from reject to cover classic

In 1984 — the same year that Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Madonna ruled the pop charts with “Born in the USA,” “Purple Rain” and “Like a Virgin,” respectively — there was another classic that never saw the light of day. Leonard Cohen’s towering tune “Hallelujah” was rejected — along with the rest of his “Various … Read more

8 books to enjoy at the beach this summer

It’s finally summer, and with everything going on in the world right now, you could probably use a little escape. As many of us retreat to beaches and pools to catch a break from the heat, here are eight books from the summer edition of NPR’s Books We Love that you can take with you. … Read more

Bruce Willis struggled on film set before sharing aphasia diagnosis, crew claims

The extent that Bruce Willis struggled before going public with his aphasia diagnosis is being brought to light. within the Los Angeles Times‘s exposé about Hollywood producer Randall Emmett — who faces abuse allegations and civil fraud claims — Willis’s struggles with acting, amid his struggles to communicate due to the disorder, are detailed. Emmett … Read more

Sonequa Martin-Green, Kate Mulgrew share ‘Star Trek’ stories

LONDON (AP) — After light years in space, actors Sonequa Martin-Green and Kate Mulgrew are meeting up on Earth to compare “Star Trek” stories. Martin-Green, as Michael Burnham, is at the helm of “Star Trek: Discovery” which is headed for the fifth season. While Mulgrew was the first woman to lead a series on the … Read more

Francis Bacon’s $52.7 Million Portrait of Lucian Freud Was the Star of Sotheby’s Otherwise Lackluster London Sales

Amid rampant inflation, cratering US stock markets and a cryptocurrency crash, London’s marquee auctions this week are being viewed by many as a test of the market as some observers predict an impending correction following skyrocketing spring sales in New York. Christie’s brought in $248 million over five hours on Tuesday night, encompassing a dedicated … Read more

Sonny Barger, Face of the Hells Angels, Dies at 83

Sonny Barger, who as the charismatic face of the Hells Angels grew the hard-charging motorcycle club from its roots in the San Francisco area to a global phenomenon, in the process making it an emblem of West Coast rebellion — and, federal authorities said, criminal enterprise — died on Wednesday at his home outside Oakland, … Read more