“A STAR IS BORN” TURNS BRADLEY COOPER INTO A MUSICIAN
TORONTO (AP) — Lady Gaga knew Bradley Cooper had the chops to pull off playing a rock star in “A Star Is Born.” She still was amazed to watch the transformation. Lady Gaga says she saw Cooper turn into a musician in his own right, not just as his portrayal of Jackson Maine in the film. She says the music team was working on a song in the studio, and Cooper came in and said, “That’s not Jackson’s sound. That’s not what Jack sounds like.” She says she knew right away, “Oh yeah, I’ve got a musician on my hands.” ″A Star Is Born” is in theaters now.
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TAMARA JENKINS RETURNS WITH “PRIVATE LIFE”
NEW YORK (AP) — Director Tamara Jenkins admits she had the same question many fans have had about herself: Why did it take her 11 years to make another movie? Jenkins says she kept saying, “Yeah, I know. I’m a loser.” She then realized that “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and “Leave No Trace” director Debra Granik also had big gaps between movies, so she’s not alone. Her new movie is “Private Life,” based in part on her own experiences struggling with infertility. She says one of the reasons it took so long since her last movie, “The Savages,” is because she took two years to write “Private Life.”
BETTE MIDLER APOLOGIZES AFTER HER TWEET CAUSES BACKLASH
NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler is apologizing for a tweet that caused a social media backlash when she compared the struggle of women to the history of racism.
The singer-actress wrote that women “are the n-word of the world” and “They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.” Midler was quoting the title of a 1972 song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
The comment drew sharp criticism from many who said it erased the atrocities committed against black people and the struggle of black women in particular.
Midler tried to defend the tweet before deleting it altogether and apologizing a few hours later, saying to black women: “I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.”
CBS hires firm to advise on $20m for #MeToo groups
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has hired the consulting firm Rally to help disperse $20 million to groups dedicated to supporting #MeToo and promoting workplace safety and equality for women. The announcement comes less than a month after the company parted ways with longtime CEO Les Moonves after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
CBS expects to announce the recipients of the funds by Dec. 14.
CBS announced the donation early last month, shortly after The New Yorker magazine published allegations against Moonves that prompted his departure from the media giant.
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CHANCE THE RAPPER GIVING MONEY TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
CHICAGO (AP) — Chance the Rapper says he’s donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. The Chicago native made the announcement Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, saying those involved “want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed.”
Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called “My State of Mind” to help connect people with treatment. Members of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Chicago Department of Public Health were on hand for the announcement.
Also Thursday, the rapper whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, announced plans to give money to 20 additional Chicago Public Schools. His nonprofit has given millions to Chicago schools in recent years.