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'Tyler Perry's Boo 2' scares away competition at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" opened in first place this weekend with $21.2 million from North American theaters, beating out spectacle and star-driven newcomers like "Geostorm," ''Only the Brave" and "The Snowman."

The disaster epic "Geostorm" flopped with $13.7 million against a reported $120 million production budget in its first weekend in theaters. The long-delayed pic starring Gerard Butler did not connect with critics or audiences.

The horror pic "Happy Death Day" took third place with $9.4 million in its second weekend in theaters, while "Blade Runner 2049" fell to No. 4 in its third week with $7.4 million.

The fact-based firefighter drama "Only the Brave" rounded out the top five with $6 million out of the gates, while the crime thriller adaptation "The Snowman" launched in eighth place with only $3.4 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween," Lionsgate, $21,226,953, 2,388 locations, $8,889 average, $21,226,953, 1 week.

2. "Geostorm," Warner Bros., $13,707,376, 3,246 locations, $4,223 average, $13,707,376, 1 week.

3. "Happy Death Day," Universal, $9,363,415, 3,298 locations, $2,839 average, $40,672,780, 2 weeks.

4. "Blade Runner 2049," Warner Bros., $7,353,151, 3,203 locations, $2,296 average, $74,203,354, 3 weeks.

5. "Only The Brave," Sony, $6,002,665, 2,577 locations, $2,329 average, $6,002,665, 1 week.

6. "The Foreigner," STX Entertainment, $5,787,447, 2,515 locations, $2,301 average, $23,181,700, 2 weeks.

7. "It," Warner Bros., $3,451,663, 2,560 locations, $1,348 average, $320,186,279, 7 weeks.

8. "The Snowman," Universal, $3,372,565, 1,812 locations, $1,861 average, $3,372,565, 1 week.

9. "American Made," Universal, $3,131,650, 2,559 locations, $1,224 average, $45,473,385, 4 weeks.

10. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 20th Century Fox, $3,011,307, 2,318 locations, $1,299 average, $94,580,239, 5 weeks.

11. "The Mountain Between Us," 20th Century Fox, $2,773,757, 3,151 locations, $880 average, $25,552,642, 3 weeks.

12. "Same Kind of Different as Me," Pure Flix, $2,591,985, 1,362 locations, $1,903 average, $2,591,985, 1 week.

13. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," Warner Bros., $2,226,261, 2,102 locations, $1,059 average, $54,709,763, 5 weeks.

14. "Victoria and Abdul," Focus Features, $2,126,115, 1,060 locations, $2,006 average, $14,836,649, 5 weeks.

15. "My Little Pony: The Movie," Lionsgate, $2,027,064, 2,301 locations, $881 average, $18,556,663, 3 weeks.

16. "Marshall," Open Road, $1,482,383, 821 locations, $1,806 average, $5,434,374, 2 weeks.

17. "Golmaal Again," Reliance Big Entertainment PVT. Ltd., $1,013,893, 267 locations, $3,797 average, $1,013,893, 1 week.

18. "Secret Superstar," Zee Studios International, $764,152, 211 locations, $3,622 average, $764,152, 1 week.

19. "Mersal," AIM Distribution, $696,410, 143 locations, $4,870 average, $696,410, 1 week.

20. "The Florida Project," A24, $602,171, 112 locations, $5,377 average, $1,340,794, 3 weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

What Hollywood’s men are saying about Harvey Weinstein amid sexual harassment allegations

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assaults and harassment incidents dating back to the 1980s, according to groundbreaking investigations from the New York Timesthe New Yorker and other outlets.

Related: Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Lena Headey, Lisa Rose and Kate Beckinsale are among the many women who have come forward with allegations against Weinstein.

There are more than 50 accusations against the producer so far.

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Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said last week, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”

Here’s a running list of some of Hollywood’s biggest male stars and media moguls on Harvey Weinstein:

Janet Jackson fans not happy about Justin Timberlake Super Bowl Halftime show

When Justin Timberlake announced Sunday he would be performing at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, the first thought for many was: Will Janet Jackson join Timberlake during the performance?

