ENTERTAINMENT

Movie theater exhibitors are getting a preview of upcoming blockbusters at CinemaCon, where films like "Fate of the Furious," "Blade Runner 2049" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" wowed the crowds. Meanwhile, a war of words has been raging among Sean Hannity, Ted Koppel and Bill O'Reilly (and Rep. Maxine Waters, too).

Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:

Gossip

Alex Rodriguez likes Jennifer Lopez for her mind

 (Mike Coppola / Getty Images; Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)
(Mike Coppola / Getty Images; Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Alex Rodriguez didn't come out and say Jennifer Lopez's name Friday on "The View," but he didn't really have to. 

"It's obvious," he told the panel after they began quizzing him about his love life. "We've been having a great time."

The retired Major League Baseball great, who played for the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2016, rattled off some things he likes about Lopez, whom he's reportedly been dating for a month or so: She's a New Yorker. From the Bronx. A great athlete. An incredible mother, sister and daughter. And -- this never hurts -- a big Yankees fan. 

"She's an amazing, amazing girl," Rodriguez told the panelists. "One of the smartest human beings I've ever met."

J. Lo also likes chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, he said. Now we're falling in love with her, too.

TV

Amazon's 'All or Nothing' will return for a second season, with the Los Angeles Rams in the spotlight

Amazon announced Friday the return of "All or Nothing." Season 2 will focus on the return of the Rams to Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Amazon announced Friday the return of "All or Nothing." Season 2 will focus on the return of the Rams to Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It's the Rams' time to shine, as Amazon announced Friday the renewal of the serialized sports documentary series "All or Nothing."

After the first season of the Emmy-nominated program followed the 2015 season of the Arizona Cardinals, Season 2 will focus on the Rams' 2016 season and their move back to Los Angeles from St. Louis.

The Rams went 4-12 in their first season back on the West Coast and have now scored nearly as many reality television seasons as they have wins. In 2016, both E!'s "Hollywood & Football" and HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Los Angeles Rams" detailed the team's struggle to acclimate to its new old home.

"'All or Nothing' brings Amazon Prime members a deep dive into the lives of professional athletes,” Conrad Riggs, Amazon's head of unscripted original programming, said in a statement released Friday. “We are excited to highlight the L.A. Rams in Season 2, a team with a compelling story of relocation, rebuilding and reuniting with the city they once again call home."

Ross Ketover ("Hard Knocks," "Inside the NFL") and Pat Kelleher ("Hard Knocks," "30 for 30 -- Four Falls of Buffalo") are executive producers of the project with Keith Cossrow ("A Football Life") serving as show runner.

"Since bringing pro football back to the Los Angeles region last year after a 21-year absence, we have been committed to giving NFL fans an up-close view of our journey,” Kevin Demoff, the Rams' executive vice president of football operations and chief operating officer, said in Friday's statement. “We are pleased that NFL Films captured this important chapter in the NFL’s history and are looking forward to working with Amazon to bring this behind-the-scenes look at our team to their customers."

No release date for the second season of "All or Nothing" has been announced. The 2017 NFL season kicks off on Sept. 7.

GossipMovies

Beyoncé as Nala in 'The Lion King'? It could happen

Beyoncé voicing Nala in "The Lion King"? It could happen. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)
Beyoncé voicing Nala in "The Lion King"? It could happen. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)

Beyoncé may say yes to voicing the role of Nala in John Favreau's remake of "The Lion King," according to a report Friday. 

The "Crazy in Love" singer is the director's top choice to voice Nala, Simba's lifelong companion/love interest, in the live-action reboot of the 1994 animated Disney classic, sources told Variety

Donald Glover is already on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones will reprise his turn as Mufasa. 

Beyoncé and Jay Z announced in February that she's pregnant with twins. The production would be willing to accommodate any scheduling needs she might have, Variety said, but its insiders emphasized that Blue Ivy's mom hadn't made a decision yet.

The pregnancy changed Beyoncé's mind about headlining the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this year, as was planned. Lady Gaga will take the reins, with Queen Bey back on top at the festival in 2018.

TV

Is it July yet? Teaser trailer for Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' is here

The Long Winter is over, but in Westeros, it's just getting started.

Thursday morning HBO released the first official teaser trailer for the seventh season of "Game of Thrones," which is scheduled to air on July 17.

The clip, titled "The Long Walk," shows Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headley) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) descending a long hallway toward their respective thrones.

