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  • Burning Man mulling mandatory COVD-19 vaccines for August

    ...- SCOTT SONNER Associated Press
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man festival organizers have said that they are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 if the organizers move forward with plans to hold this year's counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert. The organizers backed off an earlier statement indicating that they had already decided to make the shots mandatory.
  • Prince fans pay respects at Paisley Park 5 years after death

    ...- The Associated Press
    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Paisley Park, where Prince lived and worked, welcomed back select fans Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of his death from inside his creative sanctuary. Some wore custom Prince clothes and shoes and left flowers and other mementos as tributes to the late superstar.
  • Is it finally game on for video game adaptations?

    ...- JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Is there a more woebegone movie genre than the video game adaptation? This is the pantheon of “Max Payne,” “Wing Commander” and “Assassin’s Creed. ” In the 27 years since the first video game movie, “Super Mario Bros. ,” these adaptations have been so regularly mocked that you might think the genre was -- like a teetering fighter in “Mortal Kombat” surrounded by chants of “Finish him! ” -- on its last legs.
  • 50 Cent set to star in and executive produce sports heist thriller 'Free Agents'

    ...- KHALID LAWS, Sinclair Broadcast Group
    WASHINGTON (SBG) — Entertainer 50 Cent continues to make his mark in Hollywood after landing the starring role in the upcoming heist thriller "Free Agents," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Deon Taylor, "Free Agents," is a sports heist thriller that focuses on a journeyman player who's trying to realize his dream of playing professional football.
  • Colton Underwood faces backlash following national interview

    ...- Colton Salaz | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    WASHINGTON (SBG) - Colton Underwood, former football player and star of “The Bachelor,” is facing backlash after coming out as gay on national television. The reality TV star announced during an interview on “Good Morning America” last week. Shortly after the interview aired, it was confirmed by CNN that Underwood would be starring in a Netflix series about his experiences as a gay man. FILE - Colton Underwood arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 10, 2019.
  • LeVar Burton will host Jeopardy! after petition garners 246,000 signatures

    ...- KAYLIN JORGE, WZTV
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – It's official: Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton will guest host Jeopardy! The game show made the announcement on Wednesday. This comes after the longtime "Reading Rainbow" expressed interest in guest hosting on the show and a petition that garnered more than 246,000 signatures. Burton even shared the petition on his Twitter page. An online schedule says Burton will host the show on dates airing July 26 to July 30. "Jeopardy!
  • Arkansas to honor favorite son with annual Johnny Cash Day

    ...- Associated Press
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Man in Black is about to get his own day in Arkansas. The Arkansas House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would make Feb. 26 "Johnny Cash Day," voting 92-0 to send the measure to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who will sign it, according to his office. The state Senate approved the bill earlier this month. The day won't be a legal holiday but instead will be a memorial day marked by an annual proclamation from the governor.
  • 'TN will always love you': Tennessee Governor signs resolution honoring Dolly Parton

    ...- Caitlyn Shelton
    "TN will always love you. " That's the message Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is sending to country queen Dolly Parton. Governor Lee signed a resolution Wednesday morning recognizing the Tennessee treasure for her contributions to children's literacy. Lee added he's proud to sign onto the honor. "Since 1995, Dolly has worked far beyond 9 to 5 to distribute 152+ million books to 1. 8+ million kids," Governor Lee shared on social media. "Thank you, Dolly! TN will always love you.
  • ACM Awards hits record low ratings, join the ceremony slump

    ...- LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Country Music honors drew a record-low audience, joining other awards shows also finding dwindling viewer interest. Ceremony ratings generally have slid in recent years and the trend has continued during the pandemic, with the recent Grammys and Golden Globes among those nosediving. Next up to be tested: the Academy Awards, airing Sunday on ABC (8 p. m. EDT). The ACM Awards drew just under 6. 3 million viewers last Sunday, compared to the 6.
  • Waka Flocka Flame receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    ...- KHALID LAWS, Sinclair Broadcast Group
    WASHINGTON (SBG) – You won't believe who Waka Flocka Flame just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from. Being honored for his philanthropic efforts in the community and his work with the non-profit Daughter of Destiny Outreach, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur Waka Flocka Flame has received a lifetime achievement award in his hometown of Atlanta by former President Donald Trump’s administration, according to TMZ.
  • Netflix's subscriber growth, stock zapped as pandemic eases

    ...- MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix’s rapid subscriber growth is slowing far faster than anticipated as people who have been cooped at home during the pandemic are able to get out and do other things again. The video-streaming service added 4 million more worldwide subscribers from January through March, its smallest gain during that three-month period in four years.
  • Black Pumas, Machine Gun Kelly to perform at NFL draft

    ...- TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Grammy Award nominated rock & soul duo Black Pumas and Cleveland's own Machine Gun Kelly will perform at next week's NFL draft. The league announced its musical acts for the second and third days of the draft, which is back on the road after being all virtual last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A massive stage has been constructed near FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to host the three-day event from April 29 to May 1.
  • Apple to host virtual iPad event, may hint at new AirPods

    ...- BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer
    Many of us may be suffering from virtual event fatigue after a year of video calls. But not Apple, which plans new product announcements at what seems likely to be an iPhone-less online event on Tuesday. It's the first such event for the company in 2021. Analysts expect new iPads and likely new color versions of the iMac.
  • Judge keeps supervision of union for Disney performers

