Arts and entertainment - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Arts and entertainment Memorial service held for wife of ESPN broadcaster Berman WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A memorial service honoring the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has been held in Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reports ( ) friends, colleagues and relatives of Berman and his wife gathered Wednesday at Seymour St. John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. Sixty... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:12:00Z Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady played through a concussion last year on his way to a fifth Super Bowl title, according to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The injury, which was not reported by the team, left her worried about how long he should continue to play football. Asked if she wanted the New England Patriots quarterback to retire, Bundchen expressed ... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:53:00Z In reversal, radio host Alex Jones apologizes to Chobani BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he has settled a lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani, reversing course from previous claims that he would never back down in the defamation case. Jones read a brief statement at the end of his radio show Wednesday saying he had retracted previous stories and tweets a... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:47:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:47:00Z Review: Modern troubadour Pokey LaFarge excels on new album Pokey LaFarge, "Manic Revelations" (Rounder Records) Modern troubadour Pokey LaFarge has an old-time band, out-of-time sounds and themes both ageless and current on "Manic Revelations." LaFarge's voice is high in the mix and it is as unaffected as it is clear. You won't have to rely much on the lyric sheet to understand his stories, which cover a lot of bases. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:26:00Z Forbes: Jay Z and Beyonce worth a combined $1.16 billion NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z and Beyonce are a billion-dollar couple according to one estimate. Forbes puts the combined wealth of the married superstars at $1.16 billion. The magazine estimates Jay Z's fortune at $810 million. It says Beyonce has amassed $350 million. Forbes says most of Jay Z's money is involved in Roc Nation and his other c... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:09:00Z Father of singers Nick and Aaron Carter dead NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Carter, the father of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and fellow singer Aaron Carter, died on Tuesday, the singers announced. Nick Carter said in a statement Wednesday that he was "heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night." No more details about the death were available. Nic... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:14:00Z Oscars producer: Expect envelope jokes galore from Kimmel LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the dust still settling from the envelope snafu at the Academy Awards, it might seem early to be talking about next year's ceremony, but producer Jennifer Todd is already thinking up ambitious plans for the sets and the clips to celebrate the 90th Oscars ceremony — and host Jimmy Kimmel's likely "field day" with jokes about the flub come showtime. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:12:00Z The Latest: O'Brien re-ups with TBS; 'Big Bang' gets spinoff NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on television's fall season (all times local): 10:10 a.m. CBS says it will pair "Big Bang Theory" with its spinoff sibling, "Young Sheldon." The new comedy is centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious youngster. "Young Sheldon" will follow "The Big Bang Theory" on Thursdays after debuting Monday, Sept. 25. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:57:00Z CBS pairs 'Big Bang' & spin-off; O'Brien re-ups with TBS NEW YORK (AP) — "Young Sheldon" and his grown-up version on "The Big Bang Theory" will be paired on CBS' Thursday night schedule this fall. The "Big Bang" spinoff, centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious 9-year-old Texas high school student, is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season, the network announced Wednesday. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:58:00Z Director Justin Tipping: “I was jumped” Inspiration for the film ‘Kicks’ came from director Justin Tipping being mugged as a teenager (May 17) Wed, 17 May 2017 16:56:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:56:00Z Olympic champs Meryl Davis & Charlie White join dance tour LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White have a new gig on solid footing. They will co-star with Cheryl Burke of "Dancing With the Stars" in a 30-city live dance tour called "Love on the Floor." The four-act show portrays the story of a relationship from beginning to end, with each star performing a... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:49:00Z Trumpet star Blanchard: Confederate statue removal historic NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Celebrated New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard says he had just arrived home from an out-of-town trip when he saw the news: A monument to a Confederate general was being removed from its spot near his old high school. NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune ( ) quotes Blanchard as saying the statue of P.G.T Beauregard h... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:08:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:08:00Z 'The Philanthropist' stars on their perfect audience The stars of 'The Philanthropist' say their perfect audience members are loud and responsive - and newcomers to the theater (May 17). Wed, 17 May 2017 16:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:03:00Z AP names Hennessey, Klapper to Washington leadership roles WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has promoted reporters Kathleen Hennessey and Bradley Klapper to a pair of key leadership positions in its Washington bureau. Hennessey will direct coverage of the White House and the Trump administration, while Klapper will oversee AP's reporting on foreign affairs. Their appointment to their new roles as Washington... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:55:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:55:00Z Wallenda wife to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls. Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls. The Niagara County Legisla... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:31:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:31:00Z Music cut from 'La La Land' added back in for concert tour LOS ANGELES (AP) — "La La Land" is getting its overture back. An instrumental overture that was cut from the hit musical film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will be added back in for a touring concert show that kicks off this month at the Hollywood Bowl. Composer Justin Hurwitz said it's one of two new pieces of music that fans of... