PEOPLE: Jennifer Lawrence ties nature's fury to Donald Trump; CBS launching all-celeb "Big Brother;" author James Patterson donates $1.75 to school libraries

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Actress suggests storms are 'Mother Nature's rage'

Jennifer Lawrence is facing backlash online for suggesting that recent monster hurricanes may have been prompted by Donald Trump becoming president.

While in England to promote her film "Mother!" the actress was asked about changes happening in America. "You know, you're watching these hurricanes now, and it's really hard, especially while promoting this movie, not to feel Mother Nature's rage. Wrath," Lawrence told Channel 4.

The comment from the Academy Award-winning actress drew the ire of many on Twitter, where there were calls to boycott Lawrence films.

CBS announces all-celebrity 'Big Brother'

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CBS has announced a first-ever celebrity edition of its longtime reality staple "Big Brother."

The network hasn't named any of the stars taking part in what CBS calls a "concentrated run" of a special edition of the show this winter. No premiere date was announced.

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"Big Brother" host Julie Chen will also helm the celebrity version, which will air in addition to "Big Brother's" traditional summer run in 2018.

Contestants on "Big Brother" live together under constant surveillance in a custom-built house and are eliminated through an eviction vote.

James Patterson gives $1.75 million to classroom libraries

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Classroom libraries from Sarasota, Fla., to Bremerton, Wash., are among thousands being given $500 donations from author James Patterson.

The best-selling novelist and Scholastic Book Clubs Inc. have told The Associated Press that 3,500 teachers nationwide will receive grants totaling $1.75 million. Scholastic is matching Patterson's with gift points that can be redeemed for books and other materials.

Over the past few years, Patterson has given millions of dollars to libraries, classrooms and bookstores.

Today's birthdays: Movie director Brian De Palma is 77. Drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead is 74. Guitarist Leo Kottke is 72. Guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx is 64. Songwriter Diane Warren is 61. Actress Virginia Madsen is 56. Musician Moby is 52. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 50. Actress Taraji P. Henson is 47. Guitarist Jon Buckland of Coldplay is 40. Rapper Ludacris is 40. Singer Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is 36.

                                                                            — The Associated Press


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