Entertainment

Underwood wins big at CMT – Pop, rock stars take stage with country acts

LOS ANGELES, June 9, (AP): Tim McGraw ended Carrie Underwood’s four-year-winning streak for the top prize at the 2016 CMT Music Awards with his music video for “Humble and Kind” — which features footage provided by Oprah Winfrey — while stars from outside the country music world performed onstage, including …

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I want to connect with people: George – Singer talks about cooking, Culture Club and ‘Apprentice’

NEW YORK, June 8, (AP): Fresh off a seven-day run of concerts with fellow ’80s icon Cyndi Lauper, Boy George is taking on the world with Culture Club. The band kicked off a 50-city world tour in Australia this week, but that’s not all that’s keeping Boy George busy. The …

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‘Hamilton’ stands poised to land top awards – Broadway embraces diversity

NEW YORK, June 8, (Agencies): This season, the theater community is celebrating how Broadway has finally become the Great un-White Way. Black actors have taken center stage in “The Color Purple”, “The Gin Game”, “Eclipsed” and “Shuffle Along.” A Latin cast shines in “On Your Feet!” and Asian-Americans told a …

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‘Conjuring 2’ scares but not as well as the first – Movie louder, more creepier

If “The Conjuring” was a chilling whisper, the sequel is a deafening shriek. That might not be a bad thing for some, but the shock jumps and cheesy-looking demons in “The Conjuring 2 “ were a definite departure from the first, and not necessarily for the better. The brilliance of …

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Uphill battle for female-led comedies – Sharon Stone drama ‘Running Wild’ gets release date

LOS ANGELES, June 8, (Agencies): “Bridesmaids” was supposed to change the game for the female-driven comedy. But each new movie is still treated like a beta test for the genre and the next unwitting subjects are “Ghostbusters,” out July 15, and “Bad Moms,” out July 29. Isn’t it supposed to …

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Beyonce steals show at CFDAs – Surprise honoree

NEW YORK, June 7, (AP): In a surprise appearance, Beyonce strode onstage in sparkling pinstripes Monday evening to speak emotionally about both family and fashion at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony. “As long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my …

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‘Rings’ inspires Jones’ ‘Warcraft’ – ‘Now You See Me’ cast back with bigger tricks, villain

LOS ANGELES, June 7, (Agencies): When director Duncan Jones was tasked with translating the popular video game “Warcraft” into a studio film, he was inspired by filmmaker Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy saga “Lord of the Rings.” “Not everyone had read Tolkien who went and saw those films …

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Does H’wood have sequel problem? – Audiences rejecting franchises en masse

LOS ANGELES, June 7, (Agencies): Hollywood is fighting off a nasty illness. “Sequelitis,” the entertainment industry equivalent of the Zika virus, has gripped major studios. Its symptoms include sluggish box office, feverish critical take downs and disdainful social media reactions. At least, that’s what analysts and executives are telling themselves after …

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Story of Sydney Opera House to hit the big screen – Danish architect’s story both fascinating and scary

SYDNEY, June 7, (Agencies): The story behind the Sydney Opera House and its Danish architect Jorn Utzon is to be made into a movie, with the Swedish producer behind “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on board. The Danish/Swedish/Australian production will tell the story of how Utzon upset the conservative …

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‘Me Before You’ tearjerker at heart – How to build a YA movie that rules

LOS ANGELES, June 6, (RTRS): “Me Before You” arrived in theaters on Friday with a dash of pedigree — it’s based on a novel by Jojo Moyes, whose romantic fiction for adults has been garlanded with praise — but let’s be clear: The film’s central characters may be 26 and …

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