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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Lee Daniels attends the 2015 Summer TCA - Fox All-Star Party at Soho House in Los Angeles. Actor Sean Penn has settled his defamation lawsuit against the "Empire" co-creator. The confidential settlement reached Wednesday, May 4, 2016, ends the case filed after Daniels compared accusations of domestic violence against Terrence Howard to alleged incidents involving Penn. Daniels apologized to Penn and retracted his statements. He said they were thoughtless and cavalier. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

Sean Penn settles defamation suit against Lee Daniels

"Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels apologized to Sean Penn in a statement made public Wednesday as part of a confidential settlement in a defamation lawsuit over comments Daniels made comparing the actor to the show's star Terrence Howard, who's been repeatedly accused of domestic violence. As part of the settlement, Daniels ...

Prince Added To Apollo Theater's Walk Of Fame

  Prince is being inducted into the Apollo Theater's Walk Of Fame. Theater officials announced Wednesday that the late musician will join previous honorees such as Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson when he's officially inducted during the Apollo's  11th annual Spring Gala on June 13th. The Apollo's Walk Of Fame ...

FILE - In this April 12, 2015, file photo, actor Eddie Murphy talks with his girlfriend Paige Butcher during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks. Murphy and Butcher welcomed their first child together on May 3, 2016.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Eddie Murphy welcomes baby girl as ninth child

Eddie Murphy is now a father of nine. Murphy's publicist says the 55-year-old actor and his 36-year-old girlfriend Paige Butcher have welcomed their first child together, Izzy Oona Murphy. The baby girl was born Tuesday morning. Publicist Arnold Robinson says both mother and daughter are doing well. Murphy has eight ...

Read One Teacher's Open Letter to Parents and Lawmakers

An English teacher at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, wrote an open letter to the parents of his students, urging them to "love your children the way we love your children." In the letter, Steve Wedel, 49, reproaches parents and "inept" and "uncaring" lawmakers for the struggles that he ...

FILE - In this 1985 file photo, singer Prince performs in concert. Prince's old band is reuniting for some live shows following his death. Members of the Revolution made the announcement in a video posted online Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo, File)

And Now There Are 7?

  Prince's fortune may get split 7 ways instead of 6 because a woman is claiming she's entitled to a piece of the late singer's multi-million dollar estate. Lawyers for Darcell Johnston filed legal docs in Prince's probate case saying that she's a beneficiary. Darcell is claiming to be a ...

Kerry Washington Expecting 2nd Child

  'Scandal' star Kerry Washington is expecting her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. The actress' baby bump was on display when she attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., over the weekend. She is also expected to walk the red carpet tonight at the 2016 Met ...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of the Oprah Winfrey Network's (OWN) documentary series "Belief,"in New York. HBO said Monday, May 2, 2016, that Winfrey will star in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a TV movie that she has been shepherding as an executive producer. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer with an air date yet to be announced. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Oprah Winfrey to star in HBO's 'Henrietta Lacks' movie

Oprah Winfrey is expanding her participation in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" to an on-screen role. The cable channel said Monday that Winfrey will star in the TV movie that she's been shepherding as an executive producer. The film is based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction book of the ...

Will Smith arrives at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Washington. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Obama out: President takes last shots at official Washington

Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy. "Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe," Obama cracked at the White House Correspondents' dinner Saturday night. "That was a ...

First lady Michelle Obama acknowledges musician Herbie Hancock as she speaks to high school students from across the Washington D.C. area in State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 29, 2016, as part of the International Jazz Day celebration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Obama celebrates jazz at the White House

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are celebrating International Jazz Day a day early with a concert at the White House. Borrowing a line from trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie, who ran for president in 1964, Obama says he intends to turn the White House into the "Blues House" ...

Prince death investigation focuses on flight, drugs, doctor

Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. A guide to the latest developments: ___ INQUIRY INTO EMERGENCY LANDING Questions about Prince's health surfaced April 15, ...

Britain's Prince Harry attends the Sport Industry Awards 2016 at Battersea Evolution, in London, Thursday April 28, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/Pool Photo via AP)

Boom! Queen & Harry answer Obamas' Invictus Games challenge

It helps to have friends in high places when you're promoting an athletic event. That's certainly the case for Prince Harry, who released a video Friday promoting the upcoming Invictus Games for wounded veterans. The cast includes his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as well as Barack and Michelle Obama, who ...

Tupac Shakur Biopic On the Way Get a First Look

Moviegoers are getting their “first look” at Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur in the upcoming biopic “All Eyez on Me.”   The scene in question features Shipp reenacting Shakur’s famous courthouse interview from 1994. “All Eyez on Me,” directed by Benny Boom, is set to arrive in theaters in ...

APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death

Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official said Thursday that among the things investigators are ...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Will Smith arrive at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Smith and Pinkett-Smith are adding their star power to President Barack Obama's initiative to boost opportunities for vulnerable young Americans. The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation said Friday, April 29, 2016, it will launch a “Careers in Entertainment Tour” to support Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative on its two-year anniversary. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith join Obama youth initiative

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are adding their star power to President Barack Obama's initiative to boost opportunities for vulnerable young Americans. The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation said Friday it will launch a "Careers in Entertainment Tour" to support Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative on its two-year ...

Whitney Houston Documentary Gets Estate's Blessing

  A theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston is in the works from director Kevin MacDonald, an Oscar winner for the 1999 doc "One Day In September." It's the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, and will included an interview by Clive Davis, who ...

Obamas, Bidens to kick off USO comedy show next week

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are joining their wives next week for a USO comedy show in observance of Military Appreciation Month. The event marks the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO, a military service organization. Joining Forces is the nationwide ...

What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

It’s one of life’s more uncomfortable tasks – deciding who will get  your things after you die. If  you have a great deal of money, investments or  property it would seem clear that estate planning would be needed to insure the assets are distributed per your wishes. But the recent ...

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams Dead at 72

The L.A. Times has reported that Willie L. Williams, the first African American chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, who steadied the agency in the tumultuous wake of the 1992 riots but was distrusted as an outsider by many officers and politicians, has died. He was 72. Williams died ...

Corea, Alexander to headline Montreal Jazz Festival

A preteen prodigy and a master celebrating his 75th birthday will be among the headliners at the world's largest jazz festival. Pianist Chick Corea will be marking his milestone birthday at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in a trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, with whom he ...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, actor and dancer Derek Hough participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss, "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60",  in New York. Hough and Martin Short will join the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!" on Dec. 7. The duo will join Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein in the TV musical based on the cult John Waters movie. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Martin Short, Derek Hough join cast of 'Hairspray Live!'

Comedian Martin Short and dancer Derek Hough have leapt aboard the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!" on Dec. 7. The duo will join Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein in the TV musical based on the cult John Waters movie. Short will play the husband of Edna Turnblad, played by a ...

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