Advertisement
1148 posts
Singer-songwriter Kesha, right, was joined by more than a dozen female musicians for her performance of "Praying" at the Grammy Awards.
Singer-songwriter Kesha, right, was joined by more than a dozen female musicians for her performance of "Praying" at the Grammy Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Recording Academy has received yet another letter urging the organization to address gender bias in the Grammy Awards process, this one signed by more than three dozen male executives in the music industry.

The letter, first published in its entirety Friday by the Hollywood Reporter, calls on the academy to take “more significant and robust action” concerning recent charges of institutional bias. Over the last five years, more than 90% of nominations have gone to male musicians, producers, songwriters and engineers, according to a recent USC study.

Among the 38 people who signed the letter were veteran musician Randy Jackson, managers Scooter Braun and Ian Montone and talent booker Tom Windish.

Advertisement
Artist rendering of the MSG Sphere Arena coming to Las Vegas in 2020.
Artist rendering of the MSG Sphere Arena coming to Las Vegas in 2020. (Madison Square Garden Company)

The Madison Square Garden company is gearing up to have a ball in Las Vegas — literally.

MSG officials unveiled their design on Thursday for the MSG Sphere Arena, which they describe as a “revolutionary” new live entertainment venue that will plop a massive spherical arena onto the Vegas Strip in 2020.

The project was unveiled by MSG Co. Executive Chairman and CEO James Dolan at a presentation in New York, and relayed during a parallel session in Los Angeles conducted by Dolan’s friend and business partner, music industry mogul Irving Azoff.

Advertisement
  • Birthdays
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

I'm ambitious for success to the extent that I want my work to be appreciated by as many people as possible. But other than that I'm just as happy to concentrate on the process, to concentrate on experiencing life outside of being a rock performer, and if record sales suffer as a result, so be it.

Her family said in a lengthy statement that Messick had battled depression, “which had been her nemesis for years.”

Hollywood studio executive and producer Jill Messick died on Wednesday by what her family said was suicide. She was 50.

The family said in a lengthy statement first published in the Hollywood Reporter that Messick had battled depression, “which had been her nemesis for years.” But the family also lashed out at Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan, saying that Messick had become “collateral damage” in the movement that has arisen after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein were reported.   

“‘The Movement’ just lost one of its own,” the statement begins.

  • Movies
  • Celebrity
Quentin Tarantino issued a public apology to Samantha Geimer on Thursday after a 2003 interview resurfaced.
Quentin Tarantino issued a public apology to Samantha Geimer on Thursday after a 2003 interview resurfaced. (Laurent Cipriani / Associated Press)

Quentin Tarantino issued an apology Thursday to Samantha Geimer, who was raped by Roman Polanski when she was 13. 

The move comes after an interview Tarantino gave on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2003 resurfaced on Jezebel earlier this week.

In a statement given to Indiewire, Tarantino apologized for his comments in which he asserted that Geimer was “down with” sex with Polanski.

Advertisement
  • Celebrity
Actress-director Angelina Jolie.
Actress-director Angelina Jolie. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Angelina Jolie is bucking tradition by doing press without a Hollywood project to promote, according to Elle magazine. Except she totally does: It’s International Women’s Day on March 8.

For the mag’s March issue, the Oscar winner discussed humanitarian issues, particularly those affecting women, in a candid conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

Patriotism, climate change and violence against women were among the topics they touched on, with Jolie getting most fired up about the latter — particularly how they affect her parenting of three daughters, Vivienne, 9, Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13.

  • Politics
  • Celebrity
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oprah Winfrey speak at "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations" at the Apollo Theater on Wednesday.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oprah Winfrey speak at "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations" at the Apollo Theater on Wednesday. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images)

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t running for public office — and Oprah Winfrey definitely isn’t running for president. 

Um, duh. 

The talk-show mogul made her lack of POTUS aspirations quite clear — and got a big laugh along the way — Wednesday night at the Apollo Theater in New York City, where she and the “Hamilton” auteur were chatting in a Supersoul Conversation and at least one person in the audience was memorializing the moment on video

Veteran singer-songwriter John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years in April.
Veteran singer-songwriter John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years in April. (Danny Clinch)

Veteran singer-songwriter John Prine will release his first album of all-new material in 13 years, “The Tree of Forgiveness,” in the spring.

Prine, 71, will also embark on an extensive U.S. tour — including a stop at L.A.’s Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 18 — plus a handful of shows in Europe.

Due April 13, the album features guest spots by contemporary singer-songwriters who cite him as an important influence: Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires.

Advertisement
  • TV
  • Politics
  • Celebrity
Omarosa Manigault Newman
Omarosa Manigault Newman (Cliff Lipson / CBS)

“Celebrity Big Brother” house guest Omarosa Manigault Newman, best-known simply as Omarosa, did little to calm fears about Donald Trump’s presidency in a sneak peek at Thursday’s episode.

The cutthroat “Apprentice” alum, who served as director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison before resigning in December, intimated that the American people should be worried about the current commander in chief.

“It’s not going to be OK,” Manigault Newman said during a backyard conversation with housemate Ross Mathews.

  • TV
  • Late-night

It was a meeting of the late-night minds Wednesday night, as more talk-show hosts began encouraging President Trump to speak with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. 

Stephen Colbert continued the crusade he began Tuesday night by again assuring Trump that he was more than equipped to outsmart Mueller.

“You can do it! You’re a brilliant, billionaire mastermind. You are better and smarter than these clowns who have wasted their entire careers conducting criminal investigations,” Colbert said. “Your lawyers just don’t get that. So you go out there and testify. You do you!”