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George Will's next book takes long view of conservatism

George Will's next book takes a long view on the conservative movement and the "intellectual vandalism" he believes threatens it now.

The best-selling author and syndicated columnist has a deal with Hachette Books for a work "distilling" his decades of writing about political and civic life. Hachette told The Associated Press on Thursday that the book is currently untitled and scheduled for early 2019. Will was close to Ronald Reagan and other conservatives, but he left the Republican Party last summer in protest against the rise of Donald Trump, whom he has frequently denounced.

In a statement issued through Hachette, Will said one of the challenges facing the right was "intellectual vandalism" by those who call themselves conservative but have no regard for conservative principles.

Chelsea Handler ending Netflix show to focus on activism

Chelsea Handler says she is ending her weekly Netflix talk show after two seasons in order to focus on political activism.

Handler says in a statement that she plans to devote as much time as she can to become "a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen" and take on projects that have personal significance. The comedian adds that her goal is to be better informed and "participate in a more meaningful way."

Handler says a Netflix documentary is in the works where she will engage with "people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies."

Handler launched "Chelsea" on Netflix last year after a seven-year run on E! hosting the nightly "Chelsea Lately," which ended in 2014.

Handler says new episodes of "Chelsea" will stream each week until the end of the year.

French actress Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100

Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made her screen debut, with a supporting role in 1931's "Le Bal."

With her expressive face, liquid eyes and original, slightly nasal voice, Darrieux quickly became a favorite of French directors, appearing in films by heavyweights Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy and Andre Techine.

She starred in legendary Austrian-born director Billy Wilder's first film, "Mauvaise graine," a 1934 gangster flick in French.

Darrieux played the leading lady in more than a half-dozen movies by Frenchman Henri Decoin. They married in 1935 and divorced six years later.

A second marriage, to Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa — who was romantically linked to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ava Gardner and a host of other screen sirens — lasted five years, and was followed by a more than 40-year union with screenwriter Georges Mitsinkides.

Darrieux made a brief trans-Atlantic escapade, appearing in 1938 Hollywood flop "The Rage of Paris" before returning to France. A later American engagement — in which she replaced Katharine Hepburn in "Coco," a Broadway show about Coco Chanel — also met with little success.

As reserved in real life as she was fiery on-screen, Darrieux shunned the spotlight, spending much of her time in a village in the French countryside. She described battling her natural shyness throughout her career and often appeared visibly shaken during interviews.

"I am very simple, perhaps too simple for all this," she told ORTF television in 1972. "This whole thing, the interviews, it's too much for me."

Darrieux insisted she couldn't bear to see herself on-screen and that the only one of her movies she enjoyed watching was Max Ophuls' critically acclaimed 1953 "Madame de...," in which she played the eponymous heroine — a dazzling, adulterous countess.

As she grew older, Darrieux was increasingly cast not as leading lady but as the star's mother and, later, grandmother. In one of her late roles, Darrieux reaffirmed her status as one of French cinema's all-time greats. In the 2002 whodunit musical extravaganza "Eight Women," she played a matriarch, reigning over a nearly-all female cast that included legendary actresses Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart and Fanny Ardant.

Molly Ringwald recounts sexual harassment, assault by 'the other Harvey Weinsteins'

Molly Ringwald, an ’80s teen idol, opened up about being sexually assaulted by a director in Hollywood in a new op-ed published in The New Yorker.

>> Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago

In a piece titled “All the Other Harvey Weinsteins,” the “16 Candles” star described her own experience with sexual assault in Hollywood in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.

“I have had plenty of Harveys of my own over the years, enough to feel a sickening shock of recognition,” she wrote.

>> Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Ringwald said she was “lucky” that she did not “have to turn down giving or getting a massage” and “wasn’t cajoled into a taxi,” but her own experiences were still horrific. She recalled a disturbing encounter with a 50-year-old crew member when she was 13 and the time a married film director "stuck his tongue in (her) mouth" when she was 14.

