Category: Entertainment

Box office reaches new record, but international sales flat

BY JAKE COYLE NEW YORK (AP) — The Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that the worldwide box office reached a record $38.6 billion in 2016, though international revenues were essentially stagnant. The MPAA’s annual report showed a global increase of .5 percent in ticket sales from 2015. While China, the world’s second-largest market after the U.S., has long been a priority of Hollywood, it dropped 3 percent last year with $6.6 billion in ticket sales. Box office in North America hit a record $11.4 billion, although the increase of $300 million was due largely to rising ticket...

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Great American cleanup happening this Weekend

In McAllen, it’s an annual community effort to banish litter and trash from our parks, Schools, streets, and sidewalks. It’s almost time for this year’s Great American cleanup and Texas trash-off It’s happening Saturday April 1st at the McAllen Municipal Park on Bicentennial just south of Bulldog Stadium from 8 in the morning to 12 noon this coming Saturday. For more information log on to www.keepmcallenbeautiful.org and click on the Great American cleanup. Recommended: Aaron Carter featured Live at KVLY’s Listener...

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Ed Sheeran to guest star on ‘Game of Thrones’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ed Sheeran will guest star in the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones.” The show’s producers made the announcement Sunday night during a panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. Producer David Benioff told the audience that they’ve been trying to get the 26-year-old British singer a spot on the show for years to surprise Sheeran fan Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the HBO fantasy drama. The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” premieres on HBO July 16. Recommended: Police investigate destruction of Trump’s Hollywood...

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Notorious B.I.G. remembered 20 years after death

NEW YORK (AP) — The Notorious B.I.G. is being remembered by collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs and his wife, Faith Evans, 20 years after the rapper’s killing. Combs asked social media users to salute the rapper also known as Biggie Smalls by rapping their favorite Biggie verse and posting video on social media. He put up a somber video message himself saying, “time heals all wounds, but this one ain’t healed yet.” In an appearance on the syndicated “The Breakfast Club” morning radio show Thursday, Evans said she hasn’t been able to find closure and “live with the great memories...

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Elvis Presley’s Graceland opening new entertainment complex

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A $45 million entertainment complex featuring exhibits and restaurants focused on the life and career of Elvis Presley is scheduled to open at Graceland in Memphis. Priscilla Presley, the former wife of the late rock ‘n’ roll icon, is scheduled to appear at the grand opening of the complex in Tennessee on Thursday. The 200,000-square-foot complex is located across the street from Graceland, Presley’s longtime home. It features a comprehensive Presley exhibit, a showcase of the cars he owned and used, a soundstage, two restaurants and retail stores. The complex will replace the aging buildings...

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Prosecutors urge judge to reject latest Polanski motion

BY ANTHONY MCCARTNEY – AP ENTERTAINMENT WRITER LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge to reject Roman Polanski’s effort to unseal testimony in his long-running sex with a minor case unless the fugitive director returns to a Los Angeles courtroom. The filing argues that Polanski remains a fugitive and other judges have already ruled to keep the testimony sealed based on requests by former lawyers for the Oscar winner. Polanski’s attorney filed the motion last month seeking to unseal the testimony of the first prosecutor who handled his 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case. Polanski’s...

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Matt Reeves steps in to direct ‘The Batman’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct "The Batman" for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film. Reeves, also known for directing "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," said he’s loved the Batman story since he was a child and is honored and excited to "bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen." Affleck, who is also writing the screenplay, dropped out of directing the project in...

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Aaron Carter featured Live at KVLY’s Listener Lounge

McAllen (KFXV) Our Sister radio station 107.9 Mix FM hosted the Listener’s Lounge featuring Aaron Carter live! Aaron Charles Carter is an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audiences during the early 2000s with his four studio albums. aaroncarter.com twitter.com/aaroncarter Here are some of the photos from the event. DSC_0005 Waiting in line to see Aaron Carter DSC_0006 Exclusive event, only a few scored tickets DSC_0010 The Mix FM Staff enjoying a moment DSC_0014 Aaron Carter performing DSC_0027 Arron...

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Jay Z to become 1st rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

BY MESFIN FEKADU – AP MUSIC WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z is set to become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be part of its 2017 class. The organization’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 in New York. Chicago band members Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera, along with Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016, will also...

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Noted movie critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Schickel, a noted movie critic for Life and Time magazines who also wrote dozens of books and made documentaries about Hollywood, has died. He was 84. Schickel, who’d had a series of strokes, died on Saturday in Los Angeles from complications of dementia, his daughter, Erika Schickel, told the New York Times. "He was one of the fathers of American film criticism," she told the Los Angeles Times. "He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on...

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Disney ends deal with YouTube star over anti-Semitic stunt

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s Maker Studios and Google’s YouTube are distancing themselves from a top YouTube star after he made jokes construed as anti-Semitic and posted Nazi imagery in his videos. Felix Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie, has the most popular YouTube channel, with more than 53 million subscribers. The Swedish YouTube star rose to fame by posting videos of him playing and commenting about video games. More recently, he branched out into non-gaming videos that show him performing skits, stunts or making jokes. Disney, whose Maker Studios runs Kjellberg’s channels and network, said he crossed the line...

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Lady Gaga follows up Super Bowl show with tour announcement

HOUSTON (AP) — Fresh off a high-wire, crowd-pleasing halftime performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced plans for a world tour kicking off this summer. Gaga posted news of the tour on Twitter late Sunday night. The 48-date tour includes stops in North America, Europe and Brazil. Several of her U.S. dates include performances at baseball stadiums, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park. The tour begins on Aug. 1 in Vancouver and wraps up on Dec. 14 in Salt Lake City. Recommended: No...

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