ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Ex-gang leader's account of Tupac Shakur killing is fiction, defense lawyer in Vegas says
Attorney Carl Arnold told reporters outside a courtroom on Tuesday that his client, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, wanted to make money with his story.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 23 2024

Orlando leaders approve $500 million entertainment district
The project would include a hotel, retail space, housing and parking.

Source: Spectrum News Staff
Monday, Apr 22 2024

Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival for the 4th year
The iconic rock band will perform on May 12.

Source: Spectrum News Staff
Monday, Apr 22 2024

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson pledged $10M for Maui wildfire survivors. They gave much more.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation says the People's Fund of Maui has given away almost $60 million.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 22 2024

Yoko Ono to receive Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement
Ono's son, Sean Ono Lennon, said in a statement that the medal was “an incredible honor.”

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 22 2024

Mary J. Blige, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest and Foreigner get into Rock Hall
The late Jimmy Buffett, MC5, Dionne Warwick and Norman Whitfield will get the Musical Excellence Award.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Apr 21 2024

15 people suffer minor injuries in tram accident at Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Fire Department units were dispatched to the theme park on Lankershim Boulevard shortly after 9 p.m.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Apr 21 2024

'Civil War’ continues box-office campaign at No. 1
“Civil War,” Alex Garland’s ominous American dystopia, remained the top film in theaters in its second week of release.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Apr 21 2024

Not a toddler, not a parent, but still love 'Bluey'? You're not alone
The show has found an audience with both kids and adults

Source: Associated Press
Saturday, Apr 20 2024

Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and ‘American Idol’ alum, dies at 47
A representative for the singer told The Associated Press that the singer was found dead in her home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Apr 19 2024

Dick Van Dyke earns historic Daytime Emmy nomination at age 98
The actor was nominated Friday as guest performer in a daytime drama series for his part as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Apr 19 2024

Music Review: Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' is great sad pop, meditative theater
In moments, her 11th album feels like a bloodletting.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Apr 19 2024

Meet, touch and go face-to-face with rhinos at the Brevard Zoo
Visitors to the Brevard Zoo can meet and even touch a rhino

Source: Randy Rauch
Friday, Apr 19 2024

Britain’s Prince Harry formally confirms he is now a U.S. resident
The formal acknowledgment underscores the prince’s increasing estrangement from Britain.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 18 2024

New attorney joins prosecution team against Alec Baldwin in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting
The district attorney for Santa Fe has appointed Erlinda Johnson as special prosecutor to the Baldwin case.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 18 2024

Hollywood productions slow to rebound following strikes, report says
Television filming in the first quarter was down 16.2% compared with a year earlier, according to FilmLA.

Source: Susan Carpenter
Thursday, Apr 18 2024

Universal Orlando offers Florida residents exclusive ticket offer for summer
The park's "Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free on a 2-Park 2-Day Ticket" special comes as Florida's school year draws to a close.

Source: DeJanae Phillips
Thursday, Apr 18 2024

Anaheim City Council gives a key approval for Disneyland expansion plan
The council unanimously approved the project at the end of an eight-hour meeting that began Tuesday evening.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Apr 17 2024

Orlando Air Show takes flight this weekend
The event will be held both Saturday and Sunday at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

Source: Spectrum News Staff
Wednesday, Apr 17 2024

Disneyland performers file petition to form labor union
A group of 1,700 performers said they filed an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Apr 17 2024

5 things to know about Island H20 Live! water park’s Family Foam Party
The event takes place every weekend in April.

Source: Allison Walker
Wednesday, Apr 17 2024

Participant, studio behind 'Spotlight,' 'An Inconvenient Truth,' shutters after 20 years
Billionaire Jeff Skoll founded the company in 2004.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 16 2024

What to know about the prison sentence for a movie armorer in a fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin
A movie weapons armorer received the maximum sentence of 18 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 16 2024

ABBA, Blondie and the Notorious B.I.G. enter the National Recording Registry
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced 25 new titles in the class of 2024 on Tuesday.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 16 2024

Gun supervisor for ‘Rust’ movie gets 18 months in prison for fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin on set
Movie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was convicted in March.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 15 2024

Cardi B, Queen Latifah and The Roots to headline the BET Experience concerts in LA
BET announced Monday the star-studded lineup of the concert series, which makes a return after a five-year hiatus.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 15 2024

Judge set to hear motion to dismiss rapper Travis Scott from lawsuit over deadly Astroworld concert
A judge in Texas is set to hear arguments Monday in Travis Scott’s request to be dismissed from a lawsuit over the deadly 2021 Astroworld festival.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 15 2024

Divisive? Not for moviegoers. ‘Civil War’ declares victory at box office
The film inspired audiences to go to the cinemas this weekend where it earned $25.7 million in ticket sales in North America.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Apr 14 2024

Executor of OJ Simpson's estate plans to fight payout to the families of Brown and Goldman
The former football star and actor died April 10 in the Las Vegas area from prostate cancer.

