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Celebration 2023 will explore Prince's complex relationship with hip-hop

MINNEAPOLIS — Chaka Khan will talk, not sing. Chuck D will talk, not rap. Stokley and the Sounds of Blackness will perform, bringing a true Twin Cities flavor to Celebration 2023 at Paisley Park.

The annual celebration of Prince, scheduled for Thursday through Sunday in Chanhassen, also will feature unreleased Prince music and concert footage...Read more

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10 perfect Cynthia Weil songs

In a career that stretched more than half a century, Cynthia Weil wrote hits for girl groups, rock bands, country acts and soul singers. Her lyrics captured the many facets of love — its euphoric bloom and its agonizing demise — but also pondered family, friendship and the details of urban American life.

Weil, who died June 1 in Beverly ...Read more

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Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato to play back-to-back at 150-seat La Jolla Athenaeum and 17,500-seat Hollywood Bowl

SAN DIEGO — How does a genre-blurring music duo go from performing in a 150-seat arts library in La Jolla to performing in a 17,500-capacity amphitheater in Los Angeles less than 24 hours later?

Acclaimed singer Gretchen Parlato and award-winning guitarist and singer Lionel Loueke are about to find out. The two —who have collaborated since ...Read more

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'Abbott Elementary's' Tyler James Williams shares Pride Month message, calls rumors about his sexuality 'dangerous'

On TV, "Abbott Elementary’s" Gregory Eddie is an endearing first-grade teacher who doesn’t tolerate nonsense from his students.

Off camera, the actor who plays him says he also won’t tolerate nonsense — or rumors.

In a note published on Instagram, Tyler James Williams shut down a longstanding fan theory that he is gay.

“I’m not ...Read more

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Showtime scraps plans for Louis C.K. documentary amid comic's divisive comeback

Louis C.K., in the years following his sexual misconduct scandal, has been trying to reenter the entertainment scene. He's released comedy specials, a self-directed film and launched a tour.

However, it seems the disgraced comic won't be getting any shine from Showtime — not even as the subject of a documentary about his downfall.

The ...Read more

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Sydney Sweeney's family 'walked out' when they watched her racy 'Euphoria' scenes

Sydney Sweeney says that some of her family members couldn't stomach watching some of her scenes on HBO's "Euphoria."

In a "Sunday Sitdown" interview with NBC, the 25-year-old actor revealed that her father and grandfather weren't "prepared" to see her play Cassie on the explicit high school drama.

"My mom knew because my mom visited set ...Read more

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Brian Cox hasn't seen the 'Succession' finale: 'When I'm over, it's over'

Logan Roy didn't live to see the fate of his multibillion-dollar company so it's only fitting that Brian Cox hasn't seen the series finale of "Succession."

Cox, who plays Logan, admitted Sunday that he hasn't watched the final episode of the hit HBO drama after his character died earlier in the season. However, the Scottish actor claimed he ...Read more

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As rapper Pras faces prison sentence, did the Fugees give their final performance?

Whether you're ready or not, many are wondering whether the Fugees gave their last performance — at least for a while.

Fans and other outlets and observers questioned whether the legendary New Jersey hip-hop trio's will be forced to call it quits because group member Pras faces a prison sentence after a jury found him guilty in April on ...Read more

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Why Lily-Rose Depp 'would steer clear' of the Weeknd sometimes on the 'Idol' set

"The Idol" stars Lily-Rose Depp as a tormented pop star who is easily lured into a trap laid by a sinister nightclub owner named Tedros (Abel "the Weeknd" Tesfaye). But behind the scenes of the TV series, Depp knew better than to get too close to Tesfaye when he was in "full Tedros mode."

"I don't think anybody went full method — nobody lost ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' has little animal magnetism

We live during a time in which the biggest movies in the world involve heroes with supernatural abilities wearing colorful costumes as they fight to save the world from the forces of evil.

