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It’s been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her 50th honor. Parton’s first Grammy nomination was at the 1970 show for “Just Someone I Used to Know,” a duet with Porter Wagoner. Nine years later she won her first gramophone for “Here You Come Again.” This year she’s nominated for best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “There Was Jesus,” her collaboration with Christian rock singer Zach Williams. Parton is the second-most nominated woman in Grammy history, only behind Beyoncé, who has 79 nods.
After a year and a half, the Miss Universe competition will return with a live telecast on May 16. The 69th Miss Universe will be crowned at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The last Miss Universe pageant was in December 2019 and its winner, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, has worn the crown longer than anyone else. The competition will air in more than 160 territories and countries across the globe. In the U.S. it will air in Spanish on Telemundo and the English-language broadcasters will soon be announced.
The sisters of Spanish King Felipe VI have acknowledged that they were administered COVID-19 vaccines during a visit to the United Arab Emirates. In a statement published by a Spanish newspaper, the Infantas Elena and Cristina said that they were “offered the possibility” of receiving vaccines while in Abu Dhabi to visit their father and former monarch, Juan Carlos I. Their statement came a day after Spanish online newspaper reported their vaccinations. Elena is 57 and Cristina is 55. Spain is still only administering vaccines to the very elderly and essential workers. Juan Carlos I left Spain in August amid investigations into alleged financial wrongdoing.
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Iranian media are reporting that a music video on an Iranian entertainment app that includes an appearance by a U.S. porn actress has prompted outrage among authorities. They're reporting Wednesday that an investigation has been launched. The Iranian Rubika application was being investigated by officials after it distributed a brief teaser from the “Tehran Tokyo” music video by California-based Iranian pop singer Sasy. That's according to a report by the semiofficial ISNA news agency. The video includes an appearance by American pornographic actress Alexis Texas dancing.
Vanessa Bryant says she is focused on “finding the light in darkness” in an emotional story in People magazine. She details her attempts to push forward after her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi died in a helicopter crash in January 2020. Bryant says the late NBA superstar and Gigi continues to “motivate me to keep going” in the magazine’s Women Changing the World issue, which will be released Friday. She expresses how she’s been trying to navigate heartache while trying to rebuild a life for herself and three daughters. On the magazine cover, the 38-year-old widow of the Los Angeles Lakers legend sported the team’s jacket.
When a traveler became stricken at Newark Liberty International Airport, police got an assist from a celebrity doctor: Mehmet Oz. The incident occurred late Monday night when Port Authority Officer Jeffrey Croissant saw the 60-year-old man fall to the floor near a baggage claim area. Croissant called for backup, rushed to the man and immediately began performing CPR. When another man came over to help, Croissant didn't immediately recognize it was Mehmet Oz, the cardiac surgeon and longtime host of TV's “Dr. Oz Show.” The two performed CPR together on the man until three more officers arrived to provide oxygen and activate a defibrillator to the man, who eventually regained a pulse and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
GREENVILLE, N.C., March 3, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across North Carolina, including Pitt County Schools, to mail books directly to their students’ homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to gr…
In the small town of Bentonia, Mississippi, juke joint owner Jimmy “Duck” Holmes is the last carrier of a dying musical storytelling tradition. The Bentonia blues is distinctive for its minor tonality. The style was born in the small town 100 years ago. Now, Holmes is the only one left from the area playing it. The musician plays at his juke joint, Blue Front Café. It was opened by his parents in 1948. Recently, Holmes received a Grammy nomination in the Grammy's Best Traditional Blues Album category for Cypress Grove. He hopes the record will help preserve the Bentonia blues after he’s gone.
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II could face more than a decade in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in Southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018. Winslow will appear via videoconference at the hearing Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court. One of his accusers is expected to appear remotely and read a statement. The prosecutor is expected to also read a statement from another on her behalf. The 37-year-old former tight-end is the son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow. He could face up to 14 years in prison under a plea deal.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was already a fan of “Prodigal Son,” so when the chance came to join the show, she was lured by the prospect of working alongside Michael Sheen. The Welsh actors were born in cities about an hour apart and moved in similar circles during their youth without ever knowing each other. Zeta-Jones joins “Prodigal Son” in Tuesday's episode and plays a doctor. The episode was directed by co-star Lou Diamond Phillips. Sheen plays an incarcerated serial killer surgeon. Zeta-Jones says there was plenty of inside joking between her and Sheen.
