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Obama recalls 2016 speech during book tour condemning Trump

Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning President Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting a woman in a recording more than a decade ago.

The former First Lady recalled that she needed to address Trump's comments on the infamous 2005 "Hollywood Access" tape while sitting on stage with "black-ish" actor Tracee Ellis Ross at The Forum near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She made her second stop to promote her best-selling book "Becoming," which was released this week.

"When I'm telling the truth, I'm not afraid," Obama said. "I was anxious about giving it. I know how I feel, and what I wanted to do at that time was take women to that place where we know how we feel when we are demeaned. We have all experienced that at some point in time. Women don't have the platform to say it out loud."

Obama never mentioned Trump's name, but said she "hated bullies." She told a sold-out crowd that she wrote the outline of the speech while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery.

Obama ended up giving the speech during a campaign trail in support of Hillary Clinton.

"I don't know if men really understand what we bare as women," she said. "The sad thing is that women aren't safe in this world. We are at-risk to be cut all the time. I wanted to bring voice to women who know what that feels like. You're just putting up with some man's voice saying some stuff that is inappropriate and out of line, and they think it's a joke. It has a lasting impact. ... You have the power to vote against it."

Obama said she was ready to give the speech, adding "I really didn't care. It was also second term. I was like 'I'm done with caring what people think.' It's time to put some truth out there."

Obama entered the stage to Alicia Key's "Girl on Fire" in her second stop of her 12-stop arena book tour. She kicked her tour off in a talk with Oprah Winfrey in Chicago.

Ten percent of ticket costs are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.

Much of the 90-minute conversation between Obama and Ross was filled with laughter. They talked about Obama having a panic attack, getting marriage counseling and joked about her husband-former President Barack Obama's walk being "sexy" but annoyingly slow sometimes.

In the book, Obama said she mentions a time when she had a fist fight with a girl while growing up on Chicago's South Side.

"You did? A physical fight?" Ross asked.

"Yeah, I talk about it in the book. What other kind of fight — you see, this is Tracee. 'A physical fight. With your hands," Obama replied.

Obama added: "Those are the only fights you had on the south side. What? You thought people were debating? No, girl. We were throwing down — like, kickin'."

The former First Lady's husband, daughters, mother and brother gave their impressions of her maturation a video montage. Her mom talked about how her daughter initially disliked politics and Barack said he showed up to their first date late.

Earlier Thursday, Obama made a surprise visit to an early education center located in Skid Row in the downtown Los Angeles. She spent time reading with a group of four-year-old children from an underserved area of the city.

Second member of Jacksonville rock band accused of sex crimes

The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager. 

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Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn.

Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges. 

Police said the victim’s mother came forward after finding explicit pictures on her daughter’s phone.

The report said the victim met Valeu through Facebook and he came to her house, where they had consensual sex.

Police said they found sexually explicit photographs that the suspect and victim sent to each other.

Valeu was the lead singer in Near Empty. Following his arrest, the band posted on Facebook that the group was parting ways.

The post said in part, “The time has come for us to say goodbye [sic]. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of your support over the past couple years.”

In June, 42-year-old Adam Ingram, the band’s bass player, was arrested after police said he produced child porn.

A member of Near Empty said Ingram was kicked out of the band immediately after his arrest.

Record setter: David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M

A painting by David Hockney fetched $90.3 million Thursday night, a record price for a living artist’s work, The New York Times reported. 

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Hockney’s 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” sold in nine minutes at Christie’s, The Guardian reported.

The British artist’s work topped the previous record of $58.4 million, set in 2013 for one of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” sculptures, the Times reported.

The high bid for the 81-year-old artist’s work was $80 million but soared to $90,312,500 after the buyer’s premium, the Guardian reported.

Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported.

“We rarely can say, ‘This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.’ This is it,” Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan.

The buyer was not identified.

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl feeds barbecue to California firefighters 

This was a call for Dave Grohl, and the Foo Fighters’ lead singer responded in a big way for firefighters battling the blazes in Southern California.

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Grohl used the resources from his company, Backbeat BBQ, to feed firefighters battling the Woolsey Fires in Southern California on Monday night, KSWB reported.

“To all the @losangelesfiredepartment and @lacountyfd heroes we met last night. … thank you,” the drummer wrote on Instagram. “It was an honor to cook for you.”

One of the firefighter’s wives also posted on Instagram. “How cool is this?” she wrote. “Dave Grohl and his family brought home cooked BBQ to babe’s station last night.”

Firestation 68 also thanked Grohl with an Instagram post, writing that it was “awesome” to get a visit from the rocker.

David Hockney painting fetches record $90M at NYC auction

A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie's on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.

Among his famous "pool paintings," ''Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" is considered one of his premier works. The previous record by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million in 2013.

The 1972 painting by Hockney, now 81, is "the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives," Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's, said in September. He noted that it reflects both the European and the American perspectives of an artist who came to live in sunny California in the '60s, and saw himself as living on both continents.

"It has all the elements that you would want in a Hockney painting," Rotter said in an interview. He noted that writers have referred to the swimming pool as being sort of a self-portrait of Hockney, though he never confirmed that, just saying he was fascinated to paint moving water.

