Entertainment

‘Ready Player One’ takes Spielberg back and to the future

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Ernest Cline's novel "Ready Player One," the main character drives a DeLorean because of "Back to the Future," and uses a grail diary because of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." The films of Steven Spielberg loom large in the story littered with pop culture ...

Experts: Prince toxicology report shows very high drug level

MINNEAPOLIS — A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his ...

NBC lands Indy 500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Indianapolis 500, an American staple on ABC for 53 years, will have a new television home next season. In fact, the entire IndyCar package is moving to NBC in 2019 in what could turn out to be an exceptional deal for the series because of promised increased ...

Fox military analyst says network makes him ashamed

NEW YORK (AP) — A military analyst for Fox News said Tuesday that he was quitting the network because he believed it had turned into a propaganda machine for President Donald Trump's administration. Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army officer, said he told Fox at the beginning of the month ...

Comedy Central’s Klepper gathers with gun activists

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central's Jordan Klepper is planning a slumber party for young activists pushing for action on gun control. Klepper is taking Thursday's episode of his show, "The Opposition," out of a New York studio and into the living room of a private home in the Bethesda, ...

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share the theme that guided his compositions — something she could pass along to her students ...

New film reveals Miss Piggy’s backstory

LOS ANGELES — Only Miss Piggy's creator knows the depths of her tragic origin story. Frank Oz, who gave life to the character in the early 1970s, says Piggy left her hometown farm for life in the big city after her dad died in a tractor accident and she had a falling out with her ...

George Lucas breaks ground on LA’s Museum of Narrative Art

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wielding a silver shovel instead of a lightsaber, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas joined a handful of elected officials Wednesday in breaking ground on a billion-dollar museum dedicated to the art of visual storytelling. Construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, ...

Review: Stone Temple Pilots still rocking with new singer

Stone Temple Pilots, "Stone Temple Pilots" (Rhino Records) Everything from the 1990s seems to be making a comeback these days, from "The X-Files" and "Will & Grace" to the Spice Girls and velour tracksuits. So is it time for Stone Temple Pilots? Totally, as the kids said back ...

‘American Idol’ tries for a second act on ABC

LOS ANGELES — In its heyday, "American Idol" dominated television and online chatter. It even inspired a New Yorker cartoonist. "The voices in my head want to sing on 'American Idol," a patient confides to his shrink in a 2006 Leo Cullum panel, proof of its cultural imprint. Two years ...

Fox invites viewers ‘inside’ the mind of O.J. Simpson

NEW YORK — Fox TV is offering viewers a chance to go "inside" O.J. Simpson's head when it airs a previously unseen 2006 interview in which he theorizes about what happened the night his ex-wife was murdered. Airing Sunday, "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?" will include the ex-football ...

CBS’ O’Donnell interviews Saudi Arabia’s crown prince

NEW YORK — CBS' Norah O'Donnell traveled to Saudi Arabia to conduct an the first U.S. television interview with that country's de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to run on "60 Minutes" shortly before he visits the United States. O'Donnell said Wednesday it took nearly two ...

‘The Walking Dead’ has worst showing in years

NEW YORK — It wasn't so long ago that zombies, and "The Walking Dead," were all the rage. This week's ratings show how that's faded. The latest episode of the AMC series was seen by 6.82 million viewers on Sunday, the drama's smallest audience since 2012. For the youthful 18-to-49-year-old ...

Founder of Tower Records chain dies at 92

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Russell Solomon, founder of the Tower Records chain that became a global phenomenon and changed the way people consumed music, has died. He was 92. Solomon died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack while drinking whiskey and watching the Oscars, said his son, ...

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Coco’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ win at the Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Toggling between Hollywood's past sins and its changing future, the 90th Academy Awards confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era in a ceremony punctuated by political moments and historic wins, including Netflix's first feature-film award and the transgender drama "A Fantastic ...

Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is a winner in retirement, too. The former Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar in the animated short category for "Dear Basketball," a poem he wrote after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016. He'll add it to an already jammed trophy collection that ...

PBS ‘Weinstein’ studies why alleged sex misconduct persisted

NEW YORK— In making a documentary about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, PBS' "Frontline" wanted to focus less on what he did than on how the alleged sexual misconduct went on for so long. "Weinstein" airs Friday on most PBS stations, two nights before the Academy Awards. Its ...

Bollywood mourners grieve for Sridevi

MUMBAI, India — Lining up for hours and visibly grief-stricken, thousands of mourning fans paid their respects to Bollywood icon Sridevi, who redefined the importance of the lead actress in India's male-dominated film industry. She died in Dubai over the weekend and her body was flown home ...

Long kryptonite to superheroes, the Oscars begin to relent

NEW YORK — Aside from the posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") and best animated film for "The Incredibles," no superhero film has ever penetrated the top categories of the Academy Awards. Though regular honorees for their bombastic visual effects or thunderous, ...

Vatican, Versace and Vogue team up for Met’s spring exhibit

ROME — The Vatican, Versace and Vogue are joining forces to show off the Catholic influences in fashion. The Vatican's culture minister joined Donatella Versace and Vogue's Anna Wintour on Monday to offer sneak peek of gorgeous Vatican liturgical vestments, jeweled miters and historic ...