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‘The Force Awakens’ wins top honors at MTV Movie Awards

BURBANK, Calif. - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took the top prize at the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards.The audience at Warner Bros. Studios waved what looked like red and blue lightsabers as star Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams accepted the final golden popcorn trophy at Saturday night's ...

Show nixed because N.C. law is ‘evil virus’

NEW YORK - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their North Carolina concert because of the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community, said guitarist Steven Van Zandt, calling it the kind of legislation that's like an "evil virus" spreading around the ...

N.W.A. joins rock hall with 4 rockers from the 1970s

NEW YORK - N.W.A. entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday, with the groundbreaking quintet that reflected the rough streets of Los Angeles in a style known as gangster rap defiantly refuting those who suggested rappers didn't belong in the institution.They joined the rock hall in a ...

N.W.A. joins rock hall with 4 rockers

NEW YORK - N.W.A. entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday, with the groundbreaking quintet that reflected the rough streets of Los Angeles in a style known as gangster rap defiantly refuting those who suggested rappers didn't belong in the institution.They joined the rock hall in a ...

Reality TV star Daisy Lewellyn dies

LOS ANGELES - Daisy Lewellyn, who starred in Bravo's "Blood, Sweat & Heels" reality series, died Friday of a rare form of cancer, the channel said. She was 36.The California-born Lewellyn was surrounded by her family and friends, Bravo said in a statement that remembered her as a ...

Van Zandt: Show nixed because N Carolina law is ‘evil virus’

NEW YORK - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their North Carolina concert because of the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community, said guitarist Steven Van Zandt, calling it the kind of legislation that's like an "evil virus" spreading around the ...

Springsteen cancels show over N.C. law

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Bruce Springsteen has canceled his concert in North Carolina, citing the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules covering the LGBT community.In a statement on his website Friday, Springsteen said he was canceling the concert scheduled for Sunday in Greensboro ...

Nielsen says 13.3M see final ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK - An estimated 13.3 million people caught glimpses of Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood, Paula Abdul and other stars of "American Idol" on the show's apparent finale, its biggest audience in two years.In an all-Mississippi contest Thursday night, Trent Harmon beat La'Porsha Renae to ...

Vince Neil accused of battery

LAS VEGAS - Police say Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is accused of grabbing a woman's hair from behind and pulling her to the ground at a Las Vegas Strip resort. Bystander cellphone video provided to the celebrity website TMZ.com shows actor Nicolas Cage physically restraining Neil before ...

Theron back behind the wheel for ‘Fast 8’

LOS ANGELES - "Mad Max: Fury Road" star Charlize Theron is ready to rev up those engines once again in the eighth installment of the "Fast and Furious" series. Universal Pictures announced the casting Thursday on social media.Theron, who also showed off her car skills in "The Italian Job," will ...

Poet Will Alexander receives Jackson Prize

NEW YORK - Will Alexander, one of the country's most imaginative and unpredictable poets, has won the 10th annual $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.Poets & Writers, a nonprofit literary resource organization that presents the Jackson award, told The Associated Press on Thursday that ...

New ‘Star Wars’ trailer previews the story of rebels past

LOS ANGELES - The dust has barely settled from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but audiences already have a new installment to get excited for.The world got a glimpse of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in a teaser trailer that debuted Thursday on "Good Morning America" and quickly became a top ...

Country icon Merle Haggard dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.Haggard's ...

Charlie Sheen under investigation by LAPD

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police said Wednesday that actor Charlie Sheen is the subject of a criminal investigation headed by detectives from an elite stalking unit. Officer Matthew Ludwig said Sheen was listed as a suspect in a criminal investigation report received on March 31. He said ...

Harry Potter author’s chair sells for $394,000 at auction

NEW YORK - The humble chair J.K. Rowling sat on while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series was auctioned in New York City on Wednesday for $394,000.An anonymous private collector made the winning bid, Heritage Auctions said.The chair is one of four mismatched chairs given to ...

Nielsen says 14.2M watched ‘Dead’ finale

NEW YORK - A cliffhanger ending to its sixth season fascinated more than 14 million viewers of "The Walking Dead," although AMC's blockbuster hit continued to show some signs of erosion.During the final episode on Sunday, new villain Negan killed someone with a barbed wire bat he named Lucille. ...

Judge: Porsche not at fault in Walker’s death

LOS ANGELES - The widow of a man driving the Porsche that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker cannot prove the carmaker is responsible for the accident, a federal judge said.There was not enough evidence in Kristine Rodas' claims that her husband died because the Porsche Carrera GT he was ...

Rolling Stones plan to release new album this year

LONDON - The Rolling Stones are planning to release a new album, possibly this year, guitarist Ronnie Wood said Monday.The British rockers last released a studio album in 2005, but Wood said they have been in the studio and recorded some new material and some blues covers."We went in to cut ...

Bond actor calls for more funding for UN anti-mine agency

UNITED NATIONS - British actor Daniel Craig on Monday called for more funding for the U.N. agency that defuses mines and other unexploded ordnance, saying the work it does increases the chances of survival for people and aid workers in conflict zones around the world.Craig, who has played agent ...

Trainor, set to rock iHeartRadio Awards

LOS ANGELES - Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor are among the pop stars set to perform at Sunday's iHeartRadio Music Awards.The third-annual music celebration puts the focus on fan favorites, with Taylor Swift already being named winner of an award for best tour. Swift will accept the award but ...