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Usher, Lauryn Hill to perform at Montreux Jazz Festival

MEZIERES, Switzerland (Reuters) - Usher, Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray and Erykah Badu are booked to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival during its 51st edition, organizers said on Thursday.

Oscars Board Decides To Keep PwC For Awards Shows Despite Best Picture Debacle


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The board governing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will retain the services of the accounting firm responsible for the embarrassing Oscars Best Picture snafu at this year’s ceremony.


Last month, PricewaterhouseCoopers took full responsibility for giving actor Warren Beatty the wrong envelope to announce the final and most prestigious award of the night.


The mix-up led to massive confusion with Beatty’s co-presenter Faye Dunaway incorrectly awarding“La La Land” as the Best Picture winner, instead of “Moonlight.” Pictures surfaced showing PwC accountant Brian Cullinan, who was responsible for giving Beatty the wrong envelope, breaching protocol minutes before handing over the results to post a photo of actress Emma Stone to Twitter.



Since the debacle, the firm removed Cullinan and colleague Martha Ruizfrom all Oscars-related dealings. PwC has been the official Oscar ballot counter for the past 83 years.


After a board meeting Tuesday night, the first in-person gathering since the blunder, the group decided to keep PwC as its accounting firm with necessary changes,according to the Hollywood Reporter.


Going forward, a third person will be added to the team of accountants that manage the ballot counting and results. This additional person will sit in the control room during the production to rapidly respond to any errors. PwC added that accountants will have to give up their mobile devices for the entirety of the show. The accountant who managed the Oscar ballot counting process from 2002 to 2013 will return to the role.



Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live.


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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Stephen Colbert Illustrates How Deep In Trump’s ‘Inner Circle’ Devin Nunes Is



“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert devoted part of his Tuesday night opening monologue to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) conflicts of interest. And what better way to examine the information than with a diagram?


Nunes has been making headlines for announcing that he received information showing that intelligence agencies, while targeting suspected foreign spies, inadvertently collected incidental surveillance of President Donald Trump’s transition team officials. While Nunes briefed the president, he has refused to tell his colleagues, the press or American citizens how he obtained the information.


His behavior is concerning because the committee that he co-chairs is leading the investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election and the Trump administration’s ties to the Kremlin.


“No matter where this investigation leads, no matter what we find out, Nunes is not coming out of this smelling like a rose,” Colbert joked.


Watch the moment in the video above.


Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live.


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Stephen Colbert Shreds GOP For Scrapping Internet Privacy Rules



Stephen Colbert tore into House Republicans for voting to repeal internet privacy rules on Wednesday.


Following Tuesday’s vote to allow internet service providers to share customers’ personal information (including browsing history) without their consent, the “Late Show” host said it was typical of “what’s wrong with Washington, D.C.”


“I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America who asked for this,” said Colbert. “No one in America stood up at a town hall and said ’Sir, I demand you let somebody else make money off my shameful desires. Maybe blackmail me one day.’”


To “honor” the vote, the “Late Show” imagined what House Republicans have been searching for online:





Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live.


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017


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Don McLean explains why he won’t reveal the meaning of “American Pie”

“The song is about an American dream of some sort,” McLean said, but wouldn't get into specifics

“American Pie” singer Don McLean on the song’s many meanings

For nearly 45 years, Don McLean's been singing "American Pie," and for nearly as long, people have been trying to pin him down on its meaning. Jim Axelrod reports on why the artist is reluctant to give it up.

Don McLean serenades Jim Axelrod with part of “American Pie”

Don McLean's 1971 classic song "American Pie" was just added to the National Recording Registry, so CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod sat down with the musician for an interview. McLean brought along his guitar, and gave Axelrod a surprise short concert.

Audio Gallery: David Bowie, Barbra Streisand among additions to National Recording Registry

The Eagles, Judy Garland, Richard Pryor, Talking Heads and N.W.A. among artists whose landmark recordings will be preserved by the Library of Congress

“Stretch” explains how to achieve more with less

How can you achieve more with less? That question is the subject of a new book called "Stretch." The book's author Scott Sonenshein spoke to CBSN about the philosophy behind the book.

Amal won’t let George Clooney name their twins after his tequila company

Hollywood power couple George and Amal Clooney have twins on the way, but Amal won't let the actor have the final word on baby names. ETOnline reporter Denny Directo spoke to CBSN about which names Amal couldn't accept.

Academy sticking with PwC for Oscars despite mix-up

PwC accountants will be backstage at the Oscars next year, but they won't be able to bring their phones

Emmy Rossum’s Los Angeles home robbed

Actress Emmy Rossum is thanking Los Angeles police amid reports of a jewelry heist at her home

Trailer for “It” debuts: See Pennywise

The trailer for “It” is finally here, and it asks viewers, “What are you afraid of?”

