• food Dec 2, 2019

    Learn the Secrets to a Perfect Dinner Party From Questlove

    If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a dinner party hosted by Questlove, be aware that nothing has been left to chance. The guest list has been carefully chosen, as have all the dishes. The music starts off with piano-heavy tunes and then builds as the evening goes on. The amount and quality of the booze is also carefully...

  • Southern California Dec 1, 2019

    Irving Burgie, Songwriter of Calypso Hit ‘Day-O,' Dies at 95

    Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95. At the Barbados Independence Day Parade on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced Burgie died Friday. “Day-O,” written in 1952, has been ubiquitous, appearing in everything from the film and Broadway musical...

  • California Nov 26, 2019

    AARP Releases Names of Movies for Grownups Nominees

    A new batch of film nominations are out from an influential media organization — but superhero flicks and “Frozen 2” need not apply. AARP has released nominations for its annual Movies for Grownups awards, which is designed to reward films that resonate with older viewers and fight industry ageism.

  • Facebook Nov 25, 2019

    Review: ‘Queen & Slim' is Romantic, Urgent and Beautiful

    Rarely has a Tinder date ended so poorly than the one shown in “Queen & Slim.” Even more rarely has a bad Tinder date produced such a great film.

  • New Jersey Nov 19, 2019

    Meet the Host of the ‘Blue's Clues' Reboot

    Joshua Dela Cruz has gone from having a genie as a sidekick to a bright blue puppy — and he couldn’t be happier. The actor is the host of a new reboot of the pre-school TV show “Blue’s Clues” and hopes people who grew up on the original come to check it out with their kids.

  • actor Sep 17, 2019

    Emmy Predictions: Amid Newcomers, Will ‘Thrones' Slay Again?

    Imagine that you’re working on a television series, one of the many actors, writers and others who give daily thanks for the rise of cable and streaming that has led to gazillions — at least — of shows and growing employment opportunities. Then, besides the possibility of at least your mom spotting you in the vast video sea, you learn...

  • WASHINGTON Jul 25, 2019

    'Orange Is the New Black' Offers Fans a Way to Give Back

    The Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” isn’t content with leaving behind a legacy of good television. It wants to do good in the real world, too. The series’ creative team said Thursday it has formed a fund that will support advocacy groups pressing for criminal justice reform and women re-entering society from prison, protect immigrants’ rights and end...

  • The Associated Press Jun 11, 2019

    No Limitations: Ali Stroker Makes History With Tony Win

    When she sings, Ali Stroker says, she has “no limitations.” That was clear on Sunday as Stroker performed and made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to capture a Tony Award. She earned the trophy for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Daniel Fish’s dark revisionist revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma!” “This award is for...

  • Oklahoma Jun 10, 2019

    ‘Hadestown' Captures 8 Tony Awards, Including Best Musical

    “Hadestown,” the brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night at the Tony Awards, winning eight trophies Sunday, including best new musical and handing a rare win for a female director of a musical. Playwright Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman” was crowned best play. In the four lead actor and actress categories, Bryan Cranston won his second acting Tony, but...

  • Donald Trump Jun 7, 2019

    Tony Awards Host James Corden Hopes Audience Will Find ‘Joy'

    TV talk show host James Corden steps back into the role of Tony Award host Sunday, not planning anything too political and not worried about any online snark. “I hope people will find joy in it,” said the host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden” and a Tony winner in his own right. “We just want to...

  • Ireland Apr 24, 2019

    The Cranberries, Still in Mourning, Return for the Last Time

    Whether or not there would be a final Cranberries’ album hinged on what was on a hard drive on the other side of the world. Last spring the surviving members of the Irish band began combing through unfinished vocals that singer Dolores O’Riordan sent to Ireland before her death a few months before. What they had intrigued them, but they...

  • LAWYER Mar 2, 2019

    ‘To Kill a Mockingbird' Compromise Offered to Small Theaters

    The dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat were offered an olive branch in the form of Aaron Sorkin’s script for the Broadway version. Scott Rudin, producer of the New York adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, had cited an agreement with Lee’s estate in demanding that...

  • LAWYER Feb 28, 2019

    Why Small US Theaters Have Canceled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'

    Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat by Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. The combative move has prompted calls for a boycott of Rudin’s work. Rudin is arguing that author Harper Lee signed over to him exclusive worldwide rights to the title of...

  • Chicago Feb 4, 2019

    Historians Irked by Musical ‘Hamilton' Escalate Their Duel

    Ever since the historical musical “Hamilton” began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of our $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight. Ishmael Reed, who has been nominated twice for a National Book Award, has chosen to fight fire...

  • NEW YORK Jan 28, 2019

    Actor in Fox's ‘Rent' Gets Injured, so the Show Wasn't All Live

    One of the stars of the live broadcast of the musical “Rent” on Fox was injured during a rehearsal Saturday, forcing the producers to use pre-recorded material Sunday night. Brennin Hunt, who plays the role of rocker Roger Davis, broke his right foot. The show used Saturday night’s pre-taped show, only switching to live for the finale.

  • WASHINGTON Oct 17, 2018

    A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners' Is a Triumph

    Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer is yes, indeed. There can even be a pretty good sitcom. And you might not miss her that much. ABC on Tuesday night aired the first episode of “The Conners,” a spinoff of “Roseanne” without Roseanne Barr. An overdose of pain pills may be the explanation for the contentious comedian’s absence...

  • actor Sep 14, 2018

    Broadway and West End Star Marin Mazzie Dies at 57 After Cancer Battle

    A three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse performances on Broadway in “Ragtime,” ”Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” has died. Marin Mazzie was 57.

  • Donald Trump Jul 10, 2018

    Hasan Minhaj Readies an ‘Insightful' Tour, Netflix Series

    Fresh off a breakout year in 2017, comedian Hasan Minhaj is ready to turn his wit to diagnosing the larger issues facing America. Minhaj, a correspondent with “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, is kicking off a North American tour starting in August and this fall will host his own weekly comedy show for Netflix. “I wanted to go on...

  • Asher Klein Jun 19, 2018

    Broadway Musical About Michael Jackson in the Works

    The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage on Tuesday unveiled plans for a stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. They hope it will be ready for Broadway by 2020.

  • Florida Jun 11, 2018

    Stoneman Douglas Teacher Honored at Tonys, Students Sing to the Rafters

    The Marjory Stoneman Douglas community was honored in two ways Sunday night at the Tony Awards, a ceremony honoring excellence in Broadway theater.

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