The Assn. of Art Museum Directors spoke out Thursday against the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Institute of Museum and Library Services, as outlined in the Trump administration's newly released budget blueprint.
"The arts are a shared expression of the human spirit and a hallmark of our humanity. Art touches people throughout their lives — from toddlers first learning about the world, to those with Alzheimer’s disease reconnecting with someone they love," the museum directors group said in a statement.
"Museums offer art programs to help teachers and homeschoolers prepare lessons, to train medical students to be better doctors, to ease the suffering of veterans with PTSD, and to share with people across the country the best of creative achievement."
The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities are among the independent agencies earmarked for zero funding in the 2018 budget blueprint released Thursday by the Trump administration.
The NEA and NEH are among 19 agencies the proposal targets for elimination of funding, along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, to name a couple.
Both endowments were created in 1965. The NEA has seen annual budgets ranging from just under $3 million in 1966 to $176 million in 1992. Currently, the annual appropriation amount is just under $148 million. The NEH requested just under $150 million for fiscal 2017.
Mischa Barton has obtained a restraining order and has gone to the police about a "revenge porn" sex tape that's reportedly being shopped around to the highest bidder.
The images and videos were taken in the last year without Barton's consent by someone she had a brief relationship with, attorney Lisa Bloom said at a press conference Wednesday morning. With Barton at her side, Bloom labeled the materials as "revenge porn," which is covered under domestic-violence laws.
The police report and court filing both occurred Tuesday.
Bette Midler is starring in the Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" and shared a sneak peek of herself in full costume — feathers and all — as iconic matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi on the eve of its first preview.
The show debuts at New York's Shubert Theatre on Wednesday and will open officially on April 20. The production already has sold more than $40 million in advance ticket sales, which broke the record for highest pre-show advance sales of any Broadway production, according to Playbill.
A&E announced Wednesday the renewal of "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" for a second season.
The renewal includes 10 new hourlong installments of the series, which features Remini, a former Scientologist, meeting with individuals who have left the Church of Scientology to hear their stories.
"It became clear to us that although we were telling painful stories of former members of the Church of Scientology, this show was resonating strongly with people everywhere," Remini said in a statement Wednesday.
The president was referring to the rapper's new "Lavender" video, in which he draws a gun, takes aim at the head of "President Ronald Klump" -- comedian Michael Rapaport dressed up as a clown -- and fires. (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
President Trump fired off five tweets early Wednesday morning: one about his tax return, one about tax cuts, two about rallies and one about, well, Snoop Dogg.
"Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama?" Trump wrote. "Jail time!"
The president was referring to the rapper's new "Lavender" video, in which he draws a gun, takes aim at the head of "President Ronald Klump" -- comedian Michael Rapaport dressed up as a clown -- and fires. Though the effect is a cartoon "Bang!" unfurling from the barrel of the gag weapon, the implication is clear.
Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!
Ben Affleck has completed rehab for alcohol addiction, he announced Tuesday on Facebook, calling it something he has "dealt with in the past and will continue to confront."
Affleck, whose split from Jennifer Garner was making headlines again regarding whether they were giving their relationship another go or maintaining the status quo -- it looks like it was the latter -- said he has his eyes on being a good father.
"I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step," the 44-year-old Oscar winner wrote.