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Zoo keeper Zuzana Matyasova poses with penguins during the annual stock take at London Zoo January 3, 2013. The compulsory count of more than 17,500 animals is noted annually as part of the zoo's licence, and the information is logged with the International Species Information System (ISIS), used for managing international breeding programs of endangered animals. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
Alone onstage, Yeezy gets intimate in first of three casino concerts.
By Mary J. DiMeglio
Kanye West [file] ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Donning all white everything, Kanye West fearlessly commanded a sloped stage Friday night as he let his confessional lyrics carry an intimate, winter-themed performance. Passionate fans flocked to Atlantic City dressed to the nines to get up close and personal with the rapper during his first of three consecutive nights at Revel Resort's 5,500-seat Ovation Hall. Without the backing of any special guests or the dancers that have joined him onstage during his past solo outings, Yeezy alone remained front and center for the 75-minute set. He ascended onto the stage ramp to Foreigner's "Cold as Ice" and wasted no time putting his personal life on full display, opening with "Cold," which caused a stir back when it was originally released, as "Theraflu." The lyrics, "I had fell in love with Kim," teased his relationship with Ms. Kardashian well before the pairing was the tabloid fodder it has become. And, the song came under fire from PETA: After he baited them with the line, "Someone tell PETA my mink is draggin' on the floor," the animal-rights organization said Kayne has "no empathy for animals or human beings." 'Ye performed the song in front of a backdrop of icebergs and snow-covered mountains as video projected onto the floor gave the illusion he was walking on water. West kept it deeply personal, following up with "Clique," another recent single in which he reveals "Deep depression when my momma passed." He dipped into Cruel Summer twice more, for "Mercy" and the G.O.O.D. Music remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like." Classic choices included "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Touch the Sky," "Stronger" and "Good Life," a standout from the night that 'Ye called "one of my favorites." Though the stage effects were kept minimal, "Power" had some pyro, and snow dusted the audience during "Jesus Walks." West covered his face with masks a few different times: First with a white feather piece, and later, a silver sparkly one. The haunting "Runaway" and its tender "If you love somebody tonight, hold on so tight" fadeout gave way to the party jams "Gold Digger," "All of the Lights" and 2 Chainz' "Birthday Song." Closing with "All Falls Down," West announced, "That's my show tonight," exiting the stage with a huge smile and a wave. "I love y'all." This trio of shows marks the rapper's return to Revel, following two sold-out shows in July. Since his appearance at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the resort has hosted West's only U.S. solo performances. Revel, which has been struggling financially since it opened in the spring, is hoping to end the year with a bang. Alongside Kanye's three-night run, the northernmost casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk also has a big weekend of EDM on tap: Revel's HQ Nightclub hosted Axwell of Swedish House Mafia on Friday night, and will present Alesso Saturday night (December 29) followed by Kaskade on Sunday. And, on Monday, Ovation Hall will be home to the resort's New Year's Eve blowout featuring international dance-music superstar Tiësto. Related Artists Kanye West
A major animal welfare group has agreed to pay $9.3 million to the owners of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to settle a lawsuit brought in response to now-dismissed legal claims of mistreated elephants. The settlement, announced by the parties on Friday, removes the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, from litigation by Ringling Bros. against the Humane Society, the Animal Welfare Institute and a former elephant handler for the circus. ...
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To celebrate our long goodbye to the final 'Twilight' film, here are our favorite stories from its epic year.
By Kara Warner
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2"
Photo: Summit After so many years dominated by all things "Twilight" here at MTV News, we still can't really believe it's all over. Nevertheless, 2012 was a long goodbye to our favorite vampires, werewolves and the fan frenzy that surrounded the release of the final film in the saga, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2." And because we still can't quite let go of Stephenie Meyer's addictive and well-crafted world, here's a list of our 10 favorite "Breaking Dawn - Part 2"-related moments this year. The Last First Trailer
In March we were treated to the last first teaser trailer for a "Twlight" movie and it was noteworthy for several reasons: it debuted in front of its likely superstar franchise successor "The Hunger Games" and it was the first glimpse fans received of Bella as a vampire, along with Edward and Jacob's reactions. The Final Poster
The powers that be that are in charge of all the "Twilight" posters have kept things simple over the years, using subtle imagery and font to set and tease the tone for all five films, i.e. there has been a lot of Bella, Edward, Jacob etc. standing around and glaring. Thankfully, with the final poster, we were treated to something different by way of an actual action shot and a bunch of new vampire friends.
The Soundtrack Track List is Unveiled
Fans were especially excited about the official track listing for the "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack, which have always sold very well and often include a collection of soon-to-be-famous, up-and-coming bands. The final soundtrack boasted both big names and small like Green Day, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, a song by star Nikki Reed and hubby Paul McDonald and repeat contributors St. Vincent and Christina Perri.
'Breaking Dawn' at the Movie Awards
Although they didn't go home with the most awards at this year's MTV Movie Awards, the "Twilight" cast took home two of the most coveted Golden Popcorn trophies for Movie of the Year and Best Kiss. Those victories marked the fourth year in a row "The Twilight Saga" has won both awards and we're betting they might have a shot at a five-peat for next year. Secrets and Sex Revealed at Comic-Con
In returning to the familiar surroundings of San Diego Comic-Con last summer, the massive pop culture event that had people talking "Twilight" in a major way after their first appearance there in 2008, the "Breaking Dawn" cast and crew were up to their old tricks of teasing their fans with talk of a particularly epic sex scene between Bella and Edward: "In ['Breaking Dawn - Part 2'], we just wanted it to be animals, you're not humans anymore," Kristen Stewart said.
The 'Twilight' Book Club With '50 Shades of Grey'
During our last "Twilight"-themed Comic-Con Takeover special, we asked Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson if they had caught up with the "Twilight"-spawned 2012 sensation "50 Shades of Grey" by reading it or forming some sort of book club. Pattinson delighted everyone by entertaining the idea. "I'd just sit there and lick the pages," he joked, which sent Stewart and Lautner into a fit of giggles.
The Twi-Fight Saga
What better way to keep the pre-release momentum for "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" going than by having its very dedicated and opinionated fanbase cast their votes for the Best. "Twilight." Character. Ever. via our epic Twi-Fight Saga? Millions of votes were cast in a surprisingly heated contest which came to a close with the victory of Edward Cullen and a hilarious acceptance from Pattinson himself. Our final sit-downs with the three stars
As is always the case anytime MTV News sits down with the three leading stars of this crazy popular franchise, our final MTV First with Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner was full of laughs, harrowing retrospectives from our video archives and Stewart's admission that her favorite scene in the film is when Lautner's character Jacob strips down to his skivvies in front of Bella's dad Charlie (Billy Burke).
Nothing is better than seeing your favorite stars of your favorite films all together and all dressed up for a glamorous Hollywood premiere. The "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" cast did not disappoint with the massive celebration held in their honor in Los Angeles in November, complete with a four hour-long black carpet and a star-studded, exquisitely decorated after party.
The Plot Twist
The best part about the film's heavily guarded and totally shocking-yet-satisfying twist toward the end of the film is that it wasn't spoiled ahead of time. Blood was spilled, heads were severed and the audiences loved every minute of it. Thank you screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and director Bill Condon for your clever, sneaky ways! Related Videos 2012 Movie Awards: Most Talked-About Moments MTV Rough Cut: Bill Condon And Melissa Rosenberg Related Photos 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' World Premiere Afterparty "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" Red Carpet 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'