Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with New York Sen. Charles Schumer to call for tighter gun control.
She joined the senator — her distant cousin — on Monday as he unveiled a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns. They cited the recent shooting in a Louisiana movie theater that killed two women and injured nine others during a screening of the movie "Trainwreck," starring Amy Schumer.
"We're here to say enough is enough," the senator said. "We can't just sit back and allow mass shootings to become commonplace."
The senator's legislation would create monetary rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the background check system and penalize states that do not. He also will call on Congress to preserve mental health funding and substance abuse programs.
'Dream come true' for contest judge
Country singer Brett Eldredge is the first of seven judges to be announced for ABC's live broadcast of the 2016 Miss America competition. The reigning Country Music Association new artist of the year said the upcoming gig was "a dream come true." Additional hosts and judges for the competition will be announced in the coming weeks. Fifty-two women representing their home states and territories will be competing in the Sept. 13 pageant, which will be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
New Release: Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years. Dre said on his radio show, "Dr. Dre's the Pharmacy," that "Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be available Aug. 7. Dre said the album includes features from Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Snoop Dogg. It's his first album since "2001," which was released in 1999. He says it's going to be his grand finale, "and the record is bananas."
'Piping hot' book deal: Ike Barinholtz is the latest funny person with a book deal. Grand Central Publishing announced Monday that it had acquired a collection of humorous essays by the writer-performer whose credits include "The Mindy Project" and "MADtv." The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for fall 2017. In a statement issued through Grand Central, Barinholtz promised "piping hot takes" on everything from sex to pizza. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey are among the comedians to have bestsellers in recent years. Barinholtz is starring with Poehler and Fey in the film comedy "Sisters," which comes out in December.