28 April 2015

Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas show

Mariah Carey is seen at her Official Welcome to Caesars Palace on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come.


27 April 2015

New World Video Game Hall of Fame to reveal finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The new World Video Game Hall of Fame is ready to release the finalists for its inaugural class.

27 April 2015

Broadway waits as Tony Award nominations revealed Tuesday

This image released by Boneau/Bryan Brown shows John Cariani, left, and Kate Reinders during a performance of "Something Rotten," in New York. (Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan Brown via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's best will be up a little earlier than usual. It's Tony Award nominations day.


27 April 2015

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 3-9

May 3: Singer Frankie Valli is 81. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 69. Singer Mary Hopkin is 65. Singer Christopher Cross is 64. Drummer Cactus Moser of Highway 101 is 58. Keyboardist David Ball of Soft Cell is 56. Country singer Shane Minor is 47. Music producer-actor Damon Dash is 44. Bassist John Hopkins of Zac Brown Band is 44. Country singer Brad Martin is 42. Actress Christina Hendricks is 40. Actor Dule Hill is 40. Country singer Eric Church is 38. Dancer Cheryl Burke is 31. Singer Michael Kiwanuka is 28.

27 April 2015

The Latest: Courthouse empties after Day 1 of Holmes trial

People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the first day of the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. As the trial begins, the key won't be whether he caused the carnage, but whether Holmes was sane at the time of the killings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)5:55 p.m. MDT


27 April 2015

Viola Davis to star as Harriet Tubman in HBO movie

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Viola Davis arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. "How to Get Away with Murder" star Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero. HBO said Monday, April 27, 2015, that the project is based on the biography "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman," by historian Kate Clifford Larson. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero.


27 April 2015

Musicians sue US film studios for outsourcing

Actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the film 'Interstellar'/Hans Zimmer as a nominee for Best Music Original Score in the film at the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement, in Beverly Hills, on January 15, 2015Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- violated a collective bargaining agreement that music for Hollywood films would be produced in the United States or Canada. "The disregard for the livelihood of professional musicians by these companies has to stop," said Ray Hair, president of the 80,000-strong American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The lawsuit pointed to the score for last year's hit science fiction epic "Interstellar," which was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Matthew McConaughey.


27 April 2015

Middle East musical rise on display at French festival

Israeli singer Asaf Avidan performs on stage as part of the 39th edition of "Le Printemps de Bourges" rock and pop music festival in Bourges on April 27, 2015From Palestinian hip-hop to Egyptian electro to Lebanese blues-rock, artists from the Middle East are making inroads into Europe as witnessed at the latest Printemps de Bourges festival in France. The latest edition of the annual music event in central France features artists from the Middle East as diverse as hard-edged Palestinian rappers DAM to Asaf Avidan, the Israeli folk singer who has won growing acclaim with his unique, high-pitched, androgynous voice. The artists selected for the festival's 39th edition, which runs through Wednesday, show the "dazzling and extremely creative scene" in the contemporary Middle East, said Elodie Mermoz, who was involved in programming. Mermoz said that the rising interest in Middle Eastern artists went hand-in-hand with the eruption of the Arab Spring.


27 April 2015

Elvis's planes staying put at Graceland

This undated photo shows the "Hound Dog II" on display at Graceland in Memphis, TennesseeElvis Presley's two personal jets are staying at Graceland, his estate said Monday, ending months of jitters among his legion of fans that they were about to be sold off. The Lisa Marie, a vintage Convair 880 airliner, and Hound Dog II, a Lockheed JetStar executive jet, have been on display at the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's estate in Memphis, Tennessee since 1984. It did not elaborate, but Presley's daughter and sole heir Lisa Marie Presley hinted on her Twitter feed that Graceland had acquired the two aircraft, which are no longer in flying condition. For devout fans of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, who died in August 1977 at the age of 42, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II afforded a unique glimpse into his jet-setting lifestyle.


27 April 2015

Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2006 file photo, actress Jayne Meadows arrives for the 3rd annual Alfred Mann Foundation Innovation and Inspiration Gala held in Beverly Hills, Calif. The actress and TV personality, Meadows, who often teamed with her husband Steve Allen, has died at age 95. Meadows’ son, Bill Allen, said she died Sunday, April 26, 2015, in her home in the Encino area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95.


27 April 2015

'Black-ish' creator set to write 'Good Times' movie

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Creator and Executive producer of "Black-ish," Kenya Barris, poses on the red carpet at "An Evening with Norman Lear," presented by the Television Academy at the Montalban Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Barris is set to write the screenplay for a "Good Times" film based on the hit '70s sitcom, his manager confirmed Monday, April 26, 2015, to The Associated Press. "Good Times," which aired on CBS from 1974 to 1979, was about an African-American family living in a poor neighborhood in Chicago. (Danny Moloshok/Television Academy via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Good times are coming to the big screen. "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris has been set to write the screenplay for a "Good Times" film based on the hit '70s sitcom, his manager confirmed to The Associated Press.


