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Summer music: Here's how to see 100-plus free concerts in the Bay Area

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sure, it has felt like summer ever since the kids started getting out of school a few weeks back. Yet, the calendar says that the season doesn’t officially start until this week – on June 21.

So, it seems like an ideal time to start planning some fun adventures with family and friends.

And one of the most tuneful ...Read more

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Collectors show and tell as 'Antiques Roadshow' films new season at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was abuzz Tuesday with more than mere animal activity.

Beyond the black-tailed prairie dogs, people toting paintings, silverware, and oddities of all shapes and sizes queued up to find out how much money their cherished items were worth — and whether they’d land an appearance on “Antiques ...Read more


Nina Metz: AI is coming for Hollywood

Artificial intelligence is primed to take over Hollywood with all the subtlety of the Kool-Aid Man busting through a wall.

Proponents of AI are making bold promises. That potentially means human creativity will be replaced by the theft — sorry, data scraping — of preexisting words, sounds, images and ideas. Jobs will be lost as human actors...Read more

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'Fight Night' producer Will Packer says he's 'living proof' that diverse content is good business

LOS ANGELES — Will Packer knows that diversity in movies is good business.

The producer has become a standout in Hollywood, making films with mostly Black casts that cater to an underserved audience — and that audience has rewarded him for it. His 2017 film "Girls Trip," starring Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett ...Read more

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A look back at Justin Timberlake's controversies amid DWI arrest

NEW YORK — Justin Timberlake’s drunk driving arrest in the Hamptons this week seems to be the final straw as he waves “Bye Bye Bye” to his golden boy image of yore.

The incident is just the latest in controversy the pop star has found himself in over the past few years, many of which have overshadowed what once appeared an untouchable ...Read more

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Howie Mandel says wife wasn't drunk when he found her in a pool of blood -- she was high

A drunken fall might be the oldest story in the book — but for Howie Mandel's wife, the culprit behind her recent fall and hospitalization was marijuana, not alcohol.

Terry Mandel was concerned that people would assume she was drunk when she took a spill and split her head in the couple's Las Vegas hotel room, after the comic described the ...Read more

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Ashanti and Nelly, awaiting their first kid, actually married a lil bit (six months) ago

Nelly and Ashanti are husband and wife and have been for some time now, according to a legal documents database.

The "Lil Bit" rapper and "Only U" singer quietly tied the knot late last year, according to the St. Louis County Recorder. The Missouri database entry said Nelly (born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.) and Ashanti (full name Ashanti Shequoiya...Read more

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Son of rapper Remy Ma arrested for 2021 Queens murder

NEW YORK — Rapper Remy Ma‘s son has been charged with murdering a man in Queens in 2021, police said Wednesday.

Jayson Scott, 23, and a second suspect, Richard Swygert, 22, were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder for the Jun 7, 2021, shooting death of 47-year-old ex-con Darius Guillebeaux, police said.

The victim was confronted by ...Read more

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Netflix to open retail centers in Texas and Pennsylvania with live 'Bridgerton' 'experiences'

LOS ANGELES — Netflix said it will open retail complexes next year in Dallas and in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, a major step for the streaming giant as it continues its push into in-person experiences as a way to capitalize on popular franchises such as "Bridgerton."

The Los Gatos-based company on Tuesday announced the locations of its new...Read more

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Review: Real Illinois motorcycle club becomes a story of uneasy riders in 'The Bikeriders

Making a movie inspired by Danny Lyon’s 1968 photojournalism book “The Bikeriders” offers a filmmaker everything except a sure thing.

A one-time member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, founded in suburban McCook, Illinois, photographer and (later) documentary filmmaker Lyon turned the aesthetic notion of Robert Frank’s “The Americans�...Read more

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Blink-182's Travis Barker is inviting fans along for morning run ahead of the band's July show

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The hedonistic philosophy of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll might be how some rockers live on tour, but Blink-182's drummer, Travis Barker, just wants to take a little morning run with his fans.

Travis Barker's Run Travis Run: A Run & Wellness Experience is coming to the Kia Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, July 6, ahead of ...Read more

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Jessica Biel looks unbothered on set in NYC after Justin Timberlake DWI arrest

NEW YORK — Jessica Biel appeared unbothered at work on the set of a TV show in Manhattan on Tuesday, hours after her husband, Justin Timberlake, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Long Island.

Biel, 42, was spotted in uptown Manhattan on the set of “The Better Sister,” an Amazon series she is starring in. She even cracked a ...Read more

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Billy Joel defends Justin Timberlake following DWI arrest

NEW YORK — Billy Joel has warned against judging fellow musician Justin Timberlake over his DWI arrest on Long Island Tuesday.

“Judge not lest ye be judged,” the 75-year-old piano man told PIX11 News while grabbing a bite in Sag Harbor, where Timberlake was apprehended hours earlier.

Police pulled over the 43-year-old pop star six blocks...Read more

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Review: Skillful directorial debut 'Thelma' a love letter to tough grandmas

Back in January, Jason Statham starred in the action thriller “The Beekeeper” as a former special operations assassin who seeks revenge on a group of people targeting the elderly in phone scams. But in Josh Margolin’s directorial debut “Thelma,” it’s the elderly who fight back against the phone scammers themselves. Ninety-three-year-...Read more

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Justin Timberlake world tour may be disrupted by court dates for DWI charges

NEW YORK — Though he’s scheduled to be in Europe on his world tour, Justin Timberlake will have to return to court next month following his drunk driving charge on Long Island this week.

The“Selfish” singer, 43, whose mugshot was released Tuesday afternoon after his arraignment, is scheduled to appear in court on July 26, Us Weekly ...Read more

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Ariana Grande defends change to her speaking voice amid criticism

Ariana Grande has addressed a recent viral clip in which her speaking voice can be heard drastically changing, claiming the shift is partly due to her efforts to protect her singing voice.

The pop star, 30, responded to the popular TikTok, which featured a clip of her interview on Penn Badgley’s “Podcrushed” podcast last week. The video,...Read more

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Will Smith, fresh off renewed 'Bad Boys' success, set to star in sci-fi thriller 'Resistor'

Will Smith is no longer persona non grata in Hollywood, with the Oscar winner set to follow up the success of “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” by starring in Sony’s “Resistor.”

The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star, 55, will headline the sci-fi thriller, based on Daniel Suarez’s 2014 novel, “Influx,” according to Deadline and Variety. ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases


Rated R for language throughout, violence, some drug use and brief sexuality.

What it’s about: Follows the lore of a Chicago biker gang in the 1960s.

The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama, not for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Beware the sexy biker, he just might upend your life.

Violence: Some extreme bloody...Read more

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Don't break my card! Billy Ray Cyrus accuses Firerose of $96K in credit card fraud amid split

Billy Ray Cyrus wants to cut ties with Firerose in more ways than one.

The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer has requested a temporary restraining order against his Australian bride, alleging that she racked up more than $96,000 worth of purchases on his personal and business credit cards. He filed his emergency motion in Williamson County Court in ...Read more


Sound Advice: A speaker discount, stereo cleaning tips and quality concert earplugs

Q. Thanks for recommending the $19.99 ZVOX AV30 earbuds on closeout. I ordered them after reading your article and greatly enjoyed them while on vacation. Upon returning home I looked to order another pair for my wife, but found they were unavailable from either ZVOX or Amazon. (I had ordered mine directly from ZVOX.)

With the AV30s ...Read more