June 22nd, 2018

Entertainment News

The Monkees postpone dates after Mike Nesmith became ill

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The Monkees have postponed the last four dates of their tour after guitarist Mike Nesmith became ill. The band posted on Facebook Thursday that Nesmith had “a minor health issue” before a show in Philadelphia and was advised to “rest for the next week.” The 75-year-old has returned to his home in California. ... Read More »

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Cartoonist who cited politics in firing finds new outlet

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist who says he was fired because of his anti-Donald Trump drawings has found a new home for his work in Pittsburgh. A new alternative weekly, the Pittsburgh Current, said Thursday it had reached an agreement with Rob Rogers’ syndication group to begin running his cartoons. Rogers had ... Read More »

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Warren Buffett’s son funds central Illinois zoo train

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

DECATUR, Ill. – It’s full steam ahead for a $2 million train track expansion at a zoo in central Illinois thanks to the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The train route at the Scovill Zoo in Decatur will now stretch alongside the lake shoreline and take passengers to the nearby children’s museum. The (Decatur) ... Read More »

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Birding memoir ‘Birds Art Life’ among Trillium Book Award winners

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

Toronto writer Kyo Maclear’s meditative memoir, “Birds Art Life,” is among the winners of this year’s Trillium Book Awards. The English-language Doubleday Canada title, about Maclear’s urban birding expeditions, took one of two $20,000 prizes for best book Thursday. The other $20,000 prize winner was Toronto-based Aurelie Resch for the French-language “Sous le soleil de ... Read More »

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Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week. The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word “rhythm” was misspelled on the rhythm ... Read More »

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Rapper Jim Jones among 4 arrested after Atlanta police chase

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

NEWNAN, Ga. – Rapper Jim Jones has been arrested after a brief police chase in west Georgia. A Coweta County investigator said he saw a southbound Mercedes sport utility vehicle drift into the emergency lane on Interstate 85 several times late Wednesday. News outlets report when the investigator pulled the car over, he said it ... Read More »

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Michelle Obama discusses new memoir at library conference

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Former first lady Michelle Obama will discuss her upcoming memoir “Becoming” as she kicks off the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will moderate a conversation Friday with Obama at the city’s convention centre. Obama’s book chronicles the experiences that have shaped her, from ... Read More »

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China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

BEIJING – A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of “Last Week Tonight” and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country’s crackdown on human rights. Attempts to send posts with either the terms “John Oliver” ... Read More »

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ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

By Lynn Elber, The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

LOS ANGELES – ABC, which cancelled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall. ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such ... Read More »

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New leaders tapped for Berlin film festival from 2020

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

BERLIN – Carlo Chatrian, the director of the Locarno film festival, and German movie industry official Mariette Rissenbeek have been tapped to take charge of the Berlin International Film Festival starting in 2020. A committee led by Germany’s culture minister, Monika Gruetters, on Friday designated Chatrian as the festival’s future artistic director and Rissenbeek as ... Read More »

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Paul McCartney drives down memory lane for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

By The Associated Press on June 22nd, 2018

LONDON – It had been a magical mystery tour as Paul McCartney led James Corden through his hometown of Liverpool during a “Carpool Karaoke ” segment on CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” Thursday’s program wraps up a weeklong stay in London and the 76-year-old Beatles legend joined Corden for a drive. In between songs, McCartney ... Read More »

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