating West's "Famous" — for "This is What You Came For," which featured Rihanna and was co-written with former girlfriend Swift. Harris accepted the award in a video message.

Fifth Harmony and Ty Dollar $ign won best collaboration video for "Work from Home." The girl group also won song of the summer for "Flex (All In My Head)."

Coldplay, Desiigner, Fergie and Alessia Cara earned multiple nominations, while David Bowie — who died from cancer earlier this year — is nominated for best direction, cinematography, art direction and editing for "Lazarus." The music video, which shows him looking frail in bed with bandaged eyes, was released just days before the icon's Jan. 10 death.

One Man Comedy Show

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents God is a Scottish Drag Queen on Friday October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.
From critically acclaimed and award winning comedian Mike Delamont comes the hit one man show God is a Scottish Drag Queen. God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope in an unforgettable night of laughter.
The two-hour one-man show has received such acclaim as Critics Choice Best Comedy at the Orlando Fringe Festival, Pick of the Fringe in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Orlando, and nominees for Best English Production at the Centaur Theatre and Best Comedy at Just For Laughs in Montreal. The award winning show has now sold out major houses across North America.
God is a Scottish Drag Queen is based on the character created by comedian Mike Delamont and playwrite Jacob Richmond for the hit cult cabaret Atomic Vaudeville. In 2011, Delamont turned all of the sketches he had written into a full hour long show and began to tour it on the Fringe Festival circuit to massive critical acclaim. Today, God is a Scottish Drag Queen (and its sequels) are among of the highest grossing shows on the international fringe circuit and Delamont is an 18-time Best of the Fest winner.
Tickets for God is a Scottish Drag Queen are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and are now on sale through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

Demi Lovato dating fighter

Demi Lovato is reportedly dating UFC fighter Luke Rockhold.

The 24-year-old singer first met 31-year-old Luke while training alongside him at the Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles. According to TMZ.com, their friendship blossomed into a romance two months ago and things are going well for the new couple.

While Demi and Luke have yet to go public with their romance, they are said to have been sending each other secret coded messages on social media, including images with smiley faces on their fingers.

News of Demi's reported romance comes after she was linked to American football player Odell Beckham, Jr. when the pair was seen enjoying dinner together at restaurant Hunt & Fish Club in New York's Midtown last month (Jul16).

"Odell came in around 11pm alone, then Demi discreetly arrived about 10 minutes later," a source told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six. "They sat in a corner booth, and it definitely looked like a date. They looked very friendly and stayed until around 1.30am."

Heart Attack singer Demi appears to be enjoying single life since splitting from actor Wilmer Valderrama in June (16) after an on-off six-year relationship.

Following the break-up, Demi admitted in an interview that she loved her newfound freedom.

"I feel really amazing," she told U.S. radio host Elvis Duran. "I feel really great and I'm growing. My life is just really, really exciting for me because I'm growing. It's new and fresh, and I feel free."

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Streisand: 'Pay me!'

Barbra Streisand only sings if she’s being paid.

The multi-talented 74-year-old’s career has spanned six decades, and she recently released Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, her 35th studio album. But when it comes to her vocal talents, Barbra never shows them off on a daily basis.

"I worry - I haven't sung in two years, really," she said during an interview with ITV showbiz correspondent Ross King. "How am I going to sound? Because I don't go around the house singing."

Asked if she ever sings in the shower, Barbra replied: "No, no vocalising - no singing any time, unless I'm paid to sing."

Thanks to her incredible voice and impressive acting skills, Barbra remains one of the most famous faces in the world. However, she added in the interview that being a celebrity isn't something she enjoys.

"There's part of me that just doesn't know who I am," she said. "Because I don't understand stardom, I don't think I ever will, and I didn't expect to be like it was. You know when you're a child and you want to be noticed and you want attention and you want to be famous, that's all well and good, and then you get that fame and what comes with it is not so pleasant.

"I'm only interested in the work - that's what I've realised about myself."

