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Little plot in ‘Magic Mike’
There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been. Mike Lane, played by the well nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he’s listening ...
By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
‘Magic Mike’ taught Pinkett Smith to be playful with husband
WEST HOLLYWOOD — Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about male strippers with some new theories on her own marriage. “It really taught me how to be more playfu...
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press FULL STORY
Power of one
Malala Yousafzai spoke at San Jose State University June 26 as a part of its “Unique Lives and Experiences” series. The event was hosted by Khaled Hosseini, the Afghani writer of the best-selling novel, “The Kite Runner.” Hundreds of supporters of Malala’s cause filled the auditorium, ris...
By Mayeesha Galiba FULL STORY
 
‘Book of Mormon’ finds its way to San Jose
Funny, obscene, energetic, sacrilegious. These are all ways to describe touring production of “The Book of Mormon,” presented by Broadway San Jose. Winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards, including best musical, it’s the brainchild of Trey Parker (who co-directs), Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, the...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Economic malaise comes to backyard in ‘Detroit’
The title of Lisa D’Amour’s play, “Detroit,” is a symbol rather than a geographic reference. In fact, that city is never mentioned, and the action takes place somewhere in suburbia. Aurora Theatre Company is giving the four-person play its Bay Area premiere. As it opens, a middle-aged coup...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
 
Susan's City Scene
A CELEBRATION OF ETHEL MERMAN. Call Me Miss Birds Eye: A Celebration of Ethel Merman chronicles and celebrates the life of one of Broadway’s most legendary performers as it follows her journey from a day job as a stenographer to stardom in her first musical Girl Crazy. The revue highlights the wor...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY
Sunday news shows
ABC’s ‘This Week’ 8 a.m. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate; Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ 8 a.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate. ...
FULL STORY
 
In Winehouse doc ‘Amy,’ celebrity is the villain
Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked. First seen as a bright-eyed 14-year-old girl singing a knockout “Happy Birthday,” Winehouse gradua...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
Documentary wins raves but angers family
LONDON — In “Amy,” performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess. Critics love it — but it has left her family hurt and angry. The singer’s...
By Jill Lawless The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
HGTV relies on relationships for good TV
NEW YORK — HGTV is working the buddy system. The home-and-garden network has upped the number of shows with co-hosts who are related or married to five, adding “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens,” hosted by cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, to its lineup of shows hosted by spouses,...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump’s ’idiocy’
WASHINGTON — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump’s comments while others have ignored them. Marco...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Trainor postpones two shows due to hemorrhage on vocal chords
NEW YORK — Meghan Trainor is postponing two shows because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cords. The 21-year-old pop singer made the announcement on Instagram late Thursday. She said “doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed.” The “All About That Bass” singer had been s...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
  


 
 
 
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