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“I didn’t have a problem with the way we were doing it” — ‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening responds to racial casting flap

“I didn’t have a problem with the way we were doing it” — ‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening responds to racial casting flap

Amy Sussman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — During a chat about his latest animated hit, Netflix’s Disenchantment,Simpsonscreator Matt Groening addressed the controversy over the long-running show’s white actors voicing characters of other races.  The comments came on the heels of Harry Shearer’s announcement that he’d no longer voice Dr. Julius Hibbert, or any other Black characters — and Hank Azaria’s…

Katharine McPhee welcomes first child with husband David Foster

Katharine McPhee welcomes first child with husband David Foster

Toni Anne Barson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Katharine McPhee: American Idol finalist, actress, singer, Broadway star and now, mother. A rep for the star has confirmed to People that Katharine and her husband, hitmaking pop producer David Foster, have welcomed their first child.   “Katharine McPhee and David Foster have welcomed a healthy baby boy,” the rep…

More ‘WandaVision’? R-Rated Marvel Movies? Unpacking Marvel Studios’ future plans from Disney’s Winter TCA

More ‘WandaVision’? R-Rated Marvel Movies? Unpacking Marvel Studios’ future plans from Disney’s Winter TCA

“WandaVision” – Disney+/Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Today, Disney had its Winter Television Critics Association gathering — virtually — and when it comes to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige’s presentation, there was a lot to unpack.  Aside from the June 11 release date for Loki, however, Feige remained typically tight-lipped. But he did leave just enough crumbs to keep fans guessing.…

Disney+ announces release dates for ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’, ‘Loki’, and more

Disney+ announces release dates for ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’, ‘Loki’, and more

Lucasfilm/Disney+(LOS ANGELES) — At today’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Disney+ revealed the release dates of some of its anticipated upcoming titles, not only from its hot Star Wars and Marvel properties, but also original series including The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, and Big Shot, the latter of which stars Jon Stamos and Yvette Nicole Brown. Some of those involved with the…

Music News

Joan Jett stars in new campaign promoting Can-Am three-wheeled motorcycles

Joan Jett stars in new campaign promoting Can-Am three-wheeled motorcycles

Courtesy of Can-Am On-RoadJoan Jett is featured in a new ad campaign for Can-Am On-Road three-wheeled motorcycles alongside visionary hip-hop artist SAINt JHN. The initiative, dubbed “Outliers,” seeks to bring attention to the need for diversity representation with regard to the on-road riding community, addressing preconceived ideas about what open-road riders should look and act like.…

Paul McCartney to publish ‘The Lyrics’ book in November, profiling over 150 of his songs

Paul McCartney to publish ‘The Lyrics’ book in November, profiling over 150 of his songs

Liveright/W.W. NortonPaul McCartney has never written an autobiography, but the former Beatles legend has shared much of his life story through his songs. With that in mind, McCartney has unveiled plans to release a book called The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, which offers a self-portrait while profiling 154 songs he’s written throughout his long…

National News

Neighbor gives up COVID-19 vaccine appointment to stranger in need

Neighbor gives up COVID-19 vaccine appointment to stranger in need

ABCBy HALEY YAMADA and ERIC NOLL, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — As many struggle to get a vaccine appointment, two neighbors who met online found a way to help each other.Grandmother Emily Johnson of Austin, Texas, was in need of open-heart surgery, but her doctor said she had to have one vaccination before the operation. After…

California commits $1.4 million to combat ‘horrific’ attacks on Asian Americans

California commits $1.4 million to combat ‘horrific’ attacks on Asian Americans

ABCBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California committed $1.4 million toward helping Asian Americans report hate incidents and tracking the attacks after a slew of cases — including the murder of an 84-year-old man — has rocked the nation in recent weeks.Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the larger AB85 pandemic budget bill, which includes $1.4…

Health News

Gyms with maskless users shown to be at high risk for COVID spread: Study

Gyms with maskless users shown to be at high risk for COVID spread: Study

pinkomelet/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(ATLANTA) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people to stop ignoring face covering and social distancing rules when they hit the gym after two new studies confirmed they are strong spreader locations.The agency released findings Wednesday on research it undertook at gyms located in…

People with antibodies after COVID-19 may have short-term virus protection: Study

People with antibodies after COVID-19 may have short-term virus protection: Study

narvikk/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — People who test positive for antibodies after being sick with the virus that causes COVID-19 may have protection against reinfection for at least a few months, according to a new study.Researchers from the National Institutes of Health analyzed 3 million antibody test results, also known as serology tests,…

What women need to know about fertility and COVID-19 vaccines

What women need to know about fertility and COVID-19 vaccines

RossHelen/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As more people in the United States are able to get vaccinated for COVID-19, health experts are receiving questions about possible side effects of the vaccine, especially when it comes to women and fertility.”I get asked about this literally every day,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief medical…