'Great Spas of Europe' awarded UNESCO World Heritage status
Eleven European spa towns were jointly awarded World Heritage status by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Saturday, recognizing their key role in European society more than a hundred years ago. In an unusual "transnational" designation, the 11 resorts that jointly put forward the "Great Spas of Europe" proposal were collectively awarded the coveted World Heritage status by the UN committee, which has its annual meeting this year in the Chinese city of Fuzhou Cited for the international significance they achieved as health resorts from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, the towns s...
Maria Taylor joins NBC after ESPN exit, controversy
Maria Taylor is taking her talents to NBC. Taylor’s debut came Friday night on the network’s prime-time rerun of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, where she joined Mike Tirico and several others from Japan. “It’s an honor to be part of this team and the Olympic legacy,” Taylor said on the broadcast. She’ll also be part of the network’s Sunday Night Football broadcasts on the pregame show, “Football Night in America.” “Literally, hosting the Olympics, ‘Football Night in America’ and the Super Bowl is what I dreamed of when I started in television,” Taylor said in an NBC Sports press release....
New York Daily News
‘Art of Banksy’ has new Chicago venue and opening date
CHICAGO — “The Art of Banksy” will open Aug. 14 on State Street, according to an announcement Friday from presenter Starvox Entertainment. That’s more than a month late for the exhibit and a recent change in venue — the show of Banksy work had been announced for the Epiphany Center for the Arts in the West Loop, but according to emails to the Tribune in mid-July from both the venue and show producers, lease terms for that space fell through. “Art of Banksy” tickets first went on sale in May for a July 1 opening; those ticket-buyers will be notified of the change in venue and those with tickets...
Bob Seger masterpiece ‘Live Bullet’ finally available again on vinyl
Bob Seger’s brilliant “‘Live’ Bullet” — one of the greatest concert recordings in rock ‘n’ roll history — is finally available again on vinyl. Sure, you could’ve found it on CD, or streamed it online, very easily in recent years. But this multiplatinum offering from 1976, recorded live one year earlier at Cobo Hall in Seger’s hometown of Detroit, deserves to be heard on vinyl — which is the format that most long-time fans probably experienced it in the first place. (Although, some went the 8-track tape route instead.) Just drop the needle on track one — “Nutbush City Limits” — and let it ride ...
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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ to become separate Amazon series following ‘American Gods’ cancellation
American Gods will live on, or at least one of them. Neil Gaiman’s beloved 2005 fantasy novel “Anansi Boys” will be made into a series. Amazon has ordered a six-episode series revolving around Mr. Nancy, which was portrayed by Orlando Jones in the since-canceled Starz series “American Gods,” based on the prolific British author’s international best-seller of the same name. “Anansi Boys” follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that ...
New York Daily News
Lizzo, Lenny Kravitz named among PETA’s ’20 Most Beautiful Vegan Stars’ of 2021
Eating clean is a beautiful thing. And the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal is shining a light on some of their favorite celebrities for doing so. Lizzo and Lenny Kravitz are among the 20 boldfaced names on PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2021. The Norfolk, Virginia-based nonprofit organization unveiled its annual list on Thursday in honor of its 20th anniversary. “Vegan options are now on every menu and in every grocery store, and you can’t go to a basketball or football game these days without spotting a vegan champion,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said with th...
New York Daily News
Karla Peterson: For your Comic-Con@Home weekend, four TV celebrations of geekdom
It's Comic-Con@Home weekend, and while the panels are virtual, the spirit of extreme fandom, pop-culture obsession and power-geek primacy will be undeniable. In honor of this online celebration of entertainment, creativity and devotion, here are four nerd-powered TV shows that will keep you plugged in to Comic Con's mighty generator until the in-person Comic-Con Special Edition kicks off in November. 'McCartney 3,2,1'Hulu Sir Paul McCartney turned 79 last month, but in this new Hulu series devoted to songs and songcraft, the former Beatle is so fired up by the music he and his mates made all t...
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Review: It's romance, times two, in 'The Last Letter From Your Lover'
Sumptuous but never stuffy, "The Last Letter From Your Lover" is a charming double romance that tells two love stories for the price of one. In 1965 London, Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) is unhappily married to an English diplomat (Joe Alwyn). She falls for a journalist (Callum Turner) on assignment to do a profile on her husband, and they carry out a secret affair, corresponding to each other through love letters, using the code names J and Boot. In modern day England, Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones) is a reporter coming off of a bad breakup and nursing her wounds with one night stands....
The Detroit News
Review: Intimate 'Val' lets Val Kilmer tell his own story
"My name is Val Kilmer," the voice says, but it's not Val Kilmer speaking. It's his son, Jack, who narrates "Val," the deeply moving and profoundly intimate documentary about the enigmatic actor and movie star. Val Kilmer no longer sounds like you remember him sounding, and he no longer looks like you remember him looking. After a bout with throat cancer, he lost his voice and now speaks in a raspy croak with the assistance of a tracheostomy tube. And his chiseled face and gorgeous features, rendered iconic in films like "Top Gun," are now saggy and droopy, and his long hair is often hidden un...
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