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NYT report: Trump replaced Melania's WH furniture choices with his

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:07:50 -0400

A New York Times report says President Trump overhauled Melania's furniture decisions for their private white house quarters. Veuer's Natasha Abellard has the story.


Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'Dopesick,' a look at the opioid crisis

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 06:00:07 -0400

Spend your weekend reading 'Dopesick,' Beth Macy's page-turning look at opioid abuse. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.


The 5 best book-to-movie adaptations to binge-watch this weekend

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 07:00:02 -0400

"Crazy Rich Asians" hit theaters Wednesday and the big question will be how closely this movie mirrors the plot of its source material: Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel. We rounded up a few of our favorite book-to-movie adaptations: some from our childhood, some newer favorites and others timeless classics.


'He lost his one black friend': Bill Maher roasts President Trump, Omarosa feud

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:26:55 -0400

Bill Maher took advantage of the feud between President Trump and Omarosa Manigault Newman to pick on the president during "Real Time" Friday night. "Not such a good week for the president," he said. "He lost his one black friend."


Aretha Franklin biopic: 'Aretha was adamant that it be Jennifer (Hudson)' playing her

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:07:35 -0400

The biopic on Aretha Franklin won't be rushed to the screen, says music producer Harvey Mason Jr., who spent an estimated 100 calls speaking in-depth with the legendary singer about the project.


Carl Reiner: Aretha Franklin was a force of nature

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:30:25 -0400

Actor Carl Reiner pays tribute to late singer Aretha Franklin and recalls her powerful performances. (Aug. 17 )


Here’s why you’ve heard nothing about Kevin Spacey’s new film ‘Billionaire Boys’

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:51:35 -0400

Kevin Spacey's new movie, 'Billionaire Boys Club,' hit theaters this weekend, and after last year's sexual harassment and assault allegations, it could be his last film on the big screen. So why didn't you hear anything about it ahead of time?


Hollywood's highest paid actress is...

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:25:49 -0400

These actresses are getting paid the big bucks! Keri Lumm shares the actresses having the biggest pay day in Hollywood.


Heather Locklear shares upbeat post on Instagram months after her arrest

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:56:20 -0400

Heather Locklear is back on social media for the first time in four months as she deals with legal and personal woes. The 'Melrose Place' star took to Instagram on Saturday with a snapshot of her beloved Maltese dog, Mister.


Trump tried to steer Melania away from anti-bullying campaign, report says

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:30:01 -0400

Americans intrigued by state of Trump marriage are chewing over a New York Times report that he rejected the modern furniture she chose for the White House residence in favor of flashier pieces.


Queen of Soul also leaves civil rights legacy

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:13:27 -0400

Aretha Franklin's song "Respect" became a battle cry for black America. The Queen of Soul was a close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and she never hesitated to support the civil rights movement financially or with her performance. (Aug. 16)


ShowBiz Minute: Franklin, R Kelly

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:07:50 -0400

Tributes to the late Aretha Franklin continue; Franklin's music rising on charts following her death; Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes. (Aug. 17)


Italian composer creates world's largest robot orchestra

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:36:31 -0400

Music to your ears? Italian composer Leonardo Barbadoro uses more than 50 instruments played entirely by robots for upcoming album 'Musica Automata.'


Spike Lee through the years

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:33:16 -0400


Duchess Meghan's dad compares 'cult-like' royal family to Scientologists

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:26:36 -0400

Thomas Markle, the estranged father of Duchess Meghan, is not holding back his thoughts on the royal family. During an interview with British newspaper The Sun published late Friday, Markle, 74, compared his daughter's new royal family to Scientologists.


'Crazy Rich Asians' lives up to crazy high expectations with No. 1 debut

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:05:56 -0400

Glitz won out over sharks and guns at the box office this weekend as the gilded romance 'Crazy Rich Asians' took No. 1. It beat out Mark Wahlberg's 'Mile 22' and the second weekend of Jason Statham's 'The Meg.'


'Twilight' home for sale: Bella Swan's house goes on the market for $349,900

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:52:43 -0400

You could own Bella Swan's home from "Twilight." The four-bedroom home is for sale in St. Helen's, Oregon.


Day in celebrities

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:53:10 -0400


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West light up 2 Chainz's wedding with neon outfits

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:01:37 -0400

Kim Kardashian donned a neon-green latex dress for 2 Chainz's wedding to Kesha Ward, complete with futuristic sunglasses and strappy sandals. Her husband, Kanye West, kept it casual in a pale suit that appeared to be mint green, minus an undershirt, with nude-colored slides.


Selena Gomez shows off squad's matching tattoos: 'We have lived the most INSANE story'

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:32:33 -0400

Selena Gomez revealed two new tattoos on Instagram Saturday in honor of her friend Courtney Barry’s 26th birthday. The group of girls, which also includes longtime pals Ashley Cook and Raquelle Stevens, got some spontaneous ink after enjoying dinner together.


Love TV? Join our new Facebook Group 'Yes, I'm Still Watching' to talk about it

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 09:25:28 -0400

USA TODAY TV critic Kelly Lawler and digital editor Anika Reed discuss a variety of shows.


Week in entertainment: VMAs on MTV; 'Deadpool 2' out on DVD

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:34:04 -0400

What's on tap for the week ahead?


5 new books not to miss this week, including Karin Slaughter's thriller, 'Pieces of Her'

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 06:00:06 -0400

Look for the new thriller from Karin Slaughter and a biography of tennis legend Arthur Ashe. Plus more new books on sale Aug. 21.


