Bill Maher defends Ann Coulter in Berkeley free-speech fight

Apr 22, 2017 30

Liberal political comedian host Bill Maher said the University of California, Berkeley is the “the cradle for f—king babies” after the university caved to pressure and disinvited — and later re-invited — conservative commentator Ann Coulter as a speaker.

“Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech,” Maher said Friday on his HBO show “Real Time” during an exchange with conservative commentator S.E. Cupp. “And now it’s just the cradle for f—king babies,” he added.

Coulter’s April 27 speech was canceled amid concerns of another clash following a number of violent confrontation between left- and right-wing demonstrators that have hit the city in recent months. The university later reversed its decision and re-invited Coulter to speak on May 2.

Controversial former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos also had an event at UC Berkeley canceled in February after a wave of violent protests. Maher too faced backlash in 2014 for “hate speech” when he was picked to be a winter commencement speaker.

Maher said this sort of thing goes on at campuses nationwide, calling it the liberals’ version book burning.

“They invite someone to speak whose not exactly what liberals want to hear and they want to shutter it,” Maher said. “I feel like this is the liberal’s version of book burning. And it’s got to stop.”

Maher also criticized former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who tweeted this week that Coulter’s “hate speech” is “not protected by the First Amendment.”

“Yes it is,” Maher said. “Threats are not protected by the First Amendment.”

Click for more from the Washington Examiner.

Cuba Gooding Jr. breaks silence on father's death with sweet nod to his soul-singing career

Apr 22, 2017 23

Cuba Gooding Jr. is paying his respects to his father.

The “People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story” star, whose father, Cuba Gooding Sr., died on Thursday at his Woodland Hills, California, home at age 72, took to Instagram on Friday to give a simple, heartfelt nod to his dad’s soul-singer legacy.

WATCH: Cuba Gooding Sr. Dies at 72

Eternal…

A post shared by Cuba Gooding Jr (@cubagoodingjr) on Apr 20, 2017 at 7:28pm PDT

“Eternal,” Gooding Jr. captioned a pic of the Greatest Hits album cover for legendary Motown group, The Main Ingredient. Gooding Sr. fronted the group, which was most famous for the timeless ’70s hits “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.”

The investigation into Gooding Sr.’s death is ongoing, and cause of death is still undetermined pending autopsy results, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told reporters on Thursday, adding, “There was alcohol found in the car…and possible drug paraphernalia.”

“We ask that everyone respect our privacy at this time. Thank you,” Gooding Sr.’s son, Omar, told ET in a statement.

Meanwhile, Gooding Jr. spoke to ET at the premiere of his 2002 film, “Snow Dogs,” about the love and support his parents had given him.

FLASHBACK: Cuba Gooding Sr. Says He’s ‘Very Proud’ of His Famous Sons at ‘Snow Dogs’ Premiere in 2002

“They’re very supportive. Very supportive,” Gooding Jr. told ET at the time. “When we had moved away from Hollywood, my mom made the decision to move us back just so that I could pursue an acting career and I owe her everything. I love her for that.”

Kim Kardashian sparks backlash over release of new Virgin Mary kimoji

Apr 22, 2017 27

Sparks are flying over Kim Kardashian West’s new Kimoji candle.

The 36-year-old reality star took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal a brand new addition to her Kimoji collection: a candle of herself as the Virgin Mary.

WATCH: Kim Kardashian Rocks a Super Sheer Minidress at Dinner With Sisters Kourtney & Khloe — See the Pic!

While many of Kardashian West’s kimojis exist soley on her messaging app, the “Kim candle” is available in real, tangible, candle form — and will ship in one week for the price of $18.

Though the mother of two touted her candle on social media, some of her fans weren’t so receptive to her new merchandise, calling the candle sacrilegious, distasteful, disrespectful of Christian culture and appropriating the veladoras of Latinx culture.

WATCH: Kim Kardashian Gets Candid About Rob and Blac Chyna: ‘They’re Just Not Meant to Be’

“Disgusting! As a Christian I’m truly offended. If you knew who the Virgin MARY was and represented you would actually be embarrassed,” one follower wrote to Kardashian West on Twitter, while another said they were “disappointed” with her decision to release the product.

