James Glader(NEW YORK) -- With the loss of so many prominent musicians in the past few months, there are bound to be plenty of tributes at this Monday night's Grammy awards. We already know about a tribute planned for David Bowie, and now Billboard reports one has been lined up for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died January 18.
Billboard reports Eagles founding members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon will perform, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bass player Timothy B. Schmit.
In addition, the band's close friend Jackson Browne, who co-wrote "Take It Easy," will join the tribute. In their pre-fame years, Browne and Frey were roommates, and Billboard notes that Frey has said he learned how to write songs by observing Browne.
Image courtesy FOX(FLINT, Mich.) -- Last month, Jada Pinkett Smith was thrust into the international spotlight after criticizing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its lack of diversity. This month, she’s lending her name to another cause that has been the focal point of national outrage: the lead water poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan.
On Wednesday, the Gotham actress tweeted a photo of herself and others alongside Flint MayorKaren Weaver. Smith aid they were together “to discuss long-term support to help the residents of her city.”
Smith previously has lent her name and voice to social causes, most notably when she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about human trafficking in 2012.
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Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Samuel L. Jackson said he'll always remember an incident that happened when his career really started to take off in Hollywood.
In Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue, the 67-year-old star described the incident that occurred while he was doing a play in Santa Monica during a six-week break from filming Pulp Fiction.
"One night, after the play, I went with some friends to a restaurant down the street, Hugo’s. When we were done, we walked outside and stood on the corner for a while, just talking. All of a sudden, five sheriff's cars screeched up. The policemen surrounded us, guns pointed, lights in our face: 'Get on the ground!'" he recalled.
He continued, "There we were, lying face-down in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard. I finally said to the cops, 'Why are you doing this?' One of them said, 'Oh, we got a report of five black guys standing on the corner with guns and bats.' I said, 'So when you pulled up and didn’t see a bat -- I mean, maybe we could’ve had a gun concealed on us, but you didn’t see anything that looked like a bat. Whatever.'"
Jackson said the lesson he learned that day is one he still carries with him.
"I was thinking to myself, I’m in Hollywood now, on the verge of breaking through, and this is still going on," he said. "It kind of put my feet back on the ground in terms of 'O.K., you’re still just another n***** working in town, so you still got to walk softly.' And I still do. Just an object lesson for life in L.A."
Quantrell D. Colbert/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In one of the greatest Family Feud fails ever, contestant Sheila Patterson's responses have gone viral online, with more than 1.3 million views as she struggles to come up with other ways to say “mother.”
She continues to repeat answers already provided by her siblings, eventually driving host Steve Harvey to laughter, dancing and comedic frustration.
Wednesday on Good Morning America, Patterson explained what was going through her mind in that nerve-wracking moment.
“What had happened was, I had a moment there and I really think my nerves got the best of me. It just really got the best of me,” Sheila, who’s from the St. Louis area, told ABC News. “There were a couple of questions, answers that I had already prepared, but those answers were already given, so basically, my nerves just got the best of me trying to come up with something else.”
Her brother, Samuel Patterson, was just happy the question didn’t get turned over to him.
“I tell you, I was just thinking the whole time, ‘Man, I hope this question doesn’t come to me because I didn’t have another answer,’” he joked. “But I had thought about the play, and I said, ‘Well, it looks like it’ll never get to me anyway,’ but I was hoping it wouldn’t come to me.”
Social media users are anxious to learn the other two phrases for “mother,” but the Pattersons can’t reveal the answers. Everyone will have to watch Family Feud Feb. 23 to find out.
HarperCollins Publishers(NEW YORK) -- To Kill a Mockingbird is coming to Broadway.
Author Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel about a young girl’s summer in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, her noble attorney father, Atticus Finch, and a racially-charged rape trial, will be adapted for Broadway for the first time by Tony award-winning producer Scott Rudin, The New York Times reports.
Aaron Sorkin, who most recently wrote the adapted screenplay for Steve Jobs and is best-known to most for creating TV’s The West Wing, will write the screenplay.
To Kill a Mockingbird was made into an Academy Award-winning 1962 film starring Gregory Peck. The stage version is scheduled to premiere during the 2017-2018 Broadway season.
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Malcolm-Jamal Warner; Frank Micelotta/FX(LOS ANGELES) -- Tuesday night's episode of the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recreated the former football star's famous slow-speed Bronco chase from two decades ago.
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J. Simpson in the series, and he tells ABC Radio that filming those scenes was really emotional for him. He recalls that he wondered, "What the hell did I do to deserve to be here right now, sticking that gun in my mouth, take after take?"
Malcolm-Jamal Warner co-stars as Simpson friend and Bronco driver A.C. Cowlings. He says that because things were so tense during filming, Gooding Jr. would try to break things up between takes.