    ...- MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Until there's an election, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters can keep control of a local affiliate whose leader was removed because of complaints of mismanagement from the Disney performers who play such characters as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, a federal judge has ruled. U. S. District Carlos Mendoza refused last week to end a trusteeship for Orlando-based Local 385, which represents thousands of workers with key roles in central Florida's tourism industry.
  • 'Downton Abbey' cast returns for sequel opening in December

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The original principal cast of "Downton Abbey" are returning for a second film that will arrive in theaters December 22 this year, Focus Features announced Monday. "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes has written the sequel's screenplay, and Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is directing. Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and 86-year-old Maggie Smith will all be back, along with some new faces, including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
  • Burning Man mulling mandatory COVD-19 vaccines for August

    ...- SCOTT SONNER Associated Press
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man festival organizers have said that they are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 if the organizers move forward with plans to hold this year's counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert. The organizers backed off an earlier statement indicating that they had already decided to make the shots mandatory.
  • Prince fans pay respects at Paisley Park 5 years after death

    ...- The Associated Press
    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Paisley Park, where Prince lived and worked, welcomed back select fans Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of his death from inside his creative sanctuary. Some wore custom Prince clothes and shoes and left flowers and other mementos as tributes to the late superstar.
  • Is it finally game on for video game adaptations?

    ...- JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Is there a more woebegone movie genre than the video game adaptation? This is the pantheon of “Max Payne,” “Wing Commander” and “Assassin’s Creed. ” In the 27 years since the first video game movie, “Super Mario Bros. ,” these adaptations have been so regularly mocked that you might think the genre was -- like a teetering fighter in “Mortal Kombat” surrounded by chants of “Finish him! ” -- on its last legs.
  • 50 Cent set to star in and executive produce sports heist thriller 'Free Agents'

    ...- KHALID LAWS, Sinclair Broadcast Group
    WASHINGTON (SBG) — Entertainer 50 Cent continues to make his mark in Hollywood after landing the starring role in the upcoming heist thriller "Free Agents," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Deon Taylor, "Free Agents," is a sports heist thriller that focuses on a journeyman player who's trying to realize his dream of playing professional football.
  • Colton Underwood faces backlash following national interview

    ...- Colton Salaz | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    WASHINGTON (SBG) - Colton Underwood, former football player and star of “The Bachelor,” is facing backlash after coming out as gay on national television. The reality TV star announced during an interview on “Good Morning America” last week. Shortly after the interview aired, it was confirmed by CNN that Underwood would be starring in a Netflix series about his experiences as a gay man. FILE - Colton Underwood arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 10, 2019.
  • LeVar Burton will host Jeopardy! after petition garners 246,000 signatures

    ...- KAYLIN JORGE, WZTV
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – It's official: Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton will guest host Jeopardy! The game show made the announcement on Wednesday. This comes after the longtime "Reading Rainbow" expressed interest in guest hosting on the show and a petition that garnered more than 246,000 signatures. Burton even shared the petition on his Twitter page. An online schedule says Burton will host the show on dates airing July 26 to July 30. "Jeopardy!
  • Arkansas to honor favorite son with annual Johnny Cash Day

    ...- Associated Press
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Man in Black is about to get his own day in Arkansas. The Arkansas House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would make Feb. 26 "Johnny Cash Day," voting 92-0 to send the measure to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who will sign it, according to his office. The state Senate approved the bill earlier this month. The day won't be a legal holiday but instead will be a memorial day marked by an annual proclamation from the governor.
  • 'TN will always love you': Tennessee Governor signs resolution honoring Dolly Parton

    ...- Caitlyn Shelton
    "TN will always love you. " That's the message Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is sending to country queen Dolly Parton. Governor Lee signed a resolution Wednesday morning recognizing the Tennessee treasure for her contributions to children's literacy. Lee added he's proud to sign onto the honor. "Since 1995, Dolly has worked far beyond 9 to 5 to distribute 152+ million books to 1. 8+ million kids," Governor Lee shared on social media. "Thank you, Dolly! TN will always love you.
  • ACM Awards hits record low ratings, join the ceremony slump

    ...- LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Country Music honors drew a record-low audience, joining other awards shows also finding dwindling viewer interest. Ceremony ratings generally have slid in recent years and the trend has continued during the pandemic, with the recent Grammys and Golden Globes among those nosediving. Next up to be tested: the Academy Awards, airing Sunday on ABC (8 p. m. EDT). The ACM Awards drew just under 6. 3 million viewers last Sunday, compared to the 6.
  • Waka Flocka Flame receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    ...- KHALID LAWS, Sinclair Broadcast Group
    WASHINGTON (SBG) – You won't believe who Waka Flocka Flame just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from. Being honored for his philanthropic efforts in the community and his work with the non-profit Daughter of Destiny Outreach, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur Waka Flocka Flame has received a lifetime achievement award in his hometown of Atlanta by former President Donald Trump’s administration, according to TMZ.
  • Netflix's subscriber growth, stock zapped as pandemic eases

    ...- MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix’s rapid subscriber growth is slowing far faster than anticipated as people who have been cooped at home during the pandemic are able to get out and do other things again. The video-streaming service added 4 million more worldwide subscribers from January through March, its smallest gain during that three-month period in four years.
  • Black Pumas, Machine Gun Kelly to perform at NFL draft

    ...- TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Grammy Award nominated rock & soul duo Black Pumas and Cleveland's own Machine Gun Kelly will perform at next week's NFL draft. The league announced its musical acts for the second and third days of the draft, which is back on the road after being all virtual last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A massive stage has been constructed near FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to host the three-day event from April 29 to May 1.
  • Apple to host virtual iPad event, may hint at new AirPods

