May 9 Entertainment Briefs

Katy Perry sends Taylor Swift an olive branch ahead of tour

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift has received a peace offering from Katy Perry before launching her new tour. Swift shared a video on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday showing a package that Perry sent that included an olive branch. Inside was a letter in which Perry wrote that she was “deeply sorry” and wanted to “clear the air.” Swift says it “means so much to me” and her video was captioned “Thank you Katy.” The feud between the singers began in 2014 after Swift told “Rolling Stone” that another singer had taken one of her dancers. Perry then compared Swift to a character from “Mean Girls.” Swift kicked off her Reputation tour Tuesday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Meghan Markle waxwork unveiled at Madame Tussauds

LONDON (AP) — Madame Tussauds London has unveiled a waxwork of Meghan Markle as it prepares for events marking her May 19 marriage to Prince Harry. The likeness of the American actress sports the emerald green P.A.R.O.S.H. dress she wore for the couple’s engagement announcement. The waxwork will be placed beside one of Harry, which has been updated to add a beard. The waxworks will first be displayed to the public on the day before the wedding, May 18. The attraction said it will offer free entry to guests named Meghan or Harry on the day of the royal wedding — but only for one day. Madame Tussauds London’s sister attraction in New York is planning to reveal its Meghan figure on Wednesday.

Grand Rapids unveiling replica of famous LOVE sculpture

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A rendering of the famous “LOVE” sculpture is showing some love to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The city plans to welcome a reproduction of the Robert Indiana sculpture Wednesday morning on Louis Campau Promenade in its downtown district. It will be unveiled by members of the Frey family representing the Frey Foundation. The Grand Rapids-based philanthropy bought the sculpture and has invested in other public art in the city. The city joins several others across the country and globe with renderings of the sculpture. They include the original in Indianapolis and others in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jerusalem and Lisbon, Portugal. After the unveiling, organizers plan to hold a discussion at the Grand Rapids Art Museum about how art and public places can work together to enhance culture and community.

‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei discusses internment camps

BOSTON (AP) — “Star Trek” actor George Takei (tuh-KAY’) has appeared in Boston to talk about his experiences in U.S. internment camps during World War II. In an event at the Boston Public Library Tuesday, Takei discussed his family’s history in the camps that put Japanese-Americans behind barbed wire between 1942 and 1946. Takei used his family’s story as the inspiration for the Broadway musical “Allegiance.” The show tells the narrative of the fictional Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

‘Ghosts of the Tsunami’ wins Rathbones Folio literary prize

LONDON (AP) — A reporter’s powerful account of communities devastated by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami has won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature. Richard Lloyd Parry’s “Ghosts of the Tsunami” was named winner of the $27,000 prize at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. Lloyd Parry of the Times of London, spent years covering the aftermath of the disaster, which killed more than 15,000 people and triggered the meltdown of a nuclear plant. The judges said the book was “harrowing and inspiring.”

University of Cincinnati revokes Cosby’s honorary degree

CINCINNATI (AP) — University of Cincinnati trustees have revoked Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. The trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved revoking Cosby’s 2001 honorary doctor of humane letters degree. The trustees say they “abhor sexual violence” and university President Neville Pinto echoed that in a statement expressing support for survivors of sexual assault. The school joins at least two dozen others that rescinded honors for the comedian before or after his sexual assault conviction. Jurors in Pennsylvania last month convicted Cosby of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The 80-year-old Cosby maintains his innocence and says he’ll appeal. Temple, Yale and Carnegie Mellon universities are among those that revoked honors after Cosby’s conviction. More than 20 institutions had taken similar action earlier based on the allegations against him.

On opening night, some break Cannes’ selfie ban

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival’s new ban on selfie-taking on the red carpet was adhered to by most, but not all, at Tuesday’s opening night ceremony. Some attendees were seen taking pictures with their cellphones on their way into the festival’s opening-night premiere of Ashgar Farhadi’s “Nobody Knows.” Festival hosts were seen admonishing some guests who had cameras out. The festival has warned attendees that they could be denied entry to a premiere if they take personal photos on the red carpet. No one appeared to be turned away Tuesday.