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  • Prosecutors air more claims in R. Kelly case; 1 involves boy

    ...- JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly's sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming sex trafficking trial to hear those claims. Prosecutors aired a wide-ranging raft of additional allegations — but not new charges — against the R&B star in a court filing Friday. Jury selection is due to start Aug. 9 in a New York federal court for Kelly, who denies ever abusing anyone.
  • NBC quickly hires Maria Taylor after her departure from ESPN

    ...- JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer
    Maria Taylor has joined NBC less than a week after her contract with ESPN expired. NBC formally made the announcement during its primetime Olympic show Friday before a replay of the opening ceremony. ESPN and Taylor announced Wednesday that they could not agree on a new contract. Her first assignment for NBC will be the Tokyo Olympics, where she will join Mike Tirico during the nightly 2 1/2 to 3 hours of “Prime Plus” coverage as well as serve as a correspondent.
  • Last call: Titles leaving Netflix in August 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — August. Already. Remember when you were young and summer seemed to stretch forever and forever was never long enough? I can't decide if I want July to last another 30 days or end immediately. Between the heat and the rising COVID numbers, I'll take whatever gets us closer to the old normal. In the meantime here's a list of the titles leaving Netflix in August and five film that I recommend catching before they're gone. Safety Not Guaranteed.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend July 23-25, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter
    (KUTV) — It's a busy release weekend as numerous films make their way into theaters and on to the various streaming platforms. I had the opportunity to interview actress Connie Britton for "Joe Bell" and director/writer M. Night Shyamalan for "Old" from afar and was happily able to sit down and talk with director/writer Maclain Nelson in person about his latest effort "Once I was Engaged. " We'll have interviews with the cast of "Stillwater" and "Reminiscence" in the coming weeks.
  • Édgar Ramírez: 'I have family members dying of COVID'

    ...- SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Édgar Ramírez wants people to understand that although the world is starting to come out of the pandemic, the fight is not yet over. The Venezuelan actor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his own family is suffering gravely because of COVID. "Many families ... continue to be affected, including mine in a terrible way," Ramírez said in a remote interview from Los Angeles.
  • Eilish concert film coming; Rockettes return for holiday

    ...- Associated Press
    A look at what's happening the world of music as artists announce their touring plans and concert venues plan their reopenings after being shuttered by the pandemic. BILLIE'S POST-ALBUM CONCERTThe Billie Eilish concert film "Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles" will premiere on the Apple TV+ streaming service on Sept. 3. The film will highlight the July 30 release of "Happier Than Ever," Eilish's follow-up album to her smash "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • Review: 'Joe Bell' is a powerful, true story clumsily told

    ...- Ryan Painter
    Joe Bell. 3 out of 5 Stars. Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green. Writer: Diana Ossana, Larry McMurtry. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Gary Sinise. Genre: Drama. Rated: R for language including offensive slurs, some disturbing material, and teen partying. Caption: Connie Britton talks to Ryan Painter about working with Mark Wahlberg and the lasting impact the Jadin Bell story. (Video: Roadside Attractions)
  • Review: M. Night Shyamalan's 'Old' is an effective daylight thriller

    ...- Ryan Painter
    Old. 3. 5 out of 5 Stars. Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, Pierre-Oscar Lévy, Frederick Peeters. Starring: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre. Genre: Thriller, Mystery. Rated: PG-13 for strong violence, disturbing images, suggestive content, partial nudity and brief strong language. Caption: M. Night Shyamalan talks to Ryan Painter about his new film OLD and the difficulty of crafting a thriller shot almost entirely in the daytime.
  • Police: Man defrauded Chinese pop singer in sex scandal

    ...- JOE McDONALD and FU TING Associated Press
    BEIJING (AP) — A man has confessed to defrauding a Chinese-Canadian pop singer, Kris Wu, over a teenager’s accusation he had sex with her when she was drunk, Beijing police said Thursday. The announcement added a bizarre twist to a scandal that cost Wu endorsement contracts with brands including Porsche and Bulgari. The former member of Korean boy band EXO has denied the accusation, which prompted an outpouring of support for the woman online and criticism of Wu.
  • Sounds of the Games: NBC doesn't plan on adding crowd noise

    ...- JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer
    One of Molly Solomon's favorite memories from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was watching Lindsey Vonn in the start house. Cameras would focus on the skiing great, with microphones picking up her breathing while she listened to final instructions. With no spectators in the stands during the Tokyo Games, Solomon is hoping to pick up on more of those moments. The NBC Olympics executive producer said that the network will not add additional crowd noise to its coverage.
  • Brandi Carlile inspired by isolation for new record

    ...- The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile's new blonde locks are an homage to David Bowie, a hint at what her new music will sound like. The six-time Grammy-winner sports a Bowie-inspired look in the first music video from her upcoming sixth album, “In These Silent Days,” which is coming out on Oct. 1.
  • O'Reilly accuser's appearance on 'The View' stopped by order

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — "The View" canceled a planned appearance Wednesday by a woman who settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly, after the former Fox News Channel personality sought and received a restraining order against her. O'Reilly accused his former producer, Andrea Mackris, of violating a non-disclosure agreement by talking about her experiences with him nearly two decades ago.
  • Taylor leaves ESPN after failing to reach contract extension

    ...- JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer
    Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension. Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014 but her contract expired Tuesday. Her last assignment for the network was Tuesday night at the NBA Finals, where she was the pregame and postgame host for the network's “NBA Countdown” show.
  • Sex Pistols singer calls TV show 'nonsense' in songs dispute

