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  • Gene Simmons attends the LA premiere of “Under The Gun” at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Beverly Hills.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • James Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives past Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The Cavaliers won 121-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Teller “Director's Cut” cast members, left to right, Penn Jillette, Harry Hamlin, director Adam Rifkin and Teller line up at the Indiewire Photo Studio at Chase Sapphire on Main during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:00 am


KISS staple first act for Foellinger

Staff, news services

Rocker Gene Simmons will kick off the 2018 Foellinger Theatre season May 4.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday and range from $59 to $99.

Simmons is best known as a co-founder of KISS, which played at Memorial Coliseum in August 2016.

Tickets can be purchased at all three Wooden Nickel record stores, at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation office on East State Boulevard, online at or they can be charged by phone at 427-6000.

The full Foellinger season is expected to be announced by the end of March.

'House Party' reboot

LeBron James is going old school to make a new movie.

The Cavaliers star and business partner Maverick Carter are producing a new version of “House Party,” the comedy featuring hip-hop duo Kid 'N Play that debuted in 1990.

James' SpringHill Entertainment production company described the project as a “fresh re-imagining” of the original. The new film is being written by Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori from the FX series “Atlanta.”

“It's an honor when I got the opportunity to produce it, reboot the whole movie,” James said. “When I was growing up as a youngster I was like, 'Man, I hope I get an opportunity to throw one of these house parties, where it's just a lot of fun, a lot of joking around, dancin', people just having a good time.'”

James may make a cameo in the new film.

No 'SNL' in Egypt

Authorities in Egypt have ordered a ban on airing the Arabic version of the hit U.S. satirical show “Saturday Night Live” for allegedly using “sexual expressions,” an official said Tuesday.

An investigation of the show's content by the Supreme Media Regulatory Council showed that “SNL Arabia” has consistently used inappropriate “sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,” Ahmed Salim of the council told The Associated Press. The show's entire content “violates ethical and professional criteria,” he said.

“SNL Arabia” was first aired in Egypt two years ago. It follows an identical format to its U.S. namesake. It has stayed well away from politics. The show is produced by the United Arab Emirates' pay-tv network OSN and has been aired most recently by Egypt's ON ENT.

The station's chief, Mustafa el-Saqa, told the AP they have stopped airing the show's promos since the ban was announced. He did not say whether Saturday's episode would be aired or not.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: TV personality Hugh Downs is 97. TV personality Pat O'Brien is 70. Magician Teller is 70. Actor Ken Wahl is 61. Actress Meg Tilly is 58. Actor Zach Galligan is 54. Actor Simon Pegg is 48. Singer Rob Thomas is 46. Actor Jake Lacy is 32. Actor Brett Dier is 28. Actor Freddie Highmore is 26.