29 July 2014

Celebrities stir passions with Gaza views

Barbadian singer Rihanna poses at the Hard Rock Cafe in Paris on June 5, 2014Pop idols and professional athletes are going public with strong views about Gaza, putting their relations with fans on the line while stirring up a social media frenzy. More often than not, celebrity sympathies have been leaning in favor of Palestinians as the Israeli assault on Hamas rolls into its fourth week and the death toll keeps rising. Zayn Malik of the British boy band One Direction was the latest boldface name to voice his concern when he posted "#FreePalestine" on his Twitter account Sunday. "People who don't live in Israel don't have any right to say their opinion out loud," tweeted one young woman, Shaked Erez, who added the hashtag #freeisrael for good measure.


29 July 2014

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, Stephen A. Smith arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.


29 July 2014

Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015

Broadcaster Vin Scully, left, embraces his wife, Sandi, at Dodger Stadium during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers announced that Scully will remain with the team for the 2015 season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.


29 July 2014

Artist's foundation sues over NYC hotel painting

NEW YORK (AP) — A former owner of the Chelsea Hotel, for decades a famed artists' haunt, have removed and won't return a loaned Larry Rivers painting that hung in the lobby, the pop art pioneer's foundation said in a lawsuit Tuesday.

29 July 2014

Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

29 July 2014

Amazon plays to book buyer wallets in Hachette battle

Amazon plays to book buyer wallets in Hachette battleAmazon on Tuesday suggested its battle with publishing giant Hachette is about making sure book lovers' on a budget pay less for digital titles. Factors for holding down prices of e-books include the absence of costs associated with printing, over-printing, returns, lost sales, warehousing and shipping, Amazon reasoned. "Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more," Amazon said. Because of lesser costs associated with e-books, lower prices sought by Amazon actually result in higher margins of revenue, the book seller argued.


29 July 2014

Correction: Music-Eric Clapton story

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story July 24 about Eric Clapton's new album "The Breeze," The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of singer Don White.

29 July 2014

Lawyers for Hollywood sex-abuse accuser want out

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse said Tuesday they want to get off the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.

29 July 2014

Pulitzer winning novel 'The Goldfinch' to hit big screen

US writer Donna Tartt reads her new novel "The Goldfinch" at the world's book launch in Amsterdam, on September 22, 2013Los Angeles (AFP) - Donna Tarrt's acclaimed novel "The Goldfinch" could be set for the big screen after Warner Bros. snapped up the film rights to the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, it was confirmed Tuesday.


29 July 2014

Review: Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Get On Up." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)There's a delicious moment in "Get On Up," Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, when Brown — played by Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance — is about to appear on the T.A.M.I. Show, a multi-act concert filmed in 1964.


29 July 2014

Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Kyle wrote in his best-seller that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Ventura, a former SEAL and pro wrestler, testified Kyle fabricated the story. Kyle denied that in testimony videotaped before his death last year. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.


29 July 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art's president retiring

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the world, on Tuesday announced her retirement.

29 July 2014

Lawyers for Hollywood sex abuse accuser want out

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse say they want out of the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.

29 July 2014

CBS shifts schedule to boost ratings for 'Extant'

NEW YORK (AP) — "Extant" is getting a kick-start from CBS to try to improve its ratings less than a month into its run.

29 July 2014

Nielsen's top prime-time programs for July 21-27

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 21-27. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

29 July 2014

TV series moving some production to New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series starring Anne Heche and Jason Isaacs is moving some of its production from Israel to New Mexico.

29 July 2014

Audra McDonald helps 'Lady Day' turn a profit

This photo provided by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they’ve recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best known songs, including "God Bless the Child," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," and "Strange Fruit." (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Evgenia Eliseeva)NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability.


29 July 2014

Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

FILE - In a Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated on stage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food.


29 July 2014

Feds end effort to reclaim mummy mask for Egypt

FILE - In this April 22, 2011 photo provided by the St. Louis Art Museum is the funeral mask of Lady Ka-Nefer-Nefer that has been at the center of a custody battle for several years. Officials said Tuesday, July 29, 2014, they will take no further legal action to reclaim the 3,200-year-old mummy mask for Egypt. It will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum. (AP Photo/St. Louis Art Museum, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody fight will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its fight to reclaim it for Egypt.


29 July 2014

Legal fallout begins for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

FILE - This April 4, 2014 file photo shows British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber at a press conference and performance in New York to announce the "Jesus Christ Superstar" North American arena tour. The abrupt cancellation of this summer’s North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is heading to court. The Really Useful Group, the London-based production company of “Superstar” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, said Tuesday, July 29, 2014, that it was taking legal action against producer Michael Cohl for the “unilateral decision” to scuttle the tour, which was to star punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is apparently not being forgiven.