April 26th, 2017

Entertainment News

In Demme’s eclectic career, a nonstop rock ‘n’ roll beat

By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

NEW YORK – Through Jonathan Demme’s freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock ‘n’ roll beat. Music was his first love and his first credit. Long before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was music co-ordinator for a little-seen 1970 thriller called “Sudden Terror.” And Demme’s death Wednesday morning at the age of 73 means ... Read More »

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Sheriff: ‘Bachelor’ star refused to answer door after crash

By Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former “Bachelor” Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before authorities say he left the scene and holed up in his home for hours until his arrest. Soules told the dispatcher that he “rear-ended a guy on a ... Read More »

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HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

By Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

NEW YORK – The CEO of the heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc. The companies said separately Wednesday that Mindy Grossman is leaving HSN Inc. on May 24 and assuming the role of president and CEO of Weight Watchers in July. ... Read More »

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The Temptations bass player Kerry Turman dies after show

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Kerry Turman, a longtime bassist for The Temptations, has died after a performance in Missouri. He was 59. The coroner in Cape Girardeau County says Turman was found dead at a local hotel early Sunday, shortly after performing Saturday night in Cape Girardeau. The vocal group is currently touring with the ... Read More »

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Obama White House photographer Pete Souza has book deal

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

NEW YORK – The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama’s administration has a book coming in November. Little Brown and Company announced Wednesday that it had acquired Pete Souza’s “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” which will include more than 300 pictures. Souza’s time with Obama dates to 2005, when Obama was a freshman senator ... Read More »

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ESPN laying off 100 on-air employees

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

NEW YORK – Some 100 on-air personalities at ESPN, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, have lost their jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring that emphasizes a more digital future. The sports network has been squeezed by increased rights fees paid to broadcast live events at the same time as ... Read More »

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WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. – An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has transferred from the University of Oklahoma to Paris. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2pi2PPe ) reports the painting, “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” will be on display at the French museum, Musee d’Orsay, for ... Read More »

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Fox anchor says network does little about racial diversity

By The Associated Press on April 26th, 2017

NEW YORK – A Fox News Channel anchor who is black has joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against his company, saying Wednesday the network has marginalized him and has little interest in promoting diversity. Kelly Wright, who works a late-night shift at Fox, said he was moved to speak up when off-air colleagues sued recently, ... Read More »

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‘Strictly Ballroom’ stars master dance moves and Australian accents for musical

By Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press on April 26th, 2017

TORONTO – Mastering dance moves wasn’t the only challenge for the sashaying stars of the theatrical show “Strictly Ballroom.” When Gemma Sutton and Sam Lips aren’t belting out hits or breaking a sweat with a series of choreographed numbers, they had the task of tackling the distinctive Down Under accent in this musical adaptation of ... Read More »

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“Sons of Anarchy” star to get honorary degree at University of Saskatchewan

By The Canadian Press on April 26th, 2017

SASKATOON – There could be anarchy at a University of Saskatchewan graduation ceremony. The Saskatoon-based school says actor Kim Coates, who starred in the TV series “Sons of Anarchy,” will receive an honorary degree on June 6. It’s a homecoming for Coates, who earned a bachelor of arts at the University of Saskatchewan in 1981. ... Read More »

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