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Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:00 am


Embassy hosting city's 'Voice' star

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Local singer Addison Agen will perform next month at Embassy Theatre.

The “Welcome Home Addison Agen” concert at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 will feature music from her 2016 album “New Places.” 

Agen placed second in Season 13 of “The Voice,” which ended Dec. 19. She will answer questions from Fort Wayne's NBC anchors Tom Powell and Pauleen Le during the January show about her experiences on “The Voice” and what is next for her.

The Concordia Lutheran High School junior previously told The Journal Gazette she would be working on a new album when she returned to Fort Wayne and hoped to tour in the summer.

Tickets, which are $10 and $25, go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the Embassy box office, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Remembering Fisher

Leia lives on for Luke.

“Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill sent out an early morning tweet honoring his close friend, Carrie Fisher, on the one-year anniversary of her death.

“No one's ever really gone ... ” Hamill said.

The photo collage that accompanied the message also included hashtags #AlwaysWithUs and #CarrieOnForever.

Fisher died at age 60 on Dec. 27, 2016, from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, including drug use.

Despite the actress's tragic passing, the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, “The Last Jedi,” features Fisher as Princess Leia alongside Hamill – her on-screen brother Luke Skywalker.

Weighing options

Walt Disney Co.'s deal with 21st Century Fox Inc. is creating an opening for competitors to poach one of the most sought-after creative minds in television, a sign of the ripple effects of consolidation in Hollywood.

Ryan Murphy, creator of hits such as “American Horror Story” and “Glee,” is negotiating a new contract, and had been expected to renew his deal at Fox, according to people familiar with the matter. Now he's giving more thought to a potential jump to a rival when his deal expires in mid-2018, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. A move to an online service such as Netflix Inc. and Inc. is possible, they said.

Fox has been Murphy's home for the past eight years. Yet Disney's $52.4 billion deal to acquire Fox's movie and TV studio and channels such as FX and National Geographic has put top executives in limbo. At least two other parties are pursuing Murphy in addition to Netflix and Amazon, the people said.

Happy Birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Comic book creator Stan Lee is 95. Actress Nichelle Nichols is 85. Actress Maggie Smith is 83.  Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 71. Actor Denzel Washington is 63. Comedian Seth Meyers is 44. Actor Joe Manganiello is 41. Singer John Legend is 39. Actress Sienna Miller is 36. Actress Mary-Charles Jones is 16. Actor Miles Brown is 13.