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Stonestreet makes video of Kansas State recruiting trip

"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet is making a tongue-in-cheek video series chronicling his recruiting visit to the Kansas State football program.

The 46-year-old Kansas State graduate says on Twitter that a lot of people are asking him what he will do after the 10th year of playing the character Cameron Tucker on the hit ABC sitcom. He says appearing on TV is one dream, but playing college football is another.

In a preview of the series, the Kansas City, Kansas, native appears in full uniform and says: "I don't know if, God forbid I fell down on the field, if I could get up."

Stonestreet says episodes of the recruiting trip will be released in weekly installments. It's unclear whether coach Bill Snyder will make an appearance.

Comedian Andy Gross apologizes to outraged Purdue students

Comedian Andy Gross is apologizing after a performance at Indiana's Purdue University angered some students and led school officials to call parts of his act "inappropriate."

A representative for Los Angeles-based comedian and ventriloquist says Gross is "profoundly sorry" and regrets causing any offense or discomfort. Spokeswoman Rebecca Kaufman says Gross will no longer perform on college campuses.

Some walked out of his Saturday performance and accused Gross of harassing a female student he called on stage to assist with his routine. They say he made a crude reference to his own genitalia and requested that the student touch his leg, among other comments they found distasteful.

School officials say accounts differ as to what exactly happened, but that parts of the performance were contrary to the university's values.

Kelly Marie Tran breaks silence about online harassment

Kelly Marie Tran is breaking her silence about online harassment months after deleting her Instagram account.

In an essay published Tuesday in The New York Times, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" actress wrote it "wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them."

Tran deleted her Instagram account in June.

She wrote the words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color had taught her, that she belonged "in margins and spaces." She wrote she started blaming herself and felt brainwashed into believing her existence was "limited to the boundaries of another person's approval."

Tran wrote she wants to live in a world where people of all races and genders are seen as human beings.

Tran will reprise her role as Rose Tico in next year's "Star Wars: Episode IX."

Jon Stewart comes to aid of goats found on subway tracks

Jon Stewart has made a home for two goats found roaming along the subway tracks in New York City.

A train operator on Monday alerted headquarters about "two very baaaaad boys" along the N Line in Brooklyn. It wasn't clear where the goats came from.

Police arrived on the scene, tranquilized the goats, and took them to an animal shelter.

That's when Stewart stepped in. In a video , Stewart is shown helping load the goats into a trailer to Farm Sanctuary. The comedian and his wife own the shelter in Watkins Glen, New York.

The sanctuary says the goats are males and have been named Billy and Willy.

Peter Jackson's WWI film to premiere at London Film Festival

"The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson's new film — a documentary that transforms grainy footage from World War I into color — has a title and a world premiere date at the London Film Festival in October.

The festival said Tuesday that "They Shall Not Grow Old" will be screened in London and at cinemas across Britain on Oct. 16, less than a month before the centenary of the war's end.

The Academy Award-winning director restored film from the Imperial War Museum using cutting-edge digital technology and hand coloring, pairing it with archive audio recollections from veterans of the conflict.

Jackson said he wanted "wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more."

The film is part of the U.K. government-backed 14-18 Now project, which has presented works by more than 200 artists over four years to remember a conflict in which 20 million people died.

"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle — who helmed the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony — will create a mass-participation work to be performed on the anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice that ended the war.

The London Film Festival opens Oct. 10 with Ste McQueen's heist thriller "Widows," and closes Oct. 21 with John S. Baird's Laurel and Hardy biopic "Stan And Ollie."

2018 MTV VMAs: Madonna criticized for Aretha Franklin tribute

One of the biggest nights in music celebrated achievements in music videos, and took some time out to honor the late Queen of Soul.

Close to the very end of the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, the life of Aretha Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 Aug. 16, was celebrated. 

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Returning for a commercial break before the end of the show, the show opened with a clip of Franklin performing “Say a Little Prayer” in 1970.

Madonna then walked onstage with a monologue about the inspiration Franklin was to her and how she auditioned in France with a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

Related: 2018 MTV VMAs: Winners list

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m telling you this story,” she said. “There’s a connection because none of this would have happened -- could have happened -- without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. In this room tonight.

“And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen.”

Related: 2018 MTV VMAs: Red carpet arrivals

The monologue, which many thought Madonna made about herself and not Franklin, was criticized by Twitter users.

This isn’t the first tribute to a late musician Madonna was criticized for. Her 2016 tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards was also the subject of Twitter critique.

