Billy Joel, who only months ago said he chooses to keep his politics private, wore Star of David badges prominently on the front and back of his jacket Monday night during the encore of a show at Madison Square Garden.
When asked about the badges, Joel's rep gave the Associated Press a famous quote from Irish statesman Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Joel just months ago told Rolling Stone, "I try to stay out of politics. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think. I've been to shows where people start haranguing the audience about what's going on politically and I'm thinking, 'You know, this isn't why I came here.'"
Mark Wahlberg is sitting on top of the Rock on Forbes' 2017 highest-paid actors list.
The rapper-turned-actor earned an estimated $68 million between June 2016 and June 2017, the financial mag reported Tuesday, edging out last year's top earner, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
That figure sums up the Boston native's paydays from the forthcoming comedy "Daddy's Home 2" and action flick "Transformers: The Last Knight," plus earnings from his AT&T endorsement deal and his family's A&E reality series, "Wahlburgers." Incidentally, his "Transformers" outing was the lowest-grossing film of the franchise to date.
After filming a role in the upcoming Han Solo "Star Wars" film, Michael Kenneth Williams says his performance no longer will appear in the final product. The Times confirmed the news, which was originally reported by Deadline on Tuesday.
Best known for playing Omar Little on "The Wire," the actor told Deadline he was unable to make reshoots for the film because of a scheduling conflict. As a result, his part, which supposedly was a human-animal hybrid, had to be cut from the movie, which is scheduled for release on May 25.
"I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. It is what it is," Williams said, referring to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who originally were hired as co-directors on the film. In June, the two were fired and replaced by Ron Howard, who is overseeing the new reshoots.
With almost 100 film credits under his belt, Morgan Freeman is being honored for his body of work by the Screen Actors Guild.
On Tuesday, SAG-AFTRA announced that the 80-year-old is set to receive its 54th Life Achievement Award at the SAG Awards on Jan. 21.
Freeman, who was last seen in April's "Going in Style," has already earned recognition from nearly every other prominent organization in Hollywood. He won an Oscar in 2005 for his supporting turn in "Million Dollar Baby"; SAG also honored him for his performance in that film. He's also been the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and a Kennedy Center Honor.
"I don't know how to go to an awards show and not drink."
So said Chrissy Teigen about her recent decision to cut back on alcohol consumption, especially while she's taking medication for postpartum depression and has the IVF process looming again as she and John Legend try to have another child.
Given her celebrity lifestyle, the Sports Illustrated model told Cosmopolitan, she had simply gotten used to having alcohol available everywhere she went — something that's not good for a person who "can't have just one" and who has a family history of problem drinking.
Moz has announced "Low in High School," a new LP slated for a Nov. 17 release on his own new Etienne Records. The album was recorded with Joe Chiccarelli in France and Rome. It's his first LP since 2014's "World Peace Is None of Your Business."
"On his 11th studio album, Morrissey's talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever as he captures the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world," a news release for the album stated Tuesday.
Tiger Woods has threatened to sue a celebrity smut site and the as-yet-unidentified person who stole and leaked nude photos of ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and a full-frontal image of the pro golfer.
Looks as if that threat is not yet getting the job done.
As of 9:30 a.m. PDT Tuesday, photos and a video of Vonn, the photo of Woods and dozens of shots of additional victims — Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Katharine McPhee and Stella Maxwell — remained live on a website that was cited by TMZ in its Monday report of the breach and the legal threat.
In the wake of the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va., George and Amal Clooney's Clooney Foundation for Justice has given a $1-million grant to help topple domestic hate groups.
The actor/producer and his wife, an international human rights attorney, have partnered with the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center to "increase the capacity of the SPLC to combat hate groups in the United States," according to a statement from the center.