‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81
Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press.
'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and done in the “mockumentary” style made popular by “The Office.” “All these things are familiar enough, but different enough that we have a shot with this one,” Lloyd recalled thinking as he and Levitan tackled the first “Modern Family” script.
With parks closed, Disney starts furloughs in 2 weeks
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying they don't know when they'll be able to re-open many of their businesses with the coronavirus spreading, Walt Disney Co.
Tribeca Film Festival to proceed, in part, online
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival, postponed by the pandemic, is moving some elements of its annual New York event online.
Review: M. Ward drizzles starlight on 'Migration Stories'
M. Ward, “Migration Stories” (Anti- Records) The borders delineating M. Ward's “Migration Stories” come in terrestrial and celestial forms, with songs inspired by his grandfather's journey from Mexico and California earthquakes, as well as family reunions taking place in other dimensions.
Local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — Just when Americans need it most, a U.S. newspaper industry already under stress is facing an unprecedented new challenge.
Review: A lewd buddy cop comedy in ‘Coffee & Kareem’
Your enjoyment of the new Netflix comedy “ Coffee & Kareem ” may depend on whether or not you find insanely vulgar middle schoolers funny.
The show can't go on: Virus halts circus in Netherlands
DRACHTEN, Netherlands (AP) — Circus Renz Berlin’s fleet of blue, red and yellow trucks have had a fresh lick of paint over the winter.
Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli dies from coronavirus
SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who was inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 94.
Judge lets rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine go home, citing COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was ordered immediately freed from a Manhattan federal lockup four months early Thursday by a judge who cited his asthma and the greater danger he would face behind bars during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Cuomo show, Andrew and Chris, enliven coronavirus TV
NEW YORK (AP) — With all their familial love and drama, the Cuomo brothers — Andrew during the daytime, Chris at night — have become compelling figures in the plague-driven landscape of American television.
Carnegie Hall projects $9M deficit, expects cuts next season
Carnegie Hall is projecting a $9 million operating deficit on its $104 million budget after canceling the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic and anticipates making changes to its schedule for 2020-21.
To share or not to share, that is the question for Sam Hunt
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Hunt’s sophomore album opens and closes with two of the most personal songs he’s ever written, as he draws from his own life to paint candid portraits for listeners.
DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio will help launch America’s Food Fund, which has already raised $12 million to help communities impacted by the coronavirus.
Ashley McBryde reveals familial secrets on new record
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ashley McBryde doesn’t have any problem with using real people to inspire her country songs and revealing the sordid details of their lives, even if she’s dishing dirt about her own family and friends.
Andrew Lloyd Webber shares musicals online; actor diagnosed
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online
NEW YORK (AP) — The popcorn will be bring your own and the barbecue won't be as good, but the Austin, Texas, SXSW Film Festival is moving online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
James Patterson sets up fund to help indie booksellers
NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The best-selling novelist has donated millions in recent years to booksellers, while also giving millions to schools and libraries and literacy programs.
'Top Gun Maverick' postponed to December due to coronavirus
NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's summer movie season is all but finished. “Top Gun Maverick” became the latest would-be blockbuster to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dav Pilkey launches new 'Cat Kid Comic Club' series
NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey is going to the cats. The million-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man” series is starting the “Cat Kid Comic Club,” Scholastic announced Thursday.
Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead, 85; COVID involved
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday from pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy.
'Lost Children' author: Writers must 'document' pandemic
NEW YORK (AP) — Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of her life.
Review: Reissue of 1982 Nina Simone disc a work of contrasts
Nina Simone, “Fodder On My Wings” (Verve/UMe) Nina Simone's “Fodder On My Wings” is an album of contrasts and extremes — personal traumas and world sounds, joy and despair, harmony and defiance, the carnal and the spiritual.
Music never dies: "Bolero" busts out of coronavirus lockdown
LE PECQ, France (AP) — Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn't even have his drums.
Son of New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. says musician died of pneumonia brought on by CO...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Son of New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. says musician died of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19.