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Miley: Women way hotter

Women are "way hotter" than men, according to Miley Cyrus.

The singer - who was previously married to Liam Hemsworth and is pansexual - loves art modelled in the shape of male genitalia but she'd prefer to look at the female form than a guy's body.

"Girls are way hotter. We know this. Everyone I think can agree that from ancient times d***s makes wonderful sculptures," she said during an interview on SiriusXM. "Other than that, I'm not as interested. I like d***s as art pieces. And sculptural, I love the shape, I think it looks really good on a table.

"Everyone knows that t**s are prettier than b***s."

The Wrecking Ball hitmaker, who also previously dated Kaitlynn Carter and Cody Simpson, feels a greater emotional connection to female partners than male and finds it easier to find the right "role" within same-sex relationships.

"That's what ended up making female relationships make more sense to me," she explained. "The role that I was in made more sense, because there's not going to be this weird thing that I pay for everything and whatever.

"Like if I'm going to be with a girl, I'm totally down to be with a boss b**ch who's as successful, or more successful than me; that's cool too. But I felt like the women I ended up being around, the role fit easier for me, because even in my relationship with men, a lot of the times, I kind of hold a more dominant space."





Tiger King star left off Trump's pardon list

No pardon for Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic failed to receive a presidential pardon from Donald Trump in his final hours in office.

The Tiger King star is currently serving a 22-year sentence behind bars after he was convicted for masterminding a murder-for-hire plot against rival Carole Baskin.

But he had turned to exiting POTUS Trump to for a pardon, and was so confident he'd be granted one that he even had a limousine on standby outside prison.

However, when Trump announced his final list of pardons on Tuesday as he prepared to leave the White House and have Joe Biden take his place, Exotic's name was noticeably absent from the list of the 73 individuals freed, and from the list of 70 people who had their sentences commuted.

Tiger King fans reacted to Exotic's snub on Twitter, with one writing: "Joe Exotic did not get a pardon. Looks like Trump is on Team Baskin after all." Another added, "I'm actually shocked Trump didn't pardon Joe Exotic."

Despite the apparent snub, private investigator Eric Love - the head of Exotic's team - remained confident Trump would announce his client's pardon just before Biden's inauguration.

"We anticipate the word last minute, saving the biggest name for the last moment," he tweeted late on Tuesday night. "We are grateful to all of the supporters, fans, family and friends. Tomorrow is our day. Salute, goodnight, I love you all."



Artists want right to tour

Elton John and Sting are among 110 musical artists to have signed an open letter to the U.K. government demanding visa-free touring in the European Union.

The letter comes after the government confirmed it had turned down a post-Brexit deal which would have enabled touring in the E.U. without visas, with culture minister Caroline Dinenage saying that the arrangement "would not have been compatible with the government's manifesto commitment to take back control of our borders".

While she said that the "door is open" for the E.U. to consider the U.K.'s "very sensible proposals", she added that musicians and artists touring Europe "will be required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for each member state in which they intend to tour".

However, the lack of a deal didn't go down well with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Liam Gallagher, Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Radiohead and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.

The letter, organized by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, reads: "The reality is that British musicians, dancers, actors and their support staff have been shamefully failed by their government.

"The deal done with the E.U. has a gaping hole where the promised free movement for musicians should be. Everyone on a European music tour will now need costly work permits for many countries they visit and a mountain of paperwork for their equipment."

It added: "We call on the government to urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment.

"For the sake of British fans wanting to see European performers in the U.K. and British venues wishing to host them, the deal should be reciprocal."

The Who star Daltrey added to Sky News of the letter: "What's (Brexit) got to do with the rock business? As if we didn't tour in Europe before the E.U."



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Marilyn's former home sold

Marilyn Monroe's former home has sold for $88 million, less than half the initial asking price.

The spectacular mansion in Los Angeles' Holmby Hills was originally put on the market for $180 million in 2017, before being reduced to $115 million and finally selling at a much reduced $88 million.

The Tuscan-styled mansion was built in 1935 by Robert D. Farquhar for Florence and Charles Quinn, and was subsequently sold to 20th Century Fox co-founder Joseph Schenck.

Marilyn subsequently started a romance with the studio executive and she ended up living in the guest house of the luxurious property.

Thereafter, Schenck sold the property - which features nine bedrooms and ten baths - to actor Tony Curtis as he neared the end of his career.

And after attending a celebrity party at the mansion, Cher and her first husband, Sonny Bono, decided it was their dream marital home.

However, as their relationship began to fall apart, the celebrity duo started living in different wings of the property and they eventually sold it to Ghazi Aita of Monaco.

