Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Pop Culture

Flags, farewells and Florida: Lynyrd Skynyrd goes deep on their controversial history

Flags, farewells and Florida: Lynyrd Skynyrd goes deep on their controversial history

ATLANTA — Johnny Van Zant swings his arms out wide, chopping the music to a halt. "Hold on, hold on, hold on," he says, turning to face the rest of Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Right there, it falls apart." The singer meets guitarists Gary Rossington and...
Updated: 5 months ago
Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville has died at age 79. His career dated back to the 1950s and included gigs backing up B.B. King among others. But he was best known for three decades of performances with his siblings Aaro...
Updated: 6 months ago
I watched ‘The Room’ for the first time with Tommy Wiseau there. Here’s how it went

I watched ‘The Room’ for the first time with Tommy Wiseau there. Here’s how it went

YBOR CITY — It’s 1 a.m. and I’m hunched over a pile of plastic spoons, studying a list of phrases I’m supposed to shout aloud (Liar! Unfocus! HI, DENNY!) when a man with stringy ink-black hair sweeps to the stage."Oh, hi, Tommy!" a guy in back shouts...
Updated a year ago
New ‘American Idol’: Wesley Chapel teen Zach D’Onofrio steals the spotlight in premiere

New ‘American Idol’: Wesley Chapel teen Zach D’Onofrio steals the spotlight in premiere

When Zach D’Onofrio auditioned for American Idol last fall, it was hard to tell who was most shocked: the judges or Zach himself.The 17-year-old student at Wiregrass Ranch High School is one of the singers who’ll be featured on the rebooted American ...
Updated a year ago
Robin Williams’ suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths

Robin Williams’ suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths

"Hanged." The front page of the New York Daily News said it all in one word on Aug. 13, 2014. Above the capital letters, which filled nearly a third of the page, was a photo of comedian Robin Williams with a somber expression, dead at age 63.The head...
Updated a year ago
Questlove and NBC sued for racial discrimination in firing of white ‘Tonight Show’ cameramen

Questlove and NBC sued for racial discrimination in firing of white ‘Tonight Show’ cameramen

Questlove has led his band the Roots from the underground hip-hop scene to a permanent gig as the house musicians on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." Along the way, he’s been an outspoken critic of racial injustice. In a Rolling Stone profile, h...
Updated a year ago
2018 Oscar nominations: the complete list

2018 Oscar nominations: the complete list

List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscars ceremony will take place March 4, airing live on ABC.BEST PICTURECall Me by Your NameDarkest HourDunkirkGet OutLady BirdPhant...
Updated a year ago
4 women accuse filmmaker Paul Haggis of sexual misconduct

4 women accuse filmmaker Paul Haggis of sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES — A civil lawsuit charging Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis with raping a publicist has prompted three additional women to come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations, including another publicist who says he forced her to...
Updated a year ago
Reasons to find hope in music, movies, theater and more for 2018

Reasons to find hope in music, movies, theater and more for 2018

This was the year that took Tom Petty. That fact alone qualifies 2017 as one of the most soul-sucking, 365-day nightmares on record. But 2017 couldn’t stop there, could it? Oh no. Put the latrine fire that is our nation’s widening politi...
Updated a year ago
Happy Festivus, readers: Here are your top grievances of 2017

Happy Festivus, readers: Here are your top grievances of 2017

Saturday is Festivus, the made-up holiday introduced in the classic Seinfeld episode "The Strike" and still celebrated two decades later at real-life events across the country featuring unadorned, metal poles and feats of strength. According to Fest...
Updated a year ago