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon said Wednesday that he's "heart and soul" against letting the band's songs be used in an upcoming television drama about the pioneering punk outfit, dismissing the TV series as "nonsense. "Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, is being sued by guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, who want the songs to feature in "Pistol," a Disney-backed series based on a memoir by Jones.
  • Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to 11 sexual assault counts

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts. Sheriff's deputies brought the 69-year-old convicted rapist into court in a wheelchair. He was wearing a brown jail jumpsuit and face mask. Attorney Mark Werksman entered the plea for the disgraced movie mogul a day after Weinstein was extradited to California from New York, where he was serving a 23-year prison term.
  • Prosecutors air more claims in R. Kelly case; 1 involves boy

    ...- JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly's sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming sex trafficking trial to hear those claims. Prosecutors aired a wide-ranging raft of additional allegations — but not new charges — against the R&B star in a court filing Friday. Jury selection is due to start Aug. 9 in a New York federal court for Kelly, who denies ever abusing anyone.
  • NBC quickly hires Maria Taylor after her departure from ESPN

    ...- JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer
    Maria Taylor has joined NBC less than a week after her contract with ESPN expired. NBC formally made the announcement during its primetime Olympic show Friday before a replay of the opening ceremony. ESPN and Taylor announced Wednesday that they could not agree on a new contract. Her first assignment for NBC will be the Tokyo Olympics, where she will join Mike Tirico during the nightly 2 1/2 to 3 hours of “Prime Plus” coverage as well as serve as a correspondent.
  • Last call: Titles leaving Netflix in August 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — August. Already. Remember when you were young and summer seemed to stretch forever and forever was never long enough? I can't decide if I want July to last another 30 days or end immediately. Between the heat and the rising COVID numbers, I'll take whatever gets us closer to the old normal. In the meantime here's a list of the titles leaving Netflix in August and five film that I recommend catching before they're gone. Safety Not Guaranteed.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend July 23-25, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter
    (KUTV) — It's a busy release weekend as numerous films make their way into theaters and on to the various streaming platforms. I had the opportunity to interview actress Connie Britton for "Joe Bell" and director/writer M. Night Shyamalan for "Old" from afar and was happily able to sit down and talk with director/writer Maclain Nelson in person about his latest effort "Once I was Engaged. " We'll have interviews with the cast of "Stillwater" and "Reminiscence" in the coming weeks.
  • Édgar Ramírez: 'I have family members dying of COVID'

    ...- SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Édgar Ramírez wants people to understand that although the world is starting to come out of the pandemic, the fight is not yet over. The Venezuelan actor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his own family is suffering gravely because of COVID. "Many families ... continue to be affected, including mine in a terrible way," Ramírez said in a remote interview from Los Angeles.
  • Eilish concert film coming; Rockettes return for holiday

    ...- Associated Press
    A look at what's happening the world of music as artists announce their touring plans and concert venues plan their reopenings after being shuttered by the pandemic. BILLIE'S POST-ALBUM CONCERTThe Billie Eilish concert film "Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles" will premiere on the Apple TV+ streaming service on Sept. 3. The film will highlight the July 30 release of "Happier Than Ever," Eilish's follow-up album to her smash "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • Review: 'Joe Bell' is a powerful, true story clumsily told

    ...- Ryan Painter
    Joe Bell. 3 out of 5 Stars. Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green. Writer: Diana Ossana, Larry McMurtry. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Gary Sinise. Genre: Drama. Rated: R for language including offensive slurs, some disturbing material, and teen partying. Caption: Connie Britton talks to Ryan Painter about working with Mark Wahlberg and the lasting impact the Jadin Bell story. (Video: Roadside Attractions)
  • Review: M. Night Shyamalan's 'Old' is an effective daylight thriller

    ...- Ryan Painter
    Old. 3. 5 out of 5 Stars. Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, Pierre-Oscar Lévy, Frederick Peeters. Starring: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre. Genre: Thriller, Mystery. Rated: PG-13 for strong violence, disturbing images, suggestive content, partial nudity and brief strong language. Caption: M. Night Shyamalan talks to Ryan Painter about his new film OLD and the difficulty of crafting a thriller shot almost entirely in the daytime.
  • Police: Man defrauded Chinese pop singer in sex scandal

    ...- JOE McDONALD and FU TING Associated Press
    BEIJING (AP) — A man has confessed to defrauding a Chinese-Canadian pop singer, Kris Wu, over a teenager’s accusation he had sex with her when she was drunk, Beijing police said Thursday. The announcement added a bizarre twist to a scandal that cost Wu endorsement contracts with brands including Porsche and Bulgari. The former member of Korean boy band EXO has denied the accusation, which prompted an outpouring of support for the woman online and criticism of Wu.
  • Sounds of the Games: NBC doesn't plan on adding crowd noise

    ...- JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer
    One of Molly Solomon's favorite memories from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was watching Lindsey Vonn in the start house. Cameras would focus on the skiing great, with microphones picking up her breathing while she listened to final instructions. With no spectators in the stands during the Tokyo Games, Solomon is hoping to pick up on more of those moments. The NBC Olympics executive producer said that the network will not add additional crowd noise to its coverage.
  • Brandi Carlile inspired by isolation for new record

    ...- The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile's new blonde locks are an homage to David Bowie, a hint at what her new music will sound like. The six-time Grammy-winner sports a Bowie-inspired look in the first music video from her upcoming sixth album, “In These Silent Days,” which is coming out on Oct. 1.
  • O'Reilly accuser's appearance on 'The View' stopped by order

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — "The View" canceled a planned appearance Wednesday by a woman who settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly, after the former Fox News Channel personality sought and received a restraining order against her. O'Reilly accused his former producer, Andrea Mackris, of violating a non-disclosure agreement by talking about her experiences with him nearly two decades ago.
  • Taylor leaves ESPN after failing to reach contract extension