For Cersei, who was crowned Queen of Westeros in the Season 6 finale, it's the Iron Throne. For Jon, a.k.a. the King in the North, it's Ned's banquet table at Winterfell. And for Daenerys, it's an unidentified throne somewhere in Westeros based on her cold weather garb, a first for the Queen of Dragons.

The walk is emphasized dramatically by James' "Sit Down" before cutting to a shot of the Night King's piercingly blue eye.

AwardsMovies

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs calls for diversity upon receiving Pioneer Award

Cheryl Boone Isaacs speaks after receiving the 2017 Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year award. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for CinemaCon)
Cheryl Boone Isaacs speaks after receiving the 2017 Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year award. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for CinemaCon)

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was honored with the Pioneer of the Year award Wednesday night at CinemaCon's Will Rogers Motion Picture Foundation Dinner.

After Steven Spielberg's pre-taped message touting Boone Isaacs' accomplishments, and an onstage tribute from "Selma" actor David Oyelowo, Boone Isaacs accepted her award by stressing the importance of ongoing diversity and inclusion within Hollywood.

"We're all stronger, our art is more alive, our industry more innovative when we are awakened to fresh perspective," Boone Isaacs said. "I believe we all have a responsibility to open our industry to reflect the complete mosaic and diversity of our country and the world."

That mission of diversity has been a calling card for the head of the Academy, particularly after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

In response to the second consecutive year where only white actors and actresses were nominated in the Oscars' acting categories, Boone Isaacs spearheaded a movement committed to doubling the number of women and minorities in the academy by 2020.

Though Boone Isaacs did not address the most recent Oscars kerfuffle in her remarks -- the PwC accounting mix-up that initially announced the wrong winner for best picture (it went to "Moonlight," not "La La Land") -- she did send a letter to Academy members on Wednesday announcing revised protocols to the backstage process.

Boone Isaacs is serving her fourth and final term, which concludes this summer.

Gossip

Robin Thicke, Paula Patton near custody agreement, report says

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are seen in early 2013. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are seen in early 2013. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton might finally be close to a custody settlement, according to a report Thursday. 

Patton has agreed to give Thicke significant time with their 6-year-old son, Julian, TMZ said, citing sources "familiar with the situation." The deal is expected to be inked in about a week, the website said. 

The family's post-split relationships blew up in January, weeks after the death of Alan Thicke, Robin's father. It was reported that Julian accused his dad of spanking him excessively, and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services opened an investigation.  

Near the end of that month, Patton was granted a restraining order, keeping the "Blurred Lines" singer away from her and granting him only supervised visits with Julian. Thicke ultimately was cleared of "wrongdoing" by DCFS, "Entertainment Tonight" reported, but according to TMZ the investigation remains active. 

TMZ said that Julian is now "comfortable" with his dad after spending more time with him while Patton has been out of town working on a movie. 

"The Perfect Match" actress filed for divorce in October 2014. 

Reps for Patton and Thicke did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Vin Diesel goes electric over Charlize Theron in 'Fate of the Furious,' but where's the Rock?

Vin Diesel discusses "The Fate of the Furious" during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / Associated Press)
Vin Diesel discusses "The Fate of the Furious" during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / Associated Press)

Two years ago, Vin Diesel took to the stage in front of thousands of movie theater owners and made a vow: “‘The Fate of the Furious’ will be the best movie you have ever seen.”

The actor set out to make good on that promise Wednesday at CinemaCon, surprising the crowd by debuting the eighth installment in the Universal Pictures franchise.

We’re not sure you’ll agree with Diesel’s assessment about the film’s place in cinematic history, but the movie does deliver on what you’d expect from a “Fast” movie: Fast cars, globetrotting and plenty of “family” mentions.

The movie -- which brings the crew to Havana, Berlin, New York City and the icy tundra in Russia -- will have fans questioning where the loyalty of Diesel’s Dominic Toretto truly lies. While on his honeymoon in Cuba with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom is confronted by the franchise’s new villain: Cipher, played by Charlize Theron, who is sporting some, uh, interesting blond dreadlocks.

Director F. Gary Gray, actors Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel at Universal Pictures' presentation for "The Fate of the Furious" at CinemaCon 2017 on Wednesday. (Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)
Director F. Gary Gray, actors Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel at Universal Pictures' presentation for "The Fate of the Furious" at CinemaCon 2017 on Wednesday. (Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)

Diesel was particularly amped on Theron’s performance, telling the audience before the screening that his “whole career was leading up to working with this incredibly brilliant talent.” Their scenes together in Cuba were so electric, he said, that “it changed weather,” apparently causing storms, lightning and thunder.

