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Swift questions AMAs performance over fight with music group

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift said Thursday that she may not perform at the American Music Awards and may have to put other projects including a forthcoming Netflix documentary on hold because the men who own her old recordings won’t allow her to play her songs. “Right now my performance ...

Katy Perry to perform at World T20 final on Women’s Day

MELBOURNE, Australia — Katy Perry will perform before and after the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket final on International Women’s Day as organizers bid to set a world record for attendance. Perry will perform March 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what is tipped to be the biggest ...

Vanna White hosts ‘Wheel of Fortune’ after Sajak has surgery

LOS ANGELES — “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak had to have emergency surgery, and his longtime co-host Vanna White will fill in for him while he recovers. The show said in a statement that Thursday’s taping was canceled as the 73-year-old Sajak underwent successful surgery to correct ...

Bale and Damon go into overdrive for ‘Ford v Ferrari’

NEW YORK — France’s legendary Le Mans race, the central contest depicted in James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” runs more than 3,000 miles over the course of 24 hours. But that’s nothing compared to the distance Christian Bale had to cover coming off playing Dick Cheney in ...

Study finds LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV

LOS ANGELES — “Pose” and “Batwoman” are among the shows contributing to a surge in LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television, according to a new study by the advocacy group GLAAD. The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on prime-time broadcast TV this season reached an ...

A CGI James Dean is cast in new film, sparking an outcry

NEW YORK — James Dean hasn’t been alive in 64 years, but the “Rebel Without a Cause” actor has been cast in a new film about the Vietnam War. The filmmakers behind the independent film “Finding Jack” said Wednesday that a computer-generated Dean will play a co-starring role in the ...

Trump plugs son’s book while accusing Bidens of self-dealing

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of major ethical lapses and railed against Biden’s son for allegedly profiting off his father’s office. But on Monday, Trump used his Twitter feed to publicize a new book by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., ...

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is No. 1, but it’s no winner

LOS ANGELES — It might be judgment day for the Terminator franchise. Despite generally favorable reviews and the return of star Linda Hamilton and producer James Cameron, “Terminator: Dark Fate” has opened well below expectations at the box office. Studios on Sunday estimate that ...

Trump may face fight over planned move from NYC to Florida

NEW YORK — Donald Trump a Florida man? Not so fast. Despite a stinging “good riddance” tweet from New York’s governor, the president’s home state may not let him go to Florida without a fight. Trump’s plan to shift his permanent residence to Palm Beach will likely be heavily ...

AT&T says HBO Max streaming service to launch in May for $15

AT&T said Tuesday that its HBO Max streaming service will launch in May for $15 a month, joining a crowded field of emerging rivals to Netflix. The company has said HBO Max will become the “workhorse” for its video business as cord-cutting of traditional TV expands. It hopes to ...

Prince’s anticipated, posthumous memoir is ready for fans

NEW YORK — Panic, joy, shock: Dan Piepenbring felt them all when Prince plucked him to collaborate on his first memoir, followed by more shock and profound sadness at news of the superstar’s death while the book was in its early stages. Though the project was thrown into chaos when Prince ...

In Apple TV’s ‘Morning Show,’ women rebel, men misbehave

LOS ANGELES — “The Morning Show” started life as a behind-the-scenes peek at a slice of network TV as familiar and routine as a wake-up cup of coffee. Then shocking revelations of sexual misconduct engulfed NBC’s “Today” and beyond, and the story changed. The 10-part drama series, ...

2 guilty in $1B fraud as feds auction Burt Reynolds Trans Am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two employees of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in what federal prosecutors say was a massive scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion. Investigators said the owners, who have not been charged, accumulated ...

New HBO series ‘Watchmen’ hopes to match original’s ambition

NEW YORK — Damon Lindelof didn’t take lightly the challenge of adapting the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time. The “Lost” and “The Leftovers” co-creator was a fan of the revered “Watchmen” book ever since his father handed him the first few issues when he was 13 in the ...

Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience for climate change

WASHINGTON — Inspired by the climate activism of a Swedish teenager, Jane Fonda said Friday that she is returning to civil disobedience nearly a half-century after she was last arrested at a protest. Fonda, known for her opposition to the Vietnam War, was one of 17 climate protesters ...

For Springsteen, ‘Western Stars’ made sense after book, play

NEW YORK — “Western Stars” was just the change of pace that Bruce Springsteen needed after baring his soul over the past few years. First, he shared his darkest secrets in his memoir, “Born to Run.” Then he spent more than a year telling his story five nights a week in Springsteen ...

Ghost hunter’s work gets TV afterlife in ‘The Holzer Files’

LOS ANGELES — Ask the daughter of paranormal researcher and “Ghostbusters” inspiration Hans Holzer whether she’s got any scary Halloween memories to share, and Alexandra Holzer doesn’t disappoint. She was about 12 years old and getting ready to go trick-or-treating while her dad ...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Jessye Norman’s illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday’s ...

Report: Driver recklessness caused crash injuring Kevin Hart

LOS ANGELES — A man driving Kevin Hart’s vintage muscle car accelerated recklessly on a Southern California highway, causing the accident that left the comedian, driver and another passenger seriously injured, investigators said in a report released Thursday. Jared Black was turning on to ...

Josh Groban plans to ‘let go’ in upcoming series

NEW YORK — Josh Groban has a date for Valentine’s Day — with 6,000 or so of his fans. The singer-songwriter said Tuesday he has booked New York’s City’s massive Radio City Music Hall for a Feb. 14 show that he promises will be a night of music with special guests and plenty of ...