Hollywood is recovering from Sunday's shocking Academy Awards, where "Moonlight" took home the best picture trophy after it was mistakenly given to "La La Land." And while the twists and turns of the presidency of Donald Trump continue, here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:
- Benedict Cumberbatch returning to TV with Showtime's 'Melrose'
- Ed Sheeran jams with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots
- 2017 Oscars updates: Show highlights | Red carpet arrivals | Best and worst dressed
- Two prominent Iranian Americans represented Asghar Farhadi at the Oscars
- New 'Twin Peaks' art is out, with a couple of very familiar faces
The salacious details of Britain's Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana's failed marriage will get the "Feud" treatment in Season 2 of the rookie FX series.
FX announced Tuesday that it has already renewed Ryan Murphy's latest dishy anthology before Season 1 -- a showcase of the catfights between rival movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis -- premieres on the cable network.
"Feud: Bette and Joan" will debut on Sunday and the drama will play out in eight episodes. The series chronicles the filming of the 1962 camp classic “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” which starred Crawford and Davis — two actresses who famously despised each other. Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon portray Crawford and Davis, respectively.
Meanwhile, the second season, "Feud: Charles and Diana," will unfold in 10 episodes and is scheduled to debut in 2018.
Though plot details haven't been revealed, the globally watched royal couple's tumultuous marriage provided much tabloid fodder beginning with the early days of their courtship. From their lavish 1981 nuptials to the adulterous breakdown of their union, they dominated headlines in the 1990s and after Diana's untimely death in 1997.
Murphy, the executive producer and scribe of such hits as "AHS" and "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," will write the Season 2 scripts with Jon Robin Baitz, the network said.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning producer recently revealed that an upcoming season of his horror anthology will pull from the 2016 election. Additionally, Season 2 of "American Crime Story" will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and Season 3 will investigate the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Benedict Cumberbatch has built a successful career from playing posh and prickly aristocrats, and his next role will be no exception.
Showtime announced Tuesday that Cumberbatch will star in the network's five-part limited series "Melrose," an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose series by Edward St. Aubyn.
The books chronicle the protagonist's journey to overcome addiction and an abusive childhood while simultaneously serving as a caustic examination of upper-class society.
"I've been a huge admirer of Edward St. Aubyn's novels for years and can't wait to bring these dark, witty, brilliant books to the screen,” screenwriter David Nicholls ("Far From the Madding Crowd") said in a press release. “Benedict is the perfect Patrick Melrose."
Nicholls will write all five episodes of the upcoming series.
Filming for the series will begin in August and take place in New York, London and the south of France.
"Melrose" is a co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic.
Anything goes in 2017.
And now here comes the latest edition of Classroom Instruments on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
British pop star Ed Sheeran turned in a fine performance on Monday night's episode, joining Fallon and the Roots on a version of his latest hit "Shape of You."
Classroom Instruments is a genuinely fun recurring bit for the show, but there's still just something a little weird about watching Sheeran earnestly rattle a banana shaker while singing about how "my bedsheets smell like you."
But strange is the order of the day now.
The question now is whether Sheeran's appearance on "The Tonight Show" tops his gig at the Grammys. Judge for yourself.
The day after the Oscars' craziest, shocking moment ever, questions still linger about why "La La Land" was announced best picture when "Moonlight" was the true winner.
L.A. Times' film critic Justin Chang comes to the conclusion that the two movies' fortunes were inextricable and the you-couldn’t-have-scripted-it finale oddly enough made sense.
U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," which has been nominated for an Academy Award.
According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by the Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.
Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" regarding Khateeb.
"Derogatory information" is a broad category that can include anything from terror connections to passport irregularities. Asked for comment, Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said, "A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States."
"The White Helmets," a 40-minute Netflix documentary, has been nominated for the Oscar for documentary short. If the film wins, the award would go to director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. Khateeb is one of three people credited for cinematography; Franklin Dow is the film's director of photography.
The film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Many of the group's members have been killed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air forces. The group also was nominated for last year's Nobel Peace Prize.
"The White Helmets" includes emblematic scenes of the deadly 6-year-old conflict: people digging through destroyed homes looking for survivors, at constant risk of "double tap" attacks that target first responders after they've arrived at the scene of a strike.
Khateeb had been issued a visa to attend the ceremony with Hollywood's biggest stars. But Turkish authorities detained him this week, according to the internal U.S. government correspondence, and he suddenly needed a passport waiver from the United States to enter the country.
The correspondence indicated he would not receive such a waiver. There was no explanation in the correspondence for why Turkey detained Khateeb.
Los Angeles, what were you doing Thursday night? Unless the answer was "singing karaoke with potential EGOT winner Lin-Manuel Miranda," you definitely missed out.
