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Helen Mirren accepts the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for "The Queen" in 2007; Michael Caulfield/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Oscar winner Helen Mirren is defending the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Oscars diversity debate.

Asked about the controversy by England's Channel 4 News, the 70-year-old actress said she thinks "it's unfair to attack the Academy."

"It just so happened this year it went that way," she said Wednesday about the Academy's failure to nominate any people of color in the top acting categories for a second year in a row.

She did acknowledge that "Idris Elba absolutely would have been nominated for an Oscar," but explained that "he wasn't because not enough people saw -- or wanted to see -- a film about child soldiers."

Elba won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor last weekend for his role in Beasts of No Nation.

The bigger issue, Mirren added, "is what happens before the film gets to the Oscars."

"What kind of films are made, and the way in which they're cast, and the scripts," she said. "So it's those things that are much more influential ultimately than who stands there with an Oscar."

The Academy recently announced that it was planning to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.

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Image courtesy Essence magazine(NEW YORK) -- With all the controversy surrounding Hollywood’s lack of diversity, Chris Rock seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders with his upcoming duties as host of this year’s Academy Awards.

The multiple Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning funnyman recently opened up to Essence magazine writer Isabel Wilkerson to share his views on Black Hollywood.

Regarding any contentious feelings about the success of his peers, Rock, who graces the cover of the Time Inc. publication, offered:

“It’s big enough for all of us. I always say that to people. Kevin Hart and I always talk about this. It never comes out of my check. If Kevin gets two million dollars, it doesn’t come out of my check. I’m not short ten million dollars because Kevin Hart has a big movie. Good for him. It’s a good thing for everybody....”

When it comes to the challenges African-American actresses encounter pertaining to their white peers, the Top Five star said:

“I’ve never done a  movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn’t gone, ‘Does the girl have to be black?’ It happens every time. Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody’s talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence’s place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect. Black women are the least represented on-screen. They just are. You can go see a lot of movies and there’s not one black woman in there with, like, a real part. It’s a real, real, real problem....”

The newly divorced father, who launched his career in 1990 on Saturday Night Live, pondered the future of his career, too: “I was with [Jerry] Seinfeld the other day. We were like, what we got? Five years? Six years? Literally. That’s not saying making a living. It’s saying, how much longer do you have where people are going to care what you say?”

Rock, who last hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, confessed about the prospects of this year's ceremony: "It could go horribly wrong. Don't ever think that it can't. That's when it goes wrong—when you don't think there's any chance of it going wrong. If you know it won't, it probably won't."

The March edition of Essence magazine is on newsstands nationally on February 12.

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CBS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Break out your Swiss army knife -- MacGyver’s coming back.

Variety reports entertainment company Lionsgate made the announcement Friday during an earnings call, revealing both a movie and subsequent CBS TV show are planned.  The original series credit, Lee David Zlotoff, is on board, as is Neal Moritz, who produces the monster hit Fast and the Furious movie franchise.

MacGyver ran on ABC for seven years, from 1985 to 1992, and starred Richard Dean Anderson as the globe-trotting, troubleshooting adventurer Angus MacGyver, who refused to use guns but instead relied on his wits, ingenuity and ever-present Swiss army knife to get himself out of a jam.

“MacGyver” has since become so synonymous with clever improvised solutions, Oxford Dictionaries last year added it to its online dictionary.

No word on when the MacGyver reboot will hit the big and small screens.

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Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney said he knew within six months after meeting his future wife Amal that he wanted to marry her.

The 54-year-old actor shared with Ellen DeGeneres the moment he proposed to the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer, 38, and why it took her 25 minutes to realize what he was actually doing.

"I think it was about six months until I actually thought I might pop the question, and it was one of those horrible moments -- we didn't talk about it. It wasn't like, 'Oh, maybe we should get married,' or anything. I plotted the whole thing out," Clooney told DeGeneres on her show. "I had the ring hidden behind her. I had music playing -- my Aunt Rosemary's gonna sing 'Why Shouldn't I?' Everything was planned out and I've cooked dinner."

Amal, who had just returned from London, suggested to Clooney that they order in.

"And I go, 'No, no, no. I've made dinner.' I've got it all set up, timed out, and the song is coming and she gets up to go wash the dishes -- which she's never done," he recalled with a laugh. "And I'm like, 'What are you doing?'"

When she finally finished, Clooney blew out the candle and asked Amal to hand him the lighter in a box behind her.

