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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 ...

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 ...

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' ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

HBO, ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Globes in TV nods

NEW YORK — The actors from HBO's limited series "Big Little Lies" will have quite an internal competition at the Golden Globes next month. Powerhouse actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are both nominated for best actress for a limited TV series, while colleagues Laura Dern, ...

‘Coco’ tops box office again before ‘Star Wars’ hits

LOS ANGELES — The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million. The weekend's sole new ...

Bada bing! New Jersey whacks ‘Sopranos’ strip club

LODI, N.J. — A New Jersey strip club that served as a favorite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO's "The Sopranos" has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate possible real-life crimes. Scenes at the show's fictional Bada Bing club were shot inside Satin Dolls in Lodi. On ...

Ventura glad legal battle against ‘American Sniper’ is over

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura denounced the late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle on Monday as an "American Liar" and said he feels vindicated in his five-year legal battle against the former Navy SEAL and his estate, though he declined to say how much his settlement is ...