'Magic School Bus' author Joanna Cole dies at age 75
NEW YORK (AP) — Author Joanna Cole, whose “Magic School Bus” books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures, has died at age 75.
DC's plan for 'Watchmen' sequel 'Rorschach' met with unease
LOS ANGELES (AP) — DC is releasing a new “Watchmen” spin off based on the Rorschach character, but the unveiling of the limited comic series has been met with mixed reactions.
Review: 'Fatal Attraction' in 2020 is called 'Fatal Affair'
If you're of a certain age, much of the new Netflix thriller “Fatal Affair” will be very familiar. That's because it's really just a diluted retelling of another, similarly named film — 1987's “Fatal Attraction.” Weirdly, that doesn't mean this one — reuniting Omar Epps and Nia Long — isn't worth microwaving a bucket of popcorn and connecting to Netflix when the kids are asleep.
Review: 'Painted Bird' brings a disputed novel to grim life
Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird” begins with utter bleakness but over the course of its 169-minute running time, keeps finding lower depths of misery.
Megan Thee Stallion says she was shot, expects to recover
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Wednesday that she was shot multiple times on Sunday, but expects to fully recover.
Get ready: Motown Museum reopens after 4-month closure
DETROIT (AP) — Get ready, because the Motown Museum is back in business. The Detroit building where Berry Gordy Jr. built his music empire reopened its doors to the public on Wednesday.
Dolce&Gabbana preserve the live fashion show during pandemic
MILAN (AP) — An operatic pop trio belted out song from the center of a medical university plaza Wednesday while Dolce&Gabbana’s showed its latest men's collection in tones of summer blues and geometric prints.
Review: S.G. Goodman blends rock, gospel in tasty debut
S.G Goodman, “Old Time Feeling" (Verve Forecast) To draw a bead on the unique artistry of S.G. Goodman, it helps to know that she claims the influences of power-chord guitar legend Link Wray and her southern Baptist roots in almost the same breath.
Music Review: Hynde-sight is 2020 for the Pretenders
The Pretenders “Hate for Sale” (BMG) Call them the great Pretenders, because that's what they are on their latest studio album that is among the best this legendary band has ever produced.
2021 Rose Parade canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on planning for the New Year’s Day tradition and the risk of spreading infections among its huge audience and participants, organizers said Wednesday.
Singing the blues, Ellie Goulding turns darkness into light
NEW YORK (AP) — Ellie Goulding’s fourth album is a perfectly crafted artsy pop record full of songs built with epic production and layered vocals.
ViacomCBS cuts ties with Nick Cannon, cites 'hateful speech'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer, the media giant said.
Ellie Goulding on Juice WRLD's death: 'It really hit me'
NEW YORK (AP) — Joining forces on a song with another artist is a big deal for Ellie Goulding, and she remembers working together with late rapper Juice WRLD on “Hate Me," which is featured on her new album being released Friday.
Ex-employee says Amber Heard 'twisted' sexual assault story
LONDON (AP) — Amber Heard's former personal assistant claimed Wednesday that she told the model-actress about a violent sexual assault she had endured, only for Heard to “twist" the story for her own use.
Despite coronavirus, 1 musical is holding auditions, online
NEW YORK (AP) — Most theaters in America may be closed, but one musical isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic stop it from getting prepared to put on a show.
Fire hits Museum Kampa in Prague, smoke reaches exhibitions
PRAGUE (AP) — A fire broke out at a modern art museum Wednesday in the heart of the Czech capital, officials said. Electrical cables caught fire at one of Museum Kampa's building, sending acrid smoke across the nearby Vltava River, Prague firefighters spokesman Martin Kavka said.
CBS, NAACP reach multi-year agreement to develop content
LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS Television and the NAACP have reached an agreement to develop content that tells stories of the African American experience.
Banksy's last COVID-19 tags scrubbed from London Tube train
LONDON (AP) — Even if you are Banksy, tagging is forbidden on London's Underground. Transport for London, the transportation agency for the greater London area, scrubbed the acclaimed street artist's latest work on the subject of COVID-19 from one of its trains, erasing a visual warning on the dangers of skipping face coverings.
Lisa Lucas, head of National Book Foundation, to join Knopf
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
France tourism: Disneyland, Eiffel Tower top floor reopen
PARIS (AP) — The French tourist industry received a further boost Wednesday with the partial reopening of Disneyland Paris and the opening up of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Michael Jackson channel launching on SiriusXM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The King of Pop is joining The Boss and Old Blue Eyes on SiriusXM satellite radio. The month-long Michael Jackson channel was announced Wednesday by the singer's estate.
Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader
LONDON (AP) — An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader.
Tyra Banks waltzing in as new 'Dancing With the Stars' host
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyra Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The supermodel, actor and businesswoman who co-created “America’s Next Top Model” will replace longtime host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer, ABC said late Tuesday.
'Vanity Fair' cover shot by Black photographer for 1st time
The new issue of Vanity Fair featuring a powerful image of Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis marks the first time the publication has featured the work of a Black photographer on its cover.
Michael B. Jordan wants you to view a drive-in movie, on him
NEW YORK (AP) — For Michael B. Jordan, timing is everything. So when the SAG award winner marched in a Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest last month demanding that Hollywood drastically increase its diversity in the executive ranks, it was a moment he felt prepared for.