On what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday, the late Soundgarden singer's family foundation announced Thursday a $100,000 donation to a music therapy program for children in Seattle that will bear Cornell's name.
Childhaven, a Seattle-based nonprofit, will use the donation to establish the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven, described as "a therapeutic early learning model for trauma-affected children."
"The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need," said Vicky Cornell, widow of the musician, who died May 17 of what was ruled to be a suicide.
O.J. Simpson is up for parole for the second time since 2008, and because of high interest in all things O.J., whose murder trial launched a new era in court coverage, the hearing will be broadcast by numerous outlets starting at 10 a.m. PDT Thursday.
The 70-year-old former football star will testify via video conference for 30 to 45 minutes. Four members of the parole board will vote on his fate, with two other members joining in if there is 2-2 tie. A 3-3 tie would lead to another hearing in January. Typically the parole board has seven members, but Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's seventh appointee is not available until after the hearing.
"When I first met Pac, when we first met, I was a drug dealer."
So said — Jada Pinkett Smith? Yep, she addressed her relationship with the late Tupac Shakur on Wednesday on Sirius XM's Sway's World, dropping in that little tidbit about her past, but not much more, 'cause she says she's going to write a book.
Pinkett Smith, now 46, met Shakur on the first day of high school at Baltimore School of the Arts, and they became fast friends. With the Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me" now in theaters, she's been on fire about the movie's "reimagining" of their relationship, last month calling it "very hurtful."
The hardest-working man in Hollywood is returning to his roots. ABC announced Thursday morning that Ryan Seacrest will indeed return as host of the rebooted "American Idol."
“We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of ‘American Idol’ with Ryan at the helm,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement released by the network. “So much of ‘American Idol’s’ overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan, whose larger-than-life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft.”
The original iteration of “American Idol” debuted in 2002 on Fox, with Seacrest serving as co-host with Brian Dunkleman, now best known for being the answer to the trivia question, “Who was Ryan Seacrest’s first-season ‘American Idol’ co-host?” The show ran for 15 seasons and 555 episodes before being canceled in 2016.
No borders, no flags. When people cry and laugh at the same time in our concerts, then I know we've touched them. I've learned that the best music you can play is when you're channeling. It has nothing to do with you, your mama or your ancestors. You become a host: Music is the water, people are flowers.
CBS announced Wednesday that it would promote a recurring cast member and add two new performers to "Hawaii Five-0" in the wake of the recent controversial departures of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park from the successful reboot of the popular '60s cop show.
Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale have been signed to join stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan when the series returns for its eighth season on Sept. 29.
Dale has played a recurring role on the show as Adam Noshimuri, a trusted confidant and resource since Season 2. He is being promoted to series regular as his character is recruited by detective Steve McGarrett (O’Loughlin) to work for the police unit.
Monica Lewinsky is no stranger to the woes of infidelity. She's also privy to the ways in which powerful men manage to dodge accountability when they're caught fooling around.
So when a high-profile male celebrity such as Jay-Z opens up about his marital transgressions, Lewinsky is clearly the person to weigh in.
In a new op-ed piece titled "Jay-Z, Prince Harry, Brad Pitt, and the New Frontiers of Male Vulnerability," which the former White House intern penned for Vanity Fair, she lauded the rapper and mogul for his honesty when addressing his past infidelities on his new album, "4:44." He didn't have to be quite so candid, she said.
"Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have another HBO gig on tap, the premium channel announced Wednesday.
Never mind the King of the North — this drama series will center on what's going on in an alternate-reality American South.
"Confederate," which will begin filming after the final season of "GoT" wraps, is about civil wars, but not the Civil War. Set in a reality where the Confederacy seceded successfully and turned into a modern nation with legal, institutionalized slavery, the series will feature what looks to be a sprawling cast of characters who operate on either side of the "Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone."
Roberts is set to headline "Homecoming," a series based on the fictional podcast of the same name, which centers around a group of individuals working at a secret government facility.
Amazon confirmed to The Times the acquisition of the half-hour drama, directed and executive produced by "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail, with a two-season, straight-to-series order. Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, writers of the podcast, will also serve as writers on the series.