Jordana Brewster Gets Misty-Eyed Discussing Paul Walker And The ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise


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For the past 16 years, Jordana Brewster has been a part of the “Fast &Furious” franchise.But next month, she won’t be reprising her role as Mia Toretto in the eighth installment, “The Fate of the Furious.”


Although fans may be disappointed, Brewster hinted that it just didn’t make sense for her to be in the movie due to Paul Walker’s absence. The actor tragically died in a November 2013 car crash at the age of 40.


In “Furious 7,” Brian (Walker) apparently leaves the crew to be with Mia and their children. So it appears screenwriter Chris Morgan thought it would be best to leave Mia out of the current storyline, which sees Dom Toretto(Vin Diesel) enter a world of crime and betray those closest to him, all thanks to a new villain, Cipher (Charlize Theron).


“This one’s loaded because it’s the first one that Paul’s not in, so it’s very sad in a way,” a misty-eyed Brewster told The Huffington Post during a Build Series interview Wednesday. “But I think the franchise has evolved throughout the years and each one transitions into something new. I think the addition of Charlize is amazing, the addition of Helen Mirren is amazing. [But] it’s strange not to be a part of it, because it’s been a part of my life for so many years.”



Brewster is especially intrigued by the synopsis,since she can’t imagine Dom turning on his family so easily.


“When I saw that twist, it made me want to watch it. ‘Cause I was like, ‘How? What happens?’ They can’t possibly end on that note, so ... we’ll see,” she said.


Still, family is family, and Brewster is and will always be close with the “Fast and Furious” cast.


“I’m friends with Vin, I’m very close with his sister, as well, and I love Michelle [Rodriguez] to death, and I love Luda, so I feel like I see them regardless. But again, there’s a huge missing element,” she added, of Walker.


Moving forward, the actress hopes to explore more dynamic roles while using her experience with the franchise to her advantage.


“With something as big as ‘Fast and Furious’... it gives you liberty to play in your career, because now I get to go off and find material that might be really fun,” she explained. “It’s fun getting to be a little bit older because I find that the roles are little more eclectic, a little more rich. I’m not always playing the ingnue. It just gives me creative license in a way.”


Watch the full Build Series interview with Jordana Brewster, where she discusses her current partnership with Zyrtec, below.




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Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU.Join us at 7 p.m.Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live.


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visitwww.hmgf.org/tfor terms. #StandForRights2017

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“The Mindy Project” renewed final season on Hulu

Mindy Kaling's sitcom alter ego is getting ready for her grand finale

Patrick Stewart Chimes In On Those Kellyanne Conway Comparisons

A photo of actor Patrick Stewart dressed in drag in 2016 lit up social media after people began to draw comparisons between Stewart’s look and that of presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway.


Now Stewart himself is weighing in.


The “Star Trek” actor playfully declared “Twinsies” on Twitter on Tuesday while sharing a side-by-side photo of them both sporting hot pink with platinum blond hair and black eye makeup.



TWINSIES https://t.co/AeZq9KhOwV pic.twitter.com/0Fnr7iYQuE

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 28, 2017


Stewart had dressed up like a woman a year ago in Los Angeles to promote his show “Blunt Talk”in April 2016. It took months before someone put his face next to Conway’s on the internet.


Now the inevitable conclusion: a fan push for Stewart to play Conway on “SNL.”


“SNL” (and “Star Trek”) fans are messaging pleas like “make it so,” or writing that Stewart should “go where no man has gone before.”

Of course, Patrick wouldn’t be the first person to portray someone of the opposite gender on the popular NBC program.


In addition to Melissa McCarthy’s recentportrayal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and McKinnon’sAttorney General Jeff Sessions, Will Farrell famously portrayed Janet Reno, the nation’s first female Attorney General ― who in one “SNL” skit got in on the joke by appearing on stage with the actor.



The next Saturday Night Live could go where no man has gone before - please! #kellyannconway #patrickstewart #MakeItSo pic.twitter.com/B3VBPWfdYA

— Steg68 (@Steg68) March 27, 2017


One thing: Despite these comparisons, they almost certainly wouldn’t get along. While Trump’s senior counselor is a stalwart supporter of the president, the “X-Men” star is a steadfast Trump detractor.


The British actor even said early this month on “The View” that he’s working toward getting his U.S. citizenship so he can more effectively fight the administration. The “only good thing as the result of this election, I am now applying for citizenship — because I want to be an American, too,” said Stewart. “All of my friends in Washington said there’s only one thing you can do: fight, fight, oppose, oppose. But I can’t do it because I’m not a citizen.”



