What will #MeToo movement mean for Cosby's next trial?
1/17/2018 10:12:50 PM

By Kristin DeGroot Jurors couldn't agree the first time around whether to accept a woman's story that “America's Dad,” Bill Cosby, sexually assaulted her over a decade ago. Now he faces a retrial in less than 90 days in a vastly different cultural climate, one in which powerful men from Hollywood to the U.S. Senate are being toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct. The jury in Cosby's case was deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, and the judge declared a mistrial in June. But that was before the revelations about movie...

Liam Neeson: ‘Bit of a witch hunt’ over sex allegations
1/17/2018 10:12:07 PM

Actor Liam Neeson says the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked “a bit of a witch hunt.” Asked about the issue on the Irish broadcaster RTE, Neeson said: “There's some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something and suddenly they're being dropped from their program.” He referred to U.S. radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor, who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio last year over an allegation of “inappropriate behavior.” Neeson said that wasn't the same as the...

Rapper with song 'Sell Drugsz' gets prison for selling drugs
1/17/2018 10:10:20 PM

A rapper whose songs include “Sell Drugsz” has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Michael Persaud, of Johnston, was sentenced in federal court in Providence for trafficking heroin and fentanyl. His stage name is Montana Millz. Prosecutors say an East Providence undercover detective bought nearly three-quarters of an ounce of fentanyl and a small amount of heroin from Persaud over a four-month period beginning in October 2016. Authorities also say they seized 11/2 ounces of fentanyl from his...

Why not President Oprah? In Trump era, some Democrats hail idea
1/12/2018 5:36:34 PM

By Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples Oprah Winfrey's impassioned call for “a brighter morning even in our darkest nights” at the Golden Globes has Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race—even if it's only a fantasy. Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as strange as it once seemed, given the New York real estate mogul and...

Barack Obama David Letterman's first Netflix guest
1/12/2018 5:35:49 PM

David Letterman booked former president Barack Obama to be his first guest when he returned to TV last week. Obama joined Letterman on Jan. 12 for the launch of the new “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” on Netflix. Other guests slated to be on the show include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a single guest and explore topics of his own outside the studio. It is the first talk show Letterman has hosted since he stepped down from...

Ben Vereen apologizes for 'inappropriate conduct' in 2015
1/12/2018 5:33:15 PM

Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen is apologizing to female actresses for “inappropriate conduct” while he directed a production of the musical “Hair” in Florida three years ago. The apology on Twitter comes a day after the New York Daily News reported several actresses at The Venice Theatre alleged sexual misconduct by Vereen, including unwanted kissing, inviting women to join him naked in his hot tub and making demeaning and degrading comments. Vereen, who won a Tony in “Pippin” and starred in the landmark TV miniseries “Roots,” also...

Black Panther movie causing excitement around country
1/12/2018 5:30:38 PM

By Jesse J. Holland There's a Black Panther party going on all around the country. Superhero fans, movie fans and especially connoisseurs of black culture—American and African—are eagerly awaiting the debut of Marvel's “Black Panther” movie starring comic books' first black superhero with an enthusiasm not often seen in American cinema. “Black Panther” viewing parties are being scheduled around the country for its February release, smack dab in the middle of Black History Month. Clothing lines are being designed around the bright...

What makes Will Smith's world ‘Bright'—money, he jokes
12/27/2017 7:50:59 PM

By Nicole Evatt “Just money. Lots of money.” So goes Will Smith's tongue-in-cheek summation of why he took on what has turned into one of the worst reviewed films of the season, the big-budget Netflix release “Bright.” The seasoned film cop and science fiction star does it all over again, playing a police officer with racist feelings against his otherworldly partner who happens to be an Orc in a land also occupied by Elves, Fairies and at least one Centaur. Smith's Officer Ward has just returned to the job after being shot and is assigned to...

John Legend on fatherhood: 'You want people to have justice'
12/17/2017 9:55:39 PM

By Mark Kennedy The Nobel Peace Prize winners will be serenaded by John Legend on Monday and for that they can thank Legend's infant daughter—and a second baby on the way. The Grammy winner will take the stage at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 11 for Nobel Peace Prize Concert, a gig he takes mindful of the world he'd like to leave for his children. “Having kids puts in context for me the kinds of things kids need to be successful and healthy and happy. And realizing that far too many kids don't have that,” the singer-songwriter said by...

‘Touched by an Angel’ star Della Reese dies at 86
12/2/2017 4:21:45 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Della Reese, the legendary actress and star of the classic movie “Harlem Nights” and the long-running CBS drama “Touched by an Angel,” died on Sunday, November 19. She was 86. From Reese’s memorable appearances in movies like “A Thin Line between Love and Hate” to television shows like “Chico and the Man,” “Sanford & Son” and “227,” fans and friends celebrated her storied career on social media. “Saddened to hear of the passing of Della Reese,” the Rev. Al Sharpton...