    ...- BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer
    Many of us may be suffering from virtual event fatigue after a year of video calls. But not Apple, which plans new product announcements at what seems likely to be an iPhone-less online event on Tuesday. It's the first such event for the company in 2021. Analysts expect new iPads and likely new color versions of the iMac.
  • Judge keeps supervision of union for Disney performers

    ...- MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Until there's an election, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters can keep control of a local affiliate whose leader was removed because of complaints of mismanagement from the Disney performers who play such characters as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, a federal judge has ruled. U. S. District Carlos Mendoza refused last week to end a trusteeship for Orlando-based Local 385, which represents thousands of workers with key roles in central Florida's tourism industry.
  • 'Downton Abbey' cast returns for sequel opening in December

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The original principal cast of "Downton Abbey" are returning for a second film that will arrive in theaters December 22 this year, Focus Features announced Monday. "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes has written the sequel's screenplay, and Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is directing. Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and 86-year-old Maggie Smith will all be back, along with some new faces, including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
  • ACM Awards to feature (most of) country music's top stars

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards will feature some of the genre's biggest stars, though chart-toppers like Morgan Wallen and Luke Bryan won't be in the building. Wallen, whose latest album and singles have found major success on both the country and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs after he was caught on camera using a racial slur earlier this year. Bryan backed out of the event, airing on CBS at 8 p. m.
  • Alma Wahlberg, mother of Mark, Donnie Wahlberg, dies at 78

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    Alma Wahlberg, the mother of entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and a regular on their reality series "Wahlburgers," has died, her sons said on social media Sunday. She was 78. "My angel. Rest in peace," Mark Wahlberg tweeted. Donnie Wahlberg posted a longer tribute to his mother on his Instagram account. "It's time to rest peacefully, mom," Donnie Wahlberg wrote. "I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always.
  • Prince Philip is laid to rest as somber queen sits alone

    ...- DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press
    WINDSOR, England (AP) — Sitting by herself at the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth cut a regal, but solitary figure: still the monarch, but now alone. The queen sat apart from family members at the simple but somber ceremony at Windsor Castle, in accordance with strict social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic. But if the ceremony had been for anyone else, at her side would have been her husband of 73 years, who gave a lifetime of service to the crown.
  • From Russia to Britain, Philip's royal ties spanned Europe

    ...- THEODORA TONGAS, Associated Press
    TATOI, Greece (AP) — Prince Philip's life spanned a century of European history. His family ties were just as broad, with Britain's longest-serving consort linked by blood and marriage to most of the continent's royal houses. “If Queen Victoria is considered the grandmother of Europe, Prince Philip is the uncle of Europe,” said Vassilis Koutsavlis, president of the Tatoi Royal Estate Friends Association.
  • Scott Rudin will 'step back' after allegations of bullying

    ...- MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amid mounting anger over allegations of bullying, Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin broke his silence Saturday, saying he is “profoundly sorry” and will step back from his theater work. “After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately.
  • Celebrities make a stand for COVID vaccines on TV special

    ...- The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are part of a special aimed at boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates. “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing at 7 p. m. EDT Sunday on NBC, will feature Matthew McConaughey interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci to help separate “fact from fiction” about the vaccines, the network said.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend April 16-18, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — With vaccine availability increasing, it's not hard to see the return blockbusters. "Godzilla vs. Kong" was a nice tease but we're not quite to the point where there are releases from major studios every week. As such, this week was spent with smaller, mostly genre productions. Here's a look at what I spent my time with this week. In the Earth.
  • Philip's 'fortitude and faith' to be remembered at funeral

    ...- JILL LAWLESS and JO KEARNEY, Associated Press
    WINDSOR, England (AP) — Prince Philip will be remembered as a man of “courage, fortitude and faith” at a martial but also personal funeral that will mark the death of a royal patriarch who was a beloved husband and father, and one of a dwindling number of World War II veterans. Hymns and music during Saturday’s funeral at Windsor Castle will reflect Philip’s military ties and wartime service in the Royal Navy, as well as his more than seven decades of support for his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton have chemistry as ACM hosts

    ...- KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Entertainment Writer
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards will host a very special crowd who will finally get to see live music performances again. A small group of vaccinated medical workers will be in the audience for this year's show, airing on Sunday on CBS from multiple venues in Nashville, Tennessee. For hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, there's no one more deserving of a special seat in the house than the healthcare heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jeffree Star hospitalized after Wyoming car crash

    ...- The Associated Press
    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — YouTube personality, businessman and musician Jeffree Star was hospitalized after a car crash in Wyoming. Star veered off a slushy road in the Casper area Friday morning and overturned his Rolls Royce, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. A friend, Daniel Lucas, also was in the car. Both were taken to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper with undisclosed injuries. Star is best known for his cosmetics business.
  • Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell's motions to toss sex charges

    ...- LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Friday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s arguments to toss charges that she recruited three teenager girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. U. S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan denied claims that a non-prosecution agreement Epstein reached with federal prosecutors over a dozen years ago protects Maxwell from prosecution. She also disagreed that some or all charges should be tossed out for a variety of other perceived flaws.
  • CBS names two executives to lead news, local stations

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it is combining its network news division and troubled group of 28 owned stations across the country into one unit, hiring two outside executives to run the expanded operation. Neeraj Khemlani, a former journalist who has worked at Hearst Newspapers for 12 years, and Wendy McMahon, who was head of ABC-owned stations, will be co-presidents, the network said on Thursday.
  • Judge: R. Kelly to be moved to NYC for sex-trafficking trial