Dolly Parton rewrote the lyrics to “Jolene" as “Vaccine, vaccine,” as she got her COVID-19 shot. The Grammy-winning singer, actor and humanitarian posted a video on Tuesday of her singing just before getting her vaccine. Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research. The 75-year-old put on a typical show in the video, laughing and cracking jokes and making sure her hair was looking good. She wore a purple shirt with shoulder cutouts just for the occasion and then smiled at the camera, proclaiming, "I did it!"
Talk about your yard sale finds. A small porcelain bowl bought for $35 at a Connecticut yard sale turned out to be a rare, 15th century Chinese artifact worth between $300,000 and $500,000. It's slated to go up for auction at Sotheby’s in two weeks. Sotheby's says an antiques enthusiast came across the piece while browsing a yard sale in the New Haven area last year and paid the $35 asking price. Turns out it's one of only seven such bowls known to exist in the world. How it ended up at the yard sale remains a mystery.
Country music festival CMA Fest will be canceled for a second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CMA Fest is one of the oldest country music festivals with its start in 1972 as Fan Fair. The Country Music Association announced Tuesday that there were still too many challenges to holding a major music festival even as COVID-19 vaccines were becoming more available. The festival typically draws many out-of-state and international visitors to Nashville, Tennessee, who would be impacted by travel restrictions. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern says the festival couldn't be rescheduled for later in the year.
IRVINGTON, N.Y., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cast Iron Media, a solutions-based firm offering opportunities for advertisers in sports and entertainment, today announced the hiring of three new sales executives to join their existing team of industry veterans.
The Orthodox Church of Cyprus is calling for the withdrawal of the country’s controversial entry into this year’s Eurovision song context titled “El Diablo”, charging that the song makes an international mockery of country’s moral foundations by advocating “our surrender to the devil and promoting his worship.” The Holy Synod, the Church’s highest decision-making body, said in a statement Tuesday that the song hails the “submission of humans to the devil’s authority” and urged the state broadcaster to replace it. ” The song and its lyrics — “I gave my heart to el diablo...because he tells me I’m his angel” has caused a stir among some Cypriots who consider it to be fraught with Satanic connotations.
Amy Poehler is having a busy week. First the Golden Globes on Sunday, and now, her sophomore directorial effort “Moxie" is debuting on Netflix on Wednesday. Based on Jennifer Mathieu’s book about a quiet 16-year-old who gets inspired by her mother’s Riot Grrrl days to create a ’zine of her own to rail against the misogyny and racism in her high school, the film allowed Poehler to recruit a cast of up-and-coming next generation talents, and learn a few things from them in the process. Poehler hopes the film crosses generational lines too and is something that parents can watch with their teens.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has signed on as a Fox News contributor. The move was widely anticipated, especially after she reported to a U.S. government office before leaving office that she would be going to Fox. The network, in the weeks after the U.S. Capitol riot, said it had been talking to McEnany, a spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, about a job but had put it on hold. Fox's Harris Faulkner announced the hiring on her show, which also featured an interview with McEnany. She'll appear on various programs, though a Fox executive was not made available to talk about the hiring on Tuesday.
Singer-guitarist Mike Pender of The Searchers is 80. Movie producer-director George Miller (“Mad Max”) is 76. Actor Hattie Winston (“Becker”) is 76. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 74. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky (“Police Academy” films) is 71. Musician Robyn Hitchcock is 68. Actor Robert Gosset…
Thirty-three years after “Coming to America,” Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall have returned to Zamunda. The sequel was originally planned to hit theaters last year but was sold due to the pandemic by Paramount Pictures to Amazon. It begins streaming Friday. It’s an unlikely coda to a blockbuster comedy. Murphy considers the 1988 original the first movie with an all-Black cast to be a hit around the world. The film was one of the biggest box-office successes of 1988. Murphy believes it helped pave the way for “Black Panther.”
The Emmy Awards will be held on Sept. 19 and air live on CBS. The network and the Television Academy will announce a host, producers and location at a later date. The show has been held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles since 2008. Last year's show on ABC was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and was a combined in-person and virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most presenters and nominees appeared remotely. That format was used for the recent Golden Globes. The 2020 Emmys were the lowest rated with 6.4 million viewers.
A second panel from American artist Jacob Lawrence’s sweeping series “Struggle: From the History of the American People” that has been hidden from public view for six decades has been located. The Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that the painting known as panel 28 will now join nearly 30 of the Black artist’s other works painted in the 1950s for the last two stops of a national tour in Seattle and Washington, D.C. Like another panel in the series that was rediscovered in October, the panel was found in a New York City apartment. The 30-piece series remains incomplete, as the whereabouts of three panels remain a mystery.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says it plans to hold the induction ceremony for its new class on Oct. 30 in Cleveland — before a live audience. Inductees will be announced in May from among a class of nominees that include Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters and Mary J. Blige. The live music industry has essentially been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic for the past year. The ceremony will be held in the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home of the NBA's Cavaliers. Currently, Ohio permits indoor events at 25% capacity.
PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Common, the nation's leading residential brand that designs, leases, and manages multifamily properties that appeal to today's renters, today announced one of its largest city expansions to date in Philadelphia. Between now and spring of 2021, the c…
Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan is back in business with his wrestling company. The National Wrestling Alliance is set to return this month after taking most of 2020 off because of the pandemic. Corgan is set to reboot the NWA, founded in 1948 and the once-proud stomping grounds of Ric Flair, Harley Race and other wrestling legends. Corgan is taking the company into the 21st century by signing with streaming service FITE for a weekly show and pay-per-view events.
If anyone was wondering who was Trevor Simsby and what was he doing in a World Golf Championship, it was a fair question. Simsby is a 28-year-old Californian who played only one Asian Tour event in 2020. That was his victory in the Malaysian Open, right before the coronavirus pandemic halted golf. Because he was No. 2 on the money list, he qualified for the Workday Championship. But the pandemic kept him from playing on any tour for a year before he showed up at Concession. He tied for 37th and now goes back to waiting for the Asian Tour to resume.
The manager of reggae music legend Bunny Wailer says he's died in his native Jamaica at age 73. The singer born Neville Livingston formed The Wailers in 1963 with the late Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. They catapulted to fame with the album, “Catch a Fire.” Wailer’s death was mourned worldwide as people shared pictures, music and memories of the artist. Manager Maxine Stowe says the three-time Grammy winner died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in the Jamaican parish of St Andrew on Tuesday. The cause wasn't immediately clear, but local newspapers say he suffered a stroke nearly a year ago.
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Celestial, three-part harmony comes naturally for the three Staveley-Taylor sisters, who make up the British musical act the Staves. They would stay up late listening to their parents sing songs at home with friends, and later practice some of the same songs themselves. For their just-released third album, they've somewhat toughened their sound from their folk-oriented roots, but left the voices front and center. It has been a tough road for the sisters after their mother died in 2018. They went through a crisis of confidence and questioned whether they even wanted to go on, but they persevered for a new album called “Good Woman."
If you want to freshen up your kitchen, look no further than Grandma’s old casserole dishes. Vintage kitchenware is back in style, including pieces from the mid-20th century painted with flowers and bright retro colors. Megan Telfer of the Dallas area for example has more than 300 pieces of vintage Pyrex on display at home. Some collectors are in it to resell at a profit. But for others, collecting vintage cookware is all about nostalgia and the fun look of the pieces. Interest in the old kitchenware has been fueled by social media and a number of TV shows set in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
RALEIGH, N.C., March 2, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MoBo, an exciting new Streaming Service showcasing Independent Filmmakers is proud to announce their very first original film, “The Big Adventures of Lil’ Slick” – an animated feature film.
VISTA, Calif., March 2, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kids Read Now is excited to partner with Guajome Park Academy to mail books directly to their students’ homes over the summer. Guajome Park Academy is the first school district in California to partner with Kids Read Now to eliminate learn…
The business that preserves and protects Dr. Seuss’ legacy has announced it will stop publishing six titles because of racist and insensitive imagery. Dr. Seuss Enterprises tells The Associated Press in a statement on Tuesday, the author and illustrator's birthday, that the books portray people in ways that are hurtful. It says the decision to cease publication and sales of Seuss books including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” follows months of deliberations. Books by Dr. Seuss, who was born Theodor Geisel in 1904 and died in 1991, have been increasingly criticized over the way Blacks, Asians and others are portrayed.
It has been nearly a year since dual tragedies descended on Nashville, Tennessee: a deadly tornado that killed people in their sleep and the coronavirus pandemic. But as the anniversary approaches, fatigue and dismay are accompanied by optimism in “Music City USA.” Entertainment venues are adapting to the virus by requiring patrons to comply with prevention measures. Meanwhile, a beloved club that was a premier site for hosting big-name acts before it was clobbered by the tornado is hoping to reopen by spring.
A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie has sold for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain’s World War II leader. “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” sold at Christie’s auction house Monday for 8,285,000 pounds ($11,590,715). The previous record price for a Churchill painting was just under 1.8 million pounds. The image of the 12th-century mosque in Marrakech is a piece of both political and Hollywood history. It was completed after the January 1943 Casablanca Conference, where Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt planned the defeat of Nazi Germany and Churchill gave it to Roosevelt as a memento. The painting was sold by the Jolie Family Collection.
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