Miranda, ostensibly in town for Sunday night's Academy Awards, dropped by the Lost Knight pub in Echo Park for the premiere party for the new Seeso series "My Brother, My Brother and Me" and sang karaoke with enthused revelers.
Before continuing, let's clarify a few things.
Seeso is a subscription streaming service owned by NBC that features comedy content.
"My Brother, My Brother and Me" is a new series — featuring Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy — that started as a podcast and includes the brothers humorously answering questions posed by listeners or found online.
Miranda previously appeared on an episode of "MBMBaM" and even composed a song for the occasion. "Ghost Horse" is about — you guessed it — a horse that is a ghost.
Now that everyone's on the same page, we can tell you that Miranda jumped at the chance (literally) to help out a crooner performing the opening number to his hit musical, "Hamilton," leaping on stage just before his musical cue.
Miranda also had no problem rocking the mic on his own, offering his take on the R. Kelly classic "Ignition (Remix)," which is just as delightful as it sounds.
Watch the videos and regret all your Thursday night social choices below.
Oscar-nominated director Asghar Farhadi is standing by his decision to boycott Sunday's Academy Awards by sending two prominent Iranian American citizens in his stead.
Anousheh Ansari, an engineer, the first Iranian in space and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station, and Firouz Naderi, a former NASA director for solar system exploration, will accept the award for foreign-language film on behalf of Farhadi, should "The Salesman" win the category Sunday night, according to Variety.
Farhadi announced in January that he will not be attending the Oscars because of President Trump's executive order banning Syrian refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
"Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way," Farhadi said in his original statement. "In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an 'us and them' mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of 'them' and inflict fear in the people of their own countries."
Trump's travel ban was blocked by courts before the president repealed it with promises of a new executive order restricting travel in the weeks to come.
"The Salesman" is considered a favorite to win the foreign- language film award by many prognosticators, including The Times' Glenn Whipp, who wrote of its chances: "A vote for the latest film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has a dual purpose — rewarding excellence and showing solidarity with immigrants."
Farhadi previously won the foreign-language Oscar for his 2011 film "A Separation."
Find all of The Times' Oscars coverage here.
Bummer — no giants, log ladies or dancing dwarves in the new art for Showtime's reincarnation of "Twin Peaks." Did you really expect anyone other than Laura Palmer or Special Agent Dale Cooper as the faces of the show?
Showtime released images Friday for its limited-series reboot of the quirky 1990-'91 show from David Lynch, and while actress Sheryl Lee hasn't aged a day, for obvious reasons, Kyle MacLachlan has matured. But in a good way.
The 18-episode series premieres May 21, if you didn't get that already from the posters.
It's only Friday, but there's already Oscars fashion drama ahead of Sunday's ceremony.
On Thursday, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld told Women's Wear Daily that representatives for 20-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep had requested the design house produce a gown for the star before changing their minds abruptly.
"I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress," Lagerfeld told the magazine before saying he later got a second call from Streep's team canceling the request.
" 'Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us,' " Lagerfeld claimed Streep's reps told him.
"A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?" Lagerfeld said.
Team Streep fundamentally disagrees with Lagerfeld's tale, with a representative for the actress telling the Hollywood Reporter that the original claim is false and it's against Streep's personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet.
Either way, all eyes will be on Streep when she hits the carpet, no matter what she's wearing.
PHOTOS: The red carpet looks of this year's Oscar-nominated actresses
Find all of The Times' Oscars coverage here.
Caitlyn Jenner sent out a message Thursday calling out President Trump for dropping federal protections for transgender students' access to bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.
"I have a message for the trans kids of America: You're winning. I know it doesn't feel like it today or every day, but you're winning," said Jenner on a video posted to her Twitter account.
Urging support for the National Center for Transgender Equality and Gavin Grimm -- the transgender student whose fight for his right to use the boys' restroom has sparked a national debate climbing all the way up to the Supreme Court -- Jenner went on to call out bullies (among whom she included Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions) and President Trump himself, telling him to call her, "from one Republican to another."
"This is a disaster, and you can still fix it," Jenner said, reminding Trump he had made a promise to "protect the LGBTQ community."
Bell-bottoms, turntable battles and disco divas are all making a comeback through Netflix's hip-hop musical "The Get Down."
Netflix announced Thursday that its flashy show, which reportedly cost more than $120 million to make, will return on April 7 for a follow-up dubbed "The Get Down Part II."
Created by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis, "The Get Down" tells the story of hip-hop's birth through a group of teens who try to make their music dreams a reality amid the political climate of 1970s New York City.
"We're gonna take our music from minor to major league," a voiceover says in the 15-second teaser clip Netflix released Thursday.