Before the NFL or Timberlake could respond, livid fans took to social media to dispute the league’s decision to give the singer with a halftime spot and not Jackson.

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In 2004, the duo performed during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime, but as the two ended Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” a wardrobe malfunction revealed Jackson’s nipple for less than a second, spawning what now is referred to as the “Nipplegate” scandal.

The FCC nightmare led to the now-standard video delay during live events. Many argue Timberlake was not negatively affected by the scandal like Jackson was. Rolling Stone reported that the incident at the show, which was produced by MTV, led to a blacklisting of the artist by Viacom, MTV’s parent company, and CBS, the network the halftime show aired on. The blacklisting reportedly led to dismal record sales for Jackson’s “Damita Jo” LP and a dark cloud over the performance until this day.

Related: Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

In light of the impactof the controversial moment, some fans found issue with the NFL inviting one-half of the duo back for a second shot at a drama-free performance. Such concerns were expressed on Twitter.

Some even sensed a racial undertone to the missing invitation for a Janet Jackson performance.

NFL officials cleared up the rumors Monday afternoon that Jackson is banned from performing. 

Related: Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

“No ban, no,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told CNN. He declined comment on “any speculation regarding potential guests,” and he said there may be no guests. McCarthy went on to describer Timberlake as the “ultimate global superstar.”

Timberlake has not yet announced whether he plans to invite Jackson as a special guest. Jackson is currently traveling across the U.S. for her State of the World North American Tour.

Pharmacists cited for trying to see Prince's medical records

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded by state regulators for trying to access Prince's medical records within days of the music superstar's death last year.

The Indiana Board of Pharmacy issued letters of reprimand in the last three months and imposed penalties on the three after investigators with the state attorney general's office found they had tried separately to access Prince's medical records in April 2016 through a state database.

Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

All three pharmacists were found to have misused Indiana's online INSPECT database that pharmacists and physicians use to check controlled-substance prescription histories of patients.

Officials found that the pharmacists entered Prince's legal name and date of birth into the database within nine days of his death to try to access his confidential records, even though they had not previously treated the musician who was from Minneapolis and lived in a suburb of that city.

The board issued a final order on Oct. 12 for Indianapolis pharmacist Katrina A. Kalb for attempting to access Prince's medical records one day after his death. The panel did not fine her, but ordered her to complete 12 hours each of ethics education and community service.

On Sept. 15, the board fined Selma, Indiana, pharmacist Kimberly M. Henson $1,000 and ordered her to complete 12 hours of ethics education. The board found that Henson had tried twice to access the musician's medical records.

The board gave Crown Point pharmacist Michael Eltzroth the same punishment and fine as Henson on Aug. 8 for a single attempt to access Prince's records.

Attorneys for Kalb and Henson did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment Monday. A recording at a phone number listed for Eltzroth said the mailbox was not in service.

The attorney general's office filed administrative complaints against the three in June and July, and the pharmacy board held its hearings after that.

Attorney general's office spokesman Bill McCleery said complaints against medical professionals typically take the office between six and 12 months to investigate.

Star chef Besh steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from management of the restaurant group that bears his name after a newspaper reported that 25 women who are current or former employees of the business said they were victims of sexual harassment by male co-workers and bosses.

New Orleans media outlets said Besh's departure from the business he co-owns was announced to employees Monday. "John has decided to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on his family," Shannon White, the woman who is stepping in as CEO, said in an email to staff.

The allegations were published Saturday by NOLA.comThe Times Picayune after an eight-month investigation. Women interviewed said male bosses in the Besh Restaurant Group touched or verbally harassed them and, in a few cases, tried to leverage positions of authority for sex.

Besh acknowledged a sexual relationship with an employee, saying in a written statement to NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune that it was consensual, despite the woman's assertions in a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she felt pressured.

The allegations came to light in a time when sexual harassment allegations have been made against other famous men, including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the late Fox News executive Roger Ailes and comedian Bill Cosby.

