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Which cities watch the Oscars the most across America? New York and almost all of Texas

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:09:53 -0500

It's not surprising some cities like New York and Chicago tune in more to the Oscars telecast. But El Paso, Dallas and Harlingen, Texas? Who knew?


Miss Universe receives a grand homecoming in the Philippines

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:35:10 -0500

Thousands took to the streets of Manila to welcome home Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. The 25-year-old beauty queen was crowned Miss Universe in December. (Feb. 21)


Stars weigh in on Smollett case

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:26:52 -0500

Speaking at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, KiKi Layne, Billy Porter and more agree that more information is needed before they form an opinion on the Jussie Smollett case. (Feb. 22)


Jussie Smollett suspended from ‘Empire’ after prosecutors said he faked attack to boost salary

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:31:31 -0500

Jussie Smollett has been accused of paying two men to attack him in what police say was a ploy to raise his profile and "Empire" salary.


Robin Roberts reacts to Jussie Smollett's arrest, a week after their 'GMA' interview

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:46:13 -0500

"It’s a setback for race relations, homophobia, MAGA supporters..." "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts said.


Can you believe these 15 films didn't win an Oscar?

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:41:10 -0500


21 Savage a hometown hero in Atlanta, where the hip-hop community rallies against his deportation

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:51:16 -0500

The Atlanta hip-hop community was blindsided not only by the rapper's arrest, but by the news that he was an immigrant.


Here's why Reba McEntire lost out on Kathy Bates' iconic 'Titanic' role

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:29:43 -0500

During an interview with Andy Cohen, Reba McEntire revealed she had to turn down the role of Molly Brown in "Titanic," which later went to Kathy Bates.


Teen sensation Grace VanderWaal opens up about songwriting struggles in new single 'Stray'

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:06:52 -0500

Grace VanderWaal, the 15-year-old musician who won 'America's Got Talent' in 2016, has new music and just shot her first movie.


Two new R. Kelly accusers speak out

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:52:17 -0500

Two women say singer R. Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage and had sex with one of the teens although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent. (Feb. 21)


Is that my bill? Eating out at full-service restaurants is getting more expensive

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:25:58 -0500

Prices at full-service restaurants – meaning eateries with waitstaff, unlike fast-food joints – are on the rise, the U.S. Department of Labor found.


Courteney Cox goes green

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:54:53 -0500

Stars took on climate change at the Hollywood For Science gala – with Courteney Cox, Nina Dobrev, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, Rebecca De Mornay, Anjelica Huston and Laurence Fishburne attending. (Feb. 22)


Everything we learned about Cardi B and Offset's cheating rumors from his 'Father of 4' album

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:10:28 -0500

The rapper opens up about his relationship with Cardi B and children on his new album.


Nikki Sixx talks new Motley Crue music for 'The Dirt,' weighs in on Ariana Grande fame

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:21:29 -0500

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx chats with USA TODAY about the band's first new music together in four years, written for their upcoming Netflix biopic.


Stars kick off 2019 with shocking, sexy looks

Tue, 5 Feb 2019 13:54:59 -0500

2019 has just begun and stars are already taking risks on the red carpet with sheer dresses, bold cutouts and barely-there dresses.


Video: Karl Lagerfeld's self portrait for Fendi

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:29:48 -0500

Fendi showed a video of the late Karl Lagerfeld Thursday, at the fashion house's Milan fashion show. In the clip, Lagerfeld drew a self portrait.


Here's how NOT to celebrate Black History Month, and what you can do instead

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:59:47 -0500

Last year, New York University and Loyola University Chicago faced backlash after offering a Black History Month menu in their dining halls.


Peter Tork dies at 77

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:38:17 -0500

Peter Tork was a founding member of the pop group The Monkees who topped the charts in the 1960s. He passed away at age 77.


Oscars' pet pick 'A Star Is Born' has flamed out in awards season, and that's heartbreaking

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:39:18 -0500

Lady Gaga's "A Star Is Born" was supposed to be the darling of awards season. But as Oscar Sunday approaches, its award tally has disappointed. Why?


Rita Moreno on playing a 'sexual' grandma, resenting her dark makeup in 'West Side Story'

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:23:37 -0500

"West Side Story" star Rita Moreno, who will play a different role in the upcoming remake, says she resented having her skin darkened for the 1961 original because Puerto Ricans have a variety of skin tones.


Cox on plane emergency: 'What you don't know is scarier'

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:24:49 -0500

Speaking at the Hollywood for Science Gala, actress Courteney Cox said the recent emergency landing she was involved in was "actually fine." (Feb. 22)


Keeping secrets, Marvel style

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:57:07 -0500

Actors Jude Law and Gemma Chan, who star in new superhero movie "Captain Marvel," reveal the lengths they had to go to in order to keep the film's secrets secret. (Feb. 22)


4 words Cardi B invented

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:39:32 -0500

Rapper Cardi B has a lot to say. But these 4 words, she defined.


Stars speak out on Smollett, celebrate black women at pre-Oscars Essence lunch

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:06:18 -0500

Stars and honorees celebrated at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon Thursday.