RELATED: Kim Kardashian Says the Flu Is an ‘Amazing Diet’ Ahead of the Met Ball

Kardashian West, who has yet to address the controversy, hasn’t stayed off social media. The “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star took to Snapchat on Thursday night to share sexy videos of herself posing in a bedazzled bikini.

Demi Lovato rocks bikini bod, shares inspiring message: 'Love your body the way it is'

Apr 22, 2017 22

Demi Lovato is all about self-acceptance.

The 24-year-old singer took to Instagram on Friday to share a message of self-love, inspiring others to do the same.

RELATED: Demi Lovato Gets Real in Swimsuit Snap: ‘I Don’t Have a Thigh Gap and I’m Still Beautiful the Way I Am’

“No filter no edit, love your body the way it is,” Lovato wrote, alongside a selfie taken while lounging outdoors in a color-block black-and-white bikini.

The former Disney star has been heating up Instagram in recent days, posting a series of swimsuit shots, some with additional words of body-positive affirmation.

“I don’t have a thigh gap and I’m still beautiful the way I am. #recovery #selflove #EVERYbodyisbeautiful,” the “Cool for the Summer” singer captioned another shot.

MORE: Demi Lovato’s Latest Swimsuit Selfie May Be Her Sexiest Yet

The singer recently revealed that she’s “feeling better than I’ve ever felt.”

“It’s all about self love,” Lovato wrote on Instagram earlier this month. “Tell yourself you’re beautiful daily. Be gentle with yourself. Eat carbs without guilt and remember that life is too short to worry about what others think!!”

Elisabeth Moss talks awkward sex scenes in 'Handmaid's Tale'

Apr 22, 2017 17

Elisabeth Moss‘ new role in “The Handmaid’s Tale” includes some incredibly awkward sex scenes with Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski.

“Sex scenes are always f–king awkward,” the 34-year-old actress told a group of reporters on Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the Hulu show. “They’re always the worst. This is actually not as awkward because you have clothes on.”

Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, the show is set in a theocratic, totalitarian society battling infertility by assigning handmaids to bear children.

Moss explained the filming was actually easier than usual because her character, a handmaid named Offred, is meant to feel uncomfortable during the “ceremony” — the name of the sex ritual in the fictional world.

“So normally when you do sex scenes, you have to pretend to like it,” she said, “[In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’] all the embarrassment and awkwardness can totally be on your face, so it was fine.”

The show is set to premiere on Hulu on April 26.

Click here to read more in the New York Post

Oprah fires back against claims she's exploiting Henrietta Lacks

Apr 22, 2017 16

Oprah Winfrey shot down claims that she exploited Henrietta Lacks by making an HBO movie about her life.

The late Lacks’ son, Lawrence, has claimed Winfrey and HBO should cough up some cash for using his mother’s story.

But Winfrey — who executive produced and starred in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the story of how Lacks’ cervical cancer cells lead to a major scientific breakthrough — said that she’s not on the hook.

“Do I think the Lacks family should have been paid for all of those cells by all the millions of drug companies in the world who have used those cells…of course they should have,” she told reporters at the premiere hosted by HBO CEO Richard Plepler, “Do I think that its now my responsibility or HBO to compensate for that, no. It was our job to bring the story to light and it is a shame that they were never compensated. But I will tell you this, Deborah [Henrietta’s youngest daughter] to her dying day never cared about the money she just cared about her mother and her story being told.”

Click here to read more in the New York Post.

Robert De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

Apr 22, 2017 16

Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University’s commencement exercises.

The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated “for the intensity he brings to each performance.” De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school’s May 28 ceremonies.

De Niro has been nominated seven times for an Academy Award, and won twice in 1975 for “The Godfather: Part II” and in 1981 for “Raging Bull.”

Others to receive honorary degrees are rapper and actor Daveed Diggs; teacher Donald Hood; businesswoman Indra Nooyi; business executive Richard Parsons; and poet Rosmarie Waldrop.

