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  • Elvis Presley's Graceland starting virtual tours

    ...- The Associated Press
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Graceland is now offering online tours for fans around the world, including those who can't travel to the Tennessee tourist attraction during the coronavirus pandemic. Graceland said the two-hour guided tours will take virtual visitors into Presley's former Memphis home, which has been turned into a museum, and through the Meditation Garden, where he is buried. The singer and actor died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977.
  • Oprah Winfrey documentary to release on Apple TV+

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+. The streaming platform announced Thursday a two-part documentary focusing on Winfrey's life. The project will chronicle 25 years of American history through the lens of Winfrey "who rose from humble roots to become a billionaire, philanthropist, actress, media executive, and agent of social change.
  • Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home in college bribery case

    ...- ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press
    BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli asked Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli, who reported to prison in California in November for his role in the college admissions bribery scheme, believed he would only be held in quarantine for a short time before testing negative for the coronavirus, his lawyers said in court documents.
  • CNN's Tapper won't take back criticism of congressional vet

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Jake Tapper, under fire for a comment questioning a Republican congressman and combat veteran's commitment to democracy, said Thursday the criticism is an attempt to change the subject from the attack on the U. S. Capitol. During coverage of Wednesday's House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, Tapper referenced U. S. Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, who was among Republicans who voted last week against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
  • Disneyland ends annual passes 10 months after virus closure

    ...- The Associated Press
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland is ending its annual pass program 10 months after the theme park shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, the theme park said Thursday. The park in Anaheim, California, said it would begin issuing pro-rated refunds to eligible passholders. FILE - Shuttered ticket windows stand outside the Disneyland theme park on September 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Disney is laying off 28,000 workers amid the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on theme parks.
  • Review: 'WandaVision' is kitschtastic and positively bonkers

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    Well, I've watched the first three episodes of "WandaVision," Marvel's first series for Disney+ and I can tell you that I'm not entirely sure where the narrative is going but I'm certainly enjoying the ride. Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studio's WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+ (Photo: Marvel Studios)
  • Connecticut probing Amazon's e-book deals with publishers

    ...- DAVE COLLINS Associated Press
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday. Tong released only a few details of the probe. He said the state attorney general's office has previous taken action against Apple and e-book publishers to protect competition in the marketplace.
  • Report: Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher dies in Las Vegas

    ...- The Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa is reporting that that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of duo Siegfried & Roy has died in Las Vegas at age 81. The news agency said Thursday that Fischbacher’s sister, a nun who lives in Munich, confirmed his death of cancer. “He was at home in Las Vegas,” Sister Dolore told dpa. She said she talked to her brother on the phone before he died and they prayed together.
  • Lady Gaga to sing anthem, J-Lo to perform at inauguration

    ...- Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden's inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the U. S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president next Wednesday. FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020 file photo, NFL Super Bowl 54 football game halftime performer Jennifer Lopez answers questions at a news conference in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Tom Hanks heads TV special celebrating Biden's inauguration

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, with performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons. "I was left speechless when I was asked to perform! " Lovato wrote on Instagram. Clemons was also effusive: "To say that this is a dream come true, would be an understatement! "
  • Shakira sells music publishing rights to UK company

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U. K. -based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning superstar Shakira's music publishing rights. Hipgnosis made the announcement Wednesday. Shakira's catalog includes 145 songs, including "Hips Don't Lie," "Whenever, Wherever," "La Tortura," "She Wolf" and "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). "
  • Sarah, Duchess of York, to publish debut historical romance

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Sarah, the Duchess of York, has landed a book deal for her debut novel for adults, a historical romance fictionalizing the life and loves of her great-great-great aunt. In a promotional video posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, the former Sarah Ferguson said the novel, titled "Her Heart for a Compass," is set in the Victorian era and is "about daring to follow your heart against the odds.
  • Chuck Norris manager says actor was not at US Capitol riot

    ...- MAR KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Norris' managers says the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star was not present at last week’s deadly riot at the U. S. Capitol. A photo of a man resembling Norris apparently with a member of the mob began trending online. “This is not Chuck Norris," Norris manager Erik Kritzer told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family,” Kritzer said.
  • This month's Paris Fashion Week goes totally digital

    ...- The Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) — Ending the confusion over the fate of Paris Fashion Week, French fashion's regulatory body has said that this month's Paris men’s and haute couture shows will be strictly audience-free over coronavirus fears. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has told luxury houses they won't be allowed to invite guests this season, after instruction by police. FILE - ( This image has been converted to black and white).
  • Sundance adds Coogler-produced 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    The Ryan Coogler-produced Fred Hampton film "Judas and the Black Messiah" will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before heading to HBO Max and theaters, programmers announced Tuesday. Daniel Kaluuya plays the Black Panther Party chairman and his "Get Out" co-star Lakeith Stanfield plays FBI informant William O'Neill who agrees to infiltrate the group in the late 1960s. Martin Sheen co-stars as J. Edgar Hoover, who headed the FBI during that time.
  • Elvis Presley's Graceland starting virtual tours

    ...- The Associated Press
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Graceland is now offering online tours for fans around the world, including those who can't travel to the Tennessee tourist attraction during the coronavirus pandemic. Graceland said the two-hour guided tours will take virtual visitors into Presley's former Memphis home, which has been turned into a museum, and through the Meditation Garden, where he is buried. The singer and actor died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977.
  • Oprah Winfrey documentary to release on Apple TV+