Repercussions from the Besh story were being felt even before the allegations were published. Last month, Alon Shaya, a star chef who rose up through the Besh Group ranks, was dismissed as executive chef at Domenica, Pizza Domenica and his critically acclaimed namesake restaurant, Shaya.

Shaya had contacted NOLA.com in August regarding his concerns on how sexual harassment allegations were handled. "I do feel like I was fired for talking ... and for standing up," Shaya said in a follow-up interview Oct. 17. Current and former staff, meanwhile, said in the article and in social media that Shaya did not do enough to stop sexual harassment at the restaurants he ran.

On Sunday, Harrah's New Orleans Casino said it was severing ties with Besh and would rename its Besh Steak restaurant in the casino.

Nine women interviewed for the NOLA.com story agreed to the use of their names, including Madie Robison.

"After being immersed in the culture of the company, I realize my morals and values do not align with the daily practices," Robison wrote in a resignation email, sent to Besh, his business partner Octavio Mantilla and others.

In multiple interviews, Robison's complaints included persistent, sexualized comments from peers and supervisors. Robison claimed she also endured the uninvited touching of Mantilla for almost the entirety of her two years at the Besh Group.

Mantilla said he doesn't remember touching Robison. "I don't remember touching her at all, not on intention or anything," he said.

A Besh Group spokesman said none of the thousands of current or former employees has ever filed an internal complaint alleging sexual harassment in the company's 12 years of existence. Besh and Mantilla said during an Oct. 16 interview that in the past the company had lacked a human resources department to process such claims. The company has one now - its first ever director of human resources took the job Oct. 11, the spokesman told NOLA.com.

In his separate, written statement to NOLA.com, Besh said he was working to "rebuild my marriage" and publicly apologized to employees "who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do."

"I alone am entirely responsible for my moral failings," he added. "This is not the way the head of a company like ours should have acted, let alone a husband and father."

Raymond Landry, an attorney for the restaurant group, gave the news outlet a written statement as well, not mentioning specific allegations, but saying the company is implementing a better procedure for receiving and dealing with complaints.

"While we've had a complaint procedure in place that complies with all existing laws, we now recognize that, as a practical matter, we needed to do more than what the law requires and we have revamped our training, education and procedures accordingly," Landry's statement said.

The Latest: Fired Nickelodeon producer says he's sorry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment in Hollywood (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

A fired Nickelodeon producer facing allegations of sexual harassment is expressing regret over his behavior.

Chris Savino, creator of the animated series "The Loud House," posted the apology on his Facebook page.

Savino wrote Monday that he's "deeply sorry" and ashamed that his words and actions unintentionally created an uncomfortable environment.

He says he's learned difficult but valuable lessons, adding that he respects the bravery of the women who have spoken out.

Savino has been accused of sexual harassment by up to 12 women, according to the website Cartoon Brew, which reports on animation industry news.

Last week, Nickelodeon said it took allegations of misconduct seriously and that Savino was no longer working with the children's TV channel.

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New York state's top prosecutor has launched a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Co. following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the probe Monday. His office says it issued a subpoena seeking all company records

The Democratic attorney general says his office wants to know whether any New York employees were subjected to pervasive harassment or discrimination at the company, which has an office in New York.

Weinstein was fired Oct. 8 by the company he co-founded after allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades were exposed by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

More than three dozen women have publicly accused the entertainment mogul of abuse. Weinstein has denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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ABC News says Ashley Judd will sit down with anchor Diane Sawyer for her first television interview since the actress-activist went public with allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

The interview will air Thursday on ABC News platforms including "Good Morning America," ''World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline."

Judd, an early accuser of the now-disgraced Weinstein, has described an incident two decades ago in which she said he invited her to his hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower.

In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

Weinstein has also been fired from the production company he founded with his brother.

'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

CBS is working on a reboot of its classic show “Magnum P.I.,” according to reports.

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The first eight seasons of the original series aired on CBS in the 1980s. The show starred Tom Selleck.

The series reboot “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to,” Variety magazine reported.

The reboot has already been given a “pilot-production commitment” from the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s unclear whether Selleck will return for the reboot, but as he is currently under contract with CBS for the hit show “Blue Bloods,” it’s plausible that he could appear on the new “Magnum P.I.”

The reboot comes after a recent attempt to revive the series flopped.

Last year, ABC attempted to develop a sequel series, titled “Magnum,” which would have followed Magnum’s daughter who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s P.I. firm. However, the show did not move beyond the development stage.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

PEN Center USA to honor Janet Mock next week

NEW YORK (AP) — Author and activist Janet Mock is being honored by PEN Center USA, the West Coast branch of the literary and human rights organization.

Mock will receive an Award of Honor next week during the center's 27th annual Literary Awards Festival. The ceremony will be held Oct. 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the center told The Associated Press on Monday.

Mock is known for such books as "Redefining Realness" and "Surpassing Certainty," and for her advocacy for LGBTQ rights. The center next week also will honor five New York Times reporters for their breaking news coverage on sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Bill O'Reilly.

Orthodox believers protest movie about Russian czar's affair

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 20 Orthodox believers in Russia have sung prayers to protest the release of a movie about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina.

They gathered outside the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, where "Matilda" was shown Monday to a selected audience ahead of its release this week.

The film loosely tells the story of Nicholas II's infatuation with ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya.

It has angered hard-line nationalists, and some Orthodox believers see it as blasphemous. The czar is glorified as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Nicholas and his family were executed by Bolsheviks in 1918.

Police last month detained several activists accused of setting cars on fire outside the office of the attorney for the film's director. Someone also tried to set fire to the director's studio.

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

As part of the investigation, the prosecutor's office issued a subpoena seeking company records on harassment complaints and legal settlements to determine whether any civil rights and anti-discrimination laws were broken.

"No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear," said Schneiderman, a Democrat. "If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know."

The New York City-based company fired Weinstein on Oct. 8 after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades.

More than three dozen women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have publicly accused the entertainment mogul of abuse. Weinstein has denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.

A woman who answered the phone in The Weinstein Co.'s media relations office said the company had no comment on the subpoena or news of the investigation.

Police in Los Angeles, New York City and London are also investigating Harvey Weinstein over allegations of sex abuse in those cities.

The Oscar winner was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America has started the process of expelling him.

The allegations have prompted calls in Albany to use the power of the state to crack down on harassment. Democratic Assemblywoman Nily Rozic of Queens proposed legislation that would make designers, photographers, retailers and others liable for harassment experienced by models.

Another lawmaker, Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan, proposed legislation that would make companies ineligible for state tax incentives if they fail to address chronic harassment problems in the workplace.

Also Monday, ABC News said Ashley Judd will talk to anchor Diane Sawyer for Judd's first TV interview since the actress-activist went public with allegations against Weinstein. The interview will air Thursday on ABC News platforms including "Good Morning America" and "Nightline."

Judd has described an incident two decades ago in which she said he invited her to his hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower.

In more Weinstein fallout, a fired Nickelodeon producer facing allegations of sexual harassment expressed regret over his behavior. Chris Savino, creator of the animated series "The Loud House," posted the apology Monday on his Facebook page.

"I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed," he wrote. "Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an unacceptable environment."

Savino has been accused of sexual harassment by up to 12 women, according to the website Cartoon Brew, which reports on animation industry news.

Last week, Nickelodeon said it took allegations of misconduct seriously and that Savino was no longer working with the children's TV channel.

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AP Television Writers Frazier Moore in New York and Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

Waka Flocka Flame will release ‘Flockaveli II’ in 2018

Waka Flocka Flame is finally ready to release “Flockaveli II.”

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The Atlanta rapper said his first solo album in five years will arrive in early 2018.

“This is the fourth time I’ve made ‘Flockaveli II,’” he said in a statement. “I lost the original version when I lost my hard drives, and then I lost two more after that. With this version of the album, I just did it.”

