Ohio city expects swell of visitors for music fest

TROY, Ohio (AP) — A small southwest Ohio city is bracing for more than 40,000 visitors for a music festival headlined by the British folk-rock band Mumford and Sons. Troy was among hundreds of towns that applied to…

Review: Kerouac’s ‘Mexican Girl’ brought to life

“Manana Means Heaven” (University of Arizona Press), by Tim Z. Hernandez As Jack Kerouac described her, she was “the cutest little Mexican girl” who happened across his path at a bus stop in Bakersfield, Calif., and became “Terry”…

New book sheds light on pioneering female aviator

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new book retells the story of a Flint woman who attempted to fly from California to Hawaii in 1927. The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1dOMJ49 ) Tuesday the book is written by the nephew…

Prominent entertainment lawyer Irwin Russell dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family representative says prominent entertainment lawyer Irwin Russell, whose clients included such industry heavyweights as Michael Eisner, Jim Henson and David Wolper, has died at age 87. Russell, who died Friday in Los…

‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator gets 270 days in jail

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation for assaulting a woman at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge…

Nielsen’s top TV programs for week of Aug. 19-25

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 19-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 10.64 million. 2. “Duck Dynasty,” A&E, 10.07 million. 3. “Video Music Awards,” MTV, 10.066 million. 4. “America’s…

Obama says ‘The Butler’ movie made him tear up

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he got teary while watching “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a movie about a black White House servant who worked for several presidents. Obama says he reflected on the effects of discrimination…

Michael Buble, Luisana Lopilato welcome baby boy

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Buble is a father. The pop singer posted a picture of his wife, actress Luisana Lopilato, and their son Noah on his Instagram account Tuesday. Buble’s representative confirmed the birth. Lopilato gave birth…

Emboldened, Rebecca Hall moves toward center stage

NEW YORK (AP) — Rebecca Hall is confidently stepping toward center stage. This year, there was her snappy, unapologetic Sylvia in the Tom Stoppard HBO miniseries “Parade’s End,” a revelation of Hall’s dynamism and capacity for boldness. There…

TV’s big week: ‘Dome,’ ‘Dynasty’ and Miley Cyrus

NEW YORK (AP) — The changing landscape of television is again evident in the weekly Nielsen ratings: Two of the three most popular shows last week were on cable. A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and the MTV Video Music Awards…

Review: Goodie Mob reunites with CeeLo-led album

Goodie Mob, “Age Against the Machine” (Alliance Entertainment) Goodie Mob reunited for their new album, “Age Against the Machine,” but the foursome’s offering seems more like the CeeLo Green show. It is Goodie Mob’s first album in 14…

Music Review: Franz Ferdinand make loud comeback

Franz Ferdinand, “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action,” (Domino) It’s been four years since Franz Ferdinand’s last album “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand,” and in that time the band nearly managed to split up, but thankfully they did not. Instead…

Police smelled marijuana on 2 Chainz tour bus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A police affidavit says an Oklahoma City police officer who pulled over the tour bus of rapper 2 Chainz “smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana” when the driver opened the door. Eleven people including…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Aug. 26, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft 2. Minecraft — Pocket Edition, Mojang 3. PicPlayPost, Flambe Studios LLC 4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 5. Pixel…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Aug. 26, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Roar,” Katy Perry 2. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 3. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii 4. “Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake),” JAY…

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 19, to Sunday, August 25, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Swift donates signed guitar to RI charity auction

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A silent auction to raise money for charity and celebrate a Rhode Island town’s centennial is getting some help from singer Taylor Swift. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15tLi7U ) that Swift donated an…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, August 19, to Sunday, August 25: UNITED STATES 1. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Universal) 2. Jay-Z, “Holy Grail” (Roc Nation) 3. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star…

Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell make music for kids

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell had only been playing for about 10 minutes when the stage was invaded. The first to appear was a stuffed lamb. Then a cuddly dinosaur. Then all hell broke…

Selena Gomez: Don’t ask what Swift said at VMAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards? Don’t ask Selena Gomez. Swift’s seemingly…