Biggest entertainment news of 2017

WASHINGTON — From surprising box-office hits, new concert venues and the unveiling of sexual harassment allegations against powerful figures, here are the biggest entertainment stories of 2017.

Madonna
Madonna performs on stage during the Women’s March rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington. Madonna, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Emma Watson, Amy Schumer, Jake Gyllenhaal and feminist leader Gloria Steinem were just some of those Hollywood A-list celebrities in attendance at the march in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from, "Get Out."  (Universal Pictures via AP)
In Jordan Peele’s part horror, part social satire “Get Out,” ”the sunken place” is a brainwashing technique employed by Catherine Keener’s Missy Armitage on her daughter’s black boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya). She hypnotizes him stirring her tea methodically and suddenly he is trapped and falling in horrifying space. On a superficial level, it made an impact as a straight horror technique, but the sunken place went even deeper than a scare tactic: Peele later explained that it represents the marginalization and silencing of African-Americans. The film was released Feb. 24. This image released by Universal Pictures shows Kaluuya in a scene from “Get Out.” (Universal Pictures via AP) (AP)
This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast." (Disney via AP)
Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” released on March 19, was a beast that topped at the spring box office. It opened with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and set a new high mark for family movies. This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle. (Disney via AP)
Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner received backlash for starring in a tone-deaf Pepsi ad. In the ad, Jenner joins protesters and hands a can of Pepsi to a police officer on the demonstration line. The officer smiles and Jenner and the protesters celebrate. It was criticized and mocked on social media for appearing to trivialize protests for social justice causes. Pepsi pulled the ad on Wednesday, April 5. In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, model Kendall Jenner has makeup applied backstage before the Michael Kors Spring 2017 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus
A suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on May 23, killing 22 people. Following the attack, Grande organized One Love Manchester, a benefit concert featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, among other pop musicians. Tickets to the June 4 benefit concert sold out in six minutes. In this Sunday, June 4, 2017, handout photo provided by Owen Humphreys for One Love Manchester, singers Ariana Grande, onstage center right, and Miley Cyrus, onstage center left, perform at the One Love Manchester tribute concert in Manchester, north western England, Sunday, June 4, 2017. One Love Manchester is raising money for those affected by the bombing at the end of Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017. (Owen Humphreys via AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot emerging from a trench during a WWI battle scene in "Wonder Woman." (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
“Wonder Woman” conquered milestones and movie myths at North American theaters, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its way to a $100.5 million debut the weekend of June 4 and became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman. This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot emerging from a trench during a WWI battle scene. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) (AP/Clay Enos)
Kathy Griffin
Comedian Kathy Griffin posted a video and photos of a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed, bloody head, on social media in June, sparking outcry from the Trump White House, energizing Republican fundraisers, fueling harsh coverage over several news cycles and losing her TV and standup gigs. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Chris Pizzello)
Stacey Mindich
Stacey Mindich, center, and the cast and crew of “Dear Evan Hansen” accept the award for best musical at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in New York. The musical, which debuted at D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2015, also won best score, book and top actor honors. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP/Michael Zorn)
FILE - In this June 17, 2017 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday, June 27, to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
On June 17, a judge declared a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Dad.” In this June 17, 2017 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (AP/Matt Rourke)
Don't smoke pot at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
The Merriweather Post Pavilion celebrated 50 years in Columbia, Maryland, on July 15. As a nod to all the “Greatest Hits” veterans that have performed there through the years, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson and Rockville native Father John Misty were among the musical legends that helped mark the venue’s golden year. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Chester Bennington
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on July 20. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled his death was a suicide by hanging. In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington poses in the press room at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif. Warner Bros. Records said the Linkin Park singer’s private funeral was held Saturday, July 30, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File) (John Shearer/Invision/AP/John Shearer)
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi’s hit song “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee, was named Billboard’s No. 1 song of the summer, but that wasn’t this song’s only achievement. YouTube announced on Aug. 4 that the song’s music video became the most viewed clip on YouTube of all-time — the first video in YouTube history to reach 3 billion views. The song also tied with the Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men duet “One Sweet Day” as the longest-running No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In this April 27, 2017 file photo, singers Luis Fonsi, left and Daddy Yankee perform during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (AP/Lynne Sladky)
Taylor Swift
Jurors in U.S. District Court in Denver deliberated fewer than four hours on Aug. 14 to find that ex-radio host David Mueller assaulted Taylor Swift during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in June 2013. Per Swift’s request, jurors awarded her $1 in damages — a sum her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called “a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation.” In this Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, Taylor Swift performs at the DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) (John Salangsang/Invision/AP/John Salangsang)
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis, the comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Las Vegas. He was 91. In this Aug. 24, 2016 photo, Lewis reacts during an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP) (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of "Game of Thrones." The series set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels. (Macall B. Polay/HBO via AP)
This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” The series set a personal ratings record, as 12.1 million viewers tuned into the Season 7 finale, which aired Aug. 27, up 36 percent over the 8.9 million folks who watched last year’s Season 6 finale. The premiere of Season 8, the final season, will air in late 2018 or early 2019. (Macall B. Polay/HBO via AP) (AP/Macall B. Polay)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from "It." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
