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All hail the Goblin King: David Bowie’s ‘Labyrinth’ soundtrack being reissued

UMeThe soundtrack for one of David Bowie‘s signature movies is getting the reissue treatment.

The soundtrack to the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth will be reissued on vinyl on May 12. The package replicates the album’s original jacket and artwork, plus the inner sleeve of photos of Bowie in the film.

Directed by late Muppets creator Jim HensonLabyrinth tells the story of a young girl, played by a then-15-year-old Jennifer Connelly, who travels to the center of an otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother after she unwittingly wishes him away. Bowie plays Jareth, the Goblin King, who takes possession of the child. The movie also features numerous puppet creations from Henson’s Creature Shop.

In a 1986 interview with Movieline, Bowie recalled his involvement in the movie, saying, “I’d always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages…and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it.”

He added, “The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning.”

The Labyrinth soundtrack features a six-part instrumental score by film composer Trevor Jones, augmented by five original songs written by Bowie: “Underground,” “Magic Dance,” “Chilly Down,” “As the World Falls Down” and “Within You.” Bowie sings lead vocals on all except “Chilly Down.”

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Cover Me: New book of Bruce Springsteen photos coming in November

Simon & SchusterBruce Springsteen’s longtime photographer is preparing a new book of snapshots.

In November, Frank Stefanko will release Bruce Springsteen: Further Up the Road, chronicling forty years of his Boss-related shots. According to Rolling Stone, many of the photos in the new book are previously unreleased, and many are from two photo shoots with Springsteen: one in 2004 and another from this year.

Stefanko shot the cover photos for two Springsteen albums: Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. He also took the cover shot for Bruce’s recent autobiography, Born to Run.

Springsteen himself wrote the introduction for Further Up the Road. The book’s publisher, Wall of Sound Editions, plans to print just under two thousand copies, and Stefanko will sign each one. The first 350 will be available as a deluxe edition costing $630, with rest going for $380 apiece.

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David Byrne remembers late ‘Stop Making Sense’ director Jonathan Demme

Nick Elgar/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesFormer Talking Heads leader David Byrne has penned a sweet memorial for director Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday morning at age 73.

Demme directed Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 concert documentary shot during Talking Heads’ tour in support of their Speaking in Tongues album.

In a message on his website, Byrne says he’d enjoyed Demme’s earlier films and “could sense his love of ordinary people” and that Demme was “a huge music fan.”

Byrne explains, “We booked four nights at the Pantages Theatre in L.A. at the tail end of a tour for filming. Jonathan joined us on the road and became familiar with the band and the show.”

He notes, “Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense.”

Byrne says Demme’s mentoring helped give him the confidence to try his hand at feature film directing himself, with 1986’s True Stories.  “Jonathan helped me as I was developing True Stories,” he explains. “I wrote a song for his film Something Wild [and] a score for Married to the Mob.”

Byrne continues, “Jonathan went on to make a lot more features—some hugely successful, others not so much. He interspersed these with a number of documentaries and music films. The documentaries are pure labors of love. They tend to be celebrations of unsung heroes…He often turned what would be a genre film into a very personal expression. His view of the world was open, warm, animated and energetic.

Byrne ends his essay with a simple message: “Jonathan, we’ll miss you.”

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“Empire” recap: “Love Is a Smoke”

©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX/Chuck Hodes(NEW YORK) — The newest episode of Empire begins with a dreamlike sequence of Lucious and Giusi kissing, but Lucious is snapped back to reality when Cookie pays him a visit. Cookie asks for Lucious’ approval of Angelo’s impending proposal to her.

Back at the Empire compound, Andre, Shyne and Giusi have a meeting. Andre asks Giusi what’s been going on between her and Lucious.  

Soon, Angelo visits Jamal at the studio to ask him for Cookie’s hand in marriage. Then, Cookie, Lucious, Andre, Giusi and Shyne all cross paths at Empire. Lucious reveals that he’s met Giusi in the past.   

Meanwhile, Cookie and Lucious spy, via wire, on Anika’s meetup with Tariq. Cookie thinks that Angelo is ready to propose to her, but he only asks her to appear on TV with him. 

On the other hand, Giusi sneaks up behind Lucious and surprises him with a gun, but says she won’t shoot him. Lucious reminds Giusi that she owes him $10 million dollars. She says she doesn’t have the cash, but needs Lucious to sign off on her Vegas contract.  

Back at Empire, Hakeem and Tiana introduce Tori Ash to Empire’s livestream audience. Jamal arrives to the studio with special guest star Tinashe. Meanwhile, Lucious offers Tariq a bag of money, which he takes without question.  

