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Ambassadors for Motown sound seek more of it in hometown

DETROIT — From the auditorium of Detroit's main library on a recent weeknight emerged the sound of Motown: Spirited takes of tunes that sprung from a studio just a few miles away and made their way around the world. Some of Detroit's best singers and musicians breathed new life into beloved ...

Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez is boxing’s new $365 million man. Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal that his promotional company says is the richest athlete contract in sports history, guaranteeing the Mexican middleweight champion at least that much money to have his fights shown on the ...

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Can there be a "Roseanne" without Roseanne? The answer is yes, indeed. There can even be a pretty good sitcom. And you might not miss her that much. ABC on Tuesday night aired the first episode of "The Conners," a spinoff of "Roseanne" without Roseanne ...

Prince Harry and Meghan’s child on way

CANBERRA, Australia — They both wanted children. They knew it was time. Meghan had ended her acting career and moved to Britain to be a full-time royal. Prince Harry had stepped down from the military and wanted to settle down. Their marriage was a five-star glamour blowout: the spectacular ...

Melania Trump says she loves Trump, ignores cheating rumors

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump says she loves President Donald Trump and has "much more important things to think about" than allegations he cheated on her with a porn star, a Playboy Playmate or anyone else. Mrs. Trump, who was interviewed by ABC while touring Africa last week, said people are ...

Manhattan DA drops part of Harvey Weinstein case

NEW YORK — Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations. Weinstein, 66, ...

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

WASHINGTON — Live from the Oval Office, it's Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn't rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen ...

Carell and Chalamet on bonding for the film ‘Beautiful Boy’

the associated press TORONTO — Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet both knew the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" hinged on the father-son relationship. The movie is based on the twin memoirs of David Sheff and his son, Nic, about each's perspective on Nic's decade-long, nearly fatal plunge ...

Taylor Swift performs, Cardi B wins at American Music Awards

the associated press Taylor Swift kicked off the American Music Awards with an explosive performance and Cardi B won the first award of the night, dedicating the honor to her daughter. Cardi B beat out Drake and Post Malone for favorite rap/hip-hop artist during Tuesday night's show at the ...

Netflix to bring new US production hub to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. It's the company's first ...

Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale

LONDON — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had ...

#MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail

LOS ANGELES — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells. And it's increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm. Harvey Weinstein has been charged with sexual ...

‘Walking Dead’ star trades arc of weapons for arc of story

SENOIA, Ga. — Andrew Lincoln will no longer evade the arc of a knife, a bullet or a bloody baseball bat wrapped with razor wire on the Georgia set where AMC's "The Walking Dead" is filmed. The show's upcoming ninth season, which premieres Sunday night, will be the last for his character, ...

28 year prison sentence for ‘Suge’ Knight

THE Associated press LOS ANGELES — Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for mowing down and killing a Compton businessman in a case that completed the former rap music mogul's downfall from his heyday as one of the biggest — and most feared — names in the ...

A year after Weinstein, Hollywood is still soul-searching

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — After Rashida Jones exited Pixar's "Toy Story 4" in 2017 she noted that the studio, after 25 years in business, had not made a single feature film directed by a woman, calling it "a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative ...

Real Peggy Sue, of 1958 Buddy Holly song fame, dies

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died Monday at University Medical Center, according to UMC spokesman Eric Finley. She was 78. The family gave the hospital permission to ...

For Gaga, Cooper, cast, ‘A Star Is Born’ hits close to home

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS When Bradley Cooper saw Lady Gaga perform "La Vie en Rose" at a fundraiser at the home of entrepreneur Sean Parker, it wasn't one of the important moments along the road to making "A Star Is Born." It was, Cooper says, THE moment. "She demolished the room," he recalls, ...

Post-Kevin Spacey, Old Vic ‘guardians’ fight workplace abuse

LONDON — A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in ...

Joe Masteroff, story writer for the musical ‘Cabaret,’ dies

NEW YORK — Joe Masteroff, the Tony Award-winning story writer of the brilliant, edgy musical "Cabaret" and the touching, romantic "She Loves Me," has died. He was 98. Masteroff died Friday at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, said The Roundabout Theatre Company, which produced ...

New Tom Petty set a form of therapy for his family and band

NEW YORK — Tom Petty's family and former band members say it was like therapy to compile a four-disc box set of his music so quickly after he died. "An American Treasure" went on sale Friday, four days short of a year after Petty died at age 66 of cardiac arrest. He and his band the ...