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It was Valentine's Day 1967 when Aretha Franklin sat down at a piano in the Atlantic Records studio in New York and recorded "Respect."

The Queen of Soul, who died in Detroit Thursday, took the song written and first recorded by Otis Redding and made it her own, transforming it into what would...


Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was a once-in-a-generation singer. She was the Queen of Soul, but she also ventured into — and mastered — virtually every style of music, from jazz and classical to rhythm and blues. She passed away at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer, according...


Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.

The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding...


It was 1968, and the King was all but dead.

The Summer of Love came and went, leaving the man once seated on the throne of rock 'n' roll nothing but a drug-addled relic of a time past. Instead of dancing and necking and maybe even performing for the hippies in Haight-Ashbury, Elvis Presley had...


The musical world found itself in mourning this week as Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was placed in hospice care. Though Franklin is still alive, tributes are already pouring out in preparation for her death.

In an unusual move, a tribute concert produced by Live Nation and spearheaded by...


Liev Schreiber is facing a harassment charge in suburban New York, where his lawyer said the actor is accused of shoving a photographer's camera. The Rockland County district attorney's office says the star of Showtime's "Ray Donovan" is due for arraignment Tuesday in a village court in Nyack (NEYE'-ak)....


Some corners of Twitter and Instagram are criticizing actors who have been cast to play gay characters on screen — leading one of them to abandon a platform.

Over the weekend, Australian actress Ruby Rose quit Twitter and shut down public commenting on her Instagram account after receiving backlash...


The Artists Collective, the arts-education hub in the North End of Hartford, will close by mid-2019 if $1 million is not raised to pay its debts, Board Chairman Benjamin Foster told The Courant.

"We call it the nuclear option. We are talking within seven to eight months," Foster said. "We would...


text Aretha Franklin is reportedly seriously ill
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:35:00 PDT

Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill.

A person close to Franklin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated...


"The Meg" devoured the competition at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.' big-budget shark thriller opened well above expectations, biting off $44.5 million when it opened in 4,118 North American locations. That was easily enough to nab the No. 1 slot over "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," which...


The "mad divorcee" of the Upper West Side is back.

Amazon has just released the trailer for the Emmy-nominated comedy's second season, and Midge Maisel -- newly single, but as irreverent as ever -- isn't slowing down one beat.

The trailer begins with a mother-daughter conversation at a salon, side-by-side...


Ben Schwartz has been tapped to voice the title character in Paramount Pictures' "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie, sources tell Variety.

James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Jim Carrey will also star in the live-action hybrid.

Jeff Fowler, who received an Oscar nomination for his 2005 animated short "Gopher...


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday a few changes to future Oscars telecasts: The televised ceremony will be limited to three hours; the 2020 ceremony will be bumped up two weeks to Feb. 9; and, to the disdain of many, a new category will recognize achievement in...


"Hey there, Delilah, what's it like in New York City?"

More than a decade ago, that single question - the opening line of the Grammy-nominated love song "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's - captivated millions of people and had them all asking the same things: Who is Delilah? Is she real?...


Ruby Rose is making history with her latest role as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series.

Batwoman will be introduced in a December crossover event between the network's other DC Comics shows, "Arrow," "The Flash" and "Supergirl."

A stand-alone series about Batwoman,...


The worlds he conjures are full of terror and mischief. One of the novellas in his latest book, "Strange Weather," tells of a gun massacre. Another recounts a bout of inclement weather that sends lethal shards of crystal raining down on unsuspecting residents of Boulder, Colorado.

Joe Hill - a...


Eighth graders will be able to see the R-rated coming-of-age movie "Eighth Grade" in select movie theaters across the nation Wednesday.

The film's distributor A24 has announced that it's hosting a night of free screenings in every state on Aug. 8 and waiving the R-rating to allow kids of all ages...


text Demi Lovato released from hospital
Mon, 6 Aug 2018 13:58:00 PDT

Demi Lovato has checked out of the hospital she was rushed to two weeks ago for a reported overdose. A person close to Lovato said she was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't allowed...


MoviePass will reduce the number of movies its subscribers can see by 90 percent, with subscribers in the $9.95 monthly fee tier seeing their movie allowance decrease from one per day to three per month. The change will be rolled out starting Aug. 15, the latest in a series of changes to the company's...


"Murphy Brown" will weigh in on the MeToo movement when the series starring Candice Bergen returns to a very different world in September, the show's creator said Sunday. The 13-episode reboot reunites Bergen as a sharp-tongued investigative journalist and TV anchor with most of the original cast...


The former bassist for 3 Doors Down is facing another drug charge.

Local media say the Jackson County Sheriff's Department arrested Todd Harrell on Friday on a charge of introducing narcotics into a correctional facility.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says the drugs were found during a screening of the incoming...


In his first regular TV role in more than a decade, Chris Rock is set to star in FX’s crime drama anthology series "Fargo." The network announced the fourth season of the the acclaimed show at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

Season 4, slated to begin production in...


Rick Genest, a Quebec model known for his head-to-toe tattoos and participation in the Lady Gaga music video "Born This Way," has died, his talent agency said.

Dulcedo Management confirmed on Facebook late Thursday the passing of Rick Genest, who was better known as Zombie Boy. Dulcedo said it...


Hulu has given a six-episode series order to "Shrill."

Starring "Saturday Night Live" cast member Aidy Bryant, "Shrill" is based on the memoir by writer Lindy West titled "Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman." Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks will executive produce the series, which is expected to...


MoviePass was once the fastest rising star in Hollywood.

The New York-based service promised to revolutionize the cinema business by offering something multiplexes have long resisted: steep discounts on the price of movie tickets.

Consumers could watch a movie a day for about $10 a month — less...