| Jul 9, 2013
| 5:26 AM
Beyonce will perform two concerts here this week, both sold out (while, when last we checked, next week’s show in her hometown, Houston, was not). This makes perfect sense — Mrs. Carter was made for South Florida.
It takes a certain brand of...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Casting producers for the hit TV talent show “Star Search” were closing in on the end of a long cross-country series of auditions and had nearly filled their quota of performers for the upcoming season when they arrived at a Memphis mall to...
| May 14, 2013
| 6:00 AM
To judge by some of the reviews of the new film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," you'd think Australian director Baz Luhrmann would be facing extradition for his crime against an American classic.
But I have a message for all those self-appointed...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 4:21 PM
The Dodgers' expected signing of Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero puts a spotlight on the most anticipated free-agent saga of the coming off-season: Whither Robinson Cano?
This saga comes with a song: "Crown," the Jay-Z song that features this...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Pop star Jay-Z will bring his art gallery what-is-it project "Picasso Baby" to television audiences with a new documentary airing on HBO starting Friday.
"Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film," debuting Friday at 11 p.m. on the premium cable channel,...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 9:23 PM
True to her reputation, Beyoncé — Mrs. Carter — delivered Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Belting out every note infallibly, dancing each synchronized step perfectly, Queen Bey makes us wonder if her music videos each...
| May 11, 2013
| 4:04 PM
One detail I didn't have room to include in last weekend's Arts & Books feature on the soundtrack to "The Great Gatsby" was just how the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, recruited Jay-Z to help him assemble the music for the movie.
In an interview...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:18 PM
A Costa Mesa family visiting Zoomar's Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano saw 3-week-old kittens without a mom. The zoo staff complained about the many stray cats, and the family agreed to take the kittens home.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z, two black kittens...
| May 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Baz Luhrmann didn't want to answer the question.
"I can't really say it about myself," he said. "But yes, I do."
The Australian director behind this month's hip-hop-inspired adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" had been asked if he thinks his movies...
| Jun 23, 2013
Baseball, football, wrestling
ACT: 34. GPA: 4.88/4.0.
Athletics: All-Suburban Christian Blue football 2012, baseball 2012-13. 138-pound regional runner-up, wrestling 2013.
Academics: IHSA All-State Academic 2012-13,...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:15 PM
We're not sure where Kanye West and Jay-Z's duel of self-mythologizing will end up -- perhaps with a "Yeezus" sequel titled "I Am Cthulhu"? But Jay-Z has escalated matters with his newest promotional gambit.
His new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," has...