'Flood fighting is in our DNA': To live by the Feather River is to know its power and danger

Between Adele's wins, Beyonce's show-stopping performance and the political moments from Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes, Sunday's Grammy Awards were a night to remember. There was a sad note to the day, with the news that seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau died Sunday at 76. With the Oscars around the corner and much of Hollywood still focused on the twists and turns of the presidency of Donald Trump, here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:


Donald Glover will play Simba in Jon Favreau's live-action 'Lion King' movie

Donald Glover continues his reign as Hollywood's hottest hire, as it appears he will soon become the King of the Jungle, Simba, in Disney's latest live-action adaptation.

Director Jon Favreau, who successfully brought "The Jungle Book" to life with voice actors such as Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Scarlett Johansson, has moved onto his next big Disney project, "The Lion King." And it looks like he has found his lead Simba.

Tweeting from his personal account , Favreau released an image of Glover with the caption "I just can't wait to be king. #Simba." While we can't be sure if this means Glover will be voicing the character or participating in a motion capture type performance, we do know this. Donald Glover is so hot right now.

The actor took home multiple Golden Globes for the "Atlanta" series (on which he is an executive producer, writer and actor), he has been cast in the "Star Wars" origin movie about Han Solo as Lando Calrissian, and now he's going to star in a big-budget Disney flick.

There is currently no release date set for "The Lion King."

Update: And the Disney news just keeps coming. Shortly after this tweet Favreau announced yet another cast member for his "Lion King" and this one already has experience playing a king. James Earl Jones, will reprise his role as the voice of Mufasa. Truly, could anyone else fill that part?

Politics TV

Watch six late-night TV shows turn Trump news conference into one big joke

Late-night talk shows had a field day with President Trump's news conference. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Late-night talk shows had a field day with President Trump's news conference. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

If you, like so many Americans, were unable to spare the 77 minutes necessary to watch President Trump's Thursday news conference , late-night television has you covered.

So thoroughly covered, in fact, that it might take you just as long to watch all of the jokes as it would to sit through the conference itself.

Leading the charge against Trump's accusations of "fake news" was "Late Night With Seth Meyers," which opened with Meyers' shredding the original script for the evening's episode as he said, "Bye, dead jokes!"

Trevor Noah had a similar sentiment on "The Daily Show," explaining his team had a perfectly nice show planned out before Trump called his last-minute conference.

On "The Tonight Show," host Jimmy Fallon went full Trump and performed his own version of Trump's tangle with the media, settling at one point for breaking out a "Magic Trump 8 Ball" and reciting Trump catchphrases for an interminably long time.

Over on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Kimmel seemed slightly dumbstruck by the events of the day, describing the president's attitude this way: "like if your dad found a pack of cigarettes under your mattress."

Kimmel then aired a super-cut of some of the most cringe-worthy moments, including the president's asking April Ryan, a black journalist with American Urban Radio Networks, if she could set up a meeting between him and the Congressional Black Caucus.

For his part, James Corden on "The Late Late Show" was gobsmacked that the president mentioned Hillary Clinton 11 times, "Even lovesick teenage boys are like, 'Move on, man. Let her go. She's gone .' "

Finally, Stephen Colbert and "The Late Show" spent a good 11 minutes examining the conference, at one point failing to find the words for what he saw.

Colbert then looked to how news networks themselves reacted to Trump's words, with Jake Tapper at CNN saying, "It was unhinged," and a Fox News correspondent who appeared shellshocked at what she'd witnessed stating, "Wow. Alrighty then."

For more extensive examinations of the Trump presidency from late-night shows, stay tuned for the next four years.


Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna split again

 (Greg Doherty / Getty Images)
(Greg Doherty / Getty Images)

Reality TV stars Rob Kardashian and fiancée Blac Chyna have reportedly ended their volatile relationship -- like, for real this time.

The "Rob & Chyna" stars, who have been romantically linked since January 2016 and who welcomed daughter Dream Renée in November, called it quits a while ago and their wedding plans are off, according to People .

“They are both trying to be mature about it. It was less dramatic this time," a Kardashian source told the mag.

Us Weekly reported that Kardashian thinks "it's the right decision," with sources noting that Chyna "has disappeared for days at a time without communicating or providing any updates."

Kardashian, 29, and Chyna, 28, real name Angela Renée White, first split in March 2016 then again just before Christmas following a public he-said-she-said that played out on their social media accounts. Chyna moved out of their home, along with their newborn daughter.

