Art and Entertainment

Ron Popeil, inventor and king of TV pitchmen, dies at 86

ANDREW DALTON and TED ANTHONY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said. Popeil died “suddenly and peacefully” Wednesday at Cedars Sinai…

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ZZ Top bearded bassist Dusty Hill dies at 72

HOUSTON (AP) — ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for such hits as “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” has died at age 72. In a Facebook post Wednesday, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said Hill died in his sleep. They didn’t give a…

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Children’s Concert tonight

TAYLORVILLE — The annual Taylorville Municipal Band Children’s Concert will be held at the Christian County Historical Society on East Route 29 in Taylorville tonight, Wednesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The Children’s Concerts were designed to feature music that would be especial- ly enjoyed by the children in…

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The perfect ham recipe for two

I love ham, but I don’t always want to buy a big ham for the two of us, so I often buy ham steak. Sometimes I just heat it up in a skillet, or we throw it on the grill. Here is a delicious way to serve it if you want something special. Glazed Ham…

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New this week: ’Jungle Cruise’ and music from Prince, Eilish

The Associated Press Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Amusement park attractions don’t always make great movies, but Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” will hope its transition from Disneyland to screen goes more like “Pirates of the Caribbean” than…

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On a quiet weekend, ’Old’ tops, ’Snake

LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old” easily won a slower weekend at the North American box office, while the G.I. Joe pic “Snake Eyes” lived up to its name. Although both fresh offerings from major studios, moviegoers turned out in modest numbers on a weekend where there was the notable distraction of…

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Rolling Stones back on the road

NEW YORK (AP) — Time is finally on their side. The Rolling Stones announced on Thursday the relaunch of their U.S. “No Filter” tour, which had been derailed by the pandemic, beginning in St. Louis on Sept. 26. “I’m so excited to get back on the stage again and want to thank everyone for their…

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Obama-Springsteen book ’Renegades’ coming in October 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a new chapter in the friendship between Barack and the Boss. “Renegades: Born in the USA“ is a bound edition of the popular “Renegades” podcast featuring conversations on everything from fame to cars to the country itself between former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen. Penguin Random House and Obama’s…

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Shark bites new viewers for Discovery in 33rd year

DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Shark Week just finished its 33rd edition on Discovery, a television event so old that one advertising executive joked it could have its own children. But some recent research illustrated its potency in bringing new viewers to the network, something increasingly important in an era where…

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Chance the Rapper to bring secret concert to the big screen

JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Chance the Rapper filmed a secret concert four years ago, he intended to make a movie for the big screen but ended up shelving the project after not knowing how to edit all the footage. But while hunkered down in his home during the…

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