Entertainment

N.J. OKs $11.9M to keep Miss America pageant

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - There she is ... and she costs about $4 million more this time. A New Jersey redevelopment agency approved an $11.9 million deal to keep the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City for the next three years. That's $4 million more than the previous three-year deal as the ...

Rapper’s comments at Sanders rally spark controversy

ATLANTA - When rapper Killer Mike spoke before Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at an Atlanta rally on Tuesday night, he sparked controversy by telling supporters that "a uterus doesn't qualify you to be president of the United States."Killer Mike is the latest Sanders surrogate to use impolitic ...

Cosby loses appeal

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby's criminal sexual-assault case appears to be headed toward an evidence hearing after a judge denied his latest effort to throw the charges out.In a ruling Tuesday, the judge who refused to dismiss the case earlier this month denied Cosby's appeal of that decision.The ...

Grammys log smallest audience since 2009

NEW YORK - Monday's Grammys telecast missed a beat with the TV audience, delivering a seven-year low in viewership.The Nielsen ratings company says the music shindig aired on CBS was seen by an average 24.95 million viewers. That was 300,000 fewer viewers than for last year's edition, which was ...

Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool’ marks historic debut

LOS ANGELES - Superhero movies don't have to be PG-13 to get superhero-sized returns. "Deadpool's" historic debut proved that and then some.Ryan Reynold's foul-mouthed, fourth-wall busting character pulled in a massive $132.4 million in its first weekend in theaters, making "Deadpool" the ...

NY Fashion Week: Hilfiger sets sail with a nautical theme

The Associated PressNEW YORK - The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runway designs to the celebrity-filled front rows. Here are some recent highlights:TOMMY HILFIGER SETS SAILIf you're going to fill the cavernous, spectacular Park Avenue Armory wall to wall with ...

Tracy McGrady joining ESPN as NBA analyst

TORONTO - Former All-Star Tracy McGrady is joining ESPN as an analyst and will make regular appearances on its new daily NBA show.McGrady will appear on "The Jump," the afternoon telecast hosted by Rachel Nichols that debuts Thursday. The network says McGrady will also contribute analysis to ...

Author Pat Conroy has pancreatic cancer

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Author Pat Conroy says he has pancreatic cancer, but promises he will fight the disease hard and finish a novel he owes his fans. The 70-year-old South Carolina novelist made the announcement Monday on his Facebook page. Conroy didn't give many details about his diagnosis or a ...

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ starts filming

NEW YORK - "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has begun filming and has added Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern to its cast.The Walt Disney Co. announced that "Episode VIII" started principal photography at London's Pinewood Studios on Monday. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the "Star Wars" sequel ...

Rare Spider-Man comic headed to auction

CALVERTON, N.Y. - Walter Yakoboski scraped together nearly every penny he made as short-order cook in 1979 to begin buying a small collection of rare comic books for $10,000, hoping his boyhood passion could one day pay off as an investment.That day may soon be here.Yakoboski's copy of "Amazing ...

‘Deadpool’ debut annihilates ‘Fifty Shades’ record

LOS ANGELES - The R-rated "Deadpool" has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in U.S. theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday.The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced ...

J. Law donating $2M to hometown hospital

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Actress Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to a Kentucky hospital where she visited sick youngsters during a recent holiday trip home.The Oscar winner, a Louisville native, announced by video Friday that she's giving the money to establish the Jennifer Lawrence ...

Foner wins American History Book Prize

NEW YORK - The latest honor for Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner is a $50,000 award from the New-York Historical Society.Foner's "Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad" has received The American History Book Prize, the society announced Friday. Previous ...

Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine’s Day massacre

CHICAGO - Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine's Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago's most infamous gangland killing.The reports were recently unearthed with inquest transcripts from a warehouse after eight decades, ...

Alabama Shakes ready to rock the Grammys

LOS ANGELES - Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes remembers a being nervous, fresh-faced, first-time nominee at the Grammys back in 2013."It was all (like), 'Well, what's going to happen. What? Ahhh, it was really stressful. What is this? What do I do? Go here, go there; Staples Center. What?" ...

Concerts postponed for Manilow after surgery

NEW YORK - Barry Manilow has been forced to postpone two concerts following a rough week of oral surgery.Manilow had surgery twice earlier this week, and still managed to make a concert in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday. But after that, he was brought back to Los Angeles for surgery Friday ...

The volume cranked, Kanye West drops album, Yeezy collection

NEW YORK - The volume high and anticipation higher, Kanye West spent more than an hour Thursday at Madison Square Garden blasting his new album to a cheering crowd of about 20,000 as models stood high on a platform wearing his new shoe and clothing collection.It was an emotional moment for West ...

Trump settles lawsuit against Univision

NEW YORK - Donald Trump and Univision said Thursday they have resolved the lawsuit that the Republican presidential contender filed after the company decided last summer not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.Trump owned the pageants at the time, but has since sold them. ...

Odom shows up to West fashion show

NEW YORK - Lamar Odom made his public return at brother-in-law Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show on Thursday.Odom's appearance marked the first time he'd attended a public event since he was hospitalized in critical condition in Las Vegas in October 2015 after he was found unconscious at ...

Arkansas justice cites Johnny Cash in dissent over cash bail

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A ruling that defendants can be required to pay their bail in cash drew objections Thursday from Arkansas' Supreme Court chief justice, who cited a man who had strong opinions about the legal system: Johnny Cash.Interim Chief Justice Howard Brill cited Cash's song ...