Entertainment News Archives for 2016-06

Facebook's Latest News Feed Tweak: This Time, It's Personal

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed — and this time, it's personal.

 

Facebook

 

The social media giant says it updated the news feed so that people will see more posts from their friends and family and not, say, the New York Times or Buzzfeed.

 

Facebook says it will now put posts from friends and family that users are "likely to care about" at the top of their news feed. Over time, the algorithm adapts and learns from your behavior. So if you "like" or comment on your sister's posts often, you'll see more posts from her.

 

Facebook regularly updates the algorithm that decides what posts users see. How much users interact with the posts help influence the changes.

 

 

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JK Rowling's Latest Tale of Wizardry is Set in Massachusetts

 

BOSTON (AP) — J.K. Rowling's latest tale of wizardry is set atop the mountains in Massachusetts.

 

JK Rowlings

 

The second installment in a collection called "Magic in North America" describes a secret wizarding school located at the peak of Mount Greylock in the Berkshires. The story was published Tuesday on Rowling's Pottermore site.

 

The tale, "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," provides the backstory for the North American school of magic, founded in the 17th century. An orphaned Irish girl sails across the ocean on the Mayflower to Massachusetts, where the school is established.

 

The story is a tie-in to the upcoming film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," scheduled for release Nov. 18. The film is an adaptation of Rowling's book by the same name and is the author's screenwriting debut.

 

 

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'ALF' Actor Michu Meszaros Dies

 
 
     NEW YORK (AP) - The man who portrayed "ALF" in the popular NBC sitcom has died.
 
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His name was Michu Meszaros, a former circus performer who slipped into the orangey alien costume as the central character of the sitcom. Meszaros has died, several days after being found unconscious at his home. He was 76.  

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Larry David Returning with More 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

 

NEW YORK (AP) — No need to curb your enthusiasm at this news: Larry David is bringing back his HBO comedy series for a ninth season.

 

Larry David

 

No further details were announced by HBO on Tuesday, but word that "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will live again should be enough to thrill its fans for now.

 

The eighth season aired in 2011, and, since then, David has remained tight-lipped over whether there would be more.

 

Premiering in 2000, the series was created by and stars David in a fictionalized version of himself as he stumbles into socially awkward situations. "Curb" has logged 80 episodes to date, which makes it HBO's longest-running scripted series.

 

Among David's projects since curbing his series: a hit Broadway play, "Fish in the Dark," which he wrote and starred in last year.

 

 

 

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The Latest: Implosion Levels Tower of Vegas' Riviera Casino

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the demolition of the tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Tuesday morning (all times local):

 

3 a.m.

 

The tallest tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino has crumbled in a controlled demolition that brought an end to one of the last relics of Las Vegas' mobster past.

 

Riviera

 

The implosion early Tuesday of the 24-story Monaco Tower comes 61 years after it opened on the Las Vegas Strip.

"The Riv" joins other storied properties like the Dunes, Sands, Desert Inn and Stardust as only a memory.

 

It opened in 1955, and closed last year.

 

Liberace was the first headliner. Dean Martin was once part-owner.

 

It was a backdrop for the Rat Pack original "Ocean's 11" in 1960; the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever;" and the 1995 movie "Casino."

 

It was also featured in "The Hangover" in 2009.

 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is clearing the 26 acres to make room to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

The Monte Carlo Tower is scheduled to be imploded in August.

 

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12:30 a.m.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Riviera Hotel and Casino will officially exit the scene early Tuesday with a cinematic implosion.

 

"The Riv" was the Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City's past.

 

It closed a year ago after 60 years on the northern end of the Strip.

 

The shuttered casino's owners, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, are spending $42 million to level the 13-building campus.

 

Officials estimate that the Monaco Tower will go down before dawn Tuesday, and the Monte Carlo Tower will be imploded in August.

 

The Riviera's 15-to 20-seconds-long implosion will mark the latest kiss goodbye to what's left among the relics to Vegas' mobster past.

 

 

 

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Bill Murray to Receive Top US Comedy Prize at Kennedy Center

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite his move into serious roles, Bill Murray never stopped making people laugh. Now he's being honored with the nation's top prize for comedy.

 

Bill Murray

 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that Murray will be this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 

The 65-year-old Murray is one of several "Saturday Night Live" alumni to receive the Twain Prize. He joined the cast in 1977, replacing Chevy Chase, and he won over audiences by creating the iconic character Nick the Lounge Singer.

