Entertainment

Clinton courts youth with celebs, but many prefer Sanders

IOWA CITY - Hillary Clinton has a lot of celebrity pals on her side, like actress Lena Dunham and singers Katy Perry or Demi Lovato, the latter of whom belted out hits at a campaign concert at the University of Iowa.It's a play to help the former secretary of state connect with younger voters. ...

No charges against Chris Brown in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Authorities in Las Vegas say R&B singer Chris Brown won't be charged with a crime based on a woman's complaint about a New Year's weekend altercation in a casino resort hotel room. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Monday that he met Wednesday with detectives ...

Gabrielle Union: Who is Stacey Dash?

PARK CITY, Utah - Actress Gabrielle Union is taking aim at Stacey Dash after the Fox News contributor last week questioned the BET channel's existence. When asked about Dash's comments at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "The Birth of a Nation" on Monday, Union first replied, "Who's that? ...

Damon says more needed to support diversity

PARK CITY, Utah - Matt Damon says the movie business has "a long, long, long way to go" when it comes to diversity. Hollywood must do "much, much, much more" to reflect the audiences who watch movies, the best actor nominee told The Associated Press on Saturday. "We're talking about huge ...

Tina Fey returns as Sarah Palin on ‘SNL,’ Oscars parodied

NEW YORK - Tina Fey returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise her impression of Sarah Palin and give a rambling, sometimes-rhyming endorsement to Donald Trump.The sketch kicked off the cold open to "SNL" on Saturday, with Fey and Darrell Hammond skewering the former Alaska governor's ...

‘The Revenant’ braves the blizzard with $16M at box office

NEW YORK - The snowy frontier saga "The Revenant" weathered a blizzard-ravaged box office.Weekend movie-going was affected up and down the East Coast by Winter Storm Jonas, which forced theater closures in Washington D.C. and New York, and caused hundreds of theaters to suspend showings. Studio ...

Spike Lee lauds academy changes

PARK CITY, Utah - Spike Lee applauds the Academy for making changes to increase diversity in its ranks, but he is still skipping the Oscars."We have principles," Lee said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I commend the Academy for what they've done. But that does not change our mind. ...

Biennale names curator to head next art exhibit

MILAN - The Venice Biennale has named the chief curator of the Pompidou Center to oversee the next contemporary art exhibit in 2017. Paolo Baratta, the president of Venice Biennale, said in a statement Saturday that Christine Macel was chosen for her commitment "to emphasizing the important ...

Police: Driver hits gazebo featured in Chevy Chase movie

TOWNSHEND, Vt. - Vermont state police say a drunken driver drove across a town common and struck a gazebo that was featured in the 1988 Chevy Chase movie "Funny Farm."Police say a 71-year-old Connecticut man was charged with driving under the influence after the accident that occurred at 9:42 ...

Actress Dash: BET lies to black people

NEW YORK - Don't look for actress and Fox News Channel contributor Stacey Dash to be working on any more BET shows for a while.Dash questioned the black-oriented network's very existence this week and wouldn't back down despite criticism. She wrote on her website that BET lies to its viewers ...

Young Dro arrested on a drug charge in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Police say rapper Young Dro has been arrested on a drug charge at Atlanta's international airport.Clayton County Police Department spokeswoman Charlene Watson-Fraser says Young Dro was arrested Thursday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Fraser says officers found ...

Film academy president: ‘We need to step this up’

Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says that despite the organization's internal efforts toward inclusion, a second year of all-white acting Oscar nominees made her think, "We need to step this up."Boone Isaacs announced Friday that the academy will double the number of female and ...

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott

NEW YORK - Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees."My wife's not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize (Theron)," said Smith on ...

NY group cancels 2016 music festival

BEACON, N.Y. - The annual Hudson Valley music festival that folk singer Pete Seeger staged for decades has been canceled this year because of financial difficulties, the environmental conservation group that hosts the event said Thursday.The board of directors for the Beacon-based Hudson River ...

Film gives look at Gleason’s life with Lou Gehrig’s disease

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason was never going to turn a film documenting his life with Lou Gehrig's disease into a sanitized, feel-good story of triumph in the face of tragedy.Arguably more famous now for how he lives with ALS than he ever was for football, ...

Football dominates the TV ratings, helping Penn

NEW YORK - Football dominated the past week in the television ratings - and Sean Penn was among the beneficiaries.The Nielsen company said Sunday's edition of CBS' "60 Minutes" was seen by 20.6 million viewers, its largest audience since a postelection interview with President-elect Barack ...

‘Wicked Tuna’ star pleads guilty to fraud

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A man once featured on the reality television show "Wicked Tuna" has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Vermont he received government benefits while he was fishing on the show. Fifty-year-old Paul Hebert (HE-burt), of Gloucester, Massachusetts, appeared Wednesday in U.S. ...

John Legend, Colombian star Juanes perform outside jail

ELOY, Ariz. - Colombian musician Juanes and singer John Legend met immigrants at a jail in Arizona on Wednesday before performing for a small crowd outside the facility to draw attention to immigration.The Grammy winners each played two songs separately and one together - Bob Marley's ...

Don Felder mourns death of Glenn Frey

NEW YORK - Don Felder had still not given up on speaking again to Glenn Frey. The former Eagles guitarist, estranged from Frey and the other band members since he was forced out in 2001, told The Associated Press that he felt "unbelievable sorrow" when he learned of Frey's death."He was kind of ...

Average movie ticket up to a record $8.70

NEW YORK - The average movie ticket has hit a record high of $8.70.The National Association of Theatre Owners said Tuesday that was the average ticket price in the fourth quarter of 2015. It's up 40 cents, or almost 5 percent, from the same period the year prior. Over the full year of 2015, the ...