"She reaches around and she pulls out the box and I've got just the ring sitting in there," he recalled. "And she pulls it out and she looks at it and she's like, 'It's a ring.' Like somebody had left it there some other time! I don't know. I'm doing all the moves you can do with my face."

But Amal still had no clue.

Then, Clooney recalled, "I got down on my knee and said, 'I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without you.' And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like, 'Oh, my God.' And we now know, because there was a playlist, so we know how long it actually took, and it was like 25 minutes.

"Finally, I literally said, 'Look, I hope the answer's yes, but I need an answer. I'm 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon,'" he continued. "And she said, 'Oh, yes.'"

The pair wed in Venice in September 2014. "It worked out really well," Clooney said.

"It was one of those funny things," he said. "From the minute we met we just hit it off. From the minute we met, we sort of felt like we were gonna be together."

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Orange Is the New Black fans just got some good news to start their weekend.  The hit Netflix comedy-drama has just been renewed for three more seasons.  Creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan will be sticking around for the additional seasons as well.

“Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange Is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them,” Netflix original content VP Cindy Holland said in a statement revealing the news.

Kohan’s happy, too: “[K]udos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers...with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show,” she says.  “Three more years!  Three more years!”

Orange Is the New Black won the Ensemble Comedy Series award at last weekend’s Screen Actors Guild awards, while cast member Uzo Aduba won Outstanding Female in Comedy Series.

Season four of Orange Is the New Black premieres June 17 on Netflix.

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Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was Final Judgment day as American Idol’s top 24 were revealed. More than 50 remaining contestants faced off in the Showcase Round, before facing judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez to see would fill the coveted spots.

Here are Thursday’s highlights:

The journey ended for a couple of early favorites. Michelle Marie performed Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns,” but while Urban noted that she really “takes to the stage,” Michelle’s charm and energy didn’t stand up to the fierce competition. Colette Lush’s audition also blew the judges away, but nerves seemed to get the better of her in the Showcase Round. Her vocal performance on Meghan Trainor‘s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” impressed the judges, but they didn’t think she was ready for Idol’s top 24.

Trent Harmon was dealt a devastating blow when he came down with a case of mononucleosis upon arriving in Hollywood, but he mustered every ounce of energy he could for his version of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” It ended up working in his favor, as the judges thought he showed character, as well as talent, battling through his illness. He earned a spot in the top 24.

A couple of 16-year-olds also moved on to the top 24. Flame-haired Amilia Eisenhauer “left it all on the stage” for her performance of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” playing a little fiddle as well. Lee Jean sang Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain,” urging the crowd to keep quiet as he did – a serious no-no in Jennifer’s opinion. Both managed to convince the judges they had what it takes to be a part of Idol’s top 24.

Thomas Stringfellow’s girlfriend of a year broke up with him just before he entered the competition for fear it would hurt their relationship, but channeled that heartbreak into his performance of One Direction’s “Story of My Life.” Harry noted there were better singers in the competition, but Thomas had a special quality that earned him a spot in the top 24.

Returning contestant Emily Brooke, who didn’t make it into last season’s top 24, gave it another shot with Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.” J-Lo thought that of all the contestants, Emily grew the most in one year, which was a testament to her commitment and talent. The judges all agreed that this was Brooke's year and she advanced the top 24.

Gianna Isabella, the 15-year-old daughter of Brenda K. Starr and the youngest person in the competition, chose her mom’s hit single “I Still Believe,” but her mom’s maternal instinct to coach her little girl didn’t sit well with musical director Ricky Minor. Brenda backed off and Gianna did her mom proud, earning a spot in the top 24.

It was between Jordan Sasser and Kayce Haynes for the last two men’s spots. Jordan, with his wife – who had also auditioned, but didn’t make it to Hollywood – sitting in the audience, brought the house down with his version of OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out.” However, Kayce also felt confident about his Showcase Performance, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Sasser and Haynes were brought into the room together, where Harry informed them that Jordan would claim the final spot in the top 24.

It was the same process for the two remaining females: Lindita belting out Jessie J’s “Bang Bang,” and La’Porsha Renae delivering a soulful version of the classic “House of the Rising Sun.” Urban noted that Lindita brought her swagger to the competition, while La’Porsha brought soul, before revealing that Renae gobbled up the last female spot in the top 24.