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge gave the green light Thursday to move jailed R&B singer R. Kelly to New York City to go on trial this summer after several delays. Kelly has been held in Chicago, where he’s facing a potential second trial in the fall in a separate federal case related to a sprawling sex crimes investigation. The trial in Brooklyn federal court had been put off because of the pandemic. But at a virtual hearing, U. S.
  • BBC coverage of Philip's death draws record complaints

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — The BBC's coverage of the death of Prince Philip has drawn almost 110,000 complaints from the public, making it the most complained-about piece of television programming ever in the U. K. The broadcaster cleared its normal schedules across two TV channels on Friday to run a series of special programs after Queen Elizabeth II's husband died at the age of 99.
  • Rockers Kings of Leon to perform on first night of NFL draft

    ...- TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kings of Leon will help kick off NFL draft activities on a stage close to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month. The Grammy Award-winning band will open the festivities on April 29 with a performance as the draft returns to a more normal state after being held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Zirinsky leaving as CBS News chief, amid industry change

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC named Kim Godwin as its news division president on Wednesday, making her the first Black woman to be the top news executive at a broadcast network. Godwin has been second-in-command at CBS News, which learned Wednesday that its own division president, Susan Zirinsky, is stepping down after two years on the job. Godwin has worked at CBS News since 2007, after running local broadcast news operations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Cleveland.
  • Italian TV host apologizes for gestures mimicking Asian people

    ...- Associated Press
    MILAN (AP) — A Swiss-Italian television host apologized Wednesday for mimicking Asians on a satirical TV program after her actions drew protests on social media. "I am truly sorry and I apologize if I hurt anybody,'' Michelle Hunziker said in English in a video posted on Instagram. "I realize we are in a time when people are sensitive about their rights, and I have been so naïve not to take that into consideration.
  • 'Doomsday Mom' movie to debut this summer on Lifetime

    ...- KBOI-TV News Staff
    REXBURG, Idaho — The yet-to-be-finished story of Lori Vallow Daybell is coming to cable TV. Lifetime says it will be producing "Doomsday Mom," which it says is based on the true story of Lori Vallow Daybell.
  • Ralph Lauren unveils crisp white Team USA Olympic uniforms

    ...- LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — With a crisp white graphic look and roomy pockets, the uniforms to be worn by Team USA at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics were unveiled Wednesday by official outfitter Ralph Lauren. The uniforms, along with Ralph Lauren-designed Olympic Village attire for the American athletes, had been ready to go when the Games were postponed last summer due to the pandemic.
  • Serena Williams signs programming deal with Amazon Studios

    ...- The Associated Press
    Serena Williams has signed a deal with Amazon Studios under which she will create scripted and non-scripted programming, including a docuseries that follows her exploits on and off the court, the tennis star said Tuesday. Williams made the announcement during a conversation with actor Michael B. Jordan that was part of a charitable event organized by Vanity Fair magazine.
  • Nielsen, networks clash on stats showing fewer viewers

    ...- DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — People have been stuck at home for a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, with movie theaters closed, concert venues closed, restaurants closed, sports attendance restricted — yet television viewing is down? That makes no sense to networks and cable and satellite providers, who are complaining that the Nielsen company is inaccurately counting how many people are actually watching. Nielsen's reply, in a nutshell: the truth hurts.
  • Final thoughts from Rep. John Lewis to be published in July

    ...- HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Some last thoughts from Rep. John Lewis will be published this summer. Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that Lewis' "Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation" will come out July 13, almost a year after he died at age 80. The book includes comments from the civil rights activist and longtime Democratic congressman from Georgia on "courage, faith, activism, humility, forgiveness, marriage, death, the pandemic and much more.
  • Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for a pandemic anthem

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl have teamed up for a hard-rock pandemic anthem called “Eazy Sleazy. ”“It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism," Jagger said in a statement Tuesday. “Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar. It was a lot of fun working with him.
  • Artist gives nature a 'cosmic' twist in big NY garden show

    ...- KATHERINE ROTH Associated Press
    An expansive new show featuring works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for mesmerizing polka dots, speckled pumpkins and fascination with the natural world, has opened at The New York Botanical Garden. Ticket sales have been brisk in a pandemic-weary city hungry for more outdoor cultural events. “Kusama: Cosmic Nature,” postponed by a year due to the coronavirus, will remain on view through Halloween.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, mayor open new Times Square vaccine site

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday at the grand opening of a Times Square COVID-19 vaccination site intended to jump-start the city's entertainment industry.
  • Fox stands behind Tucker Carlson after ADL urges his firing

    ...- TALI ARBEL AP Technology Writer
    Fox Corp. is standing behind Tucker Carlson after the Anti-Defamation League last week called for the company to fire the opinion host for his on-air defense of the white-supremacist "great replacement" theory. In a letter sent Sunday to the civil rights group and shared with The Associated Press, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Carlson had "decried and rejected replacement theory" when he said during the Thursday evening segment, "White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.
  • Weinstein fights extradition to face California indictment

    ...- CAROLYN THOMPSON and ANDREW DALTON Associated Press
    BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer on Monday challenged his extradition from New York to California, where the imprisoned movie mogul faces rape and sexual assault charges in a newly revealed indictment.
  • 'Nomadland' wins 4 BAFTAs including best picture, director

    ...- JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Gig-economy Western "Nomadland" won four prizes including best picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, which were handed out during a pandemic-curbed ceremony that recognized a diverse array of screen talent. "Nomadland" filmmaker Chloe Zhao became only the second woman, and the first woman of color, to win the BAFTA for best director, and star Frances McDormand was named best actress. "Nomadland" also took the cinematography prize.
  • Blake Shelton shares photo of massive paddlefish he caught