    ...- JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer
    Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension. Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014 but her contract expired Tuesday. Her last assignment for the network was Tuesday night at the NBA Finals, where she was the pregame and postgame host for the network's “NBA Countdown” show.
  • Sex Pistols singer calls TV show 'nonsense' in songs dispute

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon said Wednesday that he's "heart and soul" against letting the band's songs be used in an upcoming television drama about the pioneering punk outfit, dismissing the TV series as "nonsense. "Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, is being sued by guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, who want the songs to feature in "Pistol," a Disney-backed series based on a memoir by Jones.
  • Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to 11 sexual assault counts

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts. Sheriff's deputies brought the 69-year-old convicted rapist into court in a wheelchair. He was wearing a brown jail jumpsuit and face mask. Attorney Mark Werksman entered the plea for the disgraced movie mogul a day after Weinstein was extradited to California from New York, where he was serving a 23-year prison term.
  • Leyna Bloom becomes first transgender model on cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

    ...- Colton Salaz | The National Desk
    WASHINGTON (SBG) — Model and actress Lenya Bloom has made history as the first transgender woman featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. The 27-year-old spoke out on Twitter following Sports Illustrated announcing her debut. "This moment heals a lot of pain in the world," Bloom said in a Twitter post on Monday. "We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder. "
  • Time limits set for Hall of Famers' acceptance speeches

    ...- ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer
    In 2016, Brett Favre spoke for 36 minutes in one of the most memorable Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speeches ever, a mark that was topped by Tony Gonzalez's 39-minute address in 2019. Nobody will challenge those marks next month when the classes of 2020 and 2021 are enshrined in Canton, Ohio. The 19 members of those combined classes who will be giving enshrinement speeches have been asked to limit their remarks to six minutes.
  • Conservative media offers mixed messages on COVID-19 vaccine

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — When Dr. Alexa Mieses Malchuk talks to patients about the COVID-19 vaccine, she tries to feel out where they get their information from. "Sometimes I feel like the education I have to provide depends on what news channel that they watch," the doctor in Durham, North Carolina, said. The mixed messaging can come from the same media outlet — and even the same source.
  • Shark Week hooks new viewers for Discovery in 33rd year

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Shark Week just finished its 33rd edition on Discovery, a television event so old that one advertising executive joked it could have its own children. But some recent research illustrated its potency in bringing new viewers to the network, something increasingly important in an era where television networks and streaming services are competing furiously for eyeballs.
  • Netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows

    ...- MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it's adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games. On Tuesday, the video streaming giant announced it will offer video games in its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. The confirmation of the long-anticipated expansion came in conjunction with the release of its latest earnings report..
  • Weinstein brought to California to face further rape charges

    ...- CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York prison officials handed convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein over to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending the former movie mogul's lengthy fight to delay his extradition. Weinstein, 69, was booked into a downtown Los Angeles jail Tuesday afternoon, records showed. He could be arraigned on 11 sexual assault counts, including four counts of rape, as early as Wednesday morning, according to his LA attorney, Mark Werksman.
  • Britney Spears' conservatorship case sparks legislative push

    ...- MEG KINNARD Associated Press
    COLUMBIA, S. C. (AP) — Prompted by Britney Spears' conservatorship fight, a bipartisan legislative effort has emerged to reform the process created to protect the rights of more than 1 million people across the United States under the protective arrangements. On Tuesday, Reps. Charlie Crist and Nancy Mace unveiled "The Free Britney Act," designed to give more options to people placed under conservatorships.
  • Review: Lovesick 'I Carry You with Me' blurs the line between documentary and a memory

    ...- Ryan Painter
    I Carry You with Me. 4 out of 5 Stars. Director: Heidi Ewing. Writer: Heidi Ewing, Alan Page. Starring: Armando Espitia, Christian Vazquez. Genre: Drama. Rated: R for language and brief nudity. I Carry You with Me (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics) SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – Synopsis: Iván left Puebla, Mexico, as a young man to pursue his dreams of being a chef in New York City. In doing so, he left behind a son and Gerardo, the unexpected love of his life.
  • DA: 6ix9ine's bodyguards broke man's phone after wild chase

    ...- MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press
    Bodyguards for troubled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine turned New York City into the Wild West last summer, piling into SUVs and chasing a man for 20 blocks with lights flashing after he attempted to record cellphone video of the recording star, prosecutors said Monday.
  • Toronto Film Festival to open with 'Dear Evan Hansen'

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR | AP Film Writer
    The adaptation of Broadway hit and Tony-winner "Dear Evan Hansen," Edgar Wright's '60s London-themed "Last Night in Soho," and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" are just a few of the major films coming to the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Organizers on Tuesday unveiled a robust slate of premieres for the 46th edition of TIFF, which is returning to an in-person fete.
  • Phelps to work as NBC commentator, correspondent at Olympics

    ...- Associated Press
    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Michael Phelps will be part of NBC's Olympics coverage as a correspondent and swimming commentator, the network announced Monday. Phelps — who has won the most medals (28) and gold medals (23) in Olympic history — will call selected swimming events with Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines and contribute features as a correspondent during primetime coverage. Phelps, who swam in five Games from 2000-16, did some work for NBC during its coverage of last month's U. S. swimming trials.
  • Prince Harry working on 'intimate and heartfelt memoir'

    ...- HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Harry is writing what his publisher is calling an "intimate and heartfelt memoir. " Random House expects to release the book, currently untitled, late in 2022. "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become," the Duke of Sussex, 36, said in a statement Monday.
  • 'Space Jam'dunks on 'Black Widow' to take box office No. 1

