Foxx to host human rights show in Ala.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Actor Jamie Foxx will host a concert next month in Birmingham to help mark the city’s role in the civil rights movement.
The BBVA Concert for Human Rights will be Sept. 14, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the deadly bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
The show will include singer-songwriter Jill Scott and R&B performer Charlie Wilson.
Ramos gets chance to go beyond bad-guy roles
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Luis Antonio Ramos, starring in the new ABC series “Lucky 7,” became emotional talking about the chance to play something other than a stereotypical Latino character.
Such work was “sucking away my soul,” forcing him to leave Los Angeles and seek more satisfying parts, including on stage, he told a Television Critics Association session.
In “Lucky 7,” Ramos’ character works at a gas station in Queens, N.Y., and is a devoted family man.
The series follows the impact that a shared lottery win has on the station’s employees.
“That’s the lottery for me,” Ramos said of his character.
The ensemble cast of “Lucky 7,” which debuts Sept. 24, includes Matt Long, Anast- asia Phillips and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
George Lucas, wife have baby daughter
NEW YORK — “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and new wife Mellody Hobson have had a baby daughter.
Representatives for the 69-year-old filmmaker announced the birth. Everest Hobson Lucas was born last week, the first child for Lucas and Hobson, 44, who were married in June. The baby was born via surrogate.
Hobson is Lucas’ second wife. She is president of Ariel Investments and chairman of the board for DreamWorks Animation.
Lucas also has a 32-year-old daughter, a 25-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son.
Johnson, Train highlight music show
NEW YORK — Jack Johnson and Train are among the headliners in the second season of public television’s newly renamed performance show “Front and Center.”
The series, known last year as “Front Row Center,” will have nine one-hour musical performances starting in September. The show announced that songwriter Johnson will be the first performer. In the second show, Train performs its latest album in its entirety.
The show airs at different times on PBS stations across the country.
Radio host Piolin to get new show on Sirius XM
LOS ANGELES — Spanish-language radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo is getting a new gig on Sirius XM, three weeks after Univision canceled his long-running show amid sexual harassment allegations.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sotelo will launch an entertainment channel on the satellite radio service this fall called “Piolin Radio.”
He’ll anchor the channel with a four-hour morning program broadcast from Los Angeles.