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New McCartney love song takes direct, 'raunchy' approach

The man who co-wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand" more than a half century ago is speaking more directly these days.

Sir Paul McCartney released a new single on Wednesday called "Fuh You," where the key line — "I want to fuh you" — contains a fudged version of a common obscenity.

The 76-year-old former Beatle described it in a news release as "sort of a love song, but a raunchy love song."

The song has been made available on digital and streaming platforms, so radio airplay doesn't appear to be an issue. The song will be included in his first album of all-new material since 2013, "Egypt Station," which is due for release on September 7.

Suspect says smashing Trump's star was 'right and just act'

The man accused of smashing President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame called it a "rightful and just act."

Austin Clay pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors say Clay took a pickax to Trump's star on Hollywood Boulevard on July 25. It recognizes Trump for his work on the TV reality show "The Apprentice." It has been repaired.

Clay spoke to reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday. He says he wanted to "bring about positive political change" and doesn't believe prosecutors should have brought charges against him.

Clays says he thinks the "repercussions of it were only positive."

If convicted, he could face up to three years behind bars.

Van Damme's son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident

A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix.

Nicholas Van Varenberg had a change of plea hearing Wednesday.

He's now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 and authorities say Van Varenberg likely will get probation.

Tempe police arrested Van Varenberg last September on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say Van Varenberg became upset at his unidentified roommate for answering the door, grabbed a knife and kept his roommate from leaving the apartment.

The 22-year-old Van Varenberg is the youngest son of Van Damme, known for his martial arts action films of the 1980s and 1990s.

Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job

A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy.

The ex-priest, Edward Ganster, left the priesthood in 1990, moved to the Orlando area and went on to work at Disney World before he died in 2014.

The report said Ganster worked at the theme park for 18 years. Ganster drove the train at the Magic Kingdom, according to an obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, which said Ganster worked there for 15 years.

Disney World did not respond to a request for information.

Ganster, who became a priest in 1971, was working at St. Joseph's Church in Easton in the late 1970s when a woman complained to a monsignor that Ganster had gotten in bed with her 13-year-old son on an overnight trip and "hurt" him, the report said. The boy also told his mother that "something happened" in the confession booth, it said.

The monsignor told her Ganster would be given counseling and Ganster was promptly reassigned, the report said.

About a decade later, Ganster was on sick leave at a Catholic mental health hospital as he sought to leave the priesthood and get married.

Ganster wrote the Diocese to say he would apply for a job at Disney World and wanted to use the Diocese as a reference, the report said.

Allentown's bishop, Thomas Welsh, wrote to Orlando's bishop that Ganster's problems were "partially sexual" and that he couldn't reassign him. A monsignor separately assured Ganster that he would get a positive reference.

"I am quite sure that the Diocese will be able to give you a positive reference in regard to the work you did during your years of service here as a priest," the monsignor wrote, according to the report.

A diocese spokesman, Matt Kerr, said he knows of no reference letter, or if one was written.

"That should not have happened," Kerr said. "It would not happen today."

More than a decade after Ganster left the priesthood, a man contacted the Allentown Diocese to report that Ganster had victimized him when he was 14 and an altar boy some two decades earlier, the report said.

Ganster fondled, groped and beat him repeatedly, once dragging him across a living room floor by his underwear and once beating him with a metal cross, the report said.

Years later, in 2015, the mother of another victim contacted the Allentown Diocese to report that Ganster abused her then 12-year-old son in 1977, the report said.

Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later. 

It was actually the sons of the two music legends.

Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago.

Lennon posted the photo to Instagram this week.

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Both are following in the footsteps of their fathers, having become musicians themselves, CNN reported.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. McCartney is the son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. 

Some of the younger Lennon’s followers are hoping there is more than a photo opportunity, asking them to do a musical project together, CBS News reported.

Lennon also recently posed with a photo with the late George Harrison’s son Dhani, CBS News reported

Police: Credible bomb threat led Rascal Flatts to end Indianapolis concert early

Fans at a Rascal Flatts show Thursday were disappointed after the concert ended abruptly due to security concerns.

The Associated Press reported that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said a credible bomb threat led to a quick evacuation of Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, a 24,000-capacity venue.

