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Bill Cosby’s TV Son Says Hearing Allegations Is ‘Painful’

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Imeh Akpanudosen—Getty Images Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner attends the 13th Annual AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

It's "painful" to watch Cosby "go through this"

The actor who played Bill Cosby’s son on The Cosby Show has spoken up amid the controversy surrounding sexual-assault allegations against the comedian.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo on the hit sitcom, said in an interview with Billboard that it was “painful” to watch what’s happening to his former TV father.

“He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor,” Warner said. “Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”

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Warner is the most recent Cosby Show cast member to speak out amid the dozens of assault allegations against Cosby. So far, more than 15 women have accused the comedian of drugging or sexually assaulting them. In early January, Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife, defend him against the accusations.

While Warner said he couldn’t speak on the allegations, he also said: “The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people.”


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Country Stars Slam American Sniper Critics

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Mat Hayward—Getty Images Craig Morgan performs on stage during the Hometown Holiday show on Dec. 10, 2014 in Kent, Washington.

Blake Shelton, Charlie Daniels and Craig Morgan took to social media to defend the film

Country music artists are notoriously patriotic, so it should come as no surprise that they don’t take kindly to insults to the military. Just ask Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan and Charlie Daniels.

After actor Seth Rogen compared the film American Sniper – which tells the story of Chris Kyle, widely regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, to a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds where a German sniper kills allied soldiers – Morgan, a 10-year Army veteran, lashed out.

“This is in response to the comments made by Seth Rogen in a recent tweet. I am sure he doesn’t care and normally I don’t comment on such statements however, this time I am,” Morgan wrote on Facebook. “Seth Rogen you don’t know me nor did you know Chris Kyle (who was a Great American). I would be interested to know if you have a relationship with any American who served honorably in its military … You are fortunate to enjoy the privilege and freedom of working in and living in the United States, and saying whatever you want (regardless of how ignorant the statement) thanks to people like Chris Kyle who serve in the United States military. Your statement is inaccurate and insensitive to Chris and his family.”

Rogen later clarified his remarks, posting, “I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though. I just said something ‘kinda reminded’ me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene.”

And after director Michael Moore stated that snipers were cowards on his Twitter feed, Daniels responded by Tweeting a photo of himself performing for the troops along with the message, “Hey Michael Moore These are the guys who defend the right for you to say the stupid things U say U might say thanks.”

Meanwhile, Shelton weighed in with his thoughts on the negativity surrounding American Sniper. “Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk s—. #truecowards,” tweeted Shelton.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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LL Cool J Will Host the Grammys Again

Host LL Cool J speaks onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Kevork Djansezian—Getty Images Host LL Cool J speaks onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

“I’m thrilled to again be part of Music’s Biggest Night”

LL Cool J will once again return to the Grammys as host, CBS has announced. This will be the fourth year in a row that the rapper and NCIS: Los Angeles star has occupied this role. LL Cool J began hosting in 2012, following a period in which the show had no offical host.

“I’m thrilled to again be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” LL Cool J said in a statement. “The performances and moments you see on the Grammy stage are nothing less than amazing throughout the years and this year’s show is shaping up to be one you will never forget.”

Artists performing during the Feb. 8 ceremony include Common, John Legend, Miranda Lambert, Sam Smith, and Ariana Grande.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Jay Leno on Bill Cosby: Why Is It ‘So Hard’ to Believe Women?

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Paul Warner—Getty Images Jay Leno performs at MotorCity Casino's Sound Board Theater on June 7, 2014 in Detroit.

Former Tonight Show host opens up about Cosby allegations

Jay Leno made his stance on the sexual assault allegations against fellow comedian Bill Cosby pretty clear on Wednesday.

“I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” the former Tonight Show host said at the annual NATPE conference in Miami, Variety reports. “You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.”

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Leno then remarked about how the most recent accusations against Cosby began getting traction after a video of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a rapist during a standup routine went viral. “On any other media that would have been edited,” he said. “People are getting news unfiltered now.”

Cosby’s legal team has repeatedly denied allegations from more than 15 women that the former Cosby Show star, 77, drugged or sexually assaulted them. He has not been charged with a crime related to any of the accusations.


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The Harry Potter Actor Who Played Malfoy Is Seriously Bummed He Was Sorted Into Gryffindor

Warner Bros. Tom Felton, right, as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

According J.K. Rowling herself, Tom Felton has been in Gryffindor all along

Maybe Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy can be friends after all.

Tom Felton, the actor who played Harry’s rival Draco in the Harry Potter films and embodied all that was evil about Slytherin, finally joined J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website Wednesday. The site sorts users into one of the four Hogwarts houses, and Felton was disappointed by his results.

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling replied to Felton’s tweet and confirmed that the Sorting Hat hadn’t made some terrible mistake:

Does this mean that Daniel Radcliffe could actually be a Hufflepuff? Emma Watson a Ravenclaw?

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The Gunmaker That Supplied Liam Neeson for Taken 3 Is Now Boycotting Him

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The actor said the U.S. has "too many" guns

The firearms maker that provided guns for Liam Neeson’s movie Taken 3 says it’s cutting ties with the series and the actor following his recent comments about guns.

While talking last week about the Paris terrorist attacks, Neeson told Dubai’s Gulf News it’s a “disgrace” that there are “too many” privately owned guns in the United States. “Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools,'” he said.

PARA USA now says it “regrets” working with Neeson and providing firearms for the movie.

“Comments made by [Taken 3‘s] Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties, the company wrote on its Facebook page last week. “We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects.”