Here are the top 24:

Jenn Blosil
MacKenzie Bourg
Emily Brooke
Amelia Eisenhauer
Trent Harmon
Gianna Isabella
James VIII
Lee Jean
CJ Johnson
Adam Lasher
Tristan McIntosh
Jeneve Rose Mitchell
Stephany Negrete
Dalton Rapattoni
Jenna Renae
La'Porsha Renae
Olivia Rox
Jordan Sasser
Thomas Stringfellow
Manny Torres
Sonika Vaid
Kory Wheeler
Avalon Young
Shelbie Z.

The first group of 12 semifinalists will perform when American Idol airs Wednesday night on Fox.

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Universal(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:

* Hail, Caesar! -- In the Coen brothers' comedy, set during Hollywood's Golden Age, George Clooney is an actor who is kidnapped and held for ransom. Josh Brolin is a fixer who tries to resolve the situation. Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum also star. Rated PG-13.

* Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- The classic Jane Austen novel comes to the big screen, with a zombie twist. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey star in the film, which is based on the 2009 parody book of the same name. Rated PG-13.

* The Choice -- A medical student falls for a ladies' man in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson star. Rated PG-13.

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© 2015 CTMG, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Going into this film, I have to imagine I was like most of you – I read Pride and Prejudice in high school but don’t really remember it, and I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 2009 book on which the movie is based.  And, also probably like many of you, my first reaction was to laugh and completely dismiss this idea as dumb.

“A movie where they add zombies to Pride and Prejudice?” I thought. “Seriously? This was a joke someone made on Twitter that somehow spiraled out of control, right?”  And then I saw a little bit of footage at Comic-Con last year, and I must say I was impressed. Strong female leads who can kick butt in corsets? Ok, I’m intrigued.

Now that I’ve seen the movie, I can tell you: I’m all in.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is exactly what the title states: it takes Jane Austen’s beloved 19th century comedy of manners and adds zombies.  It follows the five unmarried Bennet sisters and their various courtships with suitors Mr. Bingley, Mr. Darcy and others.  Only in this version, zombies are at war with humans and a constant danger.  This being the case, all the sisters are combat-trained martial arts experts.  Sound crazy?  Trust me, just go with it.

Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella) stars as second sister Elizabeth Bennett, and she’s not too keen on fitting into the common role women were meant to play in 19th century England. She has little interest in boys or balls (the dancing kind), and is perhaps the best warrior of the women.  She kicks butt, a lot, and is constantly saving both her sisters and the guys – exactly the kind of strong female heroine that seems to be sorely lacking on the big screen right now, especially in the comic-book movies.

Sam Riley (Maleficent, On the Road) plays Mr. Darcy, who spars and sparks with Elizabeth for most of the movie.  He’s grumbly and dark and full of both pride and prejudice, a zombie-killing colonel who has no time for games.  My only problem here is that he’s perhaps a little too dark -- James’ Elizabeth is also very serious, but she has a nice lightness about her, with a wry smile every now and then. Riley’s Darcy just seems like a terrible person to spend time with.

But that’s okay, because Doctor Who’s Matt Smith is there to provide a lot of comedy. He plays Parson Collins, cousin to the Bennett sisters and a potential suitor. He steals every scene he’s in, and welcomingly cuts the tension.

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is also fun as the eyepatch-wearing famed zombie slaughterer Lady Catherine de Bourgh.  She brings a little bit of Cersei Lannister’s bite to the role of the richest lady in all the land, and it would have been nice to see a little more of her going toe-to-toe with Lily James.

I honestly try as hard as possible to go into every movie with as little baggage as possible, but given the silly concept, that was tough to do here.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies not only turned me around, it made me a fan.  It’s funny, smart, has some great fight scenes, and it’s just so refreshing to see women in a 19th century period piece who aren’t damsels in distress or scheming vixens.

I want to see more.  If there’s a sequel, I’ll be there.

Four out of five stars.

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Dana Hawley/Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- The Choice is the eleventh love story from Nicholas Sparks to hit the big screen -- since 2012, Sparks films have arrived yearly. They’re the perfect thing to pair with Valentine’s Day: both have the potential to be magical, but you’ve learned not to expect much out of either so as not to be disappointed. The Choice fits right into that mold.

It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. Benjamin Walker (In the Heart of the Sea, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) stars as handsome Southern veterinarian Travis Parker, an easygoing guy who likes to fish and hang out with his dog. Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Point Break) is Gabby Holland, the tightly wound medical student who moves in next door.  From the first five minutes of the movie we know they’re going to get together.  It’s just a matter of how they get there.

