July 21st, 2019

Entertainment News

Endangered birds halt Chicago beachfront music festival

By The Associated Press on July 21st, 2019

CHICAGO – A Chicago beachfront music festival set for August has been cancelled following concerns about its impact on endangered shorebirds. Organizers of Mamby on the Beach say the Aug. 23-24 festival was cancelled due to “circumstances beyond our control,” including two federally-protected piping plovers nesting on Montrose Beach. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago ... Read More »

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Trump’s bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden

By The Associated Press on July 21st, 2019

BERLIN – U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail,” a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn’t include bail. Trump tweeted that during “a very good call” with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he also “assured ... Read More »

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Canadian actor Simu Liu to star in Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

By The Canadian Press on July 20th, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Canadian actor Simu Liu has been tapped to play the titular character in Marvel’s upcoming film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Liu is best known for starring as Jung in CBC’s “Kim’s Convenience.” Marvel President Kevin Feige delivered the news to thousands of fans at San Diego Comic-Con on ... Read More »

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ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

By David Bauder, The Associated Press on July 20th, 2019

NEW YORK – ESPN is reminding employees of the network’s policy to avoid talking about politics after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this week. The reminder went out Friday to all employees, including Le Batard, according to an ... Read More »

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Famed architect Cesar Pelli dies at 92

By Jennifer Peltz And Susan Haigh, The Associated Press on July 20th, 2019

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92. Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, said Anibal Bellomio, ... Read More »

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Russo brothers field questions from Avengers at Comic-Con

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

SAN DIEGO – “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday. The brothers reflected on their blockbuster being so close to matching “Avatar’s” all-time box office record and even fielded questions from some unlikely fans. “Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo ... Read More »

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‘Titans’ crew member dead after accident at Toronto special effects facility

By The Canadian Press on July 19th, 2019

TORONTO – Warner Bros. says a crew member died in an accident Thursday at a special effects facility in Toronto. A statement from the executive producers of “Titans” says Warren Appleby died during a special effects test for the show. The statement says Appleby was a special effects co-ordinator and had a 25-year career in ... Read More »

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Painting, stolen by Nazi soldier, is back in Florence museum

By Frances D'Emilio And Gregorio Borgia, The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

FLORENCE, Italy – A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum on Friday, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries’ director, a German. The foreign ministers of German and Italy were on hand Friday ... Read More »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda geeks out on ‘His Dark Materials’

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Lin-Manuel Miranda says he agreed to being in the adaptation of “His Dark Materials” before he even knew what part he was being offered. Miranda plays Lee Scoresby, a cowboy who flies hot air balloons and gets into bar fights, although he says he would have sharpened pencils to be part of ... Read More »

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Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on July 19th, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Tom Cruise has made an unexpected flyby at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick.” The audience in the 8,000 seat room went wild for Cruise Thursday afternoon. He closed out what had been billed only as a panel for “Terminator: Dark Fate.” Cruise says all the ... Read More »

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