Jodie Foster’s mother and former manager Brandy dies at 90

Entertainment 05/16/19, 16:13

Evelyn "Brandy" Foster, who managed her daughter Jodie's career from her child-prodigy years through two Academy Awards, has died, her family said Thursday.Brandy Foster died peacefully at her Los Angeles home of complications from dementia on Monday, her daughters Jodie, Lucinda, Constance and son Bud said in a statement. She ...

NBC shows off fall lineup with stars, athletes, Kardashians

Entertainment 05/13/19, 15:10

NBC hoped to wow advertisers with its reach and content at a glitzy presentation Monday for its fall lineup, parading out a clutch of Kardashians and Olympic gold winning athletes, getting "The Voice" judges to sing and even offering a few gentle pokes at a new Oscar-winner — Rami Malek.Malek ...

Sundance co-founder pleads guilty to 2nd count of sex abuse

Entertainment 05/02/19, 17:01

A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s has pleaded guilty to a second count of sexual abuse of a child in a deal with prosecutors. Sterling Van Wagenen entered the plea during a hearing Thursday in ...

John Singleton found a perfect marriage of movie and moment

Entertainment 04/30/19, 02:07

The summer of 1991 was made for John Singleton. That was when the filmmaker's first feature, "Boyz N the Hood" was released.Singleton, who died Monday at age 51, found his calling in the movie that told the stories of young men who grew up in South-Central Los Angeles.The film gave ...

John Singleton, maker of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ dies at 51

Entertainment 04/29/19, 16:49

Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood's most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated "Boyz N the Hood" and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51. Singleton's family said Monday that he died in ...

‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Entertainment 04/24/19, 20:22

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79.Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica ...

Polanski asks court to restore his film academy membership

Entertainment 04/19/19, 15:25

Roman Polanski asked a judge Friday to restore his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he was expelled for misconduct last year.Lawyers for the 85-year-old director filed documents Friday requesting that a court compel the academy to make him a member in good standing again.Nearly ...

Huffman and Loughlin charges shatter actresses’ clean images

Entertainment 03/12/19, 16:25

As an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, Felicity Huffman has been known as one of Hollywood's more versatile actresses, as well as one-half of one of its more famous acting couples with husband William H. Macy. While Lori Loughlin's resume might not be as accomplished, her face may be even better ...

Siriano, fresh off Oscar glory, talks ‘Project Runway’

Entertainment 03/08/19, 13:18

Christian Siriano didn't want the tuxedo gown he designed for Billy Porter at the Oscars to shock anyone. He simply wanted to make a bold statement about celebrating identity.The velvet custom tuxedo look for Porter did cause a sensation on social media. Soriano didn't focus on the negative, especially when ...

Televisa draws heat for ‘brownface’ Yalitza Aparicio parody

Entertainment 03/04/19, 15:51

A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing strong criticism after dressing up in "brownface" and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. Televisa's Yeka Rosales recently posted photos and videos of herself on social media wearing brown skin paint and thick lips ...

Spielberg’s push against Netflix at the Oscars hits a nerve

Entertainment 03/04/19, 03:33

When Steven Spielberg speaks about the business of Hollywood, everyone generally listens and few dissent. But reports that he intends to support rule changes that could block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility have provoked a heated, and unwieldy, debate online this weekend. It has found the legendary filmmaker at odds with some ...

Andre Previn, Oscar-winning composer, has died at 89

Entertainment 02/28/19, 13:09

Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, always rejecting suggestions that his bop 'n' blues moonlighting lessened his stature, died Thursday. He was 89. His manager Linda Petrikova said Previn passed away in his Manhattan home. His ex-wife Mia ...

Billy Porter speaks on Oscars gown and social media hate

Entertainment 02/26/19, 17:36

Billy Porter, speaking to Vogue before he walked the Oscars red carpet, knew what he was in for among some social media users:"People are going to be really uncomfortable with my black ass in a ball gown, but it's not anybody's business but mine."The remark from the Tony-winning stage performer, ...

Nielsen: 29.6 million viewers for Oscars, up from 2018

Entertainment 02/25/19, 14:49

The Nielsen company says ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards reached 29.6 million viewers, a 12 percent bump from last year's record low ratings.Last year's show was seen by only 26.5 million people, a development that caused much hand-wringing at ABC and the motion picture academy. This year's show went ...

Oscar winners and losers party with champagne and statuettes

Entertainment 02/25/19, 07:06

Stars loosened their ties, kicked off their heels and showed off their statuettes at Oscar night's epic Vanity Fair party.The annual affair held Sunday night into Monday morning lets celebrities revel in the end of a long awards season. Winners and losers alike gorge on burgers, down champagne and groove ...

‘Green Book’ producers thrilled by win, downplay controversy

Entertainment 02/25/19, 07:01

Members of the team behind "Green Book" say they were amazed and thrilled it was crowned best picture at the Academy Awards despite the controversy that has dogged the segregation-era road-trip drama.Co-writers and producers Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie told The Associated Press at the Governors Ball following Sunday's awards ...

Backstage at the Oscars: Sing-a-longs and Champagne for Gaga

Entertainment 02/25/19, 04:24

Right off-stage from where the Oscars are handed out, there's a whole mini-show happening in the wings with a cast of busy production people, anxious stars and dazed winners circulating in and out of the tight space. The Associated Press got a front seat to the action, where "Aquaman" star ...

Top Oscar moments: Buoyant Spike Lee, daffy Olivia Colman

Entertainment 02/25/19, 03:16

Spike Lee bounding into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson, and trading shout-outs to Brooklyn (and hats!) with Barbra Streisand. A weeping Lady Gaga in her elegant up-do, extolling the virtues of hard work. A stunned Olivia Colman and her delightfully daft acceptance speech. Historic breakthroughs for winners of color, ...

In an upset, ‘Green Book’ wins best picture at Oscars

Entertainment 02/25/19, 00:45

The segregation-era road-trip drama "Green Book" was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, handing Hollywood's top award to a film seen as a feel-good throwback by some and ridiculed as an outdated inversion of "Driving Miss Daisy" by others. In a year where Hollywood could have made ...

Close but it’s Olivia Colman for best actress at Oscars

Entertainment 02/25/19, 00:31

Turns out Olivia Colman, not Glenn Close, was "The Favourite" at the Oscars. The British actress was a surprise winner as best actress on Sunday night for her role as Queen Anne in "The Favourite." She beat out Close, who arrived at the Dolby Theatre as the heavy favorite to win ...

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