There are obstacles, of course: courtship, and – naturally, for this genre -- a coma.  That’s not a spoiler, by the way, it’s all in the trailer. WAY too much is in the trailer.

Walker is charming and likeable, with his slow Southern charm. And Tom Wilkinson, who plays his dad, is a welcome addition to almost any movie.

As for Palmer, that’s one of the movie’s problems.  Her character is rather abrasive, which is compounded by Palmer’s occasional enthusiastic but unnatural overacting.  And her accent (she’s supposed to be from South Carolina) goes in and out like waves on the shore – I picked up right away that she wasn’t American, which is fine, but she has enough trouble trying to hide her Australian accent under a flat American accent. Adding a Southern drawl to the mix is only asking for trouble.  I’m by no means saying she’s a bad actress – she’s not.  But this role isn’t exactly suited to her talents.

As for the accent thing, she’s not alone. Tom Wilkinson, who’s British but here is supposed to be a native North Carolinian, makes almost zero attempt to sound like his Southern son.  Maybe accents get thicker with each generation?  Who knows, but it’s hard to get lost in the story when you’re spending the whole time wondering where the actors are from.  Walker is from Georgia, by the way, which is why he gets a pass.

One thing The Choice does have going for it is its setting.  I may not have loved the movie, but I loved where it takes place.  The waters of North Carolina, the houses with the docks and the rolling green lawns, the afternoons spent in the sun overlooking a dock while the dogs eat fish guts out of a pail -- that’s all good stuff.

Also good are the dogs. Kudos to whomever decided to give so much screen time to the adorable St. Bernard, Golden Retriever, and a couple of puppies. I’d like to have seen more of that love story.

The Choice is highly predictable, often cheesy, and emotionally manipulative…and even so, you still might shed a tear. A colleague of mine admitted she didn’t like it, but still cried a bit at the end. Should you rush out to see it in theaters?  No need.  But if it comes on cable one night while you’re snuggling with your honey, you’ve probably watched worse.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Tibrina Hobson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Caitlyn Jenner officially transitioned to a woman in 2015, but she had originally planned to transition much earlier, before her 40th birthday. 

Jenner, now 66, talks in a new video recorded for AOL's Maker Conference about why she waited. 

"Those were real dark days for me. I got a house in Malibu. I basically stayed there for six years, and I really started struggling with my identity, about, 'Who am I?'" Jenner shared about the years after her first two marriages. "I tried to start doing things to make me feel better about myself. I started on hormones. My mission at that point was to transition before I was 40. Got to 39, I just couldn’t go any farther. And like three or four months later, I met Kris [Jenner]. We hit it off from day one and I was very honest with her, I had to be, I was a 36B."

Jenner moved forward with marrying Kris and left hormone therapy behind. 

"Everything was really heading in the right direction and I made this decision to move on with my life, Kris and I together and this family," Jenner explained. "And, OK, I’ve got to get rid of these gender things and get off hormones and this and that. I actually had my boobs removed -- I never told anybody that."

He and Kris also had an agreement. 

"The rules with Kris and I [were]: Don’t dress up, certainly around the house. If you really need to do that, when you’re on the road, take stuff and do that," Caitlyn revealed. "So I did that for years."

Less than a year after her split from Kris, Jenner made her debut as Caitlyn Jenner on the June 2015 cover of Vanity Fair

"It was looking at yourself for the first time," Jenner said. "I thought after this whole life of struggle, there she is."

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageRemember last year, when that goofy dancing "Left Shark" who was part of Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show became a viral sensation?  Well, Coldplay, who are playing halftime this year, are all prepared to top that moment...and then some.

At a press conference Thursday in San Francisco, Coldplay's Chris Martin, displaying his British sense of humor, told reporters, "We’ve trained ‘em so well this year -- all of our sharks. We’ve got left shark, middle shark, front shark, back shark, two right sharks and a reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem, in which case there’s gonna be a Pepsi logo flashed on screen."  Pepsi is the sponsor of the halftime show.

Martin continued, "Everything will shut down for two minutes while we replace whichever shark has messed up. There’s a delay on the timing so no viewer at home will have any shark-based trauma."

In all seriousness, though, the band told reporters that they were asked to honor the past, present and future with their Super Bowl 50 halftime show.  The future will be represented by the members of a local youth orchestra, while the past will be represented by artists who've previously given memorable halftime performances, including Beyonce.

