Louis C.K., Matthew Weiner, Jonathan Franzen and Sen. Al Franken will appear on “Jeopardy!”
No, this isn’t the setup for an “SNL” skit. The Emmy-winning comedian, creator of “Mad Men,” author of “The Corrections” and junior senator from Minnesota are among the newsmakers and pundits who will compete for charity on the long-running quiz show during its “Power Players Week.”
The winner of each game will earn at least $50,000 for his or her charity of choice, while even the losers will earn a cool $10,000. “Power Players Week” will air in syndication May 16-20.
Smithsonian expands Cosby exhibit
The Smithsonian now plans to acknowledge the sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby at its new African-American history museum on the National Mall, which will display two items related to Cosby’s career in television and standup comedy.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Sept. 24, will include the cover of a Cosby comedy album and a comic book from his pioneering TV drama “I Spy” as part of its exhibit on black entertainers and artists. Initially, the museum planned to include historical facts about the items without mentioning the allegations, drawing criticism from some Cosby accusers.
The museum’s founding director, Lonnie Bunch, said in a statement Thursday that the display would address Cosby’s alleged behavior, although he did not specify exactly how.
Dozens of women have accused Cosby, 78, of sexual abuse. Cosby was charged last year with drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University worker at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, a case that is on hold amid an appeal. He also faces several civil lawsuits.
Athletic fashion Beyonce’s passion
Beyonce is launching an active wear line for women next month. The singer announced the 2016 spring/summer collection Thursday called Ivy Park.
It’s a collaboration with Sir Philip Green of the retail giant Arcadia Group. The collection will be available April 14.
Beyonce said in a statement that she lives “in my work out clothes but I didn’t feel there was an athletic brand that spoke to me.” She said she wants the collection to “inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance.”
The line will be available online and in Topshop stores, Nordstrom, Selfridges and others.
The birthday bunch
Actress Jane Powell is 87. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 84. Actress Ali MacGraw is 77. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 68. Singer Susan Boyle is 55. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 43. Comedian-actor Taran Killam is 34. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 30.
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