 

His first big movie hit was "Caddyshack" in 1980. He went on to become the nation's most bankable comedy star, playing the lovable smart aleck to perfection in "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day."

 

 

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'Hamilton' Takes 11 Tony Awards, Falls Short of Tying Record

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

 

11:15 p.m.

 

The Broadway smash "Hamilton" — to the surprise of no one — has won the Tony Award for best new musical.

 

Hamilton

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary was a virtual lock on the award, having earned a record-breaking 16 nominations going into the evening.

 

"Hamilton" has burst through the Broadway bubble like few shows. It has been praised by politicians and rap stars, influenced the debate over the nation's currency and the show has become a cultural phenomenon.

 

The Tony-winning show has previously won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Grammy, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and Miranda earned a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

 

"Hamilton" beat out "Shuffle Along," ''Bright Star," ''Waitress" and "School of Rock — The Musical."

 

Legend Barbra Streisand did the honors, in the wake of the Orlando shootings:

"Tonight our joy is tinged with sorrow but we're here to celebrate Broadway and the beauty that artistry can bring into this world."

 

Art, she said, can "at times like these console us."

 

11:09 p.m.

 

English actress Cynthia Erivo has won a Tony Award for best actress in a musical for Broadway debut in "The Color Purple."

 

The musical is a stage version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in rural Georgia that covers a lifetime of events observed by Celie, a homely, uneducated farm woman whose dreams are repeatedly shattered by the cruelty of men until she stands up for herself at the end.

 

It's Erivo's second bite of the apple, having starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of the show in London in 2013. She is a self-described "fitness fiend" who once ran a half-marathon only a few hours before starring in the first of the day's two shows.

 

Erivo, a 2010 graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, got her first big break with a production of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" followed by the lead role of in the UK tour of "Sister Act."

 

She becomes the second actress to win a Tony for playing the role. LaChanze won for playing Celie in 2006.

Erivo beat Carmen Cusack, Laura Benanti, Jessie Mueller and Phillipa Soo.

 

11:05 p.m.

 

Leslie Odom Jr. has won the Tony Award for best actor in a musical Hamilton for his energetic turn in "Hamilton."

 

Odom, who was on TV in "Smash" and "CSI: Miami," on film in "Red Tails," and on Broadway in "Leap of Faith," plays Aaron Burr, a rival to Alexander Hamilton, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

The New York native became the youngest person ever cast in the Broadway company of "Rent" at 17 and has said he hopes to surf a similar wave of youthful energy this time with "Hamilton."

 

Odom walks to the theater each day from the apartment he shares with his actress wife Nicolette Robinson.

 

He beat Danny Burstein, Alex Brightman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Zachary Levi.

 

10:55 p.m.

 

"The Color Purple," which failed to beat "Jersey Boys" for the best musical Tony Award in 2006, has won the best musical revival award in 2016.

 

The musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of female empowerment opened Thursday. It's the John Doyle-directed revival that premiered at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013.

 

The musical primarily focuses on Celie's journey from abuse to independence and self-esteem, an arduous trek that takes some four decades, from 1909 to 1949. It stars Cynthia Erivo as Celie and Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery.

 

Doyle is known for his minimalist techniques, stripping away production elements and cutting bloat. True to form, the set here consists mostly of wooden chairs, which are used to create a bathtub, a juke joint, a jail and much more.

 

"The Color Purple" beat out "Fiddler on the Roof," ''She Loves Me" and "Spring Awakening."

 

10:50 p.m.

 

Tonys host James Corden took a few pokes at presumptive presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, introducing some new fictitious openings on Broadway.

Andrew Rannells, in Trump hair, walked out as Trump from the musical "The Book or Moron."

 

"Hello, my name is Donald Trump and I would like to build a wall that goes straight through your house," he sang.

 

He was followed by Glenn Close in blue Clinton pantsuit and wig, fake star of "A Clinton Line," riffing on "A Chorus Line."

She belted: "I really need this job. Oh God, I need this job. I've got to get this job."

 

10:35 p.m.

 

"The Humans," a play about a fractious family's get-together, has won the best play crown at the Tony Awards.

