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Aretha Franklin's final public performance

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:59:52 -0400

Aretha Franklin's final public performance took place in New York on 7 November 2017 at a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Elton John's AIDS foundation. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Love TV? Join our new Facebook Group 'Yes, I'm Still Watching' to talk about it

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 09:25:28 -0400

USA TODAY TV critic Kelly Lawler and digital editor Anika Reed discuss a variety of shows.

     
 
 


New Omarosa tape: Lara Trump tried to buy my silence with campaign job

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:18:39 -0400

In the tape played on MSNBC, Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, offers Manigault Newman a job earning $15,000 a month. The job wouldn’t require her to report to any particular office, but enable her to speak positively on Trump’s behalf as part of his re-election campaign.

     
 
 


Hollywood's highest paid actress is...

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:25:49 -0400

These actresses are getting paid the big bucks! Keri Lumm shares the actresses having the biggest pay day in Hollywood.

     
 
 


Day in celebrities

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:29:50 -0400

     
 
 


Madonna is the Queen of Pop, a soccer mom, and now getting involved in the beautiful game

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:05:54 -0400

Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player.

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin's greatest pop culture moments, from 'Blues Brothers' to 'Murphy Brown'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:22:14 -0400

From 'Blues Brothers' to Obama's inauguration to the Pavarotti-less Grammys, Aretha Frankin had a knack for big pop-culture moments.

     
 
 


ShowBiz Minute: Walker, Van Damme, 'Grease'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:20:45 -0400

Paul Walker's brothers open to "Fast" franchise return; Jean-Claude Van Damme's son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts 40th anniversary screening of musical "Grease." (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Adorable overload: 'Pandas' to return to an IMAX theater near you

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:01:25 -0400

Kristen Bell narrates a new IMAX documentary about a program to raise endangered pandas in captivity and then release them into the wild.

     
 
 


Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dead at 43

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:35:21 -0400

Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43, her family and band said Thursday. Janus had long struggled with mental Illness, and killed herself outside Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday, her relatives and bandmates said in a statement released through publicist Alexandr

     
 
 


Ariana Grande gushes over fiancé on 'Pete Davidson': He 'fell from the sky into my lap'

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:07:55 -0400

Believing the pair were meant to be, Ariana Grande sings on the track "Pete Davidson": "Universe must have my back / Fell from the sky into my lap / And I know you know that you're my soulmate and all that"

     
 
 


Carl Reiner: Aretha Franklin was a force of nature

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:30:25 -0400

Actor Carl Reiner pays tribute to late singer Aretha Franklin and recalls her powerful performances. (Aug. 17 )

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin's music tops iTunes, spikes on Spotify after legend's death

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:08:14 -0400

Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes charts Thursday, with her "30 Greatest Hits" album reaching the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album "Queen."

     
 
 


Fans mourn Aretha Franklin

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:34:46 -0400

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin died today at the age of 76.

     
 
 


Angela Bassett shares stunning bikini picture on 60th birthday

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:51:13 -0400

Angela Bassett continues to prove age is nothing but a number. The "Black Panther" star took to Instagram Thursday to celebrate her 60th birthday with a smoldering bikini picture.

     
 
 


'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:30:13 -0400

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.(Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Exclusive video: Things get a little tense in 'Papillon'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:08:15 -0400

This clip from "Papillon," with Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, shows a tense moment between a convicted murderer nicknamed Papillon and his guards.

     
 
 


New York Phish festival canceled after severe rainstorm: 'We are so terribly sorry'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:28:28 -0400

Curveball festival is canceled: A severe rainstorm created untenable conditions, including the inability to deliver clean drinking water to patrons and vendors, the health department said.

     
 
 


Trans-Siberian Orchestra announces winter tour

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:25:37 -0400

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will kick off its winter tour in Wisconsin.

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin's 'one-of-a-kind' legacy

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:28:59 -0400

Billboard magazine senior editor Gail Mitchell talks about how Aretha Franklin's legacy will inspire future musicians. (Aug. 17)

     
 
 


The Queen's doctor died while riding his bike to work

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:24:38 -0400

Queen Elizabeth’s doctor was killed while riding his bike in London. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.

     
 
 


Forbes' 10 top-paid actresses of 2018

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:02:45 -0400

Scarlett Johansson tops the list of Forbes' highest-paid actresses in the world for 2018 with $40.5 million pre-tax earnings in the last year (from June 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018). Here's who else is in the top ten.

     
 
 


Who is Awkwafina? Meet the breakout star of 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'Ocean's 8'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:42:06 -0400

Actress/rapper Awkwafina, 30, is the rising star of summer with two movies ('Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Ocean's 8') and a new EP.

     
 
 


Omarosa Manigault Newman through the years

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:29:11 -0400

     
 
 


Best adult animated series: Cartoons aren't just for kids

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:22:25 -0400

Best adult animated series: Cartoons aren't just for kids

     
 
 


Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, President Trump, other celebs pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:07:59 -0400

Celebrities are reacting to the death of Aretha Franklin. The "Queen of Soul," whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, died Thursday from pancreatic cancer at age 76. Here's what stars are saying about the late legend.

