Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her, The Associated Press reports.
Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career. Walters, who is 84, began in television in 1961 and became the medium’s best-known interviewer. She announced last year that she will retire from regular TV appearances.
Walters will remain involved behind the scenes as an executive producer at “The View,” the daytime talk show she created.
“That way, I can keep my eye on all of you,” she said on Monday’s show, with a glance at her fellow panelists, as well as watch her longtime producer Bill Geddie “get older and balder — as I get blonder.”
Walters will be a lifelong member of the ABC News team, and she will make special appearances as news warrants.
Singer Chris Brown’s assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it, the AP reports.
Lawyers for the Grammy Award-winning singer had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors abused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said prosecutors used the grand jury to “freeze” the testimony of the alleged victim in the case, a man who says Brown and his bodyguard punched him outside a Washington hotel in October.
Judge Patricia Wynn agreed with prosecutors that they had a right to use the grand jury to assess the strength of their case. “I am persuaded that there was no abuse,” she said.
Brown and his bodyguard are scheduled to go to trial April 17. A judge will hear the case, not a jury.
At the time of the alleged assault in Washington, Brown was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. Soon after his arrest in Washington he entered rehab for anger management treatment, but he was jailed in mid-March after violating the facility’s rules. If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars, under the terms of a court order in the Rihanna case.
A court document says the man Brown and Hollosy are accused of hitting was treated for a fractured nose and injuries to his face and head. The two allegedly punched the man after he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two of the alleged victim’s female friends.
More than 6 million viewers watched the season four premiere of HBOs “Game of Thrones,” E! News reports.
The show had 6.6 million viewers, 8.2 million when factoring in Sunday night reruns. The season four number is up from the season three debut, which had 4.4 million viewers. “Game of Thrones” season three ended with 5.4 million viewers.
The season four premiere is HBO’s most-watched program since “The Sopranos” finale in 2007. Since its debut, “Game of Thrones” has steadily increased its viewership, becoming one of HBO’s most popular shows, up there with “True Blood” and “The Sopranos.”
“Veep” returned to just under 1 million viewers — 955,000 viewers, down from last year. New comedy “Silicon Valley” debuted to 2 million viewers. The return of “Game of Thrones” also crashed HBO Go, HBO’s streaming service.
“Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have stated the show will likely end after the seventh or eight season.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO.
A little piece of Pittsburgh is going to the Cannes Film Festival. The independent short “Dot,” shot in the North and South Hills, Carnegie Science Center and an Emsworth diner, will screen as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner, the film’s producer announced Monday.
“Dot,” starring Point Park University graduate Julia Warner and Carnegie Mellon University student Benjamin Edelman, is a dark comedy about a 16-year-old girl with obsessive compulsive disorder who becomes a serial killer.
Key crew include: Point Park students Garrett Kennell and David Light along with producers Scott Sullivan of Garfield and Meg Kuntz, another Point Park student.
“We are a little over the moon with it all,” Mr. Sullivan said in an email. “This film was supposed to be a three-minute short shot in one weekend last summer; nine months later, it’s a half-hour long and heading to Cannes. … We’re taking it all in one day at a time.”
The project, recognized by The Sprout Fund and IndieReign, was put together with independent financing and crowd funding.
Peaches Geldof’s celebrity friends are mourning the death of the 25-year-old mother of two, E! News reports.
Just hours after news of Geldof’s death broke, stars such as Lily Allen and Sharon Osbourne are reacting and tweeting their condolences.
“My thoughts are with the Geldofs at this awful time,” Allen wrote Monday. “I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl.”
Meanwhile, Osbourne tweeted, “Devastated about @peaches_g. Sending condolences & respect to the Geldof family. It’s unimaginable what they must be going through right now.”
Geldof’s model pal Daisy Lowe shared a photo of a broken heart.
Lorde tweeted, “you were a sparkling, lovely person who showed me such kindness. rest easy, peaches.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with you,” U.K. director and photographer Blake Wood wrote on Twitter. “To my fellow creatives whose souls struggle to be here — these days may not be easy but we need you now, the world needs you now. All my loveX.”
Geldof, the second daughter of musician Sir Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, was pronounced dead on Monday after police were called to a home in Kent to follow up on a “report of concern for the welfare of a woman.” She left behind a husband, Thomas Cohen, and two sons, Astala and Phaedra.
George Strait won the top honor, entertainer of the year, at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas. He took the fan-voted award for the second time — 25 years after he first won it in 1989, the AP reports.
The win comes five months after the 61-year-old singer won the same award at the rival Country Music Association Awards, an industry-voted show. Strait is a few months from finishing his final tour in June, spurring a round of nostalgia that’s come with a handful of trophies.
Fans showed their enduring love for Strait by giving him the award over arguably the genre’s top four stars: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and show co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Lambert and Keith Urban were the night’s top winners, taking three awards apiece. Lambert won her fifth straight female vocalist of the year award and the two teamed up to win vocal event of the year for “We Were Us.”