The iconic mansion - which also includes two guardhouses, a pool, a pool house and fountains - has been on the market for more than three years.

But after the asking price was cut, it has finally sold for $88 million, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

Meanwhile, in 2017, another of Marilyn Monroe's former homes sold for $7.25 million.

The property in Los Angeles was acquired for $350,000 above the asking price and sold in less than 10 days.

The actress bought the home in 1961 for less than $80,000 and lived there with Eunice Murray, her long-time housekeeper.

Speaking about the property, she once said: "Anybody who likes my house, I am sure I will get along with."



Dua Lipa: I'm not pregnant

Dua Lipa has dismissed rumours she's pregnant, after sparking speculation when she posted a baby bottle emoji on one of her tweets.

The Don't Start Now singer shared a picture of herself on holiday on her Twitter page last week, alongside a caption which featured a series of emojis - including a baby bottle, a teddy bear and an angel.

And while fans were quick to jump to the conclusion that she and boyfriend Anwar Hadid were expecting their first child, Dua shot down the reports as she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.

"I like finding little random emojis, like a little baby bottle or angels and sparkles. Random," she said. "I really didn't think this through and I posted it and then I look at the comments and somebody says, 'is she pregnant?' And I look at the picture, I look at the comment, I look at the picture, I look at the comment, and I'm like, 'surely I don't look pregnant?'"

The picture in question shows Dua displaying her slim figure in a tartan dress with cut-out sides while outside at nighttime.

"And then I see that people have been writing stories saying that I posted some cryptic message that I might be announcing my pregnancy," she laughed. "And I'm just like, 'oh my God, these emojis have come to bite me in the ass.'"

Concluding, Dua added: "I'm not pregnant, just to clear it up."



Affleck splits with girlfriend

Actors Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas have reportedly called time on their relationship after almost a year of dating.

The couple met and grew close while filming upcoming thriller Deep Water, and the romance first hit headlines in March, 2020, when the pair was spotted in Ana's native Cuba.

The stars spent much of the coronavirus shutdown together in Los Angeles, and the Knives Out beauty was even introduced to Affleck's three children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, back in May, but the romance has since come to an end, according to multiple reports.

"Ben is no longer dating Ana," a source told People.com. "She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn't want to be Los Angeles-based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles."

Another insider added, "This is something that was mutual and something that is completely amicable. They are in different points in their lives and there is deep love and respect there.

"Ben continues to want to work on himself. He has three jobs lined up and he's a solid father at home. They are both happy with where they are in their lives."



Hollywood returns: Gaga, J. Lo headline Biden inauguration

Hollywood returns to DC

Gaga. J. Lo. Hanks. Legend. Miranda. Brooks. Bruce.

It’s a far cry from a normal inauguration, with Washington locked down due to security concerns, and most inaugural events gone virtual because of the raging coronavirus pandemic. But one thing is back that virtually disappeared four years ago: the A-list.

A slew of glittery celebrities is descending on Washington — virtually or in person — to welcome the new administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, a duo popular in Hollywood, where Donald Trump was decidedly not.

They're led by Lady Gaga -- about as A-list as you can get -- singing the national anthem Wednesday on the West Front of the Capitol, with Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks contributing musical performances.

Gaga posted a photo of herself on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday afternoon, standing inside the Capitol, site of the deadly riot Jan. 6. She called for Inauguration Day to be “a day of peace for all Americans. A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear.”

Other top-tier performers will be part of “Celebrating America,” a 90-minute, multi-network evening broadcast hosted by Tom Hanks that takes the place of the usual official inaugural balls. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. Hosts Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will be joined by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, chef Jose Andres, labour leader Dolores Huerta and Kim Ng, the first female general manager in MLB history.

The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. Segments will include tributes to a UPS driver, a kindergarten teacher and Sandra Lindsay, the first in New York to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial. The proceedings will be carried by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS as well as the committee’s social media channels and streaming partners.

There's also a virtual “Parade Across America” on inauguration afternoon, hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn with appearances by Jon Stewart, Earth Wind & Fire and the New Radicals — reuniting after more than two decades — among many others.

The history of celebrities performing at inaugurations dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third inauguration in 1941, when a gala celebration the evening before saw performances from Irving Berlin, Mickey Rooney and Charlie Chaplin, says Lina Mann of the White House Historical Association. “Chaplin performed his monologue from ‘The Great Dictator,’” Mann notes.

The celebrity component only increased over time, and one of the starriest inaugurations was that of John F. Kennedy in 1961. That celebration, hosted by Frank Sinatra, drew Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier and other celebrities.

Fast forward to the first Barack Obama inauguration in 2009, where Aretha Franklin sang “My Country, 'Tis of Thee” at the swearing-in, and the new president and his wife, Michelle, were serenaded by Beyoncé singing “At Last” at an inaugural ball.



