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Refunds Offered for Bill Cosby’s Denver Shows

Bill Cosby attends American Comedy Awards in New York
Actor Bill Cosby attends the American Comedy Awards in New York City on April 26, 2014 Eric Thayer—Reuters

The veteran entertainer has denied allegations of sexual assault and has never been charged

(DENVER) — Ticketmaster is offering refunds for two Bill Cosby shows scheduled in Denver, but organizers say the performances will go on.

KUSA-TV reported Tuesday that more than 3,000 tickets have been sold to the shows, which are set to take place in downtown Denver on Saturday amid planned protests against the iconic comedian.

Cosby is facing growing sexual assault allegations from more than 15 women, with some claims dating back decades. He has denied the allegations through his lawyer and has never been charged.

Chuck Morris, president of AEG Live, the promotion company hosting Cosby, says he understands the concerns some may have regarding Cosby’s visit. But he adds that because the comedian hasn’t been charged with a crime, he has a moral obligation to allow the shows to happen.

TIME Video Games

The Kim Kardashian Game Isn’t Making the Megabucks Everyone Thought

Lynn Hirschberg Celebrates W's It Girls with Piaget and Dom Perignon
TV personality Kim Kardashian attends Lynn Hirschberg Celebrates W's It Girls with Piaget and Dom Perignon at A.O.C on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Donato Sardella—Getty Images for W Magazine

That initial projection of $200 million is looking optimistic

Kim Kardashian’s once wildly popular mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, is not so popular anymore.

The socialite’s app has dropped to the 19th spot in Apple’s App Store and showed a similar plunge in the Android market, Yahoo Finance reports.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood lets users create their own Kardashian-style star and ascend, after completing various quests, to A-list status. After its release in June 2014, it immediately shot to the top of the charts, following which analysts predicted it would net $200 million.

However, the game only earned $43 million in the third quarter, and although publisher Glu Mobile won’t release fourth quarter earnings until early February, the $200 million mark seems out of reach.

Not that Kardashian minds. She apparently gets 45% of net profits.

[Yahoo Finance]

TIME celebrities

Usher Is Engaged to Grace Miguel

attends the Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy present Marina Abramovic's HEAVEN at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Usher and Grace Miguel attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 2015 Jonathan Leibson—Getty Images

Usher is set to wed.

The singer and Voice judge recently proposed to manager Grace Miguel, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.

“I have an incredible partner and manager,” the Grammy winner, 36, told Billboard in its October issue. “She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career.”

Miguel is eight years older than Usher and has worked with him for just over three years, according to the magazine.

Usher was previously married to Tameka Foster for two years, but has said the failed relationship was his “best mistake.”

“Most people probably think I regret it because I ended up getting divorced, but it helped me learn that sometimes I think I know more than I actually do,” the R&B star told O Magazine.

Usher won primary custody of sons Usher V, 7, and Naviyd Ely, 6, in the divorce settlement with Foster and lives with them in Atlanta.

Reps for Usher did not respond to requests for comment.

—Reporting by Steve Helling

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME movies

Watch DiCaprio and De Niro Finally Star Together in a Funny (Fake) Martin Scorsese Short

Scorsese makes the two actors compete for the same role

After starring in many a Martin Scorsese film individually, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are finally getting to star alongside each another in a “trailer” for a film that, well — turns out to nothing more than a very real commercial.

The “film,” which advertises the City of Dreams Manila casino, is called The Audition, in which Scorsese has DiCaprio and De Niro — two of his favorite lead actors from two phases of his career — compete for the same role.

The teaser trailer is a series of advertisements for the extravagant Manila Bay, Philippines casino, that reportedly shelled out $70 million for the marketing campaign.

TIME Television

Ann Curry to Exit NBC News

Ann Curry attends the Cartier 100th Anniversary event in New York City on Nov. 12, 2014.
Ann Curry attends the Cartier 100th Anniversary event in New York City on Nov. 12, 2014. Mike Pont—Getty Images

The network will make an announcement soon

Ann Curry is leaving NBC News behind her, a senior NBC executive confirmed to EW. NBC is expected to announce the departure soon.

Curry was ousted as a co-anchor of the Today show in 2012, and revealed her departure in an tearful announcement on air. After she left Today, Curry became the NBC News national and international correspondent and a Today anchor at large.

James Hibberd contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME celebrities

Taylor Swift Helps Superfan Pay Off Student Loan

Taylor Swift attends the Post-Golden Globe Party on Jan. 11, 2015.
Taylor Swift attends the Post-Golden Globe Party on Jan. 11, 2015. Jon Kopaloff—Getty Images

The singer generously wrote a check for $1,989 to help the fan pay off her student loan

Just because Swiftmas is over doesn’t mean Taylor Swift is done sending her fans personalized presents.

And one Swiftie may have just gotten the pop star’s most generous gift yet: a $1,989 check to help her pay off her student loans.

Rebekah Bortnicker shared her story on Tumblr on Monday: After uploading a video she created casting Swift’s celeb gal pals in the intro to Friends, the 1989 artist responded with a telltale Emoji.

A FedEx (er, Swift-Ex) package arrived at her door, containing a handwritten letter, Polaroids, assorted gifts and the check.

“I have nothing to say!” a tearful Rebekah cried after opening the box. “Oh my god!”

Later, she was a little more composed – but just as grateful.

