- 'Thelma Lou' transforms from 'Mayberry' local to legend
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — When actress Betty Lynn first moved to Andy Griffith's quaint hometown and inspiration for the eponymous show, she couldn't go to the grocery store without meeting enthusiastic fans, calling out to "Thelma Lou.""They'd hug me and kiss me," says the actress, who played Deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend on the hit television show. "Some of them cry."
- Mashable man Dan Rather isn't the retiring type
NEW YORK (AP) — At age 83, Dan Rather is starting over.The veteran broadcaster has quietly shut down the "Dan Rather Reports" newsmagazine he'd been making since leaving CBS News a decade ago and opened an independent production company, with seed money from AXS-TV founder Mark Cuban in exchange for a series of interviews with entertainers. His "News & Guts" firm is even working on a scripted fiction series.
- Long-lost Fitzgerald story finally published
NEW YORK (AP) — A year before F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack, he completed a short story about a hard-drinking writer diagnosed with cardiac disease."And as for that current dodge 'No reference to any living character is intended' — no use even trying that," Fitzgerald warns at the start of "Temperature," an 8,000-word piece dated July 1939 that is receiving its publishing debut in the current issue of the literary quarterly The Strand Magazine.
- As festivals overload, Fest300 seeks to curate experiences
NEW YORK (AP) — The myriad of festivals seems to have gotten more dizzying over the last decade: Whether it's a weekend of music performances, a foodie meet-up or a health-and-wellness gathering, there seems to be a "fest" happening somewhere around the globe at any moment.It's almost enough to cause festival overload. But Fest300 — a site launched this year by entrepreneur Chip Conley — is seeking to not only enhance, but also curate the festival experience by sifting through them all and pointing out the best from the rest. He likens it to the festival version of the website Trip Advisor, where travelers go when they want to plan the best trip.
- Online viewers won't miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV.In the past, not all advertisers bought online time along with a pricy 30-second spot during the most-watched TV event of the year. That meant online viewers had to go to a Super Bowl ad repository, such as Hulu and YouTube, to watch what they missed on TV. Broadcasters sometimes ran substitute ads online instead.
- Lianne La Havas experiments with her new album, 'Blood'
NEW YORK (AP) — It's hard to describe Lianne La Havas' music in a quick soundbite, and that's by design.The British singer has a unique sound that transcends genres. Her music is not quite R&B, folk music or jazz, but a melding of all three. It's cool, yet simmering with passion, reserved at times, but bombastic and funky at others.
- Invisible Women? Hollywood's female superhero problem
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark's ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer. However, in spite of Hollywood's continued fascination with supermen, a new surge of female power could finally electrify the genre and more closely resemble the audiences of comic book adaptations.
- Marvel at madness: Things to know about Boston's Comic Con
BOSTON (AP) — Get out your favorite Sailor Moon costume and grab a bottle of water. The Boston Comic Con is this weekend, and it's forecast to be a hot one. From Friday through Sunday, comic and costume fans will gather at the Seaport World Trade Center for a line-up of contests, panels and celebrity appearances.Here are some things to know about the Boston Comic Con:
- HBO chief says 'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 8 seasons
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:___
- Paul Simon joins U2 onstage at NYC's Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK (AP) — The special guests at U2's concert Thursday night included Paul Simon, Lou Reed's widow and the woman who called 911 when Bono fell off his bike in New York City last year.Simon joined U2 onstage at Madison Square Garden to sing some of his song, "Mother and Child Reunion." Before Bono kicked off the tune, he pointed out that Simon was in the crowd, and the audience roared as Simon entered the stage.