• Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

    Updated: 56 min ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury sided with Ventura in his lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who was killed last year in Texas. Though Ventura honed a tough-guy reputation as a pro wrestler and action movie actor, he maintained the legal battle was about clearing his name among his beloved fellow Navy SEALs, not about losing a supposed fight. Kyle — reputed to be the deadliest sniper in U.S.

  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for fried, sugary treats ahead, given that her busy 2014 tour also includes performances at the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs in August. Franklin made headlines last week while on tour after publicizing that a server at a Johnny Rockets restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario, screamed at her for trying to sit down to eat her takeout order. The franchise owner apologized, citing the employee's youth and inexperience.

  • Nicole Richie's Parenting Philosophy Is Actually Really Good

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Nicole Richie recently appeared on Oprah's Where Are They Now? to talk about her marriage and family life, including what she feels is the most difficult part of being married to Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden. Obviously, Richie has come a long way from her The Simple Life persona as Paris Hilton's wild sidekick, having now been married to Madden for three and a half years. The couple has two children together, Harlow, 6, and Sparrow, 4. Video: Lionel Richie Teaches Nicole How to Parallel Park on 'Candidly Nicole' Continue reading...

  • Feds end effort to reclaim mummy mask for Egypt

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody fight will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its fight to reclaim it for Egypt. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Tuesday that the Department of Justice will take no further legal action to reclaim the funeral mask of Lady Ka-Nefer-Nefer, a noblewoman who died in 1186 B.C. The mask went missing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo more than 40 years ago. The St. Louis Art Museum said it researched the provenance of the mask and legitimately bought it in 1998. A federal judge ruled in 2012 that the U.S. government provided no evidence of "theft, smuggling or clandestine importation." An appeals cou

  • Legal fallout begins for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is apparently not being forgiven. The Really Useful Group, the London-based production company of "Superstar" composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, said Tuesday that it was taking legal action against music and theatrical producer Michael Cohl for the "unilateral decision" to scuttle the tour, which was to star punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. In a statement, The Really Useful Group said it "has no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors." Cohl's S2BN

  • 'The Bachelorette' Finale: Can You Believe Nick Called Out Andi For Sleeping With Him?!

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Well this is awkward.

  • Surprise! New 'NSYNC Album Released!

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    It appears not even the members of 'NSYNC knew they had an album dropping today.

  • Audra McDonald helps 'Lady Day' turn a profit

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they've recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best-known songs, including "God Bless the Child," ''What a Little Moonlight Can Do" and "Strange Fruit." In June, McDonald won her sixth Tony Award for the role, making her the awards' most decorated actress and the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. Other recent Broadway shows that have recouped include "Of Mice and Men," ''All the Way" and "T

  • Kevin Smith Says Jennifer Garner is the Reason He's Not Friends with Ben Affleck Anymore

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Though Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck have worked on five films together including classics like Chasing Amy and Dogma, looks like the two are no longer close -- and according to Smith, the surprising reason is Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner. When Yahoo Movies asked noted comic book fan Smith about a potential Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice surprise at this year's Comic-Con and if Affleck was in town, Smith replied that he didn’t know because the two were not "f*cking tight" anymore. Video: Ben Affleck -- Hollywood's Golden Boy Continue reading...

  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Poster Sparks 9-11 Comparisons

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster is causing quite the raucous. Paramount Pictures Australia tweeted an official poster of the heroes in a half-shell jumping from a burning high-rise building. The tweet announced the Australian release date of the film, writing: "Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11!" RELATED: Must-See Movie Posters Continue reading...

  • Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday that "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour" by teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it. Roig-DeBellis hurried 15 first-graders into a bathroom upon hearing gunfire at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, saving their lives. The gunman eventually shot himself to death after gunning down his mother, six teachers and 20 children.

  • Find Out Cameron Diaz's Fall Back Career On The Set of 'The Mask' 20 Years Ago

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    It's hard to believe that The Mask premiered 20 years ago today. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sssssssssmokin' comedy, ET is taking you back to 1994 when we were on the set with a 31-year-old Jim Carey and a 21-year-old Cameron Diaz in her first movie role ever.

  • Zac Efron opens up on rehab stint

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Monday on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," Zac Efron took some time out from braving the elements to discuss what led up to his 2013 stint in rehab, according to Yahoo TV. He talked about how the paparazzi was ever-present in his life and trying to deal with that kind of attention was confusing. "Pretty soon, you need a social lubricant. And once I needed that, it became to go anywhere," he confessed.

  • No More Blowouts! Jennifer Lopez Sports Her Natural Curls

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    No, this isn't a flashback photo of Jennifer Lopez's In Living Color Days. That's J.Lo returning to her "Jenny From the Block" roots ...literally. The 45-year-old American Idol judge revealed her naturally curly hair while snapping a selfie on July 28, 2014. She Instagrammed: "Wheels up!! Next stop LA... #curlyhairdontcare #myNYlook #gonnamissNY #greatvacation #backtowork." RELATED PICS: Two Looks, One Star! Continue reading...

  • Surprise! New NSync album drops today

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Surprise, there's a new 'N Sync album out today. It's such a surprise, in fact, it was even news to… the group?! On Monday night, Lance Bass took to the '90s boy band's official Twitter account to announce that, unbeknownst to the fellas — also including Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and, of course, Justin Timberlake — the record, "The Essential," is dropping Tuesday, according to Yahoo Music. The other members of the group, which went on a "temporary" hiatus back in 2002 when Timberlake went solo and never reunited, have yet to comment about the release of the album.

  • New Mexico city attempts to woo 'The Bachelor'

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is trying to land the "The Bachelor," and it may shell out some money for the mission. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/GRqNAi) councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show. Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe. The New Mexico Department of Tourism already has agreed to a letter of intent to commit $50,000 to the effort. Randy Randall, Tourism Santa Fe's executive director, says the show's producers approached Santa Fe two weeks ago about possibly shooting in the city.

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as 'The Honorable Woman'

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Honorable Woman" is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman's inner life and a global hot spot. Poised between dream-state and tough reality, it exposes timeless truths while remaining as current as the next Israeli-Palestinian clash. An eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT on SundanceTV, "The Honorable Woman" is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Baroness Nessa Stein, an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who wants to span a raging divide with communication cables laid between Israel and the West Bank, Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers the most nuanced yet full-bodied performance you could hope to see.

  • Martha Stewart on Blake Lively's New Lifestyle Blog: 'I Mean, It's Stupid'

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Before there was Goop and Preserve, there was Martha Stewart. So it's not surprising that everyone is asking Stewart, 72, for her opinion on Blake Lively's new lifestyle company Preserve -- and true to Stewart's reputation, she's as candid as ever. Related: Blake Lively Gives a Revealing 'Vogue' Interview Continue reading...

  • Jay Leno returns to NBC -- for now

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will return to NBC this week to mentor comedians on “Last Comic Standing," according to Yahoo TV. As the five final comics face off Thursday, Leno will provide counsel on the ins and out of stand-up. Host J.B. Smoove introduces Leno to the comics by telling them they're about to meet “one of the funniest comedians in the world.”