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    "Black Widow" ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad. LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros. ' "Space Jam: A New Legacy" defied expectations and won the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, "Space Jam: A New Legacy" grossed $31. 7 million in North America, while "Black Widow" took in $26. 3 million. Not many expected "Space Jam: A New Legacy" to pull off this win.
  • Struggling channel GB News hires Nigel Farage to host show

    ...- JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — GB News, a British news channel that launched last month as a right-leaning alternative to the BBC and Sky News, said Saturday it has recruited populist politician Nigel Farage as a presenter. The channel said the former leader of the pro-Brexit U. K. Independence Party will host an evening show airing Mondays to Thursdays.
  • Biz Markie, known for classic rap song 'Just a Friend,' dies

    ...- JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement.
  • Gabriel Iglesias tests positive for COVID-19, cancels remainder of San Antonio shows

    ...- SBG San Antonio Staff Reports
    SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) — Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias shared some bad news with his fans early Thursday morning. The comedian made the announcement via Twitter that he says he "didn’t want to make on my bday. ""This has been a huge week of announcements. A lot of great announcements and one bad one," he said in his Twitter video. "Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID-19. I made sure that I got tested by two different types of tests and they both came back positive.
  • Judge allows R. Kelly to shake up legal team ahead of trial

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge Thursday allowed jailed R&B singer R. Kelly to shake up his legal defense team just weeks before he is set to go on trial in New York on racketeering charges. U. S. District Judge Ann Donnelly granted a request by Kelly's top two attorneys, Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard, of Chicago, to withdraw from the high-profile case amid a falling-out among Kelly's team of lawyers.
  • Study finds more racial diversity in LGBTQ film characters

    ...- JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The year 2020 saw welcome growth in racial diversity of LBGTQ characters in films released by major studios, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. But for the fourth year in a row there were no transgender or non-binary characters in those films. The study, released Thursday, also found no LGBTQ characters in those films living with HIV, or with disabilities.
  • Video games coming to Netflix? Latest hiring offers a clue

    ...- MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix has hired veteran video game executive Mike Verdu, signaling the video streaming service is poised to expand into another fertile field of entertainment. Verdu's addition as Netflix's vice president of game development, confirmed Thursday, comes as the company seeks to sustain the momentum it gathered last year when people turned to the video streaming service to get through lockdowns imposed during the pandemic.
  • Colin Kaepernick picture book to come out in April

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Kaepernick will release a series of books through the children's publisher Scholastic, starting with a picture story scheduled for next year. “I Color Myself Different” will come out in April, according to an announcement Thursday by Scholastic and Kaepernick Publishing, which the former NFL quarterback founded last year.
  • Anarchy in UK court? Ex-Sex Pistols sue singer Johnny Rotten

    ...- Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Two former members of the Sex Pistols are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band's songs in an upcoming television series about the anarchic punk rock icons. Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook want the songs to appear in "Pistol," a television series based on a memoir by Jones. Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, has slammed the series as "disrespectful" and is refusing to grant permission for the songs to be included.
  • 'Bridgerton' creator promises 'magnetic' season 2 after show receives Emmy nominations

    ...- Zenger News
    WASHINGTON — Netflix’s popular series “Bridgerton” earned a total of 12 Emmy nominations on July 13, 2021. For series creator and show-runner, Chris Van Dusen awards recognition is the cherry on top of an already significant debut. While fans wait with bated breath for the show’s return, the creator teased a “magnetic” forthcoming season, promising crackling chemistry between the lead actors. “I was in the car with my husband, and we had just dropped our 3-year-old off at nursery,” said Dusen.
  • All-Star TV rating hits record low, viewers up slightly

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — The television rating for baseball’s All-Star Game sank to a record low but viewers increased by 1%. The American League’s 5-2 win over the National at Denver on Tuesday night featuring Shohei Ohtani as the first two-way All-Star got a 4. 5 rating and 11 share, and was seen by 8,237,000 viewers ages 2 and up, Fox said Wednesday. The previous low rating was 5.
  • Harry Styles planning US tour this fall for 'Fine Line'

    ...- MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Styles will hit the road on a U. S. tour this fall, with 40 concerts scheduled in such cities as New York City, Denver, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles. "Love On Tour" kicks off on Sept. 4 in Las Vegas and will include five dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden. It will end Nov. 11 after a three-night stand at The Forum in Los Angeles.
  • Jussie Smollett back in court for hearing about his lawyer

    ...- DON BABWIN Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett returned to court Wednesday for the first time in a year for a five-hour hearing to determine whether one of the actor’s attorneys should be allowed to keep representing him in his case against accusations that he staged a racist and homophobic attack against himself. The hearing had nothing to with the charges against Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that two masked men attacked him in downtown Chicago in January 2019.
  • Britney Spears allowed new lawyer in conservatorship case

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge allowed Britney Spears to hire an attorney of her choosing at a hearing Wednesday in which she broke down in tears after describing the "cruelty" of her conservatorship. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears' father to immediately resign as her conservator. "We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal," Rosengart said outside the courthouse.
  • Meghan, Prince Harry to develop new Netflix animated series

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan and Prince Harry's second Netflix project will focus on a 12-year-old girl's adventures in an animated series. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Archewell Productions announced Wednesday that the working title "Pearl" will be developed for the streaming service. Meghan created the idea of the family-focused animated series, which was inspired by a variety of women from history.
  • Candace Parker to be first woman on cover of NBA 2K game

    ...- DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Candace Parker grew up playing video games, and now she'll be the first female basketball player on the cover of one. The Chicago Sky star will appear on the NBA 2K22 cover for the WNBA 25th Anniversary special edition when it's released Sept. 10. "I grew up a video game fanatic, that's what I did, to the point where my brothers would give me the fake controller when I was younger where I think I was playing and I wasn’t," Parker said. “All I wanted to do was just be like them.
  • Olivia Rodrigo boosts White House youth vaccine push

