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Dec. 10: Actress Fionnula Flanagan (“Waking Ned Devine”) is 76. Actor Tommy Kirk is 76. Singer Chad Stuart of Chad and Jeremy is 76. Singer Ralph Tavares of Tavares is 76. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 71. Drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange of The Commodores is 71. Country singer Johnny ...

Chris Stapleton has a bold but simple plan: to put music first

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — These last few years, Chris Stapleton is often surprised by early-morning texts of congratulations from his friends. Take, for instance, last week, when the Grammy Award nominations were announced. “That’s how I usually find out. People go ‘Congratulations’ ...

With a small book, Gene Simmons is ready to make you rich

NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Simmons wants you to be rich and powerful, but it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have to learn English, wake up early, turn off the TV and study. “I want to shake you up and tell, you a real harsh truth: The world doesn’t need you,” he says. “The ...

Jonas brother testifies at FIFA bribery trial about concert

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA corruption scandal took another odd twist Thursday with surprise testimony by pop star Kevin Jonas about attending a Paul McCartney show in Argentina. Prosecutors called the former member of ...

In this Nov. 15, 2017 photo, James Franco, left, and Dave Franco pose for a portrait in New York to promote their film, "The Disaster Artist." (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

How James Franco made a good movie about the worst film ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are bad movies, and then there is “The Room,” a spectacularly bizarre independent drama from 2003 starring, written, financed and directed by Tommy Wiseau, a unique-looking and accented man of ambiguous age and origin. “The Room” tells the story of a San ...

Celebrity birthdays

Dec. 3: Director Jean-Luc Godard is 87. Singer Jaye P. Morgan (“The Gong Show”) is 86. Actress Mary Alice is 76. Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 69. Actress Daryl Hannah is 57. Actress Julianne Moore is 57. Actor Brendan Fraser is 49. Singer Montell Jordan is 49. Actress Anna Chlumsky is 37. Actor ...

Selena Gomez honors Francia Raisa for life-saving transplant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Selena Gomez received top honors Thursday at the annual Billboard Women in Music event, but the singer felt the recognition may have been misplaced. “To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life,” a tearful Gomez said of actress ...

Jim Nabors, TV’s homespun Gomer Pyle and singer, dies at 87

HONOLULU (AP) — Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting ...

Reactions to Tuesday’s Grammy nominations

Reactions to the Grammy Awards nominations, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. The 60th annual Grammys will air live from New York on CBS on Jan. 28, 2018. — “really honoured to be given this kind of acknowledgment. I’m not sure what to say or feel at the moment, but for now, ...

Celebrity birthdays

Nov. 19: Talk-show host Larry King is 84. Talk-show host Dick Cavett is 81. Media mogul Ted Turner is 79. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 75. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 68. Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 63. Actress Glynnis O’Connor is 62. Actress Jodie Foster is 55. Drummer Travis McNabb ...

In ‘Justice League,’ DC looks beyond Batman and Superman

NEW YORK — Peace never reigns in the pages of DC Comics. There’s always a world to be saving, a cataclysm to avert. The making of the DC superhero team-up film “Justice League” was hardly any more tranquil. Made in the wake of the disappointment surrounding its predecessor, “Batman ...

Studio cuts ties to director Ratner after harassment report

NEW YORK — Hollywood’s widening sexual harassment crisis has ensnared a prominent film director after six women — including actress Olivia Munn — accused Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report on Wednesday. Playboy Enterprises quickly distanced itself from ...

Rising singer Daniel Caesar blazes trail with celeb fan base

NEW YORK (AP) — What do Stevie Wonder and Kylie Jenner have in common? They’re both fans of rising R&B singer Daniel Caesar. The golden-voiced Canadian singer, who also counts Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Rick Rubin and Erykah Badu as admirers, has built a strong celebrity fan base, ...

‘Stranger Things’: Even stranger for David Harbour in year two

By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Even the title is enigmatic. “Stranger Things” could mean so many things: the recent extreme weather; Washington politics; fad recipes for kale. Nearly everyone knows about “Stranger Things.” But who can explain what this enigmatic ...

After a best-seller, novelist John Green lays bare his mind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the years since John Green’s tear-jerker love story about two teen cancer patients became a best-seller in 2012, the young adult novelist and video blogger wondered if he would ever be able to write another book. After “The Fault in Our Stars” sold over 45 ...

Mark Wahlberg hopes God forgives him for ‘Boogie Nights’

CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Wahlberg hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.” Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich recently that he hopes “that God is a movie fan and also forgiving” because he ...

Family of late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ back at Animal Planet

NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television’s Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of “The Crocodile Hunter” star and family patriarch Steve Irwin. The network said Wednesday that Irwin’s widow, Terri, and children Bindi and Robert will reappear on Animal ...

Prophets of Rage hope to be ‘soundtrack for the resistance’

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to protest music, there’s the subtle stuff and the really angry stuff. The all-star band Prophets of Rage takes the latter to a whole new grab-you-by-the-throat level. Their volcanic self-titled debut album tackles racism, poverty, drones, homelessness, ...

A new spectator sport for the TV superfan: ‘binge racing’

NEW YORK (AP) — For a special breed of TV superfans, this isn’t streaming. This is a gusher. Behold the spectator sport known as “binge racing,” defined as plowing through a streaming-network series’ full season in less than 24 hours after the release of those episodes. Sure, any ...

Producers guild starts process to expel Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an unprecedented move, the Producers Guild of America has voted unanimously to institute termination proceedings for Harvey Weinstein on disciplinary grounds. The PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers said Monday that Weinstein has an opportunity to respond ...