The painting, whose buyer was not immediately revealed, had been long held by a private collector.

A depiction of two men — one swimming the breaststroke underwater, the other standing by the pool looking down — the painting was originally inspired, according to background provided by Christie's, by two photographs Hockney found juxtaposed on his studio floor, one of a swimmer in Hollywood in 1966, and another of a boy staring at something on the ground.

The rocky landscape is in southern France, and the standing figure is said to represent Peter Schlesinger, whom the artist met in 1966, when the younger man was a student in one of Hockney's art classes at UCLA. For the next five years, according to Christie's, he was both "the great love of Hockney's life" and one of his favorite models.

The relationship ended in 1971. Hockney had already begun the painting and he abandoned it, starting again the following year.

Rebel Wilson loses bid to keep most of defamation payout

Rebel Wilson said she was glad she'd stood up to "a bully" despite losing her bid Friday to keep most of the record payout awarded to her in her defamation case against an Australian magazine.

The actress had sued Woman's Day magazine last year over a series of articles in 2015 that she said had painted her as someone who'd lied about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million ($4.7 million AUD) after a jury concluded she'd missed out on film roles because of the articles. Wilson had sought $5 million ($7 million AUD) in damages.

But this June the amount was reduced by 90 percent after the magazine's publishers, Bauer Media, appealed. Victoria's Court of Appeal said Wilson could not prove economic loss, or that she'd missed out on film contracts as a result of the articles. The court ordered the actress to pay back almost $3 million ($4.1 million AUD), and 80 percent of Bauer's legal costs.

Wilson's lawyers on Friday sought leave to appeal against the reduction in the High Court — Australia's highest judicial body — but the application was refused.

"In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed," Justice Virginia Bell said at the court in the national capital, Canberra.

The magazine publisher welcomed the decision. "Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever," Bauer chief executive Paul Dykzeul said in a statement. "Our audience trust our content and our writers and they love our iconic brands like Woman's Day and Australian Women's Weekly."

Wilson, who sat in the front row of the public gallery during the brief hearing, said outside the court she was glad the process had been brought to an end.

"This has been a long fight and a long journey in the courts, but the great thing about today is that it brings it to a definitive end," she told reporters.

"The whole reason for bringing this case is that I wanted to stand up to a bully, which is Bauer Media."

Wilson said she was proud of herself for "seeing it out right to the bitter end," and that she was glad the initial jury had "restored my reputation."

"Today was just about a small point of special damages and for me it was never about the money, it was about standing up to a bully and I've done that."

Wilson is a native Australian best known for her Hollywood roles in the "Pitch Perfect" films and "Bridesmaids."

Arkansas man pleads not guilty to threatening Don Lemon

A northern Arkansas man who allegedly made threatening phone calls to CNN anchor Don Lemon has pleaded not guilty.

The Baxter Bulletin reports Benjamin Craig Matthews, 38, appeared in Baxter County Court Thursday . Matthews, who is from Mountain Home, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of Little Rock, is free on $15,000 bail.

In an affidavit, police said Matthews called CNN at least 40 times between October 31 and November 2 and made violent threats, some of which were racial or sexual, against Lemon.

Matthews also allegedly called New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and California Rep. Maxine Waters, as well as MSNBC, attorney Michael Avenatti, the Washington Speakers Bureau and Planned Parenthood.

Matthews faces 18 counts of terroristic threats and harassing communications. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Apple signs multiyear deal with film studio A24

Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind "Moonlight" and "Lady Bird."

People close to the deal who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to comment confirmed the agreement Thursday. Apple is investing in scripted content with the intention of competing with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. The deal connects Apple with one of the most respected makers of prestige and arthouse titles in film.

Neither Apple nor A24 commented Thursday. Unclear is how many films the deal includes, or if the movies will be released theatrically.

A24 was previously rumored to potentially be an acquisition target for Apple. This deal leaves the distributor of films like "The Witch," ''Mid90s," ''Hereditary" and "Eighth Grade" with its independence.

Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

Former model Kim Porter has died, according to TMZ.

The tabloid site reported that the actress who dated  music mogul Diddy for 13 years was found dead in her Los Angeles home.

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A representative for Diddy confirmed the news to TMZ, saying, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.”

The cause of death is unclear.

Porter dated Diddy off-and-on from 1994 to 2007, when they called things off for good, remaining on friendly terms. In that time, Porter gave birth to their son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. Porter was also mother to Quincy, 27, from her relationship with singer Al B. Sure.

Celebrities have reacted to the news on Twitter:

Golden Globes group gives $300,000 to wildfire victims

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help the victims of California's deadly wildfires.

The organization best known for creating and organizing the Golden Globe Awards on Thursday announced the donation to four organizations that also include money for victims and families of last week's mass shooting in Southern California.

The funds will go to the victims of the fires in Northern and Southern California. The fires started last week and together have killed at least 59 people, destroyed thousands of homes and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands.

The association formed in 1943 and started the Golden Globes a year later.

It frequently hands out grants, usually to organizations related to the entertainment industry.

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