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:10:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:10:00Z Musical of 'King Kong' to roar on Broadway next year NEW YORK (AP) — A musical version of "King Kong" is hoping to make Broadway go bananas. Officials at Global Creatures, the Australian company behind the hit arena show "Walking With Dinosaurs," said Wednesday their version of the classic ape story will land at the Broadway Theatre in the fall of 2018. Exact dates and cast will be announced later. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:09:00Z Miss America Organization tabs new president, CFO ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization on Wednesday promoted two executives to top roles in the group that stages the iconic pageant each year in Atlantic City. Josh Randle was named president and Eli Popicg (POP'-itch) was named chief financial officer of the Miss America Organization. Randle joined Miss America in 20... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:07:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:07:00Z Truths about Madoff and "Wizard of Lies" from its creators NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in little more than a year, a TV film probes Bernie Madoff, the fraudster-financier who in 2008 made explosive news with his arrest for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that ruined thousands of his clients at a cost of $60 billion or more. In February 2016, an ABC docudrama starred Richard Dreyfuss as Madoff and Blythe Danne... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:36:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:36:00Z With 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' sequels, Scott looks forward LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ridley Scott insists he is not a nostalgic person, but you wouldn't know that looking at the 2017 movie calendar. Not only are audiences getting another "Alien" movie, "Alien: Covenant," on May 19, but also a long-time-coming "Blade Runner" sequel in October. Scott made his name in Hollywood with "Alien" in 1979. It was the kind of genr... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:09:00Z ShowBiz Minute: Guilfoyle, Moore, Allen ShowBiz Minute: Guilfoyle, Moore, Allen Wed, 17 May 2017 14:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:06:00Z Bill O'Reilly gets weekly spot on Glenn Beck's radio show NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O'Reilly is taking up his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck's offer to work together again. Variety reports O'Reilly announced on his "No Spin News" podcast that he will have a weekly spot on Beck's radio show. He calls Beck "a good friend" and says the two have a "lively" rapport. O'Reilly was o... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:51:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:51:00Z No need to schlep wallet, keys at Universal's new water park ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No need to schlep around wallets or locker keys in your Speedos at Universal Orlando Resort's new water park opening later this month. That's because Universal is debuting a new wristband that can pay for food, open lockers, trigger special effects, set spending limits on the kids and most, importantly, eliminate waiting in lines by sending alerts when i... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:49:00Z 'Living memorial': Putting Kennedy back into Kennedy Center WASHINGTON (AP) — Trivia question: Where is the memorial to President John F. Kennedy in Washington? If you said the Kennedy Center — not just the bronze bust of Kennedy inside but the entire building and all that happens there — you'd be correct. You'd also be better-informed than most Washingtonians. This year, in honor of the 100th a... Wed, 17 May 2017 07:56:00 GMT 2017-05-17T07:56:00Z Conway disputes claim she's in it 'for the money' NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway says statements made by MSNBC hosts that she was only working for Trump for the hefty paycheck are untrue. "Morning Joe" show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said Conway told them she secretly disliked working for Trump and was only "doing it for the money." On Monday'... Wed, 17 May 2017 04:57:00 GMT 2017-05-17T04:57:00Z Fox News' Guilfoyle up for White House press secretary job NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is in conversations with the Trump administration about replacing Sean Spicer as White House press secretary. The former first lady of San Francisco told the Mercury News in San Jose, California, on Monday that taking that job or having another press role in the White House has been "raised by a number of people" in the Trump ... Wed, 17 May 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T03:37:00Z Ex-reality TV star faces Phoenix hearing over arrest warrant PHOENIX (AP) — A court hearing is scheduled Friday over an arrest warrant for a former reality television star accused of vehicle theft and drug possession in Phoenix. Jacob Harris, who used to be on the Discovery channel's "Deadliest Catch" series about crab fishermen in Alaska, was arrested April 22 after Phoenix police say he was in possession of Xanax pills and crystal m... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:39:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:39:00Z Feminist icon Gloria Steinem adored, reviled in divided Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gloria Steinem does not believe her life's work advocating for reproductive freedom and women's rights makes her "pro-abortion," the feminist icon said in an Associated Press interview Tuesday. Steinem spoke ahead of her appearance at a centennial gala fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, the state chapter of the aborti... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:32:00Z Playboy centerfold model loses bid to dismiss gym photo case LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Playboy model lost an effort to dismiss a criminal charge for taking a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman at a gym and posting it on social media with disparaging remarks about the woman's body. A judge ruled Monday against Dani Mathers in Los Angeles Superior Court in her bid to toss a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy. Mather... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:45:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:45:00Z Bon Jovi surprises grads, guests with commencement show EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Bon Jovi entertained graduates and guests at Fairleigh Dickinson University's commencement exercises Tuesday by putting on a surprise performance. Fairleigh Dickinson won a nationwide contest to bring the New Jersey-based rock band to play their graduation by generating the most interest on social media. Jon... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:03:00Z