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+. The streaming platform announced Thursday a two-part documentary focusing on Winfrey's life. The project will chronicle 25 years of American history through the lens of Winfrey "who rose from humble roots to become a billionaire, philanthropist, actress, media executive, and agent of social change.
  • Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home in college bribery case

    ...- ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press
    BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli asked Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli, who reported to prison in California in November for his role in the college admissions bribery scheme, believed he would only be held in quarantine for a short time before testing negative for the coronavirus, his lawyers said in court documents.
  • CNN's Tapper won't take back criticism of congressional vet

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Jake Tapper, under fire for a comment questioning a Republican congressman and combat veteran's commitment to democracy, said Thursday the criticism is an attempt to change the subject from the attack on the U. S. Capitol. During coverage of Wednesday's House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, Tapper referenced U. S. Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, who was among Republicans who voted last week against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
  • Disneyland ends annual passes 10 months after virus closure

    ...- The Associated Press
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland is ending its annual pass program 10 months after the theme park shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, the theme park said Thursday. The park in Anaheim, California, said it would begin issuing pro-rated refunds to eligible passholders. FILE - Shuttered ticket windows stand outside the Disneyland theme park on September 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Disney is laying off 28,000 workers amid the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on theme parks.
  • Review: 'WandaVision' is kitschtastic and positively bonkers

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    Well, I've watched the first three episodes of "WandaVision," Marvel's first series for Disney+ and I can tell you that I'm not entirely sure where the narrative is going but I'm certainly enjoying the ride. Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studio's WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+ (Photo: Marvel Studios)
  • Connecticut probing Amazon's e-book deals with publishers

    ...- DAVE COLLINS Associated Press
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday. Tong released only a few details of the probe. He said the state attorney general's office has previous taken action against Apple and e-book publishers to protect competition in the marketplace.
  • Report: Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher dies in Las Vegas

    ...- The Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa is reporting that that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of duo Siegfried & Roy has died in Las Vegas at age 81. The news agency said Thursday that Fischbacher’s sister, a nun who lives in Munich, confirmed his death of cancer. “He was at home in Las Vegas,” Sister Dolore told dpa. She said she talked to her brother on the phone before he died and they prayed together.
  • Lady Gaga to sing anthem, J-Lo to perform at inauguration

    ...- Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden's inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the U. S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president next Wednesday. FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020 file photo, NFL Super Bowl 54 football game halftime performer Jennifer Lopez answers questions at a news conference in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Tom Hanks heads TV special celebrating Biden's inauguration

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, with performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons. "I was left speechless when I was asked to perform! " Lovato wrote on Instagram. Clemons was also effusive: "To say that this is a dream come true, would be an understatement! "
  • Shakira sells music publishing rights to UK company

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a U. K. -based investment company, has acquired 100% of Grammy-winning superstar Shakira's music publishing rights. Hipgnosis made the announcement Wednesday. Shakira's catalog includes 145 songs, including "Hips Don't Lie," "Whenever, Wherever," "La Tortura," "She Wolf" and "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). "
  • Sarah, Duchess of York, to publish debut historical romance

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Sarah, the Duchess of York, has landed a book deal for her debut novel for adults, a historical romance fictionalizing the life and loves of her great-great-great aunt. In a promotional video posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, the former Sarah Ferguson said the novel, titled "Her Heart for a Compass," is set in the Victorian era and is "about daring to follow your heart against the odds.
  • Chuck Norris manager says actor was not at US Capitol riot

    ...- MAR KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Norris' managers says the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star was not present at last week’s deadly riot at the U. S. Capitol. A photo of a man resembling Norris apparently with a member of the mob began trending online. “This is not Chuck Norris," Norris manager Erik Kritzer told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family,” Kritzer said.
  • This month's Paris Fashion Week goes totally digital

    ...- The Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) — Ending the confusion over the fate of Paris Fashion Week, French fashion's regulatory body has said that this month's Paris men’s and haute couture shows will be strictly audience-free over coronavirus fears. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has told luxury houses they won't be allowed to invite guests this season, after instruction by police. FILE - ( This image has been converted to black and white).
  • Sundance adds Coogler-produced 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    The Ryan Coogler-produced Fred Hampton film "Judas and the Black Messiah" will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before heading to HBO Max and theaters, programmers announced Tuesday. Daniel Kaluuya plays the Black Panther Party chairman and his "Get Out" co-star Lakeith Stanfield plays FBI informant William O'Neill who agrees to infiltrate the group in the late 1960s. Martin Sheen co-stars as J. Edgar Hoover, who headed the FBI during that time.
  • Report: Company tells radio hosts stop stolen election talk

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The ownership group for several talk radio hosts across the country, including syndicated figures like Mark Levin and Dan Bongino, says its personalities need to tone things down or face firing. Cumulus Media content chief Brian Philips sent an email to managers Wednesday, the day of the U. S. Capitol riot, saying the company had to help induce calm.
  • Conductor Simon Rattle to leave London post for Munich

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Simon Rattle is set to leave his job as musical director at the London Symphony Orchestra to lead the Munich-based Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the two organizations said Monday. Rattle, one of the world's most acclaimed conductors, will become the German orchestra's chief conductor in 2023. He will retain a role with the British orchestra as conductor emeritus, the LSO said.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger calls Trump 'worst president ever'

