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Lauren Conrad 'pretty basic'

Lauren Conrad says she's "probably pretty basic."

The former 'The Hills' star, who is married to lawyer William Tell, claims she lives a very simple life, but insists she couldn't be happier.

She said: "I'm probably pretty basic. But I'm also a pretty happy person, so that's OK with me."

The blonde beauty, 29, was insulted when Allure magazine placed her in its "basic" category, suggesting her behaviour is obscenely obvious, last year and hit back on Twitter at the time, writing: "I definitely just got called a basic b***h! Haha! Really @Allure_magazine?"

Meanwhile, the fashion designer, who is preparing to showcase her new LC Lauren Conrad collection at New York Fashion Week later this month, admits she never intended to become a reality TV star.

She told the October issue of Cosmopolitan magazine: "Television was just sort of an accident... I never felt really strongly about it. But fashion is something I feel passionate about. If I hadn't done TV, I still would have ended up in the [fashion] industry, but I definitely wouldn't be in the position I am now."

Starring on the MTV series also helped her to develop thicker skin.

She explained: "When I did television, scandal was always around me. And I think one of the best things [about that] for me is that your life becomes more big-picture. You have to develop a thick skin really quickly. It toughened me up, which is good."

Jordin Sparks' bad anxiety

Jordin Sparks suffers from "bad anxiety".

The 'No Air' hitmaker has bouts of inner turmoil and when she feels panicked she struggles to sleep.

Jordin took to Twitter to tell her followers about her latest anxiety attack and urged them to pray for her.

She tweeted: "I'm having such bad anxiety. I can't sleep. If there's any prayer warriors out there, can you please send up a prayer for me?"

Despite her worries over her anxiety attacks, Jordin can rely on the support of her boyfriend rapper Sage the Gemini to get her through it.

The 25-year-old star - who has just released her third LP 'Right Here, Right Now' - recently admitted she feels "very, very blessed" to have found love again following her break-up from Jason Derulo last year.

The former 'American Idol' winner told 'Extra': "Sage makes me smile every single day. He's a good guy. I'm very, very blessed."

Discussing the possibility of marriage in the future, she told a different media outlet: "It's very early, but I'm not the type of person who stays in a relationship if I can't see it going further than a casual relationship.

"I could see marriage, but we haven't really planned anything. He does call me his wife, though."

GoT receives world record

'Game of Thrones' has picked up a Guinness World Record.

The fantasy HBO series has received an award in the annual book for the largest simulcast of a TV drama.

The show broke the record when episode two of season five was broadcast in 173 countries at the same time.

Maisie Williams - who plays Arya Stark in the program - accepted the award on behalf of the 'Game of Thrones' cast and joked that she won't spoil the surprise for her step-brother who "gets the book every year for Christmas".

On receiving the accolade, she said: "So pleased for 'Game of Thrones' to be a part of Guinness World Records, I'm not going to tell my step-brother as he gets the book every year for Christmas. I can't wait to see the look on his face."

'Game of Thrones' beat the previous record holder, crime series 'C.S.I' which broadcast to just two countries simultaneously a month before.

Other entries in this year's Guinness World Records Book include One Direction, who picked up six awards including having the most followers on Twitter for a music group, most popular dance game track and most YouTube subscribers for a band, Ed Sheeran who got a place in the 2016 book for the longest time to reach number one on the UK singles charts with 'Thinking Out Loud', which took 19 weeks to top the chart and Taylor Swift smashed the most million selling weeks on the US albums charts.

The Guinness World Records Book 2016 will be released on September 10.

Emmy Rossum engaged

Emmy Rossum is engaged.

The 28-year-old beauty is set to tie the knot with Sam Esmail, the creator of 'Mr. Robot', after he proposed to her over the weekend in Los Angeles, PEOPLE magazine reports.

The pair have been dating for two years since meeting on the set of 'Comet', which was directed by Sam and sees Emmy star as a young woman, whose chance meeting with a man during a meteor shower, leads to a long love affair.

Confirming the news on Twitter, Sam wrote: "Best news I've received all year: @emmyrossum said yes. Pretty sure nothing will top it. (sic)"

The news of the couple's engagement earned excited responses from fans.

One wrote: "Amazing news! @samthemovie @emmyrossum CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!!! What fun, amazing and beautiful news. hooray! So happy for you ... (sic)"

Whilst another added: "@samthemovie @emmyrossum CONGRATULATIONS, YOU MAGICAL, MAJESTIC BEINGS!!! Here's to a forever of brilliant love and perfect TV!!! (sic)"

A third supported shared: "@samthemovie @emmyrossum Awwwww love birds. Congrats you two. Wishing you many years of love and laughter. (sic)"

This will be Emmy's second engagement after she was previously married to music executive Justin Siegel for two years between 2008 and 2012.

Jessica Biel's daily workouts

Jessica Biel got her pre-pregnancy figure back by working out "almost every day."

The 33-year-old actress, who gave birth to son Silas in April with husband Justin Timberlake, was spotted showing off a very svelte figure last week and her trainer admits she has put in a lot of hard work to get back in shape.

Fitness guru Jason Walsh said: "The secret to Jessica's body is her commitment. She enjoys the way she feels when she works out and the results that she sees."

The 'Total Recall' star was a self-confessed gym junkie before giving birth and wasted no time getting back to her intense fitness routine.

A source said: "Working up a sweat was something that she really missed while she was pregnant. It was hard for her to take it easy. She literally couldn't wait to get back in the gym."

The brunette beauty is also following a Paleo-inspired diet, but still wants to set a healthy example for her son.

The insider told OK! magazine: "She works hard and eats right so that she can indulge from time to time. now that she's got a child, she wants to make sure that she instills healthy eating habits, not obsessive ones. She'll be the first one to bake cookies with Silas once he's old enough."

Horror king Craven dies

It's hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.

The prolific writer-director, who died Sunday at age 76, ushered in two distinct eras of suburban slashers, first in the 1980s with his iconic "Nightmare on Elm Street" and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger. He did it again in the 1990s with the self-referential "Scream."

Both reintroduced the fringe genre to mainstream audiences and spawned successful franchises.

Perhaps it was his perfectly askew interpretation of the medium that resonated with his nail-biting audiences.

"Horror films don't create fear," Craven said. "They release it."

Robert Englund, the actor who brought Freddy Krueger to life, wrote on Twitter that Craven was a "rare species ... brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. It's a sad day on Elm St and everywhere."

"Wes will forever be remembered for keeping generations of moviegoers on the edges of their seats, defining and redefining the horror genre with each passing decade," said Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay.

Craven didn't solely deal in terror. He also directed the 1999 drama "Music of the Heart," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination. But his name and his legacy will always be synonymous with horror.

"He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever," said Weinstein Co. co-chairman Bob Weinstein, whose Dimension Films produced "Scream."

"He was truly an old school director," Craven's genre contemporary John Carpenter said on Twitter. "Wes was a great friend, fine director and good man."

Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven was born in Cleveland on Aug. 2, 1939, to a strict Baptist family. He earned a master's degree in philosophy and writing from Johns Hopkins University and briefly taught as a college professor in Pennsylvania and New York, but his start in movies was in pornography, where he worked under pseudonyms.

Craven's feature debut under his own name was 1972's "The Last House on the Left," a horror film inspired by Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring," about teenage girls abducted and taken into the woods. Made for just $87,000, the film, though graphic enough to be censored in many countries, was a hit. Roger Ebert said it was "about four times as good as you'd expect."

"Nightmare on Elm Street," however, catapulted Craven to far greater renown in 1984. The Ohio-set film is about teenagers, including a then unknown Johnny Depp, who are stalked in their dreams. Craven wrote and directed, starting a franchise that has carried on, most recently with a 2010 remake.

The concept, Craven said, came from his own youth in Cleveland — specifically an Elm Street cemetery and a homeless man that inspired Krueger's raged look.

Along with John Carpenter's "Halloween," ''Nightmare on Elm Street" defined a horror tradition where helpless teenagers are preyed upon by knife-wielding, deformed killers in cruel morality tales. Usually promiscuous girls were the first to go.

"There is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can," Craven once said. "And the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage."

Director Edgar Wright, who counts Craven as one of his influences, reflected on the legacy of his films in a tribute on his website.

"The first 'Nightmare' quickly became a landmark horror movie and what distinguished it then is what still marks it out as a classic now. It's the sheer twisted imagination of the premise; the idea of lucid waking nightmares bleeding into the real world makes Freddy Krueger a much more formidable and interesting foe than any of his slasher rivals," Wright wrote.

The formula would work again for Craven with "Scream," albeit with an added layer of self-aware spoof. By 1996, the Craven-style slasher was a well-known type, even if it wasn't always made by him. He had no involvement with many of the "Elm Street" sequels.

"Scream," written by Kevin Williamson and starring a cast including Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell, played off of the horror clichés Craven helped create. It hatched three sequels, all of which Craven directed.

