Review: Eric Johnson's vocals, acoustic guitar shine
Eric Johnson, “RJ Vol. II” (Vortexan Music) Eric Johnson's new album shows the amazing Texas guitar wizard moving another mystifying step closer to a singer-songwriter role.
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.
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.
David Ortiz selling baseball mementos, household items
WESTON, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is cleaning house, and you might be surprised by what he's selling.
Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big
NEW YORK (AP) — The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its somber Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square Garden, performing the play for 18,000 school kids in an electric one-time-only performance that one actor called “primal.” It marks the first time a Broadway play has been performed at the venue nicknamed “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” which is home to the New York Knicks and Rangers.
Plácido Domingo drops upcoming shows at Spanish opera venue
MADRID (AP) — Plácido Domingo has canceled his upcoming performances at one of Spain's main opera houses as officials and music venues in the tenor's home country reassessed their ties with the global star after he apologized for sexually harassing women over the course of two decades.
Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, 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.
Chloe sparkles as giant Paris fashion exhibit space opens
PARIS (AP) — Chloe teemed with sparkling detailing at Paris Fashion Week Thursday. The lofty Grand Palais, decorated with giant gold Grecian columns, had starry guests to match — including actresses Katie Holmes and Kate Bosworth — and added to the glint of the stylish fall-winter 2020 collection.
Kobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auction
NEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April.
Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim
PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars - where his latest movie leads this year's nominations - because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him.
Author Edwidge Danticat wins $20,000 Story Prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwidge Danticat had an eventful Wednesday, praised for work both past and current. Hours after the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that she was among this year's new members of the venerable honor society, Danticat became the first two-time winner of the Story Prize, a $20,000 award for short fiction.
ABC News suspends reporter caught in Project Veritas 'sting'
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News has suspended political reporter David Wright after he was recorded in a barroom conversation calling President Donald Trump a “nightmare spouse that you can't win an argument with.” Wright also used a common vulgarity to describe why he didn't like the president in a conversation recorded by Project Veritas, the conservative website that uses hidden cameras and undercover reporters to ensnare journalists in embarrassing conversations.
Rough debate performance by moderators a blow to CBS News
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News faced an ill-timed blow to its reputation on Wednesday following a bruising Democratic presidential debate that its moderators struggled to keep from spiraling out of control, although it could take some comfort in the numbers.
Boy band BTS performs at NYC's Grand Central Terminal
NEW YORK (AP) — The South Korean boy band BTS performed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City for a special episode of Jimmy Fallon's “The Tonight Show.” The band performed their new single “On” with an ensemble of dancers and a marching band for the episode, which aired on Monday.
Soundtrack City: How Nashville is awash in film, game scores
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville is already known as Music City, but a new wave of music being recorded there for video games, TV shows and movies could earn it a new title as Soundtrack City.
High note: Lockhart marks 25 years as Boston Pops conductor
BOSTON (AP) — Strike up the band: Keith Lockhart is marking 25 years as the conductor of “America's Orchestra.” The Boston Pops said Wednesday its 2020 season will pay special tribute to Lockhart, its second longest-tenured conductor after the legendary Arthur Fiedler.
Clive Cussler, million-selling adventure writer, dies at 88
NEW YORK (AP) — Clive Cussler, the million-selling adventure writer and real-life thrill-seeker who wove personal details and spectacular fantasies into his page-turning novels about underwater explorer Dirk Pitt, has died, his publisher said Wednesday.
Film Review: 'Invisible Man' is a cunning if empty remake
Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells’ classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned “The Invisible Man” as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow.
Laurie Anderson among new arts academy inductees
NEW YORK (AP) — Like many incoming members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Laurie Anderson didn't know a lot about the venerable honor society until she was asked to join it.
Johnny Depp in UK court for hearing on tabloid libel lawsuit
LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for Johnny Depp told a British judge on Wednesday that the star's ex-wife Amber Heard lied when she accused him of domestic abuse.
Met opera gets visionary new “Dutchman”
NEW YORK (AP) — Francois Girard created quite a splash — literally — at the Metropolitan Opera seven years ago when he flooded the stage with fake blood for a scene in "Parsifal."
Jude Law among narrators of 'Beedle the Bard' audiobook
NEW YORK (AP) — Jude Law, Warwick Davis and Evanna Lynch are among the readers in an all-star recording of J.K. Rowling's “The Tales of Beedle the Bard," the first time her Harry Potter spinoff has been available as an audiobook.
Original 'Flash Gordon' comic strip art headed to auction
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original artwork for the “Flash Gordon” comic strip is headed for a new realm — the auction block. The auction house Profiles in History said Wednesday that it will sell the drawing on March 31.
Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones to co-host Jerusalem ceremony
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to return to Israel as co-hosts of this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony.