Entertainment

‘Rampage’ takes No. 1 from ‘A Quiet Place’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a wobbly start, Dwayne Johnson muscled his way to a No. 1 opening for “Rampage” — but just barely. Close on its heels was the word-of-mouth sensation “A Quiet Place” in its second week in theaters, and not too far behind that was the Blumhouse horror ...

Stapleton’s Sunday: ACM win, 40th birthday, birth of twins

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer Sunday is a day Chris Stapleton always will remember: His wife gave birth to twin boys, he celebrated his 40th birthday and he won album of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Stapleton didn’t attend the show in Las Vegas, but host Reba ...

‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

LOS ANGELES (AP) — R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin said he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related ...

Students sewing up work on ‘Sister Act’

Guest artist Mary Nickson of New York is taking on the lead role of Deloris during Heidelberg University Theatre’s production of “Sister Act.” The Heidelberg University Theatre is to conclude its season with the production, to be staged at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. ...

Entertainment briefs, April 12

Eight pianists, eighty fingers April 21 FINDLAY — St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church sanctuary is to present 80 Fingers of Praise at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the church building, 120 W. Sandusky St. The concert is to feature eight piano players performing ragtime, classical, patriotic, ...

‘A Quiet Place’ roars with $50M debut

NEW YORK (AP) — John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year’s second-best weekend after “Black Panther,” according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount Pictures thriller far ...

Jimmy Kimmel tries to tone down feud with Hannity

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel is trying to de-escalate a feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity that began over a joke about first lady Melania Trump’s accent. Kimmel said in a Twitter post made Sunday his exchanges with Hannity were fun but he didn’t want to add to ...

Taking her moment

Laura Buskirk sings “One Moment in Time” during the Friday Night Live Series at The Ritz. The night featured performances by students in grades 4-12 from The Heidelberg Community Music School.

Tiffin native writes Civil War novel

A Tiffin native has released his first novel after starting it more than 20 years ago. Leonard Thomas Stonewall Jackson Caleb Chilson is the author of “Blood on the Battlefield,” a Civil War romance. He legally changed his name from Thomas Williams in 2001, with each name standing for ...

Entertainment briefs, April 5

Wintry weather cancels Spring Nationals at Attica ATTICA — Though it’s called the Core & Main Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park, Mother Nature surely isn’t paying attention. The forecast for Attica Friday — opening night of the 29th annual spring nationals — is calling for ...

Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ tops box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg has found his way back to the top of the box office with the action-adventure “Ready Player One,” while Tyler Perry has scored again with “Acrimony.” Studio estimates Sunday say Spielberg’s virtual reality-focused film earned a solid $53.2 ...

For ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ NBC turns to a Legend

NEW YORK — Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He’ll be a little busy — being Jesus Christ in front of millions. Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in a live NBC ...

‘Rumors’ has it

Issac Echegoyan portrays Lenny Ganz (from left), Alexandria Hope portrays Claire Ganz, Ian Holbrook portrays Ernie Cusack, Poetessa Worley-Harris portrays Cookie Cusack and Jessica Hollan portrays Chris Gorman during dress rehearsal Tuesday evening for the Tiffin University Dragon Den Players ...

Calvert stages ‘Singing in the Rain Jr.’

Sophia Weaver as Kathy Selden (left) and Sam Seibert as Don Lockwood are seen performing the first full run-through of dress rehearsals for Calvert Catholic High School’s production of “Singing In The Rain Jr.” Wednesday. Performance dates are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are ...

Entertainment briefly, March 22

Vocal ensemble to perform in new Heidelberg concert series Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre is to host Ekmeles vocal ensemble as part of the school’s New Music Live Concert Series starting at 7 p.m. Friday in Ohl Concert Hall. Ekmeles is a six-person a capella vocal ...

Early on

It wasn’t until after leaving the Broadway hit “Hamilton” that an original chorus member realized the production’s impact. Betsy Struxness, a performer and photographer based in New York, was keynote speaker at Tiffin University’s inaugural Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness event ...

‘Pippin’

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Columbian High School is to present the Broadway musical "Pippin" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 23 and 24 in the school auditorium. Tickets cost $7 and are available at the door or can be reserved by calling (419) 447-6331. "Pippin" is the story of one ...

‘Once Upon a Mattress’

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Cameron Zorn as Prince Dauntless (from left), Alex Lersh as King Sextimus, Hannah Watson as Queen Aggravain and Bryce O’Flaherty as the Wizzard perform in dress rehearsals in preparation for the Mohawk High School Drama Department’s production of “Once Upon A ...

‘Back to the ’80s’

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Old Fort High School’s drama department is going back in time with the production of “Back to the ’80s.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. From the era that brought ...

‘Black Panther,’ remains on top

LOS ANGELES (AP) — T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.” “Black Panther” took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $41.1 million according to studio estimates ...