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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer publisher tried to extort him
In an explosive tell-all blog post published Thursday, Jeff Bezos accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of trying to extort him. The post by Bezos on the blogging platform Medium revealed what he said were the full text of emails his representatives got from executives at AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer. Bezos, the billionaire founder an
Oscars 2019 ceremony to go without host
This year's Oscars will be held without an official host - for the first time in 30 years. The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony, said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies. Reports had suggested the broadcaster was struggling to fill the role - one of the toughest in US show business. In December, comedian Kevin Hart pulled out of hosting the ceremony following a controversy over old homophobic tweets. He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people".
Where to watch all best picture Oscar nominees
Based on a true story, director Spike Lee's film -- which seeks to connect the past to the present -- focuses on an African-American undercover cop (John David Washington) who, with the help of a white colleague (Adam Driver), infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Oscar nominations: actor in a supporting role, adapted screenplay, best picture, directing, film editing, original score Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, FandangoNow
Liam Neeson says he's 'not racist' after rape comments in interview
Liam Neeson has denied he is racist, after admitting he once set out to kill any black man who provoked him. The actor has been facing a major racism storm since he made the comments in an interview, published by The Independent on Monday. He said he walked the streets with a weapon around 40 years ago, hoping to take out his anger after someone close to him was raped by a black man. But speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, Neeson said: "I'm not racist." The Hollywood star told ABC's Robin Roberts on Tuesday that around 40 years ago, one of his close female friends told him she had been raped. That friend, Neeson added, passed away five years ago. Neeson said his friend's alleged rape made him want to take violent action. He said: "I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out, and I asked her, 'did you know the person, was it a man?' No. 'Race?' She said it was a black man." The actor said he "went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence". He added: "I did it maybe four or five times." The Taken star claimed he would have acted in the same way if his friend's assailant had been white. He told ABC: "If she had said an Irish or a Scot or a Brit or a Lithuanian I would - I know I would - have had the same effect. I was trying to show honour, to stand up for my dear friend in this terribly medieval fashion." Neeson said of his actions: "It shocked me and it hurt me. I did seek help."
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