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Art Neville, co-founder of Meters and Neville Brothers, dies at 81

New Orleans keyboardist and singer Art Neville, a founding member of the Meters and the Neville Brothers who contributed to the funky mix of jazz, rock, R&B and soul music that have defined the city's music for decades, died Monday following a long illness, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival officials confirmed on Twitter. He was 81.

His ...Read more

In ASAP Rocky assault case, 1 detainee is free to go

One of the people in the ASAP Rocky assault case in Sweden is off the hook -- but it's not the rapper or his two American companions who have been let go.

While Rocky and the others have been behind bars in Stockholm and under investigation since early July without charges being filed, a counterclaim was filed against one of two men seen on ...Read more

'The Lion King' is a huge hit. It might also be Disney's most dispiriting remake yet

There's a wonderful moment in "The Lion King" -- by which I mean Disney's 1994 animated original, not the glorified nature documentary that roared into theaters last weekend -- in which Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog get the unenviable task of distracting a few hungry hyenas. Their solution is as foolhardy as it is entertaining: Timon ...Read more

Album reviews: Purple Mountains, Blood Orange, Winkle

Purple Mountains

"Purple Mountains"

(Drag City 1/2)

It's a big bummer that David Berman's marriage to his wife, Cassie, fell apart and that the former leader of the Silver Jews seems to be going through a midlife crisis so grim that he's written a breakup album full of songs with cheery titles such as "All My Happiness is Gone" and "Maybe I'...Read more

Review: Beyonce's musical genius propels ambitious 'The Lion King: The Gift' soundtrack

No one takes possession of a cultural space like Beyonce.

We saw it happen in 2016 when she easily outshone Coldplay during its own Super Bowl halftime performance. We saw it happen last year when she remade the world's most prestigious music festival as Beychella.

Now we're seeing it again with Disney's new version of "The Lion King," in ...Read more

'Nobody is perfect': Felicity Huffman's co-stars come to her defense in college admissions scandal

LOS ANGELES -- Felicity Huffman is waiting to learn whether she'll be spared or sent to prison after pleading guilty amid the college admissions scandal and admitting she paid $15,000 to fix her daughter's SAT score -- a "transgression," in her words, that "I will carry for the rest of my life."

Now, her co-stars and co-workers on a Netflix ...Read more

Jack Bannon takes on Batman's butler in 'Pennyworth'

PASADENA, Calif. -- British actor Jack Bannon learned early on that he's a rotten salesman. While he was struggling to be an actor he worked at the Gap for seven years, from the time he was 16. "I was so bad that they used to encourage me to go into the stock room and pile things up rather than be on the shop floor because I didn't really like ...Read more

The moon landing: the TV show of the (half) century

We went to the moon on television.

Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, as the climax to a long-running series that began with President Kennedy's famous 1962 called shot -- "We choose to go to the moon in this decade," a sound bite that seems to have found its way into nearly every related documentary since -- men walked on the moon. More than ...Read more

R. Kelly to be taken in custody to New York to face racketeering charges there

CHICAGO -- Indicted R&B singer R. Kelly has been ordered brought to New York in custody for his arraignment on sweeping racketeering charges alleging he systematically recruited young girls for sexual abuse at concerts across the country.

Kelly, who is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago's Loop, will be ...Read more

Trump weighs in on rapper ASAP Rocky: 'We hope to get him home soon'

President Donald Trump says he is trying to help free rapper ASAP Rocky, who's been jailed in Sweden since the beginning of the month without being charged.

"We are one," he told pool reporters in D.C. on Friday, noting that his African American friends had called on him to help. The president said First Lady Melania Trump initially brought the...Read more

US rapper ASAP Rocky to remain longer in custody in Sweden

STOCKHOLM -- U.S. rapper ASAP Rocky will remain in Swedish custody following a fight in the country, a district court in Stockholm said on Friday after negotiations behind closed doors.

The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has already spent two weeks in a Swedish jail, following a brawl.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the news, ...Read more

Rapper Tay-K found guilty of murder, faces 5 to 99 years or life

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rapper Tay-K was found guilty of murder Friday for his part in a home invasion robbery that left a 21-year-old father dead and another man wounded.

Jurors also found the 19-year-old guilty of aggravated robbery in connection with the robbery and shooting of Zachary Beloate, who was wounded but survived.

Tay-K, whose real ...Read more

Jussie Smollett's lawyers portray actor as a victim twice over — of attack and frame-up

CHICAGO -- Calling Jussie Smollett's prosecution a "travesty of justice," the actor's attorneys on Friday laid out arguments for his innocence in the case that made him an object of widespread derision and sparked the greatest crisis of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's career.

Far from being the architect of a hoax hate crime, Smollett's...Read more

Gary Thompson: In new James Bond, Lashana Lynch breaks the (martini) glass ceiling. Does it matter?

The other day, I tried an Impossible Burger, a plant-based concoction that's meant to taste like a hamburger and did, sort of.

Then I went online to read about it (note to self: next time try this first) and found that it's basically a way to deliver the same heart-stopping saturated fats we find in red meat, only through a plant pipeline.

...Read more

How a suburban dad from Pittsburgh became one of Comic-Con's cosplaying stars

SAN DIEGO -- By day, Cash Branson is a mild-mannered human resources worker from Pittsburgh. But this weekend, he will transform into Iron Man, Daredevil, Grandmaster and a handful of other superheroes at San Diego Comic-Con.

Branson, whose cosplay name is Capt Cash (he's @CaptCash on Instagram), is one of the thousands of Comic-Con attendees ...Read more

Review: Richard Dreyfuss sends 'Astronaut' into orbit

Writer-director Shelagh McLeod never gets too far away from the constant pull of sentimental gravity with her feature film "Astronaut" but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's a place for movies like "Astronaut" that celebrate the wisdom of the ages, embrace the unbroken power of marital devotion and exalt the virtues of never giving up ...Read more

Richard Dreyfuss goes up, up and away with 'Astronaut'

The now defunct Pan American World Airways started booking flights to the moon in 1964 and approximately 100,000 passengers had signed up to take the lunar excursion before the company stopped taking reservations seven years later. Pan Am enrolled applicants in its First Moon Flights Club with each membership card getting a number based on the ...Read more

Hollywood's preferred 2020 Democrat? Many, for now

When former DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed to co-host a high-wattage Hollywood fundraiser this week for Joe Biden's presidential bid, people may have assumed the former vice president was his pick for 2020.

Hollywood's key fundraiser has donated the maximum allowed, $2,800, to Biden. But he's given the same to Kamala ...Read more

Review: 'Ray & Liz' is a bleak, beautiful memoir of an unhappy English childhood

"My father, Raymond, is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn't like going outside and mostly drinks homebrew." The lines come from the back cover of "Ray's a Laugh," a celebrated 1996 book of family photographs by the Turner Prize-nominated visual artist Richard Billingham. They are elaborated upon with vivid spareness in the opening scenes of "Ray & ...Read more

Review: Roddy Doyle's 'Rosie' is a heartbreaking tale of an Irish family's resilience

Other films have bigger budgets and more glamorous stars, some even take home more awards. But few if any can quietly move you as much as "Rosie."

A very fine socially conscious drama in the classic Irish tradition, "Rosie" tells a sobering tale that's "based on too many true stories," the narrative of a mutually supportive family made homeless...Read more

 

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