Courteney Cox, who appeared in four of the "Scream" films, said on Twitter that the world had lost a great man, "my friend and mentor, Wes Craven." Her "Scream" co-star Rose McGowan echoed the sentiment, writing that "a giant has left us."

Craven increasingly oversaw a cottage industry of horror branded with his name, including remakes of his 1977 film "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006) and "The Last House on the Left" (2009).

Craven was also a published author (the 2000 novel "The Fountain Society") and an ardent bird conservationist, serving as a long-time member of the Audubon California board of directors. He recently penned a monthly column "Wes Craven's The Birds" for Martha's Vineyard Magazine.

He was active until his death. Craven had numerous television projects in development, including a new "Scream" series for MTV. He was an executive producer of the upcoming film "The Girl in the Photographs," which is to premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In a statement, Craven's family said he died in his Los Angeles home, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife, producer Iya Labunka, a son, daughter and stepdaughter.

In 2010, he told The Los Angeles Times: "My goal is to die in my 90s on the set, say, 'That's a wrap,' after the last shot, fall over dead and have the grips go out and raise a beer to me."

The Canadian Press

Nicki Minaj livid with Miley

Nicki Minaj is "livid" with Miley Cyrus.

The 'Anaconda' hitmaker's anger towards the 'Wrecking Ball' singer on stage last night (08.30.15) at the MTV Video Music Awards was "very real", a source has claimed.

They said: "Nicki was livid with Miley and decided to air her feelings onstage. The anger was very real and not a pre-planned bit at all."

And staff at MTV were reportedly so worried about the pair's feud that they did everything to ensure the two singers never crossed each other's paths after the onstage spat.

They added to Us Weekly magazine: "[They] had to be sure Nicki and Miley didn't cross paths for the rest of the evening because they were legitimately worried about a confrontation happening."

The pair's feud stems from the comments Miley allegedly made in an interview, where she branded the 'Superbass' rapper "not that polite".

Of Nicki's rant on being snubbed for the Video of the Year award, she said: "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It's not very polite.

"I think there's a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don't have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor [Swift] in a fight, so now the story isn't even on what you wanted it to be about."

The comments led to the on stage confrontation, where - after collecting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video, Nicki said: "And now, back to this b***h that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press ... Miley, what's good?"

To which the 22-year-old star responded: "Hey, we're all in this industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate s**t. Nicki, congratu-f***ing-lations."

Ballet Kelowna 2015/2016

Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director & CEO, today announced the Company’s stunning 2015/16 Season, which promises to deliver a truly electrifying year of dance to the Okanagan region. Highlights of the season include five world premieres by renowned Canadian choreographers Matjash Mrozewski, Heather Myers, Joshua Beamish, Simone Orlando, and Robert Binet, a special guest appearance by artists from The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC), and an add-on performance of Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation presented by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB).

“I am thrilled to present a diverse range of programming with ballets and new works designed to inspire and engage our Kelowna audiences,” said Orlando. “In addition to welcoming more of Canada’s leading choreographers and finest dancers to Kelowna, we are honoured to collaborate with Continuum Contemporary Music to present a full evening of live dance and music for our season finale performances.”

The 2015/16 Season will begin by capturing the magic and wonder of the holiday season with The Nutcracker, December 11-13, 2015. Presented by The Canadian School of Ballet, and featuring the artistry of Ballet Kelowna’s company of dancers, this magical adventure will captivate audiences of all ages, transporting them on an unforgettable journey.

Ballet Kelowna will then present its newest medley of vibrant dance in Boundless, February 5-6, 2016, a mixed repertory programme bursting with the themes of youth and love. Internationally renowned choreographer and former National Ballet of Canada dancer Matjash Mrozewski, will partner with lauded Canadian composer Owen Belton to create a vital and potent new work that will tackle an issue relevant to today’s youth. Ballet Kelowna will partner with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and UBC Okanagan, to bring local youth into the creative process of the piece.

Up next, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to Kelowna with its highly acclaimed production, Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, March 29-30, 2016, a deeply moving ballet that represents the many stories, both told and untold, by survivors of the Indian residential school system.