Brown does not have the traditional keynote speaker at commencement exercises, instead reserving that honor for members of the graduating class.

With tears, tattoos, Prince fans remember him a year later

Apr 22, 2017 13

For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose is a time for sadness and celebration.

It was a year ago Friday that the music superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where he lived.

Fans from around the globe have flocked to Paisley Park, now a museum, for a four-day celebration that includes performances by Prince’s former bandmates and panel discussions. Fans who didn’t want to pop for a $549 ticket to get into Paisley could head to a street party outside First Avenue, the club he made famous in “Purple Rain.” And the Minnesota History Center is staging a special exhibit of Prince memorabilia, including his iconic “Purple Rain” costume.

Here’s a look at how some of Prince’s fans are remembering his legacy and mourning his loss.

A 6-HOUR DRIVE FOR PRINCE

Mary Adams and her 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, visited First Avenue on Friday to pose for a picture in front of Prince’s star, repainted from silver to gold soon after his death.

The duo drove six hours from Kansas City, Missouri, listening to Prince the whole way.

“I needed to come here,” said Adams, 50. “This is where it began.”Adams grew up listening to Prince. After he died, she got her first tattoo — Prince’s glyph adorned with open lilies — on her arm.

“He’ll always be with me now,” she said.

Adams said Prince’s tenacity and drive to do things his own way helped Adams, an actor, realize it was OK to be herself.

“He inspired me to be me, and I love him for it — and I always will,” she said, choking up.

She planned pilgrimages to the Minneapolis house made famous in the movie “Purple Rain” and to Prince’s old neighborhood. She and her daughter went to Paisley Park but weren’t allowed to leave a memorial — a purple lei and a card — at the fence outside.

“This should be a time when we should all be able to go there and pay our respects and say our goodbyes — and it feels like you have to pay a small fortune to get in, and it breaks my heart,” she said.

“I don’t think he would dig that.”

FEELING THE LOSS

Malinda Listenbee, 46, of Huntsville, Alabama, wore a Prince shirt as she and her husband Ulton waited to enter Paisley Park.

She recalled hearing about Prince’s death a year ago by overhearing nurses talk about it while at a doctor’s appointment. She said it felt like she lost a family member.

“He was a caring person, a giving person, and it just felt like I knew him,” she said.

The couple had already been to Paisley Park once, in November, when they took a VIP tour and played on Prince’s ping-pong table.

“I feel like this is a time to celebrate,” she said. “This is a happy space.”

PRINCE’S PURPLE ARMY

Rhonda Soso, of Compton, California, was among fans shooting pictures outside Paisley Park.

She wore a pendant of Prince’s symbol, which she had also spray-painted in black along the legs of her white pants.Soso said she was there “just to be part of the purple family, the purple army.”

She said it was difficult to no longer have Prince, but “his spirit, his energy is still with us.”

LOCALS LOVE THEIR PRINCE

Liz Larson, 36, of Minneapolis, stopped by the star outside First Avenue on her way to work Friday to pay her respects.

She said her mother was a singer in the 1980s and would sometimes hang out with Prince at First Avenue. Larson remembers being at concerts there herself when Prince would suddenly show up to play.

Prince’s music “was something you could always put on if you wanted to make people dance at a party,” she said. “It would always shift the mood.”

Larson felt isolated last year when Prince died — traveling on business with co-workers who didn’t share her grief. This year, she planned to be at First Avenue’s dance party Saturday with her husband and 6-month-old son — in a Prince onesie.

Ryan Matson, 39, of Ramsey, also stopped by Prince’s star to get a photo. He said he had always liked his music, but “after he died, you started liking his songs all over again.”

He planned to go home after work, have a few beers and watch “Purple Rain.”

Hollywood producer gives $30M to Penn State communications

Apr 22, 2017 12

A Hollywood producer and screenwriter known for creating such television hits as “Magnum, P.I.,” ”Quantum Leap” and “NCIS” donated $30 million to Penn State University on Friday.

