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CORRECTS: Chicago police: 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett turns self in on accusation of making false police report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:38am

CORRECTS: Chicago police: 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett turns self in on accusation of making false police report. (Corrects APNewsAlert that had a missing word )

Michael Jackson accusers detail road to 'Leaving Neverland'

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:52pm

Wade Robson and James Safechuck didn't know what to think when the lights went up after the first public screening of "Leaving Neverland" late last month at the Sundance Film Festival. In the 236-minute documentary that will air in two parts on HBO and Britain's Channel 4 in March, both describe, in harrowing detail, how they say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys. It was the second time they'd seen it and the first with an audience.

Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 5:40pm

R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Khloe Kardashian bestie Malika Haqq fierce on cheating front

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 5:24pm

Who's the best wing woman on the planet? That would be Malika Haqq.

Andrew McCabe, franchise shows give CBS weekly ratings win

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:21pm

Fired FBI acting director Andrew McCabe's headline-making interview on CBS' news magazine proved a TV audience grabber as well.

Police official says lawyers for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are meeting with investigators

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:00pm

Police official says lawyers for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are meeting with investigators.

What will win best picture? It's a maddeningly close race

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:44pm

On a year where one of the lead Oscar contenders is titled "The Favourite," the 91st Academy Awards lack a clear front runner.

Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for 'Porgy and Bess'

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:04am

The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23.

Oscars: A record year for women, but is it progress?

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:04am

At the glad-handy Oscar nominees luncheon earlier this month, film academy president John Bailey proudly told the 171 nominees in the room that there were a record number of women nominated for Academy Awards this year. The statement seemed to take everyone a moment to process, or calculate, but soon Lady Gaga, Amy Adams, "Black Panther" costumer Ruth E. Carter and others were applauding.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:26am

Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in a court filing that a man who accused her in a lawsuit of crashing into him at a Utah ski resort was actually the culprit in the collision and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth.

Travelers can retrace 'Green Book' path with some research

Russell Contreras and Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:18am

The Oscar-nominated interracial road trip movie "Green Book" has spurred interest in the real guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. With a little research, travelers can find copies of "The Negro Motorist Green Book" online and retrace the route in the movie or develop their own tours of sites that once provided refuge to African-Americans.

Rhode Island marks 16th anniversary of nightclub fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:56am

Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

Ego, publicity at stake when stars and TV critics meet

Lynn Elber and David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:38am

Jerrod Carmichael, lamenting what he called the "terrible" state of TV comedy, asked his audience if they'd seen some of it. Staring back at the comedian was a hotel ballroom filled with journalists whose job it is to cover television.

Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:14am

Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations.

Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 5:24pm

Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence.

The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:54pm

The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):

A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:14pm

Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country's economic crisis, Nicolas Maduro's government ordered up a rival concert of its own.

Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose knot

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:04pm

The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry have apologized for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway.

Lady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:52pm

Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up.

Meghan Markle spotted in New York for rumored baby shower

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:42pm

Meghan Markle has been spotted at several swanky venues in New York City, cradling her baby bump as she visited friends for what is rumored to be a baby shower.