    ...- BOBBY CAINA CALVAN | Associated Press
    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggercompared the mob that stormed the U. S. Capitol to the Nazis and called President Donald Trump a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever. ” The Republican said in a video he released on social media on Sunday that “Wednesday was the Night of Broken Glass right here in the United States.
  • HBO film seeks a look behind Tiger Woods' public persona

    ...- DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — For a man who first appeared on television when he was 2, showing Bob Hope how he could already swat golf balls, the public actually knows little about Tiger Woods. Getting behind carefully-constructed walls was the challenge faced by filmmakers Matthew Hamachek and Matthew Heineman, whose two-part HBO documentary "Tiger" starts Sunday at 9 p. m. Eastern. Even without their subject's cooperation, the men created a fascinating portrait of a champion driven relentlessly to success.
  • Plenty of overhead in this market: Betting on drone races

    ...- WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press
    ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. (AP) — In the “gamblers will bet on absolutely anything” category, here's a new one: A major sports book is taking bets on aerial drone races. DraftKings said Friday it is taking bets for this weekend's championship of the Drone Racing League, in which pilots fly aerial drones in races. Betting on the league's drone races is legal in Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia, with regulatory approvals pending in additional states.
  • Michael Apted, director of 'Up' documentary series, dies

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    Michael Apted, the acclaimed British director of the "Up" documentary series and films as diverse as the Loretta Lynn biopic "Coal Miner's Daughter" and the James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough," has died. He was 79. A representative for the Directors Guild of America said his family informed the organization that he passed Thursday night. No cause was given.
  • Rafael Payare to head Montreal Symphony starting in 2022-23

    ...- RONALD BLUM Associated Press
    Conductor Rafael Payare was hired Thursday as music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal starting with the 2022-23 season. A Venezuelan who turns 41 on Feb. 23, Payare follows the lengthy tenures of Montreal music directors Kent Nagano (2006-20) and Charles Dutoit (1977–02). Payare trained with Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim and Lorin Maazel. Payare has been music director of the San Diego Symphony since 2019-20 and has a contract there through 2025-26.
  • Publisher drops book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A planned book by Sen. Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden's win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been canceled by its publisher in the wake of the insurrection at the U. S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, a decision the Missouri Republican called "Orwellian" and vowed to fight in court.
  • Even with empty stadiums, NFL still a ratings monster

    ...- JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
    Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, the 7% decrease isn't as bad as the league and its broadcast partners feared before the season began. Games averaged 15. 6 million television and digital viewers, according to the league and Nielsen. The league averaged 16.
  • Media captures unprecedented storming of U.S. Capitol

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The storming of the U. S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump played out on national television and social media in searing fashion Wednesday. The pictures were stunning: security officials with guns drawn on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives, people fighting with police in the Capitol Rotunda, rioters smashing windows and streaming into the building where the nation's leaders had gathered to count votes sealing President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
  • For media following Georgia runoffs, nail-biting and lots of numbers

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — For news organizations chronicling the vote count in the Georgia Senate runoff elections, Tuesday felt like a rerun from two months ago: nerves on edge, an avalanche of numbers and a lot of Steve Kornacki. The two Senate elections, with the U. S. Senate's balance of power at stake, attracted media attention that recalled the days after the presidential election, including breathless wall-to-wall coverage on cable news networks.
  • Albert Roux, major influence on UK dining habits, dies at 85

    ...- PAN PYLAS Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Albert Roux, the French-born chef and restaurateur who along with his late brother Michel had a profound influence on British dining habits, has died at 85. Roux died Monday after being unwell for a while, his family said in a statement Wednesday. The family did not reveal the location or cause of death. In 1982, the brothers' restaurant in London, Le Gavroche, became the first British restaurant to be awarded three Michelin Stars.
  • Dr. Dre recovering well after being admitted into hospital

    ...- JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer
    Dr. Dre says he will be "back home soon" after the music mogul received medical treatment at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. The rapper and producer said in a social media post Tuesday night that he's thankful for the "well wishes. " TMZ reported that he suffered a brain aneurysm Monday and was recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "I'm doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team," he said. "I will be out of the hospital and back home soon.
  • Neil Young becomes latest artist to sell stake in his songs

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold with his song catalogue, selling a 50 percent stake in his music to a British investment company in a deal announced on Wednesday. The Hipgnosis Songs Fund said it had acquired half of the copyright and income interests in some 1,180 songs written by the 75-year-old rock star, composer of "Heart of Gold," "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Cinnamon Girl. "Terms were not disclosed.
  • No surprise: Peyton Manning a Hall of Fame finalist

    ...- BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
    Peyton Manning, no surprise, is among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2021. The star quarterback, owner of a record five NFL Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl titles, was the first finalist revealed by the hall on Tuesday night. The others were to be announced later in the evening. Manning, of course, was one of the most prolific passers in NFL history.
  • Khashoggi doc, too explosive for streaming, debuts on-demand

    ...- JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Even before “The Dissident” made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, director Bryan Fogel had a sense that his explosive Jamal Khashoggi documentary was going to be a tough sell. The film was one of the most anticipated of last January's Sundance. Fogel’s previous film, “Icarus,” about Russian doping in the Olympics, won the Academy Award for best documentary.
  • Bobby Shmurda to be eligible for release in February