Wanna TERRIFY People at Howl-O-Scream this Year?! You’re in the Right Place…

Ever been to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens and wished that YOU could be the person jumping out and scaring the crap out of people?

Great! Today’s your lucky day…

Busch Gardens is looking to hire ‘entertainers’ (aka completely terrifying people) to freak out their guests this year.

Auditions are being held on August 24th (that’s this Friday!) and September 1st, but you have to register online first – which you can do right here!!

howl-o-scream is hiring, and we need YOU! there's only a few more dates left to audition for the 2018 season. apply at https://t.co/2SuVnfNp5c today. pic.twitter.com/8PPiEwJfTI — HowlOScream (@howloscream) August 14, 2018

'Crazy Rich Asians' hoopla elicits mixed feelings in Asia

The craze for "Crazy Rich Asians" is hitting Asia, with a premiere in Singapore followed by openings in several neighboring countries later this week.

Much of the over-the-top romantic comedy was set in this wealthy city-state. As the stars streamed past flashing lights down the red carpet Tuesday evening, local fans and tourists swarmed around them taking photos and asking for selfies.

The movie is expected to draw enthusiastic crowds across Asia after its box-office bonanza in the U.S.

Directed by John M. Chu, the film was adapted from Singaporean author Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel of the same name. It follows Chinese-American Rachel Chu as she travels with her boyfriend Nick Young to Singapore to meet his family and discovers they are ultra-wealthy.

The movie is drawing a mixed reaction. Admirers of the film say that as the first majority Asian-cast film in over two decades to be released by a major Hollywood studio it upends Hollywood's usual stereotypes of Asian characters. Critics say it misses a chance to showcase the city's ethnic diversity.

The $30 million Warner Bros. film has grossed more than $35 million since its Aug. 15 world debut in Los Angeles and came out tops with its release in U.S. theaters over the weekend.

"This (movie) is something very personal to people, and it feels like a bigger movement than just the movie itself," Chu, the director, told The Associated Press.

The film has drawn criticism for its inaccurate portrayal of Singapore's ethnic diversity, with some calling it a misrepresentation of the country's minority races. Even though a majority of its residents are Chinese, a quarter of its population are Malay, Indian, or Eurasians, with many migrant workers from surrounding countries like Bangladesh or the Philippines.

"There's this whole notion of the movie being a triumph for representation, which is very problematic. The only Indians and Malays you see are servants," said Nicholas Yong, a Singaporean journalist and author who saw the movie before its Singapore premiere.

Even though its glamorous depiction of Singapore could give its tourism a boost, it was not entirely welcomed.

"To us, 'Crazy Rich' should not just be about the opulence and luxury showcased in the film, but Singapore's actual richness in terms of our diversity," said Singapore Tourism Board's spokesperson Lynette Pang.

As is true anywhere, in Singapore, the super-rich with their extravagant lifestyles are a tiny, privileged minority.

Writing in the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong, which has more than its share of tycoons and elite wealthy families, commentator Alex Lo said he enjoyed the film with "guilty pleasure."

"But amusement aside, it strikes me the whole purpose of the film exercise is to glamorize and legitimize the super-rich in Asia, many of whom are ethnic Chinese in real life," he said.

"Should we, as the audience and hoi polloi, be tantalized and awed by the display of mega wealth, which has been described, by most accounts, as accurate. Or should we rather be repelled?"

Many in Asia looked forward to seeing some familiar faces.

In Manila, the Philippines, an audience of mostly movie writers, critics and bloggers and some celebrity guests were thrilled and applauded when two Filipinos in the film, Kris Aquino and Nico Santos, appeared in their roles during an advance screening Monday night, said Ruth Navarra-Mayo, an editor of the Lifestyle section of the newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Santos plays a fashion designer. Aquino, a popular actress and daughter of late pro-democracy champions in the Philippines, played a member of Malay royalty.

A former American colony, the Philippines has a highly Westernized culture and Hollywood movies are a local entertainment staple. Audiences would welcome more films with Asian themes and characters, Navarro-Mayo said.

"We want to see Asian actors on Asian topics," Navarro-Mayo said. "We're hungry and ready for this type of film."

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Associated Press writer Jim Gomez in Manila contributed to this report.

Madonna's rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash

The backlash was swift for Madonna's rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place.

Dressed in flowing black with grandiose flourishes of African jewelry, Madonna's send-off came before she presented the video of the year award to Camila Cabello on Monday night. She spoke at length about her own start in the business and her own career before thanking Franklin for "empowering all of us. R.E.S.P.E.C.T."

