Michael Gambon, veteran actor who played Dumbledore in ‘Harry Potter’ films, dies at age 82 Ringo Starr on ‘Rewind Forward,’ writing country music, the AI-assisted final Beatles track and more Rock & Roll Hall of…
There are rock stars, and then there is Ringo Starr. To call him prolific would almost shortchange his accomplishments. But it also feels right. “Rewind Forward,” out October 13, is his fourth EP in three years. The title is a classic “Ringoism,” as John Lennon used to refer to his malapropisms, an unusual phrase ripped from the same mind that came up with “A Hard Day’s Night." Paul McCartney contributed to the track “Feeling the Sunlight.” “I’m EP crazy,” he told the Associated Press. He also said the forthcoming AI-assisted Beatles track is the final song, ever, to feature "John, Paul, George, and Ringo.”
Teddy Swims, the eclectic soulful singer who gained popularity with his YouTube covers, says his debut album is “absolutely” a heartbreak album. “I’ve Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1),” inspired by Swims’ battles with toxic relationships, substance abuse and self-worth, debuted at the 61st spot on the Billboard 200. The album’s title reflects a promise that the crooner made to himself that he would seek seeking professional therapy after the project's release. The album reflects Swims’ style, featuring R&B, country, pop and light rock. With a musical taste as eclectic as his fashion style, Swims cites a wide range of influences from Otis Redding to Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Thomas, Rhett, Jessie J and Circa Survive.
The second Republican presidential debate this week attracted fewer viewers than the first debate in August, with an estimated 9.5 million tuning into Wednesday night’s event. The debate was the second in a row that the front-runner, former President Donald Trump, skipped to have the spotlight follow him instead of his distant rivals. Viewership was down from the 12.8 million who tuned into August’s debate, which marked the first time much of America heard from the other Republicans hoping to take on Trump. Trump’s first presidential debate in August 2015 drew 24 million viewers.
Designer Gabriela Hearst marked her farewell from Chloé with a jubilant dance alongside Rio’s samba school Mangueira, showcasing a collection emphasizing modernity and femininity. Hearst leaves behind a green legacy at Chloé. Under her leadership, Chloé not only underwent a creative transformation but also embarked on a sustainable path, becoming the first European luxury brand to earn a B Corp certification. Hearst’s influence extended beyond aesthetics, emphasizing eco-responsible materials and strategies. Meanwhile, at Givenchy, Matthew M. Williams presented a collection focused on intimacy, with a mix of modern and pastel elements. Cher’s appearance at the Givenchy show stole the spotlight as she recalled her love story with Paris and hinted at a new Christmas album release.
The curtain is finally coming down on Netflix’s once-iconic DVD-by-mail service, a quarter century after the birth of a concept that obliterated Blockbuster video stores while providing a springboard into video streaming that has transformed entertainment. The DVD service that has been steadily shrinking in the shadow of Netflix’s video streaming service will shut down after its five remaining distribution centers mail out their final discs Friday to the fewer than 1 million remaining subscribers. It marks the end of a service that began when a first-class stamp cost 32 cents, less than half today's price, and went on make its red-and-white envelopes a welcome sight in mailboxes.
Elton John, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent and New Edition will perform at this fall’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will be broadcast live for the first time. The ceremony will be live on Disney+ on Nov. 3 and streamable afterward. ABC will air a special featuring performance highlights and standout moments on Jan. 1. The inductees this year include Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius, Kate Bush and the late George Michael. Nominees were voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals.
Police say a man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded one person at a Memphis concert headlined by rapper Lil Baby. Police say 22-year-old Kevin Young was arrested Wednesday on charges including reckless endangerment at a home in Memphis. Police responded to the Sept. 7 shooting at the FedExForum, located near the popular Beale Street tourist destination. The 19,000-seat arena is home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team. It is also used as a concert venue. Lil Baby was rushed off the stage when shots were fired. Online court records do not list a lawyer for Young.
The Powerball jackpot climbed to an estimated $925 million after no one beat the immense odds and won the giant prize. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 7, 46, 47, 63 and red Powerball 7. With the latest bit of lottery losing, there now have been 30 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner, dating back to July 19 when a player in California won $1.08 billion. That winless streak is due to the tough odds of winning the Powerball jackpot, at 1 in 292.2 million. Although the game highlights the $925 million prize, that is for a winner who is paid through an annuity over 30 years. Most winners choose the cash payout option. For the next drawing Saturday night, that will be an estimated $432 million.
Michael Gambon, the Irish-born actor knighted for his long and storied career on the stage and screen and who gained admiration from a new generation of moviegoers with his portrayal of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 82. A statement by his family, issued by his publicist on Thursday, said he died following “a bout of pneumonia.” While the Potter role raised Gambon’s international profile and found him a huge audience, he had long been recognized as one of Britain’s leading actors. His work spanned TV, theater, film and radio over five decades. He was cast as the much-loved Dumbledore after his predecessor, Richard Harris, died in 2002.
A lawyer for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' media company says a bank recently shut down the company's accounts, citing unauthorized transactions. The lawyer, Ray Battaglia, told a bankruptcy judge in Texas on Tuesday that Axos Bank shut the accounts last week and has not explained the alleged unauthorized transactions, which Battaglia denies. Axos did not return messages seeking comment. Battaglia says Axos has agreed to reopen the accounts for 30 days. The problem comes as Jones and his company seek bankruptcy protection while owing $1.5 billion in legal judgments to relatives of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting in Connecticut for calling the massacre a hoax.
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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in northern England in connection with what authorities described as the “deliberate” felling of a famous tree that had stood for nearly 200 years next to the Roman landmark Hadrian’s Wall. The tree was one of Britain’s most photographed trees. Northumbria Police said on Thursday the teen was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. Thousands of visitors each year walk along Hadrian’s Wall. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site that guarded the Roman Empire’s northwestern frontier. Many have paused to admire and photograph the tree at Sycamore Gap which was made famous when it appeared in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.”