Keanu Reeves takes rare TV role in historical thriller

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Keanu Reeves takes rare TV role in historical thriller

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keanu Reeves will star in a TV adaptation of "The Devil in the White City." The nonfiction thriller about ambition, a killer and the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago was written by Erik Larson. The Hulu streaming service says that Reeves will portray Daniel H. Burnham, an architect who helped design the fair. The other central role, that of convicted murderer Dr. H.H. Holmes, has yet […]

Billy Corgan to play charity show for July 4 parade victims

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Billy Corgan to play charity show for July 4 parade victims

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Rock singer Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins says he'll perform a charity livestream show to benefit the victims of the the Fourth of July parade shooting in suburban Chicago that killed seven people and wounded more than 30. Corgan is a 20-year resident of Highland Park, where the shooting happened. He announced that the show will be held on July 27 at the city's […]

Britney Spears’ ex ordered to trial on stalking charge

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Britney Spears’ ex ordered to trial on stalking charge

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has found that there is enough evidence against a man once briefly married to Britney Spears to go to trial for felony stalking. Authorities say Jason Allen Alexander appeared uninvited at Spears' June 9 wedding to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari at her home in Thousand Oaks, California. At a hearing Monday, a judge found there was sufficient evidence against Alexander for the stalking charge […]

Rick Astley revisits his career-making song with ‘gratitude’

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Rick Astley revisits his career-making song with ‘gratitude’

NEW YORK (AP) — How does Rick Astley handle one of his songs being part of the biggest internet meme of all time? He rolls with it, obviously. He says he's "ever so grateful for it." "Never Gonna Give You Up" turns 35 this year and is still very much alive, buoyed by a second chapter as a gentle joke wherein someone baits you with an enticing online link, which […]

Pioneering pop music chart analyst Joel Whitburn dies at 82

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Pioneering pop music chart analyst Joel Whitburn dies at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Whitburn, who turned his fascination with the Billboard charts into a career cataloging the history of charted music that kept gatekeepers honest about the performance of hits, has died. He was 82. Whitburn published more than 100 total entries of series like "Top Pop Singles," "Top 40 Hits," "Top 40 Albums" and "Top 40 Country Hits," helping the whole industry with reliable chart stats and […]

Mariah Carey, Neptunes, Lennox in Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Mariah Carey, Neptunes, Lennox in Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — After a glittering career stuffed with No. 1 hits — not to mention a two-year pandemic delay — Mariah Carey was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but not before challenging her new fellow members to do better by women. She noted that out of the 439 total inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, only 32 have been women until now. […]

Members of Queen, the Police, Rush to honor Taylor Hawkins

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Members of Queen, the Police, Rush to honor Taylor Hawkins

NEW YORK (AP) — The London-based tribute concert for Foo Fighters' late drummer Taylor Hawkins will include Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, Oasis' Liam Gallagher and comedian Dave Chappelle. Others announced are Jane's Addiction's Chris Chaney, the Police's Stewart Copeland, Omar Hakim, Rufus Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, and Hawkins' cover band Chevy Metal. The show will take place Sept. […]

Foo Fighters plan 2 tribute concerts for Taylor Hawkins

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Foo Fighters plan 2 tribute concerts for Taylor Hawkins

NEW YORK (AP) — Foo Fighters will honor the rock band's late drummer Taylor Hawkins with a pair of tribute concerts in September, with one in London and the other in Los Angeles. The twin shows will take place Sept. 3 at London's Wembley Stadium and Sept. 27 at The Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, featuring "his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, […]

Jennifer Lopez, ‘Spider-Man’ highlight MTV Movie & TV Awards

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Jennifer Lopez, ‘Spider-Man’ highlight MTV Movie & TV Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez was honored with the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday. The actor-singer gave emotional speech acknowledging skeptics and believers who she says collectively contributed to her career success. She also won best song for the track "On My Way" from the "Marry Me" soundtrack. Olivia Rodrigo won best music documentary for her project "Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u." […]

Company to Las Vegas chapels: No more Elvis-themed weddings

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Company to Las Vegas chapels: No more Elvis-themed weddings

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas chapels of love that use Elvis Presley's likeness could find themselves becoming Heartbreak Hotels. The licensing company that controls the name and image of Elvis is ordering some Sin City chapel operators to stop using Elvis in themed wedding ceremonies. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Authentic Brands Group sent cease-and-desist letters in early May to multiple chapels. Wedding operators are expected to be […]

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Rick Astley revisits his career-making song with ‘gratitude’

NEW YORK (AP) — How does Rick Astley handle one of his songs being part of the biggest internet meme of all time? He rolls with it, obviously. He says he's "ever so grateful for it." "Never Gonna Give You Up" turns 35 this year and is still very much alive, buoyed by a second chapter as a gentle joke wherein someone baits you with an enticing online link, which […]

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Members of Queen, the Police, Rush to honor Taylor Hawkins

NEW YORK (AP) — The London-based tribute concert for Foo Fighters' late drummer Taylor Hawkins will include Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, Oasis' Liam Gallagher and comedian Dave Chappelle. Others announced are Jane's Addiction's Chris Chaney, the Police's Stewart Copeland, Omar Hakim, Rufus Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, and Hawkins' cover band Chevy Metal. The show will take place Sept. […]

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Inflation weighs on back-to-school buying for many families

NEW YORK (AP) — This back-to-school shopping season, parents are focusing on the basics while also trading down to cheaper stores as surging inflation takes a toll on their household budgets. That is particularly true for parents in the low to middle income bracket. Last week, Walmart noted higher prices on gas and food are forcing shoppers to make fewer purchases of discretionary items, particularly clothing. Best Buy, the nation's […]

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