Angelo proposes to Cookie on The Grant Kelly Show, which leaves her speechless. Back at the club, Lucious is seen talking to gaming commission head Charlotte Frost, played by Eva Longoria.  

Backstage at The Grant Kelly Show, Cookie tells Angelo that she still has feelings for Lucious. Angelo gets upset and tells Cookie that his mom was right about her poisonous family.  

At the club, Lucious introduces a performance by Tori and the episode closes with Lucious giving Giusi a kiss. 

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“Bachelor” star Chris Soules tells 911 operator car crash victim isn’t breathing in dramatic call

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(IOWA) — The dramatic 911 call made by Bachelor star Chris Soules after he was involved in a fatal car accident Monday evening has been released by authorities.

In the call, the former reality star sounds frantic and eager to get the victim of the crash help.

“I rear-ended a guy in a tractor,” Soules, 35, says, trying to describe the two vehicles’ location on a rural highway in Iowa.

Soules was arrested Monday for allegedly fleeing the scene of the crash. He is accused of not immediately stopping his vehicle at the scene and failing to return and remain at the scene of the crash, according to a police report.

Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident, a felony in Iowa. He is currently free on a $10,000 bond and was uninjured in the accident. A preliminary hearing is set for May 2.

In the newly released call, obtained by ABC News, Soules breathes heavily as he tries to get help for Kenneth Mosher, the man in the tractor who later died at the hospital after the accident on Monday night.

Soules responds “yes” over and over as the operator asks about the man, including whether he was thrown into “a ditch” as a result of the accident.

“He’s not conscious,” Soules adds to authorities in the five-minute call. “He doesn’t appear to be [breathing].”

Later in the call, the operator asks Soules to perform CPR and he replies he doesn’t know how. Soules then asks those at the crash site to help before the operator offers to talk him through it. At the end of the call, Soules asks if he can call the operator back.

Soules appeared on The Bachelorette in 2014 and starred the next year on The Bachelor.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have historic World Premiere in Shanghai

© 2016 Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s more proof of the importance of the Chinese market to movie studios’ bottom line, and of the global impact of Hollywood movies in general:  The world premiere of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will take place in Shanghai.

Johnny Depp’s fifth cinematic voyage as slurry swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow will first be screened following a massive red carpet event at Disneytown at the Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11.  This marks the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in mainland China.

The stars of the film, including Depp, Orlando Bloom, Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem, among others, are expected to attend.

The film, from directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and Pirates series producer Jerry Bruckheimer, opens May 26.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Tree falling on highway, injuring driver captured by dashcam

Radimer Lewis Sr.(SEATTLE) — A heart-stopping accident of nature that unfolded on a Washington state highway was captured on dashcam video.

The dramatic video shows that drivers heading southbound on I-5 had no warning when a tree came crashing down, damaging two vehicles on Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the force of impact caused windshield damage to one vehicle and crushed the cab of the second vehicle, leaving its female driver badly injured.

“She was unconscious when troopers and witnesses arrived on scene,” Trooper Brooke Bova with Washington State Patrol told ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV.

The injured driver was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and listed in satisfactory condition.

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Boy, 11, stabs home intruder in mom’s defense

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — An 11-year-old Bronx, New York boy on Tuesday stabbed a home intruder who he said was violently attacking his mother, according to police.

The unidentified child stabbed Brian Febus, 22, twice in the back after the man reportedly kicked down the family’s apartment door and attacked his mother, ABC affiliate WABC-TV reported on Tuesday, citing police sources.

Febus, who’s had 14 prior arrests, according to court records, was later arrested on assault and burglary charges in connection with the incident.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, described the incident as “really nasty.”

“What I know is an unfortunate thing happened to a good person in front of a child that’s too young to even have been in this situation,” the neighbor told WABC. “It was really nasty.”

Febus allegedly broke down the door at around 5 p.m. local time after the boy’s 32-year-old mother refused to let him in, according to the WABC report.

Febus then allegedly entered the home and punched the woman multiple times, according to the report. Police said it was not immediately clear as to why the man targeted the mother of two, who also has a 4-year old child.

The 11-year-old reportedly dialed 911 to report a “robber in the house” and stabbed the man in an effort to fend him off, according to police. The attacker fled the scene, but he was later apprehended at a nearby hospital.

The man claimed he sustained the stab wounds during a fight on the street, police said.

