High-tech Chicago exhibit puts visitors eye-to-eye with MLK
CHICAGO (AP) — Imagine being so close to Martin Luther King Jr. as he gives one of the world's most famous speeches that you notice the creases in his face and then realize the late civil rights leader is looking you square in the eye.
America Ferrera to depart NBC comedy 'Superstore'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Superstore” is losing its manager — star America Ferrera says she’s departing the NBC sitcom after its current season.
Celine gets refined as Balmain celebrates diversity in Paris
PARIS (AP) — Usher unleashed a photographer's battle at Balmain on Friday, as he appeared at Paris Fashion Week alongside towering model Cindy Bruna.
'Amazing Race' suspends filming as virus precaution
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The globe-trotting reality series “The Amazing Race” is taking a breather as a precaution due to the virus outbreak affecting several countries.
Confused fans rip Garth Brooks for wearing 'Sanders' jersey
DETROIT (AP) — Leave it to the internet to interpret Garth Brooks wearing a Barry Sanders jersey during a concert in Detroit as a political endorsement of a certain liberal presidential candidate.
Lady Gaga's father cites homelessness for his bar's woes
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga's father is refusing to pay $260,000 in rent and fees for his restaurant at New York City's Grand Central Terminal, saying the homeless population is hurting his business.
Weinstein juror: #MeToo movement was not a factor in trial
NEW YORK (AP) — The jury that convicted Harvey Weinstein of rape and sex assault did not consider the trial's implications for the #MeToo movement, one of the jurors said in an interview aired Friday.
Review: Caribou back with unpredictable, immersive album
Caribou, “Suddenly” (Merge Records) Caribou is Canadian musician and mathematician Dan Snaith and “Suddenly” is his first album since 2014’s dreamy “Our Love.” His latest record is a vibrant collage of choice samples, warped production, taut instrumentation and delicate but assured vocals.
Review: Hailey Whitters continues to pursue 'The Dream'
Hailey Whitters, “The Dream” (Pigasus) Hailey Whitters' aptly-named new album, “The Dream,” puts the singer-songwriter's continued career into focus as she chronicles the ever-elusive hunt for a hit, and more.
The Abbey Road Institute opens its 1st US school in Miami
Miami (AP) — One of the world’s leading music studios has set its sights on Miami, with the help of a Grammy-winning Colombian music producer.
The prince and the pop star work on charity single in London
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry joined Jon Bon Jovi at Abbey Road Studios in London on Friday as the singer recorded a charity single to support the foundation that oversees the Invictus Games — a multinational sports event for sick and injured servicemen.
National Symphony cancels Japan concerts due to virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra canceled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic.
Virus fears lead K-pop superstars BTS to cancel Seoul shows
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — K-pop superstars BTS canceled an upcoming concert series in South Korea's capital as the country that exports entertainment worldwide tries to contain a soaring virus outbreak.
NBC renews 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Chicago' dramas for 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC is giving three-year renewals to its drama series from veteran producer Dick Wolf, including the perennial “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The pickups for the “Law & Order” series and Wolf’s three Chicago-set dramas are part of a new five-year deal to keep his Wolf Entertainment production company at Universal Television.
Plácido Domingo revises apology, as Spain drops more shows
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opera star Placido Domingo amended his apology to the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, adding several caveats Thursday to a statement two days earlier in which he said he took “full responsibility” for his actions.
Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms.
Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in “Casablanca” and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its dictator in “To Be or Not to Be.” More than 70 years later, an increase in hate crimes, emboldened white supremacists and political upheaval have prompted TV and film makers to revisit Nazism.
Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of 'The Way Back'
NEW YORK (AP) — Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor.
Guests evacuated after boat at Disney World takes on water
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A boat filled with guests at Walt Disney World had to be evacuated Thursday after it took on water. No one was hurt, and the passengers aboard the Jungle Cruise boat got off the vessel safely after firefighters from the resort's private government were called to the scene, according to Disney World officials.
Disney Plus to revive 'The Proud Family' animated series
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Proud family is making a comeback. The Disney Plus streaming service said Thursday it’s ordered a revival of the animated series about an African American teenager and her extended family.
A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads
NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Billy Idol is the face of an anti-idling campaign launched Thursday in New York City. “Billy never idles, so why should you?” the '80s MTV star growls in a public service announcement intended to shame New Yorkers into shutting the engine off.
Higdon opera for Philadelphia to have 3 different endings
Jennifer Higdon has been commissioned by Opera Philadelphia to compose "Woman with Eyes Closed," which will open the company's O20 Festival on Sept.
Review: Undercover Dream Lovers is fun, funky and reflective
The Undercover Dream Lovers, “It's All In Your Head" (The Undercover Dream Lovers) The Undercover Dream Lovers is a one-man band whose debut album, “It's All In Your Head,” is a fun collection of funky songs which leave room for reflection among the merriment and dance beats.
Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam
BOSTON (AP) — TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, a federal judge said Thursday.
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died.