Case against R. Kelly may be stronger this time
CHICAGO (AP) — Tears streamed down R. Kelly's cheeks as a court official read a jury's not guilty verdict to all 14 counts of child pornography at his 2008 trial in Chicago.
R. Kelly's European concerts in doubt after new charges
R. Kelly's hopes of doing a tour of Europe in April have been all but dashed now that he is facing new criminal charges. Kelly defiantly scheduled concerts in two locations in Germany and one in the Netherlands in April despite a cloud of legal issues in the wake of the recently aired Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R.
'Surviving R. Kelly' makers, others react to charges
CHICAGO (AP) — Reaction to R. Kelly being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse: ___ "Today, an unrepentant R. Kelly will have to account for the harm he committed against a number of survivors.
'Empire' producers cut Smollett from season's last episodes
CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire" will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday.
Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar
NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute while swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York's Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that's up for an Oscar.
A bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most tumultuous Oscar season in memory might pale in comparison to the aftermath. The best picture race to Sunday's 91st Academy Awards remains unpredictable, but odds makers peg Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" as the film most likely to triumph at the end of the night.
'American Pie' singer objects to coverage of ex's exhibit
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean's former wife has launched a photo exhibition about domestic abuse that includes a copy of the protection order issued against him, and the "American Pie" singer is threatening to sue a weekly newspaper that wrote about it.
A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct.
Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career
CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back to 1998, marking the latest charges against a man trailed for decades by lurid rumors.
Diane von Furstenberg fetes female Oscar nominees
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Even with rain clouds threatening from above, the spirits, and heels, were high at Diane von Furstenberg's idyllic Coldwater Canyon property Thursday afternoon.
Haunting 'Roma' scene shines a rare spotlight on stillbirths
Of all the little moments of joy and strife that fill the top-nominated Oscar film "Roma," the most gut-wrenching takes place in a Mexico City hospital room, where a doctor coolly tells a frightened young woman, "Your baby was born dead."
If proven, Smollett allegations could be a 'career killer'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For five years, Jussie Smollett has been enmeshed in weekly drama on the set of "Empire," the Fox TV series that gave the actor a breakout role and the fame to advance his social activism.
Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack
CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs.
DuVernay, Zendaya help Vanity Fair toast Women in Hollywood
LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time filmmaker Ava DuVernay got to Vanity Fair and Lancome's Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars event Thursday night, she had already been to two other events that day.
Dwayne Johnson goes indie with 'Fighting With My Family'
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Believe it or not, Hollywood executives told Dwayne Johnson "no thanks" when he pitched his latest movie. It was an unusual rejection for the industry's reigning box office champion, whose "Jumanji" reboot in 2017 made nearly $1 billion worldwide.
Mo Willems named Kennedy Center artist-in-residence
NEW YORK (AP) — Children's author and illustrator Mo Willems sees creativity as part of a grownup's job. "Having a child is an opportunity to be silly again," says Willems, who has been named the Kennedy Center's first ever "Education Artist-In-Residence."
Allegations against son led to Time's Up CEO's resignation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gender equality initiative Time's Up says its president and CEO resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations against her son.
The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say the Chicago Police Department put on an "organized law enforcement spectacle" when its superintendent detailed investigators' findings about the alleged attack on the "Empire" actor.
Emotional ceremony honors Hall, Stenberg, Layne and Lewis
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Amandla Stenberg brought the audience to their feet as she talked of being protected by the ancestors.
Oscars producers say the show is in 'good shape' for Sunday
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have been hearing the same question a lot recently: Are you OK? It's an understandable query.
Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs.
A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook
CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed.
Monkees' lovable bass-guitar player Peter Tork dead at 77
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died at age 77.
Some notable reaction to the arrest of Jussie Smollett
NEW YORK (AP) — Notable reaction to the arrest of Jussie Smollett : — "I consider him a friend. I love him and regardless of if it's true or not, I'm still going to be here for him, I'm not throwing them away.
Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'
MILAN (AP) — Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years.