    ...- Associated Press
    DANNEMORA, N. Y. (AP) — Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda will be eligible for release from prison next month, the New York State Department of Corrections said on Monday. Shmurda, whose legal name is Ackquille Pollard, was sentenced to seven years afterpleading guiltyto conspiracy and weapons possession charges in connection to what prosecutors said was a leading role in the GS9 gang, The New York Times reported. GS9 is an offshoot of the Crips in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.
  • Larry King, hospitalized with COVID, moved out of ICU

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran talk show host Larry King, suffering from COVID-19, has been moved out of the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital and is breathing on his own, a spokesman said on Monday. King was moved to the ICU on New Year's Eve and was receiving oxygen but is now breathing on his own, said David Theall, a spokesman for Ora Media, a production company formed by King. The 87-year-old broadcasting legend shared a video phone call with his three sons, Theall said.
  • Trebek urges support for COVID-19 victims in 1 of last shows

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a message taped for what turned out to be his final week as "Jeopardy! " host, Alex Trebek urged the game show's viewers to honor the season of giving by helping victims of the coronavirus epidemic. Trebek's plea aired in the opening moments of the show that aired on Monday. "We're trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we're going to get there," he said.
  • Jon 'Boog' Sciambi to replace Len Kasper for Cubs TV broadcasts

    ...- Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jon "Boog" Sciambi is the new TV play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs, replacing Len Kasper. Sciambi joins color analyst Jim Deshaies in the booth for Marquee Sports Network, which is jointly owned by the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sciambi has worked at ESPN in a variety of roles since taking a full-time position at the network in 2010, including TV play-by-play for Wednesday night games since 2014.
  • Tanya Roberts, Bond girl and 'That '70s Show' star, hospitalized

    ...- MARK KENNEDY | AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tanya Roberts, who captivated James Bond in “A View to a Kill” and later played Midge Pinciotti in the sitcom “That ’70s Show,” has been hospitalized after falling at her home. The actor had mistakenly been reported dead by her publicist earlier Monday. Roberts' publicist Mike Pingel later told The Associated Press Monday afternoon that Roberts, 65, was still alive as of 10 a. m. PST but was in a poor condition.
  • Ted Danson and Holly Hunter combine for comedy 'Mr. Mayor'

    ...- MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — There's a government office right there in the very title of Ted Danson's new series, but the new NBC comedy "Mr. Mayor" is anything but political. "If you consider politics the headlines in the papers and the breaking news on CNN, that ain't us," said Danson, who stars as Los Angeles' mayor Neil Bremer. "We point out the foibles and silliness, and wonderfully lovable, pathetic, lame side of humanity but we don't stop and preach. We never are preaching. "
  • 'Wonder Woman 1984' adds $5.5 million in 2nd US weekend

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    In its second weekend in U. S. theaters, "Wonder Woman 1984" earned an estimated $5. 5 million in ticket sales according to studio estimates Sunday. It's a 67% drop for the superhero sequel, which is simultaneously playing on 2,151 screens and streaming free for HBO Max subscribers. "Wonder Woman 1984" has made $28. 5 million to date from the U. S.
  • 'You'll Never Walk Alone': Singer Gerry Marsden dies at 78

    ...- PAN PYLAS Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the 1960s British group Gerry and the Pacemakers that had such hits as "Ferry Cross the Mersey" and the song that became the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, "You'll Never Walk Alone," has died. He was 78. His family said that Marsden died Sunday "after a short illness in no way connected with COVID-19" and that his wife, daughters and grandchildren are "devastated. "
  • IRS says executors undervalued Prince's estate by 50%

    ...- Associated Press
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The ongoing controversy over the money left behind by Prince when he died without a will is heating up again after Internal Revenue Service calculations showed that executors of the rock star's estate undervalued it by 50%, or about $80 million. The IRS determined that Prince's estate is worth $163. 2 million, overshadowing the $82. 3 million valuation submitted by Comerica Bank & Trust, the estate's administrator.
  • Phyllis McGuire, last of 1950s singing sisters act, dies in Vegas

    ...- Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phyllis McGuire, the last surviving member of the three singing McGuire Sisters who topped the charts with several hits in the 1950s, has died. She was 89. The lead singer and younger sister of Dorothy and Christine McGuire died on Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Palm Eastern Mortuary and Cemetery confirmed on Thursday. A cause of death was not provided.
  • Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it'll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous. After five consecutive years of North American revenues exceeding $11 billion, this year they're expected to cap out at an almost 40-year low of around $2. 3 billion. That'll be down 80% from last year according to data firm Comscore. Globally, where markets have been able to recover more fully, ticket sales will likely end up somewhere between $11 and $12 billion.
  • Amazon gets into the podcast business

    ...- JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is jumping into the podcast business. The online shopping giant is buying Wondery, a 4-year-old producer of popular true crime podcasts such as "Dr. Death" and "Dirty John," which was later turned into a TV series. An explosion of new podcasts has led to a number of acquisitions as competing platforms try to grow their audiences and their ad revenue.
  • Speedy Sir: Lewis Hamilton knighted in year-end royal honors

    ...- JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Lewis Hamilton is now a "Sir" as well as a seven-time Formula One champion. Hamilton received a knighthood Wednesday as part of Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's honors list, which also recognized British performers, politicians, public servants and people outside the limelight who worked to defeat the coronavirus and its devastating impacts.
  • Dave Chappelle set to turn Ohio firehouse into comedy club