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Jennifer Lopez Says George Clooney Is Just an ‘OK’ Kisser

Wonder what Amal has to say about that

Jennifer Lopez stopped by The Daily Show on Tuesday to promote her new movie The Boy Next Door, and host Jon Stewart got her to dish about which of her famous on-screen co-stars have been good or bad kissers.

J. Lo wasn’t particularly forthcoming about naming names, but she did give a lukewarm-at-best evaluation of George Clooney, with whom she starred in 1998’s Out of Sight.


Katy Perry Admits She’s Nervous to Perform at the Super Bowl

"Honestly? I feel like I've outdreamt my dream"

Katy Perry is definitely bracing for some game day nerves.

In an interview for ESPN The Magazine‘s music issue, the pop star said even she has some jitters about headlining the Super Bowl half-time stage on Feb. 1.

“Honestly? I feel like I’ve outdreamt my dream,” she said. “I don’t get nervous about much, but I’ll definitely be a little tingly inside that day.”

Perry shares the cover with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who seems a little jealous she gets to take the field.

“She’s playing in a bigger game than I’ve ever gotten to play in,” the footballer said. “I’m hoping to someday be in those shoes.”

We can’t blame the pop queen for being a little nervous. Last year, Bruno Marstook center stage in front of 115 million viewers during the half-time gig.

If the tingle gets a little too intense, Perry can always turn to veteran rocker Lenny Kravitz, who will be joining her onstage, for advice.

Fellow songstress Idina Menzel may also be battling butterflies before kick-off, as the Frozen star will be performing the National Anthem.

Tune in to Super Bowl XLIX at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Russell Brand Defends Bruce Jenner Amid Sex Change Speculation

Russell Brand poses for photographs as he arrives to deliver The Reading Agency Lecture at The Institute of Education on Nov. 25, 2014 in London, England.
Carl Court—Getty Images Russell Brand poses for photographs as he arrives to deliver The Reading Agency Lecture at The Institute of Education on Nov. 25, 2014 in London, England.

The comedian and actor calls stop to "bullying"

Bruce Jenner has found an unlikely ally in comedian and actor Russell Brand.

On his daily YouTube show The Trews (which stands for “true news”) on Friday, Brand stood up for the former Olympian and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, saying the constant media attention focused on his physical appearance is akin to bullying and “transphobia.”

“Transphobia seems to be the most recent and encouraged form of prejudice, now that racism and homophobia are not tolerated,” Brand said, referring to a TMZ show focused on dissecting Jenner’s new look – and that now infamous InTouch cover where Jenner was photoshopped wearing lipstick and blush.

“It’s such a celebration of the worst aspects of human values,” Brand said. “What this does is it sanctions people being judgmental and cruel toward transgender folks.”

In response to a TV quiz where the host asked “Do you think Bruce wants to be a woman? Tweet us and let us know,” Brand replied mockingly, “Do you think people should be judged until they’re driven into a hole, perhaps even suicide? Let us know!”

Jenner himself has never responded to any media speculation about his looks, and a close family friend tells PEOPLE that he doubts he ever will.

“Bruce has really no interest in responding to everything that comes out in the media about him,” the friend says. “He’s much more private than people think.”

Nor are his changing looks going to be a plot line in the upcoming 10th season of KUWTK, according to an insider on the show.

Either way, Brand openly pleads for the endless media scrutiny to end.

“This is bullying. Stop. Stop. Bruce Jenner is a human being,” he said. “If you want to learn more about transgender issues, look at GLAAD.org.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.


Here’s Proof the Jokes for Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast Will Write Themselves

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Theo Wargo—2014 Getty Images Singer-songwriter Justin Bieber presents onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014

From monkey abandonment to pot planes

Soon, several comedians will have the opportunity to collect their easiest paycheck to date. All they have to do is make fun of Justin Bieber.

Comedy Central announced that the Canadian pop star will be the subject of its next roast, to be taped and aired at a later date.

While roasters won’t have to search hard for material — see: literally every single news story about the Biebs from the last year — here are some points we hope they hit.

That time he caused $80,900 of damage by egging his neighbor’s house
No, that’s not a typo.

That time he abandoned his pet monkey in a German airport
Mally the monkey was seized by German officials when Bieber tried to smuggle him out of the country without permission during the “Believe” tour. According to The Guardian, “emails from Bieber’s management to the shelter [where the monkey was held] indicated the singer does not want the monkey anymore.” Bieber reportedly owed Germany $11,000 for the incident.

That time he peed in a restaurant’s mop bucket while saying “F*** Bill Clinton”
He later thanked the former president on Twitter after Bill called the Biebs. No words on a reconciliation with the bucket.

That time he was arrested for a DUI and drag racing
In a yellow Lamborghini, obvi.

That time he decided this was a good look for a mugshot

That time the FAA investigated him for a “pot plane” incident (he was cleared)
What’s the point of having a private jet if you can’t hotbox it?

That time he thought he was being super thoughtful about Anne Frank
In April 2013, the Biebs took a trip to the Anne Frank House in Amsteram and wrote in the guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a believer.” Because, yes, the true tragedy of Frank’s early demise was that she never got to see Never Say Never. In lieu of an apology, Bieber posted a shirtless selfie on Instagram the next day. #Dontbecreepin (his words, not ours).

That time he was probably photoshopped for a Calvin Klein underwear campaign

That time he had an identity crisis
Repeat after me: I am not Eminem

That time he literally begged Comedy Central to roast him
Nothing’s hotter than desperation.

“We’re thrilled he listened,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said in a release.

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