LONDON – Miley Cyrus won’t be told what she should wear or what she should sing about.

The 17-year-old is releasing a new album Monday, “Can’t Be Tamed,” and is doing it her way, even though some say she is going too far for her age.

“I’m not trying to be ‘slutty,’” Cyrus said in a recent interview. “I’m not trying to be like, go to the club and get a bunch of guys. … What I’m trying to do is to make a point with my record and look consistent, in the way my record sounds and the way I dress.”

What she wears has been put under the spotlight recently. Some thought the video for “Can’t Be Tamed” was too provocative, and others have criticized her for revealing too much skin in her outfits. Cyrus admits to being partial to shorts and hot pants. But she sees nothing wrong with flashing her legs.

“I’m really comfortable with my body. I work really hard to be fit and to know that I can wear whatever makes me most comfortable. I feel more comfortable dressing with a little less, which is just how I’ve always been,” she said.

Maturing is Cyrus’ current mission. She’ll finally shed the blonde wig of her Disney pop star persona, “Hannah Montana,” when the show ends this year. Then Cyrus will be free to embrace her solo stardom and sex appeal.


Double trouble for Sheen: Car stolen, wrecked again


LOS ANGELES – For the second time in five months, a Mercedes-Benz owned by “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen was stolen and sent off Mulholland Drive near his Santa Monica Mountains home, authorities said Tuesday.

Firefighters responding to a report of a traffic accident found the silver Mercedes S600 about 100 feet down a brushy ravine around 3 a.m. Nobody was in the car, and there were no signs of forced entry, police said.

The car was found in the same area off Mulholland Drive where another Mercedes owned by Sheen was found Feb. 5. That black, four-door car apparently was stolen from Sheen’s garage in a gated community and pushed or driven over the cliff, where it came to rest upside down. Sheen had left the keys inside, police said.


Albright’s pins go on display


WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, known for using lapel pins to communicate diplomatic messages, is bringing her brooches to Washington.

An exhibit opening Friday at the Smithsonian Castle features more than 200 pins from her collection. Many have historical significance.

One highlight is a golden snake brooch that Albright wore to Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s government called her a serpent. Other pins were associated with important world events.

The exhibit will be on view in Washington through Oct. 11.


Helen Hunt back for encore in ‘Our Town’

NEW YORK – Helen Hunt is joining David Cromer’s off-Broadway production of “Our Town.”

The Academy Award-winning actress will play the role of Stage Manager from July 6 through Aug. 1. Cromer’s production of Thornton Wilder’s play opened at the Barrow Street Theatre in February 2009.

Hunt has performed in the play before. She played Emily in the Lincoln Center, Tony Award-winning production that starred Spalding Gray as Stage Manager in 1988-1989.

Hunt is the sixth to play Stage Manager in the production. She follows Michael McKean in the role. His final performance will be July 4.