    ...- Associated Press
    YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle is set to buy a former fire station near his Ohio hometown with plans to turn it into a comedy club. The Miami Twp. Fire Station in Yellow Springs, not far from Dayton, will be sold to the 47-year-old actor's company and turned into a club that will seat 140 people, the Dayton Daily News reported.
  • Trebek's last new 'Jeopardy!' episodes airing with a tribute

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final new "Jeopardy! " episodes hosted by Alex Trebek will air next week, with highlights that promise to be memorable. The first of the five episodes will air Monday and start with Trebek's "powerful message about the season of giving," producer Sony Pictures Television said in a release Wednesday. The final episode, on Friday, will conclude with a tribute to the longtime and beloved host. He died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8 at age 80.
  • Principal Joe Clark, who inspired film 'Lean on Me,' dies

    ...- Associated Press
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Louis Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 film “Lean on Me,” died at his Florida home on Tuesday after a long battle with an unspecified illness, his family said. He was 82.
  • Being Judy Garland won Zellweger an Oscar. Is a Grammy next?

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Renée Zellweger is known for acting but you could easily write a thesis about her love for music. The entertainer won her second Academy Award for portraying Judy Garland in last year's "Judy," for which Zellweger did her own singing in front of live audiences. She was praised for her performance in 2002's "Chicago.
  • Joe and Jill Biden to appear on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest will have a special pair of guests alongside the music stars at this year's New Year's Eve celebration on ABC — the president-elect and the future first lady. President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to give "their last interview of the year" in New York's Time Square on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021. "
  • Singer Petula Clark shocked that 'Downtown' played before bombing

    ...- Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Petula Clark expressed shock and disbelief that her 1964 hit "Downtown" was aired just minutes before a bomb detonated in Nashville on Christmas morning. "I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing 'Downtown'! Of all the thousands of songs — why this one? " Clark wrote on a Facebook post Tuesday. Clark said she loved Nashville and wished she could give everyone in the city a hug.
  • 'Craziest party ever': Superstar DJ Guetta upbeat for 2021

    ...- JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) — Superstar DJ David Guetta has been brought back to Earth by the coronavirus pandemic and says his music has benefitted as a result. Back in his native Paris to record a New Year's Eve show, the composer of ear-worm dance hits said he has produced "tons of new music" while hunkering down during the pandemic. The French DJ says he spent much of 2020 in Miami.
  • Ethan Hawke backs Boston-area theater's fundraising efforts

    ...- Associated Press
    BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Actor Ethan Hawke is throwing his support behind a fundraising effort by a Boston-area independent theater that has struggled to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The four-time Oscar nominee in a short video made in a Rome hotel room urged people to back the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. He said in an age of at-home streaming, movie theaters provide an opportunity to get together, talk, and share.
  • Diddy provides COVID-19 relief for Miami neighborhood

    ...- Associated Press
    MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs provided some coronavirus relief in a Miami neighborhood on Tuesday, handing out $50 bills amid a crowd of hundreds. He was joined by his children at the event set up to help Overtown neighborhood residents facing economic hardship during the pandemic. A girl accepts a fifty dollar bill handed out by rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs as he passes out the bills to residents in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • With 'Stillwater,' Mallika Chopra brings mindfulness to kids

    ...- BROOKE LEFFERTS Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — When the producers of the new animated children's series "Stillwater" asked Mallika Chopra to be the show's "mindfulness consultant," the meditation expert, author and speaker said she was immediately on board. "What an amazing title to have, right? " Chopra recounted in a recent interview with The Associated Press. Children's television has evolved since the days of Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner smashing Wile E. Coyote with a hammer.
  • A record 39 holiday songs dominate Billboard Hot 100 chart

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tis the season to be jolly: A record 39 holiday songs have dominated this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, including nine holiday tunes in the Top 10. Mariah Carey's ubiquitous hit, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," leads the pack at No. 1 — marking the tune's fifth time at the top spot. Carey's original holiday classic, released in 1994, reached the No. 1 spot last year 25 years after its release.
  • '60 Minutes' keeps on the news and is rewarded by viewers

    ...- DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — One of television's hottest shows is also among its oldest. It's not the first time that's been said about "60 Minutes" since its 1968 debut. In the frenzied news year of 2020, however, the success is a tribute to both durability and adaptability. CBS' pioneering newsmagazine is consistently one of the most-watched programs on television and its viewership is up 9% over last year, the Nielsen company said.
  • French designer Pierre Cardin, licensing pioneer, dies at 98

    ...- JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) — French fashion designer Pierre Cardin possessed a wildly inventive artistic sensibility tempered by a stiff dose of business sense. He had no problem acknowledging that he earned more from a pair of stockings than from a haute-couture gown with a six-figure price tag. Cardin, who died Tuesday at age 98, was the ultimate entrepreneurial designer, He understood the importance his exclusive haute couture shows played in stoking consumer desire and became an early pioneer of licensing.
  • Judge rejects Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell's bail bid

    ...- LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge rejected a $28. 5 million proposed bail package for Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend Monday, saying her incarceration is necessary to ensure she faces trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the late financier to sexually abuse. U. S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan in Manhattan rejected the proposed bail for Ghislaine Maxwell in an order.
  • Slow down? Never. Ryan Seacrest says he's busier than ever

