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Winfrey, Coates to speak at Morrison tribute

Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jesmyn Ward will be among the speakers at a tribute to the late Toni Morrison.

The Nobel laureate's longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced Tuesday that the event will take place November 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Other guests will include Angela Davis, New Yorker editor David Remnick and Michael Ondaatje.

Eddie Murphy to star in `Beverly Hills Cop 4'

(The New York Times)

Netflix is doubling down on the Eddie Murphy business.

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The streaming giant behind "Dolomite Is My Name," Murphy's acclaimed return to movies, will produce and release on its service a new installment in the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, as part of a licensing deal with Paramount Pictures. The comedian will star and Jerry Bruckheimer will return to produce. Netflix also has the rights to produce a potential second film.

Viacom, the parent company of Paramount, announced the news during its fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday. Netflix declined to comment.

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"The Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, for one, has been a study in diminishing returns. While the first film was a phenomenon, grossing $316 million worldwide in 1984 (more than $780 million in today's dollars) and establishing Murphy as a bona fide movie star, "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987) earned $299 million and "Beverly Hills Cop III," opening a decade after the original, grossed $119 million worldwide.

Taylor Swift seeks help in dispute over past hits


Taylor Swift accused her former record label of blocking her from performing her old songs at an awards show or using them in an upcoming documentary, escalating a dispute between the pop star and powerful celebrity manager Scooter Braun.

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The singer-songwriter tweeted an impassioned plea asking U.S. asset management firm Carlyle Group and fans to help her in efforts to secure ownership of six albums she previously recorded under Big Machine Label Group.

In the tweet, the singer called out Braun and Big Machine record label founder Scott Borchetta for "exercising tyrannical control" by declining to let her use her older music or performance footage in an upcoming American Music Awards show and Netflix documentary. The label denied the allegations in a statement Friday.

In its statement, Big Machine said it never told Swift she couldn't perform her songs and doesn't have the right to do so. "The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company," the label said, adding that it wants to talk with Swift to seek a resolution to their dispute.

Today's birthdays: Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 80. Actress Linda Evans ("Dynasty") is 77. Actor Delroy Lindo ("The Good Fight") is 67. Actor Oscar Nunez ("The Office") is 61. Actor Romany Malco ("A Million Little Things," ''Weeds") is 51. Actor Steven Pasquale ("The Good Wife") is 43.Rapper Fabolous is 42. Actress-comedian Nasim Pedrad ("Scream Queens," ''Saturday Night Live") is 38. Actor Nathan Kress ("iCarly") is 27.

— The Associated Press


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