The season will close with the unveiling of a spectacular collaboration between Ballet Kelowna and Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music. Renaissance, April 29-30, 2016, is a mixed programme inspired by early music, and will feature three world premieres and include a special guest appearance by rising stars from The National Ballet of Canada. Continuum Contemporary Music has been a vital part of the contemporary cultural scene in Canada and abroad for 31 years, and will accompany each of the pieces in Renaissance. w

The 2015/16 Season will also see the return of Launch—a special, one-hour informal showing, presented by Ballet Kelowna on October 28, 2015 at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. Launch will preview new work from Ballet Kelowna’s 2015/16 Season and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Company’s daily training and rehearsals, as well as the choreographic process. Hosted by AD/CEO Simone Orlando, Launch invites both new and long-time Company supporters to interact with the dancers during a live creative process. “We want to share how we create new movement,” says Orlando. “The audience will witness a new piece come together right before their eyes.”

Taylor Swift wins big

Taylor Swift was the big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards last night (08.30.15).

The 'Bad Blood' hitmaker -- who was joined onstage and on the red carpet with her squad of celeb pals that appeared in the video -- took home Video of the Year and Best Collaboration, as well as Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for 'Blank Space'

Speaking about the victory, Taylor said: "I wanna thank Kendrick Lamar. I'm just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers."

Taylor's pals onstage included Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid.

The 25-year-old star had a big night at the VMAs as she publicly buried the hatchet with rapper Nicki Minaj following their Twitter disagreement last month.

Taylor surprised fans by joining Nicki onstage as she opened the show with her new song 'The Night is Still Young'. The pair then segued into Taylor's smash hit 'Bad Blood' and ended their joint performance with a big hug.

Later in the night, the multiple winner helped dish out one of the night's other top prizes, presenting Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.

Introducing Kanye, Taylor alluded to the infamous moment in 2009 when the rapper interrupted her acceptance speech at the VMAs.

She said: "Kanye defines what it is to be a creative force in music, fashion and life, so to all the other winners tonight, I'm really happy for you, but I'm gonna let you finish..."

Accepting his prize, Kanye said: "First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious. I often think back to the first day I met you also... If I had a daughter at that time, would I have grabbed that mic from someone else?"

The 'All Day' rapper ended his speech with a shock announcement that he has decided to run for president in 2020.

The joke prompted host Miley Cyrus to quip: "Woah, now we all know what happens to Kanye West when he smokes weed."

Mark Ronson collected the award for Best Male Video for 'Uptown Funk', Nicki won Best Hip-Hop Video for 'Anaconda', and Fetty Wap won Artist to Watch.

2015 MTV Video Music Awards winners:

Video of the Year: 'Bad Blood', Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West
Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap
Best Pop Video: 'Blank Space', Taylor Swift
Best Female Video: 'Blank Space', Taylor Swift
Best Male Video: 'Uptown Funk', Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Best Rock Video: 'Uma Thurman', Fall Out Boy
Best Hip-Hop Video: 'Anaconda', Nicki Minaj
Best Collaboration: 'Bad Blood', Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
Best Video with a Social Message: 'One Man Can Change the World', Kanye West
Best Direction: 'Alright', Kendrick Lamar
Best Editing: '7/11', Beyonce
Best Art Direction: 'So Many Pros', Snoop Dogg
Best Visual Effects: 'Where Are U Now', Skillrex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber

Tim Hicks at Prospera Place

JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Award winner, Tim Hicks announced today that he will headline the 2015 Get a Little Crazy tour beginning November 1 in Sault Ste Marie, ON and continuing across Canada through the end of the month with friends Jason Benoit and Cold Creek County stacking the lineup.  The highly praised and top ranked Canadian artist, who built one of country music’s most loyal audiences show by show, will be stopping in Kelowna at Prospera Place on November 12th.

“My favourite part of this crazy life I have is playing live,” said Hicks. “I’m looking forward to some of the best nights of my life out on the road and can guarantee that nobody is going to have more fun than us this fall.”

Fan pre-sale for all shows will begin on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. followed by tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m.  A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available for each date and include a meet and greet and photo with Hicks, access to a pre-show acoustic performance, an autographed set list, commemorative VIP laminate and more. Visit www.GetALittleCrazyTour.com for full details.

With much to celebrate following an electric summer filled with capacity crowds during Hicks’ festival and feature appearances, the 4x GOLD certified artist will perform live on the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards September 13, and will headline the Coors Banquet Kitchen Party during Country Music Week in Halifax on September 11. Garnering three CCMA Award artist nominations (Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year) and two industry nominations for his most recent album, 5:01 (Album Design of the Year – Mitch Nevins and Producer of the Year - Jeff Coplan), Hicks continues to cement his place as one of country music’s most dynamic breakout artists of the decade.

Charge by Phone 250-762-5050 Tickets also available at the Prospera Place Box Office or online at www.selectyourtickets.com

Wes Craven dies at 76

Director Wes Craven has died aged 76.