Source: Associated Press
Saturday, Apr 13 2024

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has died at age 83, his company says
Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for a flamboyant and glamorous style, has died at age 83, his company said Friday on Instagram.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Apr 12 2024

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine hosts vets at Tampa Bay Wine and Food Festival
Chef Robert Irvine got his start as a chef in the Royal Navy.

Source: Jason Lanning
Friday, Apr 12 2024

Guests can touch marine life at the Daytona Aquarium & Rainforest Adventure Park
The aquarium is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Source: Randy Rauch
Friday, Apr 12 2024

Saldana grasps for paradise across a border in 'The Absence of Eden'
The film’s director, Marco Perego, wanted to make a film about immigration and continue the conversation regarding “this very human issue.”

Source: Paco Ramos-Moreno
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

Legendary athlete, actor and millionaire: OJ Simpson's murder trial lost him the American dream
For a long time, O.J. Simpson was the man who had it all.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

The OJ Simpson saga was a unique American moment. 3 decades on, we're still wondering what it means
The spectator mentality of those jumbled days in 1994 and 1995, then novel, has since become an intrinsic part of the American fabric.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

Universal Orlando releases details about two new 'otherworldly' resorts
Guests can now book reservations and vacation packages at Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort.

Source: DeJanae Phillips
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

10 things to remember about OJ Simpson
The family announced on Simpson’s official X account — formerly Twitter — that Simpson died Wednesday after battling prostate cancer.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

Cannes sets lineup with Lanthimos, Coppola and Trump film 'The Apprentice'
Greta Gerwig, coming off the success of “Barbie,” is heading the jury that will decide the Palme d’Or.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

SeaWorld celebrates 60th anniversary with free beer
Guests can get one free beer per day.

Source: Spectrum News Staff
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

Universal Pictures teases ‘Wicked’ and announces ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 2’
The studio also teased “Twisters.”

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

Limestone caverns offer unique view of Florida
Fifty feet below ground, limestone caves offer underground view of Florida.

Source: Virginia Johnson
Thursday, Apr 11 2024

When are the 2025 Oscars? The Academy Awards announce date, sticking to early start
The 97th Academy Awards will be held March 2, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Apr 10 2024

Jessica Alba steps down as chief creative officer at Honest, the personal care company she founded
Alba will keep a seat on the company board, but Honest said that she will now focus on “new endeavors.”

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Apr 10 2024

Warner Bros. teases ‘Joker’ sequel, ‘Beetlejuice 2’ and more at CinemaCon
“Joker” director Todd Phillips showed the audience a trailer for “Joker: Folie à Deux,” out Oct. 4.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Apr 10 2024

Tampa’s Melting Pot Social serves up Korean sticky rib dish, mac and cheese
Try the recipe at home.

Source: Virginia Johnson
Wednesday, Apr 10 2024

George Lucas to receive honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 09 2024

Beyoncé becomes 1st Black woman to hit No. 1 on Billboard country albums chart
In February, “Texas Hold ’Em” reached No. 1 on the country airplay chart.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 09 2024

Lakeland Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo celebrating 50 years in business
The expo runs April 9 - 14 at Lakeland Linder Airport.

Source: Spectrum News Staff
Tuesday, Apr 09 2024

Actor Jonathan Majors sentenced to probation, avoiding jail time for assaulting ex-girlfriend
The 34-year-old star of “Creed III” and other films had faced up to a year behind bars after he was convicted of misdemeanor assault.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 08 2024

Inside Missy Elliott's 1st headlining tour, with Busta Rhymes, Ciara and Timbaland
Presale begins Tuesday, and tickets will become available to the general public on Friday.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 08 2024

Jelly Roll dominates the 2024 CMT Music Awards with host Kelsea Ballerini and a Toby Keith tribute
Kelsea Ballerini hosted the awards for the fourth time in a row.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 08 2024

‘Godzilla x Kong’ maintains box-office dominion in 2nd weekend
The MonsterVerse mash-up brought in $31.7 million over its second weekend, a 60% drop from its debut.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Apr 07 2024

CMT Awards return Sunday night with host Kelsea Ballerini and a tribute to the late Toby Keith
The CMT Music Awards, celebrating the best in country music videos, are set to return on Sunday night live from Austin, Texas.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Apr 07 2024

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher say they filed for divorce
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher say they filed for divorce last year after more than 20 years together.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Apr 05 2024

Action Comics #1, featuring 1st appearance of Superman, sells for record $6 million at Dallas auction
Action Comics’ No. 1 introduced Superman to the world in 1938.

