July 2, 2015

Despite Channing Tatum’s charms, ‘Magic Mike XXL’ is both too much and too little

By Jocelyn Noveck THE ASSOCIATED PRESS There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been. […]
July 2, 2015

Laurence Fishburne to play writer Alex Haley in ‘Roots’ miniseries remake

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Laurence Fishburne is joining the “Roots” miniseries remake. A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his […]
July 1, 2015

From Madonna to Mariah Carey, acts look to dating apps like Tinder, Grindr to promote music

By Mesfin Fekadu THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK _ In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else […]
July 1, 2015

Misty Copeland, voice for diversity in ballet, named first black female principal at ABT

By Jocelyn Noveck THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK _ Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a […]
July 1, 2015

‘Magic Mike XXL’ helped Jada Pinkett Smith be more playful with husband Will Smith

By Lindsey Bahr THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. _ Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for […]
July 1, 2015

Kim Kardashian discusses Spanx, selfies and Kanye at talk hosted by San Francisco club

By Lisa Leff THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO _ The big reveal from Kim Kardashian’s guest turn for San Francisco’s revered Commonwealth Club of California on […]
June 26, 2015

From Belafonte to the blues: Everyman Guy Davis finds his groove amid an uncommon life

By Kiley Armstrong THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK _ The blues, at its best, strikes a common chord: Guy Davis unspools everyman’s tale with earnest, engaging […]
June 26, 2015

Univision drops Miss USA over Trump’s Latino immigrants remarks; NBC silent on its broadcast

By Frazier Moore THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK _ A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all […]
June 26, 2015

Music Review: Hip hop vet Pete Rock returns with sequel to classic beat album

By Jake O’Connell THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pete Rock, “PeteStrumentals 2” (Mello Music Group) It’s been 14 years since Pete Rock dropped “PeteStrumentals” _ a benchmark of […]
June 25, 2015

Vin Diesel test drives new ‘Fast & Furious’ ride at Universal Studios

By Nicole Evatt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. _ “Fast & Furious” star Vin Diesel traded the franchise’s signature muscle cars for a new kind […]
June 25, 2015

Marriott, Universal Music Group form partnership for concerts, events with top acts

NEW YORK  (AP)_ Marriott is getting into the music business, so to speak. The chain said Thursday it is linking up with Universal Music Group in […]
June 25, 2015

Beyonce, The Weeknd to headline Jay Z’s Made In America fest over Labor Day weekend in Philly

NEW YORK _ Beyonce is heading back to Jay Z‘s Made in America festival this September. Organizers also announced Wednesday the pop diva and R&B singer […]
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