The boy and his mother were both taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, according to the report. The child had scratches on his arm and his mother was treated for a bloody lip and cuts on her arm.

“It’s unfortunate an 11-year-old had to do that but I’m just glad she wasn’t more severely injured,” another neighbor, Kim Williams, told WABC.

“If you defend your mother you are a hero,” another neighbor, who was not identified, said.

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What you need to know about flying with pets in the cargo hold

Mike Watson Images/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The death of giant rabbit after a United flight from London to Chicago has shined a spotlight on the safety of pets flying in cargo holds.

Traveling with pets often proves to be a challenging and stressful experience for both humans and their companions. A number of U.S. airlines — including American, Delta and United — offer customers the option to check their pets on a plane, but in the interest of safety, there are a number of boxes the humans must check before booking their furry friends a spot in the cargo hold.

Flying animals on U.S. commercial airliners is generally safe. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported less than one incident per 10,000 animals transported via air in 2016. DOT defines an incident as the injury, death or loss of an animal during air transportation. For the purpose of these statistics, DOT defines an “animal” as any pet in a U.S. family household or any dog or cat shipped as part of a commercial shipment on a scheduled passenger flight.

The rabbit survived the trip, according to the airline, but died sometime after being unloaded from the plane. The airline offered to conduct a necropsy but the owner declined. The cause of death is unclear. United said in a statement that it was “saddened” by the news and is reviewing the incident.

The Animal Welfare Act, first signed into law in 1966 and amended at least eight times since, enforced by the Department of Agriculture, dictates the rules the owner and the airlines must respect.

Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old, and those younger than 16 weeks traveling for more than 12 hours must be provided food and water. Older animals must be fed at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12 hours, and they must be accompanied by written instructions on how to do so. Rules from the Department of Agriculture also protect animals from being shipped in harmful temperatures.

Along with a veterinarian’s stamp of approval for the pet’s health, airlines generally require owners to give the pet a kennel large enough for it to stand, turn, sit and lie down in a natural position. Additionally, the kennel must have good ventilation and food and watering dishes.

The strength of the kennel is also critical, as an animal getting loose in the cargo hold could be dangerous, according to DOT.

Animals always fly in pressurized and climate-controlled sections of the cargo hold and are usually kept in designated animal care facilities at major airports, according to DOT.

Airlines typically employ or contract specialists to handle the animals on each end of the flight, including loading the animals last and removing them first from the airplane.

Federal data indicates United Airlines has the most incidents with animals between 2012 and 2016, with 90 incidents. Alaska Airlines had the second most with 61 incidents. In 2016, United’s incident rate was 2.11 per 10,000 animals transported. Alaska’s was 0.27 per 10,000. American and Delta reported a rate of 0.62 and 1.23, respectively.

A spokesperson for DOT did not answer ABC News’ request for more data prior to 2016 or whether the reporting method has changed since 2012.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about his retirement

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke out about his retirement, saying, “I don’t want to let anybody down,” and opened up about his concussion and his relationship with his father in an interview with ABC News.

“I know people would love me to race forever,” Earnhardt, who announced earlier this week that he will retire at the end of this year, told ABC News. “But there comes a time when … you have to make certain tough decisions about your career, and your life, and when it’s time to make a change, it’s time to make a change.”

The two-time Daytona 500 champion thanked his fans for the “overwhelmingly positive” response to his announcement, adding that he hopes he can give them a “few more things to celebrate before it’s all over with.”

The 42-year-old driver also opened up about the fear he felt following the concussion he sustained last summer after he crashed during a competition, saying that he “had a lot of worry that I would never go back in the car again.”

“There were times during the illness when the symptoms were very severe that I obviously had a lot of doubt as to how well you’ll heal, if you’ll be well enough and have the reaction skills and all the skills that you obtained before … you don’t know whether those are going to recover,” the driver said of his health scare.

“Missing all the races, going through the recovery, that certainly gave me an opportunity to just sit back and think about my priorities,” Earnhardt added. “I had a new perspective on my entire life. I got married this off-season. That certainly changes the way you think about things.”

While Earnhardt admits that the injury caused him to reassess his priorities, he adds that it was not a “major deciding factor” in his retirement.

Earnhardt told ABC News that if he could say anything to his father, the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., “I would ask him what he thought about Amy, my wife.”

“I think he’d be pleased with the person I am, the person I’ve become over the last several years. I know he would be excited about my marriage, happy with a lot of the personal decisions that I’ve made,” Earnhardt added of his father.