Often, these men, women, phrase-repeating trees, etc., are trying to save the whole galaxy — or, increasingly, a multiverse populated with near-infinite ...Read more

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What to stream: Celebrate Pride Month with shows and films featuring diverse queer stories

June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ pride and commemoration of the history of the fight for gay rights. Pride Month was started after the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked a series of gay liberation protests, and unfortunately, more than 50 years later, Pride Month has taken on a new resonance as the civil rights of queer and transgender ...Read more

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Movie review: Hollow 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' lacks soul, sense

The “Transformers” film franchise, spawned in 2007 with Michael Bay’s “Transformers,” was one of the first straight-faced blockbuster franchises based on a toy (and an '80s cartoon series). It is now, astonishingly, seven films deep with the release of “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” which is both a prequel to “Transformers�...Read more

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DC Young Fly breaks silence after the death of his partner, Ms Jacky Oh. She was 32

DC Young Fly has broken his silence following the death of his partner, "Wild 'N Out" star Ms Jacky Oh. She was 32.

DC Young Fly, born John Whitfield, and his family shared a statement with People on Friday, "We thank everyone for their well wishes and ask for privacy during this difficult time."

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List of DVD release dates for June 6 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


6: Renfield

6: Mafia Mamma

6: Assassin Club

6: La Brea: Season Two

6: Rare Objects

6: SkyMed: Season One

6: DC's Stargirl: Season 3

6: The Handmaid's Tale: The Complete Season 5

6: The L Word: Generation Q - Season Three

6: Tulsa King: ...Read more

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New on DVD: 'John Wick: Chapter 4' continues saga of action-packed retribution

The latest entry in a stylish action franchise tops the DVD releases for the week of June 13.

"John Wick: Chapter 4": Keanu Reeves returns as the taciturn assassin, who finds himself fighting for his freedom through Osaka, Berlin and Paris in this fourth installment.

"John Wick is a man of few words, but a lot of action, and when all is said ...Read more

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'I've got a news flash for you, Frog': Baltimore exhibit devoted to Jim Henson and the Muppets opens

BALTIMORE — From the moment she began to emerge from a block of foam, Miss Piggy has been a real hamful.

Created in 1974, just a few years after the fashion industry went gaga over the waifish, 110-pound model named Twiggy, Piggy was a welcome corrective, a body-positive role model for curvy girls. Other “Muppet Show” cast members might ...Read more

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Q&A: Entering Strip headlining shows, Rob Lowe still has the fire

LAS VEGAS — To illustrate Rob Lowe’s relationship with the 1980s, we flash back to a rock band of the era.

Hint: The veteran actor has the eye of the tiger.

“I am a survivor of the ’80s,” Lowe says in a phone conversation from his home in L.A. “We have lived through the most fun decade in history.”

Lowe is spinning gnarly yarns ...Read more

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SAG-AFTRA members approve strike authorization by overwhelming margin

LOS ANGELES — Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted to strike if they can’t reach a deal with studios over a new contract by June 30, underscoring widening labor tensions across Hollywood.

The vote was overwhelmingly approved by a 98% margin, the union said Monday night.

The endorsement gives the union more leverage in negotiations with studios ...Read more


Kim Cattrall 'had no contact with anybody' for 'Sex and the City' reboot cameo, co-star says

Kim Cattrall’s much buzzed-about return to the “Sex and the City” universe was kept so much under wraps that her co-stars had no idea about it until after filming was complete and made public.

Evan Handler, who stars as Stanley Goldenblatt in the hit reboot “...And Just Like That,” revealed that the scene-stealing actress had no ...Read more

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Yankee Stadium to host 'Hip Hop 50' anniversary concert with Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Lil Wayne and more

NEW YORK — Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg and many more of hip hop’s biggest names will celebrate the genre’s 50th anniversary this summer with a concert where it originated: the Bronx.

Yankee Stadium on Aug. 11 will host the “Hip Hop 50″ extravaganza that’s also set to feature performances by Lil Wayne, Eve, T.I. and hip hop pioneer DJ Kool ...Read more