Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey said Friday that Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her about her involvement with a documentary in which several women detail sexual abuse allegations against the rap mogul, but his efforts were not what prompted her to leave the project.
2 years after 'step up,' Grammys step into another mess
NEW YORK (AP) — The leadership at the Recording Academy thought they were in the clear: After the Academy's then-CEO made comments that seemed to belittle women at the height of the #MeToo movement, leaving the organization in a firestorm that further exposed their diversity problems, it set out to make a change.
Witherspoon, Washington team in front of and behind camera
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Tired of others influencing her career choices, Reese Witherspoon launched her own production company eight years ago.
Dior sparks mayhem with couture-infused Paris menswear show
PARIS (AP) — Guests crammed into Dior's annex in Paris' Place de la Condorde on Friday amid chaos before the show. Some guests had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit as cars came to unload celebrities, including David Beckham and Robert Pattinson, at an industrious pace.
Oops! Weather Channel has a correction for 'Jeopardy'
NEW YORK (AP) — The Weather Channel says the folks at “Jeopardy!” need to get their directions straight. Jim Cantore and Jen Carfagno of The Weather Channel said in a video on Friday that the popular show got a question about winter storms wrong in an episode televised on Thursday.
Lawyer for just-ousted Grammys CEO fires back at academy
NEW YORK (AP) — Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan, who the company announced Thursday was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer, saying: “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told.” The academy said late Thursday that its leader of just six months was put on leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organization — just 10 days before the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Pacino, De Niro among Producers Guild Awards presenters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Melissa McCarthy are among the presenters for Saturday’s Producers Guild of America Awards.
Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
Fox's Bill Hemmer replaces, but won't copy, Shepard Smith
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Hemmer is not Shepard Smith, and no one should expect him to be. The 55-year-old news anchor is a familiar face to Fox News Channel viewers, and will jar none of them Monday when he takes over the 3 p.m.
Nashville songwriters spread outside country at Grammys
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville songwriters are showing up at the Grammys this year, but not just in the country music categories.
Portrait found in gallery's walls verified as missing Klimt
PIACENZA, Italy (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery's walls last month is Gustav Klimt's “Portrait of a Lady,” which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago.
Original member of The Wiggles recovering in hospital
SYDNEY (AP) — One of the original members of the popular Australian children's band The Wiggles has been hospitalized after collapsing during a wildfire relief concert.
Hillary Clinton to 2020 Democratic voters: pick a winner
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has advice for Democratic voters faced with an unsettled field of presidential contenders: pick a winner.
Steve Martin and Martin Short to star in Hulu comedy series
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Steve Martin and Martin Short are taking their touring act to television with a new Hulu comedy. The untitled show about three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one was announced Friday at a TV critics meeting.
MSNBC's Maddow reaches record audience with Parnas interview
NEW YORK (AP) — There's no apparent impeachment fatigue among viewers of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Her prime-time show, which has been on for more than 11 years, had its largest audience ever when 4.5 million people watched Maddow's interview on Wednesday with Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings creator, dies
LONDON (AP) — Christopher Tolkien, who played a major role protecting the legacy of his father's "The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died.
Meryl Streep to lend her voice to Apple animated short film
NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep is getting animated: The Oscar-winner will lend her voice to a short illustrated film celebrating the Earth.
Oops! Radio reporter calls wrong Robert Shapiro on air
LONDON (AP) — Will the real Robert Shapiro please take the microphone? BBC radio presenter Evan Davis was left in an embarrassing situation Thursday while introducing a segment on a proposal to allow cameras to record sentencing remarks in U.K.
Eminem drops surprise album, advocates changes to gun laws
Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music to Be Murdered By” on Friday — along with a video that calls for changes to gun laws.
Royal rift: UK monarchy will look smaller when dust settles
LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles, the future king, has long been seen as a potential modernizer who wants a more modest monarchy in line with other European royal households — and the streamlining process has already begun with the astounding developments of recent months.
Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan put on 'administrative leave'
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy has placed Deborah Dugan, its president and CEO of just six months, on administrative leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organization.
'Better Call Saul' gets renewed for 6th and final season
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — “Better Call Saul” has been renewed for a sixth and final season consisting of 13 episodes that will air in 2021.
Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia network to debut on Oct. 4
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Chip and Joanna Gaines' new Magnolia cable network will debut on Oct. 4, with a dozen shows currently in production.
Cicely Tyson savors life, new OWN series at 95
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cicely Tyson doesn’t quibble with those who marvel at her long life and career, now in its eighth decade.
For Gloria Gaynor, God is key to her survival in life, music
NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Gaynor sees the hand of God in every aspect of her life, particularly when it comes to the tune that may be the most famous disco song every created.