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Rolling Stone magazine to be sold

NEW YORK — Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner plans to sell his company’s controlling stake in the legendary magazine that chronicled the music and politics of the counterculture movement and changed music journalism forever. The New York Times reported Sunday that Wenner and his 27-year-old son, Gus, the president and chief operating officer of Wenner Media, …

Five to watch: Standout Toronto film festival movies that flew under the radar

TORONTO — Celebrity red carpets, Hollywood premieres and lavish parties dominate the Toronto International Film Festival, but many avid filmgoers will tell you the best part is finding a hidden gem. Here are five standout movies that slipped under the radar at this year’s fest, but offer fresh, challenging and unforgettable experiences worth a spot on your …

Fergie and Josh Duhamel separate after 8 years of marriage

NEW YORK – The eight-year marriage of Fergie and Josh Duhamel is over. The singer and actor confirmed Thursday that they had decided to split up earlier this year, but kept the news quiet to give their family “the best opportunity to adjust.” Fergie and Duhamel have a son, Axl, who was born in 2013. …

Grant Hart of pioneering indie rock band Husker Du dies

MINNEAPOLIS — Widespread commercial success largely eluded Grant Hart and his pioneering indie-rock trio, Husker Du. But the hard-working band emerged as one of the heavyweights of Minneapolis’ burgeoning 1980s music scene, and was credited with inspiring genre-defining acts that followed, including Nirvana and the Pixies. Hart, who died Wednesday after being diagnosed with cancer, …

Gaga pulls out of Rock in Rio, posts photo of IV in her arm

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga has been hospitalized and forced to pull out of the upcoming Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil, citing “severe physical pain” and posting a photo of what resembles an IV in her arm. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter wrote on Twitter that she had to take care of her body and …

Prosecutor: Rap mogul’s girlfriend sold video to TMZ

LOS ANGELES — Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight’s girlfriend and a business partner have been charged with violating a court order by selling a video showing Knight running his truck into two men to celebrity news website TMZ for $55,000, prosecutors said Wednesday. Knight’s girlfriend, Toilin Kelly, and Mark Blankenship were each charged with …

Sean Spicer pressed (gently) as ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ guest

NEW YORK — It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night. This was a smiling, chill Spicer, in marked contrast to the six hot-tempered months he spent as White House Press Secretary, conducting volatile news conferences that were given added heat thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s unsparing …

John Prine takes home artist of the year at Americana Awards

NASHVILLE — Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his proteges, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards show. Americana artists spanning generations and backgrounds were honoured Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee, including lifetime achievement honorees Van Morrison …

White House: ESPN could justify firing Hill for Trump tweets

BRISTOL, Conn. — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that sports anchor Jemele Hill could justifiably be fired from ESPN for tweets calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and “a bigot.” “I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is …

Tragically Hip documentary makers say tour film ‘started on a dime’

TORONTO — Making the Tragically Hip tour documentary “Long Time Running” was a shotgun project of sorts for its filmmakers. “It started on a dime,” explained co-director Nicholas de Pencier on Wednesday during the film’s red carpet premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Five days before the first show,” added Jennifer Baichwal, the film’s …

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