STREISAND APOLOGIZES FOR JACKSON COMMENTS
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand is apologizing outright for her comments about sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson. She said in a second statement Saturday that she should have chosen her words more carefully, and admires the accusers for “speaking their truth.” Streisand was quoted in The Times of London as saying that Jackson’s accusers were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.” After an initial statement to The Associated Press in which she sought to clarify her remarks, Streisand posted an apology that went further. She writes in part: “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims.” She writes that she feels “deep remorse.”
‘FULLER HOUSE’ ACTRESS GETS CO-STAR’S SUPPORT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Candace Cameron Bure (bur-AY’) says “family sticks together no matter what,” in what seems a sign of support for “Fuller House” co-star Lori Loughlin (LAHK’-lin), who has been charged in an alleged college admissions scandal. Bure delivered that message in her acceptance speech Saturday night at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Funny TV Show. She later shared those thoughts on Instagram. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are among dozens who been charged in the alleged admissions scam in which wealthy parents are accused of bribing coaches and other insiders to get their children into elite schools. Prosecutors allege the couple paid $500,000 to have their daughters labeled as crew-team recruits at the University of Southern California, even though neither is a rower.
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ADELE AND JENNIFER LAWRENCE WHOOP IT UP AT NYC GAY BAR
NEW YORK (AP) — Bar patrons in New York’s Greenwich Village were in the right place at the right time when Adele and Jennifer Lawrence showed up. The Daily News reports Grammy-winning singer Adele and her Oscar-winning actress pal hit the gay bar Pieces on Friday night, to the delight of the crowd. They drank and danced and schmoozed, hugging shirtless men and taking selfies while the crowd applauded. They danced to Kylie Minogue and played a drinking game. And Adele participated in a game show hosted by a drag queen and introduced herself as a married, stay-at-home mom. Adele has long been a favorite in the LGBTQ community. She told Time magazine in 2015 that she couldn’t wait to find out who her young son’s “girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be. ... Whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what.”
LARRY COHEN, DIRECTOR OF CULT HORROR FILMS, DIES AT 77
NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Cohen, the maverick B-movie director of cult horror films like “It’s Alive” and “God Told Me To,” has died. He was 77. Cohen’s friend and spokesman, the actor Shade Rupe, said Cohen died Saturday in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones. Cohen’s films were schlocky, low-budget films that developed cult followings, spawned sequels and gained esteem for their genre reflections of contemporary issues. His 1974 “It’s Alive,” about a murderous mutant baby, dealt with the treatment of children. His New York-set 1976 satire “God Told Me To” depicted a series of shootings and murders carried out in religious fervor. Cohen directed Bette Davis’ last film, “Wicked Stepmother,” in 1989. More recently, he wrote the 2002 Colin Farrell thriller “Phone Booth” and 2004′s “Cellular,” with Chris Evans.
WITH KARDASHIAN WEST’S HELP, RELEASED PRISONER FINDS HOUSING
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With Kim Kardashian West pledging to cover five years of rent, one of the first inmates released after federal sentencing reforms says he has finally found a new home. In a Facebook post Friday, Matthew Charles thanked Kardashian West and others for helping to overcome what he called a “nonsensical barrier.” Charles told The Tennessean earlier this month he couldn’t find permanent housing since his release, partly due to his criminal history. Kardashian-West, an advocate for criminal justice reform, then reached out with the offer. Convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 1996, Charles received national attention because he was ordered back to prison in 2018, two years after his release. He was released on Jan. 3 and was invited to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
AFTER 19 YEARS, WALLOWS FINALLY RELEASES BAND’S FIRST ALBUM
NEW YORK (AP) — In their early days, the Beatles were called Johnny and the Moondogs and Coldplay went by Pectoralz. The rock band Wallows is no different. Over the years, the trio has had a number of names, from the Feaver to The Narwhals. Now they’re taking a big step to help people remember the band: A full-length album. Wallows, which is made up of “13 Reasons Why” star Dylan Minnette, fellow actor Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston, have released singles independently, toured, and recorded an EP in 2018, but their debut studio album, called “Nothing Happens,” came out Friday. They’re launching a tour through North America and parts of Europe beginning in April at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
JORDAN PEELE’S ‘US’ SCARES UP $70.3M DEBUT
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday. “Us” took over the top spot at the box office from “Captain Marvel,” which had reigned for two weeks. The Marvel Studios superhero release slid to second place with $35 million in its third week. But all eyes were on Peele in anticipation of his sophomore effort. In today’s franchise-driven movie world, seldom has a young director been such a draw for moviegoers. “Get Out” opened with $33.4 million domestically before grossing $255.4 million on a $4.5 million budget. “Us” cost $20 million to make, meaning it’s already a huge hit for Peele and Universal Pictures.
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