Katy Perry: Female anthems make me ideal Super Bowl performer

Written by RYAN PEARSON,
AP Entertainment Writer
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:11

Katy Perry says her female empowerment anthems make her the ideal Super Bowl halftime performer after an NFL season shadowed by highly publicized domestic violence cases involving players.

Perry was in discussions with the league last year as it faced scrutiny over its handling of incidents including Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s elevator assault of his then-fiancee.

From quirky to revolutionary, the CES show has them all

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 12 January 2015 13:24

Sure, the International CES show was chock full of connected cars, smart home sensors, music gear and computer gadgets, as you’d expect.

There were even drones buzzing the 160,000-plus people that tromped across the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space along the Las Vegas Strip. But if you didn’t get to see some of these goodies, well, you just haven’t lived.

Queen Latifah takes long road to 'Bessie' film

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 09 January 2015 07:57

When Queen Latifah was approached 20 years ago to play Bessie Smith, she had to do some research.

Milwaukee critic picks city's Top Five productions of 2014

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing write
Saturday, 03 January 2015 21:13

Real-life couple Jonathan Wainwright and Laura Gray starred in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of “The Good Father.”

With a nod to New York theater critic Charles Isherwood, the older you get, the sooner it seems you are faced with the prospect of listing the best productions of the year.

Nominees for the worst films of the year are …

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:04

The nominations are out for the 35th annual Razzie awards to the worst films of the year.

The nominees include…

Discovery Network's new boss says no more man-eating snakes and mega-sharks

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 11 January 2015 08:52

There’s a new boss in charge at the Discovery Network, and he’s anxious to get rid of mega-sharks, mermaids and man-eating snakes.

‘Anything Goes’ is a cruise to show-tune paradise

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:27

Emma Stratton, center, in 'Anything Goes.' -PHOTO: Jeremy Daniel

Anything Goes is an emblematic musical, a chunky yarn in the fabric of American culture that has warmed audiences for 80 years. Nearly every song in the first act is a cherished part of the Great American Songbook. Whether you’re 30 or 70, you’ll find yourself singing along (in your head at least) and tapping your toes to Cole Porter’s clever lyrics and familiar tunes — including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

App update: New apps for 2015

Written by The AP Friday, 02 January 2015 12:32

Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but with 2015 arriving we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in in the new year. Which will be the breakout hit?


Golden Globes reward TV pioneers, ordain Oscar-ready films

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Monday, 12 January 2015 14:57

Film moguls and stars would like you to think the Golden Globes are all about them, with television getting a seat at the table out of courtesy. Yet this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual awards gala proved what armchair critics have increasingly discovered over the past few years — it’s on TV networks that the boldest stories are being told.

‘Wicked’ headed to the big screen

Written by WiG Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:10

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in the Broadway production of 'Wicked.'

Hollywood publications are reporting that director Stephen Daldry, who directed Billy Elliot on film and stage, will direct a movie adaptation of the smash hit musical play Wicked.

Novel explores Van Gogh’s silent period

Written by M.L. JOHNSON,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:34

When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist’s eye is immediately captivated by his surroundings.

“The haze of coal smoke made it seem as if night were falling; the black was so thick, I felt I could take grasp of it with my hand and pull free a piece,” he recalls in a letter to his brother.

Review: In ‘A Most Violent Year,’ the capitalist as gangster

Written by The AP Friday, 02 January 2015 07:43

In his exciting first three films, writer-director J.C. Chandor, the son of a Merrill Lynch investment banker, has proven to be a canny, clear-eyed studier of capitalism, sensitive to its strivers and alert to its ethical storms.

His debut, “Margin Call,” plunged into the board rooms of a Wall Street firm in crisis. He followed that with “All Is Lost,” a metaphorical survival film about a man (Robert Redford) literally wrecked by the global economy.