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‘Wizard of Oz,’ Miyazaki to Star in LA Motion Picture Museum

An immersive “Wizard of Oz” exhibit will greet visitors to the Motion Picture museum in Los Angeles when it opens after a long delay in late 2019, organizers said on Tuesday. A pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 musical, along with costumes, props and exhibits about the behind …

Hugh Jackman Readies Massive Pop Star-like World Tour

Hugh Jackman is set to launch a pop star-like tour next year, but he’s done his research: He’s been to a Beyonce concert. A Justin Timberlake concert. AND A MICHAEL JACKSON CONCERT.   “I’ve seen some of the greats,” Jackman said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “And the great performers for …

Kevin Hart: 2019 Oscars Host Job ‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’

Comedian Kevin Hart will host next year’s Oscar ceremony for the first time, the “Ride Along” actor said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” Hart wrote. The Academy Awards are the film industry’s highest honors. “So are …

Honored in NYC, Glenn Close: ‘I Speak Through My Work’

When it comes to making a statement about female empowerment, Glenn Close lets her roles do the talking. The actress has blazed trails throughout her nearly five-decade career without being overtly political.   On Monday, the Museum of the Moving Image honored Close with a gala and its annual award.   Before the honor, Close …

‘Black Panther’ Poised to Become an Oscars Heavyweight

“Black Panther” has, in a way, already been the Oscars. Much of the film’s cast was eagerly highlighted at March’s ceremony: a welcome splash of blockbuster luster at an Academy Awards that largely lacked it. “Black Panther” had at the time already been in theaters for a few weeks, leading host Jimmy Kimmel to note:  …

Rockers Hootie & the Blowfish Return with New Album, Tour

Twenty-five years after “Cracked Rear View” launched their careers, Grammy-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next year after a decade-long break.   The Southern pop-rockers, featuring lead singer Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber, broke out with their major label debut …

Brian Tyree Henry: ‘I Feel Everything’

When Brian Tyree Henry filmed his scenes in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” he wept. When he saw the finished film, he wept again.  In Barry Jenkin’s lyrical adaptation of James Baldwin’s celebrated novel, Henry plays Daniel Carty, the just-out-of-jail friend of Fonny (Stephan James). When Fonny and Tish (KiKi Layne) run into Daniel on …

‘Misinformation’ Named Word of the Year

Dictionary.com, an online English dictionary, picked its word of the year – Misinformation. Michelle Quinn talks to the linguist who decided that word best summed-up 2018. …

Bush Gets Tributes at Kennedy Center Honors Program

Last year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was almost overshadowed by controversy surrounding the sitting president. This year’s event took place in the shadow of the death of a former commander in chief. Sunday night’s ceremony honoring lifetime artistic achievement featured multiple tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age 94. …

US TV Sitcom Star Ken Berry Dies at 85

Dancer and comic actor Ken Berry, who starred in two iconic U.S. television series, has died at 85. No cause of death was immediately announced. Berry was a stage and Broadway performer known for his athletic dance routines when he turned to comedy in the 1960s. He is best known as the clumsy Captain Wilton …