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“At a time when I was trying to figure out what it meant to become a sexually viable young woman, at every turn some older guy tried to help speed up the process,” she wrote, adding that she was thankful for having protective parents growing up, but they couldn’t shield her from everything she experienced. “I shudder to think of what would have happened had I not had them.”

Ringwald said she never spoke about her experiences because “stories like these have never been taken seriously.”

Several leading ladies in Hollywood have recently opened up about experiencing sexual harassment and assault.

>> Reese Witherspoon discusses being sexually assaulted at age 16

Reese Witherspoon also revealed that she was once sexually assaulted by a director when she was 16 years old at the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday.

“[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment,” Witherspoon said. “I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal. For the young women in this room, life is going to be different, because we’re with you, we have your back, and it makes me feel better. It makes me so sad to talk about these issues, but I would be remiss not to.”

Country stars honor shooting victims at CMT Artists show

Singer Jason Aldean and other stars honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show Wednesday night.

The format of the show pivoted to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of somber tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony.

Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1, stood side-by-side with the night's other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honor.

"We've been tested beyond our worst nightmare these past few months," Aldean said during the live broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee. "Heartbroken doesn't even begin to describe how some of us feel. But we have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom. We dedicate this night to you and everyone who has experienced loss or tragedy in the last few months."

Aldean closed out the night with a defiant and rollicking group performance of "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty with Urban, Stapleton and Little Big Town.

Andra Day kicked off the awards show with her anthem "Rise Up," in a beautiful harmony duet by Little Big Town. Then Lee Ann Womack, Danielle Bradbury and rapper Common joined them for a performance of "Stand Up For Something."

"On this night when we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit, the spirit we see in our fans every night," Stapleton said.

"So in some small way we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits for just a moment," Urban said.

The names of the 58 victims from Las Vegas were listed during an in memoriam segment, along with the names of Petty, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.

Other performances including Bryan singing his single "Fast," and Stapleton singing his song "Broken Halos," a song that he's dedicated to victims of the Vegas shooting.

The Backstreet Boys sang Florida Georgia Line's emotional ballad "H.O.L.Y." and Keith Urban performed a jazzy version of his song "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Phillip Phillips added some blues licks to Sam Hunt's mega hit "Body Like a Back Road," which was named song of the year by CMT.

Near the end of the night, Bryan took a moment to honor his friend Aldean.

"It could have been any one of us standing on that stage two weeks ago," Bryan said. "It's a nightmare that nobody should have to face. Jason has responded with dignity, care, respect and, some ways, defiance. And we all proud of him, especially me."

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SeaWorld to eliminate 350 positions by the end of fiscal year 2017

SeaWorld officials have announced that they will be restructuring the company and as a result, that 350 positions will be eliminated by the end of fiscal year 2017.

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According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, SeaWorld was implementing the restructuring program to “reduce costs, increase efficiencies, reduce duplication of functions and improve the company’s operations.”

The layoffs will be spread across SeaWorld theme parks and corporate headquarters, the filing said.

In a statement, SeaWorld said that it would be assisting employees affected by the layoffs.

“We do not take this task lightly. It is an unfortunate, but necessary, consequence of the restructuring that some positions will be lost,” the statement said. “For those employees, we are offering severance benefits and outplacement assistance to help with their transition.”

Read SeaWorld’s full statement on the elimination of 350 positions:

“Today SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. implemented the latest phase of our previously announced company-wide cost initiative. Approximately 350 positions across the company will be impacted by these changes, including open positions that will not be filled.

This ongoing work to improve efficiency is focused on administrative functions and non-guest facing positions, and we are redeploying resources from the related cost savings into our growth initiatives. This includes intensifying our efforts related to marketing SeaWorld to drive growth in park attendance, while maintaining our commitment to the guest experience.

