Weekend News Roundup! VMAs and Hamster Luxe


Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

• Actor and director Sir Richard Attenborough, perhaps best known as the man behind Gandhi, passed away Sunday at the age of 90. [NYT]

• Jay Z and Blue Ivy presented Beyonce with a lifetime achievement award last night at the MTV VMAs and sealed the prize with a kiss—can this display of affection dispel divorce rumors from everyone’s favorite power couple? [Time]

• In other VMA news, Nicki Minaj was one split seam away from a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction last night. [Vulture/NYM]

• Steve Madden looks to get a little “Fancy”-er, signing with Iggy Azalea for a new shoe collection this February. [Cut/NYM]

• Sorry, Ellen. There’s probably no topping this selfie. [NYDN]

• There will be no ice bucket challenge for Grimes. The singer, who was nominated by DJ Richie Hawtin, has declared that she won’t donate to the ALSA because of its history of animal testing and instead will give money to the Malala Fund. [Pitchfork]

• The tiny hamster is back, and this time he’s living in the lap of luxury. [Jezebel]

• At the U.S. Open, Tomas Berdych commands attention with an H&M-sponsored wardrobe. Not since Sugarpova has there been this much fanfare around courtside couture. [NYT