July 25 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Live Nation cancels Demi Lovato’s Atlantic City beach show

NEW YORK (AP) — Live Nation says Demi Lovato’s concert on Thursday on the Atlantic City, New Jersey, beach has been canceled. Lovato’s representative said Tuesday she was awake and recovering with her family after she was reportedly hospitalized for an overdose. Live Nation says in a statement that “Demi’s Atlantic City appearance on July 26th has been canceled in light of (the) news.” Tickets will still be valid at Thursday’s show, which was to also include singer-songwriter Lauv, who has a current hit with “I Like Me Better.” Ticketholders for Lovato’s show are now also able to attend the Chainsmokers’ concert on Sunday. Both shows are part of the Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

Bobby Brown to receive proclamation to build shelter

ATLANTA (AP) — Singer Bobby Brown will receive a proclamation to build a domestic violence shelter in Atlanta in honor of his late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. City of South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards and other officials will present Brown and his wife a proclamation on Monday in acknowledgment to build the Bobbi Kristina Brown Serenity House. The shelter will also offer a 24-hour crisis intervention line and emergency transitional shelter. Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in 2015 and died at the age of 22 after six months in a coma. She is also the daughter of Whitney Houston, who died in 2012. Her former boyfriend, Nick Gordon was found responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit. An Atlanta judge ordered him to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina’s estate.

Hillary Clinton to appear on ‘Madam Secretary’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Madam Secretary” won’t lack secretaries of state this fall. CBS on Tuesday announced former secretaries Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell will appear on drama’s fifth season premiere on Oct. 7. CBS says star Tea Leoni, in her role as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, seeks their advice. Clinton tweeted it was wonderful to spend some time on the set. Albright previously appeared on the show during its second season. Clinton was secretary of state under President Barack Obama. Powell was President George W. Bush’s top diplomat, and Albright was the first woman to become secretary of state, during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star vandalized

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A vandal has destroyed President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown says the vandalism was reported around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and someone was subsequently taken into custody. Brown did not have any further information about the person. Brown says a pickax was used in the vandalism. The star placed on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue in 2007 recognizes Trump for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice.” Trump’s star was previously vandalized by a man swinging a sledgehammer and pickax days before the November 2016 election.

Actor John Goodman in Missouri ad opposing right to work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Actor John Goodman is featured in a radio ad opposing a right-to-work law on Missouri’s Aug. 7 ballot. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the ad is airing in the St. Louis market. Goodman says the law is marketed as a way to help workers. But he tells voters to “look a little deeper, and you’ll see it’s all about corporate greed.” Goodman starred on “Roseanne.” He went to high school and college in Missouri. Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists paid for the ad. Right-to-work supporters say workers should be able to choose whether they pay fees in industries that require union membership. Missouri lawmakers passed the law banning mandatory union fees last year. Opponents gathered enough signatures to put it to a public vote.

Roseanne Barr will appear on TV for first time since firing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roseanne Barr will appear on television for the first time since she was fired from ABC and her namesake show was canceled. Barr will be a guest on the Fox News show “Hannity” on Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT. ABC canceled its successful reboot of “Roseanne” in May following the star’s racist tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and a “Planet of the Apes” actor. Barr recorded a podcast interview last month in which she said she feels remorse about the tweet. During the live interview Thursday, she’s expected to discuss the tweet as well as President Donald Trump. ABC said it ordered 10 episodes of a spinoff called “The Conners” after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it.

April the giraffe’s calf is due in March

NEW YORK (AP) — You don’t need to stick your neck out to predict that this bundle of joy is going to get some attention. April, the giraffe whose YouTube pregnancy in 2017 made her famous, is due again around next March. Jordon Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, announced the pregnancy Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show. April’s pregnancy drew more than 232 million YouTube live views during a seven-week period in 2017 before she gave birth to Tajiri. Patch says Tajiri’s father also sired the new calf. April’s progress can be followed online at aprilthegiraffe.com.