The singles “Trap My (Expletive) Off,” produced by Louney G, and “Circles,” the EDM-brushed track featuring rapper Derez Deshon, preface the release of the album, Waka’s first since “Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family” in 2012.

The Gucci Mane protégé recorded 42 tracks for the album, but pared it down to 19. Other producers featured include Lex Leuger, Supa Mario and C Notes.

“An album is supposed to be personal. People want to hear me,” Waka said. “There was a whole bunch of frustration and anger making this album, but I want people to know the same as ‘Flockaveli II.’ Better delivery, better flow. This is a Waka Flocka album.”

Earlier this year, the MC, legally known as Juaquin James Malphurs,was acquitted of gun charges stemming from a 2014 arrest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

John Stamos gets engaged to girlfriend at Disneyland

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Stamos picked "the happiest place on earth" to get engaged over the weekend.

The 54-year-old Stamos announced his engagement to 31-year-old actress Caitlin McHugh on Sunday on social media , writing: "I asked...she said yes! ...And we lived happily ever after." The post included a drawing of the couple standing in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland.

Stamos' publicist says the star proposed after showing McHugh a montage of romantic scenes from Disney films. The couple then had dinner with their families at a restaurant in the theme park.

This would be the second marriage for both. Stamos was married to model and actress Rebecca Romijn from 1998 to 2005.

Stamos stars in Netflix's "Fuller House" and spent part of this year with The Beach Boys as a drummer. McHugh has had guest spots on "The Vampire Diaries" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

The Latest: Former Fox anchor grapples with non-disclosure

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy says she grapples with the idea of signing non-disclosure agreements to settle sexual harassment cases.

Huddy did that to settle her own complaints that former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly made inappropriate advances toward her. That prevented her from discussing that case in detail in an appearance Monday with another fellow Fox anchor, Megyn Kelly, on Kelly's NBC show.

She said she recognized that more women would realize they were not fighting abuse allegations alone if it weren't for the non-disclosure agreements. Kelly, who had made her own harassment allegations against former Fox boss Roger Ailes said she believed that harassment at Fox and other places would end sooner if women knew the extent to which this is going on.

Huddy said the prospect of going up against Fox lawyers and executives with her complaint was daunting.

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Bill O'Reilly says he's being attacked for political purposes and that it's been a "horror show" for him and his family.

The former Fox News Channel host was interviewed by one-time colleague Glenn Beck on this weekend's story in The New York Times that Fox paid a $32 million settlement to a former legal analyst who had accused O'Reilly of harassment.

On Beck's radio show Monday, O'Reilly said that he could not discuss specifics about former analyst Lis Wiehl's case. He said the Times hates him and is intent upon keeping him out of the marketplace. There was no immediate comment from the newspaper.

O'Reilly also said that it was "incomprehensible" that his former colleague Megyn Kelly would speak out against him, saying that "I helped her dramatically" in her career.

He posted online an undated thank-you note Kelly had written to him for giving a gift at a baby shower.

O'Reilly was fired in April.

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Former Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly says she complained to her bosses about Bill O'Reilly's behavior after she had accused former Fox chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, and that the abuse and shaming of women has to stop.

Kelly, now on NBC, spoke Monday after it was revealed in The New York Times that O'Reilly had reached a $32 million settlement agreement with former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl shortly before O'Reilly's contract was renewed in February. O'Reilly was fired in April.

When Kelly's memoir was released last November, O'Reilly publicly questioned the loyalty of those who criticized Fox.

She said on NBC that "the abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation, the silencing of them after the fact — it has to stop."

Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd to be interviewed by ABC News

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News says Ashley Judd will sit down with anchor Diane Sawyer for her first television interview since the actress-activist went public with allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

The interview will air Thursday on ABC News platforms including "Good Morning America," ''World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline."

Judd, an early accuser of the now-disgraced Weinstein, has described an incident two decades ago in which she said he invited her to his hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower.

In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

Weinstein has also been fired from the production company he founded with his brother.

