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David Cross show on at Utah college after 'offensive' tweet

The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive" but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday.

College president Ruth Watkins criticized the tweet in a statement issued Sunday but said it free speech protected by the First Amendment and that the university "cannot and will not censor content of those coming to campus."

The actor and comic known for his character on TV's "Arrested Development" series responded to the criticism by tweeting "Holy 'moly!' My opening 10 minutes are going to be on fire!!!" His representative, Michael O'Brien, did not immediately return an email message Monday seeking comment.

Members of the faith wear white, two-piece cotton undergarments daily considered similar to holy vestments in other faiths, like a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.

In the photo, Cross is seen wearing the clothing that resembles a T-shirt and shorts outside of a clothing-store dressing room, with a tagline that reads "Utah! Learn the real truth!"

The university is a public college in Salt Lake City, where the faith is based. About two-thirds of Utah's population belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many University of Utah students are also Mormon. But it's often seen as a secular alternative to the private, church-owned Brigham Young University.

Jabs about Mormon undergarments have surfaced before, including during Mormon Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential run. On the internet and in popular culture, some deride the sacred clothing as "magical Mormon underwear."

The church made a video four years ago dispelling the notion that Latter-day Saints believe temple garments have special protective powers. Rather, the church said they are a reminder of members' commitment to God to live good, honorable lives.

The garments aren't meant to be seen, and members are taught not to hang them in public places to dry or display them in view of people "who do not understand their significance."

Cross previously told The Salt Lake Tribune he is visiting Salt Lake City on his latest tour because he's always had good shows and memorable fans in the city.

The university is not sponsoring his show. Watkins said college officials acknowledge the free-speech rights of those who rent its facilities, even if they disagree with them.

MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute

Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night's big winner.

The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday's show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus last month, is up for video of the year with "Finesse," her collaboration with Bruno Mars. The song's video, inspired by the 1990s sketch comedy series "In Living Color," is also nominated for four other honors.

For the top prize, Cardi B and Mars will compete with Childish Gambino's "This Is America," Drake's "God's Plan," Beyonce and Jay-Z's "Apes--t," Camila Cabello's "Havana" and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry."

Most of the top nominees — including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino — won't attend the VMAs.

Grande, who released a new album last week, is set to perform. Other performers include Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, the Backstreet Boys, Post Malone, Panic! At the Disco, Logic and Ryan Tedder. Jennifer Lopez, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, will also hit the stage.

MTV also plans on honoring Aretha Franklin, who died last week from pancreatic cancer at age 76.

As for nominees, Beyonce and Jay-Z follow Cardi B with eight bids for "Apesh--t," filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gambino's "This Is America," which tackles racism and gun violence, earned him seven nominations, while Drake, who gave away $1 million dollars to Miami residents in his "God's Plan" clip, scored seven nods.

Mars, who has six nominations, is up for artist of the year alongside Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, Cabello and Grande.

Taylor Swift was shut out of the major categories but did nab three nominations for technical awards: Her No. 1 hit, "Look What You Made Me Do," is up for best art direction, best visual effects and best editing.

Cardi B's other nominations include best new artist, best hip-hop video for "Bartier Cardi" and best Latin video for "Dinero" with Lopez and DJ Khaled.

Others nominated for multiple VMAs include SZA, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monae, Khalid, Alessia Cara and Dua Lipa.

Avicii, who died in April, is nominated for best dance and best visual effects for "Lonely Together," which features Rita Ora.

The Eagles beat Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' with best selling album of all time

American rock band The Eagles now have the best-selling album of all time.

Beating out Michael Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller,” the Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that The Eagles album “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975),” was certified 38x platinum.

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The certification means that sales and streams of the 1976 compilation album have accounted for 38 million copies. “Thriller” is now second place at 33x platinum. The RIAA updated streams and sales for that album last year.

“We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride,” founding member Don Henley said in a statement.

The RIAA started incorporating steaming from digital music services like Spotify and YouTube to certification in 2013. Ten song downloads is equal to one album sale and 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale.

The Eagles also have the third highest-selling album of all time. The band’s 1977 record “Hotel California” is 26x platinum.

MTV launches drive to get young people to vote

MTV is launching its first-ever midterm election drive to encourage young people to register and vote, hoping fans make voting a communal effort with their friends.

The youth-centric network will first publicize the effort Monday at its annual Video Music Awards being held at Radio City Music Hall.

The effort hearkens back to MTV's "Choose or Lose" campaign when Bill Clinton was first elected in 1992. The interest in social activism this year among its audience convinced MTV to target the issue in a non-presidential election year, said Chris McCarthy, network president. Voter turnout in those years is typically depressed, particularly among young people.

MTV designed its campaign around the concept of shared experiences after noting the importance young people place in them, he said. For example, it is working with the Ford Foundation on a mobile unit where people can register, then check whether their friends are registered and encourage them to do so if they aren't.

The network is also looking to host some 1,000 parties of different sizes across the country on election day, including larger ones with the participation of yet-to-be-named musicians.

"Voting is important," McCarthy said. "It matters. But voting with a friend matters even more."

MTV isn't the cultural force that it once was. But McCarthy has engineered a turnaround in the network's fortunes this past year, betting on reality shows and familiar brands. The network's audience has also aged somewhat, enough so that 86 percent of its typical viewer at any time is 18 or over, or voting age.

MTV is only the latest group to commit to turning out the youth vote in November. Liberal activist and billionaire Tom Steyer has promised to spend at least $31 million on voter organization, believed to be the largest campaign ever targeted to young people. Activists seeking gun control legislation are making similar efforts, buoyed by the work of students following the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

MTV isn't saying how much it will spend on its campaign, called "+1thevote" in a reference to the phrase for bringing a guest to a concert.

While the other groups are clearly invested in trying to change Republican control of Congress, McCarthy said MTV's effort is non-partisan. Still, it is being launched at a time Democrats seem more active and engaged.

MTV says its measure of success will be an increase in the percentage of young people voting. During the 2010 midterm election in President Barack Obama's first term, only 18 percent of people aged 18-to-20 voted, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

"MTV's mission is to engage and entertain and celebrate the spirit of youth — everything from activism to escapism and all the messy stuff in between," McCarthy said.

Direct from Springfield: ‘The Simpsons’ Kwik-E-Mart opens in Myrtle Beach

Real life is mimicking the shows we have watched for almost 30 years as a real Kwik-E-Mart has opened up shop. 

But the convenience store modeled on the one from “The Simpsons” isn’t in Springfield, Ohio, Springfield, Virginia, or any of the dozens of Springfield towns or townships, in the United States. 

It’s actually located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, WBTW reported.

The Kwik-E-Mart opened last week at Broadway at the Beach.

It has tons of Simpsons memorabilia for sale and also has food items inspired by the show like Squishees and Lard Lad Donuts. There’s even Duff on the shelves, but it isn’t beer, but rather non-alcoholic energy drinks, WBTW reported.

The store will serve as the end of the line for fans who are leaving the Aztec Theater when it opens later this year. 

The theater is also inspired by “The Simpsons” and will feature a Simpsons 4D movie experience, WBTW reported

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2018 MTV Video Music Awards: What time, channel, who is nominated?

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are back in New York this year to celebrate achievements in music videos. Some of the biggest names in music are nominated, and special honoree Jennifer Lopez will perform for the first time since 2001. Fans can vote for nominees at

Get more information on the show below.

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What time? Aug. 20 at 9 p.m.

What channel? MTV 

Who is nominated? Cardi B leads the nominations for the show. The new mother and Billboard chart topper has 10 nods, but close behind are Beyonce and Jay-Z with eight nominations. They are billed as The Carters, from their “Everything Is Love” album. Childish Gambino and Drake have seven nominations each. Jennifer Lopez is the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

A full list of nominees is below:

VIDEO OF THE YEARAriana 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 YEARAriana GrandeBruno MarsCamila CabelloCardi BDrakePost Malone

SONG OF THE YEARBruno 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 COLLABORATIONBebe 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 YEARJuly 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 POPAriana 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 HOPCardi 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 LATINDaddy 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 DANCEAvicii 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 ROCKFall 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 MESSAGEChildish 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 CINEMATOGRAPHYAlessia 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 DIRECTIONThe 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 DIRECTIONThe 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 EFFECTSAriana 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 CHOREOGRAPHYBruno 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 EDITINGBruno 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

MTV launches drive to get young people to vote

MTV is launching its first-ever drive to encourage young people to register and vote during a midterm election year.

The youth-centric network will unveil the effort at Monday's Video Music Awards in New York. The drive is aimed at urging fans to make voting a communal effort with their friends.

It hearkens back to MTV's "Choose or Lose" campaign when Bill Clinton was first elected in 1992. MTV says its effort is non-partisan, but it will be happening at a time when groups favoring Democrats are making a big effort to get young people to the polls.

MTV's plan will culminate in some 1,000 parties of different sizes across the country on Election Day.

Beating King of Pop, The Eagles have No.1 album of all-time

The Eagles' greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become history's best-selling album of all-time.

The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles' album — "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" — is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies.

The album was released in 1976 and pushes Jackson's "Thriller," which is 33x platinum, to second place.

RIAA also said that the Eagles' "Hotel California," released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and makes it the third best-selling album of all-time.

The last time RIAA tallied sales for the Eagles' greatest hits album was in 2006, when it said it was 29x platinum. Sales and streams for "Thriller" were last updated last year.

"We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It's been quite a ride," Don Henley said in a statement.

RIAA's platinum status was once equivalent to selling one million albums or songs, but in 2013 the company began incorporating streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services to determine certification for albums and songs.

Now 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale. Also, 10 song downloads = 1 album sale.

The Eagles, who formed in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, mastered the mix of rock 'n' roll and country music, and the band's hits — including "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy — became part of the soundtrack of that decade. They broke up in 1980, coming back together 14 years later with Henley and Glenn Frey being the only remaining original members. Frey died in 2016, but the Grammy-winning band remains on tour.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016.

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Asia Argento, #MeToo activist, settled sex assault claim against her, report says

A prominent #MeToo activist and Harvey Weinstein accuser recently agreed to pay $380,000 to settle a sexual assault complaint against her, according to a new report.

>> Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago

The New York Times reported Sunday that actress Asia Argento, who said last year that Weinstein raped her in 1997, settled a claim by former child star Jimmy Bennett, 22. In a notice of intent to sue that Bennett filed after Argento, 42, went public with her Weinstein allegations in October, Bennett claimed that Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17, the Times reported. The alleged incident occurred in a hotel room in California, where the age of consent is 18.

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"An unidentified party" sent documents related to the case, including a selfie of Bennett and Argento in bed, to the Times, the newspaper reported, adding that "three people familiar with the case" had confirmed the documents' authenticity.

The complaint said Bennett was traumatized by the incident, which "hindered [his] work and income and threatened his mental health," the Times reported. Bennett, who starred in a 2004 movie with Argento and played her character's son, had viewed their bond as a "mother-son relationship," the complaint said.

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The Times also reported that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who met Argento in 2016 and began dating her, helped her "navigate the matter." Bourdain committed suicide in June.

Bennett declined to comment on the Times' piece, and Argento did not return requests for comment, the newspaper reported.

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