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Sides agree to drop rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:29pm

A lawsuit from a Los Angeles woman who alleged music mogul Russell Simmons raped her at his home in 2016 is being dropped, according to a federal court filing Wednesday.

Musicians to raise funds for Waffle House shooting victims

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:13pm

Nashville's musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House with a special T-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman.

Oh, Yeezus: Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:29pm

Trump-West 2020?

'BlacKkKlansman' star hopes Lee film starts a conversation

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:05pm

Denzel Washington's son John David Washington has technically worked with Spike Lee before. When he was 7-years-old he had a bit part in "Malcolm X," which his dad starred in.

Jazz Museum director says she will step down by mid-May

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:52pm

The director of a financially troubled jazz museum in Kansas City says she's stepping down.

Universal promotes films with Cher performance, new footage

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:25pm

From a surprise Cher performance to new footage of everything from Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" to M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" and Jamie Lee Curtis's return to "Halloween," Universal Pictures pulled out all the showstoppers for CinemaCon attendees Wednesday morning.

Venues reject Cynthia Nixon campaign event, she blames Cuomo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:08pm

Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon thinks two-time incumbent Andrew Cuomo is behind two venues refusing to host her campaign's first stop in the state's second-largest city.

Lawyers say others were hurt in Copperfield illusion show

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:33pm

Lawyers for a British tourist who claims he was badly hurt taking part in an illusion by Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield told a judge on Wednesday that they've found three other people who were injured in Copperfield shows over the years.

A new George RR Martin book planned _ but not THAT book

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:43pm

As the world awaits his next "A Song of Ice and Fire," George RR Martin has begun a new project.

Time magazine honors sex assault survivors and women at gala

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:39pm

Fresh from winning a Pulitzer Prize for helping to expose the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Ronan Farrow was honored as one of this year's 100 most influential people at the annual Time 100 Gala.

'Imposters' star Inbar Lavi gets real about playing pretend

Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:59am

On the Bravo series "Imposters," Inbar Lavi plays a young woman named Maddie who is constantly reinventing herself, creating new identities to marry men and women and then steal their money. Off-screen, Lavi is no con artist but she says she can relate to the desire to hide behind different personas.

Weddings are stress factories for many a bride and groom

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:43am

Weddings are festive, but they're often mega-stressful for bride and groom. Multiply that by about a million and it's a wonder Meghan Markle is still upright as her May 19 royal nuptials crawl ever closer.

Royal wedding recording to be available on streaming sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:39am

If you miss the royal wedding or want to relive it, you'll be able to stream it on Spotify or Apple Music hours after the event takes place next month.

Fats, food and fun: 1st weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:47am

Thousands of people are converging on the Crescent City this week for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival takes place over two weekends at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course and features out-of-town artists such as Rod Stewart as well as performers from across New Orleans and Louisiana. It's also a celebration of Louisiana culture and food with vendors selling everything from cochon de lait po-boys to praline-stuffed beignets. Here's a look at some things to expect during the festival:

Jake Tapper turns to fiction for 'The Hellfire Club'

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:37am

Jake Tapper, veteran newsman and debut novelist, isn't quite used to being on the receiving end of questions.

Martha Stewart's studio props up for auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:27am

The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart's television shows may soon find a place in someone's home.

Hank Azaria willing to stop voicing Apu on 'The Simpsons'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:27am

Hank Azaria is ready to stop voicing Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu on "The Simpsons" in the wake of criticism that it's a stereotype.

Melania Trump takes her moment to sparkle in the spotlight

Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:59am

There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.

Summer Movie Preview: 'Deadpool 2' is about kindness (truly)

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:29am

After being stuck in development for over a decade, "Deadpool" broke box-office records and shattered preconceived notions about what an R-rated superhero movie could do when it debuted in February 2016. Now the foul-mouthed mercenary is back with a sequel that's gearing up to play in the big leagues — the summer movie season.

Oliver Stone, visiting Iran, calls US a global 'outlaw'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:53am

Oliver Stone, making his first-ever visit to Iran, says the United States is a global "outlaw" that has made a mess of the Middle East.