Entertainment

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

The country music industry has long been hesitant to address its long and complicated history with race, but the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests it sparked in the U.S. and around the world became a sound too loud for the genre to ignore.

  Topsail Island makes the cover of this month’s ‘Our State’

Shane Fernando named Vice President of Advancement and the Arts at CFCC

Billie Eilish gets 3-year restraining order for trespasser

`That 70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson charged in 3 rapes

Oscars to set best picture noms at 10, commits to new phase of equity and inclusion standards

  ‘John Boy’ Isley: Decades of making morning radio laughter with partner Billy James (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

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Kelly Clarkson seeks divorce from husband of nearly 7 years

  Bonnie Pointer, early member of Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

  Hollywood task force establishes guidelines to get the cameras rolling again

The Azalea Festival’s main stage concert featuring Aaron Lewis will not be rescheduled

  Role on Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’ is full circle moment for actor with ties to Wilmington

  ‘Scream’ sequel to film in Wilmington later this year

  ‘Our State’ highlights some of NC’s best hiking spots in the May issue of the magazine

May’s edition of "Our State" will make readers want to get outside

Events rescheduled due to pandemic could create a calendar traffic jam in the fall

Events rescheduled due to pandemic could create a calendar traffic jam in the fall

Livestreaming with Rolling Stones, Sarah Brightman, Motörhead

Viewers can help support musicians undergoing financial hardship by giving to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund or MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Wilson Center aims to open early summer

Wilson Center aims to open early summer under Phase 2

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider-Esleben dies aged 73

NASA is working with Tom Cruise to shoot a film in space

Hulu series filmed in Wilmington gets canceled

  Under One Roof livestream event to benefit NC artists impacted by coronavirus pandemic

Housebound and HYPE: Wilmington DJ creates popular mix during stay-at-home order

  Need something to binge watch? Netflix show ‘Outer Banks’ premieres today

  BCSO quartet virtual performances goes viral on internet

Behind the music: the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office quartet lifts spirits during pandemic

  Middle school teacher from Columbus County wins award for Best Modern Country Song

A singer from Whiteville received recognition from the World Songwriting Awards, an international music competition which celebrates and recognizes independent musicians

Carolina Country Music Fest moved to September due to COVID-19

The Carolina Country Music Festival has been postponed due to the threat of the novel coronavirus.

  Vivian Howard launching new PBS series, while guiding restaurants through economic downturn

Vivian Howard is back. Nearly 18 months after ending her award-winning PBS show "A Chef’s Life", Howard is launching a new six-part series called "Somewhere South", while also trying to guide her restaurants through the difficult economic conditions brought on by the coronavirus epidemic.

Dylan puts out 17-minute ode to Kennedy

The 78-year-old musician released a link to the song, titled "Murder Most Foul," on his website and social media.

  Woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears in upcoming episode of ‘Naked and Afraid’

A woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears on The Discovery Channel’s 'Naked and Afraid' this weekend, competing in her late friend's honor

  Coronavirus can’t stop them; Artists perform for fans online

From country to rock to opera, livestream shows are popping up everywhere.

‘The Lost Boys’ pilot on hiatus from filming due to coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus outbreak impacts filming in Wilmington

  Young thespians to star in classic movie turned stage musical, Xanadu Junior

The show is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly

CASTING CALL: ‘This Country’ seeks infant twins or triplets

“This Country," a Fox television comedy filming its pilot episode in the Port City, is looking for a set of twins or triplets for an upcoming shoot.

Diana Ross postpones tour two weeks after performing in Wilmington

Two weeks after performing to a sold-out audience at the Wilson Center in Wilmington, Diana Ross is cancelling the remainder of her tour due to concerns over the coronavirus.

UPDATE: Pineapple-Shaped Lamps updated its ‘Puffs’ performance times due to coronavirus concerns

The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps show opened March 12 but will only run one weekend due to coronavirus concerns

'There were moments of great pain’: Alex Trebek reflects on 1 year since pancreatic cancer diagnosis

One year after “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he described in frank terms his battle with the disease.