No movie stood a chance against “It” the weekend of its Sept. 7 release. It took in an otherworldly $123.4 million making it the biggest September opening of all time and the highest horror debut ever by over $70 million. The Warner Bros. production based on Stephen King’s novel cost only $35 million to produce and sets up a sequel that is expected to come out in 2019. This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from “It.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) (AP/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Enterta)
The 69th annual Emmy Awards air Sept. 17 on CBS. (AP Photo)
The 69th annual Emmy Awards aired on Sept. 17 on CBS and “Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies” and “This is Us” were among the shining winners this year. “Handmaid’s Tale” took the title of outstanding drama series; the Hulu original also won awards in directing and writing as well as multiple acting awards. NBC’s “This is Us” had multiple nominations, and the show’s Sterling K. Brown won for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.  (AP Photo) ((AP))
Hugh Hefner
The Playboy magazine founder and sexual revolution symbol Hugh Hefner died at his home of natural causes at age 91 on Wednesday, Sept. 27. In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner poses for photos at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (AP/Jae C. Hong)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01:  People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, killing 58 and injuring hundreds. Maryland native Tina Frost, 27, was one of the many victims of the deadliest mass shooting. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) (Getty Images/David Becker)
Tom Petty of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performs at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, June 20, 2006 in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Rock legend Tom Petty, who produced classics such as “Free Fallin,” “Refugee” and “American Girl”died at the age of 66 on Oct. 2 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. Tom Petty of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performs at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, June 20, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/JASON DECROW)
Harvey Weinstein
On Oct. 5, The New York Times published a story that would rock the entertainment industry. The story revealed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had a history of sexual misconduct among current and former employees and workers in the film industry spanning three decades. Women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse include stars Kate Beckinsale, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and a slew of others. After multiple reports of sexual harassment complaints against him, The Weinstein Company fired the disgraced mogul. This sparked #MeToo, a social media movement denouncing sexual harassment and misconduct. In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again with the same words: “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.” Consent is quite likely to be a central issue in a potential legal case against Weinstein and others accused of sexual assault in the current so-called “reckoning.” (AP Photo/John Carucci, File) (AP/John Carucci)
This combination photo shows, from left, producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, actor-comedian Louis C.K., NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer and "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose. Actors and other public figures began vanishing from the TV screen in October as scores of allegations of sexual misconduct targeted one prominent man after another. n the wake of  Weinstein’s disgrace, Spacey was removed from Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Louis C.K. lost a Netflix comedy special and other TV projects. Rose was removed from “CBS This Morning” and his own public television interview show was cancelled. Then “Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired.  (AP Photo/File)
This combination photo shows, from left, producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, actor-comedian Louis C.K., NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer and “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose. Actors and other public figures began vanishing from the TV screen in October as scores of allegations of sexual misconduct targeted one prominent man after another. In the wake of Weinstein’s disgrace, Spacey was removed from Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Louis C.K. lost a Netflix comedy special and other TV projects. Rose was removed from “CBS This Morning” and his own public television interview show was canceled. Then “Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired. (AP Photo/File) (AP)
LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear and Gloria Estefan receive their Kennedy Center Honors. (Getty Images)
LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear and Gloria Estefan were honored at the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 3.  Despite President Donald Trump’s absence at the accolades, the event marked a historic moment with television producer and writer Norman Lear being the oldest honoree and LL Cool J becoming the youngest honoree and the first-ever hip-hop artist to be honored. (Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Madonna
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from, "Get Out."  (Universal Pictures via AP)
This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast." (Disney via AP)
Kendall Jenner
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot emerging from a trench during a WWI battle scene in "Wonder Woman." (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
Kathy Griffin
Stacey Mindich
FILE - In this June 17, 2017 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday, June 27, to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Don't smoke pot at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Chester Bennington
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee
Taylor Swift
Jerry Lewis
This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of "Game of Thrones." The series set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels. (Macall B. Polay/HBO via AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from "It." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
The 69th annual Emmy Awards air Sept. 17 on CBS. (AP Photo)
Hugh Hefner
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01:  People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Tom Petty of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performs at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, June 20, 2006 in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Harvey Weinstein
This combination photo shows, from left, producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, actor-comedian Louis C.K., NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer and "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose. Actors and other public figures began vanishing from the TV screen in October as scores of allegations of sexual misconduct targeted one prominent man after another. n the wake of  Weinstein’s disgrace, Spacey was removed from Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Louis C.K. lost a Netflix comedy special and other TV projects. Rose was removed from “CBS This Morning” and his own public television interview show was cancelled. Then “Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired.  (AP Photo/File)
LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear and Gloria Estefan receive their Kennedy Center Honors. (Getty Images)


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