Patrick Stewart In Drag Is Kellyanne Conway IRL —… https://t.co/a9sDrApxRK #Entertainment #NewsandGossip #KellyanneConway #PatrickStewart pic.twitter.com/FtcJ9EC9er

— Only Everything (@Click_____Me) March 27, 2017


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Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now andjoin us at 7 p.m.Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017


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NBCUniversal slightly ahead of Sochi for 2018 Winter Olympics ad sales

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal is pacing ahead in the amount of advertising inventory it has sold for next February’s Winter Olympics compared with the same time four years ago, NBC Sports executives said on Wednesday.

Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler reunite to host reality show

Former “Parks and Recreation” stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are reuniting

Bryan and Bentley: What they’re most excited for at ACMs

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley joined forces on “CBS This Morning” to preview Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards

Oscar accountants get reprieve after best picture blunder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The accountancy firm behind the biggest blunder in Oscar history is staying in the picture.

Lawsuit claiming ‘Big Bang Theory’ stole ‘Soft Kitty’ is dismissed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the hit CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory" borrowed lyrics without permission for "Soft Kitty," a song used on several episodes of the show.

Selena Gomez Debuts Emotional New Song For ‘13 Reasons Why’


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Selena Gomez is a co-producer on the new Netflix original drama series “13 Reasons Why.”While she will not be acting in the show, she will be a part of the show’s soundtrack.


On Wednesday, Gomez tweeted a teaser video which features a cover of the ‘80s hit “Only You.”



2 days til @13ReasonsWhy… Here's a 1st listen to my cover of "Only You” from the soundtrack, inspired by Hannah and Clay's story. Out 3/30! pic.twitter.com/aSrAFhpFoY

— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) March 29, 2017


Gomez says the song choice is inspired by the relationship between two characters on the show, Hannah and Clay.


“13 Reasons Why” revolves around 13 tapes left behind a student who died by suicide, each targeted at a different classmate who contributed to her decision to end her life. While this dark tale sounds like a departure from Gomez’s previous projects, it turns out her personal experiences with bullying are what inspired her to take on this new show.


Subscribe here to read our exclusive interview with “13 Reasons Why” star Justin Prentice to learn even more about the series and what it’s like to work with Gomez.



Bryce Walker @13reasonswhy @netflix Premieres March 31

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“13 Reasons Why” premieres on Netflix Friday, March 31.


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Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now andjoin us at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017


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Bob Dylan to receive Nobel Prize this weekend

The Swedish Academy is excited to finally deliver Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize for literature honor

A Minute With: Lisa Kudrow on ‘Boss Baby,’ ‘Friends,’ Hollywood sexism

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lisa Kudrow, best known for playing the kooky Phoebe Buffay in hit sitcom "Friends," said she was delighted to reunite with Alec Baldwin, who played one of Phoebe's boyfriends, in new DreamWorks animated film "The Boss Baby."

‘Five Came Back’ and changed Hollywood’s depiction of war

NEW YORK (Reuters) - William Wyler lost his hearing, George Stevens never made another comedy, and John Huston suffered what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after years of filming scenes of death and destruction.

Colton Dixon On What It Was Like To Be An Extra In ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’


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Colton Dixon competed on Season 11 of “American Idol,” has toured the country and most recently released his third studio album, “Identity.”


But before all of that, the singer had another type of role ― as an extra in 2009’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” It was small part. Small enough that if you blink, you could miss it. But for Dixon, the on-set experience was quite memorable.


“It’s one of those things that you really have to pause … not that I’ve done this,” he said, laughing, during an interview with The Huffington Post at Build Series. “We got paid to eat cotton candy and ride the ferris wheel all week. It was pretty awesome, actually. I would do it again in a heartbeat, I would. My sister and I did it and I don’t know, we were 15 or 16 … What a cool experience. I had never seen anything like that.”



Although Dixon didn’t get the chance to meet Miley Cyrus on the set (he did meet her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus), he vividly remembers watching Miley in action.


“It was interesting observing her just because she was so young at the time and she had all these decisions,” Dixon said. “I remember that being very interesting just seeing all the stress and all the things on her plate and thinking, ‘Man, I’m glad I’ll never have to deal with that.’”



It was only a few years later that Dixon got a taste of his own version of fame, finishing in seventh place on “Idol” in 2012.


For more from our interview with Dixon, check out the video below.


Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU.Join us at7 p.m.Eastern onFriday, March 31,on Facebook Live.


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visitwww.hmgf.org/tfor terms. #StandForRights2017

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Michelle Pfeiffer explains her break from Hollywood

If moviegoers have missed seeing Michelle Pfeiffer around, they're in luck
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