NEW POTTER PLAY COMING OUT IN BOOK FORM:
The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book.
Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a "script book" of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage collaboration of J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and arrives just after the play premieres in London on July 30. Rowling's Potter web site www.pottermore.com will release an edition.
The first seven Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, according to Scholastic, the series' U.S. Publisher.
SAM HUNT: HARD TO WRAP HEAD AROUND 2 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS:
It's hard for rising singer Sam Hunt to wrap his head around earning two Grammy nominations - mainly because music started as a hobby for the 31-year-old.
"Then it turned into, 'Well maybe I can make a little money, make a living at it,'" said Hunt, a former college quarterback. "And then all of a sudden I was ... playing shows and they got bigger and bigger."
Hunt's 2014 debut, "Montevallo," is a platinum success and features four hit songs, including "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time." The album is nominated for best country album at Monday's Grammy Awards, pitting him against efforts by Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe and Chris Stapleton, who is also up for album of the year with "Traveller."
"Just to be a part of the Grammys, it's really humbling, but also going to be one of the highlights of my life," said Hunt, who's also nominated for best new artist.
His sound is a mix of country, pop, R&B and electronica, and he's also a respected songwriter, penning songs for Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and more.
He'll get a chance to hit the stage at the Staples Center on Monday with one of country music's brightest songstresses, Carrie Underwood.
"Hopefully I don't get in her way because she's a superstar and she's going to do fantastic I'm sure," Hunt said. "I'm excited to be performing with her and representing country music together."
The Grammys will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern.
FROZEN COMING TO BROADWAY WITH NEW DIRECTOR:
One of the new breed on Broadway has been asked to direct the musical that will be based on the Disney hit movie "Frozen," Disney Theatrical Production says Alex Timbers will direct the show, which is to hit the boards in 2018.
There it will join two other Disney themed productions "Aladdin" and "The Lion King." Timbers directed "Peter and the Starcatcher," "Rocky" and "The Pee Wee Herman Show." He's been nominated twice for a Tony.
WE LIKE NEW GADGETS BUT GOVERNMENT DOESN'T:
Some people are quick to snatch up and use the latest in
computer gadgetry. Then, there's the federal government, where many agencies rely on technology that may look more at home in a museum than in a branch of a modern industrialized nation.
President Barack Obama is vowing to change that. He says he asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems. The president says that will help the systems be more secure against cyberattacks - and be the cornerstone of a
new effort to boost cybersecurity.
VALENTINE'S DAY RUN AND GET HITCHED:
Love will be on the run this Valentine's Day. The Los
Angeles Marathon is this coming Sunday, which happens to be Valentine's Day this year.
Marathon organizers are giving runners the chance to get hitched, or renew their vows at mile 10, near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. A justice of the peace will be there to officiate. As of yesterday, a race spokeswoman said more than 50 couples had signed up. The nuptials are part of a promotion with Universal Pictures, for the upcoming release of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2."
Guess that brings new meaning to Runaway Bride!
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