Entertainment

Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers

BOSTON (AP) — Hackers released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over electronic data swiped from HBO’s servers. The July 27 email was sent by an HBO executive who thanked the hackers for “making us aware” of ...

Taylor Swift testifies former DJ groped her under her skirt

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift testified Thursday that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. “He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” the pop star ...

Ricky Martin defends Versace murder drama as respectful

LOS ANGELES — A roundup of news from the closing day of the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services presented details on upcoming programs. Killing Versace Ricky Martin said he reassured Gianni Versace’s longtime partner Antonio ...

‘Game of Thrones’ fans shun spoilers from HBO hack

NEW YORK (AP) — For many “Game of Thrones” fans, the routine spoilers are bad enough: You miss an episode, then stumble on an unsought plot twist before you’ve had a chance to catch up. Worse than that is the threat of leaked details, or even a whole episode, by hackers currently ...

Fox to counter ABC’s ‘American Idol’ with new contest

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. FOX’S ‘FOUR’ Fox will counter its onetime powerhouse “American Idol” with a new singing ...

‘Despacito’ opening doors for Spanish songs on English radio

NEW YORK (AP) — “Despacito” is easily the song of the summer with the success of the hit stretching beyond Spanish-speaking audiences to make it the year’s most recognized song in the U.S. and elsewhere. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song, which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 ...

Hackers demand millions in ransom for stolen HBO data

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network to prevent the release of entire television series and other sensitive proprietary files. HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of ...

Tuned In: Why ‘The Middle’ is ending

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Family sitcoms aren’t plentiful on TV these days but ABC remains the go-to network for programs in the genre. Among ABC’s family comedies, several are about pretty well-off families — “Modern Family,” “black-ish” — but “The Middle’ led the pack of ...

Kyra Sedgwick’s new TV role: a mom whose child goes missing

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — TV producer Tassie Cameron had a recurring nightmare: While she was in her study working on a script, her sleeping children were taken from their beds. This nightmare inspired her to create ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley,” a 10-part mystery starring Kyra ...

Netflix makes 1st acquisition: comic book maker Millarworld

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix says it made its first acquisition, comic book publisher Millarworld, with plans to turn its characters into new films and shows for the video streaming service. Millarworld’s graphic novels “Kick-Ass,” “Wanted” and “Kingsman” have already been turned ...

Ex-’Prairie Home’ host Garrison Keillor busy as he nears 75

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Garrison Keillor is not spending his time in retirement baking Powdermilk Biscuits or drinking coffee down at the Chatterbox Cafe now that he’s hung up his microphone as host of his popular public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” He turns 75 on Aug. 7 and ...

Newman at top of his game on new album, ‘Dark Matter’

By STEVEN WINE Associated Press Randy Newman’s new album includes a song cataloging American carnage titled, “It’s a Jungle Out There,” which he says he doesn’t really believe. Quite the opposite, in fact. His life is good. Nearly 50 years into Newman’s recording career, ...

Italy’s Uffizi encourages longer visits with new pricing

By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN — The famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence is taking a swipe at so-called “hit-and-run tourism,” announcing on Monday price increases on single-entry tickets, while inaugurating three-day and annual passes that offer discounted entry with priority ...

Ziering: ‘Sharknado’ has ‘secret sauce’ he can’t explain

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The memes and mockery abound, but “Sharknado,” which has conquered audiences, netted dozens of celebrity cameos such as George R.R. Martin, Ne-Yo and Kelly Osbourne, and has turned into an annual event. The fifth installment of the TV movie series about airborne sharks ...

Vanity Fair stands by Angelina Jolie cover story

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanity Fair is standing by its description of the casting process used for Angelina Jolie’s forthcoming Netflix film, “First They Killed My Father.” The magazine wrote in a statement Thursday that it has reviewed transcripts and audio recordings from interviews with ...

‘Difficult People’ star Julie Klausner: making it look easy

NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps no show in TV history ever had a title that was better suited to it: “Difficult People.” In this Hulu comedy, 30-something best friends Julie and Billy form a pushy, shameless united front as they wage war with New York and the world of show business they ...

Robert Hardy, Cornelius Fudge in ‘Harry Potter’, dies at 91

LONDON (AP) — Robert Hardy, a veteran British stage and screen actor who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the “Harry Potter” movies, has died. He was 91. His family said Hardy died Thursday after “a tremendous life: a giant career in theater, television and film spanning ...

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star faces indecent assault, drug charges

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The actor who played Luke Duke on the 1980s television show “The Dukes of Hazzard” pleaded not guilty on Thursday to groping a female member of the cast of a musical he was supposed to appear in. Tom Wopat was released on $1,000 bail and was told to stay away from ...

Jim Parsons hails ‘Young Sheldon’ star as ‘in control’ kid

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. Adult Sheldon approves of “Young Sheldon” Jim Parsons, who plays quirky genius Sheldon Cooper ...

Sam Shepard talks writing process in ‘California Typewriter’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Shepard is gone, but a new documentary “California Typewriter “ captures the lauded playwright happy and in his element at work. In a clip released Tuesday by Gravitas Ventures, Shepard, who died Thursday at age 73, says he never got along with the computer screen ...