“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross will host the American Music Awards this year. It will be the first time that the Emmy-nominated actress will host the awards show. This Sunday’s show will be a big night for the actress and her family. Her mother, Diana Ross, will be honored with the 2017 AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and is also slated to perform live after receiving her award.
Eighteen members of One Tree Hill cast and crew, including actors Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz, have accused showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. The creation of the letter came about after Audrey Wauchope, a former writer for One Tree Hill tweeted over the weekend in which she detailed the alleged inappropriate behavior she and other women experienced at the hands of an unnamed showrunner while working on the show.
Amazon will produce a new “The Lord of the Rings” TV series, the company announced Monday. Amazon acquired multi-season, global television rights to the project. The show will be a prequel to the J.R.R. Tolkien book “The Fellowship of the Ring,” and is based on new story lines. It will be available for Amazon Prime members. There is also the potential that the show could also lead to a spin-off series.
Days after releasing her sixth studio album, Reputation, Taylor Swift has announced a 27-date U.S. stadium tour for 2018. The tour will launch on May 8 in Arizona and run through October. Swift is set to tour through the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with additional dates to be revealed in the coming weeks. Tickets for the North American sting go on-sale to the public on Dec. 13.
Liz Smith, the legendary gossip columnist who detailed New York goings-on for decades, died Sunday. She was 94. Smith’s column was syndicated to nearly 70 newspapers and is credited with helping to bring forth the era of celebrity journalism. Literary agent Joni Evans told the Associated Press that Smith died of natural causes in New York.