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Benedict Cumberbatch apologizes after describing actors of color as 'colored'

In an apology for using the word “colored” to describe black actors in a recent interview, Benedict Cumberbatch said he makes “no excuse” for “being an idiot.”

“I’m devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive,” Cumberbatch said in a statement, which the Daily Mail printed in full. “The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term.”


Louis C.K. cancels historic show due to Winter Storm Juno


As Winter Storm Juno narrows in on the Northeast, it’s already causing a shakeup for several performers with shows scheduled this week. READ FULL STORY

Former film exec Cindra Ladd says Bill Cosby drugged, raped her

Another woman has stepped forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. READ FULL STORY

Melissa Rivers files malpractice lawsuit against her mother's doctors

Comedian Joan Rivers died on Sept. 4 due to brain damage that was caused by a lack of oxygen after she’d stopped breathing during an endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy a few days earlier. Her death was determined to be a therapeutic complication, after which, her doctor, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, stepped down. READ FULL STORY

Peggy Charren, leader in children's television, dies at 86

Peggy Charren, a leader in children’s television in America and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, died in her home on Thursday at age 86. READ FULL STORY

Dustin Diamond pleads not guilty in stabbing case

Dustin Diamond was arrested in December for allegedly stabbing a man, and the Saved by the Bell star appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty in the case, according to his lawyer, Thomas Alberti.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by EW, Diamond noticed two men grabbing his girlfriend by the hair and then went toward his girlfriend when a man grabbed him. Diamond then grabbed “[this man’s] arm and [moved] it up around,” knife in hand. He later said he “did not intentionally stab the individual in the bar.”

Watch: YouTube stars interview President Barack Obama live

President Barack Obama got some serious screentime earlier this week when he delivered the State of the Union Tuesday evening, and he’s about to get some more when a trio of YouTube stars interview him live on YouTube, starting at 5 p.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

Refunds requested for 1,200 tickets to Bill Cosby's Denver shows

After performing two shows in Denver just last week, Bill Cosby’s career is once again being affected by the recent sexual abuse allegations against him. Specifically, The Denver Post reports that 1,200 ticket holders have requested refunds to his shows.

According to the Post, refunds were requested for 1,200 of the 3,100 tickets purchased for Cosby’s shows at the Buell Theatre—roughly 40 percent of the tickets. Ticketmaster is currently working with AEG Live Rocky Mountains, the show promoter, to fulfill the requests, despite some delays.

David Byrne wrangles stellar lineup for his next project: color guard

David Byrne is on to his next venture: Color guard. Yes, that color guard.


Jay Leno comments on Bill Cosby allegations, congratulates Larry Wilmore


Jay Leno spoke enthusiastically about the state of the comedy industry during a Q&A session on Wednesday at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference. But the conversation took on a serious tone when Leno voiced his opinions regarding the Bill Cosby controversy.

When the topic arose, Leno told moderator Tom Papa, “I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women. You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.” READ FULL STORY

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