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Top-selling albums don't mean an album of the year win
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By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
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January 18, 2018 4:26 PM EST

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was the biggest-selling album of all time, and it was richly rewarded by the Recording Academy, earning a then-unprecedented eight trophies, including album of the year in 1984.

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Thu Jan 18 16:42:33 EST 2018

After nearly four years of dating, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk officially confirmed their engagement by announcing the news on the cover of Paltrow’s Goop Magazine‘s Sex & Love issue and showed off her new — and enormous — ring inside.

In the magazine spread, Paltrow revealed her new rock in a photo embracing Falchuk, whom she calls the “man I was meant to be with.” Though the photo is black-and-white, the ring clearly features a truly gigantic center stone, which appears to be darker in color and more organically-cut in shape than a traditional diamond solitaire.

The Oscar-winning actress was previously married to Coldplay’s Chris Martin for 11 years before “conscious uncoupling” in 2014, and opened up in the magazine about why she’s now ready to tie the knot with Falchuk. “Personally, at midlife, I have tried to accept how complex romantic love can be,” Paltrow said. “I have decided to give it a go again, not only because I believe I have found the man I was meant to be with, but because I have accepted the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities that (terrifyingly) are made possible by intimacy.”

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She first met her new man, a writer-producer and co-creator of Glee, when she made a guest appearance on the show in 2010.

The two officially started dating in the summer of 2014 and fit right into one another’s lives. “They’ve been together for around four years, and she’s totally meshed him with her family life, so it’s not surprising,” a source told PEOPLE. “They just are extremely compatible.”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Confirm Their Engagement: ‘We Feel Incredibly Lucky’

Paltrow has shared photos of her “modern family” with Falchuk and Martin hanging out together and a source close to the actress says it all “seems to work” for them. “Chris and Brad have hung out several times,” the source told PEOPLE. “They are both often at Gwyneth’s for family fun and dinners. Everyone seems very mature about their family situation.”

Thu Jan 18 16:35:56 EST 2018

Paula Abdul‘s mother Lorraine died Monday at age 85, PEOPLE confirms.

“Lorraine died with her daughters Paula and Wendy by her side,” Abdul’s cousin Tara Riceberg tells PEOPLE. “Paula was able to be by her mom’s side and give her comfort in her final moments.”

“Lorraine was a single mom and a very strong and fierce woman. She raised two daughters and both Paula and Wendy are strong females who understand discipline,” Riceberg continued. “Their mom’s influence made them the women they are today.”

A private service, led by Rabbi Chaim Mentz, Chabad of Bel Air, was held Wednesday in California.

“At the memorial, everyone kept talking about Lorraine’s big smile and her infectious laugh and signature red lipstick,” Riceberg recalls. “It’s funny because Paula has an amazing laugh and it’s something she gets from her mom.”

Abdul requested Nat King Cole’s “Sweet Lorraine” be played as they took her mother’s body from the chapel to the car.

“She really was Sweet Lorraine — everyone mentioned how she made the most incredible fudge and lemon cake,” Riceberg says. “She had such a warmth and a bright smile. It’s not surprising Paula is the way she is — she has that from her.”

In addition to being a familiar face alongside her famous daughter — attending her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 1991 — Lorraine was a talented concert pianist in her own right, growing up in the small town of Minnedosa, Manitoba in Canada.

While Abdul, 55, has yet to speak publicly on the loss, she did share a reflective message on Twitter Tuesday.

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“This moment from my visit to Israel is one I think of often,” she wrote. “Pausing to watch all the vibrant life going on. EVERY MOMENT of life should be savored & treasured, whether we’re alone or w/ people we love. When can you pause today to appreciate life? xoP #TuesdayThoughts.”

Entertainment Tonight was first to report news of Lorraine’s death.

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Thu Jan 18 16:29:26 EST 2018

Matt Czuchry understands firsthand just how diehard fans of a TV series can be.

The Gilmore Girls alum, who starred as Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) college boyfriend Logan Huntzberger on the Amy Sherman-Palladino dramedy, vividly remembers coming face-to-face with viewers who confronted him in public over the actions of his character when the show was airing.

Throughout the seven-season series, Rory had three boyfriends (Dean, Jess and Logan), and most viewers sided with one of them, eventually sparking Team Dean, Team Jess and Team Logan.

“When you go out into the world, do you have to deal with the rivalry of these teams? Because you’re bad for Rory,” Stephen Colbert asked Czuchry — who is starring on Fox’s new medical drama The Resident — on Wednesday evening’s episode of The Late Show.

“In the first season especially, people would just come up to me just immediately without saying anything and said, ‘You know, you’re a real a——.’ That’s what they would do,” said Czuchry, 40, who revealed that the name-calling “pretty much” started immediately: “first couple episodes in.”