Stephen Karam's play is composed entirely of a single 90-minute, real-time scene set during a Thanksgiving dinner in a run-down New York apartment. Members of a family arrive putting on brave faces but resentments soon rise to the surface.

 

What makes the drama so visceral is Karam's soundscape. There are odd noises throughout the play — mechanical rumbles, click-clacks, running footsteps, the crashes of pots and pans.

 

"The Humans" beat out "The Father," ''Eclipsed" and "King Charles III."

 

10:30 p.m.

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offered a special remote message at the Tonys in introducing a performance from "Hamilton."

 

They recalled when creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took the mic during a poetry jam at the White House and explained his piece was about the life of somebody who embodies hip hop — America's first treasury secretary.

 

"I confess we all laughed, but who's laughing now," the president said.

 

Michelle Obama chimed in: "It's a musical about the miracle that IS America."

 

And she said the country can remain strong if we remember to stay "young, scrappy and hungry" like Hamilton himself.

 

10:20 p.m.

 

A bold, pared-down version of "A View From the Bridge" has won the Tony Award for best play revival.

 

The Arthur Miller revival led by director Ivo van Hove, who won a Tony on Sunday for its direction, has few props and no shoes. During nearly two tense hours without intermission, the barefoot cast members warily circle one another under bright lights, while a dissonant soundtrack increases the tension and unease.

 

This new version of Miller's 1955 play about working-class Italian-Americans in Brooklyn previously won three Olivier Awards, including best revival and best director.

 

"A View from the Bridge" beat another Miller revival in "The Crucible," as well as "Blackbird," ''Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Noises Off."

 

10:05 p.m.

 

Frank Langella has won a fourth Tony Award for playing a man who has begun his slide down the slippery slope of dementia in "The Father."

 

An astrologer told him when he first arrived in New York that his greatest successes would come later in life, he said.

"I thought she meant 30," said the 78-year-old.

 

Langella offered kind support for those struggling in Orlando on behalf of the greater theater community.

 

"I urge you, Orlando, to be strong," he said.

 

In "The Father," French playwright Florian Zeller — with a translation by Christopher Hampton — tells the story of a retired Parisian engineer whose mind is breaking, illustrated by the same characters in his life turning up played by different actors and the disappearance of physical items from his home.

 

During his long career on stage and in TV and film, Langella has specialized in meaty heroic parts, including Zorro, Leonardo da Vinci, Valmont, Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes. He won perhaps his greatest praise for portraying the 37th president, first on stage in the 2006 play "Frost/Nixon" by Peter Morgan and then in a 2008 film adaptation directed by Ron Howard.

 

For the Tony, Langella beat out Gabriel Byrne, Mark Strong, Tim Pigott-Smith and Jeff Daniels.

 

9:50 p.m.

 

The 9th Tony for "Hamilton' came during a commercial break, for choreography.

 

9:45 p.m.

 

Jessica Lange has won her first Tony Award for playing a drug-addled mother in the Broadway revival of the monumental "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

 

"This is a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness, even on such a sad day as this," she said, referring to the Orlando shootings.

 

Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical masterwork about the disintegrating Tyrone family is familiar to the actress: Lange previously played the role of Mary Tyrone in a 2000 production in London, receiving an Olivier Award nomination.

 

Lange, 67, is a two-time Academy Award winner and three-time Emmy winner who has lately connected with millennials, thanks to four seasons aboard "American Horror Story," playing a washed-up Southern belle, a freak show ringmaster, a nun and a witch.

 

Lange beat out Laurie Metcalf, Lupita Nyong'o, Sophie Okonedo and Michelle Williams.

 

9:35 p.m.

 

Blink once and it's another Tony for "Hamilton," taking best book of a musical during another commercial break. It was No. 8.

 

It was the same break when host James Corden went into the audience in search of people to join him in a singalong.

He called up Sean Hayes and Jake Gyllenhaal, who was chewing gum.

 

Only Corden could get away with what happened next: He took the gum and put it into his own mouth, then ran out of time and they couldn't sing their song — until the next break, that is, when they worked it in.

 

9:15 p.m.

 

What we didn't see on TV: "Hamilton" won another Tony, for orchestrations, beating out "Bright Star," ''She Loves Me," ''Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed."

 

9:05 p.m.

 

Thomas Kail has won the Tony Award for directing the smash hit "Hamilton."

 

He thanked "my dear Lin," adding:

"When I don't have the words you do. When I don't know where to go, I look on the page and it's always there."