The second part of the series is set in 1978, one year after we are introduced to Books, the gifted writer and burgeoning rapper; Mylene, the disco dreamer; and Shaolin Fantastic, the Grandmaster Flash trainee.
Check out the teaser above.
If it's Oscar time, it must be time for another golden statue from publicity-savvy street artist Plastic Jesus. This time, the previously faceless dude has been decked out with an approximation of Kanye West's face and a pair of black Yeezy shoes.
"False Idol" is inscribed on the base of the statue, which popped up Wednesday on Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea.
Plastic Jesus has dipped his toes into the Kardashian-West pool before, posting "No Kardashian Parking Anytime" signs around Los Angeles in 2015. Then in April 2016, he did a "No Trump Anytime" campaign.
The artist promoted the unveiling of the statue for a week on his Instagram page, where commenters were hoping the piece would look like President Trump.
Crucified Kanye's Wednesday outing was a precursor to a one-weekend exhibit of art by Plastic Jesus and artist-musician Billy Morrison at the former site of Tower Records on Sunset. That exhibit opens with a VIP reception Friday and then to the public on Saturday.
Plastic Jesus and Morrison have, incidentally, "reinvented" the store's iconic logo in their own image.
Ricky Martin wants to have "Daddy's little girl" once he and artist Jwan Yosef are married.
"I want a big family," the singer said Wednesday night on "Watch What Happens Live," answering a viewer's question. "Daddy's little girl has to come, of course. The way we do babies, I get to choose the sex, so definitely girls are coming."
Martin, 45, welcomed twin boys via a surrogate in 2008 and said that if twin girls arrived next, that would be fine, too. If it happens, he told host Andy Cohen, it happens.
"And I'm talking about only my babies," Martin said with a smile. "Then he's going to have more babies as well" so Yosef has his own genetic connection to the next generation.
Martin and Yosef, who've been an item since January 2016, got engaged last November.
Rihanna is on fire.
On Wednesday, the international superstar achieved a status earned only by the Beatles and Madonna — landing 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
That same day, she also was named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University, shedding light on a lesser-known side of her stardom.
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, said in a statement.
Bursting onto the scene with 2005’s “Pon de Replay,” the 29-year-old singer has gone on to sell 60 million albums and more than 200 million digital tracks throughout her career. Known for her catchy pop anthems, edgy style and sass, the Barbadian also is involved with philanthropy.
In addition to promoting health, Rihanna is also passionate about education initiatives. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, which supports students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries. The musician also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which gives girls in developing countries access to education.
Joining the ranks of previous recipients such as actor James Earl Jones, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, Rihanna will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in a Feb. 28 ceremony on Harvard’s campus.
Lisa Marie Presley has reportedly been ordered to pay her estranged husband's legal fees -- but not any spousal support -- as their divorce battle rolls on.
Presley has been ordered to pay $50,000 of Michael Lockwood's legal bill in $10,000-a-month chunks, a source told People. A separate hearing about their postnuptial agreement will be held, and if it's found to be invalid the daughter of Elvis Presley might be ordered to pay retroactive support, the source said.
Lockwood has requested $40,000 a month in spousal support and wanted $100,000 for his legal fees, according to documents obtained by the Daily Mail. Presley claims that their 2007 postnup rules out support payments. She has accused her estranged husband of mishandling her money, according to TMZ.
In those documents, Presley accuses Lockwood, a musician, of child neglect and possessing "inappropriate" and "disturbing" images and video of their twin girls. Beverly Hills police confirmed to People that they had served a search warrant after receiving a child-abuse complaint and had referred the case to authorities in Tennessee.
The 8-year-olds are currently being taken care of by grandma Priscilla Presley. "There is Lots of confusion, commotion and concern from all the talk circulating," Elvis' ex-wife said on Facebook. "Let me put this to rest... the girls have not been in foster care and never will be. The girls have been with me and will be until all this is sorted out."
Lisa Marie Presley filed to end her 10-year marriage to Lockwood in June 2016. It will be her fourth divorce, following marriages to bass player Danny Keough, King of Pop Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage.
Arsenio Hall is reportedly dropping his $5-million defamation lawsuit against Sinéad O'Connor now that the singer has retracted and apologized for saying, weeks after Prince's death, that the comedian had been the artist's drug dealer.
"I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally," O'Connor told TMZ, which obtained a joint statement from her and Hall on Wednesday about the celebrity detente.
The Irish singer was far less serious last May when she first reacted to Hall's lawsuit, which was prompted by Facebook posts saying she had reported him to the sheriff's department that was investigating Prince's death. She also posted a rambling story — since taken down — expanding on her accusation that Hall had "spiked" her joint with something other than marijuana at a 1991 party.
