Mirren honored with Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

AP Photo/Chris Carlson CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Helen Mirren is being honored as woman of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The 68-year-old Mirren was in Massachusetts on Thursday for a parade and roast, and to receive her ceremonial pudding...

Philomena Lee, US lawmaker push adoption rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philomena Lee wistfully described her search for her son 50 years after his adoption, a quest captured in an Oscar-nominated film. Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Lee’s experience was an argument for adoption rights and an incentive...

Bruno Mars to talk about Super Bowl halftime show

AP Photo/Matt Sayles NEW YORK (AP) — Before Bruno Mars performs in front of the biggest audience of his career at the Super Bowl, he’s expected to talk about it in front of a much smaller crowd Thursday. The pop crooner is due to appear at the Rose Theater in the Time...

Oscars’ green room gets an Oscar-winner’s touch

AP Photo/Rockwell Group Who better than a five-time Oscar nominee and best-actress winner to help decorate the backstage green room at the Academy Awards? Architectural Digest says Susan Sarandon will collaborate with designer David Rockwell on a photo installation inside the...

Oxfam accepts Scarlett Johansson’s resignation

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini LONDON (AP) — Oxfam International says American actress Scarlett Johansson’s support of an Israeli company operating in the West Bank was incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador. Oxfam’s statement followed...

Elton John, Lady Gaga get GLAAD Media Award bids

AP Photo/Jon Furniss Photography LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John, Lady Gaga and the movie “Dallas Buyers Club” are among the nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards honor outstanding images of the lesbian,...

Johansson stepping down as Oxfam ambassador

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman Wednesday...

Nielsen: 33.3 million watched State of the Union

AP Photo/Susan Walsh LOS ANGELES (AP) — The audience of 33.3 million people for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address fell just short of last year’s, ranking as his least-watched. Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address drew 33.5 million...

Police: Bieber to turn self in on charge in Canada

TORONTO (AP) — A police official says Justin Bieber is expected to turn himself in to face an assault charge in Toronto. The official said the charge has to do with an alleged assault on a limo driver in December. The official spoke Wednesday evening on condition of...

Assembly passes 2 bills to restrict paparazzi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly approved two bills on Wednesday intended to rein in aggressive paparazzi who pursue celebrities. AB1256 and AB1356, both by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, won approval in the Assembly and were sent to the state...