Entertainment

Emmy hosts Che, Jost ready for fun, politics, even mishaps

LOS ANGELES — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as "Saturday Night Live" news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts. The comedians got in the mood at Thursday's rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time ...

Female artists could dominate Americana Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jason Isbell may be the leading nominee for this year's Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards show Wednesday night, but the four-time nominee faces a strong challenge from multiple female nominees aiming to add more diversity to the genre. Isbell is the sole ...

Will a ‘Saturday Night Live’ makeover boost the Emmys?

the associated press LOS ANGELES — Excited about Monday's 70th Emmy Awards? Probably not. That's an educated guess based on shrinking interest in entertainment's back-slapping ceremonies generally and television's biggest night in particular. Last year's Emmys drew 11.4 million viewers, a ...

‘The Hate U Give’ puts Black Lives Matter on the screen

the associated press In a wave of films, including a number at the Toronto Film Festival, the kinds of police brutality-inflicted tragedies that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement are being filtered into fiction film with anguished and stirring passion. They aren't the first movies ...

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

the associated press NEW YORK — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners. The musical's win for ...

Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES — Bill Daily, the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Bob Newhart Show," has died, a family spokesman said Saturday. Daily died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday, at his home where he had been living with his son, J. ...

Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age ...

Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age ...

Film academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood

LOS ANGELES — The idea to hand out a popular film Oscar has been shelved for now following widespread backlash, but film academy president John Bailey says that the new category was well-intentioned in its efforts to reflect a changing industry and misunderstood by its critics. The Academy ...

Subscription-free streaming for NFL games

the associated press NEW YORK — The good news for football fans: It's going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time ...

Sting operation recovered Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A pair of ruby slippers used in "The Wizard of Oz" and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes' insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday. The slippers were on loan to the ...

Franklin’s family says eulogy was offensive

the associated press NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin's family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor's eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul's funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address ...

Presidents, pop stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul

DETROIT — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of pop stars Friday in a singing, hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend. "Aretha's singing challenged the ...

Paul Taylor, giant of modern dance, dead at 88 in New York

NEW YORK — Paul Taylor, a towering figure in American modern dance who, in a career that spanned more than six decades, created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved lows of the human condition, has died. He was 88. Spokeswoman Lisa Labrado told The ...

Kanye West apologizes for saying slavery was ‘a choice’

The Associated Press Kanye West apologized Wednesday on a Chicago radio station for calling slavery a "choice," and he broke down on air over an old friend. "I don't know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say ...

Chris Stapleton tops list of nominees for CMA Awards

the associated press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Stapleton topped the list of finalists Tuesday with five nominations for the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards. Stapleton is vying for entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year, single of the year for "Broken Halos," album ...

Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul

the Associated Press DETROIT — Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there's no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life. It's difficult to separate the singer from the city, so you better think that her town is ...

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91

the associated press NEW YORK — Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as "The Odd Couple," ''Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91. Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia ...

‘Sister Wives’ family makes home in inclusive Arizona city

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The patriarch of the polygamous family from TV's "Sister Wives" drove around his new hometown in northern Arizona, admiring the mountain views but still thinking about the heap of boxes that needed sorting at the homes he rented for his four wives and 18 children. "We ...

Fox’s Carlson stunned by reaction to stories on South Africa

NEW YORK — Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Friday he's shocked his segments this week on a South African land reform policy should be considered an appeal to white nationalists — let alone spark an international incident. Carlson argued against a proposal that would allow the South ...