“Chyna is super fed up with Rob and thinks he is way too emotional and depressed. She thinks he has terrible issues,” an insider who knows the couple told Us of the latest split. “He is always battling his own insecurities and is unstable. It’s a major turn-off to her, and she thinks it’s incredibly unhealthy for the baby and their family.”

Chyna, a former stripper who shares a son with the boyfriend of Kardashian's half-sister Kylie Jenner, had been credited with bringing the recluse back into the spotlight by helping him work on his physical and mental health. The pair opened up about their history and showcased their heated arguments in their E! docu-series .

According to RadarOnline , Chyna was mainly going back to Kardashian because of business.

“Every time she tries to leave him, either he or his people come back with business reasons why they should keep the charade going for image or business purposes,” an insider told the site. “But she’s done with pretending and just wants out now.”

News of their coupling — soon followed by their engagement and pregnancy — solidified Chyna’s infiltration of the female-heavy reality TV dynasty. It also brought into question Chyna’s true motives, including whether she actually cared for Kardashian or was just making a strategic business move.

PewDiePie apologizes for anti-Semitic jokes but says the media took them out of context

Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images)
Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images)

PewDiePie is sorry that he made a joke in "not the best way" when trying to show " how crazy the modern world is ."

The Internet star, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, was dropped by Disney's Maker Studios earlier this week following scrutiny concerning anti-Semitic jokes and imagery in his videos.

YouTube also distanced itself from its top star amid the backlash , announcing the cancelation of the second season of Kjellberg's reality show, "Scare PewDiePie."

Following a Tumblr post on Sunday responding to the backlash to his Jan. 11 video (which included two Indian men holding up a sign with an anti-Semitic message), PewDiePie returned to YouTube on Wednesday to apologize and once again address the controversy.

"I'm sorry for the words that I used as I know they offended people," said PewDiePie. "I admit that the joke itself went too far. I do strongly believe that you can joke about everything, but I also believe that there's a right way and not the best way to joke about things."

He also took the occasion to attack mainstream media outlets, including Variety and the Wall Street Journal, which he accuses of misrepresenting him and taking his jokes out of context. He even called out J.K. Rowling.

"Old-school media does not like Internet personalities because they're scared of us," he said. "We have so much influence and such a large voice and I don't think they understand it and that's why they keep this approach to us."

He characterized the Journal story about the situation with Maker as a "personal attack," and said the publication cornered the biggest brands he worked with to force them to sever ties with him.

"If there's anything I've learned about the media from being a public figure is how they blatantly misrepresent people for their own personal gain," he said. "[They] even viciously attack people just to further themselves."

You can watch the full video here. (Warning: It contains profanity.)


After finally getting a wide release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood on Feb. 18, 1985. (Liu Heung Shing / Associated Press)
Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood on Feb. 18, 1985. (Liu Heung Shing / Associated Press)

In life, Prince was one of streaming’s great holdouts. Now, less than a year after his death, his music has finally hit Spotify , Apple Music and the other major streaming services. And fans have stormed the gates to revisit his hit-heavy catalog.

Nielsen Music reported Thursday that after finally getting a wide release on Sunday, Prince’s streams have surged by a massive magnitude.

Those figures were no doubt boosted by the Grammys, where Bruno Mars and Prince collaborators the Time paid tribute in a medley performance on Sunday.


Mel Gibson in talks to direct 'Suicide Squad' sequel

Mel Gibson is in talks to direct the sequel of "Suicide Squad." (Andy Kropa / Invision)
Mel Gibson is in talks to direct the sequel of "Suicide Squad." (Andy Kropa / Invision)

F. Scott Fitzgerald said there were no second acts in American lives, but he never said anything about Hollywood careers.

Mel Gibson is in talks to direct the sequel of "Suicide Squad," the critically panned Warner Bros. supervillain film that nevertheless brought in more than $745 million at the box office.

Originally reported by the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Gibson confirmed the rumors during a Q&A; after a "Hacksaw Ridge" screening Wednesday night at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

When asked by the moderator if his talks with the studio were more akin to a deal or a first date, Gibson replied, "It’s kind of a first date."

The news is the latest development in the career resurrection of the "Passion of the Christ" director.

Gibson had been a Hollywood pariah for nearly 10 years, following anti-Semitic remarks coupled with a drunken-driving arrest in 2006. But the "Lethal Weapon" actor finds himself back in the industry's good graces with "Hacksaw Ridge," his film about a conscientious objector fighting during World War II.