  Get ready for a bloody good time with ’Lizzie: The Musical’

Nearly 130 years after an infamous crime, a rock musical retells the story of a grizzly double murder and the woman who became the prime suspect

  Glenn Tillbrook: ‘Squeeze’-ing in a stop in Wilmington during the band’s 2020 U.S. tour (’1on1 with Jon Evans’ podcast)

Nearly a half-century after their first meeting, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have their pop band Squeeze back on the road for a 2020 U.S. tour. Rising to stardom in the 70s & 80s with songs like “Tempted” and “Hour Glass”, the tour will stop in Wilmington on August 19.

Grammy-winning artist Boz Scaggs to return to Wilson Center

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist Boz Scaggs will make his return to the Wilson center on Aug. 22.

Pilot episode of ‘The Lost Boys’ to begin filming next week

Filming for the pilot episode of the CW’s vampire-themed television series “The Lost Boys” will officially get underway next week. An extras casting call said the production needs surfers and fishermen.

  ‘This Country’ TV pilot to begin filming in Wilmington

According to reports, Seann William Scott will star in the new FOX show.

  Miss America Talent Winner makes her Thalian Hall debut in Opera House Theatre Company’s ‘The Sound of Music’

“We have a cast of some of the finest singers I have ever worked with in my career!” said the show's director, Ray Kennedy.

  Works from female filmmakers showcased at upcoming festival

Films from female directors will be screened at a festival that celebrates stories made from a woman’s perspective

  Marchtoberfest to bring a taste of Germany to Wilmington

Marchtoberfest, a German-themed beer festival, will bring hundreds out to enjoy live music, German food, festival games and craft beer

  Wilmington actor returns to ‘Ozark’ for third season of popular Netflix show

Wilmington actor returns to 'Ozark' for third season of popular Netflix show

  Comic D.C. Benny, who is ‘Adrift In Predicaments,’ brings his comedy to Wilmington this weekend

D.C. Benny's style of telling autobiographical stories, inhabited by original characters, has delighted audiences over his more than 30 years as a performer

  Come to the Cabaret, a night of Broadway favorites, to benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

An evening that salutes Broadway will benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

Carolina Beach Boardwalk set as filming location in ‘Lost Boys’ pilot

With filming set to begin next month, new details about where the new ‘Lost Boys’ TV show is planning to shoot are becoming available.

  Vanna White: Famous? Yes! But still just a down home southern girl at heart (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Vanna White grew up along the Carolina coast, wanting to become a TV star. Now, after 37 years and more than 7,000 episodes as co-host of “Wheel of Fortune”, this “normal, down home southern girl” talks about her road to success.

  Irish Music Night to support St. Patrick’s Parade, Cape Fear Literacy Council

Three bands, the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums and dancers from the Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dance will entertain the crowd at Irish Music Night, Sat., Feb. 15, which supports the Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

  Perfect for date night: Fan favorite, ‘Guys & Dolls’, on stage Valentine’s Day weekend at UNCW

It’s considered by some to be the best Broadway musical of all time; Guys and Dolls opens Thurs., Feb. 13 at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium

Rolling Stones returns to North America for 15-city tour, including Charlotte

The Rolling Stones are going back on tour and they're making a stop in North Carolina along the way.

Wilmington picked for MovieMaker’s list of ‘Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker’

Wilmington recently was named one of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker,” the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. announced.Wilmington recently was named one of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker,” the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. announced.

  Wilmington’s R&B connection returns with new urban radio station

A new urban adult contemporary radio station with deep roots launches in Wilmington during Black History Month.

  North Carolina Jazz Festival: 40 and going strong

The North Carolina Jazz Festival is 40 and going strong

  Despite heartbreaking prognosis from doctors, musician Dustin Chapman hits a high note with new career

A singer with a rare medical disorder has received a heartbreaking update from his doctors. It came at the same time Whiteville’s Dustin Chapman hit a high note in his professional life.

