Mississippi School Board Upholds Firing Over ‘New Butt’ Book | Entertainment News

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi educator who was fired for reading a children’s book called “I Need a New Butt!” to second graders says he will go to court to try to get his job back. Toby Price told the Clarion Ledger he received a 12-page order Monday showing the Hinds County School Board … Read more

Ashley Judd Talks About Mental Health After Mother’s Death | Entertainment News

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and talked about her grieving process after the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd. In an interview aired on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, the movie star said she wanted to address her mother’s struggle with depression. Judd … Read more

Ukrainian Circus Comes to Town, and Stays in Italy, Amid War | Entertainment News

By TRISHA THOMAS, Associated Press PISTOIA, Italy (AP) — A Ukrainian circus troupe is performing a never-ending “Alice in Wonderland” tour of Italy, caught in the real-world rabbit hole of having to create joyful performances on stage while their families at home are living through war. Like many Ukrainian artists who were abroad when Russia … Read more

Surprise! Justin Timberlake Is in ‘Candy’ With Jessica Biel | Entertainment News

By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Viewers tuning in to Thursday’s episode of “Candy,” starring Jessica Biel, may recognize a familiar face: Biel’s husband Justin Timberlake. The musician and actor portraying a representative who investigates the murder the show is centered around. Biel, a co-executive producer on the project, says Timberlake first … Read more

Mario Batali Acquittal Underscores Perils of #MeToo Cases | New York News

By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby was released from prison when his conviction that he drugged and assaulted a woman was overturned. Quarterback Deshaun Watson landed a record-setting $230 million contract, despite an investigation into claims he assaulted 22 women. Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted this week on just the … Read more

‘Fiery’ Psaki Ending Tenure as a Top White House Messenger | Entertainment News

By Will WEISSERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jen Psaki had been White House press secretary less than two weeks when a reporter asked whether Twitter’s ban of Donald Trump had made President Joe Biden’s life easier. “We don’t spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here,” she responded, then … Read more

Film Producers Defend Safety in Alec Baldwin Shooting | Entertainment News

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, NM (AP) — A film production company is contesting sanctions by New Mexico officials for alleged workplace safety violations on set of “Rust,” where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer in October, according to filings posted Wednesday by state regulators. Rust Movie Productions is challenging the basis … Read more

For Auction: Marilyn’s Clothes, Thor’s Hammer, Cap’s Shield | Entertainment News

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer It may not be that Marilyn Monroe dress, but several gowns she donned for “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” are going up for auction this summer along with 1,400 other pieces of Hollywood history. Over three days in July, Turner Classic Movies and Julien’s … Read more

Former Ballerina Susan Jaffe to Lead American Ballet Theater | Entertainment News

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National NEW YORK (AP) — When she was 18, she was handpicked by Mikhail Baryshnikov to dance a high-profile role at American Ballet Theatre, launching a celebrated career as one of the world’s top ballerinas. Now, 40 years later, Susan Jaffe has been named to lead the company. Jaffe takes over … Read more

Joshua Cohen, the Late Winfred Rembert Win Arts Pulitzers | Pennsylvania News

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Joshua Cohen’s “The arbitrators,” a comic and rigorous campus novel based on the true story of the father of the former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin seeks a job in academia, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Benzion Netanyahu, who died in 2012, was a … Read more