    ...- Brandon Martin, KOKH Staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH)--County music star Blake Shelton took to Facebook to show off a paddlefish he caught. In the post, Shelton said that he bets most people have never even heard of a paddlefish and then finished the post by inviting people to Oklahoma to try and catch one for themselves. "Y'all come to Oklahoma where the outdoors are always open," Shelton wrote.
  • Andrew: Philip's death has left 'huge void' in queen's life

    ...- JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — The death of Prince Philip has left a "huge void" in Queen Elizabeth II's life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as Princess Anne paid tribute to her father as "my teacher, my supporter and my critic. " As hundreds well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences in memory of the monarch's husband, Anne — Philip and the queen's only daughter — said her father "leaves a legacy which can inspire us all. "
  • Chloé Zhao becomes 1st woman of color to win top DGA honor

    ...- The Associated Press
    Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards. She is the second woman to earn the honor and the first woman of color to do so. Kathryn Bigelow was the first for "The Hurt Locker. " And it all but solidifies her frontrunner status leading up to the Oscars on April 25.
  • Prosecutors defend newer charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

    ...- LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors hope to preserve a July trial date for Ghislaine Maxwell by defending a late-hour expansion of charges against her, saying they developed when a woman spoke after Maxwell’s arrest about her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s.
  • Too much? BBC gets complaints over Prince Philip coverage

    ...- JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — The U. K. ’s national broadcaster switched instantly into mourning mode when Prince Philip’s death was announced but not everyone has agreed with that BBC decision. The BBC canceled its regular programming Friday and aired special coverage hosted by black-clad news anchors throughout the day. Popular prime-time shows such as the cooking contest “MasterChef” were supplanted, and the network’s music radio stations played instrumentals and somber tunes.
  • Prince Philip's funeral to be at Windsor Castle on April 17

    ...- DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip’s funeral will take place April 17 at Windsor Castle in a family service that will be closed to the public. The palace said Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, took part in planning his funeral and the focus on family was in accordance with his wishes. The 99-year-old duke died Friday.
  • Auto-transforming Optimus Prime figure announced at Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Sometimes, childhood dreams come true. "The Transformers" animated series was released in September of 1984 and ran for four seasons before concluding in November of 1987. It was an instant favorite for eight-year-old me. I wasn't nearly as obsessed as Jeremy, my cousin. He, being nine years old, was already looking forward to the day when he could play Transformers with his future children. I wasn't remotely as forward thinking. I lived in the moment.
  • Nas, Eve, Lyor Cohen react to death of rapper-actor DMX

    ...- The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of Grammy-nominated rapper DMX who died Friday at 50. — “Earl Simmons was a wonderful, caring father, and a sensitive, thoughtful man. Unfortunately, Dark Man X took over and ran amok, tormented and struggling to find the light. ... DMX gave me the inspiration to keep going at Def Jam when rap became soft and silly,” Lyor Cohen, a former executive at Def Jam, said in a statement. FILE- DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011.
  • 2-minute silence across sports to mark Prince Philip's death

    ...- ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
    Venues were falling silent for two minutes, black armbands were put on, and flags lowered to half-staff as British sports marked the death of Prince Philip. The Royal Family and government told sports authorities that competitions could continue following the death of the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II on Friday.
  • GLAAD Media Awards presenters support transgender athletes

    ...- LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek” and “The Boys in the Band” were winners at the GLAAD Media Awards, which included soccer’s Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger calling for transgender students to be accepted as “part of the team” in sports. Harris and Krieger, spouses who play for the Orlando Pride and were on the 2019 World Cup-winning U. S. women’s national team, presented an award in Thursday's virtual ceremony to the film “Happiest Season,” about a lesbian romance.
  • Disneyland Avengers Campus gets June debut after long delay

    ...- Associated Press
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Avengers, reassemble! Disneyland said Thursday that its new Avengers Campus will debut on June 4, nearly a year after originally planned. The new section of the Anaheim Park that merges Marvel heroes into the Magic Kingdom had been set to open last July, but was upended by the long pandemic closure. The park itself is scheduled to reopen April 30, with coronavirus restrictions in place, after a shutdown of more than a year.
  • New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of April 4-11, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    It's a surprisingly slow week for DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases. Thankfully there are some interesting titles to make up for that. New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of April 4-11, 2021 (Photo: GKids, Shout! Factory, Lionsgate, Arrow, RLJE, Warner Archive) Earwig and the Witch - The latest film from famed Studio Ghibli is a computer animated adaptation of the Diana Wynne Jones children's novel of the same name.
  • Anne Beatts, groundbreaking comedy writer, dead at 74

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Beatts, a groundbreaking comedy writer who was on the original staff of “Saturday Night Live” and later created the cult sitcom “Square Pegs,” has died. She was 74. Beatts died Wednesday at her home in West Hollywood, California, according to her close friend Rona Kennedy. Kennedy, a film producer and a fellow faculty member at Chapman University, did not immediately know the cause of death.
  • Lawyers raise a stink over Ghislaine Maxwell's jail care

    ...- LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The rancorous fight over jail conditions for Ghislaine Maxwell is reaching new lows, with prosecutors blaming the British socialite and Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend for creating a stink by failing to flush her toilet and her lawyer saying her health is declining in a facility so mucky that even her salad has mold in it. The latest exchange in letters to a Manhattan federal court judge came this week as the 2nd U. S.
  • MSNBC apologizes for showing wrong video of congressman