The donation from Donald Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, will be used for the College of Communications, Penn State said in a statement. The donation is the fifth-largest in the school’s history.

Bellisario, a longtime supporter of the university, graduated from Penn State in 1961. He’s been nominated for multiple Emmys and won an Edgar Allan Poe writing award.He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In recognition of the latest gift, university trustees approved renaming the college after Bellisario.

“It is an honor to give my support and name to the College of Communications,” he said at a Friday event.

Bellisario first enrolled in the school in 1953 but left to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned four years later with his family, earned his degree in journalism, and worked for the Centre Daily Times. He then moved into advertising and worked his way up to senior vice president at the Bloom Agency.

He made the leap in the 1970’s to Hollywood production.

His experience in the Marines has colored his shows — Tom Selleck’s character in “Magnum, P.I.” had been a Navy SEAL in Vietnam — and many of his productions focused on aspects of the military.

In 2001, he was named a distinguished alumnus, the highest honor given by Penn State.

“His achievements and generosity will continue to inspire our students and faculty for generations to come,” Penn State President Eric Barron said. “Through this historic gift, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications will have the resources to support future media pioneers.”

The Bellisarios endowed the Donald P. Bellisario Trustee Scholarship in 2006 with a $1 million commitment, and have continued to support the fund over the years. He also has donated materials from his career, including scripts and video, for use in Penn State classes.

'20/20' Recap: Caitlyn Jenner confirms she underwent 'final surgery' in gender reassignment

Apr 22, 2017 16

Caitlyn Jenner told Diane Sawyer that she had undergone “the final surgery” in her gender reassignment procedures on Friday night’s “20/20” special.

The former Olympian previously known as Bruce confirmed in her book “The Secrets of My Life,” coming out on Tuesday, that the 2017 “surgery was a success.”

And Jenner said on the ABC interview, she had “no regrets, none whatsoever.”

Beyond that, Jenner didn’t want to talk about the details, telling Sawyer, “I’m not going to dwell on that subject. It’s not an appropriate question to ask a trans person.”

But nothing else was off-limits, as Sawyer caught up with Jenner nearly two years after the TV journalist had done their last emotional interview. Then, the ex-athlete stunned the world by revealing how he had lived a lie. Inside, ex-decathlon champ Jenner had always identified as a woman.

Since then, Jenner said she has been “happy, peaceful…all of that confusion has left me….I did the right thing” — and doesn’t miss “Bruce” a bit.

Sporting red nails and stylishly feminine clothing, Jenner recalled how—when he was still known as Bruce–he had put an instruction in his will: “When I’m buried, I want to be dressed as her ’cause that’s the way I’m going to heaven.”

As many know from her former reality show, “I Am Cait,” Jenner is a Republican and she confided to Sawyer, “Yes, I did vote for Trump.”

Jenner was initially impressed with Trump for reaching out to transgender people at the Republican National Convention and noted, “He wanted me to come play golf with him.”

But Jenner got upset when President Trump’s administration revoked the federal guidelines that allowed public school students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity–believing it’s an issue best left to state and local authorities to decide.

“It was extremely disappointing…you mess with my community, you don’t give us equality and a fair shot, I’m coming after you,” Jenner sighed about President Trump’s decision.

Although Jenner has had her jawline, forehead, and breasts worked on, she insists she’s always been a woman because what’s important is “what’s between your ears.”

Jenner said she’s fine with her ex-wife, Kris Kardashian, and stays in touch with all her kids while they pursue their own lives.

“Nobody calls that much. I reach out to them,” commented the former “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star.

Jenner told Sawyer that she has “never been on a date” in the two years since she came out as transgender, and doesn’t really see dating in her future.

Instead, Jenner is most focused on helping the transgender community through charities and building awareness about discrimination and other issues.

“I want to fight this fight,” she vowed.

For more on Caitlyn Jenner, tune in to Tucker Carlson on Monday night for his exclusive interview with the star. It will be Carlson’s first time in his new 8 p.m. EST slot.