Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes, dead at 95

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee […]

Reviewing “Residue,” “Her Kind of Case” and more

“Residue” by Michael McGarrity (Norton). In a dozen other Michael McGarrity mysteries, Kevin Kerney has solved some tough crimes, often at peril to himself. But nothing has threatened him as much as an unsolved murder in “Residue.” That’s because Kerney himself is the primary suspect. Kerney, retired Santa Fe sheriff, is attending a retirement party […]

Katy Perry slams Donald Trump over ‘heartless’ Calif. wildfire tweet

Sara M Moniuszko USA TODAY Published 4:38 PM EST Nov 10, 2018 Katy Perry is slamming President Trump over his tweet about the California wildfires, which have forced tens of thousands of people to quickly evacuate their homes, including several high-profile celebrities. In his tweet early Saturday, Trump blamed the “costly” fires on “gross mismanagement of the forests,” […]

James Taylor serenaded Joni Mitchell at her 75th birthday bash

James Taylor was among a slew of stars who paid tribute through song to Joni Mitchell at the legendary folk singer’s two-night, star-studded 75th birthday bash in Los Angeles earlier this week. Musicians like Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash, and Rufus Wainwright serenaded Mitchell with a selection of her own tunes as part of […]

Events canceled, editor expelled: Hong Kong’s losing freedom

The cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow a Financial Times editor to enter Hong Kong have reignited concern about freedom of expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. A last-minute decision Friday to reinstate the literary event illustrates the back-and-forth over this issue. Hong Kong was promised semi-autonomy for 50 years […]

Paul Simon’s songs like a bridge back to my father in 1960s Vietnam

Four years later I returned, changed a hundred times over, to hear those songs performed live for the last time, as Paul Simon played the final shows on his 2018 farewell tour. Walking the same restless streets, I wondered if my younger self was walking beside me, or if she’d disappeared after New York taught […]

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‘Brady Bunch’ cast to take part in TV home’s renovation: report

Brady Bunch cast: (left to right) Maureen McCormack (Marsha), Christopher Knight (Peter), Susan Olsen (Cindy), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), Eve Plumb (Jan) and Barry Williams (Greg) in front of the original Brady home in Studio City, CA, as seen on A Very Brady Renovation. (HGTV via AP) The six former cast members who portrayed the “The […]

Doing it H.E.R. way: singer rises as focus remains on music

NEW YORK (AP) – When Gabi Wilson is H.E.R. – her R&B; singer stage name – she is usually rocking big hair and big sunglasses, rarely showing her full face to her fans. The point is to give the public one simple thing to focus on: the music. But other days, her hair is pulled […]