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Beyonce, Jay-Z Drop Surprise Album

And 'Everything Is Love' isn't all love, especially if you're the Grammys

(Newser) - Out of the blue, Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped a joint album that's being described as both unexpected and long-rumored, reports Pitchfork . But Everything Is Love is not all sunshine and rainbows from the duo now going by The Carters, particularly for the Grammys (where Jay-Z went 0-8 at the... More »

Blue Man Group Will Pay a Guy $3M

Composer Ian Pai had sought $150 million for damages

(Newser) - Blue Man Group has agreed to pay Ian Pai more than $3 million to settle his claim that he helped the group compose many of its songs and contributed to its success, reports the New York Times . Pai had originally sued the group in 2016 for $150 million in compensatory... More »

Stan Lee: Company I Founded Stole My Identity

POW! Entertainment scoffs at $1B lawsuit

(Newser) - POW! Entertainment is speaking out against what it says is a lawsuit "completely without merit." It comes, surprisingly, from the company's own co-founder, 95-year-old Stan Lee. Filed Tuesday, the $1 billion suit accuses POW! of a "fraudulent" deal that gave the company "the exclusive right... More »

This Is Us Meets Trump World on SNL

Sterling K. Brown guest-hosts, spoofs his touchy-feely NBC hit

(Newser) - Emmy-winning actor Sterling K. Brown is having a moment: Promoting the hit Black Panther, the This Is Us star hosted the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, and by all accounts nailed it, reports EW . He spoofed his tearjerker NBC series with one focused on the Trump administration called... More »

No Miscues: Shape of Water Wins

Director Del Toro has a big night

(Newser) - Some said it was nothing more than "masochistic nostalgia," while others predicted it was going to provide the "ultimate Hollywood ending." That would be Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty making a repeat appearance Sunday night to present the award for best picture—after famously announcing the... More »

Weinstein's Accusers Take Center Stage at Award Show

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek appear for tribute to Me Too, Time's Up movements

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel referenced Harvey Weinstein in his opening monologue for the 90th Academy Awards, but it got more personal when three of Weinstein's accusers stepped out onto the stage Sunday night to introduce a video montage on gender equality in Hollywood, per People and E! Online . "It's... More »

Transgender Actress on Oscar First: 'Thank You for This Moment'

Daniela Vega is award show's first openly transgender presenter

(Newser) - Chile's A Fantastic Woman won best foreign language film at the Oscars Sunday night, and its star, Daniela Vega, made her own mark on the Dolby Theatre stage. Per the New York Daily News , the 28-year-old actress became the first transgender presenter at the Oscars, introducing Sufjan Stevens and... More »

2 Immigrant Stars Stick Up for Dreamers

Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani: 'Dreams are the foundation of America'

(Newser) - The fate of Dreamers in the US is still up in the air , but at the Oscars Sunday night, two presenters offered their support to this vulnerable group. Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani took the stage to offer the award for best production design, with Nyong'o deadpanning, "... More »

Oscars Kick Off With #MeToo, Politics, and ... a Jet Ski

Watercraft up for grabs for shortest acceptance speech, per Jimmy Kimmel

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, his second turn hosting, by first riffing on last year's Academy Awards—specifically, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway messing up the best picture announcement . "This year when you hear your name called, don't get up... More »

Actress Who Wore Red Takes Flak After Globes

Blanca Blanco didn't like being shamed for color choice on a night noting Me Too movement

(Newser) - Nearly every star attending the Golden Globes wore black as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood—so one red dress didn't blend in on the red carpet. Actress Blanca Blanco ditched the black dress code for a red cutout dress and soon saw heat on social media. Others... More »

Causing a Stir at the Globes: an Ex-Laughingstock, an Ex-Pariah

Tommy Wiseau, Tonya Harding in the spotlight as movies on their careers are recognized

(Newser) - You never know what's going to happen at the Golden Globes, or who's going to show up. Per EW.com , James Franco had vowed to bring Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric filmmaker he portrayed in The Disaster Artist, to the awards show, and he kept his word—and Wiseau... More »

Oprah's Message to 'Brutally Powerful Men': 'Time Is Up'

Winfrey is first black woman to win Cecil B. DeMille Award

(Newser) - Host Seth Meyers joked about Oprah Winfrey running for president in his opening monologue at the Golden Globes—and after giving what the Independent calls "one of the most iconic speeches of all time" at the awards show, Oprah seems to have the speech-making part of the job nailed.... More »

Will Oprah, Tom Hanks Run for Office After Meyers' Opener?

Well, he did ask them, in a reverse-psychology kind of way

(Newser) - While Debra Messing and other celebrities brought up gender inequality in Hollywood on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday, with a particular focus on the pay gap, host Seth Meyers jumped right into the fray on Sunday night—starting with the first line in his opening monologue,... More »

You May Be Afraid to Type Your Favorite TV Show Into This Site

Rotten Apples lists films, shows linked to those with sex misconduct accusations against them

(Newser) - There have been so many allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood since the Harvey Weinstein story broke that it's been hard to keep track. Now one group is trying to do just that, with a site Vanity Fair is calling "Rotten Tomatoes with a post-Weinstein twist." The... More »

SNL's Sessions: Roy Moore a Little 'Too Alabama'

McKinnon's AG character makes a return amid latest controversy in Ala. Senate race

(Newser) - As the sexual misconduct allegations roil the Alabama Senate race, Saturday Night Live waded right in with a sketch portraying candidate Roy Moore meeting with VP Mike Pence (Beck Bennett). Pence's advice: Get out. "Don’t think of it as ending your campaign, think of it as going... More »

8 of Kimmel's Best Lines

Damon, Trump did not escape his notice

(Newser) - After his success helming the Emmys, some wondered why Jimmy Kimmel had never been asked to man the stage at the the Oscars. The late-night host got his chance Sunday night and brought his A-game to go with the A-list attendees, with USA Today noting he came out "comfortable... More »

'Powerful and Historic' Speech From Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis had everyone emotional in Dolby Theatre

(Newser) - In what Business Insider calls a "powerful and historic" speech , Viola Davis accepted her best supporting actress award for Fences, and she didn't hold back the tears. Davis—the first black performer to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting—noted that everyone with the greatest stories... More »

What Went Wrong During Kimmel's Tour-Bus Prank

Poking fun of tourists' names didn't go over well online

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel pulled a prank on a bunch of unsuspecting tourists at the Oscars Sunday night to mixed reviews. The award show host arranged for a tour bus to be brought to the Dolby Theatre, at which point the people on board were brought inside the auditorium as the audience... More »

Your Academy Award Winners Here

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host for star-studded event

(Newser) - Celebrities rolled from the red carpet into Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Sunday night for the 89th annual Academy Awards, with Justin Timberlake greeting everyone with a peppy rendition of "Can't Stop This Feeling." Jimmy Kimmel then took the stage , noting, "This is my first time here.... More »

Here's Who Took Home Grammy Gold

Plus the most talked-about moments and performances

(Newser) - First to take the stage Sunday night at LA's Staples Center for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards before the show heads to New York for 2018 : a sparkly, well-received Adele singing her nominated "Hello." Her performance was followed by dapper late-night host and Carpool Karaoke crooner James... More »

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