The award caps a busy year for Kail, which included directing two off-Broadway plays, a triumphant "Grease: Live" for 14.6 million people and transferring that little musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda about Alexander Hamilton to Broadway.

 

Kail, 38, grew up as a rabid sports fan in Alexandria, Virginia, and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, but didn't study theater. That happened when he joined the American Stage Company in Teaneck, New Jersey, doing eight shows in 18 months, working his way up to being a director.

 

He has a reputation for directing shows that are accessible to the traditional and nontraditional theatergoing audiences alike: "In the Heights," also by Miranda, introduced salsa flavors and Latin characters to Broadway, while he also attracted sports fans with the plays "Lombardi" and "Magic/Bird."

 

He beat George C. Wolfe, Scott Ellis, Michael Arden and John Doyle.

 

9:02 p.m.

 

Dutch visionary Ivo Van Hove has won his first Tony Award for directing an imaginative revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."

 

For almost two decades, van Hove has been reinventing modern theater by peeling it down to its core, ignoring conventions and making it emotionally charged. This season he also directed a revival of Miller's "The Crucible" and a new show co-written by David Bowie called "Lazarus."

 

His actors are expected to have memorized their lines before the first day of rehearsal. Then he methodically goes scene-by-scene through the work from start to finish, working both collaboratively and by instinct.

 

For "A View from the Bridge," van Hove put it in stark set that resembles a boxing ring. During nearly two tense hours without intermission, the barefoot cast members warily circle one another under bright lights, while a dissonant soundtrack increases the tension and unease.

 

He beat Rupert Goold, Joe Mantello, Liesl Tommy and Jonathan Kent.

 

8:50 p.m.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda has won the 2016 Tony Award for best score for the music to the hit "Hamilton."

 

He read a sonnet, breaking down in tears as he spoke of "love is love is love is love ..." and was among the few who spoke of Sunday's Orlando shooting in his acceptance speech.

 

Miranda, who previously won the same award for the score to his "In the Heights," has been praised for the music, which ranges from pop ballads to sexy R&B to rap battles over fiscal policy, with lyrical nods to Gilbert and Sullivan, Jason Robert Brown, "South Pacific" and the Notorious B.I.G.

 

"Hamilton," the groundbreaking, biographical hip-hop show about the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton has taken Broadway by storm.

 

Not surprisingly, the cast album debuted as the No. 1 Broadway Cast Album, but it also debuted as the No. 3 Rap Album and No. 9 on the Top Current Albums chart, something cast recordings rarely do. The album features 46 songs over 2½ hours.

 

The "Hamilton" score beat the songs by "Bright Star," ''Waitress" and "School of Rock — The Musical."

 

8:45 p.m.

Daveed Diggs took the Tony for featured actor in a musical for his dual roles as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette, leaping off a table while employing a thick French accent at one moment and facing off against a Founding Father in a rap duel in the next.

 

"I cannot thank you all enough. This is so crazy," he said when he picked up his award.

 

Renee Elise Goldsberry won best featured actress in a musical for her role as Angelica Schuyler in "Hamilton."

8:15 p.m.

 

Jayne Houdyshell, a mainstay of the New York stage, has won her first Tony Award for playing a gossipy, gently needling mom in "The Humans."

 

In Stephen Karam's powerful play "The Humans," she plays a woman desperate to hold onto her marriage and give a semblance of normalcy as things fall apart during a Thanksgiving dinner. Houdyshell wins for best featured actress in a play.

 

She was previously Tony-nominated for "Well" by Lisa Kron, an intimate drama in which she played a chronically ill woman. She played Madame Morrible in "Wicked," Mae Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie" and Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest." Houdyshell received a Career Achievement Drama Desk Award in 2013.

 

Regional roles include Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Linda Loman in "Death of a Salesman" and Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest." Her latest Broadway credits include "Follies," singing — what else? — "Broadway Baby" and "Fish in the Dark," written by and starring Larry David.

 

8 p.m.

 

Host James Corden opened Broadway's biggest night with a message for the fallen in Orlando:

 

"Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you're not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy," he said in part, adding:

"Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle. This is the Tony Awards."

 

The evening then kicked off with a riff from front-runner "Hamilton."

 

7:59 p.m.

