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Colman Domingo will play Joe Jackson in ‘Michael,’ the Michael Jackson biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off his Oscar nomination, Colman Domingo has joined the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic "Michael" to play the pop star's domineering father, Joe Jackson. Lionsgate announced Thursday that Domingo has been cast in Antoine Fuqua's currently-in-production film. On Tuesday, Domingo was nominated for best actor by the Academy Awards for his performance as the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in "Rustin." Joe Jackson, who died in […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024 7


In ‘Origin,’ Ava DuVernay and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor seek the roots of racism

NEW YORK (AP) — Ava DuVernay kept hearing she had to read “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” She had Isabel Wilkerson’s book in galleys before it was published in 2020. Oprah Winfrey kept telling her to read it. But she put it off. It seemed an imposing read. Copies kept proliferating in her home. “At one point, a high-profile director said to me, ‘I heard you got the book,’” DuVernay says. […]

todayJanuary 19, 2024 25


Tennessee governor, music leaders launch push to protect songwriters and other artists against AI

Tennessee governor, music leaders launch push to protect songwriters and other artists against AI By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has unveiled new legislation designed to protect songwriters, performers and other music industry professionals against the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. Lee made the announcement on Wednesday while standing in the middle of Nashville's famed RCA Studio A. Packed inside were top music […]

todayJanuary 10, 2024 3


Music streams hit 4 trillion in 2023. Country and global acts — and Taylor Swift — fueled the growth

By MARIA SHERMAN AP Music Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Listened to more music last year? You're not alone. The global music industry surpassed 4 trillion streams in 2023, a new single-year record, Luminate's 2023 Year-End Report found. Global streams were also up 34% from last year, reflective of an increasingly international music marketplace. Stateside, three genres saw the biggest growth in 2023: country (23.7%), Latin (which encompasses all Latin […]

todayJanuary 10, 2024 7


A chaotic Golden Globes night had a bit of everything: The silly, the serious, and Taylor Swift, too

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer The Golden Globes had a bit of everything: Silliness, seriousness, history, a few good jokes and many bad ones, loads of stars — and Taylor Swift, who didn't ascend the podium but still made her presence known as perhaps only Swift can. In the great "Barbenheimer" showdown of awards season 2024, round one went decisively to Christopher Nolan's sweeping biopic. "Oppenheimer" dominated the evening, […]

todayJanuary 9, 2024 3


Jay-Z premieres biblical comedy ‘The Book of Clarence’

"The Book of Clarence" is a 2023 American epic biblical comedy-drama film. The premise of the film centers around a struggling man named Clarence, living in A.D. 33 Jerusalem, who attempts to capitalize on the rise of Jesus Christ by claiming to be a new Messiah. This act is part of his scheme to free himself of debt and carve a path to glory for himself. The film stars LaKeith […]

todayJanuary 6, 2024 19


Colman Domingo Expresses Eagerness to Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

In a recent interview, acclaimed actor Colman Domingo made a striking revelation that has stirred excitement among Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans. Known for his dynamic performances and charismatic screen presence, Domingo openly expressed his interest in joining the MCU, saying, "I'd be delighted to join the MCU.” Background on Colman Domingo: Before diving into the possibility of Domingo's involvement with the MCU, it's important to recognize his remarkable journey […]

todayJanuary 6, 2024 8


Coco Jones talks earning Grammy nods, overcoming obstacles after Disney fame, Hollywood’s pay equity

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer Eds: UPDATES: Adds video, hyperlink. Formatting changes. With AP Photos.; AP Video.   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coco Jones was so obsessed with fine tuning her skills as a singer that she tried to mimic Beyoncé’s Olympic-style training of singing while running on a treadmill.   Jones didn’t own a treadmill, but her father and former NFL player, Mike Jones, had an elliptical […]

todayJanuary 3, 2024 2


‘Wonka’ ends the year No. 1 at the box office, 2023 sales reach $9 billion in post-pandemic best

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood closed out an up and down 2023 with “Wonka” regaining No. 1 at the box office, strong sales for “The Color Purple” and an overall $9 billion in ticket sales that improved on 2022’s grosses but fell about $2 billion shy of pre-pandemic norms.   The New Year’s weekend box office this year lacked a true blockbuster. (This time last year, “Avatar: The Way of […]

todayJanuary 1, 2024 5