27 April 2015

Salma Hayek launches 'The Prophet' in ancestral Lebanon

Lebanese-Mexican actress Salma Hayek talks to the press as she walks the red carpet to launch the global premiere of her animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's celebrated novel "The Prophet" in the Lebanese capital Beirut, on April 27, 2015Hollywood star Salma Hayek, in her ancestral homeland Lebanon for the first time, launched the global premiere of her animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's celebrated novel "The Prophet" on Monday. She said the adaptation, which features an all-star cast, was a "personal film" because her Lebanese grandfather loved The Prophet. Through this book, I had my grandfather teaching me about life," said the star, who has been in Lebanon since Friday. The Prophet, now in its 163rd edition, is widely considered the second most-read book in the world, after the Bible.


27 April 2015

'Furious 7' outruns box office rivals for 4th week

Actor Vin Diesel (C) poses with other "Furious 7" cast members as he is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony in Hollywood, California, April 1, 2015Los Angeles (AFP) - "Furious 7" showed no signs of running out of gas, notching a fourth straight weekend at the top of the North American box office, industry data showed Monday. The movie, which last week surged past the $1 billion mark in global sales, is the first since "The Hunger Games" in March 2012 to dominate the box office for four successive weeks, the Hollywood media reported. Third place went to fantasy drama "The Age of Adaline" starring Blake Lively as a woman in the 1920s who mysteriously stops aging after being involved in a car accident.


27 April 2015

Box office top 20: 'Furious 7' leads box office for 4th week

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Paul Walker as Brian, in a scene from "Furious 7." “Furious 7” topped “Age of Adaline” and lead the box office for a fourth straight week. The Universal action film made an estimated $18.3 million in North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" had enough gas left in the tank to lead the box office for the fourth straight weekend.


27 April 2015

Vegas sets up 'concentric' security for upcoming megafight

Tim Jeffery, vice president of security at the MGM Grand hotel and casino, right, speaks during a news conference Monday, April 27, 2015, in Las Vegas. The news conference was to address security issues for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hadn't even decided how much it would cost home viewers to watch their fight when the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission started planning security for their big bout.


27 April 2015

ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

This Sept. 16, 2013 photo shows the ESPN logo prior to an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Cincinnati. ESPN on Monday, April 27, 2015 filed a lawsuit against Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package. (AP Photo/David Kohl)ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.


27 April 2015

Salma Hayek hopes 'The Prophet' inspires new generations

Mexican and American actress Salma Hayek poses for photographers as she arrives to her international premiere film "The Prophet," an animated feature film she co-produced, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 27, 2015. Hayek is in Lebanon for the film, written and directed by Roger Allers, the maker of the Disney production The Lion King. The film tells the story of a young girl who finds the voice she lost through her friendship with a poet imprisoned for his ideas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)BEIRUT (AP) — Salma Hayek said on Monday that the animated feature film "The Prophet" she co-produced has been a personal passion project, one she hopes can inspire young viewers to think outside the box about ways to improve the world.


27 April 2015

Opening statements begin in death penalty trial of Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements begin in death penalty trial of Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes .

27 April 2015

It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations

This photo provided by O&M Co shows Sydney Lucas as Small Alison, Beth Malone as Alison, and Emily Skeggs as Medium Alison in "Fun Home" at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York. "Fun Home," with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, played for four months at the off-Broadway Public Theater last year. It's been adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about growing up in a funeral home with a closeted gay dad. (Joan Marcus via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Will the list include a musical set in a funeral home of all places? Or one set in Paris? Is there room for a brand-new show that makes William Shakespeare look like Mick Jagger? Can a dark, sinister show led by an 82-year-old sneak in?


27 April 2015

Russian stores pull Holocaust graphic novel ahead of WWII anniversary

Art Spiegelman, artist and author of award-winning graphic novel "Maus", on March 20, 2012 in ParisRussian bookstores were hastily removing an award-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust from their shelves on Monday, reportedly because its cover shows a Nazi swastika. "Maus", by American artist and author Art Spiegelman won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and was published in Russian in 2013. A reporter for Echo of Moscow radio, Darya Peshchikova, toured bookstores and said staff were expecting raids by the authorities ahead of May 9, when Russia marks 70 years since Soviet victory over Nazi forces in World War II. Russian authorities have moved to censor Nazi insignia, even raiding toy stores and antique shops which carry period paraphernalia, citing a law which forbids "Nazi propaganda" passed last December.