Fans tweeted about confusion about the abrupt end to the show. Some video included a musician at a piano playing a song before he quickly left the stage.

Hours later, Rascal Flatts posted a statement about the incident on Facebook Friday morning.

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“Indianapolis - Due to a security concern at the show last night, standard procedures were quickly executed and everyone was able to safely leave the building,” the band, which includes, Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus, said in a statement. “The safety of our fans, band and crew is always the top priority for us, so we are so thankful for everyone who jumped into action and for your understanding. We will be back soon!”

Attendee Britni Sherlock told The Indianapolis Star there was an announcement over the intercom system that said the show was over. 

“Everyone booed. We continued to wait in the pavilion, and that’s when security came up to everyone and told us to leave,” she said. “I asked what was going on and he replied, ‘We were told to evacuate the pavilion immediately.’”

The show ended before the band could come out for an encore performance.

“(Rascal Flatts) had just finished their song ‘Banjo’ and did the what-was-thought-to-be-false 'Good night' before the encore,” concertgoer Andy VonDielingen told IndyStar. “Their piano player started to play and then just stopped and left. A few minutes later lights come on and security is pulling some guy looking to be in his 20s out of the pit. ... Everyone is standing around, looking at each other and wondering what is going on.”

WRTV reported that staff with concert promoter and venue operator Live Nation informed the Sheriff’s Office of a safety issue before the end of the show. 

“Last night a safety concern presented itself during the Rascal Flatts’ concert in Noblesville,” Live Nation said in a statement Friday, according to WXIN. “Venue staff and local officials followed standard protocols to ensure the safety of guests, the artist and staff. Law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter.”

No arrests have been made related to the threat.

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.

The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake decapitated Trump head.

The rock group's Twitter account says the official poster from Monday's concert in Missoula, Montana, is a collaboration between bassist Jeff Ament and Bobby Brown, an artist also known as Bobby Draws Skulls.

The "Rock2Vote" concert aimed to encourage young people to vote in the November midterm elections and support Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who is from Ament's hometown of Big Sandy.

Ament was unapologetic in an emailed statement Wednesday.

"The role of the artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling," Ament said in the statement. "I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse."

He ended the statement, "Love, from the First Amendment, Jeff Ament."

The poster shows Tester in a tractor flying over a burning Washington, D.C., framed by the letters "P'' and "J," with smoke forming the word "Vote" in the background.

Several objects and people are in the foreground, including a skeleton with a full head of hair lying face down, an eagle pecking at the bones of its foot.

Tester's Republican opponent, Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, also is depicted with a crab claw for a hand and carrying a "Maryland" flag, a reference to Rosendale's native state.

The message from Ament accompanying the poster included the description: "D.C. burning. Tester Evel Knievel on tractor ... over the cesspool below. Russian money, golf courses, hookers? Maryland Matt. Stars and Stripes as flames."

Rosendale called the poster "disgusting and reprehensible" and called on Tester to "denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism."

The National Republican Senate Committee, which is supporting Rosendale's campaign, also blamed Tester for not speaking out against the poster it called "gory." The committee compared it to other examples of public figures "encouraging violence" against Trump, like Griffin's photo.

Tester officials said the campaign had nothing to do with the poster.

"We never saw the poster before the show and we don't like it," Tester spokesman Chris Meagher said. "And we don't condone violence of any kind."

Ament told The Associated Press in April that the band wanted to use the Montana concert to support local advocacy groups, encourage voter participation and boost Tester's campaign. He said he believed that the political climate had become too divisive.

"Probably more than ever it's important to have a congressman that can sort of make people think less emotionally about some of these things," he said.

Diversity-focused academy program boosts Hollywood dreamers

The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming.

For seven weeks this summer, 107 college students from across the nation convened in Los Angeles for internships at places like HBO, Warner Bros., Dolby Laboratories, Universal Pictures, IMAX and AMC Networks, in addition to film screenings and weekly panels on various aspects of the film industry from people at the top of their fields.

Notable speakers this summer included cinematographer Janusz Kaminski ("Schindler's List"), production designer K.K. Barrett ("Her"), "Sorry to Bother You" director Boots Riley and actress Lily Collins, who dished on the casting process. Cinematography and production design students even got to work with Daryn Okada, an academy governor, to recreate a scene from "Mean Girls," which Okada shot.

The program, now in its second year, continues to evolve. In addition to giving spots to over 30 additional students, this year Academy Gold added a Production Track program for students interested in cinematography, production design, post-production and film editing.

The statistics remain dire in the entertainment business job market for anyone who isn't a white, straight, able-bodied male. A survey from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that of the top 100 grossing films of 2017, two percent had female cinematographers and 14 percent had female editors. And according to the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, across 1,100 of the top grossing films over the past decade, 64, or 5.2 percent, had black directors and 38, or 3.1 percent, had an Asian or Asian-American director.

Academy Gold is an industry-wide effort to infuse the entertainment business with diverse talent at the early stages of a career. The film academy, which puts on the Oscars, has been criticized in the past for the lack of diversity in its membership ranks, and has been making strides to correct over the past two years. In addition to inviting new members with an eye toward inclusion, the Academy Gold program is addressing the issue at an earlier stage.

Academy Gold wrapped its summer program this past weekend and sent its second class of alumni back to finish their college educations armed with a designated mentor for eight months, contacts, peers and even a few new career ideas.

"A lot of students who came in thinking they wanted to do one thing have said, 'You know what I think I might be interested in cinematography or editing,'" said Bettina Fisher, the academy's director of educational initiatives.

Tatianna Sims, a 21-year-old New York University student from New Jersey, interned this summer with Marvel Studios in the VFX and post-production department.

"The greatest thing about this program is hearing about first-hand experiences from people who have amazing careers," said. "From the outside, it looks like this gilded place where no one can enter, but when speaking with a lot of the panelists you see how achievable a lot of your goals are."

Twenty-six entertainment businesses funded the program, which not only ensures that interns are paid, but also provides stipends for over 30 students to help with living expenses. It proved "life-changing" for Vaughn Arterberry, a 22-year-old aspiring director from Oakland, Calif, who interned in production and development at Focus Features this summer before he starts at the University of Southern California Film School in January.

"I wouldn't have been able to afford to live in LA this summer without some help financially," Arterberry said before a panel on film financing and distribution. "I'm extremely grateful for what they've done."

Some alumni are already seeing the benefits of their Academy Gold experience and the mentorship with a film academy member that follows.

Jordan Moss, who interned in the accounting department of Paramount Pictures in its pilot year and aspires to be in animated feature development, said he's most grateful for the peers he met.

"I believe that these are the people who are going to be running the industry some day," Moss said.

Program administrators want to start tracking the development of their alumni as they hopefully get jobs and rise in the industry.

"We have made significant progress and we look forward to pushing this program forward and expanding it to more students in the future," said Edgar Aguirre, the academy's director of talent development and inclusion. "At the end of the day, this is going to be an opportunity to guide and develop the next generation of leadership in this industry."

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

Totally Taylor

We are Totally Taylor on The New 93Q! Listen every weekday morning from 7am to 7:20am during your commute and The Q Morning Zoo will give you a chance to win pretty much the hottest ticket in Houston, Taylor Swift at NRG! Set list

This set list is from the concert on May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. It is not intended to represent all shows from the tour.[33]

  1. "...Ready for It?"
  2. "I Did Something Bad"
  3. "Gorgeous"
  4. "Style" / "Love Story" / "You Belong with Me"
  5. "Look What You Made Me Do"
  6. "End Game"
  7. "King of My Heart"
  8. "Delicate"
  9. "Shake It Off" (with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX)
  10. "Dancing with Our Hands Tied"
  11. "All Too Well"
  12. "Blank Space"
  13. "Dress"
  14. "Bad Blood" / "Should've Said No"
  15. "Don't Blame Me"
  16. "Long Live" / "New Year's Day"
  17. "Getaway Car"
  18. "Call It What You Want"
  19. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" / "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"

Thomas Rhett And Family Celebrate Daughters 1st Birthday

We have been a part of this beautiful life story since before these beautiful babies came along. We celebrated when Thomas Rhett and Lauren announced they were adopting AND pregnant. We celebrated when they brought baby Willa Gray home. We celebrated when Baby Ada James was born. We celebrated when Willa Gray turned one, and now we are celebrating because Ada James is one! And as adorable as ever…

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