Theron’s character is out to steal some Russian nukes, but she needs Dom’s help to get them. In order to persuade him to turn on his old crew -- and his new wife -- Theron tells Dom that she’s got something on him. We won’t reveal what -- or who -- forces Dom to turn to the dark side, but let’s just say family has something to do with it.

Theron isn’t the only newcomer to the franchise. There’s Helen Mirren, playing the British mum of Jason Statham’s baddie; she's enlisted by Dom to help with his mission. There’s also Scott Eastwood, who serves as a government agent but ends up as the “Fast” gang’s punching bag as he tries to keep them on-task.

As for Dwayne Johnson, who over the summer had a beef with Diesel in the last days of filming "Fate of the Furious," he has a hilarious scene in the beginning of the movie coaching his daughter's soccer team. A shadow operative turns up at the game to try to pull Johnson back into the‎ fray, but he's more focused on coaching the team. If they lose, he says, he's going to have to take the team to a "TayTay concert" -- a.k.a Taylor Swift. It got the biggest laugh of the film.

But Johnson didn't hear the reaction; after being at CinemaCon Monday and Tuesday for the Sony and Paramount presentations, he was conspicuously absent from the "Furious" panel; Rodriguez wasn't onstage either.

Most significant, this is the first “Fast” film without Paul Walker, who died in a car accident shortly before production on the seventh movie was complete. As you might expect, though, Walker’s legacy lives on within the franchise -- and there’s a nice reference to his character, Brian O’Conner, at the end of the movie.

Diesel got emotional when talking about his late friend’s influence on the film, saying he was constantly “reminded of this angel that was so integral to this concept of brotherhood” while filming.

“The irony is when I thought about going into this eighth chapter, it was Paul Walker who promised eight,” said the actor. “I just play it over and over in my brain, him saying, ‘Eight is guaranteed.’ I always feel like he’s looking down on us, so never want to let him down.”

TV

The first image of an updated Black Lightning debuts as the CW pilot begins production

The first image from The CW's new superhero pilot "Black Lightning" has been released, and it shows a super slick version of the updated '70s vigilante.

Played by "Hart of Dixie" actor Cress Williams, Jefferson Pierce or Black Lightning was the first African American DC superhero to have his own stand-alone comic title. The character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977.

But here's the update: Jefferson Pierce stopped being that hero years ago. Now two daughters in danger have pulled him back into the crime-fighting life, and into an new suit harnessing his electrical powers.

The updated costume was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, who is no stranger to comic book looks with credits on "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "Blade: Trinity" and "Iron Man."

The show is being shot in Atlanta, and is being directed by executive producer/writer Salim Akil.

"Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when 'Black Lightning' was created, and finally there was a black superhero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives," Akil said in a statement.

TV

Ken Burns to tackle 'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali in new documentary

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley playfully lands a punch on Muhammad Ali at the Coliseum on Sept. 8, 1973 (Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley playfully lands a punch on Muhammad Ali at the Coliseum on Sept. 8, 1973 (Los Angeles Times)

Ken Burns announced Tuesday that he has a new documentary underway on late sports legend Muhammad Ali. 

The creator of landmark documentaries including "Baseball" and "The Civil War," Burns will serve as director and producer on the project, along with daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon. 

Production on the project began in early 2016, months before Ali's death in June.

Gossip

Lamar Odom regrets multiple affairs, says cocaine was his drug of choice

Lamar Odom wishes he had kept it in his pants. 

With a new docuseries reportedly on the horizon and rehab recently in his rear-view, the former Mr. Khloé Kardashian is getting honest about what happened when "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "Khloe & Lamar" put him on the radar with women who didn't follow basketball. 

"When I became Khloé Kardash­ian’s man and on TV, it made me look more enticing," the 37-year-old told Us Weekly. The ladies (or something like that) came out of the woodwork in droves, and he didn't say no. 

"If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women," Odom said. "That wasn’t the stand-up thing to do. I wish I could have kept [it] in my pants."

Huh, ya think? 

The cocaine use wasn't a winning choice either.

