LOS ANGELES — When James L. White was being raised by a single mother in rural Kentucky, he was taunted by children who chanted, “Who’s your daddy?”
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Cara Delevingne (star of “Paper Towns,” which debuted with $12.5 million at the box office this weekend) is one of those celebrities who is suddenly all over the place, out of nowhere. And unless you’re a teen, you may have no idea why. Here is a guide that answers the five most frequently asked questions about stars-of-the-moment:
Van Alexander, a musical jack-of-all-trades who co-wrote Ella Fitzgerald’s biggest hit in the 1930s, led a swing band, composed arrangements for other bandleaders and later became a composer and music director in Hollywood, died July 19 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.
LOS ANGELES—Howard Rumsey, a bass player who turned a down-at-the-heels sailors’ hangout in Hermosa Beach into ground zero for West Coast jazz, has died. He was 97.
LOS ANGELES — After receiving a Donkey Kong-style pounding from critics, “Pixels,” the ’80s video-game themed comedy starring Adam Sandler, was edged out at the box office on its opening weekend, failing to take the No. 1 spot from “Ant-Man,” which earned an estimated $24.8 million.
LOS ANGELES — The investigation into the slaying of cop-turned-reality-TV-attorney Loredana Nesci continued Thursday in Redondo Beach, Calif., while Nesci’s boyfriend remained in police custody as a suspect in her killing.
Bill Simmons, the popular sports journalist and pundit long associated with ESPN, has signed a deal with HBO, the cable network said.
Taylor Swift, fresh from an online feud with Nicki Minaj this week, may want to get prepared for a new enemy with even bigger geopolitical influence: the Chinese government.
LOS ANGELES — Actor, singer and activist Theodore Bikel grew up in a second-floor apartment in Vienna where the family book collection included a 20-volume complete works of Yiddish storyteller Sholem Aleichem.
LOS ANGELES — George Coe, a veteran character actor with a comedic touch that he brought to the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 86.