    ...- ALICIA RANCILIO, The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Most folks have slowed down in the past nine months but Ryan Seacrest says he's been juggling more than usual during the pandemic. His regular TV and radio gigs as a co-host on " Live with Kelly and Ryan " and his syndicated " On Air with Ryan Seacrest " radio show continue, despite lockdown. On weekends there were tapings for what he calls "the singing show" (otherwise known as ABC's " American Idol.
  • Lori Loughlin released after 2-month prison term in college scam

    ...- ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, The Associated Press
    "Full House" actor Lori Loughlin was released from prison Monday after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme, the federal Bureau of Prisons said.
  • Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert star in 'Ratatouille' musical

    ...- MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — TikTok's crowdsourced "Ratatouille" musical has cooked up some serious talent for its one-night-only benefit concert, including roles for Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert, Wayne Brady, André De Shields and Ashley Park. "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" — fondly nicknamed the "Ratatousical" — will begin streaming on Friday at 7 p. m. ET for 72 hours. Tickets are on sale exclusively on TodayTix. com and are $5.
  • 'Wonder Woman 1984' debuts with pandemic-best $16.7M

    ...- JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite premiering simultaneously by streaming service, "Wonder Woman 1984" managed the best box office debut of the pandemic, opening with $16. 7 million over the Christmas weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That's only a faint glimmer of typical business during the holiday season, when cinemas are usually packed and box-office receipts are among the best of the year. Last year, "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" exceeded $32 million on Christmas Day alone.
  • Workers install 192 crystals on Times Square New Year's ball

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Workers installed 192 glittering Waterford crystal triangles on Times Square's New Year's Eve ball Sunday in preparation for a pandemic-limited celebration that will lack the usual tightly packed crowds of revelers. The ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere covered with 2,688 crystal triangles of various sizes. Some new crystals are swapped in every year. This year's addition features a new "Gift of Happiness" design represented by a sunburst of bright cuts radiating outward.
  • Barry Lopez, author who tied people to place, dies at 75

    ...- Associated Press
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Barry Lopez, an award-winning writer who tried to tighten the bonds between people and place by describing the landscapes he saw in 50 years of travel, has died. He was 75. Lopez died in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday after a years-long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said. Longtime friend Kim Stafford, former Oregon poet laureate, said Lopez's books "are landmarks that define a region, a time, a cause.
  • 'Club Kid' killer Michael Alig dies; overdose suspected

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Notorious "club kid" killer Michael Alig, who served 17 years in prison for killing his roommate over a drug debt in a case that became a book and film, has died of a suspected drug overdose six years after his release, police said. He was 54. Alig's death late Thursday or early Friday is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, police said.
  • Roger Berlind, Tony-winning Broadway producer, dies at 90

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Berlind, a producer of more than 100 Broadway plays and musicals and the winner of 25 Tony Awards, has died. He was 90. He died Dec. 18 at his home in Montana. His family said cardiopulmonary arrest was to blame, The New York Times reported. The Brooklyn-born Berlind enjoyed a four-decade career that boosted the success of actors including Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. He wasn't born into the theater, though.
  • 'Backstreet Boy' Nick Carter opens up about pandemic life, new music

    ...- Heather Mills
    LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — He just released the first single off his new record, finding the time during the pandemic to get a little creative on his own. Nick Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys, says he’s ready for everything 2021 will bring. He sat down with Heather Mills to talk about his passion for Las Vegas, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, and what’s ahead for him as an artist. Caption: Video: KSNV. He's a familiar face on the Las Vegas Strip and the world stage.
  • Ivry Gitlis, a violinist who spanned genres, dies at 98

    ...- The Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) — Ivry Gitlis, an acclaimed violinist who played with famed conductors, rock stars and jazz bands around the world and worked to make classical music accessible to the masses, has died in Paris at 98. France's culture minister announced his death Thursday, hailing him as "a magnificent performer, a generous musician" who dedicated his life "to serving all kinds of music. " The cause of death and plans for funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.
  • Country singer surprises teen with new car after double amputee surgery

    ...- McKenzie Stauffer, KUTV STAFF
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A Utah teen, who lost both of her legs after a car crash last summer, was surprised with a brand new wheelchair accessible SUV from her favorite country singer, Russell Dickerson. Sarah Frei was on her way home from Bear Lake with friends in July when a drunk driver hit their car. Frei spent two and a half weeks in the ICU and went through 20 surgeries, including a double leg amputation.
  • Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold to billionaire

    ...- The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Burkle views the 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara, as a land banking opportunity, his spokesman said Thursday in an email. An aerial photo shows a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's vehicle in front of singer Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch November 18, 2003 outside of Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  • Here's what's coming to Netflix in January 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Looking forward to 2021? No need to answer, it's a rhetorical question. Here are five titles that caught my eye. Cobra Kai: Season 3. Netflix has just announced that they'll be giving us the third season of "TheKarate Kid" revival "Cobra Kai" on January 1st. The first season kicked off in 2018, but it wasn't until it came to Netflix in 2020 that the series went from a critical darling to a cultural phenomenon. (Avail, 1/1/21) Pieces of a Woman.
  • Leslie West, guitarist of rock band Mountain, has died at 75

    ...- JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leslie West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind several '70s rock anthems including “Mississippi Queen” with the popular band Mountain, has died. He was 75. His spokesman Steve Karas said West died Wednesday in Palm Coast, Florida. Karas said West died from cardiac arrest after being rushed to the hospital. West battled with health issues in the past few years. In 2011, his lower right leg was amputated in a life-saving operation related to his diabetes.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend December 25-27, 2020