The acclaimed film is up for best picture at the Oscars next weekend, and Gibson scored a nomination for director, his first since he won both picture and director for "Braveheart" in 1996.

Despite Gibson's buzz, the director might make something of a strange pairing for a "Suicide" sequel, given his well-publicized opinions about superhero films.

"I’m not interested in the stuff," Gibson told Deadline in a September interview, after deriding " Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ."

"Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic-book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex," he added. "So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot."

Arts Music

Sara Bareilles to brave Broadway and star in 'Waitress'

Sara Bareilles will do a 10-week run on Broadway in "Waitress." (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Sara Bareilles will do a 10-week run on Broadway in "Waitress." (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

It's a role tailor made for Sara Bareilles to play.

The singer-songwriter announced Thursday that she will be joining the Broadway cast of " Waitress ," the Tony-nominated musical for which she wrote the music and lyrics, for a 10-week run beginning March 31.

Bareilles will take over the lead role of Jenna, a waitress and pie maker trapped in an unfulfilling life. Jessie Mueller, who originated the role, is departing at the end of March.

The musical is an adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 independent film of the same name.

"Waitress" scored four Tony Award nominations in 2016 -- for musical, lead actress, featured actor, and Bareilles' score. The cast and Bareilles were also nominated at the 2017 Grammy Awards for musical theater album.

Bareilles’ limited engagement in “Waitress” runs March 31-June 11.

Los Angeles theater fans not heading to New York can catch a Bareilles-less “Waitress” when it debuts at the Hollywood Pantages in August.


Ryan Murphy reveals the next 'American Horror Story': The 2016 election (seriously)

In its six seasons so far, Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" series has centered around a haunted house, an asylum for the criminally insane, a touring freak show, an isolated farmhouse, a supernatural hotel and the hometown of a coven of witches.

So it makes perfect sense that the seventh season of the horror-themed show will look at the 2016 presidential contest.

Wait, what?!? Even chatty host Andy Cohen was rendered briefly speechless when showrunner Murphy dropped that news Wednesday night on "Watch What Happens Live."

"I don't have a title," Murphy said, "but the season we start shooting in June will be about the election that we just went through. So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people."

Music TV

You can exhale: Mariah Carey redeemed herself on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night

After a rough New Year's Eve gig left people wondering, Mariah Carey reminded the world Wednesday night that she can indeed pull off a live performance.

The pop princess redeemed herself on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after difficulties ( technical and otherwise ) foiled her performance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest."

And we're going to be generous and assume she was singing live on Kimmel, although it's hard to tell at times, and clearly she was getting an assist from a backing track.

Donning a slinky red dress, Carey sang her new song "I Don't," an anthem inspired by the chanteuse's high-profile broken engagement with Australian billionaire James Packer.

In the song's music video , Carey sets fire to a wedding dress as she asserts, "Probably think I’m coming back, but I don’t."

Rapper YG, the featured artist on "I Don't," joined Carey for her "Kimmel" performance, which was likely great practice for Carey, who launches a North American tour in March.

'Everybody's awake': Watch Susan Sarandon defend her Bernie Sanders vote and scold MSNBC's Chris Hayes

Susan Sarandon last month. (Richard Shotwell / Invision)
Susan Sarandon last month. (Richard Shotwell / Invision)

During the 2016 presidential campaign, actress and staunch Bernie Sanders supporter Susan Sarandon drew heat for telling MSNBC's Chris Hayes that she couldn't bring herself to vote for Hillary Clinton, even if it meant that Donald Trump would win the election.

"Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately," she said at the time.

On Wednesday evening, MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" aired a new interview with Sarandon, who appeared with "Gasland" director Josh Fox.

"Do you feel that you properly appreciated what a Donald Trump presidency would be?" Hayes asked.

"I think that ... analyzing and spending time and energy talking about blaming people who made mistakes or what should have happened is really wasting your time and energy," Sarandon said. "Because what we have now is a populace that is awake."

Discussing Trump, she said, "He's so clumsy and so bad at putting these things through that everybody's awake and saying, 'Oh, my god, what's happening to the EPA?'"

"Which in some ways," Hayes responded, "you could see as a vindication of what you said.... Is it bringing the revolution?"

"I really am not a proponent for trying to have a revolution when we could have had peaceful change.... We could have had a revolution that was a legal revolution. I would much rather have seen it with a leader like Bernie Sanders."

Looking forward, she said, "What we have to do now is spend our time and energy focusing on how to fight what's going on. And so when people are attacking me or trying to say this could have happened.... Really? That's where we want to spend our time and energy?"

