Review: Laura Dern, mom Diane Ladd exchange intimate storiesApril 24, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding),” by Laura Dern and Diane Ladd (Grand Central Publishing)
When actor Diane Ladd was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and given six months to live, her only daughter and fellow actor, Laura Dern, set out to help Ladd rebuild her lung capacity through doctor-prescribed walks.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 30-May 6April 24, 2023 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 30-May 6
April 30: Singer Willie Nelson is 90. Actor Burt Young is 83. Actor Perry King (“Riptide”) is 75. Singer-guitarist Wayne Kramer of the MC5 is 75.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 23-29April 24, 2023 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 23-29
April 23: Actor Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”) is 84. Actor Blair Brown is 76. Actor Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”) is 74. Actor James Russo is 70.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ judge Len Goodman dies at 78April 24, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Len Goodman, a long-serving judge on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Strictly Come Dancing" who helped revive interest in ballroom dancing on both sides of the Atlantic, has died, his agent said Monday.
Morgan Wallen cancels Ole Miss show after losing his voiceApril 24, 2023 GMT
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of country music fans were awaiting singer Morgan Wallen when he suddenly canceled his performance Sunday night at Vaught Hemingway Stadium.
Animatronic dragon bursts into flames during Disneyland showApril 24, 2023 GMT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Spectators at Disneyland's popular “Fantasmic” show got a shock this weekend when the feature's fire-breathing animatronic dragon suddenly burst into flames.
No injuries were reported following the blaze Saturday night at the Southern California theme park, the Anaheim Fire Department said.
‘Gender Queer’ tops library group’s list of challenged booksApril 24, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — With Florida legislators barring even the mention of being gay in classrooms and similar restrictions under consideration in other states, a report released Monday says books with LGBTQ+ themes remain the most likely targets of bans or attempted bans at public schools and libraries around the country.
Dame Edna creator Barry Humphries dies in Sydney at 89April 23, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tony Award-winning comedian Barry Humphries, internationally renowned for his garish stage persona Dame Edna Everage, a condescending and imperfectly-veiled snob whose evolving character has delighted audiences over seven decades, has died.
NBCUniversal CEO Shell departs over ‘inappropriate conduct’April 23, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Shell, the chief executive of NBCUniversal and one of the media industry's renowned executives, is departing the company after an investigation into inappropriate conduct, parent company Comcast announced Sunday.
Lizzo brings drag queens on stage, protesting Tennessee lawApril 23, 2023 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a concert Friday night in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lizzo filled the stage with drag queens in a glittery protest against the state's legislation designed to restrict drag performances in public.
Wahoo! ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ is No. 1 for third weekApril 23, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” continued to rack up coins at the box office, leading ticket sales for the third straight weekend, as the animation hit neared $1 billion after just 18 days in theaters.
Seeking a rebound, CNN turns to Charles Barkley, Gayle KingApril 22, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — TV personalities Gayle King and Charles Barkley will headline a new prime-time weekly CNN show, “King Charles,” debuting in the fall, the network announced Saturday as it tries to engineer a turnaround amid tumbling ratings.
Bud Light exec takes leave after boycott calls, reports sayApril 22, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — The marketing executive who oversaw a partnership between Bud Light and a transgender influencer is taking a leave of absence after it snowballed into cries for boycotts from some angry customers, according to media reports.
Wrexham earns promotion on wild journey under Ryan ReynoldsApril 22, 2023 GMT
Ryan Reynolds held his head in his hands. Rob McElhenney leaned forward, took a deep breath and was soon wiping tears from his eyes.
Below the Hollywood actors, thousands of Wrexham fans flooded onto the field at the Racecourse Ground, setting off red flares and waving Wales flags.
Shannen Doherty files for divorce after 11-year marriageApril 22, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Shannen Doherty of hit shows “Charmed” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” has filed for divorce from her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, after 11 years of marriage, her representative says.
