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Zendaya Accepts Giuliana Rancic’s Apology in Oscars Controversy

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Gregg DeGuire—WireImage Actress/singer Zendaya arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

"I'm glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network"

Zendaya has accepted Giuliana Rancic’s apology after the Fashion Police host made a racially offensive joke about her Oscars hairstyle.

“Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network,” the Disney Channel star wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “I hope others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.”

She went on to quote Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

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Earlier, daytime talk show hosts took sides in the scandal Wednesday.

On The Talk Wednesday, Sharon Osbourne supported Rancic and made sure to let everyone know that her daughter, Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne, was not involved in the dispute.

“I think her apology was very sincere, and as she said, she’s learned a lot about what she said,” Osbourne said on The Talk. “I think we all make mistakes on TV. I put my foot in my mouth so many times. She fessed up, and at the end of the day, she owned it.”

Stacy London, former co-host of What Not to Wear and current star of TLC’s Love, Lust or Run, was a guest host on The View and criticized Rancic.

“Only Joan Rivers can be Joan Rivers,” London said of the late comedian, who used to lead the E! show. “Giuliana is not Joan, sorry.”

Her cohosts agreed.

“Here’s what’s offensive to me,” Whoopi Goldberg said. “I’ve had dreads for 40 years and never have I smelled like patchouli. It’s a stereotype that she put on.”

She went on to say, “She’s not Joan Rivers, and unless you know how to make jokes, don’t do it, because this is what happens.”

Many other celebrities have taken to social media to share their feelings and support Zendaya.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Music

Madonna Falls Onstage at the Brit Awards Then Finishes Her Performance

The queen of pop took a nasty tumble

Just like the song says: She’s gonna carry on.

Madonna was pulled down a flight of stairs during her performance at the U.K.’s Brit Awards today performing her new single “Living For Love.” Video footage appears to show a cape-like costume element meant to be pulled off Madonna’s shoulders which didn’t detach properly, dragging Madonna down three stairs and onto her back on the stage.

Falls in live performances are an occupational hazard for the most seasoned performers: In 2009, to name just one instance, Jennifer Lopez fell onstage at the American Music Awards. But this has been a moment of unusual attention to Madonna, with her upcoming album Rebel Heart representing a serious bid for an artistic comeback.

Still, Madonna’s beating back her critics began seconds after her fall: She got up and finished the song. And in a post on Instagram, the singer wrote, “nothing can stop me.”

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Tig Notaro Wants to Be Your Next Oscars Host

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Michael Loccisano—Sundance/ Getty Images Host Tig Notaro speaks onstage at the Awards Night Ceremony during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at the Basin Recreation Field House on January 31, 2015 in Park City, Utah.

"I’ve been known to perform topless just like Mr. NPH did"

If you thought Neil Patrick Harris’s hosting gig at last weekend’s Oscars was a snooze, you might want to get on board with Tig Notaro’s campaign to land the job in 2016.

The comedian has written 11 reasons why she should host next year, and while the letter is in jest and not all of the reasons are persuasive (“I’ve only seen Grease and Star Wars, so after-party chitchat will be a definite strength”), her turn on the mic would definitely be worth tuning in for.

Notaro’s fame got a boost in 2012 with some help from Louis C.K. when she did a landmark stand-up set about her breast cancer diagnosis (it may not seem like great material for comedy, but listen for yourself: it’s incredible). She pushed the material even further last year by performing shirtless, the scars from her double mastectomy visible. She counts this as reason #4 that she’s prepared for the Academy Awards: “I’ve been known to perform topless just like Mr. NPH did.”

Notaro self-deprecatingly listed her limited experience writing for and hosting awards shows, but also played up her visual appeal: “I’m drop-dead cute in a suit,” and “Whenever I tour [through] middle America, inevitably 3 people a week tell me I look EXACTLY like award show host favorite Ellen Degeneres, to which I respond, ‘Oh, so basically you can tell that I don’t have a boyfriend.'”

Sure, her dry jokes wouldn’t be everyone’s taste. But maybe that’s the problem the Oscars has run into in recent years—hosts trying too hard to hit that middle-of-the-road sensibility. Maybe what we need is a little more quirk. After all, the weirdest person at the Academy Awards this year (Lady Gaga) was also the most lauded.

TIME Music

Scarlett Johansson’s Band Slapped With Cease-and-Desist Over Name

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Steve Granitz—WireImage Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Another band is already called The Singles

Scarlett Johansson new band The Singles only put out its first song last week, but another band with the same name has already issued a cease-and-desist order for trademark infringement.

The frontman for the other Singles, Vincent Frederick, claimed that the Avengers star and her fellow band members—Este Haim of the band Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan—also issued an aggrieved statement.

“I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own,” Frederick wrote in a press release, according to Pitchfork. “It’s hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success.”

He added that their band has accounts on all major social media sites and sells music on iTunes so a basic Google search would reveal that another band already owned “the Singles.”

Johansson, whose debut album as a solo singer was released in 2008, has not yet publicly responded to the claim.

“The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls,” Johansson told Rolling Stone about the creation of the band, citing Grimes, the Bangles and the Go-Go’s as influences. “I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra-pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

Listen to “Candy” below:


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Watch Dakota Johnson Beg Her Mom to See Fifty Shades of Grey

The actress repeats one of the most awkward moments from the Oscars in 'Saturday Night Live' promos

At the Oscars, a reporter asked Melanie Griffith, Dakota Johnson’s mom, if she’d seen her daughter in Fifty Shades of Grey yet. “She’s a really good actress. I don’t need to see that to know how good she is,” Griffiths answered. Johnson replied by reverting to her teenage self and scoffing at her mother: “All right, you don’t have to see it,” she said, petulantly. It was one of the most awkward and entertaining moments from Sunday night’s pre-show—and Johnson herself mocked it in her Saturday Night Live promos.

Taran Killam asks if Griffith ever did see the movie, and Johnson puts on a whiny voice to say no—and to beg her mom to change her mind. “Mom, please watch it,” she says into the camera. “Mooom.”

It’s okay that Griffith hasn’t seen Johnson’s breakout film, because plenty of other people have: Fifty Shades of Grey opened with $93 million over Presidents Day weekend, earning it the title of highest grossing February debut.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME Television

The Parks and Recreation Finale Made a Very Cute, Subtle Reference to Guardians of the Galaxy

If you missed it, here's a closer look

You were probably too busy holding back tears during Tuesday night’s ultra-emotional Parks and Recreation finale to notice a fun little Easter egg honoring Chris Pratt.

The actor, who played lovable idiot Andy Dwyer for the show’s seven-year run, has since become a major movie star. So, the Parks and Rec team decided to show him a little love and reference his recent role as Star-Lord in Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. When a group of trick-or-treaters show up at Andy and April’s future home, one of them is dressed up as Pratt’s character. Check him out on the left:


There was a lot going on in the episode, so it was pretty easy to miss it. The best part is that you know Andy Dwyer would love Guardians of the Galaxy and find it totally awesome sauce.

Read next: Watch the Parks and Recreation Cast’s Touching (and Hilarious) Farewell on Late Night

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Jamie Dornan Isn’t Quitting Fifty Shades of Grey Sequel After All

Jamie Dornan attends the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' in London on Feb. 12, 2015.
Samir Hussein—Getty Images Jamie Dornan attends the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' in London on Feb. 12, 2015.

Despite rumors to the contrary, rep says actor "is looking forward to making the next film"

Fifty Shades of Grey will not be losing its original Christian Grey, despite recent rumors that Jamie Dornan would be leaving the blockbuster franchise.

“Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film,” Dornan’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE Wednesday, adding that the actor will not be making further statements for the time being.

The Australian magazine NW had reported that the 32-year-old actor and model was walking away from future films because Dornan’s wife, Amelia Warner, was uncomfortable with the racy sex scenes he shares with 25-year-old costar Dakota Johnson.

Dornan had hinted at his wife’s unease with the film at its U.K. premiere, saying his wife hadn’t seen the film, adding, “And I don’t think she will, to be honest.”

While the studio has yet to green light a new film, it’s believed that Johnson is signed on for any sequels, while director Sam Taylor-Johnson only signed on for the first film. There have been no discussions on her returning.

Taylor-Johnson reportedly often clashed with Fifty Shades author E L James, who will once again have full control of future films.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

Read next: Watch Dakota Johnson Beg Her Mom to See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Lady Gaga to Star in American Horror Story Season 5

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Kevin Winter—Getty Images Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22, 2015 in Hollywood, Calif.

American Horror Story: Hotel is coming in October

Lady Gaga’s shockingly unshocking performance at the Oscars may redefine her career, but the “Born This Way” singer is going to get weird again — and she’ll be doing it on TV.

The pop star will take on her biggest acting role yet in the fifth season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series American Horror Story, set to premiere in October, Variety reports. Gaga also announced on Twitter the theme for the upcoming season: American Horror Story: Hotel.

Murphy previously said he left clues about the fifth season’s storyline in the fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, whose premiere was the most-watched FX telecast in the network’s history.


Read next: Lady Gaga’s Performance at the Oscars Could Redefine Her Career

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Watch Tris Get a Haircut in the Final Insurgent Trailer

The second movie in the Divergent trilogy comes out March 20

In the new trailer for Insurgent, heroine Tris offers an explanation for her pixie cut: “I wanted something different.”

But while the character does get a jawline-level haircut in the actual Insurgent book by Veronica Roth, the new ‘do fans see was more of a practical necessity — actress Shailene Woodley was already rocking the shorter look after shooting The Fault in Our Stars. Her co-star in that movie, Ansel Elgort, returns as Tris’ brother in the Divergent sequel.

“I didn’t want to wear a wig. I think wigs always look wiggy, especially in an action movie,” she said last year. “We’re running so much and doing so much, I think, technically, a wig would have looked quite sh-tty.”

Watch the clip over at Entertainment Weekly.

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Inspector Gadget Reboot Coming to Netflix

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DHX Media/Netflix Inspector Gadget is back with an all new series premiering on Netflix

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Parents have a whole new way to get their kids hooked on binge-watching.

Netflix is expanding its slate of children’s programming with its acquisition of the U.S. rights to an Inspector Gadget reboot that has already aired in Europe, USA Today reports. Previously a 1980s cartoon and a 1999 live-action movie with Matthew Broderick, Inspector Gadget‘s latest incarnation features new technology and a new 3-D animated look for the cartoon character. The 26 episodes will debut on the U.S. version of Netflix in March, with premiere dates for other foreign Netflix territories to be announced at a later date.

“We think that kids are going to love the show,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of global independent content, “but it’s also going to get some co-viewing because there is a generation of parents who grew up on the original.”

That’s not all Netflix has planned to reach the young ones — or people who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s. The streaming service also announced that a remake of the British cartoon Danger Mouse, about a crime-fighting secret agent rodent, will premiere in the spring of 2016. Netflix also has revamped versions of The Magic School Bus and Popples in the works.

[USA Today]

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