The College of Charleston alum explained: “I would ask them, ‘Okay, why am I an a——?’ And they , ‘You know why you’re an a——.’ And that was it.”

According to the actor, the woman would proceed to tell him, ” ‘I’m team Jess’ or ‘I’m team Dean,’ ” and Czuchry would quickly realize, “Oh, you’re talking about the character on the show.”

Said Czuchry: “Literally, people would just come up to me and say how much of an a—— I was.”

In fall 2016, Sherman-Palladino released Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, during which audiences caught up with the beloved cast in the years since the series wrapped with season 7 in May 2007. Throughout A Year in the Life, which transported audiences back to the beloved town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the cast lived out an entire year in four seasonally-specific episodes: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

But although Sherman-Palladino addressed numerous burning queries within the six hours of footage — including Luke and Lorelai getting married, the reveal of the final four words and addressing Richard Gilmore’s deathfour burning questions still remain, including: Will Rory end up with Logan or Jess?

Although the fourth episode (“Fall”) revealed that Dean (Jared Padalecki) is married and is expecting a fourth child with his wife Jenny, both Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Logan are still possibilities in capturing Rory’s heart.

Prior to getting married, Luke asked his nephew if he’s over Rory. “Yep, long over,” Jess responded. But as he walked away, he gazed back into her Stars Hollow house and admired his ex-girlfriend from afar, clearly revealing to fans that he was not over her.

Logan, also, still cares for his college sweetheart. Despite living in London and being engaged to a woman for the sake of the families’ “dynastic plan,” Logan attempted to win Rory back by whisking her away for a night. Alas, she said goodbye to pursue writing her book. At the wrap of the series, it’s revealed that she is pregnant, most likely with Logan’s child (he’s the only man that audiences know her to be intimate with aside from a one-night stand in the “Spring” episode, which would be 5-6 months before the “Fall” episode when she announces her pregnancy).

Would she give Logan another chance? Or would she reconsider a shot with Jess, the bad boy who finally found his way and encouraged her to write her story? These — and more — questions leave hope for another Year in the Life.

The Resident premieres Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.


Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford says that the role of men in the Me Too and Time's Up movement is to listen and let women's voices be heard.

The Sundance Film Festival has always been a place for boundary-pushing programming, but from the Me Too movement, to diversity and representation in film and even the current presidency, this year the snowy mountain town of Park City, Utah, is primed to be an epicenter of conversation around some of the most burning issues of the day.

The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Kaufmann, the world's most sought-after tenor, hopes his cancellations are mostly in the past. Back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children, the 48-year-old German with the clarion voice and heartthrob looks is giving recitals in California and New York this week and returns in April for performances in Boston and New York.

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band, "Chinese Butterfly" (Concord Jazz) Compared to other genres, flexibility of lineups is one of the most fascinating aspects of jazz bands.

PARIS (AP) — The celebrity allure of Paris Fashion Week was at its height Thursday as notables from the worlds of sports, film and fashion attended the swansong show of Louis Vuitton designer Kim Jones.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges told a judge Thursday that they want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of "prior bad acts" over five decades.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Paul Rudd, the versatile and forever young actor and screenwriter who stars in "Ant-Man" was named 2018 Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) — In her first televised interview, Dylan Farrow described in detail Woody Allen's alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in his films "complicit" in perpetuating a "culture of silence."

NEW YORK (AP) — HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, which has allowed more than 100,000 people to post opinions on its site since it was introduced in 2005.

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has introduced his American fiancee to a new part of Britain ahead of their planned nuptials in May. On Thursday, the 33-year-old prince took Meghan Markle to Wales, where they delighted crowds outside Cardiff Castle despite arriving an hour late because of train problems as high winds buffeted Britain.

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake says he has made up with Janet Jackson following the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl in 2004.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that Nyong'o's "Sulwe" will come out next January.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's media say police in London are investigating a third allegation of sexual assault against two-time Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey.

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Winners of the Screen Actors Guild Awards often remark on their statuettes — their green-black appearance, their hefty weight — but the awards start out in a decidedly different state: as molten metal.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three performers at last year's Route 91 Harvest Festival where a gunman opened fire on fans will perform a tribute at this year's Grammy Awards to honor victims killed at live music events this past year.

LONDON (AP) — London Zoo has honored Prince Harry's fiancee by naming its newborn okapi after her. The zoo said Wednesday the animal born in early December was named Meghan to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman's vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari's sexual advances while the two were on a date.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local): 4:55 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" sold more than 190,000 hardcover copies last week, the book's first full week of publication, a company which tracks the retail market told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch had a ready answer when asked when he might star in another "Sherlock" on PBS. "Goodbye," he said, pleasantly, as he darted out of camera range during a satellite Q&A Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Television viewership for the NFL's divisional round playoff games was down 16 percent compared to last year, offering ammunition to critics of the football league, but there are a couple of compelling explanations.