Jennifer Lawrence said she blamed herself for failing as a negotiator when she learned from the leaked Sony e-mails that her male co-stars were paid more for "American Hustle."

The Oscar-winning actress wrote in an essay for the online newsletter Lenny that she didn't want to fight for millions of dollars, partly because she didn't need the money and partly because she didn't want to come across as "difficult" or "spoiled."

In the essay, Lawrence wonders whether she's wasted her time trying to be likable while her male counterparts are commended for being fierce. She ultimately concludes that she's "over" finding adorable ways to state her opinion. Lenny is a recently launched weekly newsletter from Lena Dunham and her "Girls" executive producer Jenni Konner.

'Harry' to debut fall 2016

Harry Connick Jr. is adding the title of daytime show host to his résumé. The jazzman, actor and "American Idol" judge will host a syndicated program set to debut in fall 2016. NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution said it has sold the show, titled "Harry," to Fox-owned TV stations in 17 U.S. markets. The show also is being sold to other station groups, said NBC Universal Domestic TV, which is producing it. The "Harry" show will be a variety program for the "new millennium," combining comedy, live musical performances and stunts, NBC Universal said. Connick is returning to Fox's "American Idol" for its final season, which begins early next year.

Finalists: The list of National Book Award finalists has been released, and "Bright Dead Things," by Ada Limón (Milkweed Editions), is in the running in the poetry category. As are "Fates and Furies," the novel by Lauren Groff; "Fortune Smiles," the short story collection by Adam Johnson, and "Between the World and Me," essays by Ta-Nahesi Coates. Winners will be announced Nov. 18.

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Met Gala: The spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute will focus on technology's impact on fashion, and the May 2 gala benefiting the institute will be co-chaired by Idris Elba; Apple's chief design officer and a designer himself, Jonathan Ive; Taylor Swift and Anna Wintour.

In court: Jay Z believes he has a valid license to use Arabic music featured on his 1999 hit "Big Pimpin,' " the subject of a copyright infringement trial. The rap star told a federal jury Wednesday that he never asked music producer Timbaland about the origins of the music, which includes elements of the 1957 Egyptian hit song "Khosara Khosara." Jay Z and Timbaland are being sued by the heirs of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who say the artists don't have the rights to the song.

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