Entertainment

College basketball helps CBS, TBS in television ratings

NEW YORK - College basketball's March Madness is lifting CBS and its cable partner TBS in the television ratings.CBS' telecast of the Villanova-Kansas matchup to decide a place in the Final Four brought 11.6 million people to CBS on Saturday, typically a quiet night for broadcast television. ...

‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ helps Make-a-Wish

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The former "Most Interesting Man in the World" who appeared in Dos Equis beer commercials for nine years is lending his gravelly voice and bearded face to a Vermont cause: Make-a-Wish Foundation Vermont.Jonathan Goldsmith will star in public service announcements for the ...

Janice Dickinson vows to fight back against breast cancer

LOS ANGELES - Model and TV host Janice Dickinson has revealed that she's got breast cancer and vows to battle the disease. "Janice is going to fight and she will not let this diagnosis define her. She wants to encourage all women to have regular checkups, as that is how her cancer was ...

Barbara Cook’s return to stage postponed

NEW YORK - Barbara Cook's return to a New York stage in a show about her life has been postponed.Producers said Monday that "Barbara Cook: Then and Now," conceived by James Lapine and directed by Tommy Tune, will not be staged this spring at the New World Stages complex. In a statement, ...

Jim Harrison enjoyed it all to the very end

NEW YORK - The last days of author Jim Harrison were not unlike so many days before: work, friends, cigarettes, vodka. Best known for "Legends of the Fall," Harrison died Saturday afternoon at age 78, found at his home in Patagonia, Arizona. According to his neighbor of 18 years, author and ...

Martin, Brickell perform on Broadway

NEW YORK - Broadway fans were treated to a surprise performance by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at the end of their new musical, "Bright Star."The cast had taken their bows to a standing ovation when part of the set was rotated to reveal Martin and Brickell to thunderous applause at the ...

Earl Hamner Jr., creator of “Waltons”, dies at 92

LOS ANGELES - Earl Hamner Jr., the versatile and prolific writer who drew upon his Depression-era upbringing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to create one of television's most beloved family shows, "The Waltons," has died. He was 92.Hamner died in Los Angeles and had recently been ...

Wrong number? Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight

NEW YORK - In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump's fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions.Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political ...

U2 to be honored at iHeartRadio Awards

LOS ANGELES - U2 will be honored with the Innovator Award at this year's iHeartRadio Music Awards for their impact on popular culture and commitment to social causes.IHeartMedia announced Friday that the special honor will be given to the rock band during the awards show in Los Angeles on April ...

Snoop Dogg to host new show ‘Planet Snoop’

LOS ANGELES - Snoop Dogg has heard the call of the wild. The rapper is providing commentary for nature and other videos on "Planet Snoop," a new series on his website. The world learned of Snoop's skill as nature host when his parodies of the "Plant Earth" series aired on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel ...

Rolling Stones gear up for historic free concert in Cuba

HAVANA - Tens of thousands of jubilant Cubans and tourists swarmed the site of the Rolling Stones' free concert in Havana Friday, calling it a historic moment for a country that once forced rock fans to listen to their favorite music behind closed doors.Coming two days after Barack Obama ...

Garry Shandling dies

LOS ANGELES - Garry Shandling, who as an actor and comedian masterminded a brand of self-inflicted phony docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show," has died.Los Angeles Police officer Tony Im said Shandling died Thursday in Los Angeles of an undisclosed cause. He was 66.Im said fire officials ...

CBS leads with Daytime Emmy nods

NEW YORK - CBS led with 77 nominations overall while its daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" led with 27 nods when nominations were announced Thursday for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy awards. TV's remaining trio of soap operas, "General Hospital" (24 nominations), "The Bold and the ...

‘Batman v Superman’ signals a new dawn for DC Comics

NEW YORK - "Batman v Superman" may be a massive movie - a $250 million globe-trotting blockbuster with a pulverizing marketing assault - but it's just the opening salvo of a much larger campaign that aims to restore DC Comics to prominence in Marvel-dominated multiplexes.It has not gotten off ...

Jean Seberg documentary at CR Film Festival

CEDAR RAPIDS - The award-winning documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is an official selection at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival and will be showcased at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion April 1 and 2. Show times and ticket information will ...

The Young Irelanders to perform Live on Stage

Live On Stage, Inc. and Live on Stage Marshalltown present Irish Culture brought to light as part of their 2015-16 Concert Season. Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song and dance running through their veins, their electrifying performance ...

Fifth annual Eat.Drink.Architecture event in Des Moines

DES MOINES - The Iowa Architectural Foundation announced the upcoming fifth annual Eat.Drink.Architecture fundraising event. This progressive food, drink and architectural tour of downtown Des Moines will be held on April 16.The journey begins at the brand new Iowa Taproom at noon and will ...

Comedian Gill performs free show at ISU

AMES - Comedian Dan Gill will perform a free stand-up comedy show at Iowa State University on March 31. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. for the 9 p.m. performance at the Maintenance Shop in the Memorial Union.Gill is fast-rising actor and comedian hailing from Coralville. He's recently been seen ...

Worlds collide in ‘Batman v Superman’

Zac Snyder's thundering and grim "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates.And just as has often been said of this election year, "Batman v Superman" takes a once almost charming ...

‘Completely Hollywood Abridged’ at Old Creamery

AMANA - Completely Hollywood Abridged opens March 31 and runs through April 17 on the Old Creamery's Studio Stage, with shows on Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. The Old Creamery Theatre's Studio Stage is an intimate venue that features classics and new, ...