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Chris Brown Defends Himself Online but Stays in the Philippines

Chris Brown
Richard Shotwell—AP Chris Brown arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 28, 2015

"I've done nothing wrong"

(MANILA, Philippines) — Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown defended himself on social media Friday but officials say he still hasn’t applied for clearance to leave the Philippines, where he’s being investigated on a fraud complaint.

The 26-year-old R&B artist has been stuck in Manila for a third day after running afoul of a corporation, run by an influential religious group’s members, that filed a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled concert last New Year’s Eve. He performed Tuesday at a packed concert in Manila but has not applied for the emigration clearance despite repeated notices that it was required.

“This is a very serious situation and someone needs to be held accountable for mixing my name up in all this,” Brown tweeted Friday. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”

He said he came back to Manila to do a show to make up for the cancelled New Year’s Eve concert. The initial performance was to be at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena, operated by a corporation owned by the politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo religious group.

In its complaint, the Maligaya Development Corp. alleged Brown and promoter John Michael Pio Roda canceled after being paid in full for a $1 million contract.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday state prosecutors will summon Brown for a preliminary investigation into the complaint, but his presence at that stage of the criminal proceedings can be waived. Charges will be filed in court if prosecutors find probable cause to charge Brown and the promoter.

“What is important at this point is for him to know that there are criminal proceedings against him at the preliminary investigation level,” De Lima told reporters.

The clearance from Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison is needed because of the fraud complaint. Brown must show up in person to obtain the clearance.

In several postings on social media, Brown has addressed the travel delay, pleading in one on Instagram late Thursday night, “Please, please let me leave, please.”

A representative in the U.S. said Wednesday that the travel delay was a misunderstanding and Brown would leave the Philippines on Thursday. No further comments were available, and the promoter Pio Roda could not be contacted.

He missed a concert in Hong Kong that has not yet been rescheduled. Another concert was scheduled in Macau on Friday night.

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Let Ian McKellen Teach You How to Make Scrambled Eggs

"These are the best scrambled eggs in the world"

Sir Ian McKellen continues to be a social-media superstar, this time celebrating the box-office success of Mr. Holmes by teaching his Facebook followers how to make scrambled eggs on toast at the Chateau Marmont.

(See also: “Ian McKellen performs a dramatic reading of Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’” and “Ian McKellen can’t decipher parking signs.”)

“You’re lucky because these are the best scrambled eggs in the world, and like all good recipes, it’s a family one,” McKellen says in the video. “It comes from my stepmother, Gladys.”

Someone please give McKellen his own show on the Food Network immediately.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Rachel McAdams Has Always Wanted to Play Unlikable Women

"Southpaw" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals
Jim Spellman—WireImage Rachel McAdams attends the "Southpaw" New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 20, 2015 in New York City.

The True Detective and Southpaw actress talks knife fighting, her Mean Girls character and whether True Detective is sexist

Returning from a photo shoot to a suite at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, Rachel McAdams drapes an oversized grey sweater over her bejeweled black dress and opts to go barefoot, kicking her heels into a corner. She’s sporting a more polished version of the short curly locks her character Ani wears on the second season of True Detective—a far cry from the ingenues she’s played in films like The Notebook, The Vow and Wedding Crashers. Lately McAdams has been fulfilling a career-long goal to take on grittier projects, including the HBO crime drama and the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing vehicle Southpaw, out July 24.

TIME sat down with the actress to talk learning to knife fight, the similarities between Ani from True Detective and Regina George from Mean Girls and whether she had concerns about claims that the first season of True Detective was sexist.

TIME: Your character’s weapon of choice of show is the knife. Did you have to train in knife fighting?

Rachel McAdams: It was a little unfamiliar to me, although my brother actually collected knives. So we always had them around, in a weird way. He was very responsible with them. They were his little treasures: he would clean them and take really good care of them. But I didn’t have any experience with knives.

I was working with a really in-demand martial artist, and he was working simultaneously on other films. So I would get a couple sessions in with him. But then one day I noticed my stunt double was throwing a knife around, and she was so proficient. She specialized in what I think was called close quarter prison knife fighting, and I asked her if she could train me.

We would go off and practice on our little wooden target man. We called him Woody. We’d tape up our knuckles and go to work. She was extraordinary: she’s tinier than I am, but really strong.

We talked about why she loves doing it but also what an intimate weapon it is. In order to be effective with it, you have to get so close to your enemy. It’s just so much different than a firearm.

Did that affect the way you played Ani?

Yeah. If she was ever going to be in a close quarter fight like that, she would have to be the best. [Show creator] Nic Pizzolatto gave me some samurai books to read. I think they’re featured in the first episode. So you know Ani is interested in the philosophy behind samurais as well.

I really liked the line where she says that she carries knives because men are physically stronger so if she’s attacked, it evens the playing field.

