A-Rod said to sign on as ABC News contributor

Alex Rodriguez, the infamous former Yankee player, has just inked a contributor deal with ABC News, a source familiar with the agreement told CNNMoney. The source said A-Rod will make occasional appearances on the ABC shows “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” and “Nightline.” It’s not yet known when Rodriguez will first appear on the network or how long his contract will run. The financial terms of the deal were

Trump’s first overseas trip: Zero press conferences

There’s one thing clear about President Trump’s first trip abroad: He kept the press at arm’s length. “It is unheard of to go overseas for nine days with the President of the United States and have the press corps there … and not take formal questions,” said April Ryan, a CNN political analyst and the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Related:

Cannes Film Festival highlights: Laughter, tears and monkey business

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption A red carpet photocall – a regular sight in Cannes With the prizes given out, the bags packed and the hangovers kicking in, the 70th Cannes Film Festival has drawn to a close. This year’s top prize went to surprise winner The Square, a Swedish film about the sometimes bonkers art world and how we can best help others. Cannes has seen dozens of film

Rita, Sue and Bob Too: A snapshot of 1980s Britain

Image copyright Bradford UNESCO City of Film Image caption Rita, Sue and Bob Too depicted life on a Bradford estate in a darkly comic tale Billed as “Thatcher’s Britain with her knickers down”, British film comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too was an unexpected hit when it was released 30 years ago. This darkly comic tale of two sexually confident working-class Bradford teenagers might have charmed the critics – but

Sgt Pepper comes home for 50th anniversary

Image copyright Gareth Jones Image caption Brodie Arthur will take the spirit of Sgt Pepper to terraced houses in Toxteth It is (almost) 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Liverpool is celebrating the landmark album’s anniversary with a festival – and one event is taking it particularly close to home for locals. When actress Brodie Arthur was asked to take part in

Drum & Bass producer Marcus Intalex, aka Trevino, has died

Manchester drum and bass producer Marcus Intalex has died. He’d been due to play a set at the Soul:ution party at London’s Pickle Factory but the club posted a message on Facebook saying it was cancelled. Friends of the Burnley DJ, whose real name was Marcus Kaye, have been paying tribute to him on Twitter. Chase & Status said on Twitter: “RIP Marcus Intalex. Such devastating news, another legend, one

Hay Festival 2017: Stephen Fry’s warning for the web

Image copyright Chris Athanasiou Stephen Fry has issued a stark warning to prepare for the internet of the future, or face the worst of science fiction’s predictions. The actor and comedian was giving a lecture at the Hay Festival in Powys, when he made the claims. Fry criticised the “technophobes”, including politicians, who he said had been too slow to react to developments like artificial intelligence. The annual literary event

Don’t look back in anger: Music helps Manchester remember, and forget

Image copyright Goodman/LNP/REX/Shutterstock Image caption The Courteeners singer Liam Fray started the show with a poem about the attack Five days after the Manchester attack, 50,000 people turned out for one of the city’s biggest concerts of the year. It was a chance for music fans to unite and remember the victims – but also to get lost in music for a while. There were a few signs that The