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After 40 years, Grammy show producer bows out his way

LOS ANGELES — With this Sunday’s Grammy ceremony to be his last after 40 years of producing it, Ken Ehrlich could be excused for creating a few moments in the show to look back on his own legacy, which includes creating indelible moments that will live in pop consciousness forever: Aretha ...

Aerosmith drummer loses bid to rejoin band for Grammy honors

BOSTON — A judge has told Aerosmith’s drummer Joey Kramer to dream on if he hopes to rejoin the band as its set to perform and be honored at Grammy events this week. Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea on Wednesday denied Kramer’s request to order the band, whose first hit ...

James Dean revival spurs debate on raising the digital dead

LOS ANGELES — The men bringing James Dean back to life for a forthcoming film are aiming not just to give his digital likeness a role, but a whole new career. Dean’s planned appearance in the Vietnam War movie “Finding Jack,” and the possibility of future parts, comes as digital ...

Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties

LONDON — Prince Harry said Sunday that he felt “great sadness” but found “no other option” to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan’s royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life. The comments were Harry’s first public remarks since his split from the royal ...

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up ‘highness’ titles

LONDON — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians. Prince Harry and wife Meghan will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds for their work under a deal that lets the couple step aside as working royals, Buckingham Palace ...

Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada

SANDRINGHAM, England — Britain’s pragmatic queen brokered a deal Monday to secure the future of the monarchy, charting a course for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, that allows them to live part time in Canada while still remaining firmly tied to the House of Windsor. The decision ...

‘Holy Grail’ digital effects rewinding the clock for actors

LONDON — With Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” expected to battle “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood” and “1917” for the best picture Oscar in February, all eyes are on the special effects team that made the sprawling crime epic possible. “The Irishman” unfolds over ...

Challenges, distractions stymie Weinstein jury selection

NEW YORK — The already contentious jury selection at the trial of Harvey Weinstein was stymied by more challenges and distractions Friday: denied defense requests to disqualify numerous prospective jurors and a noisy anti-Weinstein protest. Dozens of women danced in formation and sang on ...

Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA on eve of NY trial

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. The case, brought by ...

Globes special award: DeGeneres thanks ‘power of television’

NEW YORK — Ellen DeGeneres turned her spotlight at the Golden Globe Awards into a very personal stand-up routine, gently mocking traditional award show speeches and ultimately thanking “the power of television.” The pioneering sitcom star, TV talk-show host and game-show MC was handed ...

McGowan and Arquette reflect as Weinstein trial approaches

NEW YORK — Rose McGowan doesn’t plan be in the courtroom when Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial starts next week: One of Weinstein’s most prominent accusers, McGowan says the trauma the fallen Hollywood mogul caused her is so great she couldn’t bear the pain of it. But Rosanna ...

Survivor of boat disaster: ‘Sleeping to swimming’ in minutes

JUNEAU, Alaska — A survivor of a Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming” in minutes as rough seas and ice threatened to sink their vessel on New Year’s Eve. “On the 31st, we just started listing really hard on ...

T.S. Eliot letters to muse to be unveiled after 60 years

After more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled this week, and scholars hope they will reveal the extent of a relationship that’s been speculated about for decades. Many consider ...

NYPD: Times Square safest place on Earth for New Year’s Eve

NEW YORK — New York City’s counterterrorism czar expects Times Square to be “the safest place on the planet Earth” on New Year’s Eve. Thousands of police officers will be on duty for Tuesday night’s festivities, along with specialized units armed with long guns, bomb-sniffing dogs ...

Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a ...

DJ Don Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79

NEW YORK — Radio personality Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died. He was 79. Imus died Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center ...

Los Angeles prosecutors reviewing 8 cases against Weinstein

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing eight cases accusing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, an official said Thursday. The Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments each brought four investigations to prosecutors, according to Ricardo ...

‘Just Mercy’ aims for justice on death row, and in Hollywood

NEW YORK — Michael B. Jordan doesn’t usually get star struck. Bryan Stevenson had a different effect on him. Stevenson, whom Jordan plays in the legal drama “Just Mercy,” has led one of the most successful efforts to combat mass incarceration and racial injustices in the United States ...

Dancer born with one hand makes Radio City Rockettes history

NEW YORK — A dancer born with one hand is the first person with a visible disability ever hired by New York’s famed Radio City Rockettes. “I don’t want to be known as the dancer who has one hand, and not because that’s a bad thing,” Sydney Mesher, who joined the Rockettes this ...

30-plus years of ‘Garfield’ comic strips to sell at auction

DALLAS — Cartoonist Jim Davis is offering up more than 11,000 “Garfield” comic strips hand-drawn on paper in an auction that will stretch into the coming years, with at least a couple of strips featuring the always-hungry orange cat with a sardonic sense of humor available ...