"He decides he's going to take his pants off, jump out of the truck, and run around the truck with the gun in his hand, with his hands like, I did it, I did it, I did it," Warner shares.
To film the scenes, an L.A. freeway was shut down for a weekend.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on FX.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- The first faithful version of the R-rated comic book series Deadpool hits theaters Friday. The movie, which starsRyan Reynolds as the motor-mouthed mercenary Wade Wilson, who is left with superhuman healing powers after a secret government experiment, has had a long road to theaters.
Wilson/Deadpool was first seen in theaters in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Reynolds playing a version of the character so dissimilar to the source material that some fans went full-on nerd rage. However, Reynolds wasn't to blame, and he made no secret of his desire to someday bring an accurate version of the "Merc with the Mouth" to a theater near you.
What it took to bring Deadpool to the big screen was what the cheeky character himself would undoubtedly toss as a double-entendre: fishy leaks.
"We developed the script six years ago," Reynolds told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night's Tonight Show. "It leaked online, and Deadpool fans went nuts for it...So the studio granted us a small amount of money to make some test footage...[which] then sat on the shelf for four years...And just under two years ago, it accidentally leaked onto the Internet."
"'Accidentally,'" a suspicious Fallon interjected.
Reynolds explained that enthusiastic reaction to the footage "overwhelmed" 20th Century Fox, basically forcing the studio to greenlight the movie.
"I know that one of us did it...There's me, [screenwriters] Rhett Reiss, Paul Warnick and Tim Miller, the director. One of us did it. We all sort of said, 'Someone should leak it! Someone should leak it!,'" before admitting, "I'm 70 percent sure it wasn't me."
Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Leslie Uggams and T.J. Miller.Response to the R-rated action comedy has been so positive that a sequel has just been announced.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The official trailer for Fuller House is reminding everyone that family is forever.
Fuller House stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the upcoming Full House revival. The first official trailer for the Netflix original show was also revealed.
The trailer shows Cameron Bure, Sweetin and Barber as their Full House characters D.J. Tanner -- now D.J. Tanner-Fuller -- Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibler, respectively. The women are joined by former cast members John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone, and Lori Loughlin as Becky Katsopolis. They're all helping D.J. raise her three sons.
Some of the most memorable phrases from the original series are brought back in the trailer, including Stephanie Tanner's go-to line "How rude," and Uncle Joey's classic phrase "Cut it out."
The Fuller House stars revealed to DeGeneres that even after all these years, the cast is still close.
"We do keep in touch," Barber said. "We have a group chat among the cast."
While Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner, will not appear in the upcoming Fuller House episodes, Cameron Bure said the Olsens would be welcomed with open arms for a guest appearance if the show gets picked up for a second season.
"The door's open if they want to," Cameron Bure said.
Fuller House will air on Netflix on February 26, 2016.
ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner Whoopi Goldberg is showing no signs of slowing down.
Even though her daily duties a ringleader of ABC’s chat fest The View could be enough for the average 60-year-old funnywoman, Goldberg is set to return to her theater roots with a performance of the internationally acclaimed Nassim Soleimanpour play White Rabbit Red Rabbit.
For the play, the Ghost actress will perform one night only with no rehearsal, no director and no set. For each performance, an actor is handed a script for the first time as they step onto stage.
Soleimanpour is a young Iranian playwright who found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not leave his country. The theatrical piece -- in which no audience can see the same show twice -- blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of the arts.
The play had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Arches Brick Award, followed by presentations at Summerworks and Dublin Fringe Festival
A very short list of actors and actresses are set to step up to the plate. According to a representative for the production, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Brian Dennehy, Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming and George Takei are some of the performers on board to do the show.
Goldberg’s performance is March 7.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit will be performed on Monday nights at New York City’s West Side Theater.
Michael Becker/FX Networks(NEW YORK) -- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has set a record for cable's FX channel.
The series debut was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX history. It drew a total of 12 million viewers, including on-demand and DVR viewings three days after its February 2 debut.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson, based on the 1995 murder trial of the former football great, stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, and Sarah Paulson as proscutor Marcia Clark.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Hugh Jackman has again been treated for skin cancer on his nose, he revealed Monday.
The X-Men star shared a picture of himself on Instagram, sporting a bandage on his nose, along with the caption, "An example of what happens when you don't wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups."
Jackman's rep tells People magazine the procedure was a success, explaining, "He had a basal cell removed [Monday] morning. The margins are clear and he's fine."
The 47-year-old actor has had several procedures on his nose in recent years. He has also had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder.
Jackman plays a coach who helps an underdog Olympic skier, played by Taron Egerton, beat the odds in the biopic Eddie the Eagle, opening nationwide February 26.
Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) -- The HBO show Girls is back for its fifth season later this month, but its biggest star will not be making press appearances due to a "chronic condition."
Lena Dunham took to Instagram Monday to write, "I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health."
The writer and creator of the show, 29, added that she's going through a "rough patch" with the illness and that doctors told her to rest.
"That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet," she said.
According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis can result in "severe" pain and fertility problems due to tissue that grows outside the uterus instead of inside, which is normal in most women.
"So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted," she added, with the closing, "Back soon."
Dunham has starred on Girls since she helped create the show in 2012.
Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in "Creed"; Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- The topic of diversity in Hollywood and within the Academy was addressed by several stars Monday at the Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills.
Sylvester Stallone, a best supporting actor contender for Creed, made headlines by saying he had been open to the idea of boycotting the upcoming Oscars ceremony, due to the all-white field of acting nominees. He says he left it up to Creed director Ryan Coogler, who is black, to make the call.
Stallone shared, “I said, ‘If you want me to go, I’ll go, if you don’t, I won’t.’ And he goes, ‘No, I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. 'I want you to go and respect us and stand up for the film.'”
The 69-year-old actor said he believes it's "a matter of time" before more improvements on the diversity issue are made.
“Eventually all talent will rise to the top. It’s just a matter of getting, I guess, a new paradigm, a new way of thinking,” he said.
George Miller, a best director nominee for Mad Max: Fury Road, was asked whether the ongoing diversity conversation will affect the way he makes movies in the future. He replied, "To be honest, I hadn't thought about it in terms of the next movies I hope to make."
He added, "I think casting is story-driven, but I think what's really good about what's happened, if there's a positive to come out of it, it's alerted everybody to the problem."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently voted unanimously to make the voting members "significantly" more diverse, with the goal to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.
The vote came after stars like Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee said they will not attend the upcoming Oscars ceremony, airing live on ABC on February 28.
ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Monday night's episode of The Bachelor picked up where last week's episode left off: with Ben Higgins having a private chat with Olivia after he received several complaints about her from the other women.
Olivia played the victim, saying she has a target on her back and that her fellow bachelorettes were put off by her aggressiveness in pursuing Ben.
The conversation wasn't going to have any immediate effects on Olivia's status on the show, since she earned the previous group date rose. But things would change for her soon enough.
At the rose ceremony, Jennifer was eliminated.
The rest of the episode took place in the Bahamas, where Caila scored the first date. While they went fishing, Leah sobbed at the bachelorettes' place, wondering why she wasn't the one who was invited to the date.
Caila confessed to Ben that she wasn't quite ready to be more vulnerable around him. When asked point-blank if she's ready to commit to him, she expressed reluctance, saying, "I feel my greatest fear is I can't totally, completely fall in love with somebody."
Yet moments later, she said she's falling in love with Ben because she feels understood. After all the confusion, Ben gave her a rose.
Six women joined Ben on the group date, which involved riding a boat and feeding swimming pigs. Seriously.
Leah continued to doubt her future with Ben, and his attempt to reassure her didn't help much. She later gave Ben something new to worry about, when she told him that a potential relationship between him and Lauren B. wouldn't work out because she acts differently when she's not around him. Ben raised the issue with Lauren B., and she was confused and distraught.
When an emotional Lauren B. told the others what had happened, Leah lied and claimed she wasn't the one who made the comments to Ben.
Lauren B. wondered whether all of this cost her the group date rose, after Ben presented it to Amanda.
Leah tried to dig Lauren B. into an even deeper hole by visiting Ben and suggesting that Lauren isn't a genuine person. Her plan backfired, big time; Ben was tired of the Lauren B. talk, and he chose to send Leah home after admitting that something was missing between them.
"Leah, I don't want to put you through this...I think it's best for us to kind of say goodbye," he said.
Olivia was back in the picture for a two-on-one date with Ben and Emily. With only one rose up for grabs, one of these bachelorettes would be eliminated. Ben had private time with each of them on a rainy tropical island.
Right before he awarded the rose, he took Olivia aside and said that while he appreciated how open she was with her feelings, he couldn't reciprocate. "I think as honest as you've been with me about your feelings, I have to be honest with you about mine and tell you that today I can't give you this rose," he explained.
Emily happily accepted the rose moments later.
Ben wasn't feeling up to the cocktail party, so he cancelled it. He jumped straight to another rose ceremony, where he said goodbye to Lauren H.
Next Monday, the remaining six women will visit Ben's hometown of Warsaw, Indiana.
For more Bachelor fun, tune in to ABC this Sunday night -- Valentine's Day -- for the special The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love, which will include footage of Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert's recent wedding.