"I was hiding it [from Kardashian] for a while, but then I got frustrated ... ," the former Los Angeles Laker and Clipper said. Then in 2011, about two years before they split, he said, "I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I."

READ MORE: Lamar Odom: A Shakespearean tale for the TMZ era

"The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me."

After that, Kardashian "tolerated" his use of what he called his drug of choice.

Odom said that after she filed for divorce in 2013 and he got his own place, his life "was all about drugs." He wasn't trying to fix his marriage and was in a dark place. 

Drug abuse "probably helped the end of my career come along a little faster," he said, "because drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape. It killed that and my sex drive."

By the time Kardashian was staying by his side as he recovered after nearly dying in 2015, Odom said, the couple hadn't "been intimate in years."

The couple's divorce became final in December 2016. He went to rehab at the same time. 

READ MORE: Lamar Odom, post-rehab: 'I committed suicide enough already'

Movies

Film academy will continue using accounting firm that mixed up Oscar best picture envelopes

 (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially spoken.

In a letter sent to members on Wednesday, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced that the organization will continue to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for the now-infamous envelope mishap at this year's Oscars, which resulted in "La La Land" being incorrectly named as best picture, an honor that went to "Moonlight." 

"After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, the Board has decided to continue working with PwC," the letter reads. 

The Board of Governors, the body that oversees the academy, met Tuesday night for the first time since the Feb. 26 ceremony. In addition to discussing the debacle for which PwC has already accepted full responsibility, the letter outlined a number of protocols being established to ensure that the mix-up doesn't happen again.

Also mentioned in Boone Isaacs' letter was the status of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open in 2019.

Read the full letter below:

Dear Members,

Last night the Board of Governors met for the first time following what was, in so many ways, the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades. As you may know, the Board meets approximately six times a year to discuss the business of the Academy.

One of the items on our agenda was to discuss PwC’s Oscar night mistake and review options moving forward that are in the best interest of our organization.  

Heading into our 84th year working with PwC, a partnership that is important to the Academy, we’ve been unsparing in our assessment that the mistake made by representatives of the firm was unacceptable.

Throughout the last month, the Academy team has worked hand-in-hand with PwC to review our wide-ranging relationship – everything from Oscars voting, auditing, and taxes – during which we asked them to lay out for us a path and a process towards ensuring that everything will continue to the high standards the Academy expects and you deserve. From the night of the ceremony through today, PwC has taken full responsibility for the mistake. After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, the Board has decided to continue working with PwC.

New protocols include:

  • A greater oversight role for PwC US Chairman and Senior Partner, Tim Ryan.
  • PwC partner Rick Rosas will return to the Academy account as co-balloting leader, a function Rick performed flawlessly for more than 12 years. We will add additional key balloting partners in the coming months.
  • The PwC on-site team at the Oscars will now include a third balloting leader with knowledge of award winners who will sit in the control room with the show’s director throughout the ceremony.
  • We’ve developed Oscar night protocols including implementation of partner rehearsals for possible onstage issues, removal of electronic devices from backstage and improvements to onstage envelope category verification.
  • Ongoing evaluation of backstage protocols and procedures.

On another note, I also have terrific news to report about progress on a project that excites all of us: the development of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which will open its doors in 2019. The first phase of construction is now complete, which included renovating the historic Wilshire May Company building, and excavating and creating new underground spaces that will house exhibits that will bring our industry to life. During this next and final phase of the project, we will continue the work on the May Company building, and begin building the breathtaking Renzo Piano-designed sphere that will include our 1000-seat David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Terrace. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for your support of this endeavor.

Last night Tom Hanks, who co-chairs the museum’s capital campaign, brought the future Academy Museum to life by presenting a spoken tour of the space. We look forward to sharing these plans as they continue to evolve.

Last of all, just a reminder about one of the very best ways you can keep contributing to the Academy each day of the year: in April, you’ll receive information about running for a seat on the Academy’s Board of Governors and your Branch Executive Committee. Please think about seizing this opportunity to write the Academy’s next great chapter. The more you get involved, the stronger we can be together. Membership has its privileges, but it also has its responsibilities. We need you.

TV

'The Mindy Project' is renewed for its sixth and final season

Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri in an episode of "The Mindy Project." (Jordin Althaus / NBC)
Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri in an episode of "The Mindy Project." (Jordin Althaus / NBC)

Every love story has its ending: "The Mindy Project"  has been renewed for a sixth and final season on Hulu.