"I'm more amused than I've ever dreamed a person could be and look forward very much to how hilarious it will be watching him trying to prove me wrong," she said on Facebook at the time.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in May, alleged that O'Connor "targeted Hall with wild and false accusations that he had been Prince's drug supplier for decades and had somehow been responsible for Prince's death."
Nothing compares to truth?
Amber Tamblyn got into the spirit of fake news as she and David Cross announced the birth of their daughter on Tuesday.
The baby's name? "Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr.," the actress declared on Instagram, giving a nod to Beyoncé, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and, well, mustard.
Given the oddly fantastic baby names entertainers have been known to bestow upon their offspring, it's almost plausible. No real details were posted, unless the kid's real name is buried somewhere in that multiple-moniker pileup.
Tamblyn announced that she was pregnant with a girl in October, in an essay for Glamour. "I think constantly about the world I am bringing her into," wrote the actress, whose comedy "Girlfriend's Day" premiered on Netflix on Valentine's Day.
Cross, 52, and Tamblyn, 33, have been married since October 2012. This is their first child.
Nick Cannon has welcomed a second son. Golden "Sagon" Cannon was born Tuesday, the rapper, comic and former "America's Got Talent" host announced on Instagram.
The new baby, whose mom is aspiring actress and model Brittany Bell, who was Miss Arizona USA in 2010, joins a family that includes Moroccan and Monroe, Cannon's 5-year-old twins with ex-wife Mariah Carey.
"Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning!" Cannon wrote Wednesday. "No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose!"
"Never an 'oops baby!' I'm so calculated with my moves," Cannon said to host J Cruz. "I've always wanted five kids."
Also: That "weeping" Cannon mentioned in his birth announcement? It might refer to a story that's allegedly being prepared by the National Enquirer, questioning his mental health and stating that Carey is about to petition for full custody of the twins, who are with her now in the United Arab Emirates.
"If you report these lies, expect a slander and defamation lawsuit. Look everyone, see how the media is trying to break a King?" Cannon said Tuesday on Instagram as he shared part of what appears to be an email message giving his team a heads-up that a negative piece is coming down the pike.
"Me and my family, my mindset, and my spirit are all stronger than ever," the 36-year-old continued. "I felt like releasing this so called 'journalist' info to the public so you all can get at them, but instead I release nothing but positive energy into the Universe."
In an awards season already rife with politically charged acceptance speeches, Sunday's Oscars ceremony could offer the most prominent platform of all.
And will President Trump, the target of most critiques so far, be tuned in?
That's what Debra Saunders, White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wanted to know at Wednesday's briefing with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
"The Oscars are Sunday night. Will the president be watching?" Saunders asked Spicer. "If there's a Meryl Streep kind of moment, how do you think he'll react? This has happened at other awards ceremonies. Why do you think this happens?"
The press corps chuckled at the question, and Spicer answered with a smile: "I have no idea. It's a free country. I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions."
Spicer cast doubt on whether Trump would watch the Oscars, explaining that the president and first lady will already be busy Sunday.
"I think the president will be hosting the Governors Ball that night. Mrs. Trump looks forward to putting on a phenomenal event ... and I have a feeling that's where the president and first lady are going to be focused on on Sunday night," Spicer said.
Spicer was referring to an invitation-only evening with the president and first lady held at the White House during the National Governors Assn. winter meeting.
However, the NGA event begins at 6 p.m. Eastern and the Oscars don't begin until 8:30 p.m. Eastern, leaving plenty of time for the commander in chief to catch (or not catch) some of the show.
Check out the Times' complete Oscars coverage.
For the record: A previous version of this story misidentified the NGA event held Sunday night. The Reception for Governors will be held Feb. 27.
Comedy never takes a holiday, Jimmy Fallon.
"The Tonight Show" host featured a sketch Tuesday night all about President Trump launching his own (fictional) news network, TNN, to help combat the insidious threat of "fake news."
In full Trump regalia, Fallon lampooned Trump's continued obsession with fake news, as well as his inaccurate implication that some violent episode transpired in Sweden.
The one problem with Fallon's sketch was that Presidents Day meant that "The Tonight Show" didn't air until Tuesday, so jokes that felt fresh Monday on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and "Late Night With Seth Meyers" were now stale and, worse, outdated.
Zingers about Trump's Swedish confusion that were funny the day before were less so Tuesday, as news broke of rioting in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb.
But Fallon's sketch still had plenty to laugh at, including Jo Firestone's stellar send-up of Betsy DeVos as a clueless weatherman, and a news ticker that simply said the president's name over and over.
See all the jokes, timely and otherwise, below.