A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … it would be difficult to imagine a lineup of artists quite like this.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, groundbreaking actresses Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson, singer Carole King, rock band the Eagles and acclaimed music director Seiji Ozawa will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors.
The diverse group includes six honorees this year. In the past, the Kennedy Center has honored five each year. Organizers said they didn't want to pass up the chance to honor any of these artists with the national award for influencing American culture through the arts. The Kennedy Center Honors culminates in a gala performance Dec. 6 in Washington, featuring top entertainers. The show will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.
1D fans react to pregnancy report
One Direction fans reacted with dismay Wednesday to a report that band member Louis Tomlinson is to become a father. Publicist Simon Jones declined to comment on a People magazine report saying 23-year-old Tomlinson is expecting a child with American stylist Briana Jungwirth. Fans responded on Twitter using the hashtag #OhNoLouis, and one wrote a song called "No Birth Control" teasing the boy band star. Said 18-year-old fan Solveig Diers from Germany: "It doesn't fit into their perfect picture of a boy group."
debut: Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie. The film, with the working title "Chi-Raq," features a cast including Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and Teyonah Parris, as well as D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris and Angela Bassett, plus John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. "Chi-Raq" was shot in Chicago and focuses on violence in inner-city Chicago. Amazon Studios' Ted Hope said, "It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker" than Lee to launch the studio with.
apologizing: Country star Luke Bryan said he misspoke when he differentiated himself from outlaw country musicians like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings by saying he doesn't do drugs. Bryan, the reigning Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, apologized for how the comments appeared in an article on the online magazine, HITS Daily Double. He posted on Twitter that he never meant to disparage other artists. "It's not my style," he wrote. "I consider Willie, Waylon and Merle musical heroes."