Ron Chernow receives biography award
2013-05-20 04:25:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow was honored by his peers this weekend and in turn shared a few tips about his craft.
Chernow, 64, received the BIO award from the Biographers International Organization, a nonprofit established in 2010. During a lunchtime gath...
Leader of Toots and the Maytals injured at concert
2013-05-20 04:23:58 UTC
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials say the leader of the reggae band Toots and the Maytals was injured when a 19-year-old man threw a bottle and hit the singer during a concert in Richmond.
Police said Sunday the man has been charged with aggravated assault. Authorities have not identified him.
Prince Harry closes US visit with Conn. polo match
2013-05-15 07:05:45 UTC
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry is wrapping up a weeklong visit to the United States in the affluent New York City suburb of Greenwich, Conn., where he is playing in a polo match at a club with a history of hosting royal visitors.
The prince is competing Wednesday at the Gr...
Bill Hader to exit 'SNL' after 8 seasons
2013-05-14 17:53:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Hader is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after an eight-year run.
His spokesman confirms that the 34-year-old comedian will depart "SNL" after this weekend's season finale.
Hader joined the NBC sketch-comedy show in 2005. He has since made his mark with a range of...
Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon late at night
2013-05-13 05:17:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Meyers is moving from his "Weekend Update" desk to his own late night show on NBC.
The network said Sunday that the 12-year "Saturday Night Live" cast member will replace Jimmy Fallon at the 12:35 a.m. "Late Night" show next year. Fallon is moving up an hour as Jay...
Walters announces her retirement on 'The View'
2013-05-13 18:27:43 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters said Monday that retirement from her epochal television career is near, but it's not happening right away.
Walters, who began in television news as a "Today" girl in 1961, became the medium's best-known interviewer and invented a daytime talk sho...
Chris Brown's scary curbside art irks LA neighbors
2013-05-12 04:55:15 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown's neighbors are unhappy with the creepy art he's chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home.
A neighborhood group said the grimacing, sharp-toothed, red-eyed goblins painted along a retaining wall have been s...
ABC plans 'Once Upon a Time' spinoff next season
2013-05-12 04:53:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC is planning a spinoff of its fairytale drama "Once Upon a Time" for next season and an action-adventure series based on the Marvel Comics universe called "S.H.I.E.L.D."
One of its new comedies is "Mixology," focusing on singles looking for love. Another is ...
'Sesame Street' gets new Hispanic character
2013-05-11 04:59:00 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — As a child in Puerto Rico, Ismael Cruz was delighted by the colorful characters in "Sesame Street," who not only entertained and educated him, but helped him learn "inglés." He could not have imagined that two decades later he would be playing with them in front o...
Slayer: Guitarist Hanneman died of cirrhosis
2013-05-11 04:57:08 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Slayer say Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
The guitarist died last week at a hospital in Hemet, Calif., at age 49. It was initially theorized that Hanneman's death might have had something to do with a suspected spider bite that led to a c...
Randy Jackson says goodbye on 'Idol' 12th season finale, as winner revealed
2013-05-17 06:37:29 UTC
Longtime "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson bid farewell to the Fox talent competition during Thursday's 12th season finale, a showdown between vocal powerhouse Candice Glover and country singer Kree Harrison.
Candice Glover was crowned the new "American Idol" after defeating country singer Kre...
Candice Glover wins 12th season of 'American Idol'
2014-05-21 04:13:13 UTC
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third time's the charm for Candice Glover on "American Idol."
The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a tri...
Rihanna booed in Boston, cheered on in Brooklyn
2013-05-09 04:55:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna was booed for turning up late at a concert in Boston, but the audience in New York cheered her on even though she didn't start on time the following night.
Boston.com reported that fans at the TD Garden on Monday booed the singer for starting her concert at 10:3...
Robert Redford to produce unscripted CNN series
2013-05-08 19:39:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is planning an unscripted series about Chicago that will be executive-produced by Robert Redford.
The eight-part series, "Chicagoland," will premiere in 2014.
CNN said Wednesday that "Chicagoland" will explore where politics and policy meet people's lives in the quintess...
Disney teams with EA on 'Star Wars' video games
2013-05-07 06:10:03 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney is not giving up on "Star Wars" video games after all.
A month after shutting down game production at Lucasfilm subsidiary LucasArts, The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that it had entered multi-year deal with Electronic Arts Inc. to develop new "Star Wars" vide...
Mamma Mia!: ABBA The Museum opens in Stockholm
2013-05-09 07:04:31 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — You can thank ABBA for the music. And so much more.
A museum devoted to the pop superstars opening in Stockholm on Tuesday will celebrate the band's long list of hits. But it will also show off paraphernalia, including the helicopter featured on the cover of its "Arrival" albu...
Free Comic Book Day finds print, digital in demand
2013-05-06 04:25:23 UTC
When the doors open for Free Comic Book Day — an annual event that's grown in stature from a few stores to some 2,000 worldwide — publishers and purveyors of tales of heroes and villains will court new readers who, despite the ease of digital displays, are making time for and spending money...
Keira Knightley says 'oui' to rocker James Righton
2013-05-05 17:25:06 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A French mayor says Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has said "oui" to rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France.
Aime Navello said Sunday the couple followed French tradition when he married them at the Mazan town hall on Saturday. Navello read ...
Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop suburban NY arena
2013-05-03 05:34:53 UTC
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum outside New York City.
The rapper and music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed on four proposals to renovate the arena and surrounding property.
Witherspoon: I lied about pregnancy during arrest
2013-05-03 05:25:29 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Actress Reese Witherspoon recalled that she panicked, said some "crazy things" and even claimed to be pregnant the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge.
During an interview Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Witherspoon repeatedly apologized ...
Lohan probation in jeopardy after rehab departure
2013-05-03 05:24:14 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan's whereabouts were unknown Thursday hours after her attorney told a judge that the troubled actress had checked into a rehab facility only to later learn that the starlet apparently never checked in for treatment.
Lohan's lawyer and publicist did not re...
DreamWorks buying AwesomenessTV for about $33M
2013-05-02 04:59:54 UTC
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. is buying AwesomenessTV, a YouTube teen network, for about $33 million in cash as it looks to tap into the popularity of online content.
DreamWorks said Wednesday that AwesomenessTV founder and CEO Brian Robbins will continue to direct g...
Tony Award nods largely skip stars for veterans
2013-05-01 05:21:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards committee largely favored tried-and-true stage veterans over flashy visitors Tuesday when announcing this year's Tony nominations, with Hollywood stars such as Bette Midler, Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes and Scarlett Johansson never hearing thei...
Opening statements begin in Jackson death trial
2013-04-29 19:33:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for Michael Jackson's mother says AEG Live owed it to the pop superstar to properly investigate the doctor held criminally responsible for his death.
The comments by Brian Panish came Monday during opening statements in Katherine Jackson's lawsuit against...
Musical of 'Rocky' heading to Broadway
2013-04-29 04:38:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a knockout in Germany. Now Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film "Rocky" will also be a hit on Broadway.
Producers said Sunday they plan to get "Rocky" up and punching at the Winter Garden by February following a successful debut ...