Les Moonves' powerful A-list pals: From George Clooney to Kaley Cuoco
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President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Leslie Moonves, has a long list of celebrity friends from years of work in the industry. Here the CEO poses with former CBS star Katherine Heigl at a 2016 press party in Los Angeles. (CBS)
Throughout his career as CBS Chairman and CEO, Les Moonves has rubbed elbows with many A-list stars ranging from Mark Wahlberg and Kevin James to Halle Berry and Anna Wintour.
In 2015 Moonves spoke at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for Julianna Margulies and was snapped hugging her in an emotional embrace. Two years earlier, Kaley Cuoco honored him at the 2013 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame inductions.
"It means so much to me to be asked to host this in front of all you amazing people, especially my boss Leslie Moonves, who has been an amazing supporter of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ from day one. And a supporter of mine and a fan,” she gushed before making an expletive-filled joke about CBS’ back-and-forth with Dish Network, a topic dominating headlines at the time.
Last year, James Corden, host of CBS' "The Late Late Show," hosted an event at New York’s Lincoln Center in Moonves’ honor.
But perhaps Moonves' closest and most-prominent celebrity friend is George Clooney.
“Les is a dear friend,” Clooney said in a 2005 CBS News article.
So dear, in fact, that it was Moonves’ wife Julie Chen was the one who broke the news that Amal Clooney was expecting twins. She reportedly got the go-ahead from the Clooneys to share their baby news on “The Talk” following a cozy double date with Hollywood pair in 2017.
Moonves bragged about his tight friendship with Clooney in a 2006 interview with The Guardian. During his time at Warner Bros. In the early ‘90s, Moonves famously cast Clooney for his groundbreaking role in the medicial drama, “ER.”
"I was one of the first to read the ‘ER’ script and the good news is George Clooney still gives me credit for helping to launch his career," Moonves said. "I had George Clooney under contract for four years in a row before 'ER' happened. He's one of the few who remembers the people who helped him."
Another high-profile friend of Moonves’ is Bill Clinton, according to a 2005 profile in the New York Times that described the CBS exec as a Democrat and “life-long friend of Bill Clinton’s.”
And working in the TV industry as long as he has, Moonves’ seemingly never-ending list of TV credits includes standout hits like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Survivor” and “How I Met Your Mother.” He’s also credited with putting together the well-blended cast of “Friends.”
In the late-‘90s, he made headlines for reportedly spending a fortune to secure the series “Cosby,” starring the now-disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, for CBS. The show was never a big hit for the network, and Cosby himself has since been embroiled in accusations of rape, sexual assault and harassment that Moonves has said little about. CBS reportedly scrapped the majority of a 1997 “60 Minutes” interview that interrogated Cosby about reports he fathered a child while married.
In addition to the six women who spoke out against Moonves in the New York Times, more than two dozen company employees, past and present, detailed incidents of harassment, gender discrimination or retaliation at CBS, the report said.
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July 28, 2018
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ball drops to usher in 2019 in New York's Times Square.</p><p> Aguilera last performed on the show in 2007. It's the second time for New Kids and Bastille. It's Dan and Shay's first appearance.</p><p> Seacrest will be joined in the countdown to midnight by Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg.</p><p> Post Malone will make his first New Year's performance.</p><p> Ciara will host the Hollywood party with such artists as Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Weezer.</p>
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competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts.</p><p> A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values. At least three musicians have been detained.</p><p> In a symbolic gesture of reconciliation, the State Duma announced it would run a competition for the best rap song — but it has to be on the subject of travel in Russia. The winner, according to lawmaker Mikhail Degtyarev, will win a trip around Russian cities.</p><p> "We want to give a platform for open discussion and highlight the opportunities as well as drawbacks of this or that town," he said. "If, for example, there is a bad road near a tourist attraction, there should be a video about it."</p><p> Rap has emerged as one of the most popular music genres among Russia's youth — and a target for Russia authorities — thanks to its frank portrayal of daily realities and scathing criticism of the government.</p><p> Last month, a rapper known as Husky, whose videos have garnered more than 6 million views on YouTube, was arrested for staging an impromptu performance after his show was shut down in the southern city of Krasnodar. A court sentenced Husky to 12 days in jail on charges of hooliganism, but he was released four days later — hours before a solidarity concert in Moscow by popular hip hop artists protesting his detention.</p><p> The electronic duo IC3PEAK had six out of their 11 gigs cancelled in recent weeks, and on Dec. 1 they were briefly detained in a Siberian city.</p><p> Eager not to alienate young people, top Russian officials in recent days took steps to distance themselves from the arrests and show cancellations. The State Duma last week hosted a round table with some of Russia's most popular pop acts, and the presidential ombudsman for human rights said on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin had asked her to investigate why the gigs are being shut down.</p>
