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Tony-winning choreographer, actress Ann Reinking dies at 71

NEW YORK (AP) — Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning choreographer, actress and Bob Fosse collaborator who helped spread a cool, muscular hybrid of jazz and burlesque movement to Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 71. Reinking died Saturday while visiting family in Seattle, said her ...

Appeals court sends ‘Leaving Neverland’ fight to arbitration

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by the Michael Jackson estate over an HBO documentary about two of the late pop star's sex abuse accusers can go forward in private arbitration. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

A night at the ballet, in time for ‘Nutcracker’ season

Of all the artists whose livelihoods have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, dancers have been among those hit hardest. They depend on a live audience to do their work, of course, and most live paycheck to paycheck. As the months have gone by, dancers have worked hard to stay ...

‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Grease’ added to National Film Registry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This year's inductees into the National Film Registry include a record number of female directors and filmmakers of color as well as a new crop of movies ranging from a silent short film thriller, classic musicals and an acclaimed Batman film. The Library of Congress ...

Anthony Veasna So dies at 28

NEW YORK (AP) – The author of a highly anticipated debut story collection has died. Anthony Veasna So was 28. His death was announced Thursday by his publisher, Ecco, which did not immediately provide additional details. A native of Stockton, California, who had settled in San Francisco, So ...

Leading pro-China news channel in Taiwan is taken off air

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Employees and supporters rallied for a Taiwanese pro-China cable news channel as it was taken off air Saturday, after the government refused to renew its license, citing accuracy issues. CTiTV's channel 52 broadcast a countdown and then went black after midnight. The ...

Rapper Lil Wayne pleads guilty to federal weapons charge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge that he possessed a weapon despite being a convicted felon following a 2019 search of a private plane in the Miami area. The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, entered the plea during a ...

FKA twigs sues Shia LaBeouf, alleging abusive relationship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer FKA twigs filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that Shia LaBeouf was physically and emotionally abusive during their relationship from 2018 to 2019, saying her experience was part of a pattern of terrorizing women for the 34-year-old actor. "Shia LaBeouf hurts women," ...

Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It's been filled with gloom and doom(scrolling), but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. Some like singer Dolly Parton donated money to ...

Pollstar: Live events industry lost $30B due to pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, concert trade publication Pollstar puts the total lost revenue for the live events industry in 2020 at more than $30 billion. Pollstar on Friday released its year-end report, explaining that the live events industry should have hit a ...

Diverse TV holiday season includes all-Asian Lifetime movie

In one scene from the Lifetime TV movie, "A Sugar & Spice Holiday," a co-worker says to Suzy, an Asian American architect in Los Angeles: "I didn't know if Christmas was a big deal where you're from." Retorts Suzy: "I'm from Maine." A lot of viewers of a cozy Christmas film might just ...

Rotations: McCartney, Zappa, Billie Joe Armstrong have new sets

Just when it feels like the earth is spinning backwards as we’re trapped inside various stages of pandemic quarantine, a number of music’s most gifted songwriters, from Taylor Swift to Bruce Springsteen, have used their downtime and in-home studios, to get through the humdrums of a ...

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Born in ...

The lasting legacy of John Lennon

For me, and millions of other people who loved the music and philosophy of John Lennon, it’s still nearly impossible to believe that four decades have come and gone since his passing. There are those watershed moments in life that live forever. They are the frozen pauses that can never be ...

Rotations: New sets by Buffett, Groban and Dirty Knobs

Jimmy Buffett is popular even without releasing an album, much like the Grateful Dead. While the Dead enjoys its fans, “Deadheads,” Buffett’s base is known as “Parrotheads.” In 2020, Buffett released not one, but two albums: May’s “Life on the Flip Side,” and now, “Songs You ...

Rotations: New sets from AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty

Part electrical storm mayhem, part medical marvel, AC/DC is back with “Power Up” (Columbia), a raucous, riotous ode to their “Back in Black” heyday. Long gone is the late lead singer Bon Scott, with Bruce Johnson once again helming lead vocals. The sound is pure, the packaging ...

After a six year coffee break Kathleen Edwards is back

After a self-imposed six year exile from music, acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is back with a new album, “Total Freedom;” her first album since 2012’s “Voyager.” This new one was worth the wait. It’s clear that the Ottawa-based Edwards has not lost any of the ...

Bobby Brown’s son found dead in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bobby Brown Jr., the son of singer Bobby Brown, was found dead at a Los Angeles home Wednesday. He was 28. Los Angeles Police spokesman Officer Jeff Lee said officers were responding to a medical emergency when they found Brown Jr.’s body around 1:50 p.m. at a home in ...

Barack Obama memoir off to record-setting start in sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. The first-day sales, a record for Penguin Random House, includes ...