"The way we’re sort of honoring the past is by asking some of the people whose halftime shows we really loved and Beyonce’s of course is right up there," said Chris Martin. "I think most people would agree. And so we just felt like asking her would be appropriate. And the other person that’s coming out with us, same reason. And they’ve been great teachers to us and had great pearls of wisdom and it’s just been fun to make one giant band together." 

It hasn't been confirmed who the "other person" is, but most believe it'll be Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2013.  Other guests remain a mystery.

As for the inspiration for the show's feel and design, Coldplay drummer Will Champion said it came from the U.K.'s biggest and most prestigious music festival, Glastonbury.  "We wanted to bring that sort of vibe to the Super Bowl halftime show," said Champion. "You know, we can’t compete in terms of amazing dance routines and all of that, so we have to try and do what comes naturally to us, which is to try and provide a bit of fun and a great atmosphere for people to come and be together and be communal and enjoy the general experience."

Of course, there's tremendous pressure to deliver a knockout of a performance, but Martin told reporters that they've avoided feeling stressed out by doing two things.

"One is we just spoke to each other about what we’d like to communicate in the halftime show, and we decided that we wanted to make it about togetherness and acceptance and the things we really believe in," he explained. "And then we called the right guests, so we know that we have great people joining us."

It's traditional to ask whoever is performing on the halftime show who they're rooting for and most artists refuse to take sides.  At the press conference, Coldplay got a lot of laughs out of their complete lack of knowledge about football.  But when a reporter informed them that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is a huge fan of theirs, they changed their tune.

"This changes things significantly!" joked Will Champion.  "Yeah, I’m going with the Panthers!" added Chris.  Will continued. "Plus they have a Scottish kicker as well, and Guy, our bass player, is Scottish...so we feel a certain affinity with the Scots so I think we’ll go Panthers."

When the reporter attempted to ask another question, Chris broke in. "Just to be clear, that’s the Denver Panthers that we definitely are rooting for, OK?" he said, as everyone laughed. "So put that in your paper!"

By the way, Chris didn't say if his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow would be watching, but he says he hoped their children Apple and Moses would.  He also revealed that Moses designed two pairs of shoes for him: one to wear at the press conference and one to wear during the halftime show. Martin said of the kids, "They've been lovely about the whole thing."

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Joe Morton in "Scandal"; ABC/Ron Tom(NEW YORK) -- The 47th annual NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on TV One Friday, February 5, 2016, at 9 p.m. ET. 

Leading the nominations this year is the Fox smash hit drama Empire, which earned 12 nominations.  The Rocky spin-off Creed netted six. 

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

ABC Radio caught up to some of this year’s nominees during a special luncheon for them in Beverly Hills.

Scandal star Joe Morton is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. The Emmy Award-winning veteran actor, who’s had a career resurgence with his Papa Pope role, said that the Image Awards is as diverse as it can get. 

"This is as diverse as it’s gonna get.  It’s going to be black and brown and white people sort of all one supporting the NAACP and supporting one another. So this particular award has no problems with diversity," Morton said.

When it comes to the Image Awards, Loretta Devine is like Meryl Streep.  The veteran actress, who sizzled onscreen this year as a money-grubbing shyster on BET’s Being Mary Jane, is a multiple Image Award winner. This year, the original star of Broadway’s Dreamgirls is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show. She told us she always look forward to attending the luncheon.

"Oh God, I’ve gotten eight Image Awards and the award keeps you striving and you always want to be able to get here. I mean when I miss a luncheon, I feel like I haven’t done well that year, ya know,” Devine shared. “It’s such a great time, you get a chance to see all of your peers and enjoy and dress up and everybody say congratulations. So it’s a wonderful thing.”

Power actress Naturi Naughton is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.  It’s the first nomination for the former 3LW singer.

 “You know, it’s so important because we need as African-American artists to be celebrated by each another and to really not look for validation in all these other places. It’s great to have the NAACP say, "Ya know, we see the work that you’re doing.' It’s great to have them say, 'We acknowledge you.'  And it’s really, really important because sometimes we don’t get that in the mainstream so awards like this just bring us together to say,
'We’re proud of you.’"

Show host Anthony Anderson, who is also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Black-ish, told us he shared that sentiment.  