Lopez 'really nervous'

Jennifer Lopez is struggling with nerves ahead of her performance at Joe Biden's inauguration celebrations on Wednesday (20Jan21), her fiance Alex Rodriguez has revealed.

Although the On The Floor hitmaker played the Super Bowl Halftime Show and New Year's Rockin' Eve last year (20), Alex admitted his wife-to-be is feeling the pressure about taking to the stage to honor the incoming U.S. president.

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Alex said: "It's been such a crazy year for her. So amazing. So many blessings. But to think, in the span of 12 months, she's done the Super Bowl, New Year's, now the inaugural. It's unbelievable. And what's interesting is she's most nervous about Washington, D.C., because of the responsibility.

"She wants more than anything, like all of us, to bring people together. To inspire. And you know music and sports does that better than anything."

Alex also promised that his fiancee is planning "something really cool" for the performance, teasing: "You're gonna be surprised. You're gonna love it."



Drake hits 50 billion streams

Hip-hop superstar Drake has made music history by becoming the first artist to break the 50 billion streams barrier on Spotify.

Unconfirmed reports about the rapper's latest career milestone emerged over the weekend (16-17Jan21), when Drake himself shared a social media post about the achievement on his Instagram Story timeline and simply added an upside down smiley face, but now Spotify bosses have made the news official, confirming the feat to Variety.

The new honor shouldn't come as much of a surprise to fans - Drake has repeatedly dominated end-of-year streaming lists with the popularity of chart smashes like One Dance, Hotline Bling, and In My Feelings, while 2018 single God's Plan boasts more than 1.67 billion hits alone on Spotify.

He also ended the 2010s as the most-streamed artist with 28 billion streams, beating Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Eminem to the title.

And Drake is only going to improve on his impressive track record when he releases his new album, Certified Lover Boy, later this month.



Buble: lockdown is great

Michael Buble says he'll be forever grateful for the COVID-19 lockdown, because it's allowed him to be there for some of his children's biggest achievements.

The Canadian singer has rescheduled his An Evening With Michael Buble Tour twice due to the pandemic, with the latest dates kicking off in August, and told Yahoo Finance that while he's keen to perform again, he's also relishing the chance to spend time with his family - wife Luisana Lopilato and their children Noah, seven, Elias, four, and Vida, two.

"It's been the greatest time of my life," he said. "In other years, I would have been out on the road... I probably would have missed my daughter walking for the first time or the first word or a lot of things, birthdays and I have been there for every, every second."

Even though the pandemic has led to the postponement of thousands of live gigs, Michael added that he's hopeful things will return to some kind of normality once the world has been vaccinated against the virus.

"There's as great or greater hunger for music than there's ever been," the Haven't Met You Yet star mused. "There's a necessity. I mean, music brings us together in uncertain times. It always has, it always will.

"This comes it gets down to a very basic level in humanity. Humans are not supposed to be alone. We are supposed to congregate, we're built to be in church together, we're built to eat together, to speak together, to cry together, to love together. And so there's no possible way that we won't continue something that is inherently human."



Peaky Blinders set to end

Hit period crime drama Peaky Blinders is set to end after the upcoming season six.

The British series, which revolves around the dealings of the powerful Shelby crime family in post-World War One Birmingham, England, recently began production on new episodes after months of delay due to the COVID-19 shutdown, and on Monday, creator Steven Knight announced the TV show would end after one more season.

However, he also revealed fans could look forward to more Peaky Blinders antics in the future, although he stopped short of offering up any further details.

"Peaky is back and with a bang," Knight shared in a statement. "After the enforced production delay due to the COVID pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.

"We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form."

Peaky Blinders stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, the head of the family, alongside Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Finn Cole, and Aidan Gillen. The Irishman's Stephen Graham was also previously revealed to be joining the cast of season six.

Earlier seasons of the BBC show, which airs on Netflix for U.S. audiences, have featured stars like Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, and Sam Claflin.

A premiere date for the sixth and final run has yet to be set.



A statue for Dolly?

A Tennessee lawmaker is spearheading a new campaign to honour Dolly Parton with a statue.

John Mark Windle, a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, wants to celebrate the singer's contributions to her home state, which recently included a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University's COVID-19 research team.

"At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is a kind, decent, passionate human being?" says Windle. "She's a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her."

If his colleagues pass the bill, the statue of Parton would be funded via donations, grants and gifts and sit outside the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Windle's initiative is sure to be popular among Tennessee locals - over the summer, a petition to replace Tennessee's Confederate monuments with statues of Parton garnered thousands of signatures.



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