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — We're heading into a holiday weekend unlike any other. Going to see a movie is a tradition that many families share. This year, more families will be looking to watch something from home. So, here's a look at what is coming to theaters and streaming services this week a few older titles that you might not have had the chance to catch up on. Along with the trailers, I've also included interviews for "All My Life," "Wolfwalkers" and "Soul. "
  • Warner Bros. sets 'Furiosa,' 'Color Purple' musical for 2023

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    A "Mad Max: Fury Road" prequel and an adaptation of "The Color Purple" Broadway musical are coming to theaters in 2023, Warner Bros. said Wednesday. The announcement comes on the heels of the studio's industry-shaking decision to release all its 2021 films simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. "Furiosa," the "Mad Max" prequel based on Charlize Theron's character, stars Anya Taylor-Joy of "The Queen's Gambit" as the titular warrior.
  • Former 'Survivor' cast member arrested for allegedly stealing from his grandmother

    ...- Kaicey Baylor
    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) — A local reality TV star is behind bars tonight. Deputies in Pittsylvania County arrested former "Survivor" cast member and Danville native Jonny Fairplay on larceny charges. Jonny Fairplay, also known as Jon Dalton, was featured on season seven of the show "Survivor. " Fairplay was known for his infamous lie on the show, claiming his grandmother died. Now, he's accused of stealing from his grandmother.
  • Tony-nominated Broadway star Rebecca Luker dies at 59

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soprano Rebecca Luker, a three-time Tony nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died Wednesday. She was 59. Her death was announced by her husband, veteran Broadway actor Danny Burstein, who said in a statement “our family is devastated. I have no words at this moment because I'm numb. ” Luker went public in 2020 saying she had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • British model and fashion muse Stella Tennant dies at age 50

    ...- The Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Stella Tennant, the aristocratic British model who was a muse to designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, died suddenly at the age of 50, her family said Wednesday. Tennant, the granddaughter of a duke, rose to fame in the 1990s while walking the runway for Versace, Alexander McQueen and other designers. FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec.
  • Behind the screen: How networks have adjusted to airing NFL

    ...- JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
    Fred Gaudelli wasn't worried if NBC could successfully air "Sunday Night Football" games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. His bigger concern was if the NFL could make it through the season. So far, both things have happened. Even though games may look the same, most of the processes around broadcasting the games have changed.
  • Hallmark holiday movies offer viewers balm in tough year

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — For the past decade, the Hallmark Channel has been a reliable destination for holiday programming. And in a year when many Americans are homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic, network executives say there's been a craving for the feel-good movies. Hallmark's ratings are up 2% over 2019's holiday season, the Nielsen company said. That may not seem like much, but year-to-year increases are the exception rather than the rule in modern television.
  • Finneas on Bond theme song, the Grammys and the Weeknd

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The path to Billie Eilish and Finneas getting the "yes" to compose a song for the upcoming James Bond film was almost as thrilling and exhilarating as watching the action-packed movie on screen. "We said to our team, 'If anyone has anyone who knows anyone, just convey that we would love to do this,'" Finneas explained. "We've always been trying to write a Bond song. " The siblings eventually met with a producer on the film who let them read some of the script.
  • Australian cricketer Bradman's test cap sells for $340,000

    ...- Associated Press
    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian businessman has purchased Donald Bradman's first baggy green test cap for 450,000 Australian dollars ($340,000) at auction, the second-highest price paid for a piece of cricket memorabilia. Peter Freedman, the founder of Rode Microphones who earlier this year paid 9 million Australian dollars ($6. 8 million) at an auction for a guitar used by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, plans to tour Bradman's test debut cap around Australia.
  • Fox, Newsmax shoot down their own aired claims on election

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two election technology companies whose names have come up in President Donald Trump's false charges of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election are fighting back, prompting unusual public statements from Fox News and Newsmax. The statements, over the weekend and on Monday, came after the companies Smartmatic and Dominion raised the prospect of legal action for reporting what they said was false information about them.
  • 'Wonder Woman 1984' grabs $38.5 million overseas

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    The superhero sequel "Wonder Woman 1984" has earned an estimated $38. 5 million in ticket sales from international theaters, Warner Bros. said Sunday. The film starring Gal Gadot started its rollout abroad last week, opening in 32 markets including China and playing on upwards of 30,000 screens. The studio said admissions totaled over 6 million and that the largely positive reviews bode well for its future. Most of the earnings came from Chinese theaters, where it earned an estimated $18.
  • From his home, Attenborough shows viewers 'A Perfect Planet'

    ...- HILARY FOX Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Sir David Attenborough is a globetrotter, discovering far-flung lands and exotic species for TV audiences since the 1950s. The pandemic may have kept him at home for much of 2020, but it hasn't stopped the legendary host from continuing his work to get the world to act on climate change.
  • Ariana Grande announces engagement, shows ring on Instagram

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande has announced she is engaged in a series of photos of her and her fiance and her engagement ring. The "Rain on Me" singer posted the photos of her cuddling with Dalton Gomez, a luxury real estate agent, on Instagram on Sunday. Grande included a close-up shot of the ring in the post, which was captioned "forever n then some. "The singer's mother congratulated the couple on Twitter, saying she was excited to welcome Gomez to the family.
  • AP Breakthrough Entertainer: Finneas finds his lane in music

