INDIO, Calif. — L.A. rockers Guns N’ Roses will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, along with Calvin Harris and LCD Soundsystem.
Passes for the two-weekend festival in Indio, California, on April 15-17 and April 22-24 go on sale Wednesday.
The lineup doesn’t indicate which members of Guns N’ Roses will perform. Representatives for the festival and the band didn’t immediately return messages Tuesday seeking clarification.
Although lead singer Axl Rose continues to record and tour, guitarist Slash hasn’t performed with Rose since announcing he quit the band in 1996. The band, whose debut album, “Appetite for Destruction,” sold 18 million copies, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Trillin writing poems for children
NEW YORK — With some help from Roz Chast, Calvin Trillin is aiming his next jokes at a younger audience.
The 80-year-old author, journalist and humorist has a deal with Scholastic for “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood,” based upon Trillin’s childhood experiences and his time with his children and grandchildren. The book also will feature Chast’s “signature whimsical illustrations,” the publisher told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “No Fair! No Fair!” is scheduled for October.
“When I acquired enough grandchildren to describe myself as ‘a grandfather who writes on the side,’ it was inevitable that I’d turn my hand to writing verse for children — thus ‘No Fair! No Fair!’” Trillin said in a statement released through Scholastic.
Trillin and Chast, author of the acclaimed graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” are longtime contributors to The New Yorker. Trillin’s books include the memoirs “About Alice” and “Family Man” and the novel “Tepper Isn’t Going Out.”
‘Star Wars’ flies toward ‘Avatar’ record
LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is even closer to usurping “Avatar’s” reign as the top domestic box office earner of all time.
Disney’s record-busting film brought in $90.2 million over the New Year’s weekend, bringing its domestic total to $742.2 million. “Avatar” earned $760.5 million over its theatrical lifetime — a record “Star Wars” is expected to pass this week.
But “Star Wars” wasn’t the only film that enjoyed a strong weekend. The Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy “Daddy’s Home” took second place with $29.2 million in its second weekend in release, while Quentin Tarantino’s bloody epic “The Hateful Eight” came in third in its first weekend in wide release with $15.7 million.
Rounding out the top five were the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters” and the animated “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” with $12.8 million and $12.1 million, respectively.
California artist wins De Niro prize
NEW YORK — California-based artist Laura Owens has been named the winner of an annual award named for Robert De Niro’s late father.
The $25,000 Robert De Niro Sr. Prize is presented to a mid-career American artist in the field of painting.
It was announced Monday by actor Robert De Niro, who created the prize in 2011 to honor his father, a celebrated abstract expressionist painter.
He says Owens is creating her own legacy through her artwork.
Owens is known for her very large paintings with a variety of art historical references.
In 2003, she became the youngest artist to have a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
The prize is administered by the Tribeca Film Institute.
Camille Cosby seeks to delay deposition
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Attorneys for the wife of comedian Bill Cosby have filed a motion asking a federal judge to postpone her scheduled deposition until the appeal of a mandate requiring her testimony is settled.
The Boston Globe reports that Camille Cosby’s lawyers filed the motion Monday in an attempt to delay her deposition scheduled for Wednesday. Bill Cosby is accused of defaming seven women in a lawsuit filed in Springfield.
The motion stated that “without a stay of her deposition, both Mrs. Cosby’s privacy and freedom will be put at issue.”
Magistrate Judge David Hennessy rejected Camille Cosby’s motion to block the subpoena for her deposition on Thursday. She has since appealed.
A lawyer representing the plaintiffs had no comment Monday. Cosby has denied the allegations.