She next turned her attention to Hayes. "You're a journalist," she said. "How many hours did you spend on Standing Rock?... What we need from you is to allow people to understand what's happening."

She and Fox then got into a discussion of pipeline protests, which they predicted will spread across the country in reaction to the new administration.

"The good thing about this horrible thing of having Trump is that people are awake and they're participating and they're having town meetings," Sarandon said. "This guy is so fumbling that he's given a whole lesson in how things work, or don't work."

She concluded, "As Leonard Cohen said, 'The cracks are [how] the light comes in.' And so now we have to be the light."

Kanye West debuts a drama-free and SoCal-centric Yeezy Season 5 collection with Adidas

Three looks from the Yeezy collection, a collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas. (Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)
Three looks from the Yeezy collection, a collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas. (Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)

Kanye West presented the fifth season of his Yeezy collection collaboration with Adidas in a darkened Pier 59 studio space here Wednesday afternoon. And after last season’s logistical nightmare of a show (the last-minute location reveal of Roosevelt Island, an hour-and-a-half delayed start time, models appearing to faint in the hot sun), this season’s runway production was surprisingly drama-free.

Kicking off at just 22 minutes past the scheduled start time, it was well within the acceptable window of “fashionably late” by fashion week standards.

Instead, the question was whether to consider it a “runway show” at all. Most of the presentation consisted of images from the men’s and women’s collection projected one by one onto the surface of a giant black rectangle in the center of the room from a live feed of the turntable-mounted models backstage.

A model, in clothing by Kanye West, is projected on a giant screen during the unveiling of the Yeezy Season 5 collection during Fashion Week in New York. (Leanne Italie / AP)
A model, in clothing by Kanye West, is projected on a giant screen during the unveiling of the Yeezy Season 5 collection during Fashion Week in New York. (Leanne Italie / AP)

The street-cast models did appear in the flesh at the conclusion of the short-and-sweet 13-minute-long presentation.

The format wasn’t the only thing that was a marked departure from last season’s show. Instead of the familiar shades of beige and putty, there was some honest-to-goodness color in the mix -- most notably reds, greens and a shade of blue that fell in the teal/turquoise range. These appeared on a range of voluminous varsity jackets, velour (or possibly velvet) V-neck tops, hooded sweatshirts and track suits.

Details included prep-school-style crests on some of the tops and many outerwear pieces printed or appliquéd with Kanye’s (and the Kardashian family’s) SoCal stomping grounds. Among the place names in the mix: Calabasas (on the back of a hooded three-quarter-length coat), Lost Hills, Agoura and the 91302 ZIP Code (which appeared, along with Calabasas, on the back of a red, super-roomy cardigan-meets-cape piece), and Mulholland on the sleeves of a long-sleeve T-shirt.

Thanks to the view-blocking cube, we weren’t able to personally confirm the celebrity attendees that had everybody buzzing – including Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, Tyga and Hailey Baldwin.

We’re actually not even 100% sure Kanye came out for the traditional post-show designer wave to the crowd.

But if it helps gets the collection seen – and in an efficient under-an-hour timetable from start to finish to boot – we’ll take a rectangular cube any day of the (fashion) week.

Plus, there's always social media to tell us what we missed.


Niki Caro to helm live-action 'Mulan' movie

A scene from "Mulan." (Disney)
A scene from "Mulan." (Disney)

Disney's live-action adaptation of its animated "Mulan" film will be directed by Niki Caro. "Crouching Tiger" producer Bill Kong is also joining the film as executive producer.

The Los Angeles Times has confirmed the news first reported by the Hollywood Reporter .

Caro, who has directed films such as "Whale Rider" (2002), "McFarland, USA" (2015) and the upcoming "The Zookeeper's Wife," will be the second woman whom Disney has tapped to helm a movie with a budget of more than $100 million. She follows Ava DuVernay, who is directing Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" adaptation.

The only other women who have solo-directed live-action films at that budget level are Kathryn Bigelow (2002's "K-19: The Widowmaker") and Patty Jenkins (the upcoming "Wonder Woman" film).

Kong, meanwhile, is a Hong Kong-based producer who has worked on films including "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

"Mulan" faced some early controversy when details emerged that the adaptation would focus on the story of a male, non-Asian love interest rather than Mulan herself. But Disney responded to the rumors by clarifying that screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were retooling the original script purchased by the studio.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the "Mulan" team has had extensive conversations with Chinese cultural consultants about the film.