'The 100' actress Marie Avgeropoulos arrested for domestic violence

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:35:33 -0400

Marie Avgeropoulos, who plays Octavia Blake on "The 100," was arrested by Glendale Police, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records.


Passages 2018: Those we’ve lost through the year

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:08:51 -0400


Alec Baldwin: 'No. Just ... No' to daughter Ireland's sexy Instagram photo

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:58:25 -0400

'Saturday Night LIve' Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin isn't a fan of the sexy bikini shot that shows his daughter Ireland on a motorcycle and commented with fans on her Instagram page.


Poof! Netflix has deleted all user reviews from its website, citing 'declining use'

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:34:44 -0400

If you are looking for a binge-worthy Netflix show to feast your eyes on, don't bother looking at what other users had to say. The streaming service deleted all user reviews of TV shows and movies from its website Friday.


60 great Madonna moments for her 60th birthday

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:09:14 -0400


Shark attacks helicopter! The 5 most outrageous shark-movie moments in honor of 'The Meg'

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:15:49 -0400

When it comes to action movies, sharks are truly the primo predator. In honor of Jason Statham's 'The Meg,' we present our five favorite outrageous shark moments on the big screen.


Aretha fans pay respects in Detroit, New York

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:47:09 -0400

A number of Aretha Franklin fans stopped by New Bethel Baptist Church on Friday to pay their respects to the legendary singer who grew up in the Detroit place of worship once headed up by her father. (Aug. 17)


Best adult animated series: Cartoons aren't just for kids

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:22:25 -0400

Best adult animated series: Cartoons aren't just for kids


Omarosa Manigault Newman through the years

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:29:11 -0400


AP: Omarosa has 'treasure trove' of tapes, videos, texts to back her anti-Trump book

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:27:36 -0400

It's more than just audio tapes: Omarosa Manigault Newman has a trove of tapes, video, emails, texts and other documents to back up her anti-Trump book, according to the Associated Press.


How Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' expertly uses 'Gone With the Wind,' 'Shaft' cameos

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:29:22 -0400

'BlacKkKlansman' director Spike Lee brilliantly uses old films, from 'Birth of A Nation' and 'Gone With the Wind' to 'Shaft' and 'Super Fly,' to tell us about our past and our present.


Demi Moore, Bruce Willis reunite for daughter Rumer's 30th birthday party

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:03:40 -0400

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are coming together to celebrate the birth of their eldest daughter, Rumer. The former couple were captured taking photos at a birthday celebration for the 30-year-old this weekend -- and the photos are too cute!


Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg remember family vacations

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:24:21 -0400

In their new 'toon, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg voice characters on a family cruise. But in reality, the actors have never vacationed at sea. (July 13)


14 injured as storm hits Backstreet Boys concert venue at Oklahoma casino

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:15:02 -0400

Winds at up to 80 mph knocked over supports as 150 people waited in line at the concert venue near Oklahoma City


Comedian Andy Gross accused of sexually harassing Purdue student during show

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:16:43 -0400

The hashtag #AndyGrossIsGross caught fire after Purdue University students said comedian Andy Gross sexually harassed a student during his act.


'The Break with Michelle Wolf,' 'The Joel McHale Show' canceled at Netflix

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:36:59 -0400

"The Break with Michelle Wolf" and "The Joel McHale Show," which both premiered in the spring, won't be back for another season on Netflix.


Rev. Jesse Jackson recalls Aretha Franklin saving MLK from bankruptcy in church service

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:28:15 -0400

Sunday's service at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where Aretha Franklin attended, was led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who focused on Franklin's work in the civil rights struggle.


Selena Gomez doesn't believe in love at first sight

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:26:47 -0400

Selena Gomez and her "Hotel Transylvania 3" co-star Andy Samberg discuss the existence of love at first sight, a key plot point in their new family 'toon. (July 11)


Aretha Franklin's 'one-of-a-kind' legacy

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:28:59 -0400

Billboard magazine senior editor Gail Mitchell talks about how Aretha Franklin's legacy will inspire future musicians. (Aug. 17)


6 things we learned from the Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:54:45 -0400

The 90-minute documentary features recent and archival interviews, photos and home movies from a half-century ago and a haunting recollection of the 1977 plane crash that killed three members of the band.


Tulsa radio host describes storm that canceled Backstreet Boys concert

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:22:58 -0400

A severe storm in Oklahoma injured over a dozen people waiting to see the Backstreet Boys and 98 degrees in concert in Love County.


Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra confirm engagement, have ceremony in Mumbai

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:41:29 -0400

After much speculation, the news is official: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are engaged! The singer, 25, confirmed the news on Instagram on Saturday with a picture of his fiancée, Indian actress Chopra, 36. "Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love," he wrote along with a photo of two of them.


95 seconds of Betty White glory

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 21:41:18 -0400

Betty's White has spent most of her years making us laugh.


Stormy Daniels pulls out of 'Celebrity Big Brother'

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:49:09 -0400

Adult film star Stormy Daniels will not be on the British version of Celebrity Big Brother. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.


Aretha Franklin honored outside Apollo Theater

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:39:58 -0400

Fans gathered outside New York's famed Apollo Theater to remember Aretha Franklin. The singer known as the Queen of Soul died on Thursday at the age of 76. (Aug. 17)


#MeToo leader Asia Argento paid off actor who accused her of sexual assault, NYT says

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:27:53 -0400

#MeToo advocate Asia Argento has paid off a former child actor who accused her of sexual misconduct, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.


Rainn Wilson's weird near-death experience removed fear of 'The Meg' shark attack

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 18:14:06 -0400

Rainn Wilson battles a monster shark in "The Meg." No problem: "The Office" star has a much worse and real near-death experience.


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