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  • Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination Sep 19, 2014 7:11 AM
    Three backup dancers sued Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination to prevent another black dancer from joining her onstage. The dancers claim Cher remarked that her successful “Dressed to Kill” tour had “too much color” and instructed choreographer Kevin Wilson not to hire any more dark skinned dancers. Wilson, who is black and also danced onstage on the tour, was fired in July along with two other dancers who claim they were discriminated against.

     
  • Book of Barbra Streisand pics out in December Sep 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    How obsessive are Barbra Streisand’s fans? A coffee table book may provide an answer. Publisher Taschen announced recently that “Barbra: Streisand’s Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976” will be published in December.

     
  • Groundbreaking 'David Bowie Is' exhibit at Chicago's MCA shows him as consummate artist Sep 19, 2014 10:15 AM
    The biggest tour in the world of museum exhibits touches down in Chicago Tuesday for an extended stay. And it brings the energy and mass hysteria of David Bowie to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Yet somehow the groundbreaking exhibit “David Bowie Is” makes perfect sense for the MCA, spanning as it does photography, film, video, fashion, set design, preserved artifacts and, above all, the cult of the artist as a self-constructed commodity.

     
  • Hamm, other stars join campaign against campus sex assault Sep 19, 2014 10:38 AM
    The White House has enlisted Hollywood stars including Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Connie Britton of “Nashville” to help fight campus sexual assault. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are unveiling the “It’s On Us” campaign Friday at a White House event.

     
  • Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy Sep 19, 2014 11:05 AM
    Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week’s U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

     
  • Liza Minnelli recovering after surgery, sends love Sep 18, 2014 7:19 AM
    Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week and she’s thanking fans for their well wishes. “I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and caring that has been sent my way from all over the world,” the award-winning actress and singer said in a statement Wednesday.

     
  • Book on Jewish food features intro by Joan Rivers Sep 18, 2014 7:24 AM
    A few months before she died, Joan Rivers agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food. She starts: “You know how they butcher kosher meat, right? The cows aren’t slaughtered. They’re nagged to death.” Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81, is the opening act for “Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food,” to be published in December.

     
  • Kate cancels Malta trip due to morning sickness Sep 18, 2014 6:59 AM
    Prince William will replace his wife Kate on this weekend’s official visit to Malta because the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is still suffering from acute morning sickness. Palace officials said Thursday the decision to cancel what would have been Kate’s first official solo voyage overseas was made in consultation with her doctors.

     
  • Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. Messenger of Peace Sep 17, 2014 7:19 AM
    Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. Messenger of Peace. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday that the 39-year-old American actor will join 11 other prominent world figures who advocate on behalf of the U.N. as Messengers of Peace including Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, primatologist Jane Goodall and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

     
  • Ariana Grande coming to Allstate Sep 17, 2014 4:43 PM
    Tickets for singer Ariana Grande's March 3 concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

     
  • Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit Sep 17, 2014 7:10 AM
    Robin Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's “moment of personal vulnerability” in an attempt to prove that the hit “Blurred Lines” was a ripoff of a Gaye hit. The estate sued Pharrell Williams and Thicke over the song last year. In a deposition, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Thicke says Pharrell Williams did much of the writing on the Grammy-nominated song and says, “I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it.”

     
  • Nik Wallenda to tightrope walk over Chicago River Sep 16, 2014 2:58 PM
    Daredevil Nik Wallenda said Tuesday that his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River. Wallenda, 35, will attempt the feat without a net or harness. It will be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, the network said. Wallenda will start the walk at one of the two Marina Towers buildings, then travel more than two city blocks across the river on an uphill 15-degree angle to the Leo Burnett Building.

     
  • Album release shows U2 is still innovating, entertaining Sep 16, 2014 11:59 AM
    Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple’s iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they’ve gotten an avalanche of publicity. But who’s listening to it? The answer is still unclear. Apple has not released official download rates for “Songs of Innocence” and U2’s manager, Guy Oseary, also said he didn’t know how many people had actually downloaded the album. But that really wasn’t the point: The album will live on in users’ iCloud, and the band envisions new listeners accessing it for the first time for years to come.

     
  • Statue of singer Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Sep 15, 2014 6:50 AM
    Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honored on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London. Winehouse’s many fans will have no problem recognizing the singer, who is portrayed sporting her distinctive beehive hairdo.

     
  • Police detain ‘Django Unchained’ actress in L.A. Sep 15, 2014 6:54 AM
    Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in “Django Unchained,” is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion. Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the black actress for a prostitute “because he was asking me questions like, ‘Who is she?'" The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained the pair after a complaint that two people were “involved in indecent exposure” in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed.

     
  • New Miss America hits the Atlantic City surf Sep 15, 2014 10:53 AM
    The new Miss America followed in the footsteps of her predecessors and posed for pictures in the Atlantic City surf. Kira Kazantsev of New York celebrated Monday, one day after winning Sunday night’s pageant with the help of a red plastic cup.

     
  • Miss America: More to worry about than red cup Sep 15, 2014 1:54 PM
    The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup. That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev of New York as many social media users continued to pan her use of a plastic cup during the talent portion of Sunday night’s pageant finale in Atlantic City. Kazantsev tells The Associated Press she realizes everything she does now will be scrutinized and commented on. But she says she performed Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while tapping a cup on the floor because that’s what she wanted to do, regardless of what anyone else might think.

     
  • Kerry Washington talks domestic violence, motherhood Sep 15, 2014 9:06 AM
    It didn’t take the Ray Rice elevator video to get Kerry Washington talking about domestic violence. In fact, it was the day before news outlets were looping security-camera images of the NFL running back punching out his then-fiancé Janay Palmer, that the “Scandal” actress was filming a public service announcement about a rarely discussed component of domestic violence known as financial abuse.

     
  • Miss America 2015 Sep 15, 2014 12:39 AM
    Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named the new Miss America Sunday night, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant.

     
  • Book notes: Melissa Gilbert signs books in Naperville Sep 14, 2014 6:30 AM
    Actress Melissa Gilbert discusses her new book “My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food From My Little House to Yours” at an author event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville. Tickets available with purchase of the book from Anderson’s Bookshop.

     
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