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Friday, December 4, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Scott Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48.

The singer's manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the death to The Associated Press early Friday morning. Vitorino said he learned of Weiland's death from his tour manager. He did not provide further details but referenced a statement on Weiland's Facebook page.

The statement said Weiland, who was dogged by substance abuse problems throughout his career, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Monday, October 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is going on a diet again, but this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.

Weight Watchers said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company.

The deal is already paying off: Weight Watchers shares nearly doubled after the partnership was announced.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The films of director Noah Baumbach are an acquired taste. The acting of Greta Gerwig is an acquired taste. Collaboratively, their latest film, “Mistress America,” which they co-wrote, is really an acquired taste.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Irrational Man" is an odd movie title that doesn't make much sense until you've seen the film.

While the title is not one of the more memorable film titles, it makes sense symbolically.

That's because "Irrational Man" writer-director Woody Allen isn't only talking about the protagonist, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a college philosophy professor, but rather the family of man with Abe as the stand-in.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the 2015 summer movie season's most thrilling action film, in no small part because of Tom Cruise's stunts, starting with the opening scene, one you may have seen in part online or in previews, where Cruise hangs on the outside of a military transport aircraft.

Even though making-of footage depicts Cruise in a harness, that is him outside the plane. There were said to be no computer-generated effects for this scene, one that Cruise and others have said required eight takes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Camryn Manheim is joining the Deaf West Theatre production of "Spring Awakening" on Broadway.

Producers said Monday that Manheim will play several female roles in the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a dozen young people discovering their sexual identities. The revival is choreographed by Spencer Liff, directed by Michael Arden and will feature a cast of 28 that blends hearing and deaf performers.

Previews begin Sept. 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and will be performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language. Tickets are now on sale.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Justin Theroux, left, and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Howard Stern  has revealed details about the secret wedding between Aniston  and Theroux, including that Jimmy Kimmel officiated. Stern  was a guest at the Los Angeles ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 5,  that Aniston and Theroux disguised as a birthday bash for Theroux. Stern said on his radio show Monday that he knew ahead of time  it was a wedding because the couple asked him to give a speech.

NEW YORK (AP) – Howard Stern has revealed details about the secret wedding between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, including that Jimmy Kimmel officiated.

Stern was a guest at the Los Angeles ceremony last Wednesday that Aniston and Theroux disguised as a birthday bash for Theroux. Stern said on his radio show Monday that he knew beforehand that it was a wedding because the couple asked him to give a speech.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jonny Lang will take the stage at Penn's Peak on Sept. 27.

Jonny Lang with The Record Company will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Lang found success with the release of his major label debut album "Lie To Me."

Fame does not seem to have impacted him from being the same country farm boy from Fargo, North Dakota, who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis.

He survived the passage of youth to adulthood, fell in love, began a family, and in the process passed through the life lessons we all endure.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You couldn't ask for two more disparate films than "Mr. Holmes" and "Amy."

Each, for wildly different reasons, merits seeing. Those who see "Mr. Holmes" may not like "Amy," and vice versa.

"Mr. Holmes" can be chiefly recommended for Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes losing his razor-sharp memory and analysis. There's lots of life and wit in the old gentleman, conveyed in a sprightly, nuanced and absorbing performance by McKellen.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"45RPM A Tribute to the '70s AM Radio Hits" at Penn's Peak has been rescheduled to 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

All tickets for the concert, which was scheduled for this Friday, will be honored for the October show.

The band formed in September of 2010 after six seasoned musicians found themselves stuck in a rehearsal room. They challenged each other to a game of "What's the cheesiest song you remember from the good old days of Top 40 AM radio?" The result? 45RPM.

The band is know for playing note-perfect renditions of songs from the heyday of AM radio.