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Britney Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

Britney Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

May 5, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her “Piece of Me” concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when, aft...

Stagecoach Is Now The World’s Biggest Country Music Festival, With A Combined Attendance Of 210,000 This Year

Stagecoach Is Now The World’s Biggest Country Music Festival, With A Combined Attendance Of 210,000 This Year

May 5, 2015


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By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) INDIO, Calif. — Miranda Lambert snagged an opportunity to catch her breath a few hours before she was to hit the stage as a headliner for the 2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival, an event she’s played four times since it started eight years ago. “O...

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

May 5, 2015


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Jack Black gets some of his best ideas in the middle of the night. In his younger days, he would often stay up until dawn, playing Scrabble over the Internet and letting his mind roam to strange places. Now that he’s got kids — sons ages 6 and 8 — h...

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

April 30, 2015


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By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) She is named after a Welsh mythological spirit. She calls a guy named T Bone her “fairy godfather.” And she just led a singalong at the White House with Barack and Michelle. Rhiannon Giddens has been on a roll since hip producer T Bone Burnett ca...

Kurt Cobain Documentary Gets Emotional Reception In Seattle

Kurt Cobain Documentary Gets Emotional Reception In Seattle

April 28, 2015


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SEATTLE — Director Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Crossfire Hurricane”) brought his new documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” to Seattle recently. The HBO film makes use of home movies from Cobain’s childhood, his time with his wife, Courtney Love, and later...

With Critic-Driven Film Festivals In Spotlight, Let’s Pause To Focus On Big Picture

With Critic-Driven Film Festivals In Spotlight, Let’s Pause To Focus On Big Picture

April 23, 2015


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) Should film critics run their own film festivals? I’m conflicted on this one. The practicalities feel a little gummy, a little sticky, but many say the results are worth it. It’s the right time to ask the question, whichever side of the rapidly deter...

L.A. Museums Sign On To ‘China Ready’ Program In Bid To Draw Tourists

L.A. Museums Sign On To ‘China Ready’ Program In Bid To Draw Tourists

April 23, 2015


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By Mike Boehm Los Angeles Times (TNS) Milly Wu marched through the J. Paul Getty Museum’s galleries of 19th century European paintings, stopping just long enough to frame Monets, Manets and, of course, Vincent Van Gogh’s “Irises” with her smartphone camera. With a series of clicks, masterp...

New Survey Finds America Really Is Becoming A Binge-Watch Nation

New Survey Finds America Really Is Becoming A Binge-Watch Nation

April 23, 2015


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By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (TNS) Binge watching is definitely a buzzword in the media, but according to a new survey, it really has become the dominant mode of TV consumption in the U.S. Deloitte LLP’s Digital Democracy Survey of more than 2,000 content consumers age 14 and older, ...

‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong Seeks Laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong Seeks Laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

April 23, 2015


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By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) When “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong was invited to perform at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner she was both honored and terrified. “My thinking was I was hoping we had a live show that weekend so tha...

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

April 7, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) When Jay Z described his goals for Tidal, he stressed that “as we grow along to become a bigger company ... by time the size of the pizza is growing ... everybody’s sharing in that upside.” Now Jay Z is taking one very significant slice of that pie away f...

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

April 2, 2015


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By August Brown and Devon Maloney Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES—Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell fainted Tuesday and is still hospitalized, but she is “doing fine,” her spokeswoman said. A 911 call was made after Mitchell lost consciousness, her representative told the Los Angeles Times on ...

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

March 19, 2015


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) So soon after its unexpected issue late Sunday, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” the new record by Compton-raised rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, is still settling in, less a voluminous whole than a germinal swirl of phrases, grooves, bass lines and themes bot...

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