Entertainment

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

NEW YORK - The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend.DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 ...

Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

MILL VALLEY, Calif. - Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74. The singer, songwriter and bandleader-who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks-died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and ...

‘Inside Out’ sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture

LOS ANGELES - The 43rd annual Annie Awards were a joyous affair for "Inside Out." The Pixar release won the Annies' top honor and 10 awards altogether at the ceremony Saturday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Along with best animated feature, the film won best director for Peter ...

Sanders makes ‘SNL’ show with Larry David

NEW YORK - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a cameo appearance on "Saturday Night Live" three days before the New Hampshire primary, appearing in a skit with host Larry David, the comic who has done a dead-on impersonation of him.The NBC comedy show resisted the temptation ...

Lowest price for Super Bowl ticket is $3,000

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For a mere $3,000, you can attend the Super Bowl. That's the lowest price of a ticket to the big game on Sunday, according to an executive from the online ticket marketplace StubHub.Prices are holding steady, said Jason Deppen, StubHub's director of field operations. ...

Cumberbatch, Watson named Oxford fellows

LONDON - Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson have got new roles: Visiting fellows at Oxford University.The actors are among 11 non-academics to have accepted appointments at Oxford's Lady Margaret Hall. Visiting fellows are normally appointed for three years, and are encouraged to visit, dine, ...

Band’s frontman: No Super Bowl halftime show for Metallica

SAN FRANCISCO - While Metallica has steadily attracted more of a mainstream audience throughout its 35-year career, frontman James Hetfield feels they will never play the Super Bowl, and he doesn't seem to mind."As far as us playing halftime for the Super Bowl, I have a feeling that ship has ...

BMX biker Dave Mirra dies at 41

Dave Mirra did things few people could on a BMX bike, using a combination of natural ability, fearlessness and innovation to take the sport to places many never thought possible.He was a giant in the big-air world of action sports, becoming one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history ...

Scantlin pleads not guilty in vandalism case

LOS ANGELES - Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge filed after his arrest at a home he recently lost in foreclosure. Los Angeles District Attorney spokesman Greg Risling says Scantlin entered the plea Friday.The 43-year-old singer was arrested ...

Meek Mill gets 3 months house arrest for parole violation

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill.Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday ordered Mill to serve 90 days on house arrest, effective March 1, for violating the terms of his parole in a 2009 drug and ...

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

NEW YORK - Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.White, who was 74, suffered from ...

CMT to air ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ miniseries

NEW YORK - The CMT network is casting for its "Million Dollar Quartet" miniseries this month at Elvis Presley's alma mater in Memphis, Tennessee.CMT is adapting the Tony Award-winning musical on the recording sessions featuring Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis into an ...

Cosby case could hinge on 2 issues: deposition and accusers

PHILADELPHIA - With one crucial legal battle out of the way, at least two more loom in the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby: whether prosecutors can use his explosive testimony from a decade-old lawsuit, and whether other Cosby accusers can testify.On Wednesday, a judge moved the case a ...

Celine Dion to speak at Rene Angelil memorial

LAS VEGAS - Celine Dion will address the audience, but she isn't expected to sing at the memorial in Las Vegas for Rene Angelil, her husband and manager credited launching with her career.Angelil died on Jan. 14 after a long battle with throat cancer in the suburban Las Vegas home that he ...

Jimmy Buffett musical to premiere at Calif. theater

NEW YORK - The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm - the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett's blend of rock and country tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike ...

Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight’s jail privileges cut

LOS ANGELES - Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's access to visitors and phone calls have been completely cut off at the request of sheriff's investigators, court records shows.Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Friday cut Knight's access to phone calls ...

Punxsutawney Phil ‘predicts’ early spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he "predicted" an early spring."Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end? There is ...

‘Grease’ reaches 12.2 million viewers

NEW YORK - Fox's live production of "Grease" fought rain, wind and personal tragedy to emerge a winner, with its audience of 12.2 million people eclipsing viewership for the last two musicals presented on NBC.The Nielsen company said Fox's audience was more than three times what the network ...

NBC renews deal with prolific producer Wolf

NEW YORK - NBC has signed a new production deal with prolific producer Dick Wolf, ensuring an 18th season of "Law & Order: SVU" and the continuation of his Chicago trilogy of dramas.The deal, announced Monday, binds Wolf with NBC Universal through 2020, by which time he will likely have ...

Music promoter SFX files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK - The company behind the Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland music festivals has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.New York-based SFX Entertainment Inc. says, however, that its festivals and events will continue as planned. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allows ...