The fallout over gender bias in the recording industry ratcheted up another notch Monday. Several top female music executives reportedly sent a sharply worded letter of protest to the board of the Recording Academy, according to the New York Times.
The letter described the organization as “woefully out of touch,” on the heels of a recent USC survey showing that 90.7% of all Grammy Awards nominees over the past five years have been male.
The issue came to a head at last week’s awards ceremony in New York, where just one Grammy was bestowed on a solo female on the telecast: the new artist award given to Alessia Cara.
In announcing their separation Thursday, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux said that anything published about their split that doesn’t come directly from them is “someone else’s fictional narrative.”
So consider yourself warned, because this is a quick dive into what lots of people who aren’t Jen and Justin are saying went wrong in their marriage.
Broad strokes? Well, you can dig around the trashiest publications yourself, but the mainstream outlets are making it sound like Justin had a true love other than Jennifer, and that lady’s name was New York, N.Y.
Willie Nelson has cooked up a birthday present for himself: a new studio album.
“Last Man Standing” is scheduled for release on April 27, two days before the revered country music singer and songwriter turns 85.
Announced Friday, the collection includes 11 new songs Nelson has written with longtime songwriting collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon. It’ll be the follow-up to last year’s “God’s Problem Child,” for which Nelson and Cannon also worked together, and which premiered at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart.
Olivia de Havilland’s lawsuit over the unauthorized use of her identity in “Feud: Bette and Joan” will continue next month.
Oral arguments in the veteran actress’ case against FX and “Feud” producer Ryan Murphy have been set for March 20.
However, the arguments as to whether the case should advance won’t be heard in a traditional courtroom. They’ll instead be carried out at USC’s law school so that students can watch the procedure, according to De Havilland’s attorneys. The hearing is still as official as if it were held in the courthouse.
“The Karate Kid” stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are going toe-to-toe — again — in the forthcoming “Cobra Kai” TV series.
In a teaser to the YouTube Red original series posted online Thursday, the stars of the 1984 martial arts franchise reignite their storied rivalry. Johnny Lawrence, the former high school bully played by Zabka, has gone the way of Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi by opening his own dojo. It’s called Cobra Kai and its students learn the way of the fist — but Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso isn’t having it with Johnny’s “no mercy” tactics.
“Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso aren’t the same people they were in high school — but their rivalry hasn’t changed one bit. The Karate Kid saga continues,” reads the synopsis.
Jeffrey Tambor, whose removal from the show “Transparent” in connection with sexual harassment allegations was confirmed Thursday, says Amazon Studios never discussed those charges with him as part of a “deeply flawed” investigation that led to his dismissal.
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” he said Thursday afternoon in a statement.
In November, as the #MeToo campaign was gathering steam, two transgender women — one his former assistant, the other an actress on “Transparent” — made accusations of harassment. At the time, Tambor apologized and defended himself, saying adamantly that he was not a predator.
Regardless of theology, or however you see life, or relate to worshiping God — as an artist, my job is to tell the truth and then try to connect with these characters and people as honestly and deeply as possible.
Jeffrey Tambor is officially gone from “Transparent,” Amazon Studios’ breakout transgender-themed series, the studio confirmed Thursday to The Times.
The move doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.
“Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent,’” Tambor said in November after one transgender woman and then another accused him of sexual harassment — allegations he denied. An investigation was promptly launched.