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'Fresh Off the Boat' leaving indelible mark on TV landscape

By TERRY TANG The Associated Press Even before "Fresh Off the Boat" hit the airwaves on ABC in February 2015, the show was facing pressure that other new shows weren't. It was set to be the first network TV comedy with an all-Asian cast … more

Disney World's Cinderella Castle to get a makeover

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Even Cinderella needs an "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Disney officials said Monday that the iconic Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida would be renovated over the next several months. The most noticeable … more

Review: Why wait? 'Sonic the Hedgehog' worth rushing to see

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer If the Hollywood mantra for making blockbusters is "faster, faster, faster," then the creators of "Sonic the Hedgehog" have wisely ignored it. The little blue alien who can sprint quicker than the … more

He's still standing: Elton John to finish Down Under tour

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia, his tour promoters said Monday, a day after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance. Video clips posted … more

Review: Huey Lewis and The News 'Weather' may be their last

By PABLO GORONDI The Associated Press "Weather" is the first album of original songs from Huey Lewis and The News in nearly two decades and it may also be their last. Lewis has been suffering for decades from an inner-ear disorder that … more

Viewership of Oscars plunges to record low

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK - Without a host or a great deal of pizzazz, ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards reached its smallest audience ever of 23.6 million viewers. The Nielsen company said Sunday night's audience was down … more

Review: Green Day returns with snarling and lean new album

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer Green Day, "Father of All ..." (Reprise/Warner) Green Day recently caught some people unaware. The trio performed at the NHL's All-Star Game in St. Louis and singer Billie Joe Armstrong dropped some … more

Backstage at the Oscars: Dazed winners and sweet reunions

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES - A whole other show happens just a few feet to the right of the main Oscars stage in the wings where presenters gather, ecstatic winners get a moment to process what just happened and the production … more

Doherty has stage 4 breast cancer

NEW YORK (AP) - Shannen Doherty is battling a recurrence of breast cancer that has progressed to stage four, telling fans "it's a bitter pill to swallow." "I definitely have days where I say, 'Why me?' And then I go, 'Well, why not me? Who else? … more

Review: Messy, crazy and deep - Kesha returns roaring

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer Kesha, "High Road" (Kemosabe/RCA Records) Kesha's new album starts out on a portentous and soaring note with the singer on the opening song "Tonight" in full Broadway mode, belting out "Take me out … more

'The Assistant' aims to go behind the headlines of #MeToo

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah - "The Assistant" is one of the first narrative films to come out of the #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The film, written and directed by Kitty Green, features a predatory studio … more

Rapper Missy Elliott, H.E.R. team up for Pepsi Super Bowl ad

By KELLI KENNEDY The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Almost three years ago, Missy Elliott sent a tweet to a then under-the-radar artist whose music she admired and told her that "she was going to blow up." Fast forward to 2020 and … more

McGregor says series focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi still on

By AMANDA LEE MYERS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Ewan McGregor says any delay in completing work on his new Obi-Wan Kenobi "Star Wars" streaming series will be brief and is aimed at making it better. McGregor addressed trade reports … more

Simmons documentary, sans Oprah, receives huge ovation at Sundance

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah - Without Oprah or Apple, the Russell Simmons documentary "On the Record" went ahead with its premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where the women who came forward with sexual assault … more

Ozzy reveals Parkinson's diagnosis

NEW YORK (AP) - Rocker Ozzy Osbourne says that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement. The 71-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath said during an … more

Monty Python member Terry Jones dies at 77

By JILL LAWLESS The Associated Press LONDON - Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by a colleague as "the complete Renaissance comedian," has died after a battle with dementia. Jones's family … more

Disney to drop 'Fox' from studio names

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney is dropping the word "Fox" from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports. Disney will still run them as separate studios … more

TV casting director sues after S.C. filming

CHARLESTON (AP) - A former casting director for the television series "Mr. Mercedes" says she wasn't paid for overtime work for the show that filmed in South Carolina and aired on Audience. Taylor Campbell says in a recently filed federal lawsuit … more

Box-office smash 'Joker' tops Oscar nominations

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer Todd Phillips' much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash "Joker" topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations, while Martin Scorsese's elegiac crime epic "The Irishman," Quentin … more

Trebek doesn't foresee 'Jeopardy!' retirement in the near future

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer PASADENA, Calif. - The brief farewell that Alex Trebek says will close his final "Jeopardy!" episode isn't on the horizon. "I don't foresee that 30-second moment coming up in the near future," Trebek said … more
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