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Knight, Clooney, Grant feted at Kennedy Center Honors

Dec. 05, 2022 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A heartfelt Patti LaBelle praised her lifelong friend Gladys Knight. Sean Penn called U2 “four scrappy Dublin punks.” Ballet dancers performed for conductor and composer Tania León. Matt Damon playfully teased his friend George Clooney — a lot — while Sheryl Crow...

Jazzy 'Charlie Brown Christmas' swings on after 57 years

Dec. 05, 2022 10:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mendelson family would love to find the envelope where their father, Lee, scribbled some lyrics to jazz musician Vince Guaraldi's composition “Christmas Time is Here” for an animated TV special featuring the “Peanuts” gang in 1965. The producer always...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 11-17

Dec. 05, 2022 09:25 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 11-17: Dec. 11: Actor Rita Moreno is 91. Singer David Gates of Bread is 82. Actor Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) is 82. Singer Brenda Lee is 78. Singer Paul Beasley of The Blind Boys of Alabama is 78. Actor Lynda Day George (TV’s...

Bidens entertain more than 330 guests at 1st state dinner

Dec. 02, 2022 00:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first White House state dinner of President Joe Biden's administration drew big names Thursday from fashion, entertainment, politics and business who turned out to help celebrate French President Emmanuel Macron and the return of large social events after the pandemic. ...

Holiday TV: New musicals, romcoms, specials arrive in flurry

Dec. 01, 2022 11:18 AM EST

It’s December and pretty much every network and streaming service seemingly has a show aimed at spreading holiday cheer. For those looking to skip re-runs of Christmases past, there’s a bounty of fresh shows and specials targeted to traditionalists, romantics and family friendly entertainment....

New version of 'The Wiz' to tour and end up on Broadway

Dec. 01, 2022 10:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new production of “The Wiz” is heading out on a national tour next year before following the yellow brick road to Broadway, with its director hoping the show becomes a “touchstone for a new generation.” Director Schele Williams tells The Associated Press...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 4-10

Nov. 28, 2022 09:16 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 4-10: Dec. 4: Game show host Wink Martindale is 89. Singer Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon is 86. Actor-producer-director Max Baer Junior (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) is 85. Bassist Bob Mosley of Moby Grape is 80. Singer-bassist Chris Hillman...

High-flying balloon characters star in Thanksgiving parade

Nov. 24, 2022 13:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Throngs of spectators lined the streets of New York on Thursday as colorful, high-flying balloons helped usher in the holiday season during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual tradition, which dates back nearly a century, packed streets as a procession of...

Fill your stocking with Alicia Keys, Louis Armstrong, more

Nov. 22, 2022 09:14 AM EST

Holiday music might not be everyone's cup of tea, but with new records from Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys and Debbie Gibson, there's something that might appeal to everyone at the table. So pull out the record player, light some candles and get festive — and thankful for new music. ...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 20-26

Nov. 21, 2022 22:13 PM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 20-26: Nov. 20: Actor Estelle Parsons (“The Connors,” “Roseanne”) is 95. Comedian Dick Smothers is 84. Singer Norman Greenbaum is 80. Actor Veronica Hamel is 79. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 76. Musician Joe Walsh is 75. Actor...