The last season of the Mindy Kaling-created comedy, which centered on a rom-com-loving, pop-culture-obsessed OB-GYN, will premiere in September. But that'll be the end of the road. 

The announcement comes on the heels of this week's Season 5 finale, which saw Kaling's character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri, marrying boyfriend Ben (Bryan Greenberg). 

“It has been an honor and a joy to work with Mindy and the entire creative team behind 'The Mindy Project,'" Craig Erwich, Hulu's head of content, said in a statement. "This series has been part of Hulu since we launched the service and, thanks to Mindy’s incredibly unique voice and vision, has remained one of our most popular and beloved series over the past five years.

"While we can’t wait to see what Mindy has in store for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic sixth and final season, we know 'The Mindy Project' will live on as fans will continue to watch, discover and relive all of the best moments from the complete series,” he added.

The series launched in 2013, with its first three seasons airing on Fox. When the network canceled the comedy in 2015, "The Mindy Project" quickly found a home at Hulu, securing a robust 26-episode order for Season 4.

"I feel the glow," Kaling told The Times in 2015 about the move to Hulu. "You know, like that glow when you’re in this great new relationship? That’s the only way I can describe it ... to use the analogy of being in a healthy relationship."

With its recently wrapped fifth season, the comedy hit the 100-episode milestone. Viewers can also catch reruns of the comedy on Freeform and VH1.

Perhaps the end was inevitable. Kaling's load has certainly ramped up. She recently finished production on Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" and is also part of the female-fronted "Ocean's 8."

The "The Office" alum is executive producer of a comedy pilot for NBC that she will appear in if it's picked up. And she sold a film script about a late-night talk show host that she would also appear in.

PoliticsTV

Maxine Waters has some news for Bill O'Reilly: 'I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined'

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) has no time for Bill O'Reilly's foolishness. 

Waters appeared on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" Tuesday night, and Hayes asked the California congresswoman if she had a response to O'Reilly's remarks that morning about her hair (or, as O'Reilly put it, her "James Brown wig.")

While Waters didn't have a direct response to O'Reilly, per se, she definitely had a message to convey.

"No, I'm not responding to him," Waters began, before thanking Hillary Clinton for always standing up for women in general and black women in particular.

Then Waters neatly pivoted to what was really on her mind.

"Let me just say this: I’m a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody," Waters said.

Then she dug in deeper.

"And I’d like to say to women out there everywhere: Don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are, do what you do, and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country," she said.

And in case she wasn't already clear:

"I am not going anywhere. I am going to stay on message. I am going to fight for the people of this country. I’m going to fight for comprehensive healthcare, and I don’t care about Bill O’Reilly or [Roger] Ailes or Trump or any of them," Waters emphasized. "We have a responsibility as elected officials to do good public policy in the best interests of all the people. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m not going to stop."

Despite releasing a public statement Tuesday apologizing for his jokes about Waters' hair, O'Reilly doubled-down on his criticisms of the congresswoman in a segment on "The O'Reilly Factor."

After acknowledging the inappropriateness of his comments, O'Reilly went on to state that Waters would never appear on his show because he would challenge her and she doesn't want to be challenged.

O'Reilly then dismissed Waters as just "spouting the left-wing company line" and bemoaned her idea of patriotism as ideological nonsense.

"But in order to succeed in this country, you must be self-reliant, not dependent on the entitlement system that Maxine Waters loves so much," O'Reilly said.

TV

'Daily Show' at work on the Trump Presidential Twitter Library: 'It will be so tremendous'

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. (Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images)
"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. (Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images)

"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" has so much material on President Trump, it apparently can't be contained to late-night TV alone.

"The Daily Show Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library" will open in June in New York City, the show and Comedy Central announced Tuesday. Unlike other presidential libraries, this one will highlight "our commander in chief’s preferred vessel for communicating with the public, his Twitter feed."

Naturally, the library itself has a Twitter account, written in the style of the 45th president of the United States. 

"[I]t will be tremendous. It will be so tremendous that you’ll get tired of the tremendousness, so it will then close only a few days later. Sad!," the release (and the Twitter feed) said.

The "library" exhibit, which will be free to the public, will feature "a fully interactive and hands-on experience for hands of all sizes" and will offer people an opportunity to "celebrate the many 'unpresidented' moments of President Trump’s Twitter history."