Kelly on O'Reilly: Abuse, shaming of women has to stop

NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly took on her former Fox News Channel colleague Bill O'Reilly in blunt terms on Monday, revealing she had gone to her bosses to complain about O'Reilly's behavior and saying the size of a newly revealed $32 million settlement of harassment charges made by a Fox analyst was "jaw-dropping."

O'Reilly responded, in part, by posting a copy of a thank you note Kelly had sent to him for a gift given at a baby shower.

The New York Times reported that O'Reilly had agreed to the $32 million deal to set aside allegations that include a nonconsensual sexual relationship with former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl, bringing to six the number of harassment settlements involving him. The deal was reached a month before O'Reilly signed a contract extension and three months before O'Reilly was fired because of publicity about the cases against him. O'Reilly has said he's done nothing wrong.

More than just an embarrassment that Fox had hoped was in its rear-view mirror, the story could have costly consequences. Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, is awaiting a decision by British regulators regarding its purchase of the Sky satellite television company, and the issue of Fox News' management is being considered.

Kelly, on her NBC show Monday, refuted O'Reilly's claims that no one had complained about him, saying Fox "was not exactly a friendly environment" for women who had stories to tell about abuse.

She said she went to Fox leaders Bill Shine, who has since resigned, and Jack Abernethy, who is now president of Fox News Network, after her memoir was published last November with her anger about O'Reilly's suggestion that people who complained about their treatment at Fox were disloyal. Kelly had written in her book about alleged harassment by Fox's one-time leader Roger Ailes.

"Perhaps he didn't realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across the country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment," Kelly said she wrote to her bosses.

O'Reilly's attitude of "shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on the grounds that it will disgrace the company" is precisely how Fox got into the mess it was in, she said. Later Monday, she posted a copy of the email she sent to her bosses. "You've got a hell of a guy hosting that 8 p.m. hour," she wrote.

Kelly said she was told O'Reilly would be spoken to and, hours later, he said on the air that people who don't like what is happening in the workplace should leave or go to human resources. She said it's clearly not just Fox that handles the issue of harassment badly.

"This must stop," she said. "The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threats, the retaliation, the silence of them after the fact — it has to stop."

O'Reilly and Kelly's shows once ran back-to-back on Fox's prime lineup. Now those time slots are filled by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. O'Reilly, speaking Monday on the radio program hosted by another ex-Fox colleague, Glenn Beck, said he found Kelly's comment incomprehensible.

"I don't know why Megyn Kelly is doing what she's doing," he said. "I helped her dramatically in her career."

His website posted notes penned to O'Reilly by Kelly in 2009 and 2012. In one, she thanks O'Reilly for publicizing a book written by her husband. In the other, she thanks him for the "darling body suit and snuggly" given at a baby shower. "You've become a dear friend (no matter what you say) and I'm grateful to have you in my life," she wrote in the note.

O'Reilly also posted a note from Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit against Ailes led to his downfall. She's been critical of O'Reilly, and of Fox allowing Hannity to bring him back on the air for an interview recently. In the undated note to O'Reilly, she wrote, "thank you for being my friend."

Carlson's response on Twitter to the note: "So what. Still paid $32M."

"If you still want to think I'm a bad guy, go ahead," O'Reilly told Beck. He said the Times' story about the Wiehl case was designed to get keep him out of the marketplace.

"This is an attack on an American citizen, me, for political purposes," he said. "It has done enormous damage to me and my family. It is a horror show and should never happen in this country."

On her show, Kelly said she's still being victimized by Fox. She said Fox's powerful public relations chief Irena Briganti is "known for her vindictiveness" and "to this day, she pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers, like the one you are looking at right now."

Briganti was not at work Monday. 21st Century Fox issued a statement saying Briganti was "a valued colleague and she has our full support."

Kelly also interviewed former Fox anchor Juliet Huddy on her show. Huddy, who appeared with her lawyer Doug Wigdor, also settled harassment claims against O'Reilly, and said she wrestled with the idea of signing non-disclosure agreements. The one she signed prevented Huddy from giving any details about her case against O'Reilly. She said she struggled with the concept, knowing that it would help other women who feel abused if they knew there were others out there like them.