Barbra's screen career has seen her star in films including Funny Girl and The Way We Were. But she would have been a more prolific actress if she had taken more of the roles that she was offered, admitting she was too "lazy" to take on many projects.

"I'm lazy. That is the truth," she smiled. "There are many movies I should have made but I turned down because I'd rather stay home and read books and not to have to learn a part and all that stuff."

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Natalie Portman's etiquette

Natalie Portman struggles to get her head around French etiquette rules.

The Black Swan actress moved to Paris, France in 2014 after her dancer-choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied became the Paris Opera Ballet's director of dance, but following a recent move back to Los Angeles, Natalie, 35, admits she’s pleased to be back on familiar turf, as she’s never really come to terms with French social customs.

“I feel there's a lot of rules of politeness and codes of behaviour there you have to follow,” she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night (25Aug16). “It's a lot looser here (in the United States).

The Academy Award-winner added that Parisians have a very “cool” demeanour, and she’s very careful about how she behaves in public.

In fact, she was grateful when a friend shared some advice with her so that she wouldn’t be snubbed by disgruntled staff in boutiques.

“A friend of mine taught me that when you go in some place you have to say ‘bonjour’ before you say anything else, then you have to wait two seconds before you say something else.

“So if you go into a store you can't be like, ‘Do you have this in another size?’ or they'll think you're super rude and then they'll be rude to you,” she shared.

In contrast, Natalie, who has a five-year-old son named Aleph, finds Americans are a little overly friendly.

“Everyone smiles a lot here," she laughed. "It's so nice. They're more cool in France. I didn't realise I got used to it until I got here and I was so surprised. Someone would smile at my child and I'd be, ‘What a good person'. People are really lovely here.”

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Kylie Jenner denies surgery

Kylie Jenner's bigger bust is down to hormones, not surgery.

The 19-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has set the record straight after photos emerged showing her with a seemingly inflated chest. Wearing a skimpy white top with high waisted jeans, Kylie’s ample cleavage spills over the top of her shirt in the Instagram shots, with many people speculating she’d gone under the knife. However, Kylie put an end to rumours on Friday (26Aug16) as she answered fans’ boob-related questions.

“Um never,” she told a fan on Twitter who asked if she had surgery on her cleavage, adding to another: “TMI (too much information) but it's that time of the month lol (laugh out loud).”

She also got flirty with one fan, inviting @kyliejenlove to feel her chest to validate it's all real, before admitting her breasts are likely to return to their normal size after she’d finished her period.

“They will deflate soon. And it will be a sad sad day,” she joked.

And fans who want to emulate her look are out of luck, as Kylie revealed her favourite Victoria’s Secret bra is no longer available.

Her chest wasn’t the only thing on Kylie's mind though; the TV star also shared her excitement over her new lip kits.

"Okay enough boob talk lmao (laugh my a** off)," she posted. "Can't wait for my new lip kits tomorrow !!!!!!!”

As well as her famous family, Kylie has also become known for her huge pout, which she initially put down to clever make-up before finally admitting she had them surgically enhanced. Making the most out of her fuller lips, Kylie launched her first lip kit in 2015, which was an instant hit.

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Break Dance Championship

This summer Kelowna is going to see something a little different out in the summer sun.

The 1st Annual Fresh Coast Championship will be taking place in Kelowna Sept 9th, 10th and 11th at the Rutland Centennial Hall.

The three day breakdance showcase and competition is a family oriented breakdance battle that will feature Kelowna’s homegrown talent as well as dancers from as far as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. This is the first breakdance competition in the area since 2010.

The 1st Annual Fresh Coast Championship kicks on Sept 9th at 6pm with an all style dance showcase, along with live graffiti walls and a DJ Jam. This is a chance for local dancers, schools and crews to show off their talent and pickup the freshest new moves and tricks.  All styles are welcome. Entry is $10. Children 5 years and under are FREE. $5 for Children between the ages of 6 - 12.

