'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office
NEW YORK (AP) — July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.
Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah started with "The Star-Spangled Banner" and ended with a rap classic, Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd and country singer Sara Evans was a vocal powerhouse when she covered Sam Smith.
Drones will tear us apart: Pakistani pop's war fixation
A lover's eyes compared to a drone strike, a smile to a suicide bomb and lips to fire. The violence of Pakistan's bloody insurgency has been injected into catchy pop lyrics after more than a decade of war against Islamists opposed to all forms of song and dance. "Come, look straight into my eyes, attack my heart, come destroy everything, come destroy everything," croons popular singer Rahim Shah in the video to "Shaba Tabahi Oka" (Come On Destroy Everything), as the famous Pashto-language film hero Arbaaz Khan dances...
Amid label flap, Lil Wayne streams album
The rapper Lil Wayne on Saturday put out a new album as a streaming exclusive amid a heated dispute with his label over release of what he calls his career-capping work. The hip-hop star said he was distributing "FWA" -- which stands for the "Free Weezy Album," in a nod to one of his myriad nicknames -- exclusively on Tidal, the upstart streaming service in which Lil Wayne is a co-owner...
Damon Albarn musical whisks "Alice" into the virtual world
A troubled teenage girl who seeks refuge in a fantastical online world is the star of a new musical co-written by Blur frontman Damon Albarn to mark the 150th anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland". Loosely based on Lewis Carroll's book, "wonder.land" is being performed at Manchester's Palace Theatre until July 12 before moving to London's National Theatre and the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris next year...