    ...- Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Olivia Rodrigo wants people to know that the COVID-19 vaccines are "good 4 u. " Caption: Olivia Rodrigo boosts White House youth vaccine push (CNN Newsource) The 18-year-old pop star and internet sensation was at the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci as part of the administration's efforts to encourage younger Americans to roll up their sleeves and get a coronavirus shot.
  • Obama adapts 'Dreams from My Father' for young readers

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 25 years after its original publication, former President Barack Obama's memoir "Dreams from My Father" will be released in a young adult edition. Obama had yet to hold any political office when "Dreams from My Father" was released in 1995. His account of his early years reached a vast audience after he ran for president in 2008 and is widely considered one of the best books ever written by a politician.
  • NBA Finals ratings up from 2020 pandemic, down from 2019

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals has gained some, but not all, of its audience back after last year's trip to the pandemic bubble. The first three games of the championship match between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks averaged just about 9 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That's up 41% from the 6. 38 million who watched the first three games of last year's series between the L. A. Lakers and Miami Heat.
  • Judge tosses Roy Moore's lawsuit over Baron Cohen interview

    ...- KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed failed U. S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s $95 million lawsuit targeting comedian Sacha Baron Cohen filed after Moore complained he was tricked into an interview that lampooned sexual misconduct accusations against him. Judge John Cronan wrote that Moore signed a clear disclosure agreement that prohibited any legal claims over the appearance.
  • Olivia Rodrigo to help White House get youth vaccinated

    ...- Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting a dose of star power behind the administration’s efforts to get young people vaccinated against COVID-19. The White House says 18-year-old actress, singer and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo will meet Wednesday with Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser. Rodrigo will record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated. The videos will be featured on Rodrigo’s and White House social media.
  • Nickelodeon celebrates 'Blue's Clues' anniversary with movie

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon says it is making a new movie featuring stars of "Blues Clues & You! " to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original show that was a mainstay of the network for several years. The movie, which will start production this summer, follows Josh and Blue as they travel to New York City to audition for a Broadway musical. It's not clear when it will be ready, a spokeswoman said Monday. Nickelodeon has several other activities planned to mark the Sept.
  • Drake Bell receives probation on child endangerment charge

    ...- MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Drake Bell, the former star of the popular Nickelodeon show "Drake & Josh," was sentenced in Cleveland on Monday to two years' probation on child endangerment charges relating to a girl who met him online and accused him of sexual contact after she attended his concert when she was 15.
  • 'Black Widow' soars to pandemic box office record

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    Even with an option to watch "Black Widow" at home, audiences went to the movie theater in pandemic record numbers this weekend to catch the first Marvel movie released in two years. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday the superhero pic generated an estimated $80 million in ticket sales in North America. Combined with $78 million from international theaters and at least $60 million in Disney+ Premier Access rentals, "Black Widow" grossed over $215 million in its first weekend.
  • Jackson of 'Hamilton' to sing national anthem at All-Stars

    ...- Associated Press
    DENVER (AP) — Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" on Broadway, will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Coors Field. Jackson was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, an award won by fellow "Hamilton" cast member Daveed Diggs, who played the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. Canadian country artist Jess Moskaluke will sing "O Canada.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend July 9-11, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    It’s a relatively quiet weekend for new releases as the major studios make room for Marvel’s highly anticipated “Black Widow. ” From here on out, we’ll be seeing a flood of titles hitting the theaters. “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” horror sequel “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions,” M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old,” G. I. Joe spin-off “Snake Eyes,” Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” with Matt Damon and David Lowery’s “The Green Knight” all arrive before July ends.
  • Marilyn Manson surrenders on New Hampshire assault warrant

    ...- STEFANIE DAZIO, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rocker Marilyn Manson surrendered to police in Los Angeles last week in connection with a 2019 arrest warrant out of New Hampshire where he allegedly assaulted a videographer at a concert, authorities said. Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault stemming from an alleged incident on Aug. 19, 2019 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford. Gilford police Chief Anthony J.
  • Harvey Weinstein trial can start within four months: report

    ...- Zenger News
    WASHINGTON — Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexual misconduct, will be brought to trial within four months by the Los Angeles Country District Office. Weinstein is already imprisoned in upstate New York, and his extradition has been fought since April. On June 15, a court in Buffalo, New York, approved Weinstein’s transfer to Los Angeles, with the transfer anticipated to take place in July.
  • Zaila Avant-garde breezes to National Spelling Bee win

    ...- BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Whether dribbling a basketball or identifying obscure Latin or Greek roots, Zaila Avant-garde doesn't show much stress. The 14-year-old from Harvey, Louisiana, breezed to the championship at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, becoming the first African American winner and only the second Black champion in the bee's 96-year history. Zaila has described spelling as a side hobby, although she routinely practiced for seven hours a day.
  • Lawyers granted slight delay in opening of R. Kelly trial

    ...- TOM HAYS Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for R&B singer R. Kelly were granted a little more time Thursday to prepare his defense for his upcoming sex-trafficking trial in New York City. At a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, U. S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said jury selection would go forward on Aug. 9 as originally planned but agreed to delay opening statements until Aug. 18 rather than start the openings right after the panel is picked. The jailed Kelly switched legal teams less than a month ago.
  • New documentary gives Bush administration's view of 9/11 attacks

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Jeff Daniels will narrate a new documentary, "9/11: Inside the President's War Room," that will tell the story of the attacks through the eyes of the Bush administration. Apple+ and the BBC will collaborate on the project, which will debut in September near the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Both the streaming service and BBC One will show the project.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visits set of TV soap 'Coronation Street'

