A collectibles outfit in New York City has plenty of Madonna gear up for auction today — but you won't find the singer's "personally worn" panties, her DNA or a letter to her from the late Tupac Shakur on the block.
The pop star succeeded in her effort Tuesday to keep Gotta Have Rock and Roll from selling 22 items, including those three, when a judge hit the pause button on her behalf. Apparently, Madonna had no idea the items weren't in her possession anymore.
"The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items," Madonna said in court papers obtained by the Associated Press. "I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public."
Just six months after its release, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's summer hit "Despacito" has become the most-streamed song ever, logging 4.6 billion streams to date.
That figure includes streams of the Fonsi-Yankee track as well as a remix featuring Justin Bieber.
In taking over the top spot, the Spanish-language "Despacito" (which translates to "slowly"), surpasses the previous record holder, Bieber's "Sorry," which has tallied 4.38 billion streams for the original song and associated remixes.
I think [being surprised by what's in a film is] a rare thing in our day and age where you have a super-saturation of media over-publicizing every detail or spoilers in adverts or trailers. That's what it should be about, going to the movies. It shouldn't be about ticking off a list of, 'Yeah, I heard that was going to happen.'
Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina A. Miranda is among eight winners of the Rabkin Prize for Visual Arts Journalism, which the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation announced Monday.
This is the inaugural cycle of grants, which awards $50,000 to winners and aims to identify and celebrate the country's most vital visual-arts journalists.
Sixteen writers were nominated for consideration and narrowed down to eight by a jury of three, including Lisa Gabrielle Mark, publisher at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Paul Ha, director of the List Visual Arts Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Walter Robinson, the New York-based artist and art critic.
Kenny Rogers' longtime duet partner and friend Dolly Parton will be among those helping the Gambler close out his career with a star-packed October show in Nashville.
The two have worked together since 1983, when they collaborated on "Islands in the Stream," which became a No. 1 hit.
"We've enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I'll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we've shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career," 78-year-old Rogers said of Parton in a Tuesday statement. "I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time."
Fresh off his cameo role on "Game of Thrones" -- after which he just quit Twitter, but more on that momentarily -- English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will lend his voice and cartoon caricature to a new episode of "The Simpsons" that will parody "La La Land."
Titled "Haw Haw Land," the episode will be part of the show's upcoming 29th season. It casts Sheeran as the Ryan Gosling-esque love interest to jazz-loving, saxophone-playing Lisa Simpson -- to the consternation of her long-suffering unrequited-love interest, Milhouse.
No air date for the episode has been announced. Sheeran is described as a longtime "Simpsons" fan who sports a tattoo of the show's nuclear-irradiated, three-eyed fish, Blinky.
If you're a James Franco fan who felt the actor was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when his performance as an eccentric drug dealer in "Spring Breakers" failed to earn an Oscar nod -- rejoice. The actor's next shot at a gold statuette may have just arrived.
On Tuesday, A24 debuted a teaser trailer (warning, adult language) for "The Disaster Artist," a dark comedy that sparked early awards talk for Franco when it premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March.
The movie, which the 39-year-old both directed and stars in, tells the story of "The Room" -- a 2003 low-budget indie dubbed the "worst movie ever" by numerous critics. Created by Tommy Wiseau, "The Room" was filled with such bad acting and dialogue that it became a surprise cult hit and even a popular local midnight screening selection.
The Muppets Studio released a statement Monday revealing a bit more about its decision to part ways with longtime Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire.
"The role of Kermit the Frog is an iconic one that is beloved by fans and we take our responsibility to protect the integrity of that character very seriously," a spokesperson for Muppets Studio said in a statement. "We raised concerns about Steve’s repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years and he consistently failed to address the feedback.
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are expecting a third child, the actress announced with a little help from her two daughters and social media.
"@cash_warren and I are officially going to be outnumbered #babyonboard #herewegoagain #blessed," she wrote Monday night, captioning a video of herself with eldest child, Honor, and second daughter, Haven, 5, all flashing big number balloons.
The "Dark Angel" actress, 36, and producer Warren, 38, met on the set of "Fantastic Four" in 2005 and have been married since May 2008.