thers, have picked up on the song used at the end of Aquaman.</p><p>The song is called Everything I Need and is written by Skylar Grey and Elliott Taylor.</p><p>Grey was born Holly Brook Hafermann in rural Wisconsin and has been in the business for a long time.</p><p>She is perhaps most well known for a tearjerking cover of Stand By Me, which featured in a 2018 Superbowl commercial.</p><p>Grey also wrote the famous refrain for Eminem's 2010 hit Love the Way You Lie: "Just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that's alright because I like the way it hurts."</p><p>According to a February 2018 profile in Glamour, Grey said she has "worked on myself a lot in the past three years" and "fell deeply in love."</p><p>The person she fell in love with is the entrepreneur Elliott Taylor, who co-wrote the song for Aquaman.</p><p>The two are now engaged, and Grey recently performed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
comes quite early so fans won't have to wait long.</p><p>The first set of credits are animated and once they conclude, another tidbit of Aquaman begins to play.</p><p>Back in November, a website called ReRelease leaked the existence of an end credits scene.</p><p>But with the movie swimming through cinemas, fans and journalists who have seen the film confirmed it does not feature the justice league.</p><p>Aquaman's mid-credits scene most likely means there will be another Aquaman movie.</p><p>The scene opens with a shot of Black Manta, a secondary villain in the movie played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.</p><p>He is floating in the water on a piece of driftwood, seriously injured during an earlier fight with Aquaman in Sicily (a fight teased in the trailer).</p><p>The stranded Black Manta is discovered by a lone fishing boat on the ocean.</p><p>Soon it is revealed the boat belongs to Dr Stephen Shin, a character who briefly cameod in the film played by Randall Park.</p><p>If you were paying close attention during the film, you'll remember Dr Shin as an Atlantis truther (someone who believes the city exists despite evidence to the contrary) who shown on a TV screen earlier in the film.</p><p>As Manta slowly rouses in Dr Shin's boat, he looks around to see the makeshift lab and wall dedicated to Aquaman and Atlantis - full of clips, cuttings, and pictures.</p><p>Dr Shin is examining Manta's helmet, which he accidentally fires.</p><p>This leads Dr Shin to demand of Manta from where he got the Atlantean technology.</p><p>Manta agrees to tell Dr Shin, but on one condition: Shin must help Manta find, and exact revenge on, Aquaman.</p><p>Fans have taken this to mean the sequel will feature Dr Shin and Manta as they hunt for Aquaman.</p><p>As for another Justice League movie, your guess is as good as ours.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
lassic Mini to follow on from the success of the SNES and NES Mini.</p><p>For two years in a row Nintendo have released classic consoles, going chronologically through their home systems.</p><p>The first classic console was the NES Classic Mini, a pint-sized version of their breakthrough Nintendo Entertainment System.</p><p>Then Nintendo followed up this miniature 8-Bit console by doing a classic version of their next home system, the SNES.</p><p>It was widely expected that Nintendo would follow this up by releasing a mini version of their third home console - the Nintendo 64 (aka N64).</p><p>But so far there’s been no official word on a N64 Mini, despite plenty of rumours and even alleged images of the micro console leaking.</p><p>And comments from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime may indicate that the N64 Classic Mini is not going to happen.</p><p>He also said that the way Nintendo fans continue to enjoy “classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online”.</p><p>This hopefully raises the prospect of SNES, N64, Gamecube and maybe even Wii games featuring on the Nintendo Switch at some point.</p><p>Reggie said: “There’s no ability for add-on content with our classic consoles, so when you purchase the console it’s coming with that set roster of content.</p><p>“We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, to really have the best games that defined that generation.</p><p>“We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic programme.</p><p>“We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone.</p><p>“The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online, and we just released three new games from the NES generation onto that platform.</p><p>“We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content.”</p><p>The news comes as more games have been added to Nintendo Switch Online this week.</p><p>Subscribers can get to play with some brand new NES games this week - Adventures of Lolo, the hard-as-nails Ninja Gaiden and Wario's Woods.</p><p>Special additions of Dr Mario and Metroid - which gives players boosted powers - has also been added to Switch Online.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
