Austin Jones, a 24-year-old singer popular on YouTube and social media, has been charged with two felony counts of production of child pornography for allegedly persuading underage fans to prove their devotion to him by sending graphic videos shot to his specifications.
Jones, of Bloomingdale, Ill., was arrested Monday at O'Hare International Airport and charged in federal court Tuesday in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. The singer's videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube, and he has more than 200,000 followers on Twitter. He was returning to O'Hare after an international tour.
According to a charging document unsealed Tuesday and posted online, Jones' home was searched Monday and he was interviewed by Homeland Security Investigations.
Justin Bieber's español isn't so good, and his recollection of lyrics appears to be getting worse.
The pop star, who is the featured vocalist on the remix of Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's summer chart-topper "Despacito," admitted to fans that he doesn't know the words and can't sing the hit by himself.
"I can't do 'Despacito,'" Bieber told the crowd at Sweden's Summerburst Festival over the weekend. "I don't even know it… I can’t do it."
Don't dodge this wrench. Ben Stiller has reassembled his "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" teammates and he wants you to join them — for charity.
In a video to promote an Omaze campaign, White Goodman (Stiller) appears in his familiar Globo Gym uniform to lament the changing times as he challenges viewers to test their dodgeball skills with him.
Fans of the 2004 film will recall that Goodman was the smarmy bully CEO of a fitness empire taken down at a dodgeball tournament (televised on "the Ocho") by Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) and his Average Joes team.
For comedy luminaries Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's recent announcement that it will release "clean" versions of some of its films is no laughing matter. Now the Directors Guild of America has joined their outcry – and Sony has said it has heard them loud and clear.
In a statement Tuesday, the DGA objected to Sony's recently launched Clean Version initiative, which allows viewers to screen versions of 24 of the studio's films that have been edited to remove offensive language, sexual innuendo or graphic violence, saying that such "unauthorized alternation" violates the guild's master contract with the studios.
“Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every nontheatrical platform, plain and simple,” the DGA said. “Taking a director’s edit for one platform, and then releasing it on another — without giving the director the opportunity to edit — violates our agreement. Throughout the years, the DGA has achieved hard-fought creative rights gains protecting our members from such practices.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions appeared before Congress on Tuesday in what "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert called "America's favorite new reality TV show, 'So You Think You Can Testify About Russia.' " By the evening, inevitably, Sessions was fodder for comedy.
The Sessions session had not been a particularly revealing one. If anything, it was characterized by an unwillingness to comment and claims of bad memory.
And so there were jokes about his size. Colbert called him "attorney general and last surviving Little Rascal Jeff Sessions," and cracked, "As soon as Sessions sat down, everyone had the same question, 'Are you now or have you ever hidden any pots of gold?' " "The Late Late Show" host James Corden showed a picture of the Keebler Elf.
Ariana Grande is set to become Manchester, England's, first-ever honorary citizen, following what its city council has deemed a "great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit" in the aftermath of the May 22 terror attack at Manchester Arena.
Just 13 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 concertgoers -- many of them young girls -- outside of Grande's "Dangerous Woman" show, the singer returned to the city, where she hosted the "One Love" benefit concert. The event raised more than $3 million for the Red Cross. She also visited a number of injured children in the hospital earlier this month.
Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese told BBC News that the grace and benevolence with which Grande responded to the attack led the city to "update the way we recognize those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city."
Kurt Iswarienko, the husband of actress Shannen Doherty, has appeared to reach a settlement in his case against Doherty's former management team.
The photographer filed a separate lawsuit against the "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum's ex-managers in December, claiming that the firm mismanaged his funds and ruined their sex life following Doherty's breast cancer diagnosis.
Per TMZ, Iswarienko requested to dismiss his entire case against Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson, according to legal documents, which suggests that a settlement has been reached. No dollar amount was specified.
Tinashe sparked a whole Twitter feed's worth of backlash on Tuesday morning with a markedly frank (or whiny, depending on your perspective) interview with the Guardian. The R&B singer and songwriter spoke about the ways that "colorism" (discrimination based on skin color) has dampened her success as a black female musician.
"There's colorism involved in the black community, which is very apparent," Tinashe said. "It's about trying to find a balance where I'm a mixed woman, and sometimes I feel like I don't fully fit into the black community; they don't fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes. I am what I am."
And while the 24-year-old has caught the eye of her peers -- Janet Jackson personally invited her to perform at the star's tribute concert in 2015, and she was the opening act on Nicki Minaj's "Pinkprint" tour -- Tinashe feels the music business levies an unspoken cap on women of color. And it's holding her back.