Conscious uncoupling pays off We mocked Gwyneth Paltrow when she declared in 2014 that she and then-husband Chris Martin were parting ways in a super-amicable process called "conscious uncoupling." There will be no acrimony, the duo said, but a harmonious divorce that would save their kids, Apple and Moses, from unnecessary trauma.
Ain't no stopping them now A federal appeals court has upheld a decision allowing the estates of Philly soul song writers Gene McFadden and John Whitehead ("Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now") to keep control of their song catalog. Since 2002, the writers, and later their estates (Whitehead died in 2004, McFadden in 2006) had tussled with Pullman Group L.L.C. over contracts and the rights to the catalog.
Ott for 'Cold Mountain' The most hotly awaited event of the opera season just got a new leading man. Cold Mountain, the years-in-the-works Jennifer Higdon opera based on Charles Frazier's 1997 Civil War-era novel, was written with star baritone Nathan Gunn in mind - but he has been replaced by up-and-coming Jarrett Ott. Gunn withdrew from the Feb. 5-14 run at the Academy of Music. His stated reason was family illness.
Anderson: Show me the money Gillian Anderson isn't having any of that good ol' boy Hollywood sexism. In an interview with the Daily Beast, The X-Files star says she was initially offered half the money of her male costar, David Duchovny, for the revival of the series, starting at 10 p.m. Sunday on Fox.
El Chapo vs. Sean Penn Are cartel assassins after Sean Penn's head? The blogosphere is alight with rumors that druglord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who was recaptured Friday after nearly six months on the lam, may blame Penn and Mexican TV star Kate del Castillo for leading cops to him.
The National Enquirer on Wednesday issued a somewhat alarmist report: Beloved American vocalist Barry Manilow, 72, has been hospitalized after he "suffered a heart attack scare," as the publication put it. Manilow reportedly sought medical care Oct. 17 after having heart palpitations. Manilow's people have yet to comment.
Tirdad Derakhshani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in London and rural North Jersey, where he closely studied a theoretical, radical post-Hegelian approach to cow-tipping. He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-'80s to seek enlightenment, and instead received a B.A. in literature at Penn. While pursuing doctoral studies in modern religious thought and philosophy, he worked at the Inquirer as a news clerk, researcher, editor, and entertainment writer.
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