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After short hiatus, Lady Antebellum is back with new music

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The short hiatus country vocal trio Lady Antebellum announced in 2015 kept them apart for longer than they had been in a decade. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley went in different directions on their solo albums, while Dave ...

Ellen DeGeneres takes home 3 People’s Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres set a record at the People’s Choice Awards, becoming the winningest entertainer in the show’s history. DeGeneres picked up three trophies at Wednesday’s ceremony for a career total of 20 People’s Choice wins. Other stars taking home crystal ...

Morissette manager admits to $4.8M theft from singer

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $7 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of ...

Sundance directors, actors find reteaming a winning formula

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES  — Whether muse or friend or both, actors and directors choosing to work together again is a tale as old as cinema. It’s no different this year at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off in Park City, Utah on Thursday and sees the ...

John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Metallica set to play Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Metallica are set to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month. Underwood and Urban are both up for Grammys this year. Underwood’s “Church Bells” and Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” are nominated ...

‘Blacklist’ producers: Tom will be part of original, sequel

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Tom Keen will remain part of “The Blacklist” as he steps into “The Blacklist: Redemption,” the spinoff’s producers said. “He’s always going to be part of ‘The Blacklist’ family,” producer John Eisendrath ...

Tax deadline looms for Prince estate; government to get half

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night,” Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well. Prince’s estate has until Saturday to ...

Mexico: no warrants for actress Kate del Castillo

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The spokeswoman for Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office says there are no warrants for actress Kate del Castillo, but she has been “mentioned” in criminal investigations. Del Castillo said in an interview with The Associated Press that a “macho” Mexican ...

Sam Moore to sing at Trump inaugural event

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural events. Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he felt that the criticism leveled at singer ...

AP fact check: TV personality Sherri Shepherd isn’t dead

By The Associated Press Sherri Shepherd is alive despite a story shared on social media claiming the television personality suffered a fatal heart attack last month. The story posted by headlinennews.com uses the circumstances surrounding “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher’s death ...

FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, file photo of Woody Harrelson as he smiles as he announces nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards,  in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to realize why that is. In  London in the early hours of Friday Jan. 20, 2017 he's shooting a full length film, called "Lost In London LIVE," which will be broadcast as it happens in over 550 US cinemas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/ File)

Harrelson goes live from London, talks ‘Star Wars’

By HILARY FOX Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that’s never been done before, although he’s starting to realize why his feat would be a first. The American actor plans to spend the early hours of Friday shooting a full-length film, called ...

The Latest: Springsteen cover band will skip inaugural event

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a Bruce Springsteen tribute band that had been scheduled to perform at a gala ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A Bruce Springsteen tribute band has canceled its plans to perform at a Washington gala before Donald ...

DuVernay talks with Winfrey about Trump, race, her new film

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ava DuVernay doesn’t want to talk about Donald Trump’s election. Her feelings are still too raw. But because Oprah Winfrey asked about it, the filmmaker opened up: Trump “represents violence,” DuVernay said, and she ...

Bieito’s manager: Met decision ‘cruel and disappointing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel his production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” is “cruel and disappointing.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said Friday he had dropped the staging from the ...

‘Hidden Figures’ keeps orbit at top; Affleck, Scorsese flop

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK  — Labors of love, one from Martin Scorsese, the other from Ben Affleck, proved costly at a casualty strewn weekend box office where the uplifting NASA drama “Hidden Figures” stayed on top for the second straight week. “Hidden Figures,” ...

Former pro wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies at 73

By RON TODT Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Former pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died at his son-in-law’s home in Florida. He was 73. Attorney Robert Kirwan II said ...

‘Get Smart’ actor dead at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Dick Gautier, who gained fame playing an Elvis-like singer in the Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie” and went on to play Hymie the Robot on TV’s “Get Smart,” has died. He was 85. Gautier died Friday at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles County, his ...

In this Jan. 7, 2017 photo, Willie Nelson performs in Nashville, Tenn. The 83-year-old outlaw country icon wants to help a lot of people give marijuana a try. HeÕs attached his name to a line of legal marijuana being sold in Colorado and Washington called ÒWillieÕs Reserve,Ó after decades of personally advocating for the legalization of marijuana.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Willie Nelson wants Loretta Lynn to try pot again

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn’t like it, to give pot a second chance. “She’s got a lot of guts,” ...

Robert De Niro says Meryl Streep’s Globe speech was ‘great’

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro has come to the defense of Meryl Streep, saying her speech at the Golden Globes was “great.” The multiple Oscar-winner wrote a letter of support to his “The Deer Hunter” co-star ...

Coen brothers to make their first television series

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Coen brothers will make their first TV show, a miniseries titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the project, set in the Old West, Annapurna Television announced late Tuesday. The production company ...