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Onstage, Finneas and Billie Eilish come across like a seasoned, veteran musical duo. With her beautifully aching and raw tone singing relatable and profound lyrics in the starring role, Finneas brilliantly supports on piano or guitar, giving her voice much room to shine. That was how the pair spent last year on the road promoting Eilish's debut album, which went on to connect with audiences around the world and helped make the then-17-year-old a breakout star.
  • US questions Maxwell's marriage in push to keep her jailed

    ...- MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell told court officials at the time of her arrest in July that she was “in the process of divorcing her husband,” a disclosure that prosecutors said undermines her argument that marriage will keep her in the U. S. if she is freed from jail.
  • Tattoo artist, former reality star Kat Von D buys historical home in Indiana

    ...- Zachary Rogers, WKRC
    VEVAY, Ind. (WKRC) - Well-known tattoo artist and former reality star Kat Von D has recently announced that she has purchased a Victorian-style historical home in Vevay, Indiana. "It's official! Vevay, Indiana here we come! " Von D wrote in an Instagram post that shows her standing outside the home with a "SOLD! " sign in her hands.
  • Berlin film festival postponed to later in 2021 due to virus

    ...- The Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — The annual Berlin International Film Festival is being put off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and split into two parts later in 2021, organizers said Friday. The “Berlinale” had been scheduled for February in the German capital but cannot go ahead due to the likelihood that coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings will continue, organizers said.
  • Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett in first 'Star Wars' trilogy, dies

    ...- ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeremy Bulloch, the English actor who first donned a helmet, cape and jetpack to play Boba Fett in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died Thursday. Bulloch died at a London hospital from health complications after years of living with Parkinson’s disease, his agents at Brown, Simcocks & Andrews said in a statement. He was 75.
  • Sales top 3 million for Barack Obama's 'A Promised Land'

    ...- HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Just a month after publication, Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" is well on its way to becoming the best-selling presidential memoir in modern times. Crown announced Wednesday that sales have topped 3. 3 million copies in the U. S. and Canada, within range of Bill Clinton's "My Life" and George W. Bush's "Decision Points," both of which have sold between 3. 5 million and 4 million.
  • TV and Broadway star Laura Benanti celebrates Gen Z voices

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic closed high schools, Broadway and TV star Laura Benanti knew it also meant most spring high school musicals would be scrapped. So Benanti asked crestfallen young people across the country to record themselves performing their songs, post them on social media and tag her. Stages might be silent, but she wanted to hear them. The response stunned her — 15,000 submissions. "I really thought the initial sort of call to action would be quite small.
  • AP Breakthrough Entertainer: Daisy Edgar-Jones helps connect during pandemic

    ...- LOUISE DIXON Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — When 22-year-old Daisy Edgar-Jones ditched her British accent for the dulcet Irish tones of Marianne in "Normal People," the actor's stardom hit a new trajectory. Based on Sally Rooney's bestselling novel, "Normal People" became one of the biggest and most talked about television shows of 2020, mesmerizing audiences with the haunting love affair of Edgar-Jones and newcomer Paul Mescal as Marianne and Connell.
  • On a mission: Tom Cruise insists on social distancing on set

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest "Mission: Impossible" movie, after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to respect social distancing rules. In audio released by the Sun tabloid, the 58-year-old Hollywood star can be heard warning that anyone caught not following the rules to stay at least 2 meters (more than 6. 5 feet) away from others will be fired.
  • Common Sense Networks to launch age-appropriate streamed content for kids

    ...- JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Common Sense Networks will launch a new streaming platform dedicated to kids with age-appropriate content. The media company announced Tuesday that the free streaming platform called Sensical is expected to launch next year. The platform will offer thousands of vetted short-form videos for children ages 2 to 12. Sensical will launch with 15,000 short-form videos and add thousands to the library monthly after the platform goes live.
  • Sundance Film Festival unveils slate for 1st virtual edition

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    A Questlove-directed documentary about the other major music event of the summer of 1969 and documentaries about the creators of Sesame Street and the coronavirus pandemic in China are among the 72 feature films debuting at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Organizers on Tuesday unveiled a robust and diverse slate for the festival, which will be largely virtual due to the pandemic. The festival will kick off on Jan.
  • Fashion mogul Peter Nygard arrested in Canada on sex charges

    ...- ROB GILLIES and LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was arrested on charges alleging he sexually abused women and girls after luring them into his orbit with opportunities in fashion and modeling over the last 25 years. The 79-year-old Nygard awaited an appearance in a Winnipeg courtroom after his Monday arrest by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States. His lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, declined comment. His arrest on sex trafficking charges came after U. S.
  • German police make 4th arrest over Dresden museum jewelry heist

    ...- Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German police have arrested one of two fugitive twins wanted in connection with the spectacular theft of 18th-century jewels from a Dresden museum last yearA spokesman for Dresden police, Marko Laske, confirmed Tuesday that a 21-year-old man had been arrested in Berlin late Monday. He said further details would be released later Tuesday. In a massive operation last month, German police arrested three people in connection with the Nov.
  • Appeals court sends 'Leaving Neverland' fight to arbitration

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by the Michael Jackson estate over an HBO documentary about two of the late pop star's sex abuse accusers can go forward in private arbitration. A three-judge panel of the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with two lower courts and ruled in favor of the Jackson estate in its decision on "Leaving Neverland.
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