A pop singer ruled the roost, a rock star died by hanging, a beauty queen tackled big issues, a famous film festival opened and TV paraded its coming attractions. Here's all that news and more from this week in entertainment.
Purposeful pop, Katy Perry, or ‘Purposeful poop’?
Katy Perry is new and improved. Well, this week she’s mostly been new. There’s a new job, a new album, a new tour and a third new track from that studio album. Just another week in the life of a pop superstar, capped with a buzz-inducing return to feudal territory: The aforementioned single, “Swish Swish” featuring
Soundgarden singer’s death hits the music world hard
Miss USA pageant question trips up a nuclear scientist
Another year, another pageant winner, another kerfuffle springing from those pesky questions. Kára McCullough, who was Miss District of Columbia USA right up until she was crowned Miss USA on Sunday night, raised eyebrows with her thoughts on healthcare and feminism. Two days later, the 25-year-old
That time the Cannes Film Festival was all about Netflix
OK, the Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday with “Ghosts” and runs through May 28, isn’t all about “Okja,” but Netflix’s first — and possibly last — entry in the prestigious competition did have people talking. There have also been some upbeat moments (see “Wonderstruck,” “Let the Sunshine In”),
What to watch next? TV reveals what it has on tap
While film was getting its Cannes on in France, TV was letting it all hang out in New York for Upfronts 2017. CBS introduced spinoffs and procedurals, ABC was sticking a fork in "Scandal," the CW was still about youth, superheroes and catfights, and NBCUniversal's marathon presentation was lightened up with jokes by Seth Meyers. As in Cannes, Netflix had some tricks up its sleeve. CBS announced who'll be hosting the Grammy Awards in 2018, and ad-skipping viewers — yeah, we mean you — were top of mind. Plus, surprise surprise, everyone was looking fantastic on those red carpets too.
Domestic Goods — and Bads: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell of "The Bachelor" ended their engagement. … "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons married his longtime partner. … Model magnet Leonardo DiCaprio and swimsuit model Nina Agdal broke up. … Amy Schumer and boyfriend Ben Hanisch called it quits. … Kevin Hart is expecting a baby boy with wife Eniko Parrish.
RIP: Brad Grey, who led Paramount Pictures for 12 years, died at 59. …
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