    ...- The Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has visited the set of “Coronation Street” to mark the long-running television soap's 60th birthday. The monarch was all smiles as she met Thursday with veteran cast and crew of the show, walked along the storied cobbled street and visited the studio where the interior of the Rovers Return pub is filmed.
  • Can't watch fireworks at home? Millions choose NBC

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 8 million people took in Fourth of July fireworks on television this year, watching NBC's coverage of the Macy's New York City celebration in one of two helpings. The two-hour fireworks presentation drew 4. 9 million viewers to NBC at 8 p. m. Eastern on Sunday, and 3. 3 million watched a condensed version of the same show shortly after it ended. Traditionally, the week encompassing Independence Day is one of the least-watched television weeks of the year.
  • With fluent French, Jodie Foster at home again in Cannes

    ...- JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
    CANNES, France (AP) — "I got one thing to say before I sit down," said Spike Lee during the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. "I wish I could speak French like Jodie Foster! " In the first two days of Cannes, one thing everyone can agree on is that Jodie Foster really speaks terrific French. On Tuesday, Foster was awarded an honorary Palme d'Or for lifetime achievement. The award was presented to her by Lee and South Korean director Bong Joon Ho.
  • Tokyo Olympics: Bruce Springsteen's daughter to debut with USA's equestrian team

    ...- Zenger News
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — American singer Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica Springsteen will be heading to Tokyo 2020 after being named in USA’s equestrian team alongside Olympic medalists Kent Farrington (riding Gazelle), Laura Kraut (riding Baloutinue), and McLain Ward (riding Contagious). This will be the first Olympics for 29-year-old Springsteen, an alternate for the London 2012 Games. Springsteen will ride the horse Don Juan van de Donkhoeve at Tokyo 2020 as per the Olympics website.
  • Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney resigns

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney on Tuesday filed documents to resign from her conservatorship, the latest of several such moves that have come in the fallout from the pop singer's comments in court decrying the legal arrangement that controls her money and affairs. Samuel Ingham III filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting that the court appoint Spears a new attorney, and saying his resignation would take effect as soon as that happened.
  • All Universal films coming to Peacock starting in 2022

    ...- INDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
    The streaming service Peacock is ramping up its offerings with a new deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. The companies said Tuesday that starting in 2022 all Universal films, including the new “Jurassic World" and “Minions” movies, will become available exclusively on Peacock no later than four months after their theatrical premieres. Both companies are subsidiaries of Comcast's NBCUniversal.
  • ESPN takes Nichols off NBA Finals duty after leaked comments

    ...- The Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — ESPN has replaced Rachel Nichols as its sideline reporter for the NBA Finals following a report detailing critical comments she made about Black colleague Maria Taylor. The network announced Tuesday that Malika Andrews would handle that role for the series between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Nichols has been the sideline reporter for its top national games this season and for last year's NBA Finals.
  • Bruce Springsteen's daughter makes Olympic equestrian team

    ...- The Associated Press
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The daughter of rock icon Bruce Springsteen and singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa has been selected as one of four riders on the U. S. jumping team that will compete at the Tokyo Olympics. U. S. Equestrian announced Monday that Jessica Springsteen would be making her Olympic debut. The 29-year-old has said being selected would fulfill a lifelong dream. Springsteen will team with Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut and McLain Ward when the equestrian competition begins Aug. 3.
  •  Royal sources say 'it's almost impossible for Harry to be trusted'

    ...- Zenger News
    WASHINGTON (Zenger News) — Those hoping for a détente between Princes William and Harry were left sorely disappointed this week after the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace as the two princes barely spoke to one another and spent only 20 minutes in the same room after the ceremony.
  • Historic resort in 'Blue Hawaii' to be auctioned this month

    ...- The Associated Press
    WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — The historic resort where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii" will go up for auction at a foreclosure sale on Kauai this month. The Garden Island newspaper reported the abandoned Coco Palms Resort will be auctioned July 26 on the steps of the Fifth Circuit Courthouse in Lihue. Coco Palms initially opened in 1953 next to a historic coconut grove and an ancient Hawaiian fishpond.
  • Maxwell lawyers: Cosby ruling reason to toss sex abuse case

    ...- The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell are arguing a court decision that freed Bill Cosby from prison backs up tossing out her sex trafficking case. In court papers filed on Friday, the lawyers said the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein is in a “similar situation” as Cosby because both were covered by non-prosecution deals at the time they were charged in sex abuse cases.
  • Amber Heard is mom 'on her own terms' to baby girl Oonagh

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amber Heard says she has become a mom and did it "on her own terms," as a single parent. In a social media post, the actor said she welcomed daughter Oonagh Paige Heard on April 8. A photo of Heard with the baby nestled against her accompanied Thursday's announcement. "I now appreciate how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way," Heard said in the post.
  • Oscars invite Steven Yeun, Issa Rae, others to join Academy

    ...- LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
    Steven Yeun, Nathan Lane, Issa Rae, Robert Pattinson, Janet Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Laverne Cox are among the artists being invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars said Thursday that 395 film industry professionals, 46% of whom are women and 39% from an underrepresented group, have been invited to join the 2021 class. If they accept, which most do, they will have voting privileges at next year’s Oscars.
  • Watch what you like on streaming -- assuming you can find it

