Today's pop-culture roundup includes a girl from uptown, buzz from the Teen Choice Awards, the weekend box office, our mystery music video and much more.
‘UPTOWN GIRL’: Of Billy Joel and his ex, Christie Brinkley, per Vanity Fair, “. . . Joel was already an established star when, in 1983, he wrangled top model Christie Brinkley to star in the light-hearted, dance-filled music video for the song. The two reportedly bonded over the experience with Brinkley, an accomplished dancer, walking Joel through all his choreography. The couple were married and had a daughter together, but divorced in 1994.
“. . . The song and its inevitable association with his marriage has, at times, been a sore subject for Joel. . . But he seemed to have put all that behind him (last) week at Madison Square Garden. Joel not only serenaded Brinkley during “Uptown Girl” (and dusted off some of that original choreography she helped him with), he beckoned for his camera crew to capture her smiling and dancing in the front row. Christie shared her own ecstatic reaction on Instagram, boasting about her ex, “He’s still got it!” ’’ http://vnty.fr/1kvmXs7
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: Yep, per The Hollywood Reporter, “The Teen Choice Awards — whose winners take home a full-size surfboard as their "trophy" — were handed out Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. . .Modern Family star Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey hosted the awards, with performers including Demi Lovato with Cher Lloyd, Magic!, Rixton, Becky G and Jason Derulo.
“Selena Gomez received the Ultimate Choice Award at the annual fan-voted awards show.” http://bit.ly/VfhFFh
SOAP VETERAN DIES: He’d been battling cancer, per Deadline, “Charles Keating, who won a 1996 Daytime Emmy for his work as a villain on Another World, has died at the age of 72 in Weston, Conn. No cause of death has been announced. Keating appeared in other soap operas, including Port Charles and All My Children, and had numerous TV and film credits that included The Thomas Crown Affair, Brideshead Revisited, Awakenings and The Bodyguard.” http://bit.ly/1A7ElqJ
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Terrapin power, per the Los Angeles Times, “Wise-cracking turtles went head-to-head with a talking raccoon and a sentient tree at the multiplexes, and, in the end, the turtles came out on top. Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" beat expectations with a strong $65 million in the U.S. and Canada at the weekend box office, claiming the top spot previously held by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and notching the fourth-highest August opening ever.
“Heading into the weekend, most box office prognosticators predicted that the big-screen reboot of the 1980s crime-fighting-turtle franchise would earn between $40 million and $50 million. But "Turtles" drew a broader and more diverse crowd than expected, with exit data showing that 55% of the audience was at least 25 years old.” http://lat.ms/1kWqVur
ALRIGHTY THEN: Glad we got that cleared up, per The Insider, “It's been almost two years since Jason Aldean was photographed getting cozy with "American Idol" alum Brittany Kerr while he was still married to wife Jessica Ussery. Now the country singer says it's time to move forward. On Sunday, the 37-year-old posted a picture to Instagram of him and Brittany holding a dog together.” http://yhoo.it/1pmGBGZ
TRACY MORGAN: An update, per Entertainment Tonight, “Tracy Morgan's lawyer Benedict Morelli sat down with TODAY show anchor Matt Lauer on Monday, and gave an update on the actor's condition and his lawsuit against Wal-Mart following his horrific accident. "He's still struggling, but he's a fighter," Morelli said of the 30 Rock star. "He's had issues before that he's fought through and he's fighting hard."
“Morgan's attorney addressed the online rumors that ranged from reports that he was dead to gossip that his leg was amputated to more recently that he is doing great. "None of those things are true or accurate," Morelli revealed.” http://et.tv/1q4ZESB
THE SMITHSONIAN: So many choices, per the New York Times, “Will the winner be Wile E. Coyote or the original Star-Spangled Banner? Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” or a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington? The space shuttle Discovery or a segregated Pullman railroad car from the Jim Crow era?
“All are part of the vast trove of objects and documents held here by the museums, offices, archives and centers that make up the Smithsonian Institution. Now they are also pitted against one another in a lighthearted competition for a singular honor: What the Smithsonian calls the most iconic item in all its collections.” http://nyti.ms/1r5e4IY
KACEY MUSGRAVES: Hitting the road, per Rolling Stone, “After opening for the likes of Kenny Chesney and Katy Perry, the CMA's reigning New Artist of the Year will see her own name at the top of the marquee this fall. Kacey Musgraves has announced her Same Trailer Different Tour, which kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 25th. She'll bring John and Jacob along for the ride again — the Alabama-bred folksy-country rockers who also opened for her in Europe last year.” http://rol.st/1uGoyMD
THE MANNING BROTHERS: And Archie, too, per The Wrap, “NFL quarterbacks Eli and Peton Manning rapped about football on your phone for DirecTV in 2013, and this year they're back to rap about the cable provider's new fantasy football channel, Fantasy Zone. The 3-minute music video for “Fantasy Football Fantasy” (above) features both Mannings accompanied by dancers, autotune, Jets star Chris Johnson, Joe Namath and even their dad, Archie Manning — in space.” http://bit.ly/1suulqp
SUDDEN PASSING: Just the facts, per Variety, ““Game of Thrones” actor J.J. Murphy has died four days after shooting his first scenes for season five of the HBO series. He was 86.
“The Northern Ireland native collapsed and died on Friday, Aug. 8, according to the Belfast Telegraph. Murphy was cast as Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch and commander of the Shadow Tower, and was reportedly due to film further scenes in the coming weeks. It has not yet been confirmed whether Murphy’s role will be recast or written out of the series.” http://bit.ly/1mCPLuo
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video: http://bit.ly/1pDQ6CG
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