BRITNEY SPEARS’ FATHER QUITS AS CONSERVATOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears’ attorney, Matthew Rosengart, says James Spears stepping down as his daughter’s conservator is “vindication for Britney.” James Spears says in legal documents there are no grounds for his removal, but he has been “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks.” He says it would not be in his daughter’s best interests to continue to battle publicly over her conservatorship. James Spears had controlled his daughter’s finances and personal life since 2008, until he pulled back to only controlling her finances two years ago. Another conservator oversees Britney’s personal life now. Britney had said in court in June and July the conservatorship was “abusive.” James Spears did not give a timetable for when he will step down.
ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS
NEW YORK (AP) – Robert Plant says doing an album with Alison Krauss again is “a vacation.” Plant and Krauss will release the album “Raise the Roof” on Nov. 19. It will be an album of remakes, just like their 2007 album “Raising Sand.” This time around they will do songs by Merle Haggard, The Everly Brothers, Allen Toussaint and more.
CHICAGO OFFICIALS: LOLLAPALOOZA WAS NOT A SUPERSPREADER
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago health officials are pleased that Lollapalooza did not turn into a superspreader event for COVID-19. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady (AR’-wah-dee) says 203 cases have been linked to Lollapalooza, which is about what was expected. More than 385,000 people attended the four-day festival two weeks ago. Arwady says other festivals are now following Lollapalooza’s lead of requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID tests.
MAJOR CONCERT PROMOTER WILL REQUIRE VACCINE PROOF
UNDATED (AP) – Concert promoter AEG Presents says it will require concert attendees and event staff to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test with all concerts starting Oct. 1. AEG handles more than 25 festivals, including Coachella and New Orleans Jazz Fest, and it promotes concerts at more than 300 venues.
DAN + SHAY PLAY THE LONG GAME ON WEDDING SONGS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dan + Shay always try to put at least one song that can be used for a wedding on their albums. Dan Smyers says it’s to give them career longevity. He says if all else fails, they can play weddings because they’ll be “affordable.” Their latest wedding song is called “You.” It’s on their new album, “Good Things,” out today.
50 CENT STILL PLANS TO RELEASE MUSIC
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When 50 Cent is ready, he will make another album. He just is not ready. 50 Cent says there’s the “hip” part of “hip-hop,” in that it needs to be connected to youth culture. He says if his “aura” is not tapping into that, he will just be banging his head against the wall. 50 Cent has enough to keep him busy. He’s working on the TV series “Power Book 3: Raising Kanan,” which airs Sundays on Starz.
“CHARLIE DANIELS DAY” WILL BE NEXT WEDNESDAY IN TENN.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has declared next Wednesday “Charlie Daniels Day” in the state. It’s a nod to Daniels’ Volunteer Jam concert that’s on Wednesday in Nashville. Among those playing the concert are Ricky Skaggs, Alabama, Big and Rich, Travis Tritt and Gretchen Wilson. Daniels died last year.
TONY BENNETT CALLS OFF TOUR
UNDATED (AP) – Will Tony Bennett ever tour again? He has canceled his fall and winter tour dates. Bennett, who is 95, revealed earlier this year he’s been diagnosed with dementia. Bennett’s concert with Lady Gaga in New York last week was recorded for a TV special, with the date to be determined.
STAND UP TO CANCER ANNOUNCES FIRST PERFORMERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stevie Wonder, Common and Brittany Howard are on the lineup for the Stand Up To Cancer telethon. Other performers will be announced soon. Husband and wife Ken Jeong and Tran Ho will host. Celebrities who have signed on to appear include Sofia Vergara, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Tony Hale and Reese Witherspoon. The event will air Aug. 21 commercial-free on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
JUDGE REJECTS SEX ASSAULT COUNT AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles judge has once again rejected one of 11 sexual assault counts in an indictment of Harvey Weinstein. Judge Lisa Lench first dismissed the count of sexual battery by restraint two weeks ago, saying it was too old and outside the statute of limitations. She allowed the district attorney’s office to amend the allegation, but on Thursday she rejected the updated count too. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the other 10 counts. The 69-year-old former movie mogul and convicted rapist was serving a 23-year sentence in New York when he was extradited to Los Angeles last month.
‘JEOPARDY!’ CHAMP MATT AMODIO’S ANALYTIC STYLE IS A WINNER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amid the ruckus over the new host of “Jeopardy!,” contestant Matt Amodio has methodically scooped up resounding victories and a place in the quiz show’s hall of fame. The Yale University doctoral candidate in computer science had landed high on the list of all-time top “Jeopardy!” winners with more than $500,000 in prize money. Amodio won a number of games so decisively that they were runaways. He says his varied knowledge comes largely from being an avid reader. He takes an analytic approach to the quiz show, always replying “What is ….?” to all questions and making big bets only if they won’t affect his playing another day.
RYAN REYNOLDS: “FREE GUY” IS NOT A MOVIE ABOUT VIDEO GAMES
NEW YORK (AP) – The movie “Free Guy” is about a bank teller who finds himself in a video game after a bank robbery, but star Ryan Reynolds says it’s not a video game movie. Reynolds says when people talk about “Titanic,” they don’t say it’s a movie about boatsmanship. Reynolds says they’re both movies that smuggle in other themes and ideas. He says whether you like video games or not, you should walk out of the film with a smile on your face. “Free Guy” is in theaters today.
IN ‘HOMEROOM,’ AN UNPRECEDENT SCHOOL YEAR CAUGHT ON FILM
NEW YORK (AP) – The Oakland filmmaker Peter Nicks had already made two well-regarded documentaries capturing the institutions of his city and how they shape local lives in 2012’s “The Waiting Room,” about a public hospital, and 2017’s “The Force,” about the Oakland Police Department. Nicks turned to Oakland High, a public school with a diverse student body to complete his Oakland trilogy. Nicks’ interest wasn’t just in rounding out his series. It was personal. His teenage daughter, Karina, had been going through a difficult time. In making a movie about the hardships of growing up as a teenager in Oakland, he was, in a way, making a movie about her. The film, executive produced by Ryan Coogler, debuted Thursday on Hulu.
CAITLYN JENNER AVOIDS TALK OF BOOK, TV DEALS TIED TO RECALL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Caitlyn Jenner has kicked off a monthlong recall campaign tour by raising new questions about her motive for launching her bid to become California’s next governor. On a visit to Los Angeles’ Venice Beach neighborhood, the former Olympian and reality TV personality sidestepped questions about whether she had lined up any lucrative book or TV deals connected to her first run for office. She didn’t answer specifically but said “I’ve never worked so hard for nothing in my life.” Jenner has faced questions about whether she is running a vanity campaign to advance her entertainment career. She recently detoured from her campaign to film a reality TV program in Australia.’
DISNEY TURNS TO PROFIT AS REOPENED PARKS BOLSTER REVENUE
UNDATED (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. turned a profit in its most recent quarter as reopened parks provided a revenue bounce. Revenue in the parks and products division surged to $4.3 billion from $1.1 billion a year ago, as theme parks closed last year were open for part or all of this year’s quarter. Overall revenue climbed 45% to $17.02 billion, and the company swung to a profit from a loss. Disney ended the quarter with 116 million Disney+ subscribers, about double compared with a year ago, and nearly 174 million streaming subscribers including Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu.