Kotb cries on 'Today' show; Baby Shark takes on hand-washing
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
Review: Deeper prowls, growls on stellar album 'Auto-Pain'
Deeper, "Auto-Pain" (Fire Talk) Chicago-based Deeper fires on all cylinders on its sophomore album "Auto-Pain," delivering an energetic post-punk experience that excels by all measures.
Review: Sufjan Stevens and stepfather experiment on 'Aporia'
Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams, "Aporia" (Asthmatic Kitty) Always one to experiment, multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens has partnered with his stepfather Lowell Brams to turn in his first bona fide bomb with the positively pulse-less "Aporia."
Oprah on coronavirus: 'Playing it as safe as I possibly can'
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The 66-year-old entertainment icon told The Associated Press on Friday that she has been quarantining and practicing social distancing at her home — even if that means longtime partner Stedman Graham has to stay in the guest house.
Review: Little Dragon back with soulful 'New Me, Same Us'
Little Dragon, “New Me, Same Us” (Ninja Tune) As indicated by the title of their latest album, “New Me, Same Us,” the members of Swedish four-piece Little Dragon may have found themselves on separate personal journeys, but their sound is as cohesive as ever.
Country singer Joe Diffie tests positive for coronavirus
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A publicist for Joe Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Scott Adkins released a statement to The Associated Press from Diffie that said he is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment.
'On My Block' cast seeks truth in playing inner-city teens
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Cast members of Netflix’s “On My Block” say they feel honored to be able to represent teenagers who've long seen themselves portrayed as stereotypes.
Stars of 'Contagion' reunite for a PSA
NEW YORK (AP) — The stars of the 2011 virus thriller “Contagion” — a prescient film these days — have reunited for a series of public service announcements to warn about COVID-19.
Kristen Bell hosts Nick pandemic special for kids, families
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters' concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday.
Review: In 'Uncorked,' a full-bodied coming-of-age tale
The wine movie is not exactly known for a bouquet of tasting notes. From “Wine Country” to “Bottle Shock,” they are usually light, amiable movies that amble through sunny fields of vines.
None of the 'Big Five' publishers will attend BookExpo
NEW YORK (AP) — All of the so-called “Big Five” publishers have dropped out of BookExpo, the industry's annual national convention.
Political historian-commentator Richard Reeves dies at 83
NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Reeves, an author and syndicated columnist who wrote about politics for more than 50 years and published books on Richard Nixon, John F.
If you don't laugh, you cry: Coping with virus through humor
BOSTON (AP) — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of "Sweet Caroline" with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, "Hands ... washing hands."
Review: Eef Barzelay leads Clem Snide to serene devastation
Clem Snide, “Forever Just Beyond” (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers) There have been many iterations of Clem Snide over the years but by now it's turned into a personal alias for Eef Barzelay.
Rosario Dawson relishes being the lead on new TV drama
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosario Dawson has graced both the big and small screens, in everything from dramas to comedies to Marvel superhero projects, yet she’s rarely been cast as the lead in a project.
Golden Globes amend eligibility rules due to virus
NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Globes will accept movies submissions without a theatrical release for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday.
Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job
LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. Disney announced Thursday that the duchess, who is married to Britain’s Prince Harry, is lending her voice to “Elephant,” to be released April 3 on the Disney+ streaming service.
Englund ready to see someone up the ante with Freddy Krueger
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Englund, the actor who turned Freddy Krueger into a fearsome household name, say he’s looking forward to someone else taking a stab at reviving the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise.
TV viewership climbing with people stuck at home by virus
NEW YORK (AP) — A fixture on television, actress Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” is doing the same thing as millions of other people during the widespread coronavirus shutdown.
Will Smith says he’s humbled by rapper’s tribute music video
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith says he was “humbled and honored” after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honoring his career work.
Whiting Awards bestow $50K prizes to 10 emerging writers
NEW YORK (AP) — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent.
James Taylor and his wife donate $1M to Boston hospital
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
Review: Béla Fleck's 'Africa' mixes new material with old
Béla Fleck, “Throw Down Your Heart: The Complete Africa Sessions” (Craft Recordings) Béla Fleck has built his unparalleled career expanding both what it means to be a banjo player and what banjo music can or should be.
Review: Jessie Reyez's great debut reveals an intense star
Jessie Reyez, “Before Love Came to Kill Us" (FMLY/Island Records) Jessie Reyez might be petite, but she's a monster. We didn't say that.