Paula Deen reportedly closes restaurant
SAVANNAH - A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.
The Savannah Morning News and WSAV television both reported Thursday that Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House announced the closure on its Facebook page. Both also cited a statement from a public relations firm representing the Savannah-based restaurant. Contact information for the firm could not be obtained immediately.
Deen co-owned the restaurant with her brother Bubba Hiers. Former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson sued them both in 2012, alleging sexual harassment and employment practices that were unfair to black workers.
Lancome names Nyong'o as new face
NEW YORK - The fashion and beauty industry's love affair with Lupita Nyong'o continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancome.
The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for the brand, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong'o said she was proud to represent Lancome, adding "beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."
'Jesus Christ Superstar' to tour North America
NEW YORK - The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American tour.
The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 50-city tour in New Orleans on June 9.
It will star punk legend John Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child as Mary, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of `N Sync as Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.'s prime-time contest show "Superstar," will play Jesus.
The musical dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate and his ultimate crucifixion.
Chiklis joins 'Coven' for next 'Horror'
LOS ANGELES - Michael Chiklis is ready to freak out.
The actor is joining the "American Horror Story" family for the anthology series' fourth season, subtitled "Freak Show." The Emmy-winning star of "The Shield" will portray the ex-husband and father of characters played, respectively, by Kathy Bates and Evan Peters.
"Coven" revolved around witches in a New Orleans boarding school, made for the highest-rated of the three "Horror Story" seasons.