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Katy Perry Visits Auschwitz: ‘My Heart Was Heavy Today’

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic Katy Perry arrives at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015

While in between shows on her European tour, Katy Perry paid a visit to concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

The “Dark Horse” singer, 30, stopped by the World War II landmark site Wednesday, which she acknowledged in an Instagram photo of the prisoner barracks.

“My heart was heavy today,” she captioned the image.

“For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazi murdered about one and a half million men, women and children mainly Jews from various countries of Europe,” she wrote.

She ended the caption with a quote from Spanish-American writer George Santayana: “The one that does not remember history is bound to live through it again.”

The tribute to the memorial and museum came after Perry took the stage at the Kraków Arena in Poland on Tuesday as part of her Prismatic World Tour, with “Boom Clap” artist Charli XCX. Perry has also been documenting her European adventures with sillier photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a selfie with the famed Italian sculpture David and some hanging puppets in Prague.

Her next stop? Vienna, Austria. The pop star has already acknowledged her Austrian arrival – she will perform there Thursday night – by posting a photo of the Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary Pumping Iron, which lightened the mood on her photo feed.

The singer wrote, “Nothing says welcome to Austria like a hot, young, cocky Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hello, VIENNA!”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Another Woman Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

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Brennan Linsley—AP Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015

Another woman has come forward claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her, CNN reports.

Heidi Thomas claims she went over to Cosby’s house in 1984 to read lines, and he handed her a glass of Chablis to drink. According to CNN, “her memory of the next few hours is ‘foggy’ ” but she remembers waking up to find Cosby “next to her in bed, naked and ‘forcing himself in [her] mouth.’”

Thomas is coming forward with her story because she recently learned her mom knew about the alleged incident all along. Thomas doesn’t remember the conversation, but her mother says she called after the encounter and said “I did something wrong and … I got away and slammed the door.”

“I finally find out that she knows, that Dad knows, that they are supporting me if I want to go public,” she told CNN. “Then it became full steam ahead. I want to empower people.”

Thomas is one of many women who’ve come forward in recent months claiming Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, did not respond to EW’s multiple requests for comment.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Bill Cosby Says His Career Is ‘Far From Finished’

The comedian and his legal representation have continued to deny all claims

Bill Cosby says his career is not finished.

The comedian, 77, has canceled numerous shows amid the sexual assault allegations made against him by more than a dozen women. But he is scheduled to perform at a Louisiana venue on Friday, and issued a written statement thanking the performing arts center and fans for welcoming him:

“Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift – LAUGHTER. I’m ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (Heymann Performing Arts Center), the event organizers and the Lafayette community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment. Hey, hey, hey – I’m far from finished.”

Cosby and his legal representation have continued to deny all claims, while also lashing out at the media for publicizing “decades-old events” that are “completely illogical.”

Some celebrities have weighed in on the scandal, including talk show host Jay Leno – who said he did not understand why “it’s so hard to believe women” – and fellow comedian Eddie Murphy, who opted not to impersonate Cosby during the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.

“Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down,” fellow SNL actor and “Weekend Update” host Norm Macdonald explained on Twitter a few days after the special aired.

Cosby’s statement was first received by the AFP.

The Heymann Performing Arts Center did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Kanye Tweets Apologies to Beck and Bruno Mars

And he even offered Mars a chance to sing on a new track

It’s the dawn of a new day for Kanye West.

First, he went to dinner with Taylor Swift. Now, he’s publicly trying to make good with two artists he’s hated on in the past: Yeezus tweeted apologies on Thursday to Beck and Bruno Mars.

The Beck apology came after he kind of stole the artist’s thunder at the 2015 Grammy Awards, nearly “pulling a Kanye”—or his “I’mma let you finish” moment with Swift at the VMAs in 2009—when Beck won Album of the Year over Béyonce. He later said in an interview that the Morning Phase singer should give his award to the superstar.

The Bruno Mars apology, however, could come as a surprise to some. West admitted that he “really used to hate on” the “Uptown Funk” singer. (He has ranted about Mars during a couple of his concerts, too.)

Now, it looks like he thinks he’s pretty cool. In fact, he invited Mars to sing on a new track.

What he’ll do next is anyone’s guess.

