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Jay-Z subpoenaed to testify about Rocawear buyer
Jay-Z has been subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which wants the rapper to testify about the company that purchased his Rocawear clothing line.

Iconix paid Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, more than $200 million for Rocawear in 2007. The SEC is investigating whether Iconix violated trading laws related to financial reporting and says that the company maintained a relationship with Jay-Z after the sale.

The SEC subpoenaed Jay-Z in November 2017 and then again in February 2018, however, the music star didn't testify about his dealings with Iconix. The SEC has asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to force Jay-Z to testify.

"We are aware that the SEC is seeking information on Iconix's financial reporting," a rep for Jay-Z told CNBC. "Mr. Carter had no role in that reporting or Iconix's other actions as a public company. Mr. Carter is a private citizen who should not be involved in this matter."


Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby ousted from Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Thursday it has expelled Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski and comedian Bill Cosby as members.

The academy's board said it voted Tuesday night to oust both men who have been accused of sexual violence. The move comes months after it gave the boot to producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of harassment and abuse by dozens of women.

"The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect for human dignity," the academy said in a statement, announcing the expulsion of Polanski and Cosby.

Polanski, 84, won the academy's Best Director Oscar in 2003 for his Holocaust drama The Pianist.

The French-born filmmaker did not collect his Oscar in person at the Los Angeles gala because a warrant was out for his arrest in connection with the 1977 sexual assault of a girl, who was 13 years old at the time. He pleaded guilty to the offense decades ago, but fled the United State before he could be sentenced.

Despite the widespread media coverage of the case, Harrison Ford announced Polanski was voted Best Director at the ceremony and celebrities such as Weinstein, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Adrien Brody and Nicolas Cage stood and applauded. Polanski's other films include Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Frantic and The Ghost Writer.

Former German actress Renate Langer told The New York Times last fall that Polanksi raped her in February 1972 when she was 15 years old. Polanski's lawyer said the director has no knowledge of the alleged incident.

Cosby, 80, was convicted last week on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and his first trial ended last June with a hung jury.

More than 60 women have accused the former television titan of assaulting them in alleged incidents going back decades.

Camille Cosby is standing by her husband and Thursday asked for a criminal probe of the prosecutor in his criminal case.


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"There's all kind of differences. They say girls make you sicker and that, for me, has been the truth. It's been interesting so far."
--Kate Hudson, on how this pregnancy has differed from her previous two, to PEOPLE



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Which television superhero will make her Broadway debut as Carole King?


Christina El Moussa: Filming 'Flip or Flop' is 'awkward' after split
Christina El Moussa says filming Flip or Flop has been "beyond awkward" since her split.

The 34-year-old television personality discussed her dynamic with ex-husband and co-star Tarek El Moussa in a press release Thursday ahead of the HGTV show's return.

"This would be awkward for any exes," she said. "Since we have to see each other every day it's beyond awkward. I'm planning on staying friendly and keeping things light."

Christina and Tarek announced their split in December 2016 after seven years of marriage, but confirmed in April 2017 they would continue to collaborate on Flip or Flop.

"It's all new territory," Christina, who has two children with Tarek, said. "When our marriage fell apart it was more public than we could have imagined. But we're picking up the pieces and we'll still work together to support our kids."

Flip or Flop will return to television May 31. The 15 new episodes will follow Christina and Tarek as they flip houses and navigate their relationship as ex-spouses and business partners.

"Flipping houses puts us in the spotlight, and while it was tough before, now the pressure is really on," Tarek said. "We're still figuring out how all of this is going to work."

Christina is dating British television personality Ant Anstead, and celebrated her six-month anniversary with the Wheeler Dealers host this week.

"What an amazing six months it's been with this lady!" Anstead said in an Instagram post Monday. "Where has the time flown! I've loved every second I spend with her! She totally gets me (which is rare) and we have done so much in such a short time!"


Queen with Adam Lambert announce 10-date Las Vegas concert series
Queen, with singer Adam Lambert, has announced a series of 10 concerts that will take place at the Park Theater at the MGM in Las Vegas.

The mini residency, titled The Crown Jewels, will run from Sept. 1 to Sept. 22. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting on May 11 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster. A pre-sale will begin for members of Queen and Adam Lambert's fan clubs starting on May 8 at 10 a.m. PT.

Lambert first performed with Queen in May 2009 while the singer was competing on American Idol. Lambert has since performed with the legendary band around the world in over 150 shows.

"We're ready to take on the ultimate challenge ... to dazzle Vegas!!" Queen member Brian May said in a statement. "I'm so excited to help share The Crown Jewels with the Strip. You'll be humming them all night!" said Lambert.

Lambert posted a promotional poster for the concert series on Twitter Monday.


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Which television superhero will make her Broadway debut as Carole King?

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is set to make her Broadway debut as the title character in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Benoist will appear as Carole King in the musical based on the real-life singers life from June 7 until Aug. 4 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway.

Beautiful, featuring songs written by Gerry Coffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, is directed by Marc Bruni from a book by Douglas McGrath and choreography by Josh Prince.

"The stage has always felt like home to me", Benoist said in a statement. "And the fact that I will be joining the amazingly talented Beautiful family for my Broadway debut is wish fulfillment at its finest. Carole's music was a mainstay in my household growing up, like it was for so many people. It will be an honor and a pleasure to sing her music and portray her inspiring resilience to audiences every night."

Benoist, on Instagram Monday, posted a promotional image for the play. "June 7th and I could not be more excited," she said.