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin honored outside Apollo Theater

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:39:58 -0400

Fans gathered outside New York's famed Apollo Theater to remember Aretha Franklin. The singer known as the Queen of Soul died on Thursday at the age of 76. (Aug. 17)

     
 
 


Abbi Jacobson on her non-traditional 'Disenchantment' princess, final 'Broad City' season

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:00:01 -0400

Abbi Jacobson, now working on the final season of 'Broad City,' plays a nonstereotypical princess in 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening's Netflix cartoon series, 'Disenchantment.'

     
 
 


ShowBiz Minute: Franklin, R Kelly

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:07:50 -0400

Tributes to the late Aretha Franklin continue; Franklin's music rising on charts following her death; Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes. (Aug. 17)

     
 
 


Jesse Jackson, Trump remember Aretha Franklin

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:42:49 -0400

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson said, "Earth has lost a lot of music today," following the death of Aretha Franklin. President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to honor Franklin. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


All the Aretha Franklin tributes you need to know about

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:52:01 -0400

From "20/20" to OWN, tributes start airing tonight for Aretha Franklin. In remembrance of the late legend, here are all the tributes you need to know about.

     
 
 


Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares emotional video as she returns to 'Veep': 'I'm very grateful'

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:04:23 -0400

Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanked her “Veep” in an emotional video less than a year than a year after announcing she had breast cancer.

     
 
 


Matt Groening enchanted by new Netflix series

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:52:18 -0400

"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening talks about new medieval-themed animation, "Disenchantment" - his first brand new series in nearly two decades. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Review: Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener' charts her life from Manchester bombing to engagement

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:57:24 -0400

"Sweetener," the fourth studio album from Grande, is out now. The personal growth the pop star sings about is more existential than the confident sexuality of her previous “adult” album, 2016’s “Dangerous Woman.”

     
 
 


Trump: Aretha will 'inspire many generations'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:49:34 -0400

President Donald Trump says Aretha Franklin "brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come." (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin's epic Obama inauguration performance

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:12:05 -0400

Aretha Franklin brought down the house at President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Her performance was as memorable for her hat as it was for her rendition of "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)." (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


The highest-paid actresses in the world: Johansson, Jolie, Aniston

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:26:30 -0400

Scarlett Johansson tops the list with $28 million.

     
 
 


Ariana Grande, The Avett Brothers stop the show to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:24:11 -0400

On Thursday night, following the news of Aretha Franklin's death at age 76, musicians across the country honored the legendary singer with covers of her greatest hits.

     
 
 


Jean-Michel Blais: 'music is therapy in my life'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:50:04 -0400

Pianist Jean-Michel Blais was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome aged 21. The French-Canadian musician discusses how music helped him to manage the physical symptoms of the condition. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


60 great Madonna moments for her 60th birthday

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:09:14 -0400

     
 
 


Paul Walker's brothers open to 'Fast' franchise return

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:04:12 -0400

Nearly five years after Paul Walker’s death, his brothers say they’re open to playing his character again in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Why was Sophie Turner crying with fiancé Joe Jonas in New York? Her period, she says

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:21:21 -0400

The "Game of Thrones" actress, 22, revealed the reason she got emotional during an outing with fiancé Joe Jonas in New York Thursday: Her period.  Turner retweeted a photo captured of her crying episode with her explanation. She even shut down a follower who tried to question her claim.

     
 
 


Remembering Aretha Franklin

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:21:13 -0400

AP Global Entertainment Editor, Nekesa Moody, reflects on Aretha Franklin's music, legacy and reveals what she was like personally. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin: Late night shows pay tribute to Queen of Soul

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:15:36 -0400

Aretha Franklin, soul icon and occasional late-night TV guest, was remembered Thursday night by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah following the news of her death at 76.

     
 
 


Justin Bieber has a new baby sister; see pictures of little Bay Bieber

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:09:56 -0400

Justin Bieber has a new half-sister, baby Bay Bieber. His dad is now father to four after his wife, Chelsey, gave birth Thursday.

     
 
 


Passages 2018: Those we’ve lost through the year

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:30:35 -0400

     
 
 


Witness: A man is shot after fight over who should play Aretha Franklin in movie erupts

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:04:43 -0400

A witness said two men began arguing in a barbershop about whether or not Halle Berry should play Aretha Franklin in a movie. He said one man shot the other outside.

     
 
 


Queen of Soul also leaves civil rights legacy

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:13:27 -0400

Aretha Franklin's song "Respect" became a battle cry for black America. The Queen of Soul was a close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and she never hesitated to support the civil rights movement financially or with her performance. (Aug. 16)

     
 
 


How Amazon could change your evening at the movies

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:44:21 -0400

The move would provide Amazon another avenue to promote the Prime Video entertainment lineup, which is locked in a battle with no. 1 streamer Netflix. Landmark is co-owned by TV and sports mogul Mark Cuban and is based in Texas.

     
 
 


Aretha Franklin: What we know about her funeral and memorial

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:23:33 -0400

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday. Here's what we know about her funeral services.

     
 
 


Rapper Juelz Santana pleads guilty, admits attempting to bring a loaded gun on flight

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:39:04 -0400

Julz Santana admitted Thursday in federal court he tried to bring a loaded gun onto a flight leaving Newark Airport. "It’s in God’s hands" rapper told the USA Today Network in May.