    ...- MAE ANDERSON AP Technology Writer
    Content is king — if you can find it. As streaming services proliferate, it's becoming more of a challenge to track down your favorite TV shows and blockbuster movies when streaming services can change up their offerings every month. That's complicating life for those who know what they want to watch, but just don't know where to locate it. Some hits are practically itinerants.
  • New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of June 27- July 3, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter
    (KUTV) — With theaters re-opening, it will be interesting to see how much of a lasting impact that the pandemic will have on home video. Has the digital revolution overtaken the physical medium? Time will tell. Until then, let's dive into this week's releases. Digital. New Digital release highlights for the week of June 27- July 3, 2021 (Photo: Sony, Warner Bros. ) Peter Rabbit 2 - Rose Byrne,Domhnall Gleeson and the voice ofJames Cordenreturn in this sequel to the 2018 film.
  • James Franco settles for $2.2M in school sex misconduct suit

    ...- ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Franco and his co-defendants agreed to pay $2. 2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he intimidated students at an acting and film school he founded into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations, court filings made public Wednesday showed. The two sides first reached a deal to settle the class-action suit in February, but it took several months to resolve details, and the dollar amount was not previously disclosed.
  • Study: Newspaper circulation revenue surpasses advertising

    ...- Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in 2020, the newspaper industry earned more money from circulation than advertising. Yet like many of the other benchmarks noted this week by the Pew Research Center in the first of a series of reports on the state of the news media, that's not necessarily good news. Circulation revenue, from people buying digital or print subscriptions, reached $11. 1 billion in 2020, Pew said. The newspaper industry reported $8. 8 billion in ad revenue last year.
  • Britney Spears' father seeks court probe of her allegations

    ...- ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father has asked the court overseeing his daughter’s conservatorship to investigate her statements to a judge last week on the court's control of her medical treatment and personal life, which she called overly restrictive and abusive. James Spears emphasized in a pair of documents filed late Tuesday night that he has had no power over his daughter's personal affairs for nearly two years.
  • Review: 'Black Widow' is a compelling character study obscured by its bombastic approach

    ...- Ryan Painter
    Black Widow. 3. 5 out of 5 Stars. Director: Cate Shortland. Writer: Jac Schaeffer, Ned Benson, Eric Pearson, Stan Lee, Don Heck, Don Rico. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour. Genre: Action, Sci-Fi. Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence/action, some language and thematic material. (L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
  • 'America's Got Talent' tops TV's Nielsen ratings

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Competition at athletic venues dominated the agenda for television viewers last week, but none was as popular as a competition on stage. "America's Got Talent," which is well-established as TV's favorite live show of the summer, reached seven million viewers last week with auditions for its 16th season on NBC, the Nielsen company said.
  • Serena Williams out of Wimbledon after stopping with injury

    ...- CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer
    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams is out of Wimbledon after she stopped playing her first-round match in the first set Tuesday because of a left leg injury. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was serving in the fifth game at Centre Court when she lost her footing near the baseline while hitting a forehand against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Williams winced and stepped gingerly between points, clearly troubled. After dropping that game, she took a medical timeout and tried to continue playing.
  • James Corden will be changing 'Spill Your Guts' segment following online petition

    ...- Zenger News
    NEW DELHI (Zenger News) — Television host James Corden recently confirmed he’s making changes to the controversial segment, “Spill Your Guts,” on his late-night show after an online petition gathered more than 45,000 signatures. According to a media report, the CBS show’s recurring segment sees Corden ask his celebrity guests personal questions, and if they don’t provide an answer they have to eat “gross” food.
  • Legendary big-wave surfer Greg 'Da Bull' Noll dies at 84

    ...- JOHN ROGERS Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greg "Da Bull" Noll, who became a surfing legend by combining a gregarious, outsized personality with the courage and skill to ride bigger, more powerful waves than anyone had ever attempted, has died. He was 84. Noll, who had lived in the picturesque, seaside town of Crescent City, California, died Monday of natural causes, according to an Instagram post from his son's company, Noll Surfboards.
  • Kim Kardashian 'worries' about dating again amid Kanye West split

    ...- Zenger News
    WASHINGTON (Zenger News) — American TV personality Kim Kardashian is considering her future after calling it quits with Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West. “She’s not focused on dating at the moment but actually worries that guys will not want to date her because of how public her relationship was with Kanye,” a source said. FILE - Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attend the WSJ. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards )
  • Excited tennis fans return to Wimbledon after 1-year break

    ...- CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer
    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Cheery fans, dreary skies. Wimbledon is back after a one-year hiatus and the gray, overcast weather felt right at home at an event notorious for its rain delays. "Perfect spectator weather," said Hannah Scott, a 26-year-old mask-wearing graduate student from London who was among the first fans to arrive on the grounds on Monday. "You're not going to burn in the sun. "
  • Cardi B, Queen Latifah, Lil Nas X shine at BET Awards

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B's “WAP” had new meaning at the BET Awards: winning and pregnant. The Grammy-winning star debuted her baby bump during a live performance Sunday alongside husband Offset as well as Quavo and Takeoff of Migos. She also won video of the year for her Megan Thee Stallion-assisted No. 1 hit “WAP. " Megan Thee Stallion accepts the best female hip hop artist award at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
  • Former Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger dead at 55

    ...- WKRC STAFF
    (WKRC) – A former singer for the rock band Skid Row has died. Johnny Solinger was 55. The band announced Solinger's death in an Instagram post on Saturday. "We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger," the post said. "Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us. " Solinger announced last month that he had been diagnosed with liver failure. Solinger joined Skid Row in 1999 when he replaced frontman Sebastian Bach.
  • 'Cops' creator John Langley dies during road race in Mexico

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Langley, creator of the long-running TV series "Cops," has died during a road race in Mexico, a family spokeswoman said. Langley died in Baja, Mexico, of an apparent heart attack Saturday during the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race, family spokeswoman Pam Golum said. He was 78. "Cops" was among the first reality series on the air when it debuted in 1989, and it would become an institution through 32 seasons.
  • 'F9' puts charge back into movie theaters with $70M opening

