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Last Update on January 28, 2015 08:06 GMT


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An actress who claims she was racially profiled after being detained by police is seeing her case make its way through the courts. Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian Lucas have both entered not guilty pleas to charges of lewd conduct. Another hearing in the case is set for next month. The case made headlines last fall when Watts -- who is black -- claimed she was racially profiled for a public display of affection toward her boyfriend, who is white. Police launched an investigation -- and some L.A.-area civil rights leaders later chastised Watts for wrongly claiming the officers' actions were racially motivated.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports there's a dispute over whether Daniele Watts was racially profiled, as she has claimed.


SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- To hear many Hollywood types tell it, there's nothing more important in the world than awards season. But don't try telling that to Kevin Spacey. Those watching the SAG Awards no doubt noted he was missing when he was called on to accept his honor for "House of Cards." He skipped the ceremony to be in the United Arab Emirates -- where he watched about three dozen young actors from the Arab world perform a play. The effort is part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative, which tries to boost support for young talent. Members of the cast come from Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. For many of them, the performance in the UAE was the first time they had left their home countries -- or had gotten support to hone their craft.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Nikki Reed says her love of animals started when she was young -- and comes directly from her mom. The actress says from the time she was a kid, her mom would let her "bring home any and everything" that she found outside -- whether it needed food, a hug or attention. That means she housed everything from coyotes to raccoons -- "to literally anything that was homeless." She says in her home "animals have always come first." But even then, Reed says it got to the point where she had to tell her mom: "we can't keep this one."

Nikki Reed says it was her mom who instilled a sense of caring for animals in her.

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Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed describes the strangest thing she has done with an animal.

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Nikki Reed says while she loves animals, she's at a loss to explain the human-animal bond.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- When people think about movies, they usually think of those that are aimed at kids, young adults or tweens. What about the, um, more mature set? AARP The Magazine is out with its annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Winning the best picture honors is "The Theory of Everything." Best actress honors go to Julianne Moore for her work in "Still Alice" -- a movie about a woman battling early onset Alzheimer's. And Steve Carell (kah-REHL') takes best actor honors for his work in "Foxcatcher." Other winners are on the AARP site -- including the winner of best film for grownups who have never grown up.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Seeing a star in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival can be compared to finding a Starbucks in most big cities -- hard to walk far before you run across one. But there's one place in the city where most stars are able to get away with being themselves: the slopes. There are three resorts in Park City -- and they get little use while the actors, theaters and trendy restaurants are swarmed by movie lovers. All the better for "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier -- who was able to blend into the crowd as he snowboarded. He says he hits the slopes every time he's in town for the festival.

Entertainment History

January 28, 2015 08:06 GMT

On January 28th, 1955, the "Top Ten R&B Show," starring The Clovers and Fats Domino, among others, kicked off in New York.

In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national TV appearance on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS. After the appearance, sales of his "Heartbreak Hotel" single skyrocketed.

In 1965, The Who appeared for the first time on the British program "Ready, Steady, Go." The band's performance helped put the single "I Can't Explain" into the British top ten.

In 1980, entertainer Jimmy Durante died at the age of 87.

In 1985, the African famine relief benefit song "We Are The World" was recorded in Los Angeles after the American Music Awards.

In 1991, during the American Music Awards ceremony, Gloria Estefan performed for the first time since breaking her back in a bus accident. She got a standing ovation.

In 1992, first lady Hillary Clinton apologized to country singer Tammy Wynette, who was angry over comments Mrs. Clinton made on "60 Minutes." Mrs. Clinton had said "I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette."

In 1995, 27-year-old Edward Burns won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for his homemade movie "The Brothers McMullen." He was able to quit his job as a production assistant for "Entertainment Tonight."

In 1996, the original Bert and Ernie Muppets were stolen from an exhibit in Germany. They were later returned.

In 1999, the Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine headlined a benefit concert for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL'). New Jersey police officers called for a boycott of both the concert and the bands.

In 2005, 45 Fiona Apple fans picketed outside Sony headquarters in New York in what they called Free Fiona Day. They wanted Sony to release Apple's "Extraordinary Machine" album, which had been shelved for two years.

Today's birthdays: Actor Nicholas Pryor ("Risky Business") is 80. Actor Alan Alda is 79. Actress Susan Howard ("Dallas") is 73. Marthe (correct) Keller ("Marathon Man") is 70. Actress Barbi Benton is 65. Guitarist Dave Sharp of The Alarm is 56. Singer Sam Phillips is 53. Guitarist Dan Spitz (Anthrax) is 52. Bassist Greg Cook of Ricochet is 50. Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is 47. Rap artist DJ Muggs with Cypress Hill is 47. Rapper Rakim is 47. Actress Kathryn Morris ("Cold Case") is 46. Singer Anthony Hamilton is 44. Keyboardist Brandon Bush (Train) is 42. Rapper Rick Ross is 38. Singer Joey Fatone of 'N Sync is 38. Singer Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 35. Actor Elijah Wood ("The Lord of the Rings") is 34. Rapper J. Cole is 30. Actress Ariel Winter ("Modern Family") is 17.

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