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Original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy heading back to theaters

NEW YORK - On the heels of "The Force Awakens," the original "Star Wars" trilogy is coming back to theaters this summer.The Alamo Drafthouse announced Tuesday that it will roll out a "Star Wars" road show beginning Aug. 6 in select cities. The three films - "A New Hope," ''The Empire Strikes ...

Move to cable costs NCAA championship game viewers

NEW YORK - Compared to last year, Jim Nantz lost more than half his audience with the NCAA men's basketball championship game's move from CBS to cable television's TBS.Just under 13.9 million people watched Villanova's last-second victory over North Carolina on TBS last week, which used the CBS ...

Lawsuit: High school gave ‘Dora’ actress a pass over vaping

NEW YORK - The teenage actress who voices Nickelodeon's spunky "Dora the Explorer" character was given special treatment after she was caught vaping in a private high school bathroom, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by another student's parents.The parents of a 14-year-old former student at ...

Gloria Steinem to produce, host TV series

NEW YORK - Gloria Steinem will host and produce a new television series on the Viceland network about the political impact of violence against women throughout the world.Viceland said Monday that the series, which will be called "Woman," will premiere on May 10.As executive producer, Steinem is ...

Sketch-comedy series ‘MADtv’ returning to TV, satire intact

LOS ANGELES - The sketch comedy series "MADtv" is making a comeback.The CW network said it will air eight new one-hour episodes. The show's format will include its signature pop-culture parodies and "politically incorrect humor," the network said Monday.Cast members were not announced, but CW ...

The Weeknd , Bieber earn Billboard Music Award nominations

LOS ANGELES - It's a sweet day to be The Weeknd. The R&B artist is leading the nominees at this year's Billboard Music Awards with 16 nods in categories such as top artist, top hot 100 song and top Billboard 200 album.Justin Bieber is following behind the "Can't Feel My Face" singer ...

‘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 ...