Celebrity Buzz: Excitement builds for Veterans’s Day National Mall concert

Today’s pop-culture roundup includes a lawn party, prose and politics, Garth’s World, our mystery music video and much more.

MALL COUNTDOWN: 10, 9, 8. . ., per The Wrap, “HBO is pulling out all the stops for Tuesday’s Veteran’s Day National Mall concert which could be its biggest ever live event. The concert will feature Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, The Black Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Meryl Steep, Jack Black and Bryan Cranston.

“Fencing, which is normally used for inaugurations and Fourth of July celebrations, has been erected around the mall and Washington D.C.’s transit system has unveiled special plans to handle expected high attendance. A National Park Service spokesman told TheWrap that a permit for the three-hour “Concert for Valor” salute to America’s veterans anticipates up to 850,000 people attending. If that estimate proves accurate that would be as many people as some estimate see the July Fourth fireworks.” http://bit.ly/1zeMetG

POLITICS AS HOLLYWOOD: Or is it the other way around?, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, regarded by many progressive Democrats as their party’s alternative to Hillary Clinton, told an ACLU gala in Beverly Hills on Sunday that “economic opportunity is slipping further and further out of reach” for average Americans. She said bluntly: “We have to face the game is rigged in Congress.”

“. . . Warren was in town to attend the ACLU of Southern California’s 91st anniversary Bill of Rights Dinner and to receive the organization’s Ramona Ripston Liberty, Justice Equality Award for her work on behalf of consumers and working families. The accolade is named for the local ACLU chapter’s longtime director, who was on hand along with Norman Lear to present the award to Warren.” http://bit.ly/1EuJJqc

MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS: A Grande time had by all, per the Associated Press, “Nicki Minaj rapped about shortbread and Ariana Grande capped a breakthrough year with two trophies as the MTV Europe Music Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday with a Scottish-accented show in Glasgow.

“Grande was named best female artist and also took the best-single prize for “Problem,” one of a string of hits she’s had this year. The 21-year-old American singer said she was doubly grateful to the EMAs – meeting Iggy Azalea at last year’s awards show led directly to working with the Australian rapper on “Problem.” “This is absolutely crazy,” Grande said after her second win of the night.” http://apne.ws/1zGEBiA

GARTH BROOKS: He’s back, per USA TODAY, “Two weeks ago, 2014 got its first platinum release, Taylor Swift’s 1989. Its second may well arrive this week. Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine — the first new studio album since 2001 from the Country Music Hall of Famer who has sold more albums in the USA than any other act, save The Beatles — is officially set for release Tuesday, though Brooks plans to soft-release it Monday.” http://usat.ly/1pIt9QH

MEANWHILE: A bit of background, per the New York Times, “Yes, country music was shifting underneath his boots, and the pyrotechnics that made him the most vivid country star of the 1990s were becoming commonplace. Yet Mr. Brooks’s departure wasn’t a slow fade into irrelevance, but a magician’s disappearance while standing in a spotlight. He wanted to spend more time with his family, so poof, there he went.

“And poof, he’s back. Leaving on top allows you to return much the same, even though the planet’s still moving. He has come back to a world, one could argue, that is far more country than he is, though certainly the markers of country-ness have changed. In his heyday, Mr. Brooks’s pop theatrics marked him as an outsider and a challenge to the norm. Now, 13 years since his last album, he is a figurehead for open-minded values that the genre has fully internalized. There are new rebels, and Mr. Brooks, 52, is not among them.” http://nyti.ms/1EkOUqB

SHEER FUNK: As it should be, per Rolling Stone, “Between Parliament, Funkadelic and their offshoots, George Clinton worked on at least 37 different albums in the 1970s. “We had three studios going at once,” says Clinton, 73, who offers a frank and entertaining look at his glory years in his new memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? “We live and breathe and eat music. It was a movement, like Motown, but all one band.” Clinton just finished a new album and also collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on potential tracks from the rapper’s upcoming LP. “He’s a clever kid,” Clinton says.” http://rol.st/1GHUAyR

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Or something like that, per Celebuzz!, “Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner were spotted together, again. After having a dinner date in Paris in September, the young stars were just spotted attending church together yesterday, Nov. 9. Fans spotted Bieber and Jenner at church with Hailey Baldwin. So, we’re guessing Bieber and Selena Gomez aren’t currently together.” http://celeb.bz/11bcE4w

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Just the facts, per Entertainment Weekly, “Audiences were slightly more interested in visiting Disney’s San Fransokyo than Christopher Nolan’s outer space this weekend, as Big Hero 6 ($56.2 million) nabbed the No. 1 spot over Interstellar ($50 million).

“Interstellar made its IMAX debut Nov. 5 ahead of its wide release on Nov. 7. In those first two days, the film took in $2.2 million and set the pace on Friday evening with $17 million to Big Hero 6‘s $15.8 million. But Big Hero 6 benefited from families heading to the theater on Saturday–and from those who aren’t parents heading to the theater throughout the weekend.” http://bit.ly/10MKKuX

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video: http://bit.ly/1hGM49g

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