Former ‘X Factor’ Contestant Sues Claiming Audition Was "Altered"

Rejection hurts, especially when it’s televised to an audience of millions. But a former contestant on the singing competition show The X Factor claims in a new lawsuit her failed audition particularly stung because she didn’t deserve it. In a complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sally Hessnice, who auditioned for the show […]

B.B. King: Hundreds Line Up in Las Vegas for Public Viewing

Marilyn and Tommy Burress knew when they heard blues legend B.B. King had died that they had to pay their final respects. “My father played with B.B. back in the early days,” said Tommy Burress, adding that his dad was a guitarist known as Willie B in juke joints in the 1930s. The couple, from […]

B.B. King Homecoming Festival to Honor Blues Legend

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of music fans are expected to let the good times roll Sunday at the 35th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival, a free gathering that the legendary bluesman started in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. Performers this year include a country blues band called the North Mississippi Allstars; a Bentonia, Mississippi, […]

Sting and Jimmy Fallon Put a Barbershop Quartet Spin on "Roxanne" (Video)

It’s “Roxanne” like you never heard it before. When Sting stopped by The Tonight Show, the Police frontman didn’t turn on the red light, but instead donned a stripped blazer and hat, and joined host Jimmy Fallon and the Ragtime Gals to put a ragtime, barbershop quintet spin on the Police’s 1978 tune about falling […]

Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden Beats Out Russia

Sweden won its sixth Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, as Mans Zelmerlow, with his pop song “Heroes,” beat out Russia’s Polina Gagarina, who performed an English-language song called “A Million Voices.” Zelmerlow’s performance during the event’s 60th anniversary edition in Vienna, Austria included animated visuals. Austria hosted the event, under the motto “Building Bridges” after […]

B.B. King Memorial Celebrates Late Musician With More Cheers Than Tears in Las Vegas

A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great’s life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. “B.B. was energetic, Amen?” Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel. “Amen,” they said. King’s closed casket lay […]

Marty Pasetta, Longtime Oscar Telecast Director, Dies at 82

Marty Pasetta, a longtime Academy Awards telecast director, died Thursday evening. He was 82. The director-producer was struck after exiting a car in La Quinta, Calif., according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. La Quinta Police responded to the 49000 block of Via Conquistador after a fatal traffic collision was reported. Keith Stewart, 75, exited the […]

Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ May Nab $45M Over Holiday Weekend

Disney’s Tomorrowland may nab $45 million during the four-day holiday weekend, while Universal’s holdover Pitch Perfect 2 may gross $42 million in its second weekend.  Meanwhile, there’s also a race brewing between Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s Mad Max: Fury Road and MGM and Fox 2000’s Poltergeist. George Miller‘s actioner and Gil Kenan‘s horror film are both aiming for $30 million […]

Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ in Close Memorial Day Battle

In an unexpected twist, Brad Bird‘s tentpole Tomorrowland is finding itself in a close race with holdover Pitch Perfect 2 for the Memorial Day crown, each heading towards a tally in the low $40 million range for the four-day window. And there’s also a tight contest brewing between horror film Poltergeist and holdover Mad Max: […]

‘Macbeth’: Cannes Review

Show people may superstitiously refuse to call Macbeth anything other than “the Scottish play,” but the producers of this latest film version have lucked out by assembling cast and crew elements that make for an intensely compelling work. Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once […]

‘Ice and the Sky’ (‘La Glace et le Ciel’): Cannes Review

Luc Jacquet, the Oscar-winning director of international smash hit March of the Penguins, goes back to Antarctica for his latest documentary, Ice and the Sky (La Glace et le Ciel). But instead of focusing on cute critters in the snow, the film looks at the life and many accomplishments of one man: French polar explorer […]

‘Visit or Memories and Confessions’: Cannes Review

His death last month, while he was still professionally active at the venerable age of 106, quite possibly made Manoel de Oliveira the oldest filmmaker to have walked the planet. Little could he have known back in 1982, when at the age of 73 he filmed a wry sort of “testament” and embargoed its public […]