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George Clooney, Gladys Knight among Kennedy Center honorees


Performers such as Gladys Knight or the Irish band U2 usually would be headlining a concert for thousands but at Sunday's Kennedy Center Honors the tables will be turned as they and other artists will be the ones feted for their lifetime of artistic contributions. Actor, director, producer and human… Read


Robert Downey Jr talks of one last film with his dad, 'Sr'


Robert Downey Jr set out to make an objective portrait, a tribute to his father, the underground filmmaking maverick Robert Downey Sr. His dad had other plans. “The key point in this is when he goes, ‘OK, I think we should split into two camps: The (expletive) movie and the… Read


'Wakanda Forever' is No. 1 at North American box office for 4th straight weekend


“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” kept the North American box-office crown for the fourth straight weekend, and the comic holiday thriller “Violent Night” debuted with $13.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. But the biggest talking point on the weekend was a movie conspicuously absent from theaters. Had Netflix kept Rian… Read


Guns N' Roses sues online gun shop for appropriating name


U.S. rock band Guns N' Roses has sued a company that runs an online gun store named Texas Guns and Roses, charging in federal court that the business appropriated its name unjustly. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, attorneys for the band said a corporation that runs the online… Read


New version of 'The Wiz' to tour and end up on Broadway


A new production of “The Wiz” is heading out on a national tour next year before following the yellow brick road to Broadway, with its director hoping the show becomes a “touchstone for a new generation.” Director Schele Williams tells The Associated Press that it's a very personal musical for… Read


Bob Marley immersive experience to land in U.S. next year


A massive immersive experience celebrating Bob Marley is heading for its U.S. premiere early next year, complete with photographs, lots of music and even a pair of the reggae giant's footwear. The multi-room exhibit “Bob Marley: One Love Experience” will open in Los Angeles on Jan 27 at Ovation Hollywood,… Read


How film and TV can help the climate change battle


Fictional films and TV have immense power to shift attitudes on political issues, yet they remain little-used in debates over climate change. Analyzing a database of 37,453 film and TV scripts from 2016 to 2020, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that just 1,046 -- 2.8 percent… Read


Britney Spears' massive pop songs to land on Broadway, again

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A stage musical about woke princesses that uses hit songs by Britney Spears will land on Broadway next summer. "Once Upon a One More Time," featuring Spears' tunes, including “Oops!… I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Stronger” and “Toxic,” will start performances in May at the Marquis Theatre. The musical has… Read


Jamie Lee Curtis to receive AARP Career Achievement Award


“Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis will be this year's recipient of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards career achievement honor. Curtis will receive the honor at the AARP’s annual Best Movies and TV for Grownups ceremony, the group announced. Alan Cumming returns to host the ceremony, which will be… Read


Amazon CEO says company won't take down antisemitic film


Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the company does not have plans to stop selling the antisemitic film that gained notoriety recently after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving tweeted out an Amazon link to it. Pressure has been mounting on Amazon to discontinue sale of the film, called “Hebrews to Negroes:… Read

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