Entertainment briefs, May 24

Fostoria to honor local vets Monday

FOSTORIA — The Fostoria Veterans of Foreign Wars is to present a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Fountain Cemetery to honor those who have served.

The Fostoria Community Band is to honor veterans by performing the “Star Spangled Banner,” several marches, and a medley of Armed Forces Hymns.

Art gallery plans new times, car show

BELLEVUE — New opening times are planned this week at Art@106, 106 S. Sandusky St., Bellevue.

The gallery is to host the Bellevue Area Tourism and Visitors Bureau at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The gallery is to be open 1-4 p.m. and then stay open 4-6:30 p.m.

There also is to be a fundraiser car show 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday.

Michael Jackson estate slams ABC TV special on last days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Michael Jackson estate is objecting to an ABC TV special airing today on the end of the life of the late King of Pop, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children.

The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” is not sponsored or approved by Jackson’s heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights.

Advertising for the two-hour documentary set to air Thursday night says it will reveal new information on Jackson, and focuses on his apparent decline in the run-up to his death at age 50 on June 25, 2009.

Danica Patrick to host ESPYS in July

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS.

She is to preside over the show honoring the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports July 18. The show is to air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Patrick is to retire from auto racing after competing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, where her fourth-place finish in 2005 is the highest by a woman.

She will be the first woman to host the show. Previous hosts include LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Seth Meyers, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Timberlake.

Patrick first attended the show in 2005, and ESPN says she holds the record for most consecutive years attending (13) by any athlete. She has said she met her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at the show.

The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage is to be presented to the sexual abuse victims who spoke out against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast and Disney are on the verge of a head-to-head bidding war for Fox’s entertainment properties.

The potential battle for Twenty-First Century Fox comes as traditional entertainment companies try to amass more properties to compete better with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention — and dollars.

Comcast said Wednesday that it’s in the “advanced stages” of making an offer. The company did not provide details, other than to say that its all-cash offer would have a higher value than Disney’s current, $52.4 billion all-stock offer. The Wall Street Journal and others reported earlier that Comcast had lined up $60 billion in cash to challenge Disney for media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s company.

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