Missy Elliott, Lil Kim to reunite

New York (GN): Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and Da Brat are to reunite at next month’s Soul Train Awards. US broadcasters BET and Centric announced that the female rappers will take to the stage on November 7 when the show tapes at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. They all co-starred on the 90s hit Not Tonight, alongside Angie Martinez and the late Left Eye of TLC. Chris Brown, who is the lead nominee with seven, will also hit the stage. Beyonce has six nominations and Pharrell Williams follows with five. Other performers include Mase, Tamar Braxton, Tank, Aloe Blacc, Nico And Vinz and Sevyn Streeter. Kool And The Gang will be honoured with the legend award. Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, to air on BET and Centric on November 30.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s directing dreams

California (FT): The Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain star said he would gladly head behind the camera, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I am searching for an experience like that, but I have yet to be presumptuous enough,” he told the audience at the Produced By: New York conference. “M y father said you really have to have it in your heart when telling a story [visually],” he continued, adding he’ll know he’s found his directorial debut “when my heart lines up with the material ... in a visual way.” Jake, who was an executive producer on police drama End Of Watch and produced edgy thriller Nightcrawler, said his parents - director Stephen and screenwriter mother Naomi Foner - have taught him lessons in filmmaking. “I think that headaches and heartbreak are part of any job if you put your heart into it. I grew up with my parents behind the camera and that was the language that I knew,” he said.

“It wasn’t until later that I became an actor. I’ve aways been fascinated with the abrasion between the actors in front and the people behind the camera, and with balancing all the issues between the two.” The 33-year-old actor, who has starred in films such as Prisoners, Prince Of Persia and Donnie Darko, said he would be open to appearing on the small screen.”Story is king. Whatever format you’re telling your story in as long as it’s a great story,” he said.

Meghan Trainor holds on to top spot

London (BFT): Meghan Trainor has won a fourth week at number one in the Official Singles Chart with All About That Bass. The track, which was also this week’s most streamed song with over 1.4 million streams, is now tied with Clean Bandit’s Rather Be as the longest-running chart-topper of the year, the Official Charts Company said. Finishing just outside the UK Top 40 at number 44 is Mike Read’s Ukip Calypso. Earlier this week, the former Radio 1 star apologised for ‘’unintentionally causing offence’’ with the track, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he had asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale. The song praises Ukip and its leader Nigel Farage, and says Labour ‘’committed a cardinal sin, open the borders let them all come in, illegal immigrants in every town’’. Figures released on Wednesday show the record was on course to be a hit as it was sitting at number 21 in the midweek charts. Ukip blamed ‘’synthetic outrage’’ for DJ Read’s decision to withdraw his song from sale. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran climbs two places to number two with Thinking Out Loud. The song, which logs its 18th week on the chart, also broke the million streams mark this week with more than 1.2 million streams.

House duo Waze And Odyssey claim the highest new entry at number three with Bump And Grind 2014. Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s Bang Bang is at number four and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off completes the top five. Ben Howard has scored his first number one on the Official Albums Chart with I Forget Where We Were. Heavy metal band Slipknot take second place on this week’s chart with their fifth album .5: The Gray Chapter, while Ed Sheeran’s X is at number three. Diamond is new at number four with his 32nd album Melody Road and Status Quo complete the top five with Aquostic (Stripped Bare).

Kim: People have screamed at North

New York (BT): Kim Kardashian thinks more people should be “open-minded” about interracial marriage. The reality TV star married rapper Kanye West in May and they welcomed their daughter in June last year. While her husband has been fairly vocal about people who have a problem with interracial marriage, 34-year-old Kim has remained relatively quiet. Now she has opened up about her experiences with racism. “I get completely what [Kanye is] saying and some people accept it, some don’t,” she said on the topic to BBC Newsbeat. “I’m just so open-minded and think everyone should be that way. It’s ridiculous - I’ve encountered a little bit of racism here and there, especially travelling to different places. I think people are a little sceptical to shout things out to Kanye but when he’s not there they will say it to me. People have said things to my daughter, really crazy things.” Since starting a family, Kim has taken more time to prioritise and find moments to relax with her loved ones. Now North is 16 months old, she’s starting to engage more in activities with her mom and dad. “I love to go to the zoo.

It’s fun to see at this age that she is recognising different animals and make the sounds. She loves dogs and laughs every time she hears the word kitty,” the proud mother smiled. She also divulged which alternative career path she would have taken, had her celebrity status not taken off. The former stylist would either be a make-up artist or a forensic investigator because she loves “solving murder mysteries”.