TIME Television

Here’s What to Expect from Season 3 of House of Cards

What we know — and what we predict will happen

House of Cards returns at midnight on Netflix. Based on where season two left off and early reviews, here’s what fans can expect.

Obviously, spoilers follow.

More policy, less scandal

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is president now, which means he has to take a break from murder and manipulation to actually run the country.

For those who don’t remember, Frank convinced Senator Hector Mendoza to start a smear campaign against President Garrett Walker (because he and his wife had been to couples’ counseling) and persuaded a special prosecutor to implicate Walker in a scandal involving money laundering with a Chinese businessman. President Walker finally stepped down, making Frank Underwood POTUS.

Early reviews suggest that the first few episodes are, well, a bit dry (albeit somewhat closer to real Washington politics than the riveting first two seasons).

Frank will struggle to hold on to his office

Remember, Frank’s term is almost up. He’ll soon have to seek reelection in 2016, which will be tough considering 1) he wasn’t voted into office 2) he’s made a lot of enemies and 3) he’s a murderous psychopath, a fact that’s bound to come out at some point.

We find out if Doug Stamper is dead or alive

Frank’s ex-chief of staff, Doug Stamper, was knocked out by ex-prostitute slash born-again Christian Rachel Posner and left for dead in the woods. Stamper was tasked with keeping Rachel from revealing any details about Zoe Barnes’ death. (Remember: Frank pushed Barnes in front of a train last season.) Unfortunately for him, he fell for Rachel. When he discovered that she was in a relationship with a woman she met at church, he chased her through the woods, where she hit him over the head a few times.

Is Stamper dead? If not, what does that mean for Rachel? And whether or not he survived the attack, Underwood will have to find some way to explain away the incident.

Gavin Orsay will be a player

The creepy hacker who’s overly attached to his pet guinea pig is still working as an FBI informant. He and Doug struck a deal that he would keep silent about Barnes’ death if Doug dropped the hacking charges against him. With Doug incapacitated or even dead, he could easily go rogue.

Many of the compelling minor characters from previous seasons are either dead, incarcerated or missing — Peter Russo, Zoe Barnes, Lucas Godwin, Rachel Posner, Janine Skorsky. Gavin is one of the few non-politicians left who can threaten Frank or help him. Expect him to be back with a vengeance.

Claire will get hers

Just as conniving as her husband, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) unceremoniously dropped her bill to make it easier to adjudicate sex crimes in the military in order for she and her husband to make it into the Oval Office. It’s unlikely she’ll be satisfied sitting by and doing nothing as first lady.

Pussy Riot will guest star

It was reported back in August that two members of the Russian punk rock activist group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, would make an appearance on the show. We can safely assume, then, that at some point Frank will be forced to address Russian politics — and possibly the country’s discriminatory laws against gay people.

TIME Television

Chyler Leigh and David Harewood Join Supergirl

Chyler Leigh attends the 'Taxi Brooklyn' Paris premiere in Paris, France on March 10, 2014.
Kristy Sparow—Getty Images Chyler Leigh attends the 'Taxi Brooklyn' Paris premiere in Paris on March 10, 2014.

Leigh and Harewood will play Supergirl's sister and the head of a special government bureau, respectively

Chyler Leigh and David Harewood have joined the cast of CBS’ Supergirl, EW has learned.

The project stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Grey’s Anatomy alum Leigh will play Alexandra “Alex” Dancer, the confident foster sister of Kara. Fascinated by Kara’s powers from a young age, Alex developed a lifelong obsession with science, which inspired her to become a doctor.

Homeland’s Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, a onetime CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats on Earth. If Hank’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s famous in DC Comics lore for being Cyborg Superman.

Leigh and Harewood join the previously cast Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart and Laura Benanti.

Supergirl hails from Arrow and Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler, who will write and executive-produce with Sarah Schechter. Additionally, Arrow and Flash boss Andrew Kreisberg has signed on as an executive producer and writer on Supergirl.

Check out the full list of pilots here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Will Be 90 Minutes Long

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from the season four premiere of "The Walking Dead."
Gene Page—AP Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from the season four premiere of "The Walking Dead."

The finale will air in late March

The Walking Dead’s season five finale will be an extended 90-minute episode airing March 29 at 9 p.m., AMC announced Wednesday. In the finale, Daryl finds himself in trouble while out on the run. Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders as danger lurks near the gates.

