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'Steve Harvey' talk show renewed through 2016

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:11  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

 

CHICAGO, June 12 (UPI) -- Daytime talk show "Steve Harvey" has been renewed through 2016 to station groups across the United States, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution said Wednesday.

 

"Steve is one of the best entertainers in the country and his first season has been a tremendous success because of the personal connection he makes with the daytime audience," Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting, said in a statement. "It's so great to see Steve's very funny and substantive show being rewarded with long-term commitments from our station partners."

67th Annual Tony Awards in New York

Written by  |  Sunday, 09 June 2013 19:13  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

Courtney B. Vance arrives in the press room with the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in 'Lucky Guy' at the 67th Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. UPI/Monika Graff

Judge orders investigation into welfare of Michael Jacksons daughter

Written by  |  Saturday, 08 June 2013 21:03  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has ordered an investigation into the welfare of Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, following her suicide attempt.

Paris Jackson was hospitalized Wednesday after she slit her wrists with a kitchen knife and swallowed about 20 ibuprofen pills, People reported.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff ordered an investigation Thursday into her "health, education and welfare."

Beckloff said his order was made in response to "recent media reports concerning her welfare."

Mariah Carey confirms American Idol exit

Written by  |  Sunday, 02 June 2013 16:32  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey's representatives announced via Twitter Thursday the pop star will not return for a second season as judge on "American Idol."

"W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol," Carey's camp tweeted.

Michael Douglas Oral sex not smoking or drinking caused my cancer

Written by  |  Sunday, 02 June 2013 15:34  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- Actor Michael Douglas said his throat cancer, originally thought to be due to years of smoking and drinking, was caused by oral sex.

Douglas, 68, who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010, underwent treatment and is now two years clear of the disease, said he doesn't regret his heavy smoking and drinking in the past, London's The Guardian reported Sunday.

Amanda Bynes attacks Rihanna on Twitter

Written by  |  Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:32  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. actress Amanda Bynes focused her latest Twitter rant on Rihanna, criticizing the Barbadian pop star for being "so ugly tryin to be white."

"@rihanna you look so ugly tryin to be white," Bynes tweeted in a message she deleted two minutes later Sunday, X17 reported.

"Chris Brown beat you because you're not pretty enough," Bynes said in a later online message.

She also re-tweeted a post by Rihanna that read: "'Look who came to see me!! My lover Stella McCartney!!!," to which Bynes replied, "No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna."

Carole King to be presented with Gershwin Prize Tuesday

Written by  |  Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:44  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

 WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- James Taylor will headline a concert at the White House next week, when the Library of Congress honors Carole King with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

King, 71 -- who wrote hits including "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "Up on the Roof" with her longtime partner Gerry Goffin -- will be the first woman to receive the distinction given to songwriters for a body of work, joining previous winners Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and the team of Hal David and Burt Bacharach.

Maid says she thinks Michael Jackson sexually abused boys

Written by  |  Sunday, 19 May 2013 11:16  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- Adrian McManus, Michael Jackson's one-time housekeeper, told TV's "Inside Edition" she believes the late U.S. pop star was a child molester.

McManus started working for the singer in 1993, in the wake of the first allegation of sexual molestation. Jackson, who was plagued with sexual-abuse claims before and after his death in 2009, was never convicted of any criminal wrongdoing.

But McManus said in an interview airing Friday on "Inside Edition" she believes Jackson committed the crimes.

Asked, "Do you think Michael Jackson was a child molester?" McManus replied, "Yes, I do.

"He groomed the little boys," she said. "I think he was getting them drunk."

McManus said Jackson warned her to keep quiet about what she saw.

"He told me, 'What happens at Neverland, stays in Neverland,'" she recalled, adding Jackson threatened to have her killed if she ever spoke out.

"He said, 'If you ever go on a talk show, or a TV show, we can hire a hit man and have your neck slit. They'll never find your body. We can hire a sniper to take you out," she said.

McManus testified against the singer at his 2005 child-molestation trial, but he was acquitted of all charges.

Wade Robson, a 30-year-old dancer-choreographer befriended by Jackson when he was a boy, described Jackson as "a pedophile and a child sexual abuser" during a recent appearance on the "Today" show.

CNN said Robson denied in testimony at Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial that the singer had sexually abused him.

Robson said on "Today" he was "psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse" at the time but is now ready to confront his past.

Lauryn Hill thanks supporters

Written by  |  Sunday, 12 May 2013 20:16  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. musician Lauryn Hill took to the Internet to thank the people who have supported her throughout her legal troubles.

Hill posted the thank-you note on her Tumblr blog on Thursday, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.

In the note, Hill thanked those who wrote letters on her behalf to the federal judge before she was sentenced to three months in jail on Monday for failing to pay about $2.3 million in taxes over the span of five years. Among those named in the note are fellow musicians Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.

She also thanked everyone else who showed her support.

"I also want to thank all of my family, friends, business associates, and fans who have called, emailed, sent texts, and posted messages of concern, encouragement, and support," Hill said on her Tumblr page. "I appreciate the well wishes, and I thank you for your prayers."

Singer Bobby Brown begins jail sentence in LA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:12  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) -- Singer Bobby Brown began his jail sentence in Los Angeles Wednesday, following his third driving under the influence conviction, TMZ reported.



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