rner Bros adaptations being generally considered as flops. Wonder Woman was the first movie from WB to break the cycle and the studio hoped Aquaman could repeat that success. Early box office numbers and reviews suggest Aquaman has been a success and fans have already begun to speculate what this could mean for the future of DC Comics movies.</p><p>If the mid-credits scene is anything to go by, the answer is a surefooted yes.</p><p>Based on Aquaman's mid-credits scene, another Aquaman movie could be a possibility.</p><p>The mid-credits scene occurs after a brief animated credit shot concludes.</p><p>The clip opens with a shot of Black Manta, one of two villains in the movie played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (the other being Patrick Wilson's Orm).</p><p>Manta is adrift in the ocean, clinging to a piece of driftwood and seriously injured.</p><p>He sustained these injuries after a fight with Aquaman and Mera (Amber Heard) in Italy (a fight audiences glimpsed in the trailer).</p><p>Black Manta is luckily rescued by a fishing boat, which is occupied by Dr Stephen Shin.</p><p>Shin had a brief cameo in the film and is played by Randall Park.</p><p>Dr Shin, who is based on a comic character, is an Atlantis truther who was visible on a TV screen earlier in the movie.</p><p>Manta regains consciousness in Dr Shin's boat and looks around to see a makeshift lab.</p><p>There is also a wall dedicated to Aquaman and Atlantis - a revenge board of sorts.</p><p>As Dr Shin examines Manta's helmet, he accidentally fires the lasers from its eyes.</p><p>He demands to know from where Manta got the Atlantean helmet.</p><p>If Dr Shin helps Manta find Aquaman, Manta says he will tell Dr Shin how he got the technology.</p><p>Though initial speculations about the mid-credits scene hinted it would feature the rest of the Justice League, this has not come to pass.</p><p>In all likelihood, another ensemble movie is a long way away, if it will ever see the light of day.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
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e Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.</p><p>Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.</p><p>Jackson's induction comes after her third time as nominee and many saw it as overdue, given her prowess as a hitmaker with "All For You," ''That's the Way Love Goes," ''Nasty," ''Together Again" and "What Have You Done For Me Lately."</p><p>Her career has suffered from the fallout after the infamous 2004 Super Bowl appearance where her bare breast was briefly exposed. Jackson became eligible for the rock hall in 2007 and wasn't nominated until 2016.</p><p>The Roots' Questlove, in a social media post earlier this year, said her exclusion had been "highly criminal." He cited the influence of her 1986 album "Control," which he said set off the New Jack Swing trend.</p><p>It will be Nicks' second induction into the rock hall, since she's already there as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She launched a solo career in 1981 with her duet with the late Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Other hits followed, including "Edge of Seventeen," ''Stand Back" and "I Will Run to You."</p><p>Def Leppard earned more than half a million votes from fans, which are incorporated into more than 1,000 ballots from artists, historians, industry professionals and past winners in deciding who gets honored. The British heavy metal band with a pop sheen were huge sellers in the 1980s on the back of songs like "Photograph" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me."</p><p>Frontman Joe Elliott said he was initially ambivalent toward the honor until Jon Bon Jovi suggested it would change his life.</p><p>"When I look at the list of who's in, it's just obvious you'd want to be in that club, isn't it?" he told Billboard earlier this year. "When you think that every band that means anything in the world, starting from the Beatles and the Stones and any artist that influenced them — your Chuck Berrys, your Little Richards, etc., etc. — then of course you want to be in. Why wouldn't you?"</p><p>Def Leppard, Nicks and Roxy Music were voted in during their first years as nominees. Other 2019 nominees who didn't make the cut included LL Cool J, Devo, Rage Against the Machine, MC5, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk.</p><p>There's some question about whether Radiohead will shrug its collective shoulder as a nominee. The English band seemed like generic grunge rockers on their initial hit "Creep," but with the album "OK Computer" and beyond have become consistent sonic pioneers. Among its rock hall class, Radiohead has the most impact on the current music scene.</p><p>In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood said "I don't care" when asked about the rock hall. Bandmate Ed O'Brien said, "culturally, I don't understand it. I think it might be a quintessentially American thing."</p><p>The Cure and frontman Robert Smith resist their initial label as goth rockers, champions of fans who like black makeup, black clothes and darkly romantic songs. They have a durable catalog of hits, including "Friday I'm in Love," ''Boys Don't Cry," ''Pictures of You" and "Let's Go to Bed."</p><p>Roxy Music came out of the 1970s progressive rock scene and had hits with "Love is the Drug" and "More Than This." Dapper member Bryan Ferry had a successful solo career and Brian Eno has been an influential producer.</p><p>The heyday of British rockers the Zombies' career was the 1960s, with big sellers "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season."</p><p>The hall will announce ticket sales for March's ceremony next month. HBO and SiriusXM will carry the event.</p>