Huddy said she still isn't working in the broadcast business after leaving Fox.

John Stamos proposes to Caitlin McHugh

Actor John Stamos has announced his engagement to Caitlin McHugh after two years of dating.

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The “Fuller House” star shared the news with fans on Instagram with a cartoon drawing of himself and McHugh at Disneyland.

“I asked … she said yes! …And we lived happily ever after,” he wrote in the caption.

Stamos, 54, first revealed he was off the market during a 2016 appearance on “The View,” according to PEOPLE magazine.

McHugh, 31, has also been vocal about the love and support she receives from her leading man.

“He’s very encouraging of anything I want to do career-wise,” she told Entertainment Tonight earlier this year. “I really appreciate it a lot. You don’t get that with every guy.”

Stamos and McHugh acted as colleagues this year while completing a film together, “Ingenueish,” which Stamos directed and McHugh starred in. McHugh is also known for roles in “The Vampire Diaries” and “Switched at Birth,” and she made her silver screen debut in Will Smith’s “I Am Legend.”

Stamos was previously married to Rebecca Romijn from 1998 to 2005.

Renee Zellweger to play Judy Garland in new movie

Actress Renee Zellweger will play the lead role in a movie about the final year of Judy Garland’s life that will begin production in February 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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“Judy” will chronicle the true story of Garland as she arrives in swinging London in 1968 to perform in a series of sellout shows, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It has been nearly 30 years since Garland shot to fame as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and as she prepares to perform, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and fans, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Garland died on June 22, 1969, in London at the age of 47 from an overdose of barbiturates.

Zellweger, who was born two months before Garland’s death, won an Academy Award in 2003 for Best Supporting Actress in the war drama film, “Cold Mountain.”

Corey Feldman charged with pot possession in Louisiana

MANGHAM, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say actor and musician Corey Feldman has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding over the weekend.

Mangham, Louisiana, police say they pulled over a recreational vehicle driven by Feldman on Saturday and took him to a police station after discovering his license was suspended. Police say an officer at the station smelled marijuana and the drug was found in the RV following a search.

Police say Feldman was released after paying a fine.

Feldman says on Twitter Sunday he had no marijuana on him and faced a charge only because it was his vehicle. He says a member of his crew had medicinal marijuana.

The 46-year-old former child actor now tours with his band, Corey Feldman & The Angels.

Politics on display as Letterman receives Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman was never known as a particularly political comedian, preferring a detached irony-drenched tone that favored the surreal and silly over topical humor. But there was an unmistakable political tint to much of Sunday night's ceremony to present Letterman with the Mark Twain award for American humor.

Several of the comedians honoring Letterman took shots at President Donald Trump and the general state of the country. More than one comedian quipped that the Kennedy Center's funding was about to be cut off mid-show. Meanwhile, the center announced that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was a Kennedy Center benefactor.

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly blamed Letterman for helping to bring Trump to power.

"It's like you went out for cigarettes one day and left us in the hands of our abusive, orange stepfather," Kimmel quipped.

He praised Letterman profusely, recalling a monologue he delivered on his show shortly after the 9/11 attack.

"You let us know it was OK to move on and OK to laugh again," Kimmel said. "Dave, you led the way for all of us."

But Kimmel also noted that in that same monologue, Letterman offered glowing praise to then-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who went on to become a vocal public Trump supporter.

"Well Dave, we all make mistakes sometimes," Kimmel said.

Comedian-turned-Senator Al Franken thanked Letterman for a post-retirement series of videos that he and Letterman recorded together designed to raise awareness on climate change. Comedians Martin Short and Steve Martin, a previous Mark Twain honoree, needled Letterman about his bushy white retirement beard with a line touching on the country's current divisive political atmosphere.

"Dave has always had excellent instincts. What better time than now to choose to look like a Confederate war general," Steve Martin said.

Speakers Sunday night included comedians John Mulaney, Amy Schumer and Jimmie Walker of the 1970s television series "Good Times." Walker gave Letterman one of his first jobs as a joke writer in Hollywood.

