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SHOWBIZ Barry Manilow, Kathy Griffin, Prince, LGBTA country concert
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by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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Barry Manilow has begun a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October, noted. With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him: the '70s. He spent five years, 2005-2010, at the Las Vegas Hilton and another two at Paris Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Kathy Griffin paid tribute June 5 to Kate Spade by dressing head-to-toe in the late designer's apparel to accept an honor for her activism and fundraising for LGBTQ causes, the New York Daily News noted. Griffin did not personally know the designer, but gave a brief tribute to Spade while accepting the Rainbow Key award from the city of West Hollywood, California. West Hollywood leaders recognized Griffin for raising more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS services and other LGBTQ activism.

On what would have been his 60th birthday, the Prince estate announced it is prepping a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, Piano and a Microphone 1983, set to arrive Sept. 21, Rolling Stone noted. The LP's nine tracks were culled from cassette recordings Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The estate teased the project with Prince's rendition of the 19th-century spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep" which will also play during the end credits of Spike Lee's upcoming movie, BlacKkKlansman.

GLAAD lauded country legend Vince Gill for a surprise appearance at the 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville at the Wildhorse Saloon, a press release noted. The event was co-hosted by Ty Herndon and Cody Alan, with appearances and performances by Tanya Tucker, Terri Clark, Billy Dean, Cale Dodds, Parson James, Temecula Road, Thompson Square, Cam, Anita Cochran, Shelly Fairchild, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, Brandon Stansell, and WWE Superstars Lana and Sonya. The concert is held annually and coincides with CMA Fest.

Chance the Rapper hosted an Open Mike Chicago event June 11 at the Harold Washington Library Center—with a special guest, Billboard noted. The Windy City hip-hop star introduced Donald Glover to the stage for a rendition of his buzzy Childish Gambino release "This Is America." Earlier this year, Glover mentioned that his collaborative project with Chance ( real name Chancelor Bennett ) "probably will" happen, and Chance hinted that the pair had cut some "amazing" new tracks.

Jenni Rivera tracks never heard publicly will be released soon, according to Chiquis Rivera, who made the announcement during an appearance on a Mexican talk show, Billboard noted. One of those discovered tracks by the late regional Mexican star is "Quisieran Tener Mi Lugar" ( You Wish You Had My Place ), which was included in the March release of Chiquis' Entre Botellas album. The track includes vocals for both mother and daughter.

MGM has unveiled the voice cast for its upcoming animated adaptation of The Addams Family, with Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as the heads of the titular family, Gomez and Morticia, TheWrap noted. Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard will play Gomez and Morticia's children, Wednesday and Pugsley, while Nick Kroll will play Uncle Fester and Bette Midler will play Grandmama. Newly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney will play the Addams' archenemy, Margaux Needler.

Supernatural drama Shadowhunters will end after three seasons on Freeform, Broadcasting & Cable noted. Twelve new episodes will air in the spring of 2019, concluding with a two-hour series finale. The series stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane, among others.

Andre Leon Talley cries when he recalls how haters in the fashion world called him "Queen Kong"—and he thinks he knows who coined the nickname, Page Six noted. In the tearful climax to the documentary The Gospel According to Andre, the fashion editor didn't name anyone as he talked about learning that the fashion set in Paris was calling him "Queen Kong." But in Loulou & Yves—Christopher Petkanas' oral history of Yves Saint Laurent and his muse, Loulou de la Falaise—Talley points the finger at Clara Saint, a longtime head of PR for YSL; Saint denies it.

