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Actress Quvenzhane Wallis taking new on a new role of author

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quvenzhane Wallis, whose stunning portrayal of Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” earned her an Oscar nomination at age 9, is launching a new career path. The now 14-year-old is adding author to her resume. On Oct. 3, through Simon and Schuster, Wallis is ...

TV’s ‘black-ish’ makes an issue of ‘Juneteenth,’ US holidays

LOS ANGELES — If Juneteenth fails to ring a bell, the season debut episode of ABC’s “black-ish” should fix that. With animation, musical numbers and help from The Roots and Aloe Blacc, the sitcom delves into the holiday that marks June 19, 1865, the date on which a Union Army general ...

Rapper Kendrick Lamar among headliners at Forbes summit

BOSTON (AP) — Rapper Kendrick Lamar and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman are among the celebrities, athletes and business leaders heading to Boston for Forbes’ Under 30 Summit. The four-day event focused on technology and business starts Sunday and runs through Wednesday. It includes panel ...

Larry David’s bark, bite return in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

LOS ANGELES — After too many years away from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David pronounces himself satisfied with the new season, which he said is just like previous ones, and glad he did it. That’s pretty good — no, very good — on several fronts. First, it means the blunt-trauma ...

Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ launches Season 15 on Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — As everyone must know by now, Fox’s animated series “Family Guy” lives to lampoon human nature and human frailties, and does so without fear or favor. There’s something bracing about “Family Guy” as it blows its whistle on a society that seems to grow ever ...

Study: More women, minorities being hired as TV directors

LOS ANGELES — The hiring of ethnic minorities and women as first-time TV series directors is up sharply, according to a Directors Guild of America study released Wednesday. They’re part of record growth and diversity in the “pipeline” of incoming directors, the study of the 2016-17 TV ...

10 things you might find surprising about ‘The Walking Dead’

10 things you might find surprising about “The Walking Dead”: 1. Raleigh Studios in Senoia, where most of “The Walking Dead” is filmed, is a 140-acre spread that is used exclusively by the show. Most of the different communities are all created and filmed on the property except for ...

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In this photo, director Lee Daniels, left, talks with cast members Queen Latifah, and Ryan Destiny, foreground right, on the set of the Fox musical drama “Star” in Atlanta. Both “Star” and Daniels’ other series, “Empire,” premieres Wednesday, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

Lee Daniels pushes through fear with shows ‘Empire,’ ‘Star’

ATLANTA — Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels says he’s consumed by fear each time he films a new scene. Even after Daniels found meteoric success through films such as “Monster’s Ball,” “Precious” and “The Butler,” along with his popular TV series “Empire,” he still ...

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch’s tabloid revolution

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A new play in London explores the roots of his success and his divisiveness. “Ink” shows how ...

Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Bradley, known as the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” for a powerful, raspy style that evoked one of his musical heroes, James Brown, died Saturday at age 68. Bradley, who achieved success later in life with his 2011 debut album “No Time for Dreaming,” was ...

Jimmy Kimmel transforms debate, and shows comedy’s new role

NEW YORK — If the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare doesn’t work, it may become known as the Jimmy Kimmel Non-Law. The comic’s withering attacks this week have transformed the debate over the bill (sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy) and, in the process, ...

Showtime making series of Clinton-Patterson thriller

NEW YORK (AP) — Showtime has won a bidding war to develop former President Bill Clinton and powerhouse author James Patterson’s upcoming thriller, “The President is Missing,” into a television series. The network announced the deal Friday, months away from the book’s publication ...

Anthony Rapp embarks, thrilled, on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

NEW YORK (AP) — The original “Star Trek” was born into a world of hurt. The United States was embroiled in a war that wouldn’t end. The president was increasingly embattled. Americans were polarized. Now, a half-century later, “Star Trek: Discovery” lands in a nation that seems no ...

‘Stronger’ spawns a friendship for Gyllenhaal and Bauman

TORONTO (AP) — As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting, overwhelmed with ...

Emmys steady in ratings but no Colbert bump; football rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard-working Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert and a Sean Spicer cameo helped the ceremony avoid a ratings slide but failed to significantly boost viewership. Sunday’s Emmys on CBS drew 11.38 million viewers to rank as the week’s No. 6 program, according to Nielsen ...

O’Reilly says his ouster was hit job and business decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that his firing from Fox News Channel in April was a “political hit job” and that his network’s parent company made a business decision to get rid of him. The deposed king of cable television news had a contentious interview with Matt Lauer ...

Film academy president welcomes new members at private party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeanne Tripplehorn has been a professional actress for more than 25 years. But as a new member of the film academy, she’s almost as giddy as her first day on set. “I’m already involved in all these different committees,” she said. “I love film so much ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Our family is like most families — dysfunctional. Our father worked two jobs most of his life to better himself for the good of his family. My mother was a spender, but my father controlled the money. When my father passed, my mother was finally free to live as she wanted. Yet ...

‘Veep’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ win top Emmy Award prizes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dystopian vision of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the deeply cynical Washington comedy “Veep” and the ever-topical “Saturday Night Live” won top series honors Sunday in an Emmy Awards ceremony that took almost nonstop aim at President Donald Trump in awards and ...