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Last Update on January 27, 2015 08:07 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Melissa Rivers says no family should have to go through what she, her son -- and her mom -- went through. So she has filed a lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers was being treated when she lost consciousness last year. The malpractice suit against Yorkville Endoscopy suggests doctors treating the E! Fashion Police star were careless, cocky -- and incompetent. Among other things, the suit claims the doctors botched the endoscopy and performed another medical procedure on Rivers' vocal cords without consent. The suit also says the doctors snapped a selfie with Rivers while she was still under -- and were slow to respond when her condition deteriorated. Rivers died a week after she was taken unconscious from the clinic to a hospital.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Joan Rivers' daughter has sued Yorkville Endoscopy, where her mother was treated before her death last summer.

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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Joan Rivers' death wasn't directly tied to the alleged negligence at the Yorkville Endoscopy facility.


LONDON (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch is offering no excuses -- he says he was simply an "idiot" to refer to blacks and other minorities as "colored." The Oscar-nominated actor uttered the word in an interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS. Cumberbatch said -- quoting here -- "as far as colored actors go," there are more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain. While the actor said the situation is "something that needs to change" -- his choice of words to describe minorities blunted those sentiments for some. While the term isn't considered inherently racist, it was widely used to described blacks in this country during the pre-civil rights era when there were separate public accommodations for blacks and whites -- supported by both custom and law.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch used an outdated racial term in discussing diversity in movies during a PBS TV appearance.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aside from Jennifer Lopez's latest movie, it wasn't the best weekend to be a brand new offering at the multiplex. Jennifer Lopez's "The Boy Next Door" finished a distant second to "American Sniper," which ruled the box office for the second straight weekend. Two other major releases failed to crack the top 5. The animated fantasy movie "Strange Magic" landed in seventh place, while the latest Johnny Depp flop, "Mortdecai" was in ninth place.

Entertainment History

January 27, 2015 08:07 GMT

On January 27th, 1958, singer Little Richard enrolled in a college run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. He was inspired after his plane caught fire while flying over the Philippines.

In 1968, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding was released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.

In 1970, John Lennon recorded "Instant Karma."

In 1972, singer Mahalia Jackson died of heart failure in Chicago. She was 60.

In 1976, "Laverne and Shirley" premiered on ABC.

In 1984, Michael Jackson was burned on his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial that featured special effects. He was briefly hospitalized.

In 1991, Whitney Houston sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. It was revealed later she actually sang over a recorded version of the anthem.

In 1992, C&C Music Factory dominated the 19th annual American Music Awards, winning five trophies.

In 1993, Warner Brothers Records announced that it was releasing rapper Ice-T from his contract due to what it called "creative differences." The previous summer, the record company was in the middle of the controversy over Ice-T's song "Cop Killer."

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Cromwell ("Babe") is 75. Actor John Witherspoon is 73. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 71. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 69. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 67. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 60. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 60. Actress Mimi Rogers is 59. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 58. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 54. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 54. Actress Bridget Fonda is 51. Actor Alan Cumming ("Spy Kids") is 50. Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More) is 47. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 47. Rapper Tricky is 47. Guitarist Michael Kulas of James is 46. Comedian Patton Oswalt is 46. Actor Josh Randall ("Ed") is 43.

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