Entertainment  September 20, 2014
Charity kazoo chorus sets record at New York arena
Fans played a total of 7,422 kazoos simultaneously ahead of a performance by classic rockers the Eagles at Madison Square GardenThe sound of thousands of kazoos may not win points for harmony, but the record-setting performance in New York landed money for charity.Fans played a total of 7,422 kazoos simultaneously Thursday ahead of a performance by classic rockers the Eagles at Madison Square Garden.All spectators were handed kazoos in an idea by arena chairman Jim Dolan. W...  Full Story
TV drama takes diplomatic turn with 'Madam Secretary'
Actress Tea Leoni and Morgan Freeman, executive producer of the new television series "Madam Secretary," pose at the showTelevision's fascination with Washington takes a diplomatic turn in "Madam Secretary," a new CBS drama series whose lead character has more than a few traits in common with Hillary Clinton.Blonde actress Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a professor and former CIA agent who is suddenly appointed as US secretary of state after her predecessor is ...  Full Story
Depp co-stars in quirky horror-comedy 'Tusk'
Writer/director Kevin Smith arrives at the premiere of A24Twenty years after his breakthrough movie "Clerks," director Kevin Smith is back with "Tusk" -- a dark comedy featuring Johnny Depp as a cop hunting a psychopath who is trying to turn a man into a walrus.Yes, a walrus. Industry journal Variety described the quirky horror-comedy-thriller as "somewhere between 'The Fly' and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massac...  Full Story
At 80, Leonard Cohen meditates on spirituality and war
Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen in Paris on January 16, 2012. Cohen recently announced the release of a new album next month to coincide with his 80th birthdayReleasing a new album near his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen cheekily addresses his age in the very first song, intoning, "It's not because I'm old ... I always liked it slow."The legendary poet and songwriter nonetheless glides confidently through a gamut of themes and styles on the album "Popular Problems," ruminating in his husky and undiminished...  Full Story
Larry Ellison releases helm of mighty Oracle ship
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address during the 2013 Oracle Open World conference on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, CaliforniaTycoon yachtsman Larry Ellison stepped down as Oracle's chief executive, trusting a pair of lieutenants to steer the titanic business software firm he helped launch decades ago.Ellison, whose team made yachting history with a phenomenal come-from-behind triumph in the America's Cup race in San Francisco last year, will remain a pivotal figure at Or...  Full Story
Jason Isbell sweeps Americana music awards
Jason Isbell performs during the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York on June 6, 2014Alternative country star Jason Isbell swept the Americana music awards with his deeply personal album "Southeastern".The Alabama-bred singer and guitarist was named artist of the year and "Southeastern" won the award for album of the year on Wednesday. He beat out a field that included Roseanne Cash -- Johnny Cash's daughter, who took home the priz...  Full Story
Liam Neeson returns to dark side with new cop thriller
Liam Neeson at the premiere of "Non-Stop" in Westwood, California on February 24, 2014Liam Neeson returns to the darker side in his latest film, playing a former cop haunted by his past as he becomes caught up in a murky drug underworld."A Walk Among the Tombstones", by director Scott Frank, is based on the eponymous novel by Lawrence Block from 1992, a police story full of black humor and violence.The 62-year-old from Northern Irel...  Full Story
Mexico probes Miley Cyrus show over flag-whipping
Miley Cyrus performs during her Bangerz Tour at the Monterrey Arena in Mexico on September 16, 2014US pop star Miley Cyrus has caused a stir in Mexico after getting whipped on a giant fake buttocks with the country's flag during a concert, prompting an official investigation.A video shows the provocative singer bent over as two singers whip her mock backside with small flags, including one in the distinct green, white and red colors of Mexico, o...  Full Story