The legendary 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' filmmaker passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday (30.08.15) following a battle with brain cancer.

The director was acclaimed in the horror genre, with his first feature 'The House on the Left' released in 1972. He helped reinvent the genre with his Freddy Kruger classic in the 1980s, and again with teen slasher series 'Scream' in the 1990s.

Stars including Courteney Cox have paid tribute to Wes on Twitter.

The 'Friends' actress - who appeared in all four 'Scream' movies - wrote: ''Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x (sic)''

Sarah Michelle Gellar added: ''I had the great privilege of working with #WesCraven one of the kindest most gentle souls, who made great scary films. #RIPWesCraven (sic)''

'Frozen' star Josh Gad wrote: ''#WesCraven was the maestro of my nightmares growing up throughout the 80's. And those same nightmares gave me my passion 4 horror films. RIP (sic)''

'Scream' actress Rose McGowan revealed she was ''shedding tears'', writing: ''Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. Please say there's a plot twist. #wescraven

''Shedding tears now. A giant has left us. #wescraven #always #liveon (sic)''

Chris Martin in love war

Chris Martin has been caught up in a love feud between his new rumoured girlfriend Annabelle Wallis and her ex lover.

The Coldplay frontman has found himself embroiled in a bitter war between the TV star and her former flame James Rousseau after photographs recently emerged of the new couple looking intimate on a dinner date in New York city.

A source said: "Annabelle and James were together for a long time and it hurt him to see the picture of Annabelle looking cosy with Chris."

Shortly after the snap shots emerged online, the handsome model-turned-actor decided to take subtle revenge on his ex-girlfriend by posting an unflattering photo of her, half asleep, sporting a double chin on his Twitter account.

The insider told The Sun newspaper: "Posting the horrible photograph of Annabelle was his way of lashing out.

"She then had to get him to remove it, which he did, but she was furious."

Chris - who has children Apple, 11, and Moses, nine, with estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow - and Annabelle sparked romance rumours after the singer-songwriter was spotted with his arm around the actress as they "talked intimately" and gazed into each other's eyes at Lucali in Brooklyn.

The new relationship comes just two months after the 38-year-old star split from Jennifer Lawrence, 25, because the 'Silver Linings Playbook' star was too busy with work.

However, the blonde beauty - who starred in 2011's 'X-Men: First Class' alongside Annabelle - doesn't seem to be bothered by how fast Chris has moved on and is reportedly enjoying the single life.

Cheryl's fake porn fury

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is reportedly considering legal action over fake porn videos.

The 'X Factor' judge and her management team are said to be furious over online videos using her name and likeness in X-rated footage.

According to the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, one such video even features Cheryl's face superimposed onto the body of a pornographic actress.

A source said: "She hates the fact the porn site is using her name to drag punters in to watch their lurid videos and make money from her fame.

"It is embarrassing for her to be linked to this kind of video because she works very hard to cultivate her image."

Cheryl's spokesperson added: "Our lawyers are looking into this."

It's feared the racy clips could tarnish the 32-year-old beauty's family-friendly image.

Meanwhile, Cheryl -- who is married to French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini -- admits she doesn't mind people calling her by her former name, Cheryl Cole.

She said: "I keep hearing that I go berserk about it. But I was known with that surname for about a decade so it's not surprising people get it wrong now and then.

"I never introduce people with their full name - I don't know why people have an emphasis on doing that. But I don't take offence to it."

Miley bares, blazes at VMAs

Miley Cyrus' various costumes for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were for the most part nearly naked — and then she took it a step farther and flashed her nipple during a costume change.

As the camera panned backstage, Cyrus failed to cover up and the broadcast quickly cut away to the crowd while she continued to talk. She then said, "What's happening? Oh, sorry."

Throughout the show, she made drug references and sang about smoking marijuana during the final performance of the show.

Mariana Agathoklis, a representative for MTV, said the shot would be removed from future broadcasts of the show.

Cyrus has previously appeared on various shows wearing pasties, and her first outfit for Sunday VMAs featured only suspenders as a top, leaving her breasts almost entirely visible other than a strip of covered skin.

In backstage interviews with reporters after the show, Cyrus refused to take questions. She arrived backstage with a lit joint, and passed it around to photographers.

"I've been doing this (expletive) for a while. Because you're all my friends, and my song is kinda, sorta about the love of marijuana and the love of humankind, I brought a little joint if anyone would like any. Anyone?"

The Canadian Press

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