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Brit Turner, drummer for Blackberry Smoke, dies at 57 after brain cancer battle

Country rock band Blackberry Smoke is mourning one of its own: drummer Brit Turner, who died after a battle with brain cancer.

“It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform everyone that our brother Brit Turner has moved on from this life,” the Atlanta group announced in a Monday Facebook post. “If you had the privilege of knowing Brit on...Read more

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Capt. Charlie Griffin, 'Wicked Tuna' star, dies in boating accident on the Outer Banks

Capt. Charlie “Griff” Griffin of “Wicked Tuna” fame died Monday on the Outer Banks after his boat went missing near Oregon Inlet, according to his Facebook page.

The Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs Office said the agency responded to an overdue boater Monday morning in that area, but declined to provide further details as crews ...Read more

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John Amos again shuts down neglect allegations, this time amid LAPD investigation

LOS ANGELES — The daughter of TV star John Amos is still issuing a dueling claim about the care of her father and an investigation into those allegations has been opened by the Los Angeles Police Department.

However, the 84-year-old star of “Good Times” and the seminal “Roots” miniseries has denied recent reports and allegations made ...Read more

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Idina Menzel wishes 'wickedly talented' Adele Dazeem a happy 10th birthday

Happy 10th birthday, to the “wickedly talented” Adele Dazeem. Love, your alter ego, Idina Menzel.

The Tony Award winner, whose name was infamously mangled by John Travolta during the 2014 Oscars telecast, is laughing at the infamous flub a decade later.

“Hey, Adele Dazeem, it’s Idina Menzel. I just want to say happy birthday,” Menzel...Read more

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Bruce Willis' wife counters 'clickbait' with details of 'beauty and soulfulness' in actor's life

Emma Heming disputed a headline claiming her husband Bruce Willis felt “no more joy” amid his aphasia and frontotemporal dementia diagnoses.

“I can just tell you that is far from the truth, okay?,” she explained in an Instagram reel posted over the weekend. “I need society and who’s ever writing these stupid headlines to stop ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Outlaw Posse' takes familiar road to Old West

Dedicated to “OG bad ass” Melvin Van Peebles, the pioneering Black filmmaker who helped create Black popular cinema in the 1970s, “Outlaw Posse” is a revisionist Western in the style of Jeymes Samuel’s 2021 effort “The Harder They Fall.” Written, directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles (TV’s “Empire”), Melvin’s multi-...Read more

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Justin Timberlake is finally set to release long-awaited new studio album

Fans could be forgiven for thinking that Justin Timberlake might never release another solo album.

After all, it’s been some six years since JT released his last full-length outing — 2018’s “Man of the Woods.” Since then, he’s kept busy with a variety of movie projects (including two new chapters in the “Trolls” animated film ...Read more

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San Diego's Rady Shell summer season includes Audra McDonald, John Legend, Los Lobos, Jewel, Big Boi

SAN DIEGO— The San Diego Symphony’s $85 million Rady Shell at Jacobs Park has earned international acclaim and featured an array of music legends and rising talents since opening in 2021.

But with nearly 20 artists set to make their Shell debuts this season — including Audra McDonald, Harry Connick, Jr., Los Lobos, Sister Sledge, The ...Read more

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Taylor Swift and Emily Dickinson aren't just acclaimed writers. They're distant relatives

It seems Taylor Swift’s knack for writing runs blood deep — all the way back to poet Emily Dickinson.

The “Karma” singer and the “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” author are distant relatives, specifically “6th cousins, three times removed.” Genealogical site Ancestry.com revealed on Monday that the two writers descend ...Read more

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Starz's 'BMF' Season 3 features Big Meech breaking into Atlanta drug trade

ATLANTA — Starz has returned with Season 3 of its hit drama “BMF,” which chronicles the rise and fall of the Flenory brothers and their massive drug cartel Black Mafia Family from the mid-1980s until the mid-2000s.

Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “T” Flenory were born and raised in Detroit and the first two seasons ...Read more

Mark Dodson, 'Star Wars' and 'Gremlins' voice actor, dies at 64

Mark Dodson, a veteran Hollywood voice actor known for his contributions to the “Star Wars” and “Gremlins” movies, has died. He was 64.

Dodson’s talent agency, Stellar Appearances, confirmed the performer’s death Sunday on social media. He reportedly suffered a heart attack in his sleep while he was in Evansville, Indiana, where he ...Read more

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Taylor Swift unlikely to release love songs she's written about Travis Kelce, says source

Taylor Swift has already penned some “very special” songs inspired by her love with Travis Kelce, but a source warns that fans shouldn’t hold their breath waiting to hear them.

An insider this weekend revealed that while the “relationship with Travis has inspired” the “very personal” tunes, Swift is not likely to release them to ...Read more

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Sam Asghari says marriage to Britney Spears was 'a blessing'

Britney Spears’ third marriage was short and, it turns out, sweet — according to ex Sam Asghari.

The actor and model, who turned 30 Sunday, opened up to People about the “blessing” of their union, which ended with Asghari filing for divorce in August. They’d tied the knot in June 2022.

“It was a blessing to be able to share life ...Read more

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Review: Brilliantly acted, HBO's 'Regime' flirts with satire but lacks political bite

"Regime," which premiered Sunday on HBO, is a well-made, beautifully designed, marvelously acted mess of a series. Created by Will Tracy, a writer for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," and directed by Stephen Frears, it stars Kate Winslet as the head of a contemporary unnamed fictional Middle European country — like Ruritania in "The ...Read more

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USC Scripter Awards for screen adaptations go to 'American Fiction' and 'Slow Horses'

The writers of the Oscar-nominated film “American Fiction” and the Apple TV+ series “Slow Horses” earned top honors at the 36th USC Libraries Scripter Awards on Saturday night.

Established in 1988, the awards recognize adapted screenplays and their original source material. The prizes are given to both the author and screenwriter, ...Read more

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Is Gen Z guitar wiz Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, 25, the heir apparent to Buddy Guy and B.B. King?

Given his electrifying guitar playing and deeply felt singing, it's not surprising that everyone from Buddy Guy and Elton John to Bootsy Collins and G. Love are avowed fans of Gen Z music dynamo Christone "Kingfish" Ingram. And it's not surprising a growing number of admirers are hailing this Mississippi native as the rising heir apparent to ...Read more

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Molly Lewis whistled for Dr. Dre and 'Barbie.' Now she's puckered up for stardom

LOS ANGELES — A few years ago, Molly Lewis walked into Dr. Dre's recording studio and accidentally roasted him.

Lewis, an L.A.-raised musician and composer, is renowned for her otherworldly whistling. She'd cultivated it for years among L.A.'s avant-garde, and one of Dre's collaborators found her and brought her in to cut a track.

She ...Read more


Review: 'About Dry Grasses' is a richly evocative 2024 highlight

“About Dry Grasses” begins with blackness, and the plep-plep sound of wet snow hitting the ground. Seconds later comes the startling image of a man alone on a country road, more dot than man in the long shot, trudging along with a briefcase, surrounded by a wind-whipped sea of white.

Yes, you are correct. This is not part of the Marvel ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Four Daughters' a tale of sisterhood, rebellion, loss

From Tunisia, the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Four Daughters” is a house of mirrors, telling the story of how a Tunisian house cleaner and single mother lost two of her daughters, the two eldest of four. Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania of the Oscar-nominated 2020 documentary “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” “Four Daughters” ...Read more

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New Apple TV+ show 'Manhunt' uses Philly theater to re-create Lincoln's assassination

PHILADELPHIA — A new Apple TV+ show that follows the hunt for Abe Lincoln’s assassin is being brought to life by a Philadelphian, with some of the most iconic parts of the show being filmed in a local historic theater.

"Manhunt," a conspiracy thriller based on the nonfiction book of the same name, will see Lincoln’s secretary of war and ...Read more