And no, it's not an early April Fool's prank. A Comedy Central rep told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that it's "a real event," with more details forthcoming at a later date.

Arts

Japanese American National Museum names Amnesty International board chair as its president

Ann Burroughs (Japanese American National Museum)
Ann Burroughs (Japanese American National Museum)

The Japanese American National Museum has a new president and chief executive -- officially.

Ann Burroughs, who has served as interim president and CEO since June 2016 and also chairs the board of Amnesty International USA, has stepped into the role of museum chief permanently, the board of trustees announced.

Board chairman Norman Y. Mineta said Burroughs had earned the “respect and admiration” of the staff and supporters of the museum, located in Little Tokyo. “She has helped articulate a vision for the museum that has resonated deeply with me, my fellow trustees and our governors,” he said.

Burroughs, who has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience, said she was “committed to reinvigorating and finding new ways to advance the museum’s key values, emphasizing the importance of being vigilant about democracy and stressing the value of diversity in our world today.”

Arts

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt joins Center Theatre Group board

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt (Chris Haston / NBC)
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt (Chris Haston / NBC)

Center Theatre Group just got a little more Hollywood sparkle. The company announced Tuesday that NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt has joined its board of directors.

Greenblatt is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”) and has been a big advocate of theater-related projects at NBC, including “The Sound of Music Live!” and “Hairspray Live!” 

The addition of Greenblatt (also a Golden Globe-winning producer on “Six Feet Under”) to the board made sense as Center Theatre Group tries to highlight connections between the film and TV industries and live theater, artistic director Michael Ritchie said.

“I’ve worked with Bob on and off for more than a decade, and he is one of theater’s great advocates,” Ritchie said. “As we continue to strengthen our already wonderful board, there is no question that we want the guy who used his role as a top TV executive to broadcast musical theater into the homes of millions of Americans.”

Center Theatre Group stages plays and musicals at the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum in downtown L.A. and at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. The company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, already has a Hollywood presence on its board, including “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Monica Horan Rosenthal, producer Gail Berman-Masters, YouTube global content head Susanne Daniels, producer Vin Di Bona and Chernin Entertainment executive Dante Di Loreto.

“I’ve always been a theater lover – from ‘Guys and Dolls’ back in high school to ‘Hairspray Live!’ on NBC, and I’m so pleased to be part of a world-class organization like Center Theatre Group,” Greenblatt said in the announcement. “I had great experiences working with Michael Ritchie and Center Theatre Group on the world premiere of ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ as well as ‘Drowsy Chaperone,’ and I look forward to doing everything I can to bring great theater to more and more people in Los Angeles.”

Follow me on Twitter: @debvankin

TV

Discovery Communications announces return of 'Trading Spaces' and 'Cash Cab'

Discovery Communications announced that the classic home-improvement series "Trading Spaces" will be returning to TLC. (David Friedman / Getty Images)
Discovery Communications announced that the classic home-improvement series "Trading Spaces" will be returning to TLC. (David Friedman / Getty Images)

Discovery Communications held its annual advertising upfront in New York on Tuesday and announced the return of several beloved series.

"Trading Spaces," the TLC home-improvement reality series that ran from 2000 to 2008, is scheduled to return, as is Discovery's "Cash Cab," which aired from 2005 to 2012.

"TLC is back into home and property with 'Nate & Jeremiah by Design,' our new show helping distressed homeowners turn disasters into dream homes,” Nancy Daniels, TLC president and general manager, said in a statement.  “We are thrilled to expand in this space, and what better way to do that than to bring back 'Trading Spaces,' the series that put property on the map."

Though predated by "This Old House," "Trading Spaces" was on the forefront of the home-improvement reality-show boom, finding entertainment in other people's housing situations long before modern counterparts such as "Love It or List It" and "Flip or Flop."

As for whether mainstay host Paige Davis will be returning with the series, Davis was evasive when asked for comment by E! News.

"All I know is fans are constantly bringing up to me how much they miss the show...so with TLC bringing it back, there will for sure be a lot of happy viewers out there," Davis said.

Discovery Communications announced a host of new programming, too, including Animal Planet's "My Fat Pet" and Science Channel's prank show "Scijinks" hosted by "The Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki.