Cabello then collected the biggest award of the night for her "Havana" video with a bow to Madonna, dedicating the trophy to, you guessed it, Madonna.

There was a short video of early Franklin that played before Madonna said that the icon who died Thursday "changed the course of my life," and Franklin's "Respect" played as the night's closing credits rolled. But there was no live musical performance honoring the legend.

Some accused Madonna, in her spiky silver headpiece, heavy necklaces and beaded bracelets, of cultural appropriation. Far more accused her of making the show's only tribute to Franklin all about herself.

"I'm so lost," radio host Charlamagne Tha God tweeted. "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was her paying homage to herself."

After describing her teen exit from Detroit to make her name in show business, Madonna said at one point, "So, you are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story."

Why, yes. Before she got to the point (she sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman" acapella at an audition of yore), Madonna meandered through references to Paris, poverty, guitar lessons and finally her backside hanging out at a VMAs show after breaking a stiletto.

"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die?" ESPN's Katie Nolan tweeted.

Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly described the speech on Twitter as "Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as 'Madonna'."

The response was not unlike that from some fans of Prince when Madonna donned a "Purple Rain" suit to honor him soon after his death, at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

The Madonna Twitter roasting included this from one angry Franklin fan: "Only madonna would tell her life story while honoring a dead Black Woman lmaooo."

2018 MTV VMAs: Winners list

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are celebrating the return of Jennifer Lopez with a special honor, but she won’t be the only artist taking home a trophy.

Cardi B, The Carters -- Beyonce and Jay-Z, Drake and Childish Gambino are among the most-nominated of the night.

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See the winners at the 2018 VMAs below in italic and bold.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Childish Gambino – “This Is America”Drake – “God’s Plan”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ariana GrandeBruno MarsCamila CabelloCardi BDrakePost Malone

SONG OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”Drake – “God’s Plan”Dua Lipa – “New Rules”Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®) BazziCardi BChloe x HalleHayley KiyokoLil PumpLil Uzi Vert

BEST COLLABORATION Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR July 2018 – Chloe x HalleJune 2018 – SigridMay 2018 – Lil XanApril 2018 – Hayley KiyokoMarch 2018 – Jessie ReyezFebruary 2018 – Tee GrizzleyJanuary 2018 – Bishop BriggsDecember 2017 – Grace VanderWaalNovember 2017 – Why Don’t WeOctober 2017 – PRETTYMUCHSeptember 2017 – SZAAugust 2017 – Kacy HillJuly 2017 – KhalidJune 2017 – KyleMay 2017 – Noah Cyrus

BEST POP Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”P!nk – “What About Us”Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

BEST HIP HOP Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Drake – “God’s Plan”J. Cole – “ATM”Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

BEST LATIN Daddy Yankee – “Dura”J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”Maluma – “Felices los 4”Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

BEST DANCE Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence”Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

BEST ROCK Fall Out Boy – “Champion”Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”Linkin Park – “One More Light”Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE Childish Gambino – “This Is America”Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”Drake – ‘God’s Plan”Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” – Cinematography by Pau CastejónAriana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Cinematography by Scott CunninghamThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Cinematography by Benoit DebieChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Cinematography by Larkin SeipleEminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick MellerShawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

BEST DIRECTION The Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Directed by Ricky SaixChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Directed by Hiro MuraiDrake – “God’s Plan” – Directed by Karena EvansEd Sheeran – “Perfect” – Directed by Jason KoenigJustin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Directed by Jay Martin

BEST ART DIRECTION The Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Art Direction by Jan HoulevigueChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Art Direction by Jason KisvardayJ. Cole – “ATM” – Art Direction by Miles MullinJanelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Art Direction by Pepper NguyenSZA – “The Weekend” – Art Direction by SZA and SolangeTaylor Swift – Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for BufAvicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Visual Effects by KPPEminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive StudiosKendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF ParisMaroon 5 – “Wait” – Visual Effects by TIMBERTaylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno MarsCamila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara BivensThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel KnightChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Choreography by Sherrie SilverDua Lipa – “IDGAF” – Choreography by Marion MotinJustin Timberlake – “Filthy” – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

BEST EDITING Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”– Editing by Jacquelyn LondonThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Editing by Taylor Ward and Sam OstroveChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Editing by Ernie GilbertJanelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Editing by Deji LarayN.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – Editing by Taylor WardTaylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss” 

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” 

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo “No Brainer” 

Drake “In My Feelings” 

Ella Mai “Boo’d Up” 

Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams” 

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” 

Post Malone “Better Now”

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