Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21

AP Music Writer
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:52

Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.

“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” will include songs such as Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Barbra Streisand’s “People” and Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman.”

Waters' 'Paying Guests' filled with romance, sex

Written by KIM CURTIS,
AP writer
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:24

Fans of Sarah Waters will feel cloaked in comfy familiarity when they sink into her new novel, "The Paying Guests."

The setting is London, 1922. The post-war economy forces upper-class Frances, a single woman in her late 20s, and her mother to begrudgingly take in lodgers. The book opens with the arrival of newlyweds Len and Lilian Barber, who are solidly middle-class.

Next Act's 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter' works to exorcise traumas of war

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Sunday, 21 September 2014 16:24
In 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,' the title character must cope with traumas from her time in Iraq. Photo by Alex Clark.

More than anything else — and more than we’d like to admit — traumas shape our lives. "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" follows one woman's journey to overcome the horrors she faced in the Iraq War in order to find internal peace.

Sneak peek of some major fall releases

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff reporter
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:38

New this fall in theaters…


Andre Benjamin finds a new rhythm in Hendrix biopic

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 26 September 2014 06:46

Andre Benjamin was uniquely qualified to play Jimi Hendrix in the film “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” and not just because his colorfully cosmic style has long owed something to the ‘60s icon.

The film, written and directed by “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley, is a portrait of Hendrix in 1966 — a then somewhat aimless 24-year-old playing backup guitar — finding himself as a frontman and being elevated by the blues-rock scene of Swinging London. As the often reticent half of hip-hop duo Outkast, Benjamin, too, knows something about the psychology of a performer discovering his onstage swagger.

Hulu plans series based on Stephen King's '11/22/63'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:21

The internet TV service Hulu plans to stream a nine-hour series based on Stephen King's time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination.

Hulu announced its plan for "11/22/63," produced by King and J.J. Abrams, on Sept. 22.

Tina Fey, Jason Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too

AP Entertainment Writer
Friday, 19 September 2014 10:34

In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind.

Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently as they promoted the sprawling ensemble dramedy, opening today, it was clear that Fey, 44, and Bateman, 45, had developed a real-life rapport, as well. A sampling:

Pizza tours offer a slice of culture in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, NYC

AP writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:36

In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza tourists wouldn’t know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour.

Chicago is one of a handful of cities across the country, like Milwaukee, Boston and New York, with companies that offer tours of the local pizza scene.

Paula Deen documentary to tell her side of downfall

Written by J.M. HIRSCH,
AP Food Editor
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:39

Former Food Network star Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

Deen has been working on a documentary about herself and her downfall — triggered in 2013 by her acknowledgment that she'd used a racial slur in the past — but it will only be available to subscribers of her new website, the Paula Deen Network. Recipe content on the site will be free, but viewers will need to pay $9.99 a month to view videos.

'The Good Father' is a great evening of intimate theater

Written by By Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:17

Jonathan Wainwright as Tim and Laura Gray as Jane in

In The Good Father, Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly tosses together two disparate — and dispirited — people at a New Year’s Eve party. Their chance encounter shakes up their lives and tests their divergent belief systems.

More recommendations for the Milwaukee Film Fest

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:43

Need more Milwaukee Film Festival suggestions than our main guide gave you? Here’s another half-dozen films coming to Milwaukee screens in the next few weeks, each with progressive and alternative angles we think are worth highlighting.

Tickets for the sixth Milwaukee Film Festival are $10, $9 for seniors, $8 for Milwaukee Film members and $6 for children 12 and under. You can pick up individual tickets or packages at any of the theatres’ box offices, 414-727-8468 or mkefilm.org.

Putting banned books on the reading list

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:10

Banned Books Week 2014 provides the material for another chapter in the campaign against censorship.