Celebrity Buzz: Paul McCartney returns; Kanye West booed off stage

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SIR PAUL: He’s back, per Rolling Stone, “A few minutes into his set at Albany's Times Union Center Saturday night, Paul McCartney took a moment to size up the sold-out crowd. "Good evening, Albany," he said with a big grin. "I've a feeling we're going to have a little bit of fun tonight."

“It's a line he's probably used in a thousand other cities over the years, but this time, that promise had a little more than usual riding on it: It was McCartney's first show since a virus sent him to a Tokyo hospital in May, forcing him to cancel or postpone a string of dates in East Asia and the U.S. What kind of night were we in for? Would he seem tired, or tentative? Not a chance. You'd never have guessed that McCartney had recently been ill from the fully charged 40-song set he put on.”

MEANWHILE: There’s this, per the Huffington Post, “Kanye West went on another one of his rants during his closing set at the Wireless Festival in London on Friday night, July 4. Wearing a studded mask, the rapper began a 15-minute speech in the middle of his set about consumerism, fame and discrimination in the fashion industry.

“With a black-and-white video of a waterfall playing behind him and a piano loop in the background, it looked like more of a church sermon than a Friday night at a music festival. At first Yeezus was getting cheers of support from the crowd, but those soon turned into boos once he clearly wasn't returning to his music. These signature on-stage Kanye rants and audience boos are almost a tradition now.”

WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE: Tammy falls flat, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Paramount's holdover Transformers: Age of Extinction ruled the lackluster Fourth of July box office, topping the Wednesday-Sunday holiday stretch with $53.8 million for a domestic total of $174.7 million. That included $36.4 million for the three days, a 63 percent decline from opening weekend.

“. . .The pack of new films opening over the patriotic holiday — led by Melissa McCarthy's R-rated new comedy Tammy — all did less than expected after launching on Wednesday. Revenue for the holiday frame was the lowest in recent memory, including being down a steep 44 percent from last year. Hurricane Arthur probably didn't help matters.”

PINK FLOYD: Bright side of the moon, per the Washington Post, “Well, so much for a press release. It appears your favorite Pink Floyd cover band is going to have some new music to learn soon.

“The legendary British rock band is releasing a new album in October called “The Endless River.” The news first trickled out via Twitter from Polly Samson, the novelist and “Division Bell” lyricist who is married to guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour. Samson tweeted Saturday, seemingly appropos of nothing: “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River’. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” ’’

STARS WARS: Production goes dark, per the Los Angeles Times, ““Star Wars: Episode VII” has added two newcomers to its cast, and will take a two-week hiatus in August because of Harrison Ford’s recovery from a leg injury, the production announced Sunday. Lucasfilm and Disney discovered American actress Crystal Clarke and British actor Pip Andersen via a casting call last year that drew a total of more than 60,000 applicants from in-person auditions and online submissions.”

JUST MARRIED: Of Jessica Simpson, per The Insider, “It may be Independence Day weekend, but Jessica Simpson is celebrating quite the opposite. The fashion mogul wed Eric Johnson on Saturday, July 5, in the rose gardens at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.”

MUSEUM TWIST: And the now, per the New York Times, “LONDON — A pair of Primark cargo shorts made at a Bangladeshi sweatshop that collapsed last year, killing more than 1,100 people. The first 3-D printed handgun. An “Occupy Sandy” sign made by grass-roots organizers in New York after Hurricane Sandy.

“These are among the objects going on view this month at the Victoria and Albert Museum here in separate exhibitions that push the boundaries of museum collecting and design. “Rapid Response Collecting,” which opened this past weekend, offers a new approach to how museums codify contemporary items as historical, while “Disobedient Objects,” which is to open on July 26, showcases material made by social movements worldwide.”

MILA KUNIS: And Ashton Kutcher, per Us Weekly, “Never say never. Mila Kunis didn't think she was the marrying kind -- and then she fell in love with Ashton Kutcher. Now pregnant with the couple's first child and planning a wedding to her former That '70s Show costar, the Jupiter Ascending actress, 30, says she changed her mind about saying "I do" when she met the right guy. "I never wanted to get married. From the age of 12, I prepared my parents for no marriage," the engaged mom-to-be told W magazine in an interview for its August issue.”

TRUE BLOOD: Spoiler alert, per People, “True Blood fans may still be mourning the loss of Tara, but a few familiar faces returned to the HBO show on Sunday to make the grief a little more bearable – that is, until more people start dying.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood