‘Happy’ singer feels for Iranians
Pharrell Williams says everyone should be able to celebrate – including Iranian youths who were arrested for posting an Internet video of them dancing to his song “Happy.”
Some in Iran see the video as promoting the spread of Western culture. Iranian laws ban women from dancing in public or appearing outside with their heads uncovered.
Williams says he has “the utmost respect for people’s religious views” and doesn’t know much about Iranian law.
But he added: “The present is a gift, and if you just want to celebrate your happiness, you should be allowed to do that.”
Speaking at an exhibit opening in Paris on Monday, he said, “They are just dancing.”
Teens wanted for reality show
A television producer is seeking teenagers as young as 13 who like to make their own rules and “party like a rock star” to participate in a reality television series about their lives.
A Los Angeles-based casting company, Metal Flowers Media, placed a notice about the series “My Teen Life” in Backstage, a publication widely followed by entertainment professionals for job leads.
The company said producers of “The Real Housewives of New York City” are looking for boys and girls ages 13 to 18 to cast.
Kristi Russell, president of Metal Flowers Media, said Tuesday she is contractually not allowed to divulge details about “My Teen Life.”
The casting notice had a flier attached that includes this message: “(expletive) parents. They’re old and don’t know (expletive). It’s 4:20 and time for your friend Molly to tell your story.” Molly is the name of a synthetic drug popular with many young fans of electronic dance music.
Monkees set for third tour
Micky Dolenz doesn’t always monkey around.
The drummer of the famed TV show band the Monkees, which was so popular in the late 1960s that it outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, says he sees his spot in the band as just a role, similar to ones he’s played in “Aida” and “Grease” on Broadway and “Hairspray” in London.
And yet, there’s no denying it was the role of Dolenz’s life – so much so that, more than 45 years after the series was canceled, Dolenz again finds himself on a tour with fellow Monkees Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith (the fourth member, Davy Jones, died in 2012).
The new tour is the third by Dolenz, 69, Tork, 72, and Nesmith, 71.
Watson had guard at graduation
Emma Watson had an undercover armed guard with her during graduation ceremonies at Brown University Sunday, and a university spokesman says he is unable to answer questions about why.
The 24-year-old British actress was photographed sitting and walking next to a woman who was wearing a cap and gown. The same woman was later seen escorting Watson without a cap and gown and with a holstered weapon.
When asked why the guard was necessary, Brown spokesman Mark Nickel said on Tuesday he was “not able to help.”
— From News wire services