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Passages 2018: Those we’ve lost through the year

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


Dennis Rodman crashes Pearl Jam concert in Chicago, jokes about North Korea

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:29:26 -0400

“You people here are the only people on this planet Earth (who) gave me support,” Dennis Rodman told the crowd, holding a ukulele that he would go on to present to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. “I know one thing, on the day I die, I’ll make sure I’ll be buried in Chicago.”


Day in celebrities

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:25:48 -0400


‘Sesame Street’ sues creators of raunchy, new puppet film

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:54:55 -0400

The makers of "Sesame Street" aren't happy with Melissa McCarthy’s new puppet movie, "The Happytime Murders." They’re taking the film's creators to court for tarnishing the reputation of their family-friendly puppets.


Omarosa Manigault Newman through the years

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


Demi Lovato: Style Diary

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:27:37 -0400

Demi Lovato turned 26 on Aug. 20, 2018. The singer-actress has always seemed "Confident" on the carpet, strutting and posing in style. In celebration of her birthday, we've assembled her best looks.


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.'


Ken Ehrlich: Working with Aretha 'was always worth it'

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:55:19 -0400

Veteran producer Ken Ehrlich talks about working with Aretha Franklin throughout the years and how all other performers expected her to steal the show. (Aug. 19)


'The Happytime Murders': Melissa McCarthy's sugar-snorting scene, explained

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:46:58 -0400

Director Brian Henson explains how Melissa McCarthy's sugar-snorting scene in "The Happytime Murders" was done.


Weinstein accuser Asia Argento allegedly paid off sex assault accuser

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:29:11 -0400

Prominent Harvey Weinstein accuser and MeToo advocate, Asia Argento, allegedly paid off a young actor who accused her of sexually assaulting him.


The Eagles fly past Michael Jackson, now have the best-selling album of all-time

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:22:55 -0400

The Eagles' greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become history's best-selling album of all-time.


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


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)


Alec Baldwin criticizes daughter Ireland's racy Instagram post

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:14:46 -0400

Alec Baldwin got on Instagram to call out his daughter's Instagram post. Keri Lumm reports.


Report: #MeToo leader, Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paid off her sexual assault accuser

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:33:11 -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.


60 great Madonna moments for her 60th birthday

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


Simon Cowell's top 4 from 'America's Got Talent' live show

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:05:04 -0400

Simon Cowell, Tyra Banks and Mel B talk about the pressure and thrill of last week's "America's Got Talent" live show and Cowell ranks top performers.


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.


'Happytime Murders' is not your kids' puppet movie

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:47:32 -0400

Brian Henson, son of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson, explains why he made a decidedly adult puppet movie in "The Happytime Murders."


Brian Henson's 'Happytime Murders' shocks with raunchy puppets (not Muppets)

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:32:31 -0400

Brian Henson unveils a puppet world featuring a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed star (along with a sugar-snorting Melissa McCarthy) in the R-rated 'The Happytime Murders.' His father, Muppet creator Jim Henson, would've loved it, he says.


Gretchen Carlson: I 'never bullied' Miss America Cara Mund, her letter cost org $75,000

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:55:31 -0400

"Actions have consequences. Friday, as an organization, we learned that $75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter," Gretchen Carlson said in a statement Sunday.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra to announce winter tour

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:36:31 -0400

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will announce its 2018 winter tour.


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.


Go behind the scenes of an 'America's Got Talent' live show

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:22:27 -0400

Go behind the scenes of the season’s first 'America's Got Talent' live show at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.


'GLOW' brightens with Netflix Season 3 renewal

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:56:55 -0400

Netflix Monday renewed the critically acclaimed 'Glow' for a third season. No premiere date has been announced for the show, which follows a group of female wrestlers in the 1980s.


'The Simpsons' Kwik-E-Mart is now a real place, where you can munch Lard Lad Donuts

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:32:43 -0400

Don't have a cow, but a Kwik-E-Mart à la "The Simpsons" has opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Snakes on a stage: What goes on behind the scenes at an 'AGT' live show?