Will Fox settlement alter conservative media? Apparently notApril 22, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Days after Fox News agreed to pay nearly $800 million to settle a lawsuit over its airing of 2020 election lies, you'd be hard-pressed to notice anything had changed there.
Atlanta trans woman Koko Da Doll, documentary subject, slainApril 22, 2023 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — Koko Da Doll, an Atlanta woman who gained notice in a documentary about transgender Black women and the dangers they face, was shot to death in Atlanta this week, her sister said.
Kilya Williams and other relatives said police told them the 35-year-old transgender woman, also known as Rasheeda Williams, appears to have been shot Wednesday after leaving an apartment complex west of downtown Atlanta.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsApril 22, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C.; Jason Armstrong, police chief in Apex, North Carolina; Allison Anderman, senior counsel and director of local policy, Giffords Law Center.
Prosecutors dismiss Alec Baldwin charge, citing new evidenceApril 22, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday formally dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin in the fatal 2021 shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the Western film “Rust, ” citing new evidence and the need for more time to investigate.
New this week: ‘Judy Blume,’ Rodrigo y Gabriela, MinecraftApril 21, 2023 GMT
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.
NEW MOVIES TO STREAM
— In her young, flourishing career, Ana de Armas has already made three films with Chris Evans.
Confusion as Musk’s Twitter yanks blue checks from agenciesApril 21, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Twitter has long been a way for people to keep track of tornado watches, train delays, news alerts or the latest crime warnings from their local police department.
Q&A: Benjamin Millepied on directing a reimagined ‘Carmen’April 21, 2023 GMT
When Benjamin Millepied was a teenager starting dance training in New York, he and fellow students got into ballet performances for free, but opera was another story: They had to be creative. They'd sneak into the Metropolitan Opera House during intermission, or talk their way backstage, relying on a sympathetic usher for seats.
Wrexham and Ryan Reynolds looking for Hollywood endingApril 21, 2023 GMT
WREXHAM, Wales (AP) — Spoiler alert! Season 2 of “Welcome to Wrexham” is set to get the Hollywood ending the first one failed to deliver.
This being Wrexham, however, a last-minute plot twist isn't out of the question.
Music to Trump’s ears: Whitewashing Jan. 6 riot with songApril 21, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The song is simple and tinny, but that hasn’t stopped it from being embraced by former President Donald Trump and his allies in their campaign to rewrite the history of the deadly Capitol riot.
University president cancels cello performance amid strikeApril 21, 2023 GMT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan's new president, who also plays the cello, has scratched a highly publicized appearance with a local orchestra, the result of rising tension between the school and striking graduate student instructors.
Judy Blume, on top of the world (and her Key West bookstore)April 21, 2023 GMT
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — At Books & Books, the nonprofit store Judy Blume and her husband have run for the past seven years, you will find her own work in various sections: from general fiction, among the other “B”-named authors, to a shelf dedicated exclusively to her — a name unto herself.
On the brink: The scenario facing Ryan Reynolds’ WrexhamApril 21, 2023 GMT
The champagne is on ice for Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
Soccer is the new love of the Hollywood celebrities and there's a big day in store for the Welsh club they bought unexpectedly in 2021.
Top 20 Global Concert Tours from PollstarApril 21, 2023 GMT
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
Emily in Paris: Parisians face influx of Netflix hero’s fansApril 21, 2023 GMT
PARIS (AP) — The immense success of the Netflix series “Emily in Paris” has transformed a quiet, untouched square in the French capital into a tourist magnet.
Women are monsters, victims and heroes in ‘Evil Dead Rise’April 21, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When director Lee Cronin set out to make the latest installment of the “Evil Dead” franchise, he knew he wanted to bring a fresh angle to his version of the iconic horror series while still giving winks and nods throughout to his source material.