    ...- ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the biggest sign yet that life is left in movie theaters, "F9" sped to a box office take of $70 million in its first weekend, the biggest pandemic-era opening for a film, according to studio estimates Sunday. The ninth installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise opened only in theaters, eschewing the hybrid streaming releases of several of the year's films, and had the widest release of any movie since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
  • Bruce Springsteen marks the return of live shows on Broadway

    ...- DAVID BAUDER AP Entertainment Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — In another sign of live entertainment's rebirth, Bruce Springsteen returned to Broadway this weekend, strapping on a guitar and reviving a show for an audience that included a member of his E Street Band and the governor of his home state. Springsteen had ended his residency in December 2018 after 236 performances, but was persuaded to return for a summer's encore ahead of most Broadway shows coming back in September. The tough rock 'n' roller was clearly emotional.
  • Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Lil Nas X set for BET Awards

    ...- MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday's BET Awards will be packed with performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X and H. E. R. , a tribute to late rapper DMX and a dedication to Queen Latifah's acclaimed career. Taraji P. Henson will host the live show from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where performers include DaBaby, DJ Khaled, Jazmine Sullivan, Migos, Lil Baby, Andra Day, Roddy Ricch, City Girls, Kirk Franklin, Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody and Tyler, the Creator.
  • Alex Trebek wins posthumous trophy at Daytime Emmys

    ...- BETH HARRIS, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek won a posthumous Daytime Emmy as game show host and “Jeopardy! " earned game show honors on Friday night. Trebek's son, Matt, and daughter, Emily, accepted the trophy from behind the host's podium on the quiz show's set. “For as long as we can remember, he was always so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy! ', to work on a show that was based on knowledge, risk and the challenge — people had to think," Trebek's son said. “He loved every bit of it. ”
  • Here's what's coming to Netflix in July 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter (KUTV)
    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — July! So soon? Somewhere in the daily grind I've completely lost my sense of time. And yet, here we are and there are new Netflix series and movies to look forward to. If you have 11 minutes, here's Netflix's July sizzle reel: Frankly, July 2021 looks like a phenomenal month for Netflix. Dynasty Warriors. "Dynasty Warriors" is a Hong Kong action series based on the popularhack and slash games fromKoei Tecmo.
  • What to watch in theaters and at home this weekend June 25-27, 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter
    (KUTV) — It was a sparse week for movie releases, so I spent some of my time dabbling with the Moog Sound Studio. You can read about my adventures with their Mother-32 analog synthesizer here. Clearly the major release of the week is “F9: The Fast Saga. ” We’ll look at that in a moment. I had hoped to see Netflix’s “The Ice Road,” the latest action from Liam Neeson. Sadly, early streaming links were not provided. It is, should you need a Neeson fix, now available to watch on Netflix.
  • Older actors claim supporting trophies at Daytime Emmys

    ...- BETH HARRIS Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marla Adams and Max Gail have won supporting actor trophies at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Adams plays Dina Mergeron on CBS' “The Young and the Restless. " The 82-year-old actor accepted at home with the Emmy statue on a table behind her on Friday night. Gail appeared on stage while socially distanced to accept for his role as Mike Corbin on ABC's “General Hospital. " It was the 78-year-old actor's second trophy in the supporting category, having won in 2019. “Jeopardy!
  • Britney Spears' public support may not mean much in court

    ...- ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ powerful plea to a judge to end the conservatorship that has controlled her life since 2008 brought sympathy and outrage from fans, famous supporters and even casual observers who say she deserves independence. Yet lawyers who deal in such matters say the speech itself may not have helped her in the legal process, which will be long and arduous. “When Britney spoke, I mean, the world listened. This was amazing," family law attorney Peter Walzer said.
  • NBCUniversal celebrates opening of New Mexico studio

    ...- Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. (AP) — Executives with NBCUniversal celebrated the opening of a new production facility in New Mexico on Thursday, as state and local officials touted efforts by the film and television industry to find ways to work through the challenges that stemmed from the coronavirus pandemic. The executives were joined at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
  • Anne Rice's 'Interview with the Vampire' set for AMC in 2022

    ...- Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" is rising again on screen, this time for TV. The bestselling novel, which was adapted for the 1994 Brad Pitt-Tom Cruise film, will be the basis for a new AMC and AMC+ series set for 2022, AMC Networks said Thursday. The announcement follows the company's 2020 acquisition of 18 works by Rice, including 1976's "Interview with the Vampire," its sequels and the Mayfair Witches series.
  • Last call: Titles leaving Netflix in July 2021

    ...- Ryan Painter
    With July upon us, it's time to say goodbye to a few cinematic friends as they move on to wherever their next destination might be. Here are three titles that I'd recommend checking out before they're gone. The Princess and the Frog. "The Princess and the Frog" was a modest box office success earning $267 million against a $105 million budget . Artistically, it is one of my favorite Disney releases of all time as it remixes the classic "The Princess Frog" story with a New Orleans vibe.
  • Britney Spears tells judge: 'I want my life back'

    ...- ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved.
  • Olympic trials pique viewer interest in Tokyo Summer Games

    ...- LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the back-and-forth about the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics during the pandemic, there are early indications of viewer interest in the summer games. U. S. Olympic team trials in swimming and track and field that aired Sunday on NBC fell short of gold-medal ratings but won enough viewers to edge into the top 20, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.
  • Kobe Bryant's widow to settle lawsuit over deadly crash

    ...- The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Vanessa Bryant, her children and relatives of other victims filed a settlement agreement notice Tuesday with a federal judge in Los Angeles but terms of the confidential deal weren't disclosed.
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