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:29:53 -0400

Hollywood's Dolby Theatre is abuzz with activity before the first 'America's Got Talent' live show of Season 13, as USA TODAY spends a day behind the scenes observing the competitors and a skilled stage crew from rehearsal through show.


MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Everything you need to know

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:29:31 -0400

Read up on everything you need to know before the 2018 VMAs return to New York City on Monday.


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)


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)


'Champions' star, 17, comes out as transgender woman: 'I let myself be shoved into a box'

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:33:37 -0400

TV star Josie Totah wrote an essay for "Time" about changing her name from J.J. to Josie. Inspired by "I Am Jazz," Totah's now sharing with the world that she's transgender - not a gay man.


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.


Exclusive: Trans-Siberian Orchestra announces 20th-anniversary winter tour

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:23:42 -0400

TSO's annual winter tour kicks off Nov. 14 in Green Bay and Council Bluffs.


McCartney, Corden take the ride of their lives

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:41:06 -0400

The pair belted out the 1965 classics “Drive My Car” and “Help!” and even stopped by Penny Lane in the latest edition of "Carpool Karaoke."


Weinstein accuser: 'If we stop this conversation we're doomed'

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:33:27 -0400

At the Women in the World Summit in New York, Harvey Weinstein accusers Asia Argento and Ambra Battilana Gutierrez discuss the ramifications of the #MeToo movement and the importance of keeping the conversation alive. (April 13)


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

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:14:55 -0400

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


ShowBiz Minute: Backstreet Boys, Carlson, US Box Office

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:05:25 -0400

Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert; Gretchen Carlson: Miss America's claims cost pageant $75K; "Crazy Rich Asians" shines bright at the U.S. box office. (Aug. 20)


Here's why Netflix deleted all user reviews from its website

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:04:37 -0400

Netflix cancels user reviews. Elizabeth Keatinge has more.


First lady Melania Trump: Social media can be destructive and harmful

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:01:07 -0400

First Lady Melania Trump spoke on cyberbullying just days after President Donald Trump called former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” on Twitter.


Rare sighting: Jennifer Garner brings her adorable kids to Walk of Fame star ceremony

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:53:24 -0400

In a rare turn, Jennifer Garner brought her three children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel out in public so they could watch mom get her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.


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.


Betty White: PBS salutes trailblazing career of TV's 'First Lady'

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:57:36 -0400

New PBS documentary 'Betty White: First Lady of Television' charts the 96-year-old 'Mary Tyler Moore' and 'Golden Girls' icon's eight decades in entertainment.


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)


'Arthur Ashe: A Life': 5 fascinating things we learn about the tennis legend in new bio

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:27:32 -0400

New bio of legendary African-American tennis champ Arthur Ashe details his activism, from equal opportunity in America to apartheid in South Africa.


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 )


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)


Jessica Biel celebrates 'wild' Emmy nomination

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:57:51 -0400

Actress Jessica Biel was overjoyed to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in "The Sinner," in which she plays a woman who stabs a man to death during a day out at the beach. (Aug. 20)


Emmy costume designers show off their works

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:36:27 -0400

Works of nine of this year’s Emmy-nominated costume designers - including the teams behind "Game of Thrones," "Westworld" and "The Crown" - go on show at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. (Aug. 20)


Producer Ken Ehrlich: They just made one Aretha

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:30:42 -0400

Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich discusses Aretha Franklin's uniqueness in the music industry and recalls how much Barack and Michelle Obama loved her songs. (Aug. 19)


How Marilyn Monroe became Marilyn Monroe

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:08:49 -0400

Joseph Maddalena, Founder of Profiles in History, reveals the story behind how Marilyn Monroe found her name. (Aug. 18)


Asia Argento shock: Could #MeToo be damaged by statutory rape allegation against her?

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:56:07 -0400

Will the #MeToo movement be damaged by this: Leader Asia Argento faces allegations she had sex with an underage boy in 2013 and paid him off after she accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.



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