The cast for the "Mulan" adaptation has not yet been announced.  A global casting search is underway for an actress to play the Chinese heroine, as well as the other main roles.

The film is due to hit theaters Nov. 2, 2018.


Karlie Kloss apologizes for Vogue photo shoot faux pas

Model Karlie Kloss apologized Wednesday for a recent Vogue photo shoot where she dressed as a Japanese geisha. (EPA)
Model Karlie Kloss apologized Wednesday for a recent Vogue photo shoot where she dressed as a Japanese geisha. (EPA)

Karlie Kloss is under fire for cultural appropriation again, and the fashion model has taken to Twitter to apologize.

The 24-year-old fashion model was featured in the latest issue of Vogue dressed as a traditional Japanese geisha, with a patterned robe and black wig, posing alongside a sumo wrestler. Her family heritage is Danish and German.

Social media users were unimpressed with both Vogue for producing and Kloss for participating in a shoot aping an unfamiliar culture.

Kloss issued a statement of apology early Wednesday morning.

This is not the first time Kloss has found herself in such a predicament. In 2012, the former Victoria's Secret model stirred outrage when she appeared on the runway in a fringed leather bra and panties, high-heeled moccasins and a floor-length replica Native American headdress.

Victoria's Secret responded by excising that outfit from the runway's broadcast and Kloss again apologized via tweet.

The March installment of Vogue has spurred controversy since the first images from the issue were released last week.

Though the magazine touts the issue as embracing diversity with models who are proving "the new norm is no norm," Twitter users disagreed.

The March cover features seven models — Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah, and Vittoria Ceretti — from differing ethnic backgrounds, but who share similar facial features and complexions. The attempt at diversity underwhelmed some Twitter users.

Also at issue was how the magazine portrayed Ashley Graham, the lone plus-sized model to make the cut for the cover.

While the six other models have their arms around one another, Graham's arm is held at her side, a move that social media users theorize is to obscure part of her leg.

Eagle-eyed users also found a bit of suspected editing trickery in Gigi Hadid's Stretch Armstrong-esque arm also obscuring Graham's torso.

As for that controversy, Graham shared the cover photo on her Instagram last week stating that being included was a dream come true. In comments, she assured fans, "I chose to pose like that" and “No one told me to do anything."

Representatives for Vogue did not immediately respond to The Times' request for comment.


James Corden and Will Smith take to the sky in new 'Carpool Karaoke' trailer

"Carpool Karaoke" is becoming an Apple Music series of its own, and now there's a trailer to tease some of the upcoming adventures.

The new extended look at the standalone show, which Corden won't host, features a bevy of stars taking to the streets in song, often to hilarious ends.

"Old white women think I'm Pharrell sometimes," John Legend admits to Taraji P. Henson while Alicia Keys cracks up in the passenger seat.

The clip features Billy Eichner chiding Metallica for not knowing the words to Rihanna's "Diamonds," Shaquille O'Neal and John Cena crowding into a very tiny car, as well as Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton getting wasted in a bar while singing Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" in an episode that ideally ends up as "Designated Driver Karoke."

But fans of "The Late Late Show," which spawned the viral video behemoth, need not worry: Corden will make an appearance on the new series, tooling around the streets with an ageless Will Smith.

The duo even take their crooning to the next level (literally) by getting in a helicopter and taking to the sky while singing R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."

A release date for "Carpool Karaoke" has yet to be announced.

Awards Movies

9 directors on their opening movie shots and the alternate first frames they abandoned

The opening scene of "La La Land." (Dale Robinette / Lionsgate)
The opening scene of "La La Land." (Dale Robinette / Lionsgate)

The first scene of a movie is often its defining moment: In subtle and large ways it lets the audience know where they are, where they’re going — and often, what to expect along the way. But deciding on that first major statement can be a challenge; sometimes, a main character dancing to “Thriller” in the bathroom mirror is the wrong choice.

Here, directors and editors from nine awards-season contenders share why they began their films as they did – and what alternate openings were abandoned along the way.

Tom Cross (editor, “La La Land”)

First scene: Amid an all-too-familiar massive L.A. freeway backup, a musical number breaks out and our hero and heroine meet cute while sparring with one another in their cars.

Revelations: “Damien [Chazelle, director] wanted to introduce our characters in a memorable way, but also their world: La La Land,” says Cross. “Our characters dream big, so it was important that the film start with a bang.”

