KISS Frontman Gene Simmons is coming to Wizard World Philadelphia.

As part of a new venture, Wizard World Touring, Simmons, the legendary KISS bassist, will perform "An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band" and attend five 2017 Wizard World Comic Con events as a star attraction.

Simmons will play and appear at the Wizard conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

The Philadelphia concert will be held on Friday, June 2, and Simmons will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and host Q&A sessions on Saturday.

"I'm excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017," Simmons said. "It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city."

Wizard World Philadelphia will run at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from June 1-4. For more info go to

Sir Paul sues Sony

Paul McCartney has once again sued music publisher Sony/ATV, "to confirm his ownership" of songs he wrote with the Beatles, "which are granted to him by U.S. copyright law."

The Hollywood Reporter says this is sort of an annual thing for McCartney, who is seeking a "declaratory judgment."

The purpose of McCartney's legal maneuvering, per, is to be the 1976 Copyright Act that says that the rights to works made before 1978 must be returned to their creators 56 years after the date of the original copyright.

Next year it will be 56 years since John Lennon and McCartney first started writing songs together–and Sir Paul wants those songs to get back, get back, get back to where they once belonged.

Sony/ATV said in a statement that it was "disappointed" in the lawsuit and believed it to be "unnecessary and premature."

According to, former Alanis Morissette manager Jonathan Todd Schwartz has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling nearly $5 million from the "Ironic" singer.

"Hand in My Pocket" indeed.

Schwartz also admitted to stealing $1.7 million from two other clients.

His crimes carry a maximum of 23 years in federal prison.


Will & Grace will be returning to NBC for a 10-episode run during the 2017-18 TV season.

Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all returning, as are director James Burrows and show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

NBC has also ordered two seasons of the hit drama This Is Us, from Don Todd and Penn alum Dan Fogelman.

The city of Fort Myers, Florida, has settled lawsuits with two people who were wounded during a shooting at a Zombicom festival.

By humans. Not zombies.

Kyle Roberts and Tyree Hunter were both 20 years old when they were wounded in the October 2015 festival in Fort Myers. The News-Press reports the city awarded $7,499 to each of them. Their litigation with the festival's organizers and security firm is continuing.

One person was killed and six others were wounded in the shooting. No arrests were ever made.

African-American writer Crystal Wilkinson of Kentucky has won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, for Birds of Opulence, her exploration of generations of troubled women in the fictional Southern black township of Opulence.

The Gaines Award and its $10,000 prize were created by a philanthropic group, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, to recognize outstanding work by rising African-American fiction writers.

March: Book Three, by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, won the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature.

After President-elect Donald Trump's disparaging tweets about the civil rights icon, March: Book Three moved to the top of the best-seller lists at

The award is presented by the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, whose goal is to promote diversity in children's publishing.

In a Washington Post interview, Donald Trump unveiled his slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign, "Keep America Great."

The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that "Keep America Great" was most recently the tagline for the 2016 horror film, The Purge: Election Year.

- Daily News wire services

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