In an upset of galactic proportions, the force was with Chicago in winning a battle vs. San Francisco to build an interactive museum for "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
"This is a milestone for the city," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CNN after the decision was announced.
Lucas is from Modesto, Calif., and built his Skywalker ranch complex in Marin County north of the city and began Lucasfilm Ltd. in the Bay Area. The filmmaker said in a news release Tuesday that choosing Chicago was the "right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in San Francisco."
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said in a statement that the Presidio Trust “unwisely rejected Mr. Lucas' proposal for a site near Crissy Field.” The location for the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago will be along the city's lakefront as part of what's known as the museum campus.
Gary Oldman is the latest celebrity making mea culpas over offensive remarks. The Oscar nominee and star of upcoming latest “Planet of the Apes” film was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" after a Playboy interview revealed him railing against political correctness and accusing many who have criticized Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin's remarks about Jews and gays as hypocrites, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Oldman wrote an open letter of apology to the Anti Defamation League, and the ADL responded by saying it was "insufficient and not satisfactory." Host Kimmel said he had expected Oldman to cancel his appearance on the ABC late-night show, but Oldman wanted to apologize again, particularly to his fan base.
"I said some things that were poorly considered. And once I had seen it in print, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed,“ he said. "I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people. ... From my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic. ... Especially to the fans, because they've been so incredible to me and very loyal. My nickname is they are 'Team Oldman.' And I really feel that I let them down. ... I'm 56, and I should know better."
Rosanne Cash warned that paltry returns to artists in the age of Internet streaming threaten to kill the music industry, Yahoo News reported.
At a crowded congressional hearing Wednesday, the country singer and daughter of Johnny Cash said that most musicians felt "marginalized and devalued" by meager pay, revealing that she earned just $114 for 600,000 online streams of one of her songs.
Recalling that her father once testified to Congress over a website in Slovenia illegally selling his classic song "Ring of Fire," Cash testified that online listening has since "morphed into a multinational juggernaut that threatens to decimate the livelihoods of all musicians, songwriters and performers."
The hearing -- which featured sharply different perspectives from various sides of the industry -- comes as the House Judiciary Committee starts work on a broad review of music copyright laws.
Terry Richards, best known as the swordsman who was gunned down by Indiana Jones in the first ”Raiders of the Lost Ark‘ film, died Wednesday at age 81. Richards’ skills also were seen in nine James Bond films with four separate actors in the title role. His last performance was opposite Pierce Brosnan in “Tomorrow Never Dies” in 1997.
Officials with the Latin Grammy Awards are planning to broadcast their 15th annual show from the tried-and-true host city of Las Vegas, reports The Associated Press.
Organizers announced Thursday that the awards show will take place Nov. 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It is the seventh time the event has been held in Las Vegas but the first time it has been held in the arena, which holds about 17,000 people.
Last year’s event was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center across the street.
The program will be broadcast on Univision, where it has become one of the network’s most-watched offerings.
Nominees for the awards will be announced on Sept. 24.