Alternate reality? “The original plan was to open with a main title sequence that would serve as an overture. We eventually lifted out the overture and put the traffic number ahead of the intro. What was airtight on the page had been transformed through the shooting, and re-editing achieved the original spirit.”

Gossip Music

Alanis Morissette's home is burglarized; thieves take safe containing $2 million in jewelry

Alanis Morissette (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Alanis Morissette (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Singer Alanis Morissette’s Brentwood mansion was broken into by burglars who made off with a safe containing $2 million in jewelry and other valuables, sources said.

Los Angeles police Det. Meghan Aguilar said the burglars took the entire safe and did some damage to the house. The break-in occurred on Thursday.

Awards Gossip

Harrison Ford involved in a close call involving a 737 passenger jet

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Actor and vintage plane buff Harrison Ford was involved in a close-call incident involving a 737 passenger jet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

FAA officials did not disclose the name of the pilot involved in the incident but provided a brief narrative of what happened.

The incident comes nearly two years after Ford crashed a plane at a golf course near Santa Monica Airport .

Music TV

Brace yourself: Mariah Carey to sing live on TV again

Mariah Carey (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Mariah Carey (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Not even the greatest of technical difficulties can keep Mariah Carey from returning to a television stage.

The pop diva tweeted Tuesday that she will be stopping by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night to sing her new single, "I Don't."

The appearance will be Carey's first television performance since New Year's Eve, when her stint on " Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest " went so very wrong.

Carey's painful six-minute set to ring in 2017 featured the songstress alternately lip-syncing to some of her greatest hits and standing amid her background dancers telling the audience that her earpiece was not functioning.

The immediate aftermath of Carey's appearance was a flurry of finger-pointing. The Carey camp blamed Dick Clark Productions, with a spokesperson saying, "Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances."

For its part, Dick Clark Productions claims that it had no part in any technical difficulties and that even if Carey's earpiece wasn't working, there were eight monitors playing her song right next to the stage. To that end, Carey's backup dancers seemed to have no trouble hearing the music.

All eyes will no doubt be on Carey when she returns to television Wednesday. And if the unthinkable should happen and the technical support isn't quite what Carey is expecting, she might want to take a cue from Adele. At Sunday's Grammys, the British singer stopped and restarted her wobbly performance of George Michael's "Fastlove," learning from her own experience the previous year.

Or Mariah can be Mariah and all will be well l in the world.

Gossip Politics

Melania Trump thanks Emily Ratajkowski for defending her from disparagement

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted Monday for just the fifth time since taking over the @FLOTUS handle, thanking actress Emily Ratajkowski for her support.

Though Trump and Ratajkowski may differ when it comes to politics — Ratajkowski spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in February 2016 — they are united when it comes to defending women from those who shame them for their sexuality.

That's long been Ratajkowski's stance, and in this instance, the woman she championed just happened to be Trump.

The actress tweeted Monday morning about an unidentified journalist from the New York Times who allegedly tried to slut-shame the first lady the night before, behavior Ratajkowski was having none of.

"I don't care about her nudes or sexual history," the actress tweeted, "and no one should."

Ratajkowski dismissed the actions as a disgusting gender-specific attack.

The model and actress, best known for sexually charged turns in "Gone Girl" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video, has long been outspoken about the double standard invoked when it comes to women's sexuality.

"Look at pop culture: Mick Jagger is 73, and he still sometimes wears his shirt open and gyrates onstage. We understand that this is a part of his performance and artistic brand," Ratajkowski wrote in an essay for Glamour in September. "Meanwhile, when Madonna, who is 58 and a revolutionary in that same kind of artistic sexuality, wears a sheer dress to the Met Gala, critics call her 'a hot mess' who’s 'desperate.'"

In March 2016, Ratajkowski drew criticism from Piers Morgan after appearing in a topless selfie with Kim Kardashian.

"Do you want me to buy you some clothes? You look freezing," Morgan tweeted at Ratajkowski to which she tartly responded, "Thanks, but I don’t need clothes as much as you need press."

Awards Music

Op-Ed: Beyoncé's Grammy snub and the glass ceiling on black art

Beyonce performs at the 59th Grammy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Beyonce performs at the 59th Grammy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Beyoncé and Adele went head-to-head four times at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Both were nominated for album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best pop solo performance. In every category, Adele was awarded the Grammy. Every time, Beyoncé, the peerless pop music icon of our time, was told she was second-best.

Unequaled artists have long bumped up against the glass ceiling that awards shows impose on black excellence.

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