Timberlake receives six MTV VMA nominations
NEW YORK — The man in the suit and tie and the duo who buys clothes at thrift shops are the leaders at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced Wednesday that Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have six nominations each. Bruno Mars has four nominations.
Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” will battle Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” for video of the year.
Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and “Suit & Tie” are up for best male video, pop video and collaboration, among others. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ nominations include hip-hop video and collaboration.
Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Thirty Seconds to Mars have three nominations each.
The VMAs will air live Aug. 25 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The South Beach, Fla., mansion once owned by Italian designer Gianni Versace and the place he was fatally shot is headed for the auction block.
Fisher Auction Company is handling the sale, set for Sept. 17. The 23,000 square-foot oceanfront mansion had previously been listed for $125 million.
Originally built in 1930, the 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom, gated home features a 54-foot long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold. It also includes numerous frescos, ornate statues, arched doorways and an open air courtyard.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to manage the sale of this one-of-a-kind property,” said Lamar Fisher, President and CEO of Fisher Auction Company, who said the sale should draw prospective buyers from around the world.
In 1997, the 50-year-old Versace was killed in front of the property by a man who later committed suicide. Versace had purchased the home in 1992 and spent about $33 million renovating and adding another wing. Tourists can still routinely be spotted taking photos in front of the house.
The property had been operating as a 10-room boutique hotel for several years but closed earlier this year. A bankruptcy court has appointed Fisher Auction Company to handle the sale, in conjunction with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.
Versace had many famous friends including Princess Diana, Madonna, Elton John and Cher.
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LAS VEGAS — The Cirque du Soleil show “Ka” has reopened on the Las Vegas Strip 17 days after an acrobat fell to her death in its closing scene.
The Tuesday evening show was marked by a memorial announcement and standing ovations in memory of Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the audience was on its feet at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino before the start of the show dedicated “to the loving memory of an exceptional artist.”
“Her passion will guide us in a common dream, the pursuit of a better world,” an announcer told the crowd.
Producers suspended the production after Guillot-Guyard died on June 30 in a 90-foot fall during the show’s climactic battle scene.
Guillot-Guyard had been with the original cast of Ka since 2006. The aerial performer was a French citizen and mother of two who lived in Las Vegas and also ran a training program for kids called Cirquefit.
She was the first Cirque du Soleil performer to die in an onstage accident in the company’s 29-year history.
Cirque has cut the climactic scene that resulted in the death and replaced it with a “dressing-ritual” scene that it says maintains the story line of the production and its 90-minute length.
“It was already an existing act that had been used previously when there was technical difficulty,” Cirque du Soleil spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard told the Review-Journal.
“Ka” is expected to return to its regular schedule of two shows a night by Tuesday.
Coroner’s officials said Guillot-Guyard’s death by blunt force trauma was an accident. She was still in her harness when she fell. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation that could take six months.
Horrified audience members who witnessed the fall initially thought it was part of the show and only realized something had gone wrong when they heard cries of performers.