Q&A: Why ‘Dear Mama’ director took on Tupac despite attackApril 21, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Allen Hughes thought participating in any Tupac Shakur project was a farfetched idea especially after surviving a brutal altercation involving him and the rap legend three decades ago.
Judy Blume, on top of the world (and her Key West bookstore)April 21, 2023 GMT
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — At Books & Books, the nonprofit store Judy Blume and her husband have run for the past seven years, you will find her own work in various sections: from general fiction, among the other “B”-named authors, to a shelf dedicated to her — a name unto herself.
White House recruits Edward Lee as state dinner guest chefApril 21, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chef Edward Lee says food, at its best, tells a story. And the story he wants told with the meal he's whipping up for next week's White House state dinner is of the deep connection between the United States and its ally South Korea.
Dame Edna actor Barry Humphries stable in Sydney hospitalApril 21, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tony Award-winning comedian Barry Humphries, renowned for his garish stage persona Dame Edna Everage, a condescending and imperfectly veiled snob whose evolving character has delighted audiences over seven decades, is in a Sydney hospital with complications following hip surgery.
Barenboim made Berlin citizen of honor after long tenureApril 21, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Daniel Barenboim was made a citizen of honor of Berlin on Friday, months after he ended his three-decade tenure as the general musical director of the Berlin State Opera for health reasons.
Twitter begins removing blue checks from users who don’t payApril 21, 2023 GMT
This time it's for real.
Many of Twitter’s high-profile users are losing the blue checks that helped verify their identity and distinguish them from impostors on the Elon Musk-owned social media platform.
Rupert Murdoch’s son Lachlan ends Australian defamation suitApril 21, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fox Corp. chief executive Lachlan Murdoch on Friday dropped his defamation lawsuit against Australian news website Crikey, citing the settlement of the separate U.S. case where Fox News agreed to pay almost $800 million over its lies involving the 2020 U.S.
Alec Baldwin charge will be dropped in movie set shootingApril 21, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will dismiss an involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin in the fatal 2021 shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the Western film “ Rust,” but cautioned that their investigation is not over and the actor has not been absolved yet.
AP image of Mariupol hospital attack wins World Press PhotoApril 21, 2023 GMT
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Associated Press photographer Evgeniy Maloletka won the World Press Photo of the Year award on Thursday for his harrowing image of emergency workers carrying a pregnant woman through the shattered grounds of a maternity hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, in the chaotic aftermath of a Russian attack.
Texan princess evicted from Rome villa, Caravaggio staysApril 21, 2023 GMT
ROME (AP) — A Texas-born princess piled her four yapping bichon frise dogs into a taxi Thursday after being evicted, following a bitter inheritance dispute, from a historic villa in Rome that contains the only known ceiling painted by Caravaggio.
BuzzFeed News to be shuttered in corporate cost cutting moveApril 20, 2023 GMT
Pulitzer Prize winning digital media outlet BuzzFeed News is being shut down as part of a cost-cutting drive by its corporate parent that’s shedding about 15% of its entire staff, adding to layoffs made earlier this year.
Gay pride parade canceled after anti-drag show law passesApril 20, 2023 GMT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in a Florida city have canceled a gay pride parade and restricted other pride events to people 21 years and older in anticipation of Republican Gov.
Dan Bongino, ‘Unfiltered’ Fox News host, leaving networkApril 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News is parting ways with weekend host Dan Bongino, after the former Secret Service agent turned conservative pundit said Thursday they couldn't agree on a new contract.
“It's not some big conspiracy,” Bongino said on his podcast.
F. Murray Abraham apologizes after ‘Mythic Quest’ exitApril 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — F. Murray Abraham is apologizing after allegations of sexual misconduct led to his departure from the Apple TV+ show “Mythic Quest.”
“This is a sincere and deeply felt apology,” the actor said in a statement issued Thursday.
Man pleads no contest in killing of Detroit news anchorApril 20, 2023 GMT
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and unlawful imprisonment in the killing of a radio news anchor and an attack on his family.