Source: Kelsey Leffingwell
Friday, Apr 05 2024

Sean Paul helped bring dancehall to the masses. With a new tour, he’s ready to do it all over again
In the years since Paul helped introduce dancehall riddims and reggae to new audiences, he’s released six ambitious albums.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Apr 05 2024

Seeing sounds: 'Música' centers Brazilian culture, life with synesthesia
“Música” is based on Rudy Mancuso's own story. He not only directed the film but is a co-writer.

Source: Paco Ramos-Moreno
Thursday, Apr 04 2024

Who is Tanner Adell? Meet the rising country artist featured on Beyoncé’s 'Cowboy Carter'
From "Buckle Bunny" to "BLACKBIIRD," meet the rising country singer featured on Beyoncé's newest album.

Source: Kaila Garrett
Thursday, Apr 04 2024

Robert Downey Jr. gives away first of six classic cars modified into EVs
The Oscar winner is giving away the cars as part of a sweepstakes benefiting a climate charity.

Source: Susan Carpenter
Thursday, Apr 04 2024

Kiss sells catalog, brand name and IP. Gene Simmons assures fans it is a ‘collaboration’
The hard rock quartet have sold their catalog, brand name and IP to Swedish company in a deal estimated to be over $300 million.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Apr 04 2024

Halloween Horror Nights returns earlier than ever this year at Universal Orlando
The theme park's annual Halloween event launches the earliest it's ever been, from Aug. 30 through Nov. 3.

Source: DeJanae Phillips
Thursday, Apr 04 2024

Sharpened by iron: 'Mr Olympia' Phil Heath shares his story in 'Breaking Olympia'
In “Breaking Olympia: The Phil Heath Story,” Heath battles back from an injury to become the greatest bodybuilder of all time.

Source: Paco Ramos-Moreno
Wednesday, Apr 03 2024

Disney's Iger teases new Avatar-themed river ride concept for Disneyland
The "Avatar"-themed land could be built soon after Anaheim approves Disney's $2 billion DisneylandForward proposal.

Source: Joseph Pimentel
Wednesday, Apr 03 2024

Disney shareholders back CEO Iger, rebuff activist shareholders who wanted to shake up the company
The company had recommended a slate of directors that did not include Peltz or Rasulo.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Apr 03 2024

This mob-era Las Vegas casino is officially closed. Here are some big moments in its 67 years
The Tropicana Las Vegas has been a familiar landmark in a city known for constant reinvention since its grand opening in April 1957.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 02 2024

Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj submit letter to AI developers to honor artists' rights
The letter, while acknowledging the creative possibilities of new AI technology, addresses some of its threats to human artistry.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 02 2024

‘SCTV’ star and comedian Joe Flaherty has died at 82 after an illness, his daughter says
Flaherty starred alongside John Candy and Catherine O’Hara.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Apr 02 2024

Disneyland to replace Autopia's gas-powered cars with EVs
The theme park plans to replace Autopia’s gas-powered cars with electric vehicles, the LA Times reported.

Source: Joseph Pimentel
Tuesday, Apr 02 2024

Barbara Rush, actor who co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman among others, dies at 97
Rush's death was announced by her daughter, Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 01 2024

WWE kicks, punches, slams marketing efforts into high gear ahead of WrestleMania, its big event
WWE says that since 2016, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 01 2024

James Patterson launches true crime series on Fox Nation
Last week, Fox Nation announced it had reached a deal with Martin Scorsese to host, narrate and produce an eight-part religious docudrama.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Apr 01 2024

'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' roars to an $80 million box office opening
Last week’s No. 1, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” was second with $15.7 million for a two-week total of $73.4 million.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Mar 31 2024

Chance Perdomo, star of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ and ‘Gen V,’ dies in motorcycle crash at 27
The statement said no one else was involved in the crash. No details about the crash were immediately released.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Mar 31 2024

Hero to children facing the Holocaust, Sir Nicholas Winton's story shared in 'One Life'
In 1938, Nicholas Winton rescued over 600 predominantly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before the Nazi occupation

Source: Paco Ramos-Moreno
Friday, Mar 29 2024

How magazines like Essence have provided a legacy of representation for Black women
Magazines like Ebony, Jet, and Essence have long been pillars of Black women's history, providing crucial representation.

Source: Rae Williams
Friday, Mar 29 2024

Louis Gossett Jr., 1st Black man to win supporting actor Oscar, dies at 87
Gossett's nephew told The Associated Press that the actor died Thursday night in Santa Monica, California.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Mar 29 2024

Beyoncé’s 'Cowboy Carter' reinforces her dedication to Black reclamation — and country music
Beyoncé's country-inspired album pays homage to some of her forerunners and influences.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Mar 29 2024

'Oppenheimer' finally premieres in Japan to mixed reactions and high emotions
“Oppenheimer” does not directly depict what happened on the ground when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Source: Associated Press
Friday, Mar 29 2024

Blumhouse launches Halfway to Halloween horror film fest at AMC
Five-day fest will run at AMC Theatres in 40 cities, playing "Sinister," "The Purge," "Ouija: Origin of Evil," "Insidious" and "The Invisible Man."

