Learn the secrets to a perfect dinner party from Questlove

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a dinner party hosted by Questlove, be aware that nothing has been left to chance. The guest list has been carefully chosen, a...

Irving Burgie, songwriter of calypso hit ‘Day-O,’ dies at 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95. ...

Showtime to make documentary series on gossip Cindy Adams

NEW YORK (AP) — Showtime will be putting the spotlight on Cindy Adams, the New York Post columnist and elder stateswoman of Manhattan gossip. The 89-year-old Adams will be the subjec...

AARP releases the names of its Movies for Grownups nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — A new batch of film nominations are out from an influential media organization — but superhero flicks and “Frozen 2” need not apply. AARP, the organization for retire...

Review: ‘Queen & Slim’ is romantic, urgent and beautiful

Rarely has a Tinder date ended so poorly than the one shown in “Queen & Slim.” Even more rarely has a bad Tinder date produced such a great film. The remarkable “Queen & Slim...

Fiery theater critic John Simon has died at 94

NEW YORK (AP) — John Simon, a theater and film critic known for his lacerating reviews and often withering assessment of performers' physical appearance, has died. He was 94. Patrici...

Airbnb looking for 100 of the best home chefs for a trip

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is launching a global search for 100 top home cooks and treating them to a trip to Italy to learn how to refine their recipes with teachers including David Chang and his mom. ...

Review: Coldplay do a 180-degree turn from arena pop-rock

Coldplay, “Everyday Life” (Parlophone/Atlantic) At the end of a year that saw musicians like Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran gingerly dip their toes into other languages, Coldplay have re...

Review: Beck shoots into the galaxy for latest trippy album

Beck, “Hyperspace” (Capitol Records) We’ve heard Beck when he’s down. And we’ve heard Beck when he’s up. Now hear Beck go past up to something else. Cosmic? Celestial? ...

A tour inside a Broadway theater is the place to geek out

NEW YORK (AP) — Walking into a Broadway theater at show time is something special — the electricity, the excited murmurs, the shared anticipation. But, it turns out, walking into an empty Broadway the...

Meet the man picked to be host of the ‘Blue’s Clues’ reboot

NEW YORK (AP) — Joshua Dela Cruz has gone from having a genie as a sidekick to a bright blue puppy — and he couldn’t be happier. The actor is the host of a reboot of the preschool TV...

Review: ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack struggles in shadow of first

Various artists, “Frozen 2” (Walt Disney Records) No, there’s no new “Let It Go.” Let it go. The “Frozen 2” soundtrack brings together everyone’s favorite princesse...

New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne

NEW YORK (AP) — The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named after Lena Horne. The Lena Horne Prize ...

Review: Celine Dion moves past loss on excellent new album

Celine Dion, "Courage" (Columbia Records) The search is officially over: If you've been wondering what the saddest song of 2019 is, we've found it. It's on Celine Dion's new album, "...

Review: 'Ford v Ferrari' is a very pleasant (fast) ride

Cops might do well to position their speed traps near movie theaters wherever the new film "Ford v Ferrari" is playing. They might fund their whole year's budget busting speeders peeling out of the pa...