Streisand's song blasts

Trump, pleads for change

When Barbra Streisand started writing lyrics for her new political song, "Don't Lie to Me," she initially aimed for "very subtle" references to President Donald Trump. But she couldn't help herself.

"I just went ballistic," she said.

The song, released Thursday, finds a passionate Streisand questioning the nation's leader and pleading for change as ''the world is burning.''

"I just can't stand what's going on," the Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winner said. "His assault on our democracy, our institutions, our founders — I think we're in a fight. ... We're in a war for the soul of America."

"Don't Lie to Me" appears on her new album, "Walls," her first project of mainly original tracks since 2005. It will be released Nov. 2.

 

Dench opposes cutting

Spacey from films

Judi Dench says she doesn't condone any inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey, but says scrubbing him from a film sets a questionable precedent.

The celebrated British actress says "I can't approve in any way the fact that, whatever he has done, that you then start to cut him out of films."

Spacey was erased from "All the Money in the World" last year and replaced with Christopher Plummer after allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Dench told the San Sebastian film festival in Spain that Spacey "is and was a most wonderful actor."

She added: "Are we to go back through history now and anyone who has misbehaved in any way or has broken the law or has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out?"

 

American Music Awards

to honor Aretha Franklin

The American Music Awards will honor the Queen of Soul next month.

Dick clark productions tells the Associated Press that Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin's gospel roots and her iconic album, "Amazing Grace," at the Oct. 9 event. It will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Franklin died last month. She won six AMAs in her career and hosted the show in 1976 and 1983.