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Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music … more

How sweaters became scene-stealers on ABC'S 'The Goldbergs'

By BROOKE LEFFERTS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES - The character Beverly Goldberg on ABC's hit comedy series "The Goldbergs" can elicit laughter before she even speaks, thanks to the over-the-top outfits that are a love letter to the mother … more

World leaders, stars unite at event aimed at fighting virus

LONDON (AP) - A summit that included a star-studded virtual concert hosted by Dwayne Johnson has raised nearly $7 billion in cash and loan guarantees to assist the poor around the globe whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus … more

Quibi stars have no quibble with new phone-only filmmaking

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - They were skeptical. The name was weird. The concept was a little crazy - but it was intriguing. Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz and rising star Stephan James each overcame initial reluctance … more

Review: Davidson steps up in 'The King of Staten Island'

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer The protagonists in Judd Apatow movies don't generally have their stuff together. They are emotionally stunted, occasionally underachieving, unmotivated to change and often even border on unlikable. But whether … more

Swift cancels all 2020 shows, appearances

NEW YORK (AP) - Taylor Swift is canceling all of her performances and appearances for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. "With many events throughout the world already cancelled, and upon direction from health officials in … more

Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood's go-to action directors

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer Some of today's top action directors were first doubles for Brad Pitt, Neo and Wolverine. Increasingly, filmmakers are coming from the ranks of stuntmen and stunt coordinators, whose years of accomplishing … more

This is his quest: An actor serenades the front-line workers

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK - It's a stunning sound, emerging amid the clanging and the whooping and the banging and the honking at 7 p.m. each night as New Yorkers cheer front-line workers: the velvety, buttery baritone of … more

Kim Kardashian West sells stake in beauty brand for $200M

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer NEW YORK - Kim Kardashian West is selling a stake in her beauty brand for $200 million, in a deal that values the TV reality star's three-year-old business at $1 billion. The buyer is Covergirl owner Coty … more

Books, dance lessons, 'Sopranos' - freebies abound online

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - We might not be totally free these days, but there's a lot out there that is. Companies like Pure Barre and Peloton are offering free access to fitness classes. Amazon is giving away book … more

Rachael Ray tapes show from home, makes $4M virus donation

By KELLI KENNEDY The Associated Press Rachael Ray had big plans for the quarantine break at her home in upstate New York. She envisioned "a Renaissance time," rereading the classics, resuming her Danish lessons and studying Italian. "I was … more

A superhero kid with autism shines in new PBS Kids' series

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - There's a new crop of superheroes coming to our TV this summer but they may need a little seasoning. After all, they're only in elementary school. The PBS Kids' animated series "Hero … more

Kirk 2.0: Captain Pike of new 'Star Trek' a welcome new icon

By TED ANTHONY AP National Writer In the beginning, in the "Star Trek" universe, there was only Captain Kirk. At least to the general public. When the Starship Enterprise first whooshed across American TV screens on Sept. 8, 1966, William … more

Due to coronavirus, PBS Memorial Day concert revamped

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK - The coronavirus has wiped out plans to bring tens of thousand of people to the U.S. Capitol for the annual Memorial Day weekend concert shown on PBS, but organizers are pressing ahead with a revamped … more

Grammys make awards changes, address conflicts of interest

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK - The Recording Academy is making changes to several Grammy Awards categories, including the often-debated best new artist title, and having nomination review committee members sign disclosure forms to … more

'Jaws,' 'Black Panther' and more coming back to the drive-in

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer "Jaws," "Black Panther" and "Back to the Future" are just a few of the modern popcorn classics coming to the drive-in this summer. Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX and AT&T on Monday announced the initial lineup for … more

'Rise of Skywalker' to hit Disney Plus

NEW YORK (AP) - "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" will begin streaming on Disney Plus on May 4, about two months earlier than scheduled. The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that "The Rise of Skywalker" will land on the streaming service timed to … more

Cobain guitar auctioned off for $6 million

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Grunge became gold on June 20 as the guitar Kurt Cobain played on Nirvana's 1993 "MTV Unplugged" performance months before his death sold for an eye-popping $6 million at auction. The 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain … more

'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES - Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and … more

No 'Black Widow' or 'F9' leaves a muted summer movie season

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES - The six-year fan campaign for a standalone "Black Widow" movie was paying off: at long last, a film would put Scarlett Johansson's popular Avenger front and center. And, like many of Marvel's … more
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