We do not take this task lightly. It is an unfortunate, but necessary, consequence of the restructuring that some positions will be lost. For those employees, we are offering severance benefits and outplacement assistance to help with their transition.

We remain committed to creating world-class guest experiences, providing comprehensively for the care of all our animals, and continuing our company's focus on stranded marine animal rescue and ocean conservation initiatives.”

Blac Chyna sues Kardashian-Jenner family for damaging her career

Blac Chyna has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the entire Kardashian family. 

People reported that, in the filing, Chyna, 29, whose real name is Angela White, claims she has suffered “significant damages” because of photos posted online by her former fiance, Rob Kardashian.

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In July, Kardashian went on an Instagram rant -- that later moved to Twitter -- and claimed Chyna cheated on him, used him for money and abused alcohol and drugs. During that rant, he also posted nude photos of his ex-fiance. The two are parents to 11-month-old Dream Renée Kardashian. Their relationship was chronicled on the first season of their E! reality TV show “Rob & Chyna.”

Related: Rob Kardashian accuses Blac Chyna of cheating on him, using him for money on Instagram 

According to a KNBC report, the suit alleges assault, battery, domestic violence, harassment, intrusion into private affairs, false light, distribution of private materials, invasion of privacy and defamation. 

“Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016,” the suit reportedly says. “In revenge, the Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show, which had already begun filming a second season.”

Related: Kardashians angry at Rob’s rant, nude photos posted of Blac Chyna

The suit alleges Rob Kardashian “immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground where she landed on her hands and knees” when Chyna tried to call Tyga, the father of her 5-year-old son, King Cairo.

In addition to Rob Kardashian, the suit also names his mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. The suit says the family, described as powerful and vindictive, damaged Chyna’s career and reputation.

The Blast reported in Spetember that Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner filed a lawsuit against Chyna for assault, battery and vandalism. The suit claims Chyna attempted to strangle Rob and damaged Jenner’s home, which Rob Kardashian was renting.

Court refuses to revive defamation suit against Bill Cosby

A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Kathrine McKee's lawsuit against Cosby.

The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee's rape allegations. The judge who dismissed McKee's case said the letter was protected by the First Amendment.

McKee, who said Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974, was among dozens of women who came forward with allegations against the actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable. Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Alan Greenberg, an attorney for Cosby, said in an email that they are pleased with the appeals court's "well-reasoned decision confirming that there was no defamation."

An attorney for McKee did not immediately respond to an email on Wednesday.

McKee's lawyer argued earlier this month that McKee does not have to prove actual malice because she is not a public figure. To show actual malice, she would have to prove Cosby knew statements in the letter were false or entertained serious doubts as to whether they might be true.

But the appeals court said McKee became a public figure when she went public with the rape allegations in the newspaper.

"McKee took concerted steps meant to influence the public's perception of whether Cosby was, in fact, a sexual predator," Judge Sandra Lynch wrote for the panel.

A separate defamation lawsuit filed by seven other women also is pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby owns a home. The 80-year-old has filed a counter lawsuit accusing those women of defamation.

The only criminal case against Cosby ended in a mistrial in Pennsylvania in June. Cosby is expected to be retried in April on charges that he drugged and molested an employee of Temple University, his alma mater. Cosby insists their encounter was consensual.

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer.

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Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter.

"Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived,” the statement said.

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, or terminal brain cancer, in December of 2015, but didn’t reveal the diagnosis until May of 2016, according to Rolling Stone.

"Gord said he had lived many lives," the statement continued.

"As a musician, he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one."

The five members of the Tragically Hip started playing together in the mid-1980s. They gained some traction in the United States in the 90s, but never really caught on among American audiences.

They are huge superstars in Canada, though, producing 14 studio albums over three decades, with most going platinum, Rolling Stone reported. They were featured on postage stamps and received the Order of Canada.

Downie was also an environmentalist who worked on behalf of indigenous people and social justice issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Downie’s command of language “profound.” 

He painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths," Trudeau said.

"When he spoke, he gave us goosebumps and made us proud to be Canadian. 

>> Related: Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Downie’s family thanked fans for “the respect, admiration and love” given to Downie throughout the years, in their statement following his death .

"Those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars."

E! to end ‘Fashion Police’ after 22 years with celebration of Joan Rivers

E! is canceling its hit red carpet and style talk show “Fashion Police” after 22 years. Variety reported Wednesday that the series will end with a series-finale special celebrating Joan Rivers in November.

The finale, titled, “Fashion Police: The Farewell,” will have surprise celebrity guests as well as a look back at memorable moments. E! News reported that the special will include unaired footage of Joan Rivers.

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Rivers began covering red carpets with her daughter, Melissa, and brought her sharp humor and cutting wit to her interviews and critiques. The coverage evolved from red carpets to a show with other panelists. 

After Joan Rivers’ death in 2014, the show continued as specials around award show events. Melissa Rivers became the host, discussing celeb clothing choices with panelists Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, NeNe Leakes, and Margaret Cho.

“Joan's beloved no-holds-barred style fueled the franchise's clever approach to fashion and comedy, and we are incredibly proud of its long-running success,” E! president Adam Stotsky said in a statement. We are also especially grateful to Melissa, as well as Giuliana, Brad, Nene, Margaret and the entire Fashion Police team, who have continued to deliver the laughs and make this iconic franchise truly one of a kind.”

“I am so proud to have been a part of this show and am so proud that it’s part of my mother’s legacy,” Melissa Rivers said of the series’ end. “It really changed, along with the red carpets, awards-show programming and fashion.”

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the franchise, celebrate Joan and how much we miss her, and pull back the curtain and show fans some things that they haven’t seen,” Stotsky said.

“Fashion Police: The Farewell,” airs Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. on E!

Billy Joel, Alexis Roderick expecting second baby

Billy Joel and his wife of two years, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their second child together.

Joel, 68, said his wife is due next month during an interview with The Belfast Telegraph

“This one is pretty good,” he said of his 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.”

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The couple welcomed Della Rose in August 2015, a little more than a month after their secret wedding at Joel’s Long Island estate. The Los Angeles Times reported that two had been dating since 2009. Joel had been married three times before.

A representative for Joel confirmed to E! News that Roderick, 35, is due in November.

Joel is also father to 31-year-old Alexa Ray Joel with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

Christy Turlington Burns: model harassment widely tolerated

Sexual harassment and mistreatment of models have always been widely known and tolerated in the fashion industry, Christy Turlington Burns said.

"The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experienced at some point in our careers. I feel fortunate that I did not personally experience anything traumatic, but also know that is not the norm," she told Women's Wear Daily in an interview published Wednesday.

The former supermodel, who is married to actor-director Ed Burns, said her mother was often by her side in the early days and once she grew successful, "I was handled with extra care."

In hindsight, Burns said she wondered whether she served as a "honeypot," meaning she was used to make others feel protected.

"There were no chaperones on sets to monitor the hours worked or appropriateness of the themes of shoots and behavior of the crews, no tutors required or penalties if standards were broken," said Burns, who was at her height as a model in the 1980s and '90s.

Burns went on to earn her master's degree in public health and has a nonprofit organization that trains midwives in Guatemala.

Montgomery Gentry’s new video is the perfect tribute to Troy Gentry

Nearly six weeks after country musician Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash, fans and friends are still grieving over half of the Montgomery Gentry duo.

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Eddie Montgomery and the band immortalized Gentry’s legacy in a lyric video for the band’s latest single, “Better Me.”

Both concert and personal photos of Troy flood the clip as the duo sings, “I ain’t saying I’m perfect, but I’m working on a better me.”

Related: Eddie Montgomery breaks his silence about life without Troy Gentry

“Better Me” is part of the duo’s new album that was reportedly slated for release next year. No details have been revealed regarding that album’s potential release date.