Maks Chmerkovskiy needs 'a surgery,' will be off 'DWTS' for weeks

Maks Chmerkovskiy will be sidelined on "Dancing With the Stars" for weeks. (Craig Sjodin / ABC)
Maks Chmerkovskiy will be sidelined on "Dancing With the Stars" for weeks. (Craig Sjodin / ABC)

Maks Chmerkovskiy's calf muscle injury is serious enough that it will sideline the "Dancing With the Stars" pro for weeks, his fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd, confirmed Monday night. 

Chmerkovskiy, who is partnered this season with "Glee" alum Heather Morris, felt something go pop during a rehearsal last week, and it turned out to be serious. Pro Alan Bersten had to take over for him on Monday night's show and apparently will stay with Morris until Maks is back. 

"It's going to take weeks to get better," Murgatroyd told "Access Hollywood" after the show. "He's having a surgery done ... then rehab starts after that."

It's not just "an ice bag type of situation," said the new mom, whose child with Chmerkovskiy, Shai Aleksander, was born in early January. 

Morris said the injury, which was shown on the show, didn't seem like a big deal at first. 

"My reaction obviously wasn't huge because it was like, 'Oh, you know, what happened? It just felt like something popped?' " she told E! News after the show. But then her partner couldn't even walk.

That said, Murgatroyd was upbeat about her man's future. "He's a quick healer," the dancer said. "It's going to be fine."

Looks like Maks is going to get a little of the paternity leave he said he wanted.

Arts

Huntington Library president steps down

Laura Skandera Trombley (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Laura Skandera Trombley (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino has stepped down after a tenure of less than two years, the museum’s board of trustees announced Tuesday.

Laura Skandera Trombley became the eighth president of the Huntington and the first woman to hold that position on July 1, 2015, following the retirement of Steven S. Koblik, who served as president since 2001.

The Huntington announcement said Trombley is leaving to work on a book-length study of Mark Twain. She is the most recent recipient of the Louis J. Budd Award for Twain scholarship, the Huntington said.

During the search for a new president, the Huntington's director of research, Steve Hindle, will serve as acting president. Trombley will be an advisor to the board of trustees.

PoliticsTV

The Internet to Bill O'Reilly: Leave Congresswoman Maxine Waters' hair out of this

Rep. Maxine Waters. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Rep. Maxine Waters. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Bill O'Reilly found a new enemy Tuesday morning in the form of California Rep. Maxine Waters' hair. 

After spending extended time on Monday's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor" defending colleague Sean Hannity from Ted Koppel, O'Reilly stopped by "Fox & Friends," where he was asked about Waters' recent criticisms about President Trump.

O'Reilly was then shown a clip from Waters' speech on the House floor and responded, saying, "I didn't hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it's the same wig."

Beyond the inappropriateness of insulting people on their appearance, O'Reilly also overstepped right into a minefield when he targeted the hair of a black woman. 

The 2009 documentary "Good Hair" delved into the history and evolution of matters of hair among African American women. It's an issue that continues to be so culturally relevant that comedian Phoebe Robinson titled her 2016 memoir "You Can't Touch My Hair," and Solange Knowles included a track on her 2016 album, "A Seat at the Table," called "Don't Touch My Hair." 

Beyond the cultural issues, O'Reilly is dismissing the statements of the most senior black woman in the United States Congress — there are 12 total — because of what her hair looks like.

Since O'Reilly was so distracted, here's the message that Waters was delivering:

African Americans “fight against this president, and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country. We’re fighting for the democracy.

"We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but they’ve turned a blind eye to the destruction that he’s about to cause this country, ‘You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.'”

Waters has served in the House of Representatives for more than 25 years, originally elected to represent California's 29th Congressional District in 1991. 

That same year, O'Reilly was hosting "Inside Edition."

Things devolved on "Fox & Friends" after O'Reilly's statement, with co-host Brian Kilmeade quickly agreeing with O'Reilly, saying, "It's the same one" and referencing the fact that Brown is dead.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt tried to improve the situation with (arguably a misguided) understanding of feminism, stating, "You can't go after a woman's looks. I think she's very attractive."

When the men agreed on Waters' looks, O'Reilly stands by the hair comparison, which leads Earhardt to state that Brown "had girl hair."

No surprise, the Internet was incensed over the exchange.

O'Reilly released a statement several hours after the segment aired and apologized for his comments.

"As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on 'Fox & Friends,' calling her old school. Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair, which was dumb. I apologize," O'Reilly said.

Shortly thereafter, O'Reilly tweeted about tonight's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor" tackling political correctness.

Timing is everything.

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