Billy Bush doesn't say much about his former employer, NBC, in his in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter but he does claim that "plenty of people" at NBC knew about the 2005 tape that featured him and Trump discussing women in a lewd manner. The audio was published by the Washington Post on Oct. 7, 2016, just two days before the second presidential debate between then-candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many questioned the timing of the leak, speculating that politics played a role in the release of the years-old recordings. Though Bush said little else about his employer's knowledge of the damaging tapes, his brother Jonathan spoke out against the network. Jonathan Bush lamented to The Hollywood Reporter, "NBC News and [their] crocodile outrage: 'We are so disappointed with Billy.'
Chinese-American artist and illustrator Tyrus Wong is being recognised for his illustrious career with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 108th birthday. Mr Wong, who was born Wong Gen Yeo in the Guangdong Province, China on October 25 1910, immigrated to the United States with his father when he was nine - which marked the last time he would see his mother and sister. Immediately upon arriving in America, Mr Wong faced hardship as he was initially barred entry under the Chinese Exclusion Act, which restricted the number of Chinese immigrants that could enter the country. After finally settling in Los Angeles, California, Mr Wong began attending school. Shortly after, his teachers noticed his artistic capabilities.
The family of Heather Heyer will pay their respects to the 32-year-old in a memorial service being held in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The public farewell comes days after Heyer was killed when a man plowed his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters who had gathered in response to the neo-Nazis and white nationalists who descended on the city for the "Unite the Right" rally. Nineteen others were injured in the attack. The funeral of Heather Heyer will be held Wednesday at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville and will begin at 11 a.m. Friends and family have said Heyer, a paralegal and Charlottesville local, would often stand against injustice.
A roll call of those who shaped and changed the world we live in, or prompted us to look at it a bit differently. Here, in random order, are some -- but by no means all -- of the notable deaths in 2017. Mary Richards splashed onto television screens at a time when feminism was still putting down roots in America, a comfortably single woman who charged through the working day with equal parts humor and raw independence. Mary Tyler Moore's character charmed TV watchers, earned the actress Emmy nominations and became a potent symbol of womanhood in the 1970s. Effervescent with a natural gift for playful banter, Moore was a mainstay on prime-time television.
Teachers snag "Hamilton" tickets for history students Hollywood's art-lovers came out to fete Jeff Koons at the MOCA gala Hollywood's art-lovers came out to fete Jeff Koons at the MOCA gala Interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin, conducted by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, will air in a four-hour documentary that is set to air on Showtime on four consecutive nights beginning June 12. "The Putin Interviews" is culled from a series of a dozen interviews conducted by Stone with assistance from producer Fernando Sulichin. The most recent interview was recorded in February, after the U.S. election and President Trump's inauguration. The film will touch on allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election, the Kremlin's role in Syria and Ukraine, as well as the increasingly adversarial relationship between the United States and Russia, Showtime said in a news release. "If Vladimir Putin is indeed the great enemy of the United States, then at least we should try to understand him," Stone said in the announcement.