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Nick Cannon Confirms Split From Mariah Carey, Kind Of

Couple is living apart, he tells the 'Insider'

(Newser) - The rumors are true: Nick Cannon told The Insider With Yahoo yesterday that he and wife Mariah Carey "have been living in separate houses for a few months. ... There is trouble in paradise." He didn't give many more details, other than to deny rumors that he cheated.... More »

Harry Potter Casts Spell on Millennials' Political Views

Readers show 'greater support for equality': Anthony Gierzynski

(Newser) - JK Rowling's boy wizard hasn't just entertained millennials—he's worked his magic on their political views as well, writes a political science professor who's studied the subject. After surveying university students, Anthony Gierzynski found that "reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for... More »

Taylor Swift Accused of 'Perpetuating Black Stereotypes'

New video for 'Shake It Off' riles more than a few

(Newser) - Taylor Swift announced her upcoming album, 1989, Monday by releasing a music video for the first single, "Shake It Off." The video features, among other things, Swift dancing alongside twerking, break-dancing black back-up dancers—and not everyone is happy about it, Salon reports. Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt... More »

Jackie Chan: I'm 'Ashamed' Over Son's Drug Arrest

Says Jaycee, 31, must 'accept the consequences'

(Newser) - Jackie Chan apologized to the public today, saying he's ashamed and saddened over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing. "Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I'm very ashamed. As a father, I'... More »

JK Rowling Cannot Stop With the Harry Potter Stories

There's a new character's story on Pottermore

(Newser) - JK Rowling, apparently not adjusting so well to post-Harry Potter life in the eight years since the last book dropped, has released yet another new story on her Pottermore website —a biography of sorts of one of the author's alleged "favorite off-stage characters" from the Series That... More »

Will and Grace Enters the Smithsonian

Items from TV show part of a larger LGBT history collection

(Newser) - Hundreds of photographs, papers, and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection today, including items from the popular TV show Will and Grace. Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, along with NBC, are donating objects... More »

Kid Rock, 43, to Be a Grandpa

Son Bobby Ritchie Jr., 21, reportedly expecting

(Newser) - Kid Rock is going to be a grandpa at the ripe old age of 43. The rocker's 21-year-old son, Bobby Ritchie Jr., is expecting a baby girl with his girlfriend, sources tell Us , adding that the couple is four months along. Ritchie is Kid Rock's son with the... More »

Christina Aguilera Names New Daughter...

Summer Rain Rutler

(Newser) - Christina Aguilera and fiance Matt Rutler became parents Saturday, announcing the birth of their daughter last night on Twitter. "So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world," Aguilera tweeted . Aguilera, 33, has a 6-year-old son, Max, with her first husband, Jordan Bratman, Us... More »

8 Celebs Who've Visited Sex Clubs

Even the rich and famous sometimes can't resist a good den of iniquity

(Newser) - It seems almost every star in Hollywood has been photographed stumbling out of a nightclub at one point during his or her career, but, if rumors (and press interviews) can be believed, some A-listers don't have any qualms about hanging out at sex clubs either. Below are eight celebrities... More »

Gene Simmons: Sorry About That Depression Screed

'I deeply regret any offhand remarks'

(Newser) - Remember that time when Gene Simmons not-so-charmingly said depressed people should just kill themselves ? Well, after Robin Williams— a depressed person — really did kill himself , people took exception to Simmons' screed, a #BanGene hashtag got going, and some radio stations stopped playing KISS' music. Now, as E! Online... More »

Chris Martin Moves On ... to Jennifer Lawrence

Sources say the unlikely couple has been dating since June

(Newser) - Now that his soon-to-be-consciously-uncoupled-wife has moved on , Chris Martin has reportedly done the same—and his alleged new paramour is a bit more famous than Gwyneth's new man. Sources tell E! the Coldplay frontman, 37, is dating none other than Jennifer Lawrence, 24, who recently split up with Nicholas... More »

Sorry Bookworms, The Giver Offers Little

Critics aren't impressed with this 'same old' story

(Newser) - Excited to head back to your school reading days with the new flick The Giver? You may not be after reading what the critics have to say. Despite big names like Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry's classic 1993 novel has just a 29%... More »

Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' Williams Had Parkinson's

He praises 'famously kind' actor for support

(Newser) - Michael J. Fox says he was "stunned" to discover that his friend, supporter, and former prime-time rival Robin Williams also suffered from Parkinson's Disease . "Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace,... More »

Broadway Will Turn Down Lights for Lauren Bacall

And did so last night for Robin Williams

(Newser) - Broadway will turn down the lights for a minute tomorrow night in homage to one of its own, Lauren Bacall. Saluting the actress's "distinct presence on stage and screen during a career that spanned decades," the Broadway League's executive director said that "along with her... More »

Kim, Kanye's Kid Makes Modeling Debut

North West models Chanel—yes, really

(Newser) - North West is leading exactly the life you'd expect the child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to lead—i.e., she has made her modeling debut at just 13 months. The babe appears, sporting a Chanel brooch and bag, in the fall issue of CR Fashion Book , which... More »

Here's Gwyneth Paltrow's New Boyfriend

She's reportedly dating Brad Falchuk, co-creator of 'Glee'

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow has moved on from Chris Martin, sources say, but apparently not with the young, blond mystery man she was spotted with last month . Insiders tell Us that Paltrow, 41, is now dating executive producer Brad Falchuk, 43. Falchuk is the co-creator of Glee, in which Paltrow has guest-starred... More »

Bieber's Penalty for DUI Arrest: Anger Classes

State attorney: this was 'rash, juvenile-type conduct'

(Newser) - What's Justin Bieber's punishment for his DUI arrest back in January? Anger management classes, apparently. The singer pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and careless driving, rather than to the initial DUI charge. In exchange, he'll sit through 12 hours of anger management classes, donate $50,000 to... More »

'Fonzie' Recalls Robin Williams' TV Debut: 'He Was a Miracle'

Before 'Mork & Mindy' came a cameo on 'Happy Days'

(Newser) - Robin Williams fans know that the TV show Mork & Mindy launched him to national fame. But bigger fans know that he first played his alien character in an episode of Happy Days. Last night, Henry "the Fonz" Winkler told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that it was clear from... More »

Billy Joel Sings 'Uptown Girl' to Christie Brinkley

Serenades ex-wife at New York concert

(Newser) - Say it with us now: Awww. At his concert in New York City last week, Billy Joel serenaded ex-wife Christie Brinkley with "Uptown Girl," the song he wrote for her in 1983, even making sure the cameraman turned his lens on Brinkley in the audience. The Stir notes... More »

John Oliver, Sarah Silverman Join Forces to Hit ... Payday Loans

Consumers, do 'literally anything else' for money, they say

(Newser) - On last night's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver and guest Sarah Silverman took on a very important issue: payday loans. The predatory industry is worth $9 billion and the loans "are terrible for you," Oliver warned, noting that interest rates can be as high as 1,... More »

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