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Review: Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Get On Up." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)There's a delicious moment in "Get On Up," Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, when Brown — played by Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance — is about to appear on the T.A.M.I. Show, a multi-act concert filmed in 1964.


ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, Stephen A. Smith arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.


Lawyers for Hollywood sex-abuse accuser want out
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse said Tuesday they want to get off the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.
Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

FILE - In a Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated on stage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food.


Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Kyle wrote in his best-seller that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Ventura, a former SEAL and pro wrestler, testified Kyle fabricated the story. Kyle denied that in testimony videotaped before his death last year. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.


'Guardians' blasts Marvel in a different direction

This image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bladley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." The movie releases on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Despite its flawless superhero pedigree, there's always been apprehension about "Guardians of the Galaxy."


CBS shifts schedule to boost ratings for 'Extant'
NEW YORK (AP) — "Extant" is getting a kick-start from CBS to try to improve its ratings less than a month into its run.
Nielsen's top prime-time programs for July 21-27
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 21-27. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as 'The Honorable Woman'

This image released by SundanceTV shows Tobias Menzies, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a scene from "The Honorable Woman," an eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT. The series is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who both wrote and directed it. (AP Photo/SundanceTV, Robert Viglasky)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Honorable Woman" is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman's inner life and a global hot spot. Poised between dream-state and tough reality, it exposes timeless truths while remaining as current as the next Israeli-Palestinian clash.


Metropolitan Museum of Art's president retiring
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the world, on Tuesday announced her retirement.
Audra McDonald helps 'Lady Day' turn a profit

This photo provided by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they’ve recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best known songs, including "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," and "Strange Fruit." (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Evgenia Eliseeva)NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability.


New Mexico city attempts to woo 'The Bachelor'
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is trying to land the "The Bachelor," and it may shell out some money for the mission.
Lawyers for Hollywood sex abuse accuser want out
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse say they want out of the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.
TV series moving some production to New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series starring Anne Heche and Jason Isaacs is moving some of its production from Israel to New Mexico.
Legal fallout begins for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

FILE - This April 4, 2014 file photo shows British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber at a press conference and performance in New York to announce the "Jesus Christ Superstar" North American arena tour. The abrupt cancellation of this summer’s North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is heading to court. The Really Useful Group, the London-based production company of “Superstar” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, said Tuesday, July 29, 2014, that it was taking legal action against producer Michael Cohl for the “unilateral decision” to scuttle the tour, which was to star punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is apparently not being forgiven.


Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop

Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.


Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2013 file photo shows honoree Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis attending the 23rd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York. Roig-DeBellis, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who helped save students' lives during a mass shooting, has a book deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons for "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour." The book will be released in the spring of 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal.


'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

People wait in line to enter the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Rick Harrison, owner of the pawn shop and one of the stars of the reality television series Pawn Stars, has proposed building a shopping plaza on land nearby. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.


'Of Mice and Men' leaves Broadway on a record high

This image released by Polk & Co. shows James Franco, right, and Chris O'Dowd in a scene from "Of Mice and Men," in New York. Franco’s play "Of Mice and Men" has left Broadway with a roar _ a box office record. The show, co-starring Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester, said Monday, July 28, 2014, it earned $1,038,106 for the week ending Sunday, setting a new 8-performance weekly record gross at the Longacre Theatre and marking the first time the theater ever housed a show that crossed the $1 million mark. (AP Photo/Polk & Co., Richard Phibbs)NEW YORK (AP) — James Franco's play "Of Mice and Men" has left Broadway with a roar — a box office record.


Ronstadt gets answer to 'When Will I Be Loved?'

President Obama shakes hands with musician Linda Ronstadt in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, where he presented her with a 2013 National Medal of Arts. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?"


Feds end effort to reclaim mummy mask for Egypt

FILE - In this April 22, 2011 photo provided by the St. Louis Art Museum is the funeral mask of Lady Ka-Nefer-Nefer that has been at the center of a custody battle for several years. Officials said Tuesday, July 29, 2014, they will take no further legal action to reclaim the 3,200-year-old mummy mask for Egypt. It will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum. (AP Photo/St. Louis Art Museum, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody fight will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its fight to reclaim it for Egypt.


Review: 'Guardians' is irreverent but not enough

This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy." (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor.


'Lucy' smacks down 'Hercules' in box office bout

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Jessica Forde)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Scarlett Johansson-led action flick "Lucy" took it to stalwart action star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend for the No. 1 spot at the box office.


'Sharknado' sequel has bite and lots of laughs

In this image released by Syfy, Ian Ziering, as Fin Shepard battles a shark on a New York City subway in a scene from "Sharknado 2: The Second One," premiering Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT. (AP Photo/Syfy)NEW YORK (AP) — Don't worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I'll be ready.


In Todd Parr's world, it's OK to make mistakes

This book cover image released by Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers shows "It's Okay to Make Mistakes," by Todd Parr. Parr, 52, relies on playful, brightly-colored drawings and easy-to-understand messages to win over the age 4-to-6 set, along with their teachers and parents. In today's competitive swirl of perfectionism, it's Parr who declares it OK to draw outside the lines, celebrate your big hair and feel lonely sometimes. (AP Photo/Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)NEW YORK (AP) — In Todd Parr's world, it's OK to wear your undies on your head, spill your milk or eat mac and cheese in the bathtub.


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