“But with all that said, I mean he would be equally as critical of everything, because that’s how Dads are you know, he would he would tell you how it is,” Earnhardt said. “Even though I know he would be really proud, you know, I think the criticism is really what I miss the most, just knowing exactly where I stood with him all the time.”

“Racing is one thing and something we shared and had in common, but when we had conversations, it was always about personal things in life, and are your morals where they need to be? Are you doing the right thing? Treating somebody right? Are you acting right?” he remembered of his father. “It was never about how to drive a car.”

Following 18 seasons and more than 600 races, Earnhardt will end his long-running career as a NASCAR driver at the end of 2017. In addition to racing, Earnhardt has also made his mark advocating for concussion research, and he has pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, according to ESPN.

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/26/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Toronto at St. Louis, postponed


Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 2
Cleveland 7, Houston 6
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4, 11 Innings
Seattle 8, Detroit 0
N.Y. Yankees 3, Boston 1
Texas 14, Minnesota 3
L.A. Angels 8, Oakland 5

Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 7, Miami 4
Atlanta 8, N.Y. Mets 2
Washington 11, Colorado 4
San Diego 8, Arizona 5
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 3, 10 innings

Washington 103, Atlanta 99
Boston 108, Chicago 97

Nashville 4, St. Louis 3
Edmonton 5, Anaheim 3

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Maria Sharapova returns from doping ban

Adam Pretty/iStock/Thinkstock(STUTTGART, Germany) — After 15 months, Maria Sharapova is back.

The one time world number 1 faced off against Roberta Vinci in front of a sellout crowd at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany taking the match 7-5, 6-3 after a shaky start. Wednesday’s match was the Russian’s first since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.

Last year, Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. She had her initial two-year ban reduced to 15 months. Sharapova said at the time that she had been taking meldonium for many years, but overlooked an announcement by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it added the drug to its banned list at the beginning of 2016..

Sharapova tweeted after the match “This feeling is everything!! Thank you!!”

She received a wildcard to enter the tournament – essentially a free pass into the draw thus not being required to play qualifying matches. Some of her fellow players have been vocal about their displeasure that Sharapova got a wildcard for the Stuttgart tournament. In her post match press conference, Sharapova defended her accepting of the slot by saying “I am not getting a wildcard to receive a trophy or a golden platter. I have to get through the matches and still have to win them and that’s my job.”

But that might be different for the upcoming French Open. The French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday that they will be making their decision in the coming weeks as to whether Sharapova will receive a wildcard to play in Paris. The tennis world has been buzzing with speculation that the two-time winner would be forced to play qualifying matches – facing off against ‘rising’ stars on side courts to actually earn a place in the main draw.

She responded to the speculation saying “I think I would be prepared to play in the juniors if I had to… If I get the opportunity to be in a draw, I’ll take it.”

The French Tennis Federation is expected to announce their decision on her fate on May 16th. Awaiting Sharapova in the round of 16 is fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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Man armed with knives arrested in London on terror charges

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A man armed with knives was arrested on suspicion of terrorism Thursday in London near the Houses of Parliament, police said.

Authorities have cordoned off Whitehall and Parliament Street, where the suspect was arrested, near Parliament Square Thursday afternoon, following a stop-and-search operation.

The suspect, identified as a 27-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

Authorities recovered knives from the man, who is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody at a police station in south London.

The Metropolitan Police Service said the investigation is ongoing and “as a result of the arrest there is no immediate known threat.”

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Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two U.S. military service members were killed in action Wednesday night in an anti-ISIS operation in Achin District of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.

Their identities, service, and unit affiliations are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

This is the same district in Afghanistan where an American soldier was killed earlier this month and where the massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) bomb was dropped on April 14.

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Overnight explosion rocks Damascus; Syrian government blames Israel

iStock/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — An large overnight explosion on Thursday rocked Syria’s capital, the country’s state media and opposition activists said.

The explosion occurred at a military installation near the Damascus airport, according to both SANA state TV and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring organization with on the ground contacts in Syria.

State television blamed the explosion on Israel, saying it had attacked the location with several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel controls.

In an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz stopped short of saying Israel was behind the attack, but said “the incident in Syria is absolutely in line with Israeli policy to act to prevent advanced weapons from Syria going to Hezbollah in Lebanon with the help of Iran.”

“I don’t want to go into the matter more or expand on it,” he added, before saying that “the Prime Minister has said that every time that we receive intelligence of efforts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah — we will act. This incident is exactly in line with that policy.”

The blasts were reported at 4 a.m. local time. While damage was reported, there were no immediate casualty reports.

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