    ...- Associated Press
    MSNBC apologized on Wednesday for mistakenly airing video of another Black congressman while reporting a day earlier on the death of U. S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida. During the report, the network aired archived video of U. S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi. The report correctly included some still pictures of Hastings. MSNBC tweeted an apology on Tuesday. The mistake "never should have happened," the network's Hallie Jackson said on the air Wednesday.
  • Surprise! Dolly's partner in North Carolina mural has been Ru-vealed

    ...- WLOS STAFF
    ASHEVILLE, N. C. (WLOS) —There's a new face now greeting visitors in West Asheville, North Carolina. Caption: Surprise! Dolly's partner in West Asheville mural has been Ru-vealed. The Dolly Parton mural on Haywood Road near Beauty Parade Hair Salon now has a new addition. The face of famous drag queen and television star RuPaul has been added to the side of the building. Artist Gus Cutty created the mural in 2018 and has been updating it over the past few weeks.
  • Pharrell wants federal probe into police shooting of cousin

    ...- Associated Press
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Grammy award-winning musician Pharrell Williams has called for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of his cousin along the Virginia coast. Williams made the call in an Instagram post on Monday after attending his cousin's funeral in Virginia Beach, where Williams grew up. "I had to speak at my cousin's funeral, and was choked up with emotions," he wrote on the social media post. "Too many unanswered City and State questions.
  • Paris Hilton returns to Utah for ceremonial bill signing

    ...- Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paris Hilton returned to Salt Lake City Tuesday for a ceremonial bill signing for a law that regulates treatment centers for troubled teens in Utah. The legislation for facilities that treat teens with behavioral and mental health issues gained final approval in the Legislature in early March, about a month after Hilton gave emotional testimony in support of the bill. Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill last month but held a ceremonial signing with Hilton on Tuesday.
  • About 17 million view Baylor's championship win over Gonzaga

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Even an NCAA championship matchup between two widely acknowledged as the best men's college basketball teams in the country wasn't enough to set the television world afire. An estimated 16. 92 million people watched Baylor win the national championship title by routing previously unbeaten Gonzaga on Monday, the Nielsen company said. That's down nearly 14% from the 2019 title game between Virginia and Texas Tech.
  • At Disney World, smiles won't be hidden for much longer

    ...- Associated Press
    At Walt Disney World, the smiles won’t have to be hidden for much longer. Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos, the company said on its website. The change tweaks a requirement that all workers and visitors age 2 and up wear masks except when they are actively eating or drinking, provided they are socially distanced and not moving about. The mask mandate includes those who already have been vaccinated.
  • Rodgers gets surprise during 'Jeopardy!' hosting stint

    ...- The Associated Press
    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got quite the surprise in his first episode as a guest host of “Jeopardy! ”Contestant Scott Shewfelt was stumped on the final question of the episode that aired Monday. He decided to reply by referencing a controversial Packers strategic decision in last season’s NFC championship game as he wrote, “Who wanted to kick that field goal?
  • Horror Never Ends: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Returns -- Again

    ...- JUSTINA BONILLA | Zenger News
    LOS ANGELES (Zenger News) — It’s horror redux. Director Fede Alvarez has confirmed he will produce a direct sequel to the 1970s horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” coming out later this year. David Blue Garcia will direct. On Bloody Disgusting’s “The Boo Crew” podcast, Alvarez said: “It is a direct sequel. It is old man Leatherface. ” He said special effects for the film “are classic, old-school gags.
  • Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reveal first Netflix docuseries

    ...- Associated Press
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first Netflix series will center on the Invictus Games, which gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Archewell Productions announced Tuesday its first series to hit the streaming service. The multi-episode docuseries, titled "Heart of Invictus," is in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, of which Prince Harry is a patron.
  • Pinch-pounder: Black Keys drummer fills in at Indians opener

    ...- TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Patrick Carney wasn't nervous before his first live drumming gig in more than a year, just honored. A lifelong Indians fan and one half of The Black Keys, the Grammy Award-winning rock duo from Akron, Ohio, Carney filled in Monday at Cleveland's home opener for drummer John Adams, who is recovering from heart surgery.
  • Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for 2nd season

    ...- ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A controversial Iranian TV spy thriller is once again generating buzz in the Islamic Republic, drawing the ire of government officials and complaints from viewers Sunday over alleged censorship in the second season finale. The fictional series, titled "Gando," chronicles the exploits of Iran's Revolutionary Guard agents — in the style of James Bond or Jason Bourne.
  • 'Godzilla vs. Kong' stomps to pandemic-best $48.5M opening

    ...- JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — With the help of a few old friends, the box office rekindled some of its old might over the weekend. "Godzilla vs. Kong" scored easily the best opening of the pandemic with an estimated $48. 5 million since opening Wednesday, even as it was simultaneously streaming at home. The monster mash, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment, was the widest domestic release in the past year, playing in more than 3,000 theaters.
  • 'Trial of the Chicago 7' takes top honors at SAG Awards

    ...- JAKE COYLE | AP Film Writer
    The starry cast of Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” took the top prize Sunday at a virtual Screen Actors Guild Awards where actors of color, for the first time, swept the individual film awards. The 27th SAG Awards, presented by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-Aftra, were a muted affair — and not just because the red carpet-less ceremony was condensed to a pre-recorded, Zoom-heavy, one-hour broadcast on TBS and TNT.
  • Rapper DMX on life support after heart attack, lawyer says

    ...- DAVE COLLINS and JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. Associated Press
    DMX’s longtime New York-based lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper was on life support Saturday evening at White Plains Hospital. “He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill,” Richman said. Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack. “I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son,” Richman said. “He’s just a tremendous person, tremendous entertainer, tremendous human being. And so much to offer, so much to say.
  • Beyond the screen: 'Godzilla vs. Kong' books