Rapper Mac Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles’ to be released

Mac Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles” will be released on Jan. 17.

Escape to Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett is coming to the Carolinas

Parrotheads, get ready to “Escape to Margaritaville!” Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will make two stops in North Carolina in 2020, as part of his “Slack Tide Tour.”

2019 in review: Did you hear what they said? (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Interviews with a Pearl Harbor survivor, an Olympic head coach, the anchor of NBC Nightly News and Captain America’s stunt double highlighted the third season of the ‘1on1 with Jon Evans’ podcast.

  Country music network Circle to launch with 16 shows, including ‘Opry Live’

Circle is also bringing back Hee Haw, a venerable music and comedy sketch show that aired from 1971 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1997.

  ‘Elf’ cast will spread Christmas cheer in Wilmington

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

  New film advisory council to have inaugural meeting in Raleigh

The new Governor's Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming will have its first meeting today in Raleigh.

  ‘#Alice’ is a high-tech twist on a classic fairytale

#Alice is the story of a young girl who gets sucked into her smart phone and has to navigate her way back out

  Wilmington-shot ‘Reprisal’ debuts on Hulu

The first season of the Wilmington-shot television series Reprisal is now available for streaming on Hulu.

  Twins from Wilmington get their big break in ‘The Politician’

Trey and Trevor Eason, twins from Wilmington, got a lot of buzz for their roles in the Netflix show, 'The Politician'

Spotify releases most-streamed artists of the decade

What did people listen to this decade?

  Start your holidays on the right track by making a stop at the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, at the Wilmington Railroad Museum at 505 Nutt St.

  New Russell Crowe movie filmed scenes along Front Street

Directors Mark Fortin and Joshua Miller talk about filming the Russell Crowe movie in Wilmington and tease that they may bring their next project to town.

Documentary at Cucalorus examines the death of Lennon Lacy

Cucalorus, a film festival marking 25 years in Wilmington, features a documentary that examines the death of Lennon Lacy, 17, who died in Bladen County in 2014. 'Always in Season' is a documentary that follows his mother’s search for justice.

  Musical comedy at Cucalorus looks at online toxicity and superfandom through the eyes of four online gamers

The musical, Push the Point, follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission

Dave Grohl rocks it on Sesame Street for show’s 50th season

Big Bird, David Grohl and Elmo sing their way across America in “Here We Go Song.”

  'The MisEducation of Bindu’ marks a return to Cucalorus for Indian character

A character first introduced in a short film at Cucalorus returns to the festival.

  Spotlight on Cucalorus: ‘Black Barbie’ looks at introduction of diverse doll

A film that looks at the creation of the first Black Barbie is part of the Cucalorus festival.

Elton John will return to N.C. for final leg of farewell tour

The final dates of Elton John’s farewell tour have been announced, and one stop in North Carolina made the list.

  Kick off Cucalorus with the Visual/Sound/Walls Opening Night Party

This week, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years in Wilmington; it kicks off Wednesday with a show that mixes music, live performance, film and dance

  Film and dance come together for annual Dance-a-lorus

Dance-a-lorus became so popular in its first year at Cucalorus, it’s hard to imagine the festival without it

  Cucalorus celebrates its 25th year in Wilmington

This year, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years of bringing filmmakers together in Wilmington for a festival that includes movies, stage performances and thought-provoking discussions

  Wilmington actor hits the big screen in ‘Harriet’

An actor from Wilmington can be seen in the new film about the life of slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

New ‘Reprisal’ trailer promises revenge-filled payback

All ten episodes of the first season of Reprisal will be available to stream on Dec. 6.

  First Act: 'The Exonerated’ tells the stories of wrongly convicted death-row prisoners

The play follows each individual’s story from arrest through release, including life after death row.

Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars

The company is reportedly spending $6 billion on content to get you to sign up for the $4.99 a month service.