 

The "Hamilton" train may still run through the Tonys but it won't break the record of 13 statues. It lost for scenic design of a musical to "She Loves Me."

 

In Tonys math, that means it can only rack up 12 wins.

 

7:55 p.m.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber, nominated for best original score for "School of Rock," said a show about teaching music to kids takes him back to his roots, in U.S. theater anyway.

 

The first show to performed in America to feature his music was "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," back in 1970.

 

"It was performed in a college, in New Jersey," he said on the red carpet. "So to do something about a school and about a teacher teaching kids to play music is very, very close to my heart," he said.

 

He, too, extended condolences to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

 

7:35 p.m.

 

The man of the night, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, said from the red carpet he learned of the Orlando tragedy after Tony rehearsals were completed so working condolences into any stage presentations may not happen, but the victims were clearly on his mind.

 

"It's just heavy in my heart and heavy on my mind. Today's a day of tragedy. At the same time, I'm in a room of people who made new art and new music this year and I'm happy to be celebrating that. I feel like we need it more than ever."

 

Miranda confirmed he will be leaving the smash hit sometime this summer but doesn't know exactly when.

 

7:10 p.m.

 

Jeffrey Seller, lead producer of "Hamilton," began what is sure to be a big evening with a heavy heart, extending condolences to the shooting tragedy in Orlando.

 

"My heart is saddened by it. I'm reminded of the way in which tragedy and joy interweave through my life and many other lives every single day," he said. "Our celebration tonight is tempered by it."

 

7 p.m.

 

In the why, why not category: An hour before the show, host James Corden came out to quickly greet the audience, with many already in their seats, dressed in a terry cloth bathrobe, socks and a towel turban on his head.

 

6:50 p.m.

 

Laura Benanti, nominated for best actress in a musical for "She Loves Me," will perform with other cast members and Orlando will be ever-present.

 

Of the victims, she said from the red carpet: "There's nothing I can say that won't seem trite. All I can say is that every note that comes out of my mouth this evening will be in remembrance of these victims and their families."

 

That, she said, "is all I can do, offer my voice as some sort of a tribute."

 

6:46 p.m.

 

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, showed up on the Tony Awards red carpet to express solidarity with the Orlando shooting victims and celebrate Broadway at the same time.

 

"Usually this is just a happy, glorious day but because of what happened in Orlando, everyone has very mixed feelings," he said.

 

He swapped out his usual American flag pin for an orange flag, which speaks to "rational laws on gun," adding: "It's about time. We can't have more of these killings."

 

6:30 p.m.

 

There was an obvious stepped-up security presence outside the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side, with explosive-sniffing dogs and a critical response team at the ready.

 

Bags were being checked and credentials scrutinized after a shooting that killed at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Florida.

 

On a sunny but blustery day, water bottles on silver platters were being offered to guests on the red carpet.

 

Some nominees were wearing a silver ribbon to show their solidarity with the victims.

 

3 p.m.

 

The shooting at an Orlando nightclub has prompted the cast of "Hamilton" to drop their Revolutionary War muskets during their performance Sunday at the Tony Awards.

 

The musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton will instead pantomime the use of the rifles, according to a show's spokesman.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of "Hamilton" tweeted a rainbow-hued heart with "Orlando" written beneath it.

 

Rory O'Malley, who plays King George in the show, tweeted: "The theatre is our church and we all need church tonight."

 

The Tony Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EDT.

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Sunday evening's Tony Awards have been dedicated to those affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed at least 50 people.

 

In a statement Sunday, the Tony Awards said "our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy." The awards, it said, will be dedicated to the friends and family of those affected by the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history.

Organizers didn't say how the evening's broadcast would be affected. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of "Hamilton" — expected to be the night's big winner — tweeted a rainbow-colored heart with "Orlando" written beneath it.

 

The Tonys are to be hosted by late-night host James Corden.

 

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James Corden Not Interested in Replacing Stephen Colbert

 

NEW YORK (AP) — "Late Late Show" host James Corden says he has no interest in taking over for his lead-in on CBS, Stephen Colbert.

 

Colbert's "Late Show" brought in a new executive producer in April and has been running neck and neck with ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in the ratings behind NBC's Jimmy Fallon. Of the possibility of replacing Colbert at 11:30 p.m., Cordentells Howard Stern "that's never going to happen" and that Colbert's show "is working."