Schumer poked fun at Letterman's famed reputation for grumpiness, saying she performed on his show three times.

"By the end of my third appearance, Dave was no longer totally indifferent to me," she said.

Mulaney credited Letterman's appeal with his determination to mine humor from ordinary people, and occasionally their pets.

"The Johnny Carson show said, 'Take a break from your weird life and watch these famous people have fun in show business,'" Mulaney said. "Dave's show said, 'Your weird life is just as funny as show business.'"

The 70-year-old Letterman spent 33 years on late-night TV, hosting long-running shows on NBC and then on CBS. His final broadcast on May 20, 2015, was episode No. 6028 that Letterman hosted. It shattered the record of his mentor, Carson.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama sent in a video tribute and Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder thanked Letterman for being a longtime "friend to music" and performed the song "Keep me in your heart" by the late Warren Zevon, a Letterman favorite.

Letterman's run on NBC in particular was hugely influential, introducing a sardonic, smartly silly comedic style that influenced a generation.

His time slot immediately following Carson's "The Tonight Show" allowed Letterman to draw a huge following of young, largely college-age viewers seeking an alternative to the somewhat staid Carson model.

Letterman introduced the country to fringe musical acts that might never have received an opportunity on "The Tonight Show."

His humor was undeniably intelligent, but also at times surrealistic and goofy. He pioneered segments called Stupid Pet Tricks and Stupid Human Tricks. He tossed watermelons and other objects off a five-story building; at one point, he wore a suit made of Velcro and jumped onto a Velcro-covered wall, sticking in place. He turned bizarre characters like Larry "Bud" Melman and Biff Henderson into cult celebrities.

Letterman started his career as a radio talk show host and TV weatherman in Indiana. In the mid-1970s he moved to Los Angeles, performing stand-up comedy and writing jokes for (at the time more famous) stand-up comic Walker of "Good Times" fame. Eventually he caught the eye of "The Tonight Show" and Carson, performing several times on the show and becoming a regular guest host starting in 1978.

NBC gave Letterman his own show following Carson; "Late Night with David Letterman" debuted on Feb. 1, 1982. Letterman's first guest that night? Bill Murray, the Twain award recipient in 2016.

On Sunday, Murray predictably stole the show with a surreal performance dressed as an Elizabethan monarch.

Murray said the perks of the Twain award elevate you above normal humans.

"You're not exactly a god but you're way up there," he said. "You will be able to walk up to any man or woman on the street, take a lit cigar out of their mouth and finish it. You'll be able to board any riverboat in this country."

Murray then announced he was hungry and had a burger brought to him on stage. He then ordered platters of burgers delivered to Letterman's balcony and cajoled Letterman's son Harry to toss a pickle to the masses below.

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Easybeats songwriter, AC/DC producer George Young dead at 70

George Young, an Australian songwriter who co-wrote the 1965 hit “Friday on My Mind” for the Easybeats and later was a producer for AC/DC, has died, The Guardian reported. He was 70.

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Young’s death was reported on Facebook by the music publishing company Alberts, which has both the Easybeats and AC/DC in its musical catalog.

Young was the brother of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young. 

With the Easybeats, he and fellow band member Harry Vanda produced songs like “Yesterday’s Hero” and “Love Is in the Air” for John Paul Young and “Evie” for Stevie Wright.

George Young played bass with his younger brothers during the early years of AC/DC, and then produced several of the band’s more successful releases, including “High Voltage,” “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” “Let There Be Rock,” and “Powerage,” The Guardian reported.

“Without his help and guidance, there would not have been an AC/DC,” the band wrote on its website. “As a musician, songwriter, producer, adviser and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man.”

Young was born in Scotland in 1946 and migrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, The Guardian reported. The Easybeats formed after Young met Vanda in Sydney.

The Easybeats broke up in 1969. Young and Vanda were inducted into the inaugural Aria hall of fame in 1988; the Easybeats were inducted in 2005.

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