Watch the lyric video below.

Judge: Michael Douglas' son can go to Los Angeles to act

A judge who sentenced Michael Douglas' son to nearly a decade in prison several years ago told him on Wednesday that he can go to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman cleared a path to Hollywood for Cameron Douglas after attorney Ben Brafman said his client planned to initially live with his grandfather, 100-year-old screen legend Kirk Douglas, as he looks for his own place.

The clearance came after probation authorities indicated that the 38-year-old New York City resident has remained clean during drug testing and obeyed court-ordered conditions since his release from a halfway house in March.

One of his first projects could be his own story. The lawyer said Douglas is considering writing a book about his life after his long stint behind bars.

He was initially sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in connection with selling methamphetamine in July 2009 from a high-end Manhattan hotel.

The judge added 4 ½ years to the sentence after it was discovered that Douglas had successfully smuggled drugs into prison.

In court, Brafman called Douglas' confinement difficult, saying "being the son of a famous person" and being housed with prisoners who knew he had cooperated with prosecutors at a drug supplier's trial had made him a target.

Brafman said it was necessary for Douglas to live in Los Angeles, so that he can audition for acting roles and be on set during filming.

At a sentencing hearing in 2010, Douglas called being an entertainer his "true passion in life." Before imprisonment, Douglas had landed minor film roles, including one in 2003's "It Runs in the Family," starring his father and grandfather.

The lawyer said Douglas has the support of his famous family, including his Oscar winning father.

"The whole family's on board to see that he continues his treatment and continues to improve," Brafman said.

Douglas' girlfriend is expected to deliver their child in late November or early December, Brafman said. The couple plans to spend the holidays in New York with his father and the rest of his family after Douglas moves to Los Angeles Nov. 1 to pursue film opportunities.

The judge said he was disappointed Douglas had not yet begun 450 hours of community service he is required to perform.

Brafman said it had been decided that Douglas would be better off starting his community service in Los Angeles instead of New York because any location has to clear potential liability issues related to a volunteer who has spent time in prison.

Douglas also declined comment as he walked hand-in-hand from the courthouse with his girlfriend.

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This story has been corrected to show that Cameron Douglas is 38 years old, not 39.

Tatum won't develop sexual abuse drama with Weinstein Co.

Channing Tatum is no longer developing a film with The Weinstein Co. that dealt with a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse.

Tatum writes on Instagram Wednesday that he will not be developing anything with Harvey Weinstein's former company, which has been embroiled in sexual harassment scandals over the past two weeks.

The film was to be based on author Matthew Quick's book "Forgive Me Leonard Peacock."

Quick also wrote "Silver Linings Playbook," which The Weinstein Co. developed into a film that would win star Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar.

Tatum writes that now is a time to be reminded of the healing message of the book and says that this is an opportunity for real change. He calls for an elimination of abuse from creative culture.

Melania Trump to donate inaugural ball gown to Smithsonian

Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

The first lady is handing over the vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown during a ceremony Friday in Washington. The gown also featured a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from the neckline to the hem and a claret ribbon around the waist. Mrs. Trump worked with designer Herve Pierre on the gown. Pierre is also scheduled to attend the event at the National Museum of American History.

The Smithsonian says the First Ladies Collection has been one of its most popular attractions for more than a century.

Mrs. Trump's gown will be added to the exhibit that features 26 dresses, including some worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, along with other items.

Grammy museum pays homage to New Jersey musical legacy

Newark is joining Los Angeles, Nashville and Cleveland, Mississippi, as a host of a museum celebrating the Grammy music awards, a tip of the hat to the state's rich musical legacy.

The Grammy Museum Experience officially opens Thursday at Newark's Prudential Center arena. It features a trove of memorabilia from numerous artists, with a focus on new Jersey natives such as Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston. It also has interactive exhibits that let visitors get behind the mic or mixing board to make their own music.

