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Jan 15, 2017 4:00 AM

'Sun Records' on CMT to showcase Sam Phillips

(TNS) -- Jerry Lee Lewis, Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash will assemble in one big television series when CMT's original, "Sun Records," premieres on Feb. 23.

'Victoria' star 'learned on the job'
Jan 15, 2017 4:00 AM

'Victoria' star 'learned on the job'

British actress Jenna Coleman tried to attend drama school. She really did. But her intentions were constantly thwarted when people kept hiring her as an actress. There are worse things, she sighs on a sultry sunny day in a hotel meeting room here. "I learned on the job really.

By Luaine Lee Tribune News Service
Jan 15, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Actress Margaret O'Brien is 79. Actress Andrea Martin is 70. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White is 64. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 60. Rock musician Adam Jones (Tool) is 52. Actor James Nesbitt is 52. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 50. Actor Chad Lowe is 49.

Billy Crudup is making his mark as a busy character actor
Jan 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Billy Crudup is making his mark as a busy character actor

NEW YORK -- Taking a swing at being a leading man in Hollywood? Risky and time-consuming. Figuring out what to do when your window has closed? Priceless. For a brief period around the turn of the century, Billy Crudup stood on the cusp of stardom.

By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (tns)
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Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead headline Coachella
Jan 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead headline Coachella

NEW YORK (AP) -- Beyonce is one of the headliners of the 2017 Coachella music festival -- a first for the pop star. Festival producer Goldenvoice announced Tuesday that Beyonce, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will headline the two-weekend festival in April in Indio, California.

Jan 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 94. Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 89. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 84. Singer Shirley Bassey is 80. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 79. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 76.

New tour, new album for band
Jan 5, 2017 4:00 AM

New tour, new album for band 

Miami-based experimental band I Set My Friends On Fire is kicking the new year off with a new tour, album and record deal. The band's U.S. Tour kicked off Dec. 27 with a sold-out performance in Racine, IL and stops on Friday at The Outpost in Kent.

By Kelly Maile Staff Writer
Daughter: Actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at age 60
Dec 27, 2016 1:17 PM

Daughter: Actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars," has died. She was 60.

Dec 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Actor Dick Miller is 88. Author Anne Roiphe is 81. Actress Hanna Schygulla is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 72. Actor Gary Sandy is 71. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 70. Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 70. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 68.

Dec 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Inside the world of fortune tellers

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- There's a secret tax shelter out there where con men rival their bigger mob brothers in turning a hefty, clandestine profit. It's the world of the occult.

By Luaine Lee Tribune News Service
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Australian star Margot Robbie flashes diamond
Dec 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Australian star Margot Robbie flashes diamond

(AP) -- Margot Robbie has responded to wedding rumors by giving the finger on Instagram -- the ring finger, that is. The actress posted a picture of a big diamond on her extended ring finger on the photo-sharing platform Monday.

Dick Van Dyke to appear in sequel to 'Mary Poppins'
Dec 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Dick Van Dyke to appear in sequel to 'Mary Poppins'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dick Van Dyke will appear in Disney's upcoming sequel to "Mary Poppins." Van Dyke played chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 original as well as the elderly banker, Mr. Dawes. He tells Entertainment Tonight that in "Mary Poppins Returns," he'll play Mr. Dawes' son.

Amy Schumer buys back family farm for her dad
Dec 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Amy Schumer buys back family farm for her dad

(AP) -- Amy Schumer has given her father an early holiday gift by buying back the farm her family once owned. Schumer posted a screengrab on Instagram on Monday of her delivering the news to her father on a video call.

Black musicians reflect turmoil of times in music
Dec 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Black musicians reflect turmoil of times in music

NEW YORK -- When he entered the recording studio this spring, Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper Common had plenty to vent about -- and it all came out. Police shootings. Institutionalized racism. Mass incarceration. Fouled water supplies. White privilege. Wage gaps. Black Lives Matter.

By Mark Kennedy Associated Press
Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes to be inducted into Rock Hall
Dec 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes to be inducted into Rock Hall

NEW YORK -- The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.

By David Bauder Associated Press
Michelle Obama: Election 'painful'
Dec 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Michelle Obama: Election 'painful'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey that this past election was "painful," but says she and her husband will support President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing transition to the White House and beyond because it's "what's best for the country." Mrs.

'Man in the High Castle' returns
Dec 18, 2016 4:00 AM

'Man in the High Castle' returns

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- What would have happened if the Axis had triumphed in World War II? It's a question that fascinated science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. That exploration turned into his prize-winning novel, "The Man in the High Castle.

By Luaine Lee Tribune News Service
Dec 18, 2016 4:00 AM

Sorvino stars in Hallmark movie

(AP) -- Mira Sorvino loses her mind on "A Christmas to Remember," which airs on the Hallmark Channel today. Sorvino plays a tough TV doyenne who needs a break and takes off for a mountain retreat only to have her car slam into a snow bank.

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Dec 18, 2016 4:00 AM

BIRTHDAYS

Actor-producer Roger Smith is 84. Blues musician Lonnie Brooks is 83. Actor Roger Mosley is 78. Rock singer-musician Keith Richards is 73. Writer-director Alan Rudolph is 73. Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg is 70. Blues artist Ron Piazza is 69. Movie director Gillian Armstrong is 66.

'Growing Pains' star and TV host Alan Thicke dies at age 69
Dec 14, 2016 3:00 PM

'Growing Pains' star and TV host Alan Thicke dies at age 69

LOS ANGELES — Alan Thicke’s 1980s TV dad credentials were neatly in order on “Growing Pains.” His Dr. Jason Seaver was an open-hearted parent and an enlightened husband, working from home to help tend the kids while his wife revived her career.

By Lynn Elber Ap Television Writer