Today's pop-culture roundup includes a piano man headed to a D.C. gala, a frisky Miley Cyrus, news about the iWatch, Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez, our mystery music video and much more.
THE PIANO MAN: Headed to D.C. for kudos, per Rolling Stone, “Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which, each year, honors the career of one musician and their dedication to "promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations."
“ "The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career," Joel said in a statement. "And the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me." Joel will receive the award in Washington D.C. this November, and will be honored with a number of events, including a luncheon and musical performance.” http://rol.st/1jTrhBe
THE MONSTER THAT IS NETFLIX: It’s getting bigger and bigger, per the Los Angeles Times, “Netflix Inc. has hit the 50-million member milestone. The Los Gatos, Calif., on-demand video company said Monday that 50.05 million people around the world now subscribe to its online service, after it added 1.69 million members in the quarter that ended June 30.
“In the United States alone, the company's subscriber count has grown to 36 million thanks to original programming such as the women's prison drama "Orange Is the New Black," the second season of which became available for users in June.” http://lat.ms/1mA5OrO
WHO NEEDS A BRA?: Or, for that matter, a shirt, per the Huffington Post, “Miley Cyrus found an interesting way to stay cool in the desert on July 21, as the 21-year-old stripped down to nothing but a pair of jean shorts. Considering she looks like she's in the middle of nowhere, this bold move easily could've gone unnoticed. But it wouldn't be Miley if she didn't share the topless photo with the world.” http://huff.to/1rGXsUG
THIS ACT’S GROWING OLD: Think he cares?, per The Insider, “Beverly Hills has a new public nuisance on its hands — and its name is The Biebs. Although he's only lived in his new 90210 condo complex for less than a month, Justin Bieber is already causing quite a ruckus. Yahoo has confirmed that six complaints were filed over the weekend, involving loud noise and congregations of people outside Bieber's building. Police were dispatched twice to the scene, but no written reports were taken.” http://yhoo.it/1A1UsHa
REAL BUST: In Beverly Hills, per TMZ, “Bella Hadid -- the 17-year-old daughter of Yolanda Foster -- who appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... TMZ has learned. Bella -- whose step dad is legendary music producer David Foster and whose dad is Mohamed Hadid -- was driving on PCH at around 4 AM when she allegedly blew through a stop sign and almost collided with an L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. patrol car.” http://bit.ly/1na2N6F
ONE DIRECTION: And popcorn, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Parents of teenage daughters, beware: Even if the rampaging juggernaut of One Direction’s world tour has passed through town, the boys will be returning for a one-off cinema event almost guaranteed to result in another frantic dash for tickets.
“In a deal with the U.K. boy band’s management team, Syco, Modest!, and Sony Music Entertainment, Arts Alliance has announced the limited big-screen release of One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film, to be shown for just one weekend, Oct. 11-12. More than 10,000 screenings across 3,000 cinemas and 50-plus territories are set to be announced.” http://bit.ly/1rosUbd
THE iWATCH: Now it’s official, per Variety, “Apple, expected to launch an “iWatch” later this year, landed a sweeping patent covering a “wrist-worn electronic device.” The tech giant on Tuesday was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,787,006, covering an electronic wristwatch that could work in conjunction with other portable devices or on its own.
“The device portion of the electronic wristband — which Apple likened to the iPod nano in form factor – as described in the patent includes a touchscreen display that can be “configured to present visual information to the user and to receive user input from the user.” The patent among other things covers methods for determining user input based on arm or wrist gestures; the ability to “provide a physical alert” to a user’s wrist via a haptic device; and a “personal wireless environment” to communicate with nearby computers or smartphones.” http://bit.ly/1rys79h
ADAM LEVINE: Wedding details, per People, “Guests at Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's wedding not only got to enjoy a beautiful location and gourmet food, but were also treated to a night of live music with performances by Stevie Nicks, Maroon 5, ska punk band Sublime and even the bride.” http://bit.ly/1yWAFYf
TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL: Just the facts, per The Wrap, “The world premieres of Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women & Children,” James Marsh's “Theory of Everything,” Noah Baumbach‘s “While We're Young,” Ed Zwick's “Pawn Sacrifice,” Liv Ullman's “Miss Julie” and Oren Moverman's “Time Out of Mind” will be among the gala presentations and special screenings at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced on Tuesday morning.” http://bit.ly/Um8P8C
SHACKING UP: Or something, per Us Weekly, “Hot and heavy! It seems that Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez have transitioned to the sleepover phase of their relationship. The Neighbors actor, 26, was spotted leaving Rodriguez's Los Angeles home on Sunday, July 20. Wearing jeans, a brown jacket adorned with a tiger, and a patterned baseball cap, he got into his car carrying a skateboard and an overnight bag. ’’ http://usm.ag/1sLie8o
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/1mAfMJM