Entertainment briefs, July 26
Water Fest set for Aug. 4 at Miller Farm
The annual Seneca Conservation District event, Water Fest, is to take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4 at Miller Conservation Farm, 5670 E. TR 138.
Featured events are to include a 15-foot tall inflatable slide, giant slingshots and exploring in the creek. Balloon Blast also is to be set up for the day.
Also, hayrides, crafts, a water wall and other activities are planned.
Live Nation cancels Demi Lovato show
NEW YORK (AP) — Live Nation says Demi Lovato’s concert today on the Atlantic City, New Jersey, beach has been canceled.
Lovato’s representative said Tuesday she was awake and recovering with her family after she was reportedly hospitalized for an overdose. Live Nation said in a statement that “Demi’s Atlantic City appearance on July 26th has been canceled in light of (the) news.”
Tickets still will be valid at today’s show, which also was to include singer-songwriter Lauv, who has a current hit with “I Like Me Better.” Ticketholders for Lovato’s show also are able to attend the Chainsmokers’ concert Sunday. Both shows are part of the Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series.
‘Deadwood’ to get new life as TV movie
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “Deadwood” fans can exhale.
HBO says it’s greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago.
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Wednesday production is scheduled to begin in October. An air date has yet to be set but it could debut in spring 2019, he said.
Bloys told a TV critics’ meeting it was a logistical “nightmare” getting the ensemble cast’s schedules to align, but it finally worked out.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning “Deadwood” was set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota mining town of the title.
The series aired from 2004-06 with stars including Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and Molly Parker.
Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell to appear on ‘Madam Secretary’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Madam Secretary” won’t lack secretaries of state this fall.
CBS Tuesday announced former secretaries Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell will appear on drama’s fifth season premiere Oct. 7.
CBS says star Tea Leoni, in her role as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, seeks their advice.
Clinton tweeted it was wonderful to spend some time on the set.
Albright previously appeared on the show during its second season.
Clinton was secretary of state under President Barack Obama. Powell was President George W. Bush’s top diplomat, and Albright was the first woman to become secretary of state, during President Bill Clinton’s administration.
Kennedy Center plans to honor Cher,
Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, ‘Hamilton’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cher, composer Phillip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire and jazz legend Wayne Shorter are to be honored for lifetime achievements in the arts at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.
The national arts center also announced Wednesday a special award for the genre-bending musical “Hamilton,” as part of the gala set for Dec. 2.
Before last year’s program, several honorees threatened a boycott if President Donald Trump attended. He and first lady Melania Trump decided to skip the event “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” as the White House put it.
The White House said it’s too early to know whether Trump would participate in this year’s ceremony.