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Kick off the holiday season Saturday in Norfolk

From the Grand Illumination Parade to a dash of Dickens and dazzling MacArthur on Ice, Norfolk knows how to celebrate the holidays!   We’re kicking off the holiday season on November 18th.  Come early to enjoy all the fun activities, food and shops!  For a complete list of all events, visit www.norfolk.gov/holidays. A special discounted rate of … Continue reading

Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest ‘Star Wars’
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Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest ‘Star Wars’

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse. The company is banking on the latest installments, “The Last Jedi” in December and a Han Solo movie in May, to drive people to theaters. But that’s far from the end of money-making … Continue reading

Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year at CMA Awards
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Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year at CMA Awards

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. “We’re a family,” he said … Continue reading

Chris Brown’s 45-song album not the skip-fest you’d expect
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Chris Brown’s 45-song album not the skip-fest you’d expect

Chris Brown, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” (RCA) Chris Brown sure has some nerve, releasing a 45-song album when audience attention spans are notoriously short, while most artists agonize over trimming their set into a carefully curated bundle that precisely captures the latest evolution of their sound. But, alas, Brown doesn’t seem concerned about attention … Continue reading

NSU “Spardi Gras” homecoming is Oct. 22-29
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NSU “Spardi Gras” homecoming is Oct. 22-29

Norfolk State University is celebrating its 82nd homecoming Oct. 22-25. The week kicked off Sunday, Oct. 22, with the sold out encore tribute to Luther Vandross in the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. This year’s Spardi Gras homecoming theme merges Spartan spirit with the fun of Mardi Gras. Events include a concert featuring Jacquees … Continue reading

Boseman, Hudlin team up to portray a young Thurgood Marshall
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Boseman, Hudlin team up to portray a young Thurgood Marshall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chadwick Boseman knows a little about portraying icons: his acting resume includes Jackie Robinson, James Brown and comic book’s first black superhero, the Black Panther.   But even Boseman was wary after director Reginald Hudlin approached him about portraying the younger days of the future Supreme Court justice in “Marshall.” There were … Continue reading

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ dethrones ‘It’ with $39M debut
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ dethrones ‘It’ with $39M debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The R-rated spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” displaced the horror sensation “It” as the No. 1 film in North America, while the second “Lego Movie” spinoff of the year didn’t assemble the expected audience. The 20th Century Fox release opened with a weekend-leading $39 million debut, according to studio estimates … Continue reading

President Trump omnipresent over Emmy Awards ceremony
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President Trump omnipresent over Emmy Awards ceremony

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump never won an Emmy, it’s true. But his presence was felt at this year’s television awards ceremony more than any actor, writer or producer. “Saturday Night Live,” for which Trump was an endless fount of comedy during his campaign and early presidency, had … Continue reading

Rihanna rides into New York Fashion Week like a rock star
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Rihanna rides into New York Fashion Week like a rock star

The pop star and fashionista kicked off her Fenty Puma 2018 spring-summer collection Sunday with motocross bicycles flying high in the air, ascending above a dreamy display of powder pink mountains and sand — as the audience watched in awe. Rihanna rode on the back of a bike — in true rock star form with … Continue reading

3rd night of Miss America preliminaries set for Frida
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3rd night of Miss America preliminaries set for Frida

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The third night of the Miss America competition gets underway Friday as contestants have one last chance to impress the judges and score points before Sunday’s nationally televised finale. Miss Texas Margana Wood won the swimsuit competition Wednesday, and Miss Utah JessiKate Riley won the talent portion with a classical … Continue reading

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film
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Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the … Continue reading

Woman who stormed stage during ‘Julius Caesar’ is arrested
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Woman who stormed stage during ‘Julius Caesar’ is arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” with a Trump-like character who is assassinated had a boisterous new scene this weekend: an activist who stormed the stage, yelling, “Do you want Trump to be assassinated?” Police said Laura Loomer was arrested Friday evening during the play presented in Central Park … Continue reading

Companies end sponsorship over Trump killing scene in play
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Companies end sponsorship over Trump killing scene in play

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company’s portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage. Atlanta-based Delta released a statement on Sunday saying it was pulling … Continue reading

Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ film and star live up to the name
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Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ film and star live up to the name

“Wonder Woman ” has been the subject of so much superfluous fuss, it’d be easy to forget that behind all of the hand-wringing and both symbolic and real pressure to succeed there’s actually a movie meant to entertain. Yet, like the heroine at its center, “Wonder Woman” the movie rises with powerful grace above the … Continue reading

Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real
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Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real

NEW YORK (AP) — After playing Wolverine in nine movies, Hugh Jackman arguably knows more about the superhero than anyone. But that wasn’t always the case. He recalls researching the animal when he first got the role and being somewhat mistaken about the character. For one thing, he had no idea that a wolverine is … Continue reading

Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself
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Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

DETROIT (AP) — Rock musician Chris Cornell’s wife on Friday disputed “inferences” that the rocker killed himself in a Detroit hotel room, saying he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Cornell — the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave — hanged himself … Continue reading