The museum is another jewel in the revitalization of Newark's downtown, stretching back to the opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center 20 years ago. The Prudential Center opened in 2007 and is considered among the top concert venues in the country. Together the two have served as catalysts for new retail and residential development.

"We look forward to welcoming musicians, music lovers, students, families, and visitors of all kinds to Newark," Democratic Mayor Ras Baraka said. "The arrival of the Grammy Museum at Newark just further proves what we've been saying all along — we are America's next destination city."

The driving force behind the project is Bob Santelli, founding executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which opened in 2008. It didn't hurt that Santelli is a New Jersey native who grew up with members of Springsteen's E Street Band and has written two books with The Boss.

When the decision was made to put exhibits around the country, certain spots were natural choices: Nashville as the center of country music, and Mississippi as the birthplace of the blues, the precursor to rock 'n' roll.

Newark and northern New Jersey, home to the likes of Houston and Sinatra along with Queen Latifah, jazz giant Sarah Vaughan, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and numerous others, made sense as well.

"It had a tremendous musical legacy much like the Mississippi Delta, but it had been overlooked over much of the last half century," Santelli said.

The museum is equal parts traditional and hands-on. Among the exhibits are some of the more famous costumes from past Grammy ceremonies, from Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Jackson, Madonna to Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

A tuxedo worn by Sinatra is there, along with a choir robe worn by Houston when she sang at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, site of her memorial service in 2012. Springsteen's plain white t-shirt and jeans are there as well, in addition to a humorous, hand-written letter to a landlady asking for patience regarding a late rent payment.

Visitors can try their hand at making music with several interactive exhibits. One features a video drumming lesson from Max Weinberg of Springsteen's E Street Band. Another shows how to make a recording with rapper Wyclef Jean.

The museum also will host a variety of programs for students, including one that allows them to meet the artists and another that lets them watch sound checks to see what goes into putting on a concert, Santelli said.

"We're trying to make sure it's not all about the costumes and guitars and interactive," he said. "The physical space is just the tip of the iceberg — the value is in the programs, getting into the schools to bring artists in to talk to the kids."

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This story has been corrected to show that the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles opened in 2008, not in 2006.

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Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan to perform at CMAs

Music fans who tune in to the Country Music Association awards next month will get to hear performances by the reigning Entertainer of the Year and the singer coming in with the most nominations.

Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood will all take the stage.

Lambert leads the pack with five nominations, with Little Big Town and Keith Urban earning four nods each. Brooks returns this year with his 12th career nomination for CMA Entertainer of the Year, a title he has won five times, including last year.

Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the live awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 8.

Discovery Channel revives 'American Chopper' after 5 years

The reality series follows feuding father and son motorcycle builders Paul Teutul (TUHT'-ehl) Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. as they put together chopper-style bikes for a high-profile roster of clients.

Discovery says the revived series will focus on the Teutuls struggle to reinvigorate their businesses and reconcile their fractured relationship.

"American Chopper" ran in different incarnations on Discovery Channel and TLC from 2003 through 2012. A special episode featuring Shaquille O'Neal was released in 2014.

Discovery calls "American Chopper" one of the channel's most popular series ever. It followed Newburgh, New York-based Orange County Choppers and the father's eventual split with his son.

"American Chopper" returns to Discovery in early 2018.

Mehta, Israel Philharmonic to start tour at Carnegie Hall

Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are starting a two-week North American tour at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The Oct. 25 opening-night concert will feature an all-Mozart program including the overture to "The Marriage of Figaro."

The orchestra will visit Toronto, California and Florida before returning to Carnegie Hall on Nov. 7 through Nov. 9.

The tour will celebrate the legacy of the 81-year-old Mehta.

Mehta has announced that he will retire from the Israel Philharmonic in 2019 after almost 50 years with the ensemble.

The Indian-born Mehta has also led the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Benefit galas honoring Mehta will be held in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

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