Saturday, Sept 10th is the main event: the Break Dance Battle and competition. Bboys and Bgirls from the Okanagan and beyond will battle it out 1-on-1 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and cash prizes: $1000 for 1st place, $400 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd. The competition begins at 1pm, with a performance showcase by judges, Fresh Coast hosts and other performers at 5pm. At 7pm the winners will be announced. Entry is $20 per person. Children 5 years and under are FREE. $10 for Children between the ages of 6 - 12. There will also be live art, BBQ and food.

Sunday, Sept 11th is a special opportunity for local dancers to do a workshop with BBoys Paul “Kaze” Thurton, international performer, dance instructor, and owner of Simply Swagg Dance Studio, hailing from Toronto, and Jax from Vancouver, an international break dance competitor known best for his unique style that combines his Taiwanese roots with his Canadian upbringing and influences. Jax will be doing a workshop on breaking from 12 - 1pm and Kaze will be doing a workshop top rock & hip hop from 2 - 3pm. Workshops are $20, $12 for students.

Visit freshcoastchampionship.ca to register.

Britney wants more kids

Britney Spears wants to have three more children.

The 34-year-old singer is mother to 10-year-old Sean and nine-year-old Jayden with ex-husband Kevin Federline. But while she doesn't have a man in her life right now, Britney foresees a bigger family in her future.

Toxic star Britney made the admission during her appearance on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke on Thursday night (25Aug16), telling the host she is "so jealous" of him having two little ones.

"Mine are nine and 10, they're not babies anymore!" Britney exclaimed. "I want more, I would like to have like three more.

I have to find the right guy first, and then… you know."

She then burst into an impromptu rendition of Ace of Base's song All That She Wants (is another baby).

Britney has been married twice before - a 55-hour union with childhood friend Jason Alexander following a Vegas wedding, and to dancer Kevin from 2004 to 2007.

She was also engaged to Jason Trawick and was reportedly set to wed ex-boyfriend Charlie Ebersol, but told James she won't walk down the aisle again.

"I think I might not do the whole men thing anymore. I won’t do the men thing, or get married, I’m just done with men," she vowed. "I might french kiss someone but i’m not going to marry anyone - I don’t believe in marriage any more."

Britney and James belted out her songs Oops!... I Did It Again, Toxic and her biggest hit Baby One More Time, for which the duo donned school uniforms to recreate the infamous video for the track, with James even sporting a blonde, plaited wig.

Britney's appearance on the Late Late Show's Carpool Karaoke comes amid a busy week for the star. On Friday morning (26Aug16), the singer released her ninth studio album Glory and tweeted her excitement by writing: "It’s here!!! #GloryOutNow."

The hashtag is just one of those that will trigger the use of a specially created Britney emoji, which shows a close-up cartoon version of the singer's face. Among others that will cause the emoji to feature are #BritneyCarpool, #BritneyonCorden and


Britney is also capitalising on her upcoming performance at Sunday night's (28Aug16) MTV Video Music Awards, with the hashtags #BritneyVMAs and #BritneyOnVMAs also triggering the emoji.

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Creekside Theatre fall shows

Anyone looking for an affordable evening of live entertainment is invited to discover Lake Country’s Creekside Theatre.  The Creekside Theatre launches its fall performance series during ArtWalk with a West Coast Latin Style Dance Band – Mazacote – performing Saturday, September 10th. 
Lake Country’s Cultural Development Coordinator, Ryan Donn, has a diverse range of live shows booked for the theatre from September through November with everything from Rock, Country, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Indie and Alternative music, to Comedy and Family shows as well as a Speaker event.  “Due to the smaller size of the theatre – 260 seats – we can focus on hosting more intimate events while offering the most cost-effective shows in the valley at an average ticket price of $25.” said Donn. 
Train Wreck Comedy is a special feature with three shows from the Comedy genre in the fall series.  The Folk Club is working with Creekside Theatre on the shows in that genre such as Fred Eaglesmith and Jim Byrnes (Blues/Folk); and the Lake Country Art Gallery is collaborating on a multi-disciplinary art, music and dance show on October 27.
Tickets are available online at www.creeksidetheatre.com or can be purchased conveniently from the Kelowna Tickets outlet at Orchard Park Mall, the Tourism Kelowna visitor centre, or at the Customer Service counter at Lake Country Municipal Hall. 

