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‘Greatest Showman’ film stirs new interest in PT Barnum

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Hollywood film on the life of the founder of the Barnum & Bailey circus is stirring new interest in the man, P.T. Barnum, who besides his turn as a master showman was a state legislator, philanthropist and mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. There's been an increase ...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, The Egyptian Theatre is pictured on the eve of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This year's film festival runs through Jan. 28, 2018.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Hot-button topics coalesce at the Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has always been a place for boundary-pushing programming, but from the Me Too movement, to diversity and representation in film and even the current presidency, this year the snowy mountain town of Park City, Utah, is primed to be an epicenter of conversation around ...

U.S. actor Will Ferrell holds up a toy wombat during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia via AP)

Comedian Will Ferrell brings laughs to the Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — American actor and comedian Will Ferrell isn't just at the Australian Open this week for the tennis. He also came to (jokingly) announce his retirement from acting. "I have kind of done all the movies I want to do. It's a great way to go out," Ferrell told the media ...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, President and CEO Paula Kerger speaks at the PBS's Executive Session at the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. PBS, which dealt with sexual misconduct allegations in its own backyard, will air a series examining the pressing social issue. The five-part series, "#MeToo, Now What?" will address how we got here and how "we can use this moment to effect positive and lasting change," Kerger said Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

PBS series examines sexual misconduct

PASADENA, Calif. — PBS, which dealt with sexual misconduct allegations in its own backyard, will air a series examining the pressing social issue. The five-part series, "#MeToo, Now What?" will address how we got here and how "we can use this moment to effect positive and lasting change," ...

FILE - In this April 30, 2004 file photo, singer Dolores O'Riordan poses for photographers at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2007, in London. Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, has died. She was 46, it was reported Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File)

Dolores O’Riordan, voice of The Cranberries, dies at 46

LONDON — Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. The singer-songwriter's publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O'Riordan died in London, where she ...

Expletives dot the weekend TV comedy and sports landscape

PASADENA, Calif. — Expletives dotted the weekend television landscape. On "Saturday Night Live," guest host Sam Rockwell let one slip during a skit. He was playing an increasingly frustrated TV science host trying to lead two clueless students through an experiment. "You can't be this ...

This image released by HBO shows the late music legend David Bowie in a scene from the documentary, "David Bowie:The Last Five Years," which debuted Jan. 8 on HBO. ( Jimmy King/ HBO via AP)

Filmmaker revisits Bowie to document final years

NEW YORK — After British filmmaker Francis Whately captured David Bowie in his 2013 film, "David Bowie: Five Years," he thought documenting the life of his musical hero was complete. Turns out he was mistaken. The end of Bowie's life was equally interesting to Whately as he centers on the ...

If Winfrey runs, CBS News faces potential conflict

PASADENA, Calif. — In an odd twist, fellow hosts of "CBS This Morning" turned to their colleague Gayle King — famous friend of Oprah Winfrey — for an interview Tuesday about whether her pal would run for president. If a Winfrey candidacy moves beyond idle chatter, one of the leading ...

Oprah speech has Democrats buzzing about possible 2020 run

DES MOINES, Iowa — Oprah Winfrey's impassioned call for "a brighter morning even in our darkest nights" at the Golden Globes has Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race — even if it's only a fantasy. Even so, for Democrats in early ...

John Densmore shows the new street sign during The second annual "Day Of The Doors" event in Encino, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz unveils an intersecting street signs for Morrison Street and Densmore Avenue in Encino, in honor of founding band members Jim Morrison and John Densmore. (Ed Crisostomo/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

2 members of rock’s Doors are joined in signage on LA street

LOS ANGELES— As the drummer for the Doors, John Densmore's name has been inexorably linked with that of lead singer Jim Morrison's for more than half a century. Now those names are connected by signs as well, on a street not far from where the seminal rock band, arguably Los Angeles' ...

FILE - In this May 15, 2017, file photo, television personalities Kim Kardashian West, left, and Khloe Kardashian attend the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Kardashians of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” are in the middle of a baby boom. The latest baby bombshell came from sister Khloe Kardashian, who announced a few days before Christmas on Instagram that she’s expecting her first with boyfriend basketball star Tristan Thompson. Kim Kardashian West, meanwhile, is awaiting her third with hubby Kanye West via surrogate. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Keeping up the Kardashians, 2.0

NEW YORK — They Dream. They Reign. One points North and another is a Saint. We're talking about the Kardashians 2.0 and their numbers are rising on the regular as the reality TV and makeup mogul family of Ks and Jenners gets busy with a baby boom. The only ones in the multimillion-dollar ...

