Actor Drake Bell denies ex Melissa Lingafelt's abuse allegations

LOS ANGELES -- Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has denied allegations that he abused ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt and has questioned whether the singer is embarking on a "misguided quest for more money or attention."

Lingafelt, Bell's ex-girlfriend who performs under the name Jimi Ono, said that the "Drake & Josh" star verbally and ...Read more

Review: In the captivating, sobering 'Boys State,' teenage politicians take the stage

In "Boys State," an electrifying documentary about the mock-government program for high schoolers, the act of governance itself sometimes devolves into outright mockery. What else would you expect when, to quote one amused participant, "you put a bunch of 17-year-old boys in a room together"? You get campaign speeches overflowing with ego and ...Read more

Depression, heartbreak and then a reckoning: The rebirth of Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES -- Before the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, Katheryn Hudson and her family gathered in their home, readying for the apocalypse. Her parents, both Pentecostal ministers, had already stocked the garage with canned food. And so, on the eve of Y2K, they turned down the blinds and instructed their three children to join them in ...Read more

Jerry Davich: How these Indiana twins became YouTube stars — their enthusiasm breathes new life into classic songs

GARY, Ind. -- Tim Williams contorted his face to figure out where Phil Collins was going with his mega-popular debut single, "In the Air Tonight."

"This is like a WWE ring entrance or something," Williams said, patting his chest for approval of the song's moody intro.

"It looks like he's staring in my soul," added his twin brother, Fred ...Read more

Cardi B made an OnlyFans account to promote 'WAP' video — because of course she did

Rapper Cardi B will soon be talking "WAP," "WAP," "WAP" on OnlyFans.

The "I Like It" hitmaker has created an account on the content subscription service to offer fans a glimpse into her personal life -- including the making of the vibrant, star-studded "WAP" music video featuring Megan Thee Stallion.

"On my OnlyFans, I will be putting the (...Read more

Meet Tim Williams, one of the Phil Collins-loving YouTube twins

Tim Williams and his twin brother, Fred, have rocketed to internet celebrity over the last few weeks thanks to that most modern of cultural artifacts: the reaction video, in which the comedy or drama of someone's first encounter with a piece of art becomes itself a piece of art available to be encountered by someone else.

In their most talked-...Read more

Television Q&A: Will 'The Orville' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: "The Orville," the Seth MacFarlane show where he was in front of the camera, was very good and we were sad to not see it come back. Any word on it coming back?

A: It will be back only, as I have mentioned before, in a different place. The next season of the show will be on Hulu. It was expected to ...Read more

Commentary: A ballet for us all: How 'Appalachian Spring' carries promise for a new beginning

When Martha Graham's ballet "Appalachian Spring" had its premiere on Oct. 30, 1944, in Washington, D.C., Aaron Copland was the voice of America. He had the gift to be simple. He wrote music that served the essential need for wartime American unity.

Among Copland's wartime efforts had been "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Lincoln Portrait," ...Read more

New music: 3 cool new songs that you should hear in August

Here are three new songs worth putting in heavy rotation this month:

"Glad In it," Chris Bender

The Stoughton, Massachusetts native is a rising star in the Gospel music world, having won a number of awards, collaborated with several notable talents in the genre and scored the previous top 25 hit "The Blood Song."

Bender's new offering -- "...Read more

Review: 'Sputnik,' a Russian spin on 'Alien' — and it's good

The clever and nicely gory "Sputnik" comes from Russia with love, slime, and an impressive lesson in efficient, low-cost pulp filmmaking.

How is the gore "nice," exactly? It's in the eye of the beholder. First-time feature film director Egor Abramenko proves himself an astute judge of when, how much and how many seconds to show his slithering ...Read more

Los Angeles' AFI Fest will go virtual in 2020. Here's what they've learned from other fests

LOS ANGELES -- The revised fall festival corridor in the age of COVID has continued to take shape with recent announcements of hybrid virtual/physical events from Venice, Toronto and New York, along with the outright cancellation of Telluride. Now, L.A.'s own AFI Fest will officially be a virtual event when it takes place Oct. 15-22.

Continuing...Read more

Emmys 2020 predictions: Count on 'Watchmen' to make a strong showing

This Emmy season filled our DVRs and watch queues with so many excellent limited series -- too many to fit into a contracted slate of five nominees. Probably too many for most voters to watch.

You'd think that breadth of quality would be reflected in the nominations, but that didn't really happen. HBO's "Watchmen" earned a leading 26 nods; the ...Read more

Stevie Nicks fears COVID-19: 'If I get it, I will probably never sing again'

You thought those floaty dresses and shawls and smoky eyes were the most dramatic things about Stevie Nicks? Far from it.

The Fleetwood Mac singer, 72, is asking younger people to wear masks and social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and she's doing it with a blend of statistics, harrowing language pulled from science and one of...Read more

Why celebrities are declaring 'we have her back' about Kamala Harris

Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing, Amy Schumer, Sarah Paulson and more celebrities are standing with Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's newly minted and historic running mate for the 2020 election.

The awareness campaign combating vicious attacks against Harris began even before the Democratic VP pick was announced...Read more

#SelPink is a go! Selena Gomez joins K-pop group Blackpink for next single

Get ready for some #SelPink in your area!

After a week of fevered speculation, pop star Selena Gomez has revealed herself as the mystery artist featured on Blackpink's forthcoming single, arriving Aug. 28. Last week, the K-pop girl group unveiled the cover art for the track and hinted at a new collaboration -- sending prescient fans of Gomez ...Read more

Sarah Cooper, the internet's favorite Donald Trump impersonator, is coming to Netflix

President Trump is coming to Netflix. Sort of.

Sarah Cooper, who has become one of the hottest comedians in the country thanks to her social media posts lip-syncing to Trump's head-scratching public statements, is getting her own Netflix comedy special.

"Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine" is being billed by the streaming platform as a "variety ...Read more

3 men accused in plots to threaten, harass victims in R. Kelly racketeering case in New York

CHICAGO -- Three men have been charged in federal court in New York with attempting to "intimidate, threaten or corruptly influence" alleged victims in the racketeering case against singer R. Kelly.

Richard Arline Jr., of Dolton, Donnell Russell, of Chicago, and Michael Williams, of Valdosta, Georgia, were each charged in separate criminal ...Read more

College Football shutdown puts $1.2 billion in TV ads at risk

The decisions by the Big Ten and Pac-12 college athletic conferences to postpone their football season endanger a huge chunk of sales for media companies such as Walt Disney Co. and Fox Corp.

College football alone generated almost $1.2 billion in ad revenue for U.S. television networks last year. Its collapse could also hasten the loss of ...Read more

Media mogul Sumner Redstone, whose empire included Viacom and CBS, dies at 97

LOS ANGELES -- Sumner Redstone, the pugnacious Hollywood titan who controlled media giants Viacom and CBS Corp., died Tuesday after a lengthy illness, according to National Amusements, the Redstone family's private holding company that controls what is now ViacomCBS. He was 97.

Redstone coined the phrase "content is king," and he firmly ...Read more

Neil Young spends thousands to leave 'corrupt' Facebook, Google

In the midst of his battle against President Trump, Neil Young has decided to take on a couple of other sizable entities -- Facebook and Google.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who lived in the Bay Area for decades before departing for Southern California a few years back, has announced he'll be spending thousands of dollars to disconnect his ...Read more