LISA BONET SAYS COSBY GAVE OFF A ‘SINISTER’ ENERGY
NEW YORK (AP) — Lisa Bonet has broken her silence about her former TV father Bill Cosby. She says she isn’t surprised he’s facing sexual misconduct allegations — and that he gave off a “sinister” energy.
In an interview with Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, Bonet says she wasn’t aware of any inappropriate behavior by Cosby on “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.” But she says she sensed “darkness” and a kind of “sinister, shadow energy.”
Cosby faces a retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. Prosecutors describe him as a serial predator.
Bonet and Cosby clashed over her starring in the R-rated “Angel Heart.” Asked about Cosby’s current situation, she says she’s leaving that to “karma and justice.”
GROUP WANTS PROBE OF PAYMENT TO PORN STAR LINKED TO TRUMP
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit watchdog group has asked the Justice Department and Office of Government Ethics to investigate whether a secret payment to an adult film actress made prior the 2016 presidential election violated federal law because Donald Trump did not list it on his financial disclosure forms.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington lodged the complaint on Thursday. They say Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment may have been a loan to Trump, and if so, needed to be disclosed.
Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has claimed that the payment was part of a hush agreement to ensure she didn’t share details of an affair she had with Trump. Cohen has said he paid Clifford out of his own pocket and denied being reimbursed.
‘VEEP’ CREATOR SAYS FILM ABOUT STALIN WILL RESONATE IN TRUMP ERA
TORONTO (AP) — “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci says his latest film about political intrigue after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin will resonate in the era of Donald Trump.
Iannucci says he wanted to connect the consequences of decisions by those jockeying for control of the Kremlin on regular people. Iannucci says that’s why his film mixes comedy with scenes showing people being hauled off, never to be seen again, or outright murdered.
He says the corrupting influence of power is something that cannot be ignored in the United States. Iannucci says people must always be vigilant about democracy, otherwise “it can go wrong.”
“The Death of Stalin” is in theaters Friday. It stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Simon Russell Beale.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN EMBRACES INCLUSION RIDERS
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael B. Jordan is taking Frances McDormand up on her call for the film industry to adopt inclusion riders. Those are contract addendums that require studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project.
The “Black Panther” star says on Instagram that he will adopt inclusion riders for all projects produced by his production company. He’s pledging to support “the women and men who are leading this fight.”
McDormand’s acceptance speech at the Oscars brought new attention to the idea.
Jordan’s Outlier Society production company is developing a sci-fi series for Netflix and other projects. The 31-year-old Jordan
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NEW DRAMA ‘RISE’ LOOKS AT HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS, TEEN ANGST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC’s new drama “Rise” arrives with an impressive pedigree.
It’s from the “Friday Night Lights” producer who created “Parenthood” and a producer of Broadway’s “Hamilton.” The drama about a small-town high school and its theater program stars Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother.”
Jason Katims says he was drawn to “Rise” because it gave him the chance to take a different approach to themes he explored in “Friday Night Lights.”
He says he was captivated by the idea of using musical theater as a way to observe the youngsters and adults in a Pennsylvania town. He’s collaborating with “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller on the series.
“Rise” was inspired by the work of Pennsylvania teacher Lou Volpe. It debuts at 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday.
FACEBOOK TO STREAM 25 MLB GAMES
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal.
The games will be available to Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature announced last August, via the MLB Live show page. Facebook says recorded broadcasts will also be available globally, excluding select international markets.
The package precludes teams from televising those games on their regional sports networks. The concept is similar to the exclusive package of Sunday night games on ESPN.
Facebook, Twitter and Amazon and other tech companies are in a race to acquire sports streaming rights, which can be lucrative and potentially boost user loyalty. The deal comes at a time when leagues are worrying about cord-cutters causing a decrease in viewers among cable television networks.
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