Entertainment

‘Fifty Shades’ tops Razzies with 5 awards

LOS ANGELES - "Fifty Shades of Grey" came out on top - or perhaps the bottom - at this year's Razzies.The awkward adaptation of author EL James' erotic novel nabbed five prizes at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards, including tying it up with superhero flop "Fantastic Four" as the year's worst ...

‘Spotlight’ tops a richly diverse Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The 31st Independent Film Spirit Awards provided a clear rebuke to the Oscars, bestowing awards on "Beasts of No Nation" co-stars Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and "Tangerine" star Mya Taylor, making her the first transgender actress to win at the annual awards.The ...

MSNBC’s Harris-Perry refusing to appear on air

NEW YORK - The future of Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC talk show is in doubt after the host declared she would not appear this weekend in response to several weeks of its pre-emption by the network.Harris-Perry, who is black, focuses on race, gender and politics on the discussion show, which she ...

New film shows Hank Aaron’s lifetime of overcoming racism

ATLANTA - When offering a toast to Hank Aaron at his 82nd birthday earlier this month, Andrew Young recalled his shock at seeing how Atlanta welcomed the young black slugger to town in 1966.Young, the former Atlanta mayor, United Nations ambassador and civil rights activist, remembered a parade ...

Oscar stage will be dressed in 1970s glam

LOS ANGELES - The Oscars are going disco - or at least embracing the gilded glamor of the 1970s.A fringe of gold and silver sequins dangle over the final stretch of the red carpet, and the stage for Sunday's show was inspired by the glittery, glam styles of the disco era.Production designer ...

Caitlyn Jenner partners with MAC on lipstick

Caitlyn Jenner is partnering with MAC Cosmetics on a limited-edition lipstick she helped create to benefit the company's effort to improve the lives of transgender people. The rosy nude shade, Finally Free, will retail for $17. It will be available starting April 7 at Maccosmetics.com, with all ...

Thursday’s GOP debate drew 14.5M on CNN, Telemundo

NEW YORK - Thursday's GOP debate was watched by 14.5 million people, according to the Nielsen ratings company.The explosive faceoff between presidential hopeful Donald Trump and rivals including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio aired on both CNN and Telemundo. CNN averaged 13.26 million viewers, while ...

Quincy Jones suit over Jacko songs goes to trial

LOS ANGELES - A judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit filed by producer Quincy Jones against Michael Jackson's estate and record company over royalties on some of the singer's biggest hits can go to trial.Superior Court Judge Michael Stern said a jury should decide the numerous factual disputes ...

Sharpton plans Oscars protest in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES - The Rev. Al Sharpton has announced plans to stage a rally on Sunday prior to the Oscars to protest a lack of diversity in Hollywood. The rally, announced Thursday, also is intended to support a push for a nationwide TV tune-out of the Academy Awards ceremony. Critics say the ...

UCLA: Movies make more $$$ when half the cast is white

LOS ANGELES - Movies make more money when exactly half their casts are non-white, according to an annual analysis released Thursday that shows an increasing demand for diversity in film.In previous years, movies did better at the box office if two or three of the top eight billed actors were ...

Tedeschi Trucks Band – ‘Let Me Get By’ Tour

AMES - On Jan. 29, Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife team of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, capped an extraordinary and transformative year with the release of "Let Me Get By," their third full-length LP and debut for Fantasy Records. Listen to ...

The Fez is coming to the Wieting

TOLEDO - Who would have thought that doing a Steely Dan impression for a young musician's friends would result in a Steely Dan Cover Band called The Fez? Well, that is exactly what happened with Ben Franklin, the original drummer of The Fez heard lead singer Loren Lang doing his best Steely Dan ...

Oscar predictions: What will win and what should win

LOS ANGELES - Ahead of Sunday's 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:BEST PICTUREThe Nominees: "The Big Short," ''Bridge of Spies," ''Brooklyn," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Martian," ...

Myles to perform at Marshalltown Auditorium

A master showman, David Myles brings his musicianship and unforgettable stories to Marshalltown High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. on March 6. A limited number of individual tickets are available. Individual tickets can be purchased online at www.losmarshalltown.org and picked up the night of the ...

Grinnell College HD broadcast of Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’

GRINNELL - Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giacomo Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" at noon on March 5, at the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell.Jennifer Brown, associate professor of music at Grinnell College, will present the opera talk at 11:30 a.m. ...

Stalzer Photography receives state and national awards

John Stalzer and Mackenzie Duncan of Stalzer Photography in Marshalltown have received several national and statewide awards recently for their work. Their work was also on display at an International Photographic Exhibit Jan. 10-12 in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the Professional Photographers of ...

Coogler, DuVernay to attend Flint event on Oscar night

LOS ANGELES - "Creed" director Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae and other Hollywood celebrities have big plans for Oscar night.But they have nothing to do with the Academy Awards. Coogler and company will be 2,300 miles away in Flint, Michigan, participating in a benefit for residents ...

Dueling comic cons near deal in court battle

SALT LAKE CITY - The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con are inching closer to settling a court battle over naming rights.Lawyers for the two pop-culture conventions said they have been able to resolve many of their disagreements over whether the names are too similar, and ...

Chart-topping Adele gets emotional with big Brit Awards win

LONDON - A tearful Adele was crowned queen of the British music scene - and banished memories of Grammy Awards sound glitches - with four prizes and a soulful performance at the Brit Awards on Wednesday."Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don't like flying," said the North London-born ...

‘Blue Bloods’ indicative of CBS’ strength

NEW YORK - Tom Selleck's cop family drama "Blue Bloods" is hardly trendy TV, but last week was another illustration of its consistent value to CBS.The Nielsen company said it was among the 10 most-watched programs.A week after CBS had the 10 most popular broadcast entrants on Nielsen's weekly ...