US-Best-Sellers-Books-PWApril 20, 2023 GMT
1. “Dark Angel” by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Robin Thede aims for laughs, longevity and legacyApril 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Success in television can be measured in many ways, but one of Robin Thede’s sure tell signs is longevity.
“A season four is a testament to the most appreciation, right? Because we’ve seen a lot of great shows — I’ve created a lot of great shows — that don’t last as long.
Todd Haimes, who led a theater company to Broadway, diesApril 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Haimes, who led the Roundabout Theatre Company from an off-off-Broadway company teetering on the edge of bankruptcy into a major theatrical force with works on five stages — including three Broadway theaters — and dozens of Tony Awards, has died.
Review: ‘Natural Beauty’ is a cautionary tale about wellnessApril 20, 2023 GMT
“Natural Beauty,” by Ling Ling Huang (Dutton)
From bee sting facials to fish pedicures, to Instagram filters and apps that allow us to completely edit our appearance in photos, it seems people will try almost anything to look better.
Review: Tiësto finds new ‘Drive’ and EDM elan in new albumApril 20, 2023 GMT
“Drive” by Tiësto (Atlantic Records)
As electronic dance music is heading to a hellscape of generic beats, veteran DJ Tiësto manages to claw in some fresh tunes on his seventh studio album, “Drive.”
Guy Ritchie explores the soldier/interpreter dynamic in warApril 20, 2023 GMT
There is a line in “ Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant ” in which Jake Gyllenhaal’s Army Sgt. John Kinley is having a disagreement with Dar Salim’s Ahmed, the man assigned to be his interpreter in Afghanistan, who has gone beyond straight translation and into the realm of strategy.
Book invites kids to turn native gardens into national parkApril 20, 2023 GMT
Doug Tallamy, the wildlife ecologist and entomologist who urges home gardeners to join forces and create a pollinator-friendly “Homegrown National Park,” is now bringing kids into the effort.
Why is Karl Lagerfeld, the Met Gala theme, controversial?April 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld, the subject of this year's Met Gala, transformed Chanel from frumpy to modern.
Kings, rapper E-40 cite ‘misunderstanding’ for ejectionApril 20, 2023 GMT
The Sacramento Kings and a Bay Area hip-hop star who alleged “racial bias” for being kicked out of a playoff game said the situation resulted from an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”
The rapper E-40, whose real name is Earl Stevens, and the team put out a joint statement on Wednesday explaining what led to E-40 being ejected from the Golden 1 Center during Game 1 of a playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
K-pop star Moon Bin found dead at homeApril 20, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Moon Bin, a singer from South Korean boyband Astro, was found dead at his home in Seoul, his management agency said Thursday.
The 25-year-old was reportedly found by his manager who went to the singer's home Wednesday evening because he wasn’t responding to contacts.
Movie theaters and streamers may end up friends, after allApril 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — After Ben Affleck and Matt Damon test screened their Nike drama “Air,” the film executives at Amazon Studios threw them a curveball.
‘Rust’ movie reboots after Alec Baldwin shootingApril 20, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Filming on the Western movie “Rust” could resume this week in Montana, the production company said Wednesday, in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a cinematographer during a rehearsal with actor Alec Baldwin on the original production in New Mexico.
DeSantis appointees begin reshaping Disney World’s districtApril 20, 2023 GMT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The new chair of Disney World’s revamped governing body said Wednesday that new supervisors had good intentions about collaborating with the company after they were appointed by Florida Gov.
Last minute brinkmanship and overseas assist end Fox caseApril 20, 2023 GMT
Florida expands ‘Don’t Say Gay’; House OKs anti-LGBTQ billsApril 19, 2023 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis added more wins to his agenda targeting the LGBTQ+ community as a state board approved an expansion of what critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” law Wednesday, and the House passed bills on gender-transition treatments, bathroom use and keeping children out of drag shows.