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Last week "Godzilla vs. Kong" opened in a handful of international markets where it earned $121 million. $70 million from China alone. While those numbers might not look all that unusual when compared to pre-pandemic releases, it does signal that audiences are warming up to the idea of returning to theaters. The film opened in North America on Wednesday and has brought in $16. 3 in its first two days. while also being available to watch at home for HBO Max subscribers.
  • 'Real Housewives' star pleads not guilty to fraud charges

    ...- TOM HAYS Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Utah woman with a star role in “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality show pleaded not guilty Friday to charges accusing her of ripping off hundreds of people in a nationwide telemarketing scheme. A federal judge in New York City also imposed tighter bail conditions for Jennifer Shah during a virtual hearing after a prosecutor suggested she was still hiding illicit proceeds from the alleged fraud and is a flight risk.
  • Hulu to produce, release '1619 Project' documentary series

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu will produce a documentary series based on “ The 1619 Project,” stories in The New York Times that examined the legacy of slavery in America dating from the arrival of the first slave ship from Africa. Roger Ross Williams, an Academy Award-winning director for his film “Music by Prudence,” will oversee and produce the series, it was announced Thursday.
  • Fans may be allowed to attend 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

    ...- The Associated Press
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Organizers of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest welcomed the news Thursday that up to 3,500 fans may be allowed to attend the popular music competition when it is staged in the Netherlands next month. The Dutch government has said it plans to make the annual contest of singers representing their countries part of a series of test events it is using to evaluate how to safely reopen large-scale public events amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In Dubai, an art show's return reflects city's new normal

    ...- MALAK HARB Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was a scene reminiscent of pre-pandemic Dubai: Art lovers dressed in designer clothes or alternative fashion, walking around in one of the city's many swanky locations. Bloggers, VIPs and influencers filming on their mobile phones. People mingling and laughing. The only difference? They all wore masks.
  • Netflix lands 'Knives Out' sequels in high-priced deal

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Detective Benoit Blanc's next cases will be for Netflix. The streaming company said Wednesday it has reached a deal for two sequels to Rian Johnson's acclaimed 2019 whodunit, "Knives Out. "Netflix declined to say how much it was paying for the films, which Johnson will direct with Daniel Craig returning as inspector Benoit Blanc.
  • Coldplay, Jorja Smith to play virtual Glastonbury gig in May

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — This year the Glastonbury Festival is going online. Organizers said Wednesday that they will stage a one-day livestreamed concert on May 22 at Worthy Farm in southwest England, home to the annual music extravaganza. Performers include Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Haim, Wolf Alice and Michael Kiwanuka, plus other "guest appearances and collaborations. "Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis said the Live at Worthy Farm event would be "like the festival but without people.
  • Husband of Joe Exotic announces divorce plans over social media

    ...- Brandon Martin, KOKH Staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KOKH) — Joe Maldonado Passage, popularly known as Joe Exotic, and his husband, Dillon Passage, are getting a divorce, Passage announced on Instagram. Passage wrote on Instagram that he has always stood by his side and "will continue to always love and support him. ""This wasn't an easy decision to make but Joe and I both understand this situation isn't fair to either of us," Passage said.
  • Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste lead race for UK's Brit Awards

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Singer-songwriters Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead the competition for the Brit Awards, with a trio of nominations apiece for the U. K. music prizes. The three British women were nominated for best female solo artist and album of the year on Wednesday. Lipa is also up for best British single, for "Physical.
  • Archbishop: Harry, Meghan didn't wed before Windsor service

    ...- The Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — The archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed that he legally married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May 2018, despite the couple’s claim that they had another, private, ceremony three days earlier. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, Meghan said that “three days before our wedding we got married. ” This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, from left, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood to reopen on Friday, April 16

    ...- FOX26 News
    HOLLYWOOD, Calif (KMPH) — Universal Studios Hollywood to Reopen on Friday, April 16, kicking Off with its Special annual and season pass member bonus days. Beginning on Thursday, April 15 Grand reopening to introduce Guests to “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! ” Ride and “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” All-New, Stunningly Realistic Dinosaur, Indominus rex. Initial Tickets will be Available to CA Residents and Can be Purchased Online Beginning on Thursday, April 8.
  • Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler The Creator headlining Bonnaroo 2021 music festival

    ...- CAITLYN SHELTON | WZTV Staff
    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Foo Fighters, Lizzo and Tyler, the Creator are headlining Bonnaroo's 2021 music festival. Concert-goers will head back to the farm September 2-5 after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled last year's fest. Organizers say this year's event will celebrate 20 years of magic on the farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Artists like Lana Del Rey, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Leon Bridges and Jason Isbell are slated to perform. Tickets go on sale at noon Wednesday.
  • 'Concrete Cowboy' shows Philadelphia's Black cowboy culture

    ...- JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Historians estimate that 1 in 4 American cowboys were Black but you would be hard pressed to find a movie genre whiter than the Western. “Concrete Cowboy,” an urban Western about African American riders in Philadelphia starring Idris Elba, is about an often unseen — and persisting — Black cowboy culture. “Concrete Cowboy" is a father-son drama set around Fletcher Street Stables, one of the oldest and last-remaining of Philadelphia's hardscrabble inner-city stables.
  • World's last Blockbuster more popular after Netflix show