Best of the '90s! Iconic looks from the Oscars red carpet

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:57:43 -0500


Day in celebrities

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:54:14 -0500


Gayle King spills the tea on why Duchess Meghan didn't open gifts at her baby shower

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:44:53 -0500

Gayle King, who attended the tiny, A-list party for Duchess Meghan, says she broke with baby-shower protocol by not opening any of the gifts.


Celebrities on the red carpet with their kids

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:00:42 -0500

These actors and musicians shared the red carpet spotlight with their kids.


Oscars 2019: So ... almost any movie could win best picture this year

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:01:01 -0500

In an Academy Awards best-picture race that has "Roma" and "Green Book" neck-and-neck, could "BlacKkKlansman" swoop in and take the Oscar instead?


'Leaving Neverland': Michael Jackson accusers say 'sex became safe zone' in new interview

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:58:25 -0500

In a new interview with USA TODAY, "Leaving Neverland" subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege that Michael Jackson filmed himself having sex with a minor and claimed that women were "evil," including former backup singer Sheryl Crow.


Do dollar store pregnancy tests actually work?

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:58:58 -0500

Some home pregnancy tests are more sensitive, fancier and pricier than the low-tech dollar tests. But does that make dollar store tests less accurate?


Google is honoring Steve Irwin with a doodle on his birthday

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:14:25 -0500

Steve Irwin would have been 57 years old on Friday. Google is honoring the renowned crocodile hunter with a Google Doodle that tells the story of his life and legacy


12 youngest and oldest Oscar winners

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:43:55 -0500


See Obama's fashionable 'O-bomber' jacket at Duke-UNC game

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:17:06 -0500

Viewers who turned in for a highly-anticipated rivalry game between North Carolina and Duke were also talking about President Barack Obama's courtside attire. Veuer's Justin Kircher has the details.


Best celeb photos of February 2019

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:12:51 -0500

From red carpet events to fashion shows, these celebrities stepped out and had fun in February 2019.


Alex Trebek reveals his picks for the next 'Jeopardy!' host

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:36:41 -0500

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is revealing who he thinks would be a good fit to take over his hosting gig. He has renewed his contract through 2022.


Review: ABC’s ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ is a cutesy, over-the-top clone of ‘Castle’ and ‘Bones’

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:56 -0500

Starring "Scandal" alum Scott Foley and "Walking Dead" actress Lauren Cohan, ABC's spy vs. spy crime/action series should be a slam dunk, but it's rather generic.


'The Last Romantics' a moving and utterly engrossing read

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:14:51 -0500

In her absorbing new novel, Tara Conklin traces the ever-changing relationships among siblings as they grow into adults.


R. Kelly indicted on 10 counts of aggravated child sexual abuse, reports say

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:45:02 -0500

The charges come after decades of allegations, a failed criminal trial, a hashtag campaign, a breakup with recording label, and the airing of damning film series, "Surviving R. Kelly."


Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette could be one of the richest pets after inheritance

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:42:08 -0500

Chanel's creative director had an estimated net worth between $195 and $300 million, and his beloved cat, Choupette, may inherit some of it.


500 essential Oscar photos (plus trivia!) to get you ready for the Academy Awards

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:01:07 -0500

Browse more than 500 photos illustrating every part of Oscar night, from the red carpet's all-time best and worst dresses to gift-bag goodies.


Ryan Seacrest gets sweaty thinking about his first celebrity crush

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:40:05 -0500

Even now, thinking about his first celebrity crush makes Ryan Seacrest blush. (Feb. 22)


10 things cameras don't catch at the Oscars

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:58:22 -0500

Peek behind the curtain and see what even first-time Oscar nominees may not know.


How to stream the Oscars even if you don't have cable

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:39:54 -0500

Don't miss out on the awards because you don't pay for cable! Here's several ways to watch the Oscars this Sunday night.


Jennifer Nettles speaks her truth with 'I Can Do Hard Things' single, essay

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:24:59 -0500

Nettles called the song "a real-life heart opening to what it means to be a grown woman."


Time's Up: CEO Lisa Borders' resignation came after sexual-assault claim against son

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:59:35 -0500

"On Friday, Lisa Borders informed members of TIME’S UP leadership that sexual assault allegations had been made against her son, " Time's Up stated.


Why 'How to Train Your Dragon' is the best animated saga ever (deal with it, 'Toy Story')

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:01:05 -0500

'Toy Story' may have all the box office and theme-park rides, but 'How to Train Your Dragon' has quietly become the best animated saga of all time.


Police: Jussie Smollett faked hate crime for pay raise

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:19:34 -0500

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career" because he was dissatisfied with his salary. (Feb. 21)


How to stream the 2019 Oscars even if you don't have cable

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:01:09 -0500

Congratulations to all of the nominees.


Happy birthday, Cindy Crawford! Famous models, then and now

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:02:36 -0500


Oscars AR experience explores Hollywood costumes

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:46:53 -0500

USA TODAY has launched an augmented-reality Hollywood experience. See it by downloading the latest version of the USA TODAY mobile app, and click from mobile devices to view on Android and iOS.