China sentences Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years

BEIJING — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu was given 11 years and 6 months for a 2020 rape, and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of assembling a crowd to engage in … Read more

Disastrous Christmas reunion unfolds in BTE’s funny, fast-paced ‘Season’s Greetings’

“Season’s Greetings” —    The confrontations, confessions and trysts that occur over the course of an extended family holiday in Alan Ayckbourn’s “Season’s Greetings” are the stuff of Chekhovian drama. Pathos underscores these characters: preoccupied husband, neglected wife, boozy sister-in-law, amorous newcomer, cantankerous patriarch. There’s even a gun. And, yes, before the play … Read more

Gene Perret, Emmy-winning writer on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dead at 85

Emmy-winning writer Gene Perret, who wrote for “The Carol Burnett Show” as well as for Bob Hope, has died aged 85. His daughter, Linda Perret, told The Hollywood Reporter that her beloved dad died on Nov. 15 of liver failure at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. Throughout his glittering career, Perret was a treasured writer at “The Carol … Read more

‘Love Actually’ actress wore dead people’s clothes after friend stole nearly $80K

Actress Meg Wynn Owen, best known for appearing in “Love Actually” and “Pride & Prejudice,” was forced to wear clothes belonging to deceased residents of her care home after her carer stole thousands from her. Owen, whose real name was Margaret Wright, suffered from dementia and appointed her friend, costume designer Brian Malam, as power … Read more

‘Jeopardy!’ host Ken Jennings says he likes pineapple pizza — fans are disgusted

Ken Jennings needs to get a clue — and a new pizza restaurant, according to aficiona-doughs. The “Jeopardy!” host found himself in a fine mess for declaring his “most controversial take on-stage ever” — that pineapple belongs on pizza. The decadent debacle began when contestant David Stiasny — a pediatrician from Highland Park, Ill. — … Read more

Spotlight: Itasca native reprises her role as Cindy Lou Who in darkly comic ‘Who’s Holiday!’

Cindy Lou, who? Itasca native Veronica Garza reprises her role as Cindy Lou Who in Theater Wit’s remount of “Who’s Holiday!” Matthew Lombardo’s adults-only comedy about the little girl who befriended the Grinch fast-forwards some 40 years to find the booze-guzzling, cigarette-smoking Cindy Lou reminiscing on the fateful night that changed her life. Previews at … Read more

Amber Heard finally prevails — as Google’s most-searched celeb of 2022

Haven’t you Heard? These are the most Googled celebrities of the year. Research from Hollywood news site CelebTattler analyzed data points from Google search trends in 2022, tracking over 150 notable celebrities — and eventually crowning “Aquaman” star Amber Heard as No. 1. Presumably due to her high profile court battle with her ex, the … Read more

Widescreen: Four things I’m thankful for in entertainment this year

The new edition of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ John Hughes’ Thanksgiving classic got a new 4K/Blu-ray release this week that includes a mother lode of deleted material, including extra scenes with John Candy and Steve Martin that fans have long heard about but never had the chance to see. The movie itself is perfect as … Read more

Wilko Johnson, British rocker who defied cancer, dies at 75

LONDON — Wilko Johnson, the guitarist with British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood who had an unexpected career renaissance after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died. He was 75. A statement posted Wednesday on Johnson’s official social media accounts on behalf of his family said the musician died Monday evening at his home in southeast … Read more