Prince Harry naked Vegas scandal: he says bodyguards to blame

CREDIT: Montreal Gazette

Today’s weed-chopping jaunt through the pop-culture jungle finds an apparently peeved naked Prince Harry, a Beatle killer, a Swift rise up the charts, other things, and the mystery music video.

NOT MY FAULT: Ah, the royal blame game, per Radar, “Prince Harry blew up at his security team for not protecting him from his own naked photo scandal, is exclusively reporting. The ‘Party Prince’ is playing the blame game and is furious that his bodyguards allowed someone to snap scandalous pictures of him playing a raucous game of naked pool in his Las Vegas hotel suite with a gaggle of female partygoers.”

MEANWHILE: Royal damage control, per E!, “If anyone doubts that the royal family still rules in the United Kingdom...just ask the newspaper editors who have been asked not to go to press with photos of naked Prince Harry in their pages. Clarence House has specifically requested that British publications not print or post the pics of the 27-year-old's royal bum online due to the implied privacy violation that occurred when a visitor to Harry's Las Vegas hotel suite snapped a couple of cell phone pics.”

SWIFT RISE: A Taylor-made anthem, per Entertainment Weekly, “It may be hard to believe, but as we guessed might happen, Taylor Swift just earned her first ever No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her new breakup anthem “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” sold 623,000 downloads in its first week — the largest frame ever by a female artist.”

IMAGINE: You may say I’m a dreamer, per the AP, “John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said. Mark David Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday.”

SEX PISTOLS: Or something like that, per the New York Times, “Depending on your taste, punk died in 1979, or maybe 1994, or whenever studded leather cuffs became a must-have mall-girl accessory. Now, suddenly, punk has been resurrected, stitched together anew in the form of the well-accessorized Russian women who call themselves Pussy Riot.”

QUITE A RIDE: Harder than the Tour de France, per the Los Angeles Times, “Like many people, filmmaker David Koepp believes most movies are too long. "Premium Rush," a 91-minute look at New York City bicycle messengers, is Koepp's answer to the problem. "I wanted to do something contained, like 'Panic Room,'" said Koepp, who wrote that 2002 Jodie Foster thriller along with the Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" and "Jurassic Park." "And I am obsessed with maps, so I wanted to do a movie where a guy has to get from point A to point B in a limited period of time."

IT’S UP TO YOU: New York, New York, per TMZ, “A member of the NY State Senate is calling on Lil' Wayne to issue an apology to EVERYONE in the Big Apple ... after the rapper trashed the city to MTV News. Wayne was asked about a concert in NYC and responded by saying, "Flat out: I don't like New York." Not shocking considering he spent 8 months in Rikers Island prison in 2010 for gun possession.”

LEVON HELM: The late singer gets a star-studded tribute, per Rolling Stone, “John Mayer, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne are among more than a dozen acts who will pay tribute to Levon Helm as part of a benefit concert October 3rd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Dubbed "Love for Levon," the lineup also features Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, the Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh and Lucinda Williams.”

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Maybe I did go a tad too far, per the Guardian, “Madonna has toned down her criticism of far-right French politician Marine Le Pen, modifying a tour video that superimposed a swastika over her face. Performing in Nice on Tuesday, Madonna again projected an image of Le Pen, but this time superimposed a question mark. By playing nice in Nice, the singer was seen to have bowed to pressure from Le Pen's Front National (FN) party, which is popular in the region.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE: That was then and this is now, per Us Weekly, “Although Britney Spears still looks incredible, the sexy bikini picture she tweeted the other day is, it turns out, from 2008. "Y'all ready for summer to end? I'm definitely not!" the singer wrote under the photo, which is from the same set as the image used on a 2008 OK! cover. (In it, a blonde, tanned Spears, now 30, rocks a bright white bikini, huge sunglasses, and a massive smile.)”

WINNERS AND LOSERS: Of cinematic heat, per The Wrap, “In a summer box office dominated by huge hits like "The Avengers" and "Dark Knight Rises" and filled with more than a few misfires, 2012 had its share of players who won big, but even more who really didn't. Superhero movies and animated films clearly triumphed, while originals, non-sequels and movies that weren't based on comic books were the most obvious failures.”

KARDASHIAN ALERT: Read at your peril, per the Insider, “Considering that both Kim and Khloe Kardashian not only embrace their curves, but seem more than happy to flaunt it, it was only a matter of time before they came out with a plus-size line. The Kardashian sisters are set to debut their new plus-size line this fall called, what else, Kardashian Kurves, which caters to ladies sizes 18-24. The line includes jackets, dresses, tops and pants, with prices ranging from $68 to $110.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)