- - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lady Gaga was to be allowed to hold a second concert in Manila on Tuesday night after state censors ruled her “provocative” act was within legal bounds, a city official said.

Officials who monitored the first show Monday found no violations of the permit terms banning nudity, blasphemy and lewd conduct, said Antonino Calixto, mayor of Pasay City, the district in the Philippines where the event was held.

“Admittedly, some of the statements and choreography were provocative but the content and presentation taken all together can be considered as part of an artist’s expressions” that are protected by the constitution, he added.

“Therefore, the city government of Pasay sees no compelling or legal reason to disallow the second concert from proceeding,” Mr. Calixto said in a statement.

As many as 20,000 fans were expected to attend the pop phenomenon’s final Manila show, the same number at Monday’s concert.

Conservative Christians in the Catholic-majority nation have been staging street protests daily to demand a government ban on the events, alleging some of Lady Gaga’s songs are blasphemous.

One senior church leader said her show amounted to “devil worship.”

Lady Gaga spoke out against her local critics at Monday’s concert, declaring she was “not a creature of your government” before belting out her controversial song “Judas.”

Her world tour, “The Born This Way Ball,” has hit the headlines on its way through Asia, with an upcoming concert in Muslim-majority Indonesia denied a police permit for fear of violence from religious hard-liners.

Prominent Filipino lawyer Romulo Macalintal, one of those who sought to block the Manila concert, said he was resigned to the local government’s ruling.

“They are the persons authorized by law and if that is their decision, I cannot do anything, I just leave it to God,” he said.

Houston’s final recording to be released June 5

Whitney Houston’s final recording is scheduled for release next month.

The song, “Celebrate,” is a duet with Jordin Sparks from Houston’s last movie, a remake of the film “Sparkle.”

The song debuted Monday on Ryan Seacrest’s website and will be available June 5 on iTunes.

Ms. Sparks performed a tribute to Houston on Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, singing “I Will Always Love You” as Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, wiped away tears.

Houston’s death in February at age 48 came as the singer was attempting a comeback and had finished filming “Sparkle.” She drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.

“Sparkle” opens in theaters Aug. 17.

Pitt puts to rest rumors of possible August wedding

Brad Pitt on Tuesday scotched rumors that his wedding to the other half of Hollywood’s hottest couple, Angelina Jolie, would take place in August.

Mr. Pitt also said his partner would not join him on the red carpet in Cannes, France, later Tuesday for the premiere of the blood-drenched drama “Killing Them Softly” in which he stars as a hit man.

“She’s not here right now. She’s prepping for a movie that starts pretty soon,” the 48-year-old actor, sporting shaggy blond-tinted hair and a goatee, told reporters after a press screening of Andrew Dominik’s movie.

Asked if he planned to act in another film alongside Ms. Jolie, 36, he replied: “Actually, I’d love to.”

“We actually really, truly have no date” for the wedding that the couple announced in April and which will come after six children and years of unwedded coupledom, he said.

Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie became close on the set of the 2005 film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” They have three biological children together and adopted three others.

Mr. Pitt’s new film features him as a contract killer working for a mob syndicate run like any major corporation, complete with brutal cost-cutting to cope with the recession.

“Killing Them Softly” is one of 22 films vying for the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or top prize, to be awarded on Sunday.

Burnett to write memoir about her daughter

Carol Burnett’s next book likely will inspire tears along with laughter.

The beloved actress and comedienne has an agreement with Simon & Schuster for a memoir about her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer in 2002 at age 38. The publisher announced Tuesday that Ms. Burnett’s book, “Carrie and Me,” is expected next April.

The memoir will be a “funny and moving” story of Ms. Burnett’s relationship with her daughter, an actress and writer who appeared on stage in the musical “Rent” and on such television shows as “Touched by an Angel” and “The X-Files.” Carol Burnett’s previous books include “This Time Together” and “One More Time.”

Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Skrillex to perform at Philly festival

Pearl Jam, Skrillex and D’Angelo are among the performers scheduled to take the stage at the Made in America music festival Jay-Z is curating in Philadelphia in September.

Jay-Z will also perform, as will Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, Odd Future, Santigold, Afrojack, Calvin Harris and Rick Ross and his Maybach Music group.

The festival at Fairmount Park will feature 28 acts over Labor Day weekend. Tickets for the two-day festival are to go on sale Wednesday.

Jay-Z announced plans for the event last week atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

More performers will be announced later.

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