 

Corden also touched on the origins of his wildly popular "Carpool Karaoke" skits, which feature Corden driving alongside singers like Adele and Justin Bieber belting out hits.

 

 

He tells Stern his first-ever guest on the segment, Mariah Carey, initially told him she wasn't able to sing before joining in once Corden put her songs on the stereo.

 

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Orlando Orchestra's Leader Leaps from Cellist to Conductor

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As a young classical music conductor in a town known more for Mickey Mouse than Mahler, the Orlando Philharmonic's Eric Jacobsen faces a double challenge: Live up to the promise of his youth and innovative background, and somehow discover the magic formula to lure young audiences to the concert hall.

 

Eric

 

Beginning his second year as music director of the Orlando Philharmonic, the 33-year-old Jacobsen this summer is leaving one of the three boundary-breaking ensembles in which he played cello and explored new directions in an art form that cherishes tradition.

 

Jacobsen says he's leaving the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, so he can concentrate on conducting.

 

He co-founded Brooklyn Rider a decade ago with his brother and two classmates from the Juilliard School.

 

 

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Fox Apologizes for Billboard Showing Strangling from 'X-Men'

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Twentieth Century Fox has apologized for a billboard that features Jennifer Lawrence's "X-Men: Apocalypse" character Mystique being strangled.

 

X-men

 

The billboard has been criticized by some who are offended by the imagery of Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse choking Mystique. Actress and filmmaker Rose McGowan says there's "a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is a way to market a film."

 

In a statement, Fox says that in highlighting the villainy of Apocalypse, "we didn't immediately realize the upsetting connotation of this image in print form."

 

The studio apologized and says it's removing promotional materials with the image. Fox adds that it "would never condone violence against women."

 

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ABC Scores with NBA Finals Rating

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland was the most-watched and highest-rated opening game on ABC, with 19.2 million people tuning in for an 11.1 U.S. household rating.

 

Cavs Warriors

 

Nielsen said ABC eclipsed the previous viewership high of 17,768,000 by eight percent, a mark set last year between the two teams. The viewership number was the biggest for a Game 1 on any network since 1998. The game peaked from 10:45-11 p.m. EDT with 22,610,000 viewers and a 12.9 rating.

 

Game 1 was the most-watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN with an average minute audience of 347,000. ESPN drew an 0.6 Hispanic household rating with 124,000 total viewers, making it the most-watched and highest-rated Game 1 ever on the network.

 

In overnight ratings, the game delivered a 36.0 rating in Cleveland and 32.8 in San Francisco. Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program.

 

Game 2 is on Sunday in Oakland.

 

 

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John Legend to Perform Anthem at Game 1 of NBA Finals

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer John Legend will perform the national anthem for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

John Legend

 

The NBA says Legend will kick off the finals that will air live Thursday on ABC (9 p.m. Eastern) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

 

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter is also an accomplished film and TV producer, philanthropist and activist. He recently won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his song "Glory," that he wrote and performed with Common for the film "Selma."

 

 

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Frank Sinatra Stage Musical in the Works for 2018

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A new jukebox stage musical about the life of Frank Sinatra is in the works.

 

Frank Sinatra

 

The late singer's family has teamed up with the Ambassador Theatre Group and movie producer Stewart Till to tell the story of the man nicknamed the Chairman of the Board. Backers hope it will be ready in 2018.

 

The musical will feature a number of songs from Sinatra's incredible catalogue, which includes "Night and Day," ''My Way," ''Young at Heart," ''Strangers in the Night," ''One for My Baby," ''How About You?" ''Day by Day," and "Come Fly With Me."

 

No book writer has been picked.

 

 

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'Roots' is Most-Watched Cable Miniseries Premiere in 3 years

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Nielsen says 5.3 million viewers watched the multi-network debut of "Roots" on Memorial Day, making it the most-watched scripted miniseries premiere on cable television since 2013 when "Bonnie & Clyde" aired on A+E.

 

Roots

 

The premiere airing of "Roots" was carried on History, Lifetime, A+E and LMN.

 

According to Nielsen Fast National numbers, the audience totaled 8.5 million over the course of Monday's three telecasts of the initial episode.

 

The remaining three episodes air Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

The miniseries is based on Alex Haley's 1976 best-seller novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." It comes four decades after the original "Roots" miniseries became a national phenomenon when it aired on ABC in 1977.

 

 

 

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