FILE- In this April 1, 2002, file photo, actress and comedian Rose Marie talks to the press as she arrives for a ceremony honoring comedian Milton Berle at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. Family spokesman Harlan Boll said Marie, the wisecracking Sally Rogers of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. She was 94. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Actress Rose Marie of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ fame dies at 94

LOS ANGELES — Rose Marie, the wisecracking Sally Rogers of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and a show business lifer who began as a bobbed-hair child star in vaudeville and worked for nearly a century in theater, radio, TV and movies, died Thursday. She was 94. Marie had been resting in bed at ...

FILE - In this July 27, 2012, file photo, Connie Britton, left, and Hayden Panettiere attend the "Nashville" panel at the Disney ABC TCA Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Nashville” survived one previous cancellation, but the final curtain call is coming for the TV melodrama when the sixth and final season premieres Jan. 4, 2018, on CMT. Although the show hasn’t been high in the ratings, fans were loyal to the country music drama starring Britton and Panettiere. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

Stars and fans say goodbye to “Nashville” in final season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — "Nashville" survived one previous cancellation, but the final curtain call is coming for the TV melodrama about the trials and tribulations of country music stars. Lionsgate announced in November that after 120 episodes, the time had come for the series to end. The sixth ...

This image released by Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday, Dec. 15, 2017,  that eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from Thursday night showings. (Lucasfilm via AP)

‘The Last Jedi’ collects almost $100M at holiday box office

LOS ANGELES — "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" claimed the biggest Christmas haul over the four-day holiday weekend, adding almost $100 million to its coffers, according to box office figures released Tuesday. Four new releases couldn't catch the intergalactic juggernaut. Of the new films, ...

In this undated handout photo, actors David Bradley and Peter Capaldi in a scene from the Christmas episode of the show “Doctor Who“. The global success of the venerable sci-fi series means that fans around the world will also tune in Saturday to watch Peter Capaldi's final adventure as the space-hopping Time Lord known as the Doctor. (Simon Ridgway/ BBC Worlwide Limited via AP)

Who’s next: End of an era as “Doctor Who” gets a new star

LONDON — For millions of Britons, a traditional Christmas Day includes turkey, brussels sprouts, Christmas pudding — and a special seasonal episode of "Doctor Who." The global success of the venerable sci-fi series means that fans around the world will also tune in Monday to watch Peter ...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017 photo, Will Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the European premiere of the Netflix film 'Bright' in London.  Smith is at it again as a sci-fi cop in the new Netflix film “Bright.” The film, in select theaters and on Netflix starting Dec. 22, has not been well reviewed. No matter. Smith said at the Dec. 13 Los Angeles premiere he no longer considers each project as make or break.  (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

What makes Will Smith’s world ‘Bright’ – money, he jokes

LOS ANGELES — "Just money. Lots of money." So goes Will Smith's tongue-in-cheek summation of why he took on what has turned into one of the worst reviewed films of the season, the big-budget Netflix release "Bright." The seasoned film cop and science fiction star does it all over again, ...

When it comes to holiday cards, which celebs do it right?

NEW YORK — Holiday cards of the paper and stamp variety still get sent, so what does that look like celebrity to celebrity? Hugh Jackman of "The Greatest Showman" wasn't giving up any names, but he told The Associated Press recently there does sometimes feel like a competition this time of ...

Fox’s version of ‘Christmas Story’ fails to excite television viewers

NEW YORK — To judge by the collective shrug that viewers greeted Fox's performance of "A Christmas Story Live!," the fascination with live theater on television may have run its course. The Nielsen company said that Fox's telecast was seen by 4.52 million viewers on Sunday night. That's ...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, announced Thursday, Dec. 14, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

NEW YORK — Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney's all-stock deal for the Murdoch family's 21st Century ...

NBC’s ‘Today’ in ratings lead after Lauer’s firing

NEW YORK — Matt who? NBC's "Today" show was the most-watched morning program for the first full week after long-time host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges. The Nielsen company said it was the first time in a year that "Today" had beaten its rival "Good Morning ...