BROADWAY COMES TO WASHINGTON FOR ANTI-TRUMP PROTEST
WASHINGTON (AP) — With both words and song, some of Broadway’s biggest stars turned out for a demonstration against President Donald Trump — right outside his front lawn. Rosie O’Donnell led the troupe featuring cast members from several shows, including “Hamilton,” ″Wicked” and “Phantom of the Opera.” The performers sang along to songs from their various shows in front of the White House — as some audience members held signs with the word “Treason” spelled out on them. O’Donnell spoke to the crowd, telling protesters it’s important that their voices be heard so Trump won’t forget the opposition he faces.
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SYDNEY (AP) — Pink is under the weather, which means she won’t be able to perform down under. The pop star is hospitalized with a stomach virus. And that means she has had to postpone three shows so far, including one set for today in Sydney. Pink was able to gut out one show on Saturday — but since then, her doctors have told to stop doing shows until she’s better. All three shows, part of Pink’s month-long tour of Australia, are expected to be rescheduled.
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DEMI LOVATO - OUT OF HOSPITAL
NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato says she will never forget the love people have shown her — as she continues her battle with drug addiction. The singer is out with a statement, her first since she was hospitalized with what’s reported to have been a drug overdose. Lovato hasn’t directly confirmed this, though her statement suggests her hospital stay was drug-related. It says being hooked on drugs is something she must “continue to overcome” and hasn’t done yet. She also says she needs time to heal and focus on sobriety. A source close to Lovato says she has checked out from the Los Angeles hospital where she was taken July 24 for an apparent overdose.
BEYONCE - C-SECTION
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé has something to say to those who notice she hasn’t dropped all the weight she had when she was pregnant: so what. The pop star says she still has what she calls a “little mommy pouch” — but says she’s taking her sweet time getting rid of it. Writing in Vogue magazine, Beyoncé says she pushed herself to shed baby weight after her first child. But now, she’s taking it easier. In the magazine, Beyoncé also says she had an emergency cesarean section when she delivered her twins — and that the babies spent weeks in intensive care after they were born.
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé helped make a little bit of history with her latest cover shoot. She’s on the front of Vogue magazine. But it was the person on the other side of the lens getting props. The cover photo is the first for Vogue shot by an African-American photographer. Vogue has been published in the U.S. since 1892.
LADY GAGA TO LAUNCH LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is heading to Las Vegas for a residency in December and offering fans two kinds of shows. The singer announced Tuesday that she will kick off the first of 27 performances at the Park Theater on Dec. 28. “Lady Gaga Enigma” will highlight the pop star’s biggest and upbeat hits, while “Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano” will feature more stripped-down songs. Tickets go on sale Aug. 13. Gaga has won six Grammy Awards and is best known for her dance-pop hits like “Poker Face” and “Born This Way.” She also released a jazz album with Tony Bennett. The 32-year-old will star in the remake of “A Star Is Born” alongside Bradley Cooper, who also directed and co-wrote the film. It opens in U.S. theaters on Oct. 5.
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KEITH URBAN COMES UP SHORT
MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ever have the experience of giving a few bucks to someone who looks like they need help — only to find out they weren’t as bad off as you thought they were? A woman in New Jersey had that experience over the weekend — except it turned out to be a cool celebrity story. The woman was at a convenience store and the guy in front of her was shy a few dollars for his purchase. Ruth Reed fronted him the money — and noticed he looked like Keith Urban. It was, indeed, the country star. Reed says she felt like an “idiot” once she realized who the beneficiary of her largesse was.
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ABC TO CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF MICKEY MOUSE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Mouse is getting the full star treatment as the iconic character turns 90 this year. ABC on Tuesday announced “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,” a two-hour prime-time special, will air on Nov. 4. The program will feature tributes and never-before-seen short films of The Walt Disney Company’s global ambassador, who made his film debut in “Steamboat Willie” on Nov. 18, 1928. The list of performers participating in the celebration will be released at a later date. Don Mischer will produce and direct the celebration, which will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Mischer says Walt Disney inspired him to pursue his life’s work in television. Walt Disney is the parent company of ABC.
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FREE “EIGHTH GRADE” SCREENING SET FOR TOMORROW
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine lots of 8th graders going to theaters to see an R-rated movie? That’s what’s supposed to happen tomorrow — when the distributor of “Eighth Grade” offers a free national screening. The distributor, A24 says it has arranged for at least theatre in each state to screen it. The movie, in case you missed all the references to 8th grade, is about a 13-year-old going through her last week of middle school — and all the angst that goes with that. What about the “R″ rating? The distributor is waiving the rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America for bad language and sexual material so kids can see it. Whether parents will agree or not is another question.
JIM CARREY SAYS CARTOONS ARE RESPONSE TO ‘NIGHTMARE’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jim Carrey says his cartoons pillorying the Trump administration are a civilized response to what he called an unfolding “nightmare.” Carrey told a TV critics’ meeting Monday that his sketches may veer into crassness but are a creative way to express his political opposition. He stars in the new Showtime series “Kidding,” about a children’s TV host hit by a family tragedy, which debuts Sept. 9. Those who have gotten the Carrey cartoon treatment include President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Carrey’s sketch of Sanders was blasted as sexist and bigoted by Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Some critics called it ugly, but Carrey says he didn’t use the word and drew Sanders’ essence.
MOVIEPASS PRICE HIKE RESCINDED
NEW YORK (AP) — The good news for MoviePass subscribers: the cost won’t go up, despite what you’ve recently heard. The company will roll back a planned 50-percent hike after customers complained. The not-so-good news: subscribers can’t see as many movies as they used to. MoviePass will impose a cap of three movies per month. The current plan lets subscribers catch a movie each day. MoviePass is also walking back another recent move: barring viewings of most major releases during the first two weeks of their hitting theaters.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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