Source: Susan Carpenter
Thursday, Mar 28 2024

Beyoncé shares 'Cowboy Carter' track list ahead of album, mentions Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson
There’s mention of “Smoke Hour Willie Nelson” and “Dolly P” and a track titled “Jolene,” a reference to one of Parton’s best-known tracks.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Mar 27 2024

Sean 'Diddy' Combs' lawyer says raids of the rapper's homes were 'excessive' use of 'military force'
The criminal investigation is a major escalation in the scrutiny of the hugely influential hip-hop producer and executive.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Mar 27 2024

Ariana DeBose to host Tony Awards for the 3rd straight time
The Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee, who hosted both the 2023 and 2022 ceremonies, will be back this year for the show on June 16.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Mar 27 2024

Authorities searched Diddy's properties as part of a sex trafficking probe. Here's what to know
The officials said the searches were connected to a sex trafficking investigation by federal authorities in New York.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Mar 26 2024

Golden Globes land 5-year deal to air on CBS, stream on Paramount+
The new agreement begins with January's telecast.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Mar 25 2024

Bryan Cranston leading face of Major League Baseball's promotional campaign
The actor is the voice of an “Anything Can Happen” campaign that launched Monday.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, Mar 25 2024

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ is No. 1 with $45.2M, Sydney Sweeney’s ‘Immaculate’ lands in fourth
The opening weekend for “Frozen Empire,” was nearly exactly the same as the $44 million launch for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” in 2021.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Mar 24 2024

Longtime Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos dies at 94
In 1996, his firm brought a lawsuit on behalf of the state of Maryland against tobacco giant Philip Morris, securing a $4.5 billion settlement.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, Mar 24 2024

As speculation about the next Bond grows, here’s how some actors have responded to casting rumors
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the latest actor reportedly offered a license to kill and succeed Daniel Craig as the new James Bond.

Source: Associated Press
Saturday, Mar 23 2024

Rita Moreno is an evil physics teacher in 'The Prank'
Rita Moreno, in an interview with Spectrum News, said she loved playing Mrs. Wheeler, whom she called “a snake of a woman.”

Source: Paco Ramos-Moreno
Friday, Mar 22 2024

'Frida' on Prime Video captures the icon, the artist and the woman
In “Frida,” for the first time, we can hear in Frida Kahlo’s own words about her life journey that Carla Gutiérrez was able to piece together.

Source: Paco Ramos-Moreno
Friday, Mar 22 2024

NBC News hires former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel
She will make her debut on "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

Source: Susan Carpenter
Friday, Mar 22 2024

Tallahassee Museum offers multitude of educational activities from animals to art to zip-lining
52-acres of art, animals and outdoors.

Source: Virginia Johnson
Thursday, Mar 21 2024

Beyoncé will receive the Innovator Award at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Beyoncé will appear at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to accept the honor during the April 1 ceremony hosted by Ludacris.

Source: Associated Press
Thursday, Mar 21 2024

M. Emmet Walsh, unforgettable character actor from ‘Blood Simple,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ dies at 88
Walsh died from cardiac arrest on Tuesday at a hospital in St. Albans, Vermont, his longtime manager Sandy Joseph said.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, Mar 20 2024

In the year of the 'Barbie' movie, Hollywood still struggles with female inclusivity
While “Barbie” broke box office records in 2023, the entertainment industry suffered a setback for girls and women in film.

Source: Cambri Guest
Wednesday, Mar 20 2024

Disney releases details on D23 fan event, 'Legends' award honorees
The theme park's largest fan experience will be held in Anaheim, Calif. on Aug. 9-11.

Source: DeJanae Phillips
Wednesday, Mar 20 2024

Megan Thee Stallion's 'Hot Girl Summer Tour' to stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena
The "HISS" and "Savage" artist will be performing June 8.

Source: DeJanae Phillips
Wednesday, Mar 20 2024

Ex-girlfriend of actor Jonathan Majors files civil suit accusing him of escalating abuse, defamation
The lawsuit says she is seeking at least $75,000 in damages and other costs.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, Mar 19 2024

Orlando's Clean the World factory allows guests to help recycle soap used around the world
Clean the World collects used soap to be repurposed and made into new soap.

Source: Randy Rauch
Tuesday, Mar 19 2024

Universal Orlando hosts meet-and-greet with MinaLima founders at CityWalk
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima will be at the House of MinaLima pop-up store on March 23.

Source: DeJanae Phillips
Tuesday, Mar 19 2024