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No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

In this Friday, March 27, 2015 photo, a beachgoer using a cell phone on a stick snaps a selfie as the sun sets at Venice beach in Los Angeles. You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them as “narsisstics” on a list of prohibited items. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.


Irvine Welsh, Joseph O'Neill up for comic-writing prize
LONDON (AP) — Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh and Irish-American author Joseph O'Neill are among the finalists for a comic-writing award whose prize includes a bottle of champagne and a pig.
Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014 file photo, Jay-Z performs at the 3rd Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York. Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of the streaming service Tidal. Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj also announced that they are co-owners of the streaming service at an event Monday, March 30, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.


'Home' comfy atop N. America box office

Actor Jim Parsons arrives at Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation's 'Home' Premiere at the Regency Village Theatre on March 22, 2015 in Westwood, CaliforniaLos Angeles (AFP) - Animated children's film "Home," about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind, debuted at the top of the North American weekend box office, industry figures showed Monday.


Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Russia has sacked the head of a Siberian theatre after its radical staging of a Richard Wagner opera angered the powerful Russian Orthodox ChurchRussia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky on Sunday fired Boris Mezdrich, head of state-funded Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, over his interpretation of Richard Wagner's Tannhaeuser. The contemporary staging in Russia's third city Novosibirsk shifts the action to the present day, with Tannhaeuser a movie director making a film about Jesus visiting Venus's erotic grotto.


Review: In 'Lambert & Stamp,' the backstage story of The Who

This 1966 photo provided by courtesy of The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics shows, Chris Stamp, left, business manager, and Kit Lambert, manager (producer on the album, "Tommy") of the English rock band, The Who, going up to Manchester on the train in England, included in the new documentary film, "Lambert & Stamp." The movie releases in the U.S. on April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics, Colin Jones/TopFoto ) NOTE: The copyright notice must include "The Image Works" DO NOT SHORTEN THE NAME OF THE COMPANYThe teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing and mods were gyrating. It was London's Swinging '60s, with its subculture explosion and stylish youths.


Review: In 'Lambert & Stamp,' the backstage story of The Who

This 1966 photo provided by courtesy of The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics shows, Chris Stamp, left, business manager, and Kit Lambert, manager (producer on the album, "Tommy") of the English rock band, The Who, going up to Manchester on the train in England, included in the new documentary film, "Lambert & Stamp." The movie releases in the U.S. on April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics, Colin Jones/TopFoto ) NOTE: The copyright notice must include "The Image Works" DO NOT SHORTEN THE NAME OF THE COMPANYThe teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing and mods were gyrating. It was London's Swinging '60s, with its subculture explosion and stylish youths.


Review: In 'Lambert & Stamp,' the backstage story of The Who

This 1966 photo provided by courtesy of The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics shows, Chris Stamp, left, business manager, and Kit Lambert, manager (producer on the album, "Tommy") of the English rock band, The Who, going up to Manchester on the train in England, included in the new documentary film, "Lambert & Stamp." The movie releases in the U.S. on April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/The Image Works/Sony Pictures Classics, Colin Jones/TopFoto ) NOTE: The copyright notice must include "The Image Works" DO NOT SHORTEN THE NAME OF THE COMPANYThe teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing and mods were gyrating. It was London's Swinging '60s, with its subculture explosion and stylish youths.


NBC, Cirque du Soleil bringing 'The Wiz' to TV, Broadway

FILE - This Dec. 4, 2012 file photo shows NBC Entertainment Chairman, Robert Greenblatt, posing for a portrait in his office in Los Angeles. In January 2015, Greenblatt said the network remained committed to live musicals.The network said Monday, March 30, 2015, it will air a live production of the hit 1970s stage reinvention of "The Wizard of Oz" later this year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Wiz" is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil.


'Home' tops 'Get Hard' at box office with $52.1M debut

In this image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Will Ferrell appears in a scene from the film, "Get Hard." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)The animated alien adventure "Home" landed in first place at the weekend box office.