Me too. It was just very practical, and she saw the difference between the sexes so clearly. I really appreciated that. And she’s right, especially in her line of work. But as she said, she’d carry them whether she was police or not.

That frankness was refreshing. I know you’ve spoken about how you liked that she wasn’t charming. Why do you think it is so hard to find these female characters that can be an unlikable badass?

It seems like even if they are a badass, they still can’t be unlikable. You can be edgy in one way, but not all the way. I know that it’s a concern that you don’t want to lose your audience. With a film, you just don’t have time to build sympathy for the character. But I think we’re moving away from that in TV. With TV, you have a little more leeway to allow them to rise and fall and rise again and be much more complicated beings.

Ani kind of reminds me of Regina George in Mean Girls. Obviously, she’s not walking around with knives on her body.

She probably would.

But both characters are allowed to be unlikable and still sympathetic.

I like that because neither Regina nor Ani make any apologies for themselves. I think there’s something really powerful and refreshing about a woman who is unapologetic. But Regina used her powers for bad, and Ani at the end of the day tries to use her powers for good. So Regina really was a villain, and that’s the difference between her and Ani.

Unapologetic women are a little more fun to watch, and I’m sure more fun to play.

Very much so. You don’t have to tip toe around. You’re just not as self-conscious. You’re not judging from the outside as much and making sure that you’re getting just the right temperature. The more I can put Ani on her own island and isolate her, the better. And Nic was all for that.

I’m sure you were aware when you were offered this part that some people described the first season of True Detective as misogynistic. Did you have any concerns going into this season and did you express them to Nic?

This season felt like a clean slate to me. That was very liberating because there is a lot of attention on the first season, and therefore this season this well. You could really get into your head about that if you wanted to, and it wouldn’t serve you at all.

Still, people were going to be looking at you in this role and asking, “Does this meet the bar for a strong female character that was missing last season?” Did you talk with Nic about that pressure?

With any project I work on—not just True Detective—I don’t feel the need just to play a strong woman. I don’t want the audience to say, “Oh, she was so strong.” I want to play characters that are flawed and interesting.

For True Detective, Nic and I always just kind of talked character, not the bigger picture that way because I think that’s a really hard thing to control. We talked a lot about her feelings about herself in terms of her being a woman in a very male-dominated sector of society. She is not trying to be feminine. She’s saying, “This is who I am, and if I wear a low[-cut] shirt, it’s because I want to and I feel comfortable and I would wear that no matter where I was.” And that gets her into trouble because she really does walk to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t care if she’s fitting in or not.

So in terms of her sexuality, that’s probably the only place that that came up. And then lines like the one you talked about. But it wasn’t a big topic of conversation. I think she just holds her own, and we just wanted her to do that at the end of the day. I wanted to see moments of real vulnerability with her too. There’s a strength to that as well.

You’re well known for playing romantic roles. Is there a reason that you wanted to do these two grittier projects—True Detective and Southpaw—now?

I’ve always been interested in doing that. I don’t really want to repeat myself. For the most part, I always want to be doing something new. But there aren’t a lot of gritty roles out there for women, and they are so fun to play everyone wants them. It’s not that I didn’t want to do them. It’s just competitive!

Southpaw is this very masculine story of men struggling with anger and violence. What do you think you brought to the film as a woman in that world?

I think she can play with the boys, but she does it very differently than Billy. She catches more flies with honey than him. She had a much cooler head—he’s the hothead. And I think, too, she’s learned how to use the system to their benefit, and Billy’s always bucked the system.

So she’s learned to navigate it well, and it’s a business, a sport and a lifestyle that she really enjoys. There’s complication in that too because it’s so seductive. It’s easy to get addicted to that kind of money, that kind of status. And then you lose one fight, and you fall to the bottom. Nobody’s around. All your friends are gone. I loved playing her because she’s got all this stuff going on at all times, and yet she has to look like she’s completely comfortable in this world.

A condensed version of this interview appears in the July 29, 2015 issue of TIME.

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Miranda Lambert Returns to the Stage After Her Divorce

The singer split from Blake Shelton after four years of marriage

Country singer Miranda Lambert returned to the stage Wednesday night in her first public appearance since announcing her divorce from Blake Shelton.

In an impromptu appearance at The Basement East in Nashville, Lambert sang “Heart Like Mine” with her friend Ashley Monroe, ABC reports. Lambert is scheduled to perform a sold-out show in Nashville on July 28.

Lambert and her husband of four years, fellow country star Shelton, announced their split at the end of July. “It is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately,” they said in a statement. “We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

 

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See Jimmy Fallon’s Surprise Performance With Bono at U2 Concert

Hip hop group The Roots also appeared at U2's Madison Square Garden concert

U2 brought down the house during their Madison Square Garden performance Wednesday night, with surprise guests Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

Fallon was in the audience during the concert, with a sign in front of his face that said “Singer with a broken finger.”

