Former Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell dies at 56

Steve Harwell, former lead singer of rock band Smash Mouth, best known for his 1999 hit hit “All Star,” died Monday. He was 56 years old. His death at his home in Boise, Idaho, was confirmed by the group’s manager, Robert Hayes, who said the cause was liver failure. Smash …

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Jimmy Buffett dies of skin cancer

SAG HABOR, NY — Jimmy Buffett, whose sunny songs celebrate life on the coast, has died of a rare, aggressive skin cancer, according to a statement on his website. According to the statement released after the first news, 76-year-old Buffett was diagnosed with Merkel cell cancer. his death appeared on …

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‘Equalizer 3’ breaks box office records

The third installment in the Denzel Washington-led “Equalizer” franchise topped the domestic box office this weekend with $34.5 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Sony expects that total to rise to $42 million by the end of Monday’s holiday. Labor Day signals the end of Hollywood’s summer movie season; …

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SAG-AFTRA calls for strike vote against video game companies

LOS ANGELES — SAG-AFTRA members will vote from next week on whether union leaders should be authorized to call strikes against video game companies, in the latest sign of worker unrest spreading across the wider entertainment industry. The Screen Actors Guild, the Federation of American Television and Radio Artists, said …

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Jimmy Buffett’s best music moments that aren’t ‘Margaritaville’

Loved beyond the majority of “Parrothead” for the plush, tropical island vibe of 1977’s “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett’s music and lyrics had an eternally lonely, laissez-faire literary eclipse. Yes, there was a ready-made escapist sense of humor in his witty sharp expressions, tinged with the smell of hash and the taste …

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Bibliography on the Potter craze and reading for fun

In the years I taught at Clemson University (2005-2011) it was almost guaranteed that almost every student read at least one book purely for pleasure and on their own initiative. In fact, by 2007 I could be sure most of them had read at least seven books for pleasure because …

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‘Hamilton’ will have $10 daily ticket lottery in Chicago

Alongside the return of the “Hamilton” musical to Chicago is the #HAM4HAM ticket lottery. A digital lottery of $10 discounted tickets will be on sale for each performance, according to an announcement Thursday from show producer Jeffrey Seller and Chicago’s Broadway (host of the national tour’s upcoming fall production Loop). …

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