Shirley Temple memorabilia goes on tour before July auction

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2006 file photo, Shirley Temple Black accepts the Screen Actors Guild Awards life achievement award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Costumes, toys, photos and autographs from Temple’s 1930s film career are coming to a city near you. A spokeswoman for the late actress said Monday, March 30, 2015, that a collection of keepsakes from Temple’s time in Hollywood will be exhibited at museums across the country before being put up for auction in July. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Costumes, toys, photos and autographs from Shirley Temple's 1930s film career are coming to a city near you.


NCAA Tournament ratings score with Duke-Gonzaga game
NEW YORK (AP) — The Duke-Gonzaga game on CBS drew the best overnight rating in 10 years for a Sunday NCAA Tournament regional final.
Attorney: Robin Williams' wife wants his wedding tuxedo

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011 file photo, Susan Schneider, from left, Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams arrive at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Los Angeles. Attorneys for Robin Williams’ wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian’s estate. The attorneys are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge on Monday, as they argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one his Northern California homes. In papers filed in December, Williams' wife, Susan, says some of the late actor's personal items were taken without her permission. She has asked the court to set aside the contents of the home she shared with Williams from the jewelry, memorabilia and other items Williams said the children should have. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wife and adult children of Robin Williams agreed Monday to meet outside court to try to resolve their dispute over a tuxedo he was married in, photographs taken on his 60th birthday and other items belonging to the late actor.


5 things to know about new 'Daily Show' anchor Trevor Noah
NEW YORK (AP) — You hadn't heard of Trevor Noah before? Or maybe you recognized him as that handsome, funny guy who's made a few appearances as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"?
Trevor Noah: From Soweto to US TV stardom

The child of a prohibited relationship in apartheid South Africa, Trevor Noah, seen here, has travelled a long way in a short time to take over one of the biggest shows in US televisionThe child of a prohibited relationship between a black woman and a white Swiss father in apartheid South Africa, Trevor Noah has travelled a long way in a short time to take over one of the biggest shows in US television. With his razor-sharp wit that transcends South Africa's many social and racial divides, Noah, 31, rose to prominence by tackling stereotypes and leaving his audiences laughing -- and squirming -- in their seats. During his regular sold-out shows, he often relates stories of his upbringing in Soweto as a mixed-race boy among black children in the tough township where both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived. His ability to switch between several ethnic languages during his stand-up routine quickly turned him into a much-loved household name in South Africa, where his surprise new job was welcomed as a major national triumph.


Eliane Elias enjoys musical homecoming on new CD
Eliane Elias, "Made in Brazil" (Concord Jazz)
Aidan Gillen of 'Game of Thrones' narrating 'The Art of War'

FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, Aidan Gillen poses for photographers upon arrival at the Tower of London for the world premiere of "Game of Thrones," in London. Audible Inc., the world's largest seller of downloadable audiobooks, is getting ready to release a new version of the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” featuring the narration of Aidan Gillen. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A new audiobook recording of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" will soon be available with the perfect narrator — the scheming royal adviser Littlefinger from "Game of Thrones."


Thai court lifts ban on 'Fast & Furious': lawyer

(L-R) Actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and actresses Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez attend a Universal Pictures presentation to promote "Fast & Furious 6" in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 16, 2013A Thai court Monday lifted a ban on the latest instalment in "The Fast and the Furious" blockbuster franchise, a lawyer said, following a contract dispute with a local actor. "Fast and Furious 7", due to open in Thai cinemas on April 1, was blocked by a court injunction Thursday after a Thai movie studio filed a lawsuit alleging that local film star Tony Jaa was in breach of contract for appearing in the film. The Civil Court of Thailand in Bangkok ruled that "the temporary banning order would affect other actors -- therefore the court has cancelled the temporary banning", he said. Suwat added that his client is still seeking 1.6 billion baht ($49 million) damages from Jaa, film studio Universal Pictures and local distributor United International Pictures (UIP) because the actor was committed to Sahamongkol in an exclusive contract until 2023.


Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

In this photo taken Oct. 27 2009 South African comedian Trevor Noah is photographed during an interview. Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday March 30, 2015. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice. (AP Photo/Bongiwe Mchunu-The Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVENEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday.


Music Review: Darius Rucker shines on 4th country album
Darius Rucker, "Southern Style" (Capitol Nashville)
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