24 July 2014

Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV

FILE - This may 30, 2014 file photo shows Iggy Azalea performing in concert during the Wired 96.5 Fest at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. MTV said Thursday, July 24, 2014 that the singer featured in the summer hits “Fancy” and “Problem” will provide a running commentary on fashion during the annual awards show, scheduled for Aug. 24. The following night, Azalea will channel her inner Joan Rivers for an MTV fashion recap show under the “House of Style” banner. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Pop star Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE-yuh) is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards.


24 July 2014

Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV

NEW YORK (AP) — Pop star Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE-yuh) is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards.

24 July 2014

London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'

A June 2014 photo made available by Cornershop PR showing Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola with members of the company. A hit. A very palpable hit. So says a character in the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love," quoting "Hamlet." And so say most London critics about the big-budget stage version of the Tudor-set rom-com that charmed its way to seven Academy Awards in 1998. On Thursday, July 24, 2014 critics showered the play with accolades that will make producers' ad campaign a dream. The Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings praised the play's "fizzy, infectious exuberance," while the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said it "generates a glow you could warm your hands by." Paul Taylor in The Independent topped them all: "It makes you feel grateful to be alive." Adapted by Lee Hall _ and co-produced by Disney, whose backing has helped fund a large-scale production with a 28-strong cast _ the play sticks close to the film’s plot. (AP Photo/Cornershop PR, Johan Persson)LONDON (AP) — A hit. A very palpable hit.


24 July 2014

London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'

A June 2014 photo made available by Cornershop PR showing Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola with members of the company. A hit. A very palpable hit. So says a character in the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love," quoting "Hamlet." And so say most London critics about the big-budget stage version of the Tudor-set rom-com that charmed its way to seven Academy Awards in 1998. On Thursday, July 24, 2014 critics showered the play with accolades that will make producers' ad campaign a dream. The Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings praised the play's "fizzy, infectious exuberance," while the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said it "generates a glow you could warm your hands by." Paul Taylor in The Independent topped them all: "It makes you feel grateful to be alive." Adapted by Lee Hall _ and co-produced by Disney, whose backing has helped fund a large-scale production with a 28-strong cast _ the play sticks close to the film’s plot. (AP Photo/Cornershop PR, Johan Persson)LONDON (AP) — A hit. A very palpable hit.


24 July 2014

Lawyers working to resolve LaBeouf's NYC arrest

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers say they are trying to resolve Shia LaBeouf's (SHY'-uh luh-BUFS') disorderly conduct case stemming from an incident at a Broadway show last month.

24 July 2014

FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

This image released by FX shows Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez, left, and Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather in a scene from "The Strain." Leaders at the FX network are trying something new. They're no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night, believing those numbers don't accurately reflect how many people see their shows. Instead, they're waiting a few days to see how many people catch up via time shifting. (AP Photo/FX, Michael Gibson)NEW YORK (AP) — It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit.


24 July 2014

Suspects in Stradivarius theft due in court

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is due to be sentenced, and his co-defendant is expected to change his not-guilty plea.

24 July 2014

Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

A young fan poses with a huge Transformers display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line.


24 July 2014

Pacino, Dafoe set for Venice Film Festival

Venice Biennale Foundation President Paolo Baratta, left, and Venice Film Festival president Alberto Barbera shakes hands for photographers as they arrive for the Venice film festival's presentation press conference, in Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The festival is set to run from Aug. 27, 2014 to Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME (AP) — This year's Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke.


24 July 2014

More works found at German collector's apartment

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2013 file picture a cameraman films an apartment house, in which more than 1,200 paintings have been found, in Munich, Germany. German authorities say more art works have been found at the apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt including a statue apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin. The task force that has been working to identify whether works in the collection were stolen by the Nazis said Thursday July 24, 2014 that the works were never seized by prosecutors, who in 2012 impounded more than 1,200 pieces by artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse that Gurlitt had hoarded in his apartment. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Mueller)BERLIN (AP) — More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces' origin said Thursday.


24 July 2014

More works found at German collector's apartment

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have found a few more art works at the apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin.

24 July 2014

China's love and dating scene laid out on stage

In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014, Wang Anqi, wearing glasses, takes part in a game to warmup before rehearsing for "The Leftover Monologues" at a cafe in Beijing. In "The Leftover Monologues,” a China-inspired version of “The Vagina Monologues,” Chinese and foreign women and men will tell their own stories of searching for a partner, their observations of love and sex, and the frenzy the thought of becoming a leftover woman - unmarried and over 27 - sends new graduates into. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover."


23 July 2014

Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie

Mary Crosby speaks on stage during the American Masters “Bing Crosby: Rediscovered" panel at the PBS 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children.


23 July 2014

Fans hop aboard exclusive train to Comic-Con

Nick Friedland of San Francisco waits for the departure of the Wikia Fan Express train to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Union Station in Los Angeles. A lucky fellowship of “Lord of the Rings” fans are forgoing the preferred method of Middle-earth transportation - that’d be horseback - to journey to Comic-Con in a private train car that’s been transformed into the Wikia Fan Express. The fan-centric social networking site and “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” publisher Warner Bros. Interactive have picked 40 fans to ride the one-of-a-kind carriage from La La Land to San Diego for the four-day pop-culture celebration, which kicks off Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR (AP) — For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.


23 July 2014

Jury reaches no verdict in Ventura defamation case

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's still no verdict as jurors try to decide whether a decorated military sniper libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.


23 July 2014

Stonestreet: Acceptance will grow for gay athletes

FILE - This Jan. 18, 2014 file photo shows actor Eric Stonestreet arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. The two-time Emmy winner plays Cameron Tucker on the hit ABC series. On the show’s season finale, he married his partner, Mitchell, in the landmark episode. Commemorating same sex marriage. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Eric Stonestreet predicts that one day, it's not going to take an act of courage for an openly gay person to play in the NFL.


23 July 2014

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Bryan Caputo, left, and Daniel Petryszyn sit during arraignment proceedings in New York state Supreme Court, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. They are two of six people who were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that took over more than 1,600 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said Wednesday. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.


23 July 2014

Musician Nas finds his family tree in PBS series

In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 photo released by PBS, from left, actor Courtney B. Vance, actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, recording artist Nas, actor Khandi Alexander and host/executive producer/writer/presenter Henry Louis Gates Jr. discuss uncovering family histories during PBS’ "Finding Your Roots," 2 session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverley Hills, Calif. In its second season, the 10-part series that traces celebrities' ancestry will focus on, among others, Nas, Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Sting, Stephen King, Derek Jeter and chef Ming Tsai. The show premieres Tuesday, September 23, 2014 and runs through November 26, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET). (AP Photo/PBS, Rahoul Ghose)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity.


23 July 2014

CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

FILE - This March 10, 2005 file photo from CBS News shows newsman Bob Schieffer in New York. CBS News will mark the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The live program moderated by Bob Schieffer features civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, actress Whoopi Goldberg and others.(AP Photo/ CBS,John Paul Filo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.


23 July 2014

Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce is finalized

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — Filmmaker Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage.