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Paul McCartney continues fight to get back copyrights to classic Beatles hits

Jan 19 2017 — — Paul McCartney won’t just let it be when it comes to the copyrights on his biggest hits. The legendary songwriter filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV in New York on Wednesday asking the court to confirm he’ll start regaining his copyrights late next year. The songs he’s planning to reclaim are iconic tracks co-written with John […]

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Monica Lewinsky Saga in the Works as ‘American Crime Story’ Season

Jan 19 2017 — — Ryan Murphy has optioned Jeffrey Toobin’s book ‘A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.’ With seasons two and three of FX anthology American Crime Story already in the works, showrunner Ryan Murphy is eyeing the franchise’s future beyond that. Murphy has set his sights on exploring the Monica Lewinsky […]

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Here’s who’s performing at Trump’s inauguration — and who said no

Jan 19 2017 — — You don’t have to be political to be enamored by President-elect Trump’s inauguration. It’s already been quite the spectacle watching performers accept and reject Trump’s offer — and those who agreed have been flooded with backlash. So who exactly will be — and won’t be — taking the stage in Washington D.C. this week ahead […]

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Alanis Morissette’s manager admits to stealing $5M from her

Jan 19 2017 — — The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $6.5 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, […]

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Advisers urge Trump to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration

Jan 19 2017 — — President-elect Donald Trump is being urged by some advisers to save at least one dance, as he celebrates his inauguration on Friday night, for a very special Republican lady — Caitlyn Jenner. “It’s a brilliant idea,” a member of the incoming administration told me. Besides mollifying the LGBTQ community — wary of conservative Republicans in […]

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‘Sherlock’ creator Steven Moffat says Donald Trump could be the ‘biggest mistake in human history’

Jan 17 2017 — — Steven Moffat’s opinion of Donald Trump is elementary. The British “Sherlock” creator pushed back against the President-elect, just after introducing a villainous character who had been compared to Trump himself. Moffat, however, said the similarities were superficial. “Only in the sense of a general disquiet about how celebrity seems to erase all other sins — […]

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Inside Lady Gaga’s dangerous Super Bowl halftime plans

Jan 17 2017 — — Lady Gaga wants to sing on the roof of the Super Bowl — and lawyers and technicians alike are trying to figure out how to make her ambitious plan work. Gaga has come up with the elaborate, and somewhat dangerous, idea to sing from the top of the NRG Stadium’s dome in Houston as part […]

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George Michael’s friend Andros Georgiou links death to drugs

Jan 17 2017 — — George Michael’s childhood friend Andros Georgiou has linked the singer’s death to drugs. “Hard drugs had been back in his life,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, adding that crack cocaine was one of Michael’s “favourite drugs”. Mr Georgiou grew up with Michael and the two referred to each other as cousins. He added: […]

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Get Smart actor Dick Gautier dead at 85

Jan 16 2017 — — Actor Dick Gautier, who gained fame playing an Elvis-like singer in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and went on to play Hymie the Robot on TV’s Get Smart, has died. He was 85. Gautier died Friday at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles County, his publicist Harlan Boll told The Associated Press. Gautier, […]

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Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies

Jan 15 2017 — — Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the wrestler known for his high-flying leap off the ring’s top rope that flattened his opponents, died on Sunday. He was 73. Actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced Snuka’s death on behalf of his family. The World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. also confirmed Snuka’s death on its website on Sunday.

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Tina Fey channels Carrie Fisher, bashes Trump in ‘SNL’ cameo

Jan 15 2017 — — After Alec Baldwin’s Trump-heavy cold open on Saturday Night Live, a surprise Tina Fey cameo was the perfect palate cleanser. Baldwin’s 30 Rock co-star beamed into Felicity Jones’ opening monologue in the form of a Princess Leia-style hologram, in honor of Jones’ starring turn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “Oh my god, Tina […]

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Alec Baldwin reenacts Donald Trump’s press conference focused on Russian hack job on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Jan 15 2017 — — Alec Baldwin relived Donald Trump’s sobering press conference — the first in 168 days — on the latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” that primarily focused on Russia’s alleged involvement in the U.S. election. “Yes, this is real life. This is really happening,” Baldwin said as Trump. The cold open reenacted the hellish media briefing […]

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Ringling Bros circus to close ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ after 146 years

Jan 15 2017 — — The curtain is coming down on the most celebrated circus in the US, the “Greatest Show on Earth”, run by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. After 146 years in the business, the owners said declining tickets sales and high operating costs were to blame. Activists who campaigned for decades against the travelling circus’s animal […]

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalise divorce

Jan 14 2017 — — The divorce of film star Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard has been finalised after months of wrangling over the final terms of the break up. Depp, 53, has agreed to pay Heard $7m (£5.6m; €6.6m), which she says she will donate to two charities. Heard, 30, will get to keep the couple’s dogs, Pistol […]