Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.
Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned
Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son.
Reid says she wants different perspectives on MSNBC show
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Reid says she wants to bring some different perspectives to MSNBC's evening lineup — lots of them. As anticipated, the host of MSNBC's weekend “AM Joy” show was appointed Thursday to succeed former “Hardball” host Chris Matthews in the 7 p.m.
NBC News sets goal of a workforce that is half minority
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News leader Cesar Conde, in one of his first public acts in the job, has committed to building a workforce at the news organizations he supervises where at least half of the employees are minorities.
Asian American girls saw pivotal icon in 'Baby-Sitters Club'
Author Ann M. Martin had no master plan when she decided to make one of the core members of “The Baby-Sitters Club” a Japanese American girl named Claudia.
Soap opera's kisses outwit virus with tests, spouses, dolls
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood’s technical expertise can awe us with monsters and imaginary worlds. But is it capable of delivering a simple screen kiss during a pandemic marked by masks and social distancing? Yes, according to the soap opera producer who is making that happen with a strategic approach to romance.
In court, Depp denies violence during 'tailspin' marriage
LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp said Thursday that his relationship with Amber Heard was “a crime scene waiting to happen,” but denied assaulting her during a drug-fueled rampage in Australia while he was filming a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
Rare Cannonball Adderley 1966 Seattle concerts going digital
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A rare collection of previously unissued recordings by legendary jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley is becoming more accessible thanks to two small jazz labels seeking to keep jazz history alive.
Rolling Stones to release unheard tracks from 1973 album
The Rolling Stones will release a new version of their 1973 album “Goats Head Soup” featuring three unheard tracks, including one featuring Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.
Review: ‘Palm Springs’ serves a time-loop, rom-com cocktail
Well, it’s Groundhog Day at the movies...again. But instead of the icy winter of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the time-loop romantic comedy has been transported across the country to the desert resort city of Palm Springs where Andy Samberg is permanently stuck as a plus one at a wedding.
Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for COVID-19 relief
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Marley’s Grammy-winning children and chart-topping grandson have re-imagined one of his biggest hits to assist children affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Review: In 'The Old Guard,' the comic movie gets an overhaul
For all the painful absences of this summer, it has been a season blessedly bereft of superheroes. No, they’re not all bad. And there is much of the normal rhythms of the movies’ main-event months to be nostalgic for.
Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.
With a satirical fictional memoir, Jim Carrey gets real
NEW YORK (AP) — When Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon handed in the book they had toiled on for eight years — a satirical “anti-memoir” about Carrey’s life but with increasingly extreme flights of absurdity — to Sonny Mehta, the late Knopf publisher said he would put it out as a novel.
How many people saw 'Hamilton'? For now, that's a secret
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney+'s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend. Just how big, however, remains a mystery.
In UK court, Depp accuses Amber Heard of 'hoax' abuse claims
LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied an allegation by ex-wife Amber Heard that he is a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” monster who turned violent when he drank and took drugs, though he acknowledged in a London court on Wednesday that he may have done things he can't remember while he was under the influence.
Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday.
Network: Shepard Smith joins CNBC for weeknight news program
NEW YORK (AP) — Shepard Smith, who abruptly quit Fox News Channel last October amid the ascendancy of opinionated programming, will bring a nightly newscast to CNBC this fall.
Kanye West breaks with Trump, claims 2020 run is not a stunt
NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says he is no longer a Trump supporter. The rapper, who once praised President Donald Trump and said the two share “dragon energy,” tells Forbes that he is “taking the red hat off” — a reference to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” cap.
Oprah, Lionsgate to help adapt The 1619 Project for film, TV
Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times’ recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television.
Review: Hanks lends steady, sober hand to taut naval drama
He’s Forrest Gump. He’s Mr. Rogers. He’s Woody. But with all the famous titles Tom Hanks has owned, few have fit as snugly and as smoothly as “captain” — whether it’s fending off Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips,” landing a plane on the Hudson in “Sully,” finding his way back to Earth in “Apollo 13,” or commanding WW II troops in “Saving Private Ryan.” Now Hanks, our square-jawed Everyman, “America’s Dad” even when his characters don’t have children, is playing a captain again, in the taut new naval thriller on Apple TV+ — yet another of his forays into World War II, this time in the treacherous North Atlantic.
Comic hero 'Asterix' plans friendly assault on the New World
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have long adored things from France, like its bread, cheese and wine. But they've been stubbornly resistant to one of France's biggest imports: “Asterix.” The bite-sized, brawling hero of a series of treasured comic books is as invisible in America as the Eurovision Song Contest is big in Europe.
Sara Bareilles leads 'Little Voice' to small screen
NEW YORK (AP) — Though it shares a title with her major label debut album, Sara Bareilles isn't exactly telling her own story in the new streaming series “Little Voice.” The Grammy Award-winner says the Apple TV+ show incorporates experiences of many striving artists while reflecting the diversity of its New York City setting.
Coppola and Henson companies get loans for winery, puppetry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From a godfather of cinema to Kermit the Frog, the U.S. government’s small-business lending program sent money into unexpected corners of the entertainment industry.
NYT columnist Charles Blow writing 'Black Power Manifesto'
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow is working on a book he had not planned to write. “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto" will be published in February, Harper announced Wednesday.