U2 frontman Bono invited The Tonight Show host on stage, and Fallon quipped, “I’m afraid of Irish men that fall down and injure themselves,” referencing Bono’s 2014 biking injury that led U2 to cancel a week-long Tonight Show residency.

Fallon joined the band in a rendition of “Desire,” eliciting cheers for his impression of Bono while singing. “It’s not easy being Bono,” he joked.

The song was soon followed by a surprise appearance by hip hop group The Roots — Fallon’s band on The Tonight Show — who joined U2 for a performance of “Angel of Harlem.”

Bono also gave shoutouts to celebs in the audience, including Paul McCartney, Christy Turlington, and Angelique Kidjo, among others. Highlights from the set included “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “Beautiful Day” and “Bullet the Blue Sky.” The band closed the show with a rendition of “One.”

Part of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour, Wednesday’s performance marked the band’s third show in an eight-night stand at Madison Square Garden.

Check out photos and video from the show below:

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This article originially appeared on EW.com

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Bill Cosby Forced to Testify on Sexual Assault

The California Supreme Court just cleared the way for one of the mounting sexual assault cases against the comdedian to head to litigation

The California Supreme Court just cleared the way for one of the mounting sexual assault cases against Bill Cosby to head to litigation.

The Court denied Cosby’s petition to review the case Wednesday night, which means the civil suit can continue to the trial phase, CNN reports. Although many women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the comedian, this particular suit was filed by Judith Huth, who claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old.

According to Business Insider, Huth’s attorney said they plan to take Cosby’s deposition under oath within the next 30 days.

While Cosby has admitted to giving a woman Quaaludes before having sex with her, he has continued to deny all allegations of sexual impropriety.

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Chris Brown Is Confused About Why He’s Stuck in the Philippines

Chris Brown
Hector Retamal—AFP/Getty Images Chris Brown performs during a free concert in Champ de Mars, downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 26, 2015.

The singer was prevented from leaving the country on Wednesday

MANILA, Philippines — Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown says he’s confused about why he’s stuck in Manila, where his scheduled departure has been delayed by a fraud complaint over a canceled concert last New Year’s Eve.

Officials said Thursday that the R&B singer remained in the Philippines after he was prevented from leaving on Wednesday following a concert the day before.

He has not applied for the emigration clearance he needs to be allowed to leave the country.

In videos posted on Instagram, Brown clowns around, asking, “Can somebody please tell me what the (expletive) is going on?”

In another video, he says when he gets to customs he will say he’s done nothing wrong.

He then breaks into a dance amid laughter in the background.

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Katy Perry Just Joined the Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj Twitter Drama

Perry: "Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman..."

If Taylor Swift and Katy Perry didn’t have “Bad Blood” before, they certainly do now.

Fans of Swift have long-speculated that her most recent No. 1 single—which was just nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards—is about her falling out with Katy Perry, who pretty much confirmed that interpretation when she weighed in on Swift’s recent, widely criticized Twitter exchange with Nicki Minaj.

“Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…” Perry tweeted Wednesday. While previous Perry tweets presumed to be about Swift have been cryptic enough to be deniable, this one couldn’t be more obvious.

On Tuesday Nicki Minaj criticized the Video Music Awards for not recognizing the talents of black women and snubbing “Anaconda” for Video of the Year consideration, an industry-level criticism that Swift took as a personal attack. “I’ve done nothing but love & support you,” she tweeted at Minaj. “It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.” And yet, Perry seems to note, if Swift doesn’t want to pit women against one another, shooting a video that makes a massive spectacle out of taking down the woman who wronged her doesn’t exactly send that message.

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Kate Upton and Neil Patrick Harris Slam New York Mayor Over Upcoming Uber Vote

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz
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New York City celebrities are not happy with mayor's position on Uber

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking on Uber—and celebrities are taking on de Blasio.

On Thursday, the City Council is expected to vote on a proposal from the mayor that would put a cap on Uber and similar companies’ growth for up to a year while the city determines how to best regulate such companies. Mayor de Blasio has cited concern about congestion as one issue. Uber executives have taken to Twitter to argue against the vote, and on Wednesday, some celebrities did too.

Actors Neil Patrick Harris and Ashton Kutcher, and model Kate Upton have all tweeted in support of Uber.

What will happen at the City Council vote remains to be seen, but if Uber loses, there’s going to be some unhappy NYC starlets.

UPDATE: Mayor de Blasio’s administration announced around 4 pm on Wednesday that they are dropping plans to cap the number of Uber vehicles in New York City, according to The New York Times. The city will instead survey “the effect of Uber and other for-hire vehicle operators on the city’s traffic and environment” over the course of the next four months. The temporary agreement doesn’t preclude the de Blasio administration from capping Uber’s operational capacity after the four months are up; it also demands Uber provide data for the survey. Uber currently operates approximately 20,000 vehicles within the city.

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