“I know I’ve said it so many times already but thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Never in a million years did I ever imagine this happening to me,” she wrote on Tumblr. “I am so honored and so thankful to call myself a fan, to have supported you all of these years because you are truly the most amazing, genuine, and selfless person. … I can’t wait to see you on tour and thank you a 1,989 more times.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME celebrities

Zooey Deschanel Is Pregnant With Her First Child

We hope it's a girl so she can wear tiny Peter Pan collars

We already knew that Bones star Emily Deschanel was pregnant. In a weird coincidence, turns out her sister and fellow actress Zooey Deschanel is pregnant, too.

The New Girl star confirmed to People that she’s expecting her first child, with boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

“Jacob and I are over the moon,” the 34-year-old actress told People. “We are so excited to meet our little one.”

Deschanel has been dating Pechenik, a 42-year-old producer, since mid-2014. No word yet about the baby’s sex — but we hope it’s a girl because just imagine the adorable babydoll dresses a mini Zooey Deschanel could rock.

Read next: Zooey Deschanel Would Totally Play a Superhero — As Long As It’s Funny

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TIME 2016 Election

Huckabee Knocks the Obamas for Encouraging Their Daughters to Like Beyoncé

Mike Huckabee speaks at the Freedom Summit on April 12, 2014 in New Hampshire. Darren McCollester—Getty Images

Parenting advice and criticism from a potential 2016 presidential candidate

First, it was Beyoncé and Jay Z up for scolding by conservative Republican Mike Huckabee. Now it’s Barack and Michelle Obama‘s turn.

In an interview about his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Huckabee tells PEOPLE he doesn’t get how the Obamas can encourage their daughters’ love for Beyoncé. Especially, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister says, if the president and first lady ever actually listened to the lyrics to – or seen a performance of Beyoncé’s steamy “Drunk in Love.”

The Obamas “are excellent and exemplary parents in many ways,” Huckabee says.

“That’s the whole point. I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door” of the White House.

Beyoncé, Jay Z and their daughter, Blue Ivy, were at the White House last January for Mrs. Obama’s exclusive 50th birthday bash and the first lady has taken her girls to several Beyoncé concerts.

The singer, criticized in Huckabee’s book for “obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics” and dance moves “best left for the privacy of her bedroom,” was also featured prominently at the president’s second Inauguration in 2013.

The first lady’s office had no response to Huckabee’s comments.

This article originally appeared on People.com, read the whole story at People.

TIME People

Donald Trump Says Air Traffic Controllers Deliberately Flying Planes Over His House

Donald Trump in 2014.
Donald Trump in 2014. Paul Morigi—WireImage/Getty Images

Sues Florida county for $100 million over noise pollution

Real estate mogul Donald Trump claims that Palm Beach County, Florida is deliberately directing air traffic over his ritzy Palm Beach club, and he’s suing—for $100 million.

Trump says in the lawsuit filed last week against Palm Beach County that his history of conflict with Palm Beach International Airport has led officials to vindictively redirect air traffic over his historic Mar-a-Lago estate in south Florida.

Noise and vibrations from the planes are causing damage to the antique Spanish tiles, roofing and stone construction, Trump’s lawsuit says. Trump says his own Boeing 757 has been redirected, too.

“I am saving one of the great houses of this country and one of its greatest landmarks,” he said Monday, “and it’s being badly damaged by the airplanes.”

The reality show honcho and two-time presidential hopeful has sued the county twice before, the Associated Press reports, with one case ending in a lease agreement and another dismissed.

[AP]

Read next: Donald Trump Fired Someone From ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ for Not Calling Bill Cosby

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Judd Apatow to Bill Cosby: ‘Go in Your Mansion and Disappear’

Director Judd Apatow attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, in California. Michael Kovac—Getty Images

Apatow has been very vocal about his disdain for the comedian accused of sexual assault

Judd Apatow’s mostly been keeping his criticisms of Bill Cosby—whom dozens of women have recently accused of sexual assault—to a 140-character minimum, but the director got a chance to elaborate on his Cosby-related feelings when he appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast.

Apatow’s been so vocal about the Cosby allegations on Twitter that Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris called him out in December: “Dude. Enough. Not defending him AT ALL, but u do realize this borders on strangely obsessive, right?” Barris wrote to Apatow in the first of a series of tweets.

Apatow says he and Barris spoke afterwards, and he “can understand why someone would say, ‘Why does Judd care about this?’” “I don’t know, I have two daughters. I’m a comedian. I see [Cosby] a little bit as our comedy dad,” Apatow said. “It’s like finding out your comedy dad is a really evil guy.”

He added that the lack of other celebrities voicing their opposition to Cosby is one reason why he won’t stop talking about it. “If everybody was talking about it, I probably wouldn’t have much to say about it,” he said. “But I don’t want it to suddenly disappear and then he kind of just goes back out on the road and does his thing.”

Two celebrities who have brought up Cosby’s alleged crimes are Amy Poehler and Tina Fey: The two mocked Cosby during Sunday’s Golden Globes monologue with a joke that appeared to shock their star-filled audience.

But despite the many allegations against him, some Cosby fans are still willing to support the comedian at his stand-up shows—which Apatow thinks Cosby needs to stop doing. “At the very least, go in your mansion and disappear for the rest of your life,” Apatow said, addressing Cosby. “He shouldn’t be rewarded and applauded for raping that many women.”

Listen to the entire conversation, which begins at about the eight-minute mark and ends about 29 minutes into the podcast, over at the WTF Podcast website.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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