“They’re always important. I mean, we’re here to celebrate our own when we’re not being celebrated elsewhere. That’s why it’s important."

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Michael Kovac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kate Hudson has a body that most people would covet, but the 36-year-old actress says she is more focused on how she feels inside than how she looks outside.

"I have fluctuated [in weight] my whole life," the star told People in a new interview. "I fluctuate at least five pounds every month. I really want to reach people that are asking, 'How do I get there?' A lot of people are quite discouraged by the process of getting healthy because, one, they think they can't afford it, and two, it's daunting. I wanted to start a dialogue. Because you won't be able to even get there until you actually accept yourself and start connecting with yourself."

That dialogue is part of her new lifestyle book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, which, she said, is "not meant to be a tell-all, but rather a tell-true" about how to become "healthy, strong and beautiful from the inside out."

"I think we've put so much focus on the results that everybody is forgetting to enjoy the process," Hudson told People. "And really the only way you can get there in a way that is meaningful is if you enjoy it. And everybody has a different way of finding out what that is."

Hudson credits dancing for helping her find body confidence and end years of yo-yo dieting.

"It's about health and mindfulness," she added. "Because you can have the greatest body and you can be really unhappy if that's all you're working toward."

In fact, Hudson believes in indulging every now and then. Her weakness?

"Pizza," she said.

"Like Hawaiian pizza. I'm always the person that orders the pizza that everybody goes, 'Why did you order that?'"

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Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- With many of her pop star peers launching their own apps, it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift got in on the mobile game action.

Swift is creating her own game with developer Glu Mobile, the company that also launched the game for fellow pop superstar Katy Perry and the immensely popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app.

“We realize that Taylor and her global fan base expect a new and highly differentiated mobile gaming experience,” Glu's Chairman and CEO says in a statement. “Glu is equally committed to designing never before seen gameplay elements that utilize Taylor’s unique creativity.”

The game will be free-to-play for smartphone and tablet devices, but so far no other details have been released. It’s slated for global release in late 2016.

Katy Perry’s game, Katy Perry Pop, was released last month. It allows players to rise to pop stardom with the help of the singer’s advice. Britney Spears also launched a similar game with Glu Mobile called Britney Spears: American Dream, while singer Demi Lovato released Demi Lovato: Path to Fame with Pocket Gems last year.

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Christine Baranski and Jim Parsons on "The Big Bang Theory"; Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (NEW YORK) -- The Big Bang Theory has lined up several past guest stars, and one new one, for its 200th episode.

Past featured players John Ross Bowie, Sara Gilbert, Wil Wheaton, and Christine Baranski, the latter of whom has played character Leonard Hofstadter's mother in several episodes, will all return for the February 25 episode. Adam "Batman" West, who's been referenced on the show in the past, will also make his first appearance on the CBS sitcom.

The Big Bang Theory debuted in September, 2007 and is currently in its ninth season.  It airs Thursday nights.

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Alexandria, LA
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Def Leppard

February 3rd


Cajun Dome


February 10th

Bossier City

Century Link Ctr


Dustin Lynch

February 4th

New Orleans

House Of Blues


Willie Nelson

February 5th & 6th

Biloxi, MS

IP Casino


Gene Watson

February 20th

Bossier City, LA

Margaritaville Resort Casino


Blue Man Group

March 2nd


Municipial Auditorium



Beach Boys

March 3rd

Bator Rouge, LA

 River Center Theater


Nick Carter

March 6th

New Orleans

House Of Blues


Celtic Women

May 7th

New Orleans

Saenger Theatre



Anti-World Tour

March 8th

New Orleans, LA

Smoothie King Center


Dustin Lynch

March 12th

Bossier City, LA

Centurylink Center


Don Williams

March 12th

Baton Rouge, LA

River Center Theater


March 18th

Lake Charles, LA

Golden Nuggget


March 19th

Biloxi, MS

IP Casino


Rodney Carrington

March 18th

Biloxi, MS

Beau Rivage


Loretta Lynn

March 18th

Bossier City, LA

Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel


Fallout Boys

March 19th

New Orleans, LA

Smoothie King Center


Tanya Tucker

March 19th

Bossier City, LA

Margaritaville Resort Casino


The Cure

May 11th 2016

New Orleans

UNO Lakefront


Bill Engvall

June 18th

Lage Charles, LA

Golden Nugget Casino



Maroon 5

Septerber 5th 2016

New Orleans

Smoothie King Ctr









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