    ...- The Associated Press
    BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Blockbuster video rental store in Bend, Oregon, soared to international fame when it became the last such franchise on Earth two years ago. Now, a new Netflix documentary called “The Last Blockbuster” brought even more interest in the form of visitors, mail and online orders to the unassuming location in a central Oregon strip mall 170 miles east of Portland.
  • 'Lovecraft Country' part of virtual festival celebrating TV

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Lovecraft Country," "The Queen's Gambit" and "What We Do in the Shadows" are among the series featured in a virtual edition of the Paley Center's annual festival celebrating TV programs and their makers. A 20th-anniversary reunion of cast members and creators of "Six Feet Under" also is part of PaleyFestLA, on demand starting this week on Yahoo Entertainment. This is the second year that the festival has been forced online because of pandemic restrictions.
  • Oscars add UK hub for broadcast after concerns about travel

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    With less than a month until showtime, the 93rd Oscars are taking another pass at the script. Show producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher remain determined to have an in-person ceremony on April 25 in Los Angeles but told nominees Tuesday in a virtual meeting that they’ve added a British hub after some backlash from nominees about international travel restrictions.
  • DraftKings buys VSiN sports betting video broadcast company

    ...- WAYNE PARRY Associated Press
    DraftKings has bought Vegas Sports Information Network, a multiplatform broadcast and content company delivering sports betting news, analysis and data to U. S. customers, DraftKings announced Tuesday. The acquisition provides more content for DraftKings, which has retail or online sports betting operations in 14 states. Terms of the deal were not released.
  • Latest graphic novel about John Lewis coming in August

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The award-winning series of graphic novels about congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis will continue a year after his death. Abrams announced Tuesday that “Run: Book One” will be published Aug. 3, just over a year after Lewis died at age 80.
  • News Corp. buys Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books division

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest news of consolidation in the literary world, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced Monday it's buying Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's book-publishing division, which includes such blockbuster releases as J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and George Orwell's "1984. "News Corp. owns HarperCollins, one of the industry's largest book publishers, which will operate the division, called HMH Books & Media, the company said Monday.
  • Here's what's coming to Netflix in April 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter
    April is nearly upon us and that means a new crop of titles will be appearing on Netflix. Here's Netflix's 9-minute sizzle reel: Here are five titles that I have my eye on. Concrete Cowboy. Idris Elba, andCaleb McLaughlin ("Stranger Things")star in this drama about a 15-year-old boy from Detroit who is sent to live with his father inPhiladelphia and is introduced into the local phenomenon of city cowboys.
  • Westminster dog show won't have spectators due to virus

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — America's top dogs won't have their pack of fans on hand at this year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The club announced Monday that spectators and vendors won't be allowed this year because of coronavirus limitations. No tickets will be sold. It's the latest in a series of pandemic shakeups to the nation's most prestigious canine competition.
  • Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges

    ...- Associated Press
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges. Steven William Johnson, 35, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18, news outlets reported. Johnson was taken to the Limestone County Jail. Bond was set at $21,500. It was not clear if Johnson has an attorney who could comment on the charges.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend March 26-28, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    It's been one of those weeks that feels incredibly busy behind the scenes but hasn't left me with much to actually share with you. If you're heading out to the theater, I highly recommend last week's "The Courier" or catch any of the Oscar Best Picture nominees as they make their way back into theaters for those who were unable to see them during their initial runs. Here are a few options for your weekend viewing. Nobody. Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, a seemingly innocuous nobody.
  • Dinner theater drops 'Cinderella' with mostly white cast

    ...- The Associated Press
    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of "Cinderella" because the cast was mostly white and it didn't fit with its efforts to become more diverse on and off stage. Instead of putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will make its next production "Footloose," likely debuting in 2022. The theater company cited its "ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion" in making the move.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry dies at 84

    ...- JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press
    DALLAS (AP) — Larry McMurtry, the prolific and popular author who took readers back to the old American West in his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Lonesome Dove” and returned them to modern-day landscapes in works such as his emotional tale of a mother-daughter relationship in “Terms of Endearment,” has died. He was 84. McMurtry died Thursday night of heart failure, according to a family statement issued through a publicist on Friday.
  • Live long in sculpture: 20-foot art planned for Spock symbol

    ...- The Associated Press
    BOSTON (AP) — The Museum of Science in Boston is paying tribute to city native Leonard Nimoy with a 20-foot sculpture shaped like Mr. Spock's split-fingered “live long and prosper" hand gesture, the museum and the late “Star Trek” actor's family announced Friday. The stainless steel monument, designed by artist David Phillips, will be placed in front of the museum. The announcement was made on the same day former Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed Leonard Nimoy Day in the city.
  • Carrie Underwood's faith shines through on church hymns

    ...- KRISTIN M. HALL AP Entertainment Writer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don't get her wrong, Carrie Underwood loves to sing about getting revenge on the cheating ex and belting out ballads on award show stages in dazzling gowns. But Underwood's spirituality has always been at her musical core. The seven-time Grammy winner has always made hits that speak directly to her faith, from "Jesus Take the Wheel" to "Something in the Water. " Now she's releasing her first album of gospel music called "My Savior" on Friday, just in time for Easter.
  • 'Hello, friends': Nantz agrees to remain with CBS Sports

    ...- JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
    Jim Nantz's familiar introduction of "Hello friends" will continue to be heard on CBS for years to come. Nantz and CBS Sports reached agreement on a new deal Thursday. The deal was first reported by the "Sports Business Journal. "CBS spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle confirmed the agreement but did not comment on the terms. The 61-year old Nantz has been with CBS since 1985. He has been the lead announcer for the NCAA Tournament since 1991 and has worked the Masters since 1986.
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