Out musicians Zach Adam and Adam Joseph are uniting on the first single from Zach Adam's new LGBTQ music label, Magic Town Media, a press release noted. "Gravity," a song about mental illness, is the first release from Magic Town Media, as well as the first single from Adam's upcoming album; to gain attention across a wide array of dance floors and media platforms, Magic Town Media is supporting the record with a superstar collection of remixes and a captivating music video. "Zach Adam Feat. Adam Joseph: Gravity" is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Shoe and apparel designer Kenneth Cole put his foot in his mouth when he reacted to handbag designer Kate Spade's suicide by calling her an "inspiring accessory," Page Six noted. "'I believed that I could, so I did'. She alone didn't change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory. #KateSpade #RIP," Cole wrote in a since-deleted tweet. Cole issued a more respectful remembrance later but did not apologize for the initial tweet.

Following the success of the first season of American Idol on ABC, which crowned Iowa native Maddie Poppe on its May 21 grand finale, the singing-competition series announced the list of audition cities for the network's second season, a press release noted. Some of the cities include San Diego; Houston; Plano, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; and Kansas City, Missouri. Visit

After only a handful of episodes in the back half of DC's Legends of Tomorrow's third season, Keiynan Lonsdale ( who plays Wally West ) will be exiting the show as a series regular, according to a TV Guide item. Also, while Lonsdale will star in The Flash's fifth-season premiere, there's been no word on how permanent that visit will be.

Whitney Houston's former landlord is selling a bible belonging to the late singer for $95,000, noted. According to TMZ, the "I Will Always Love You" songstress left the item behind when she vacated her Newport Beach Luxury rental in 2011. The landlord claims to have signed a non-disclosure agreement and contacted Houston's agent about the left-behind items, and was told he could keep them.

Reese Witherspoon confirmed the rumors about her filming Legally Blonde 3, Just Jared noted. The 42-year-old actress posted a video to her Instagram account of her, in a pink bikini, floating across the screen. Of course, this is reminiscent of her character Elle Woods' Harvard Law admission video where she's in the pool. Witherspoon captioned the video, "It's true… #LegallyBlonde3." The movie will be released Valentine's Day 2020, TheWrap reported.

Kerry Washington will return to Broadway to star in American Son, Variety noted. The Scanda" star will be matched with Steven Pasquale, a stage veteran known for The Bridges of Madison County and his small-screen work on Rescue Me and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The play examines race relations in America with a story of two parents in a Florida police station, following them as they grapple with a crisis involving their son. American Son will begin performances on Oct. 6 at the Booth Theatre, with an official opening night set for Nov. 4.

Amazon Studios continues to ramp up its roster of TV talent, signing an exclusive first-look television deal with Oscar and Emmy winner Jordan Peele ( Get Out ) and his Monkeypaw Productions, Deadline noted. Peele and his company most recently had a first-look TV deal with Sonar Entertainment, which yielded The Hunt, a vengeance-driven Nazi hunting drama, which got a straight-to-series order by Amazon last month. It is one of two projects Monkeypaw has at Amazon, along with the upcoming Lorena Bobbitt documentary.

Netflix has renewed the show 13 Reasons Why for a third season, TheWrap noted. The renewal of the controversial teen drama comes weeks after it debuted its second season, which premiered May 18. The first season of the drama received both praise and criticism for its graphic depiction of teen suicide. During the second season, a scene in which Devin Druid's character, Tyler, is violently sexually assaulted in a bathroom with a mop handle was met with controversy.

Ahead of the Tonys, Robert De Niro used an awards ceremony honoring high-school writers to accuse President Trump of spreading "bulls—t," Page Six noted. The Raging Bull actor bashed the president while praising the winners of the first Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin "American Writer Award" at the Tweed Courthouse in Lower Manhattan. "So what about the truth? What does the truth even mean today? I mean, if you're Donald Trump it doesn't mean anything," added De Niro, who got loud applause for the statements.

Shonda Rhimes will adapt the story of Anna Delvey—an aspiring "It Girl" who duped New York City high society—for Netflix, TheWrap noted. Rhimes acquired the rights to the New York magazine report about the social climber titled "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People." Rhimes is attached to write the series, which falls under her overall deal at the streaming network.

Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actress Macy Gray revealed her first track and official video for "Sugar Daddy," taken from her forthcoming 10th studio album Ruby, out worldwide digitally and on limited edition Ron Sept. 7 ( Artistry Music, a Mack Avenue label ), a press release noted. Directed by Christian Lamb and shot at Pour Vous in Los Angeles, the video stars Macy Gray alongside Evan Ross, and is inspired by his legendary mother Diana Ross' portrayal of Billie Holiday in the 1972 biographical classic "Lady Sings The Blues."

Falcon Studios porn performer Dave Slick was found dead in Chicago while visiting the city for an adult entertainment convention, according to an Instinct magazine item that cites The Daily Herald. The 26-year-old was in town to attend the Exxxotica Expo convention. The Chicago Police Department is handling the investigation.

Singer Usher is accused of refusing to turn over his private medical records to the man who accused the singer of allegedly exposing him to herpes after he claims they had sex at a Los Angeles spa, noted. Quantasia Sharpton, along with a Jane Doe and John Doe, sued Usher last year, claiming they all had sexual relations with him. They all say he risked their health by not telling him about his alleged diagnosis and are seeking unspecified damages. John Doe claimed he had sex with Usher at a Koreatown spa in Los Angeles.

The woman who accused Nev Schulman of sexual misconduct filed two police reports against the Catfish host with the Houston Police Department on May 25, according to an US Magazine item that cites The Blast. Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the MTV docuseries in 2015, first accused Schulman of sexual misconduct in a video posted on YouTube on May 12. She claimed that he repeatedly asked to take her on a date, asked whether she was bisexual and propositioned her for sex in her hotel room, among other allegations.

Mena Suvari—who co-starred with Kevin Spacey in the film American Beauty—told Megyn Kelly that the allegations against Spacey are "shocking," Page Six noted. Calling the allegations "heart-wrenching," she added, "It's important to focus on the conversation that's happening and the healing, the victims—the right thing that's to come out of this. That's sort of what I try to hope for and focus on the most. It's something that we're truly changing and moving out of." However, Suvari added she is glad to have worked with him on the 1999 drama.

Vince Vaughn was arrested in Manhattan Beach on Sunday morning on DUI charges, TheWrap noted. Vaughn was charged with DUI and resisting, delaying or obstructing officers and was accompanied by an unidentified male passenger, who was arrested for obstructing officers and public intoxication. The two were taken into the Manhattan Beach Police Department on June 10, but have since been released.

A grand jury in Virginia has indicted actress/activist Rose McGowan on one felony count of cocaine possession, Page Six revealed. Charging documents say cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan left behind on a plane last year. McGowan has maintained the cocaine isn't hers, suggesting in court papers that the drugs were planted at the urging of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. McGowan was among the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, and she and others say he's aggressively sought to discredit his accusers.

Anthony Bourdain's tell-all book, Kitchen Confidential, rose to the top of Amazon's best-seller list following news that the former chef and TV host committed suicide, TheWrap noted. The updated 2007 paperback version of Kitchen Confidential swiftly surpassed the just-released debut novel from James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton, The President is Missing, for the top spot on the list. Bourdain's followup, Medium Raw, ranked fifth on Amazon's list as well last week.

Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's America's Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics ( twice running for state office as a Republican ), has died at 42, according to Billboard. Boyd reportedly had a number of medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure and liver problems; also, he was seriously injured in a car crash in 2017. Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008.

After news broke last month that Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel was being investigated for sexual-assault allegations, his future with the show became unknown. However, Bravo confirmed to Decider that Ravenel was not invited to the Southern Charm season-five reunion. While the sexual=assault claims are being investigated, Ravenel is currently involved with an ongoing custody battle with ex Kathryn Dennis, mother of their two young children.

Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider was sentenced to three days in jail for failing to pay spousal support, according to Page Six. Schneider was given a March 14 deadline to pay more than $150,000 in delinquent alimony, but failed to do so. Elvira filed for divorce in Los Angeles County on Nov. 14, 2014, after 21 years of marriage.

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