Buble adds co-writers

Michael Buble has serious pop power on his new album thanks to a track co-written by Harry Styles and Meghan Trainor.

The Canadian singer has co-written every original song he's ever recorded, but that streak ends with the release of his forthcoming ninth studio album, Nobody But Me.

Michael revealed to ET Canada that the One Direction star and pop princess Meghan penned a song called Someday together, and after hearing the demo, he knew he couldn't let the song go to any other artist.

He explains, "I know that sounds mind-blowing to people, but they’re talented; they wrote a song that I fell in love with, and that was it. I was going to set my ego aside and I was going to do what’s best for the record."

Michael went on to praise Meghan, who is also a featured vocalist on the track, for her songwriting and producing skills.

"She’s probably the most talented 21-year-old in the world," Michael gushed. "She’s a great singer and entertainer. What they may not know is what an incredible writer she is, what an incredible musician she is, the fact that she’s a bada** producer."

Someday is one of three original songs on Michael's new album, which is predominantly comprised of covers and set for release on 21 October (16).

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Kendall caused a ruckus

Kendall Jenner caused a "ruckus" when she moved into her new Hollywood home.

The model and reality TV star recently purchased a house in the Hollywood Hills for a reported $6.5 million (£4.9 million). The lavish pad, which was previously owned by actor John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, is at the centre of a celebrity-filled neighbourhood, with U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel also living on the street.

Kendall joined her new neighbour on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (24Aug16), when the comedian poked fun at the 20-year-old, claiming she caused quite the commotion when she arrived on the block and joking that locals have been "up in arms" ever since she moved in.

"I know, I feel like I've caused a lot of like, ruckus on our street," said Kendall. "I've had stalkers, there's a lot going on."

Earlier this month (Aug16), the U.S. Vogue cover star called police after she arrived home and found Shavaughn McKenzie in her driveway. He was detained and has now been charged with one count of misdemeanour stalking and another count of misdemeanour trespassing, charges to which he pleaded not guilty.

Despite the incident, Kendall is enjoying having her own space, after spending so many years sharing with her famous siblings.

Kendall, the young half-sister of Kim Kardashian, admitted it is quite a different experience living on her own, but felt oddly comforted knowing the chat show host isn't far away.

"It's actually so strange, when I moved in, my mom was like, super nervous about me moving into house by myself, and I was like, 'No it's OK, because Jimmy Kimmel lives right across the street. I don't know him but maybe if anything goes down he'll save my life,'" she smiled.

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Depp sends settlement

Johnny Depp is sending the divorce settlement money he owes Amber Heard straight to two charities she named as beneficiaries.

The couple's nasty three-month legal battle ended earlier this month (Aug16) and the Pirates of the Caribbean star agreed to pay The Danish Girl actress $7 million (£5.4 million).

She promptly announced plans to give all the cash to two charities, the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and rather than pay the settlement to his ex, and allow her pass on the cash to the two charities, Johnny has sent cheques in her name to the organisations, and will continue to pay them $3.5 million (£2.65 million) each in instalments.

A representative for the 53-year-old actor tells TMZ.com, "Following Amber Heard's announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple instalments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honour the full amount of Ms. Heard's pledge.

"Ms. Heard's generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected."

As part of its work to protect the vulnerable the ACLU works to improve America's provision of services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

The couple's divorce battle took a bitter turn just days after Amber filed for separation in May (16), after she requested a domestic violence restraining order against her estranged husband. The warring spouses' legal battle rumbled on until August (16) when they agreed to settle and Amber withdrew her domestic violence petition.

After agreeing to settle their differences, Amber and Johnny released a joint statement, which read: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love... There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains."

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