At 10:30 p.m. EST, AMC will air Talking Dead, the live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick, to discuss the finale and bid farewell to fallen characters. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan and Conan O’Brien.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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DC Comics’ Catwoman Comes Out of the Closet

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The comic book super villain is bisexual

Selina Kyle, Batman’s stealthy enemy and love interest, officially came out as bisexual in the latest issue of Catwoman.

The leather-clad cat burglar kissed another woman in Catwoman #39, illustrated by Garry Brown, confirming what many fans had long suspected about the flirtatious, hyper-sexualized character.

“For me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” Genevieve Valentine, the series’ writer, said on her blog.

Catwoman’s coming out is just the latest of many efforts by comic book companies to diversify their characters. DC’s Batwoman has identified as a lesbian since 2006, and one Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is gay. In 2013, a trans woman of color was introduced as a character in Batgirl. Marvel’s Northstar, a member of the X-Men, married his partner in 2012.

Catwoman has been around for 75 years (her first appearance was in Batman #1 in 1940), and her relationship to the Caped Crusader is complicated. Despite being enemies, they often work together and are involved in an intense, ongoing romantic relationship.

Valentine responded to critics who wondered what this revelation could mean for Batman: “Please be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten; that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works.”

 

 

 

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House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon: Love Is ‘Transactional’

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David Giesbrecht—Netflix Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in Season 3 of Netflix's House of Cards

On the show, love is all about power — and don't expect that to change in season three

Frank and Claire Underwood probably won’t grow more sentimental this weekend on the third season of House of Cards, which premieres on Netflix on Feb. 27. Fans know by now that everything on the show is about power — and love, as creator Beau Willimon tells TIME, is no exception.

“I think that love, even the purest love, is also about power and transactional. I don’t look at ‘power’ as a bad word, and I don’t look at ‘transactional’ as a bad word,” he says.”Even the phrase ‘unconditional love’ is almost the terminology of contract law. It’s saying I am making a bargain with you to make myself completely vulnerable and open, to always be there for you. And I expect that in return. That is transactional.”

Willimon’s philosophy on relationships is neatly summed up by Frank (Kevin Spacey) in season one. He quotes Oscar Wilde: “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”

While critics have said characters on the show use sex for leverage or involve power politics in the bedroom, Willimon says that’s how sex often works. “I would argue that if you look at a lot of relationships, those extreme power dynamics exist in them where one of the two people is prostituting themselves,” he says. “And that could be a man or a woman.”

Romantic!

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Benedict Cumberbatch Writes Letter to Grieving Family of Sherlock Fan

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.
Christopher Polk—Getty Images Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.

The actor had previously sent the 14-year-old fan a signed picture

After hearing about the death of a young Sherlock fan, Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, apologizing for missing her funeral because he was “filming the show she loved.”

“It was absolutely unbelievable,” her father Mark Shepherd, 47, tells PEOPLE of receiving the letter. “We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy.

“For him to have spent time to write to us and to comfort us in such a very difficult time is incredible,” he says. “We knew that he was a lovely man before, but to spend time when he was getting married and was so busy with the Oscars and the BAFTAs and everything else is amazing.”

Born premature, Eve underwent more than 200 operations after needing a tracheostomy at just 3 months old, her family told the Warrington Guardian. Cumberbatch had previously sent the 14-year-old a signed picture, “wishing her well and saying that he want to meet her,” her father says.

The letter was read in front of hundreds at Eve’s funeral service Monday at Padgate Methodist Church in Warrington, United Kingdom.

“I send my deepest sympathies to Eve’s family,” the 38-year-old actor writes. “To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance.

“I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered.

“I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx.”

The 14-year-old, who died of breathing difficulties, was such a huge fan of the series that the show’s theme played as the procession left the church.

“Eve was a really bubbly girl – the life and soul of the family,” Shepherd says. “I have to be honest and say that our lives are empty because we are so missing her.”

He adds: “She always had a smile on her face and never let anything get her down. Despite all her difficulties she was forecast to get all A’s and B’s at every subject at school. For what she went through in her life, that’s unbelievable.”

The family is selling wristbands in support of Eve. The best way to contact them is through Twitter at @Mjeshep.

— Reporting by PHILIP BOUCHER

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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