Entertainment

‘The Big Bang Theory’ regains its spot at top of ratings

NEW YORK — As it heads toward the end of another season, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” has regained its familiar spot at the top of the television rankings. The CBS comedy was seen by nearly 13 million people last week, the Nielsen company said. The revived “Rosanne,” which has ...

Pop singers compete for top prize at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean are the leading nominees for the CMT Music Awards with four each, but it’s the pop artists who might steal the big prize at this year’s awards show. CMT announced that for the first time, pop artists who have ...

Aerosmith, Richie, Beck anchor 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS — The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off today. The festival, now in its 49th year, features an array of artists from New Orleans and Louisiana as well as out-of-town performers such as Beck and Aerosmith. Here’s a look at some of what to ...

It ain’t tea, babe: Bob Dylan embraces Tennessee whiskey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Music icon Bob Dylan is partnering with a distillery to make whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven’s Door. News outlets report Dylan has partnered with Angel’s Envy Bourbon co-founder Marc Bushala in the venture. The New York ...

Celebrity birthdays April 29-May 5

April 29: Actor Keith Baxter is 85. Bluesman Otis Rush is 83. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 64. Actress Leslie Jordan (“The Help,” “Will and Grace”) is 63. Actress Kate Mulgrew (“Orange Is The New Black,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) is 63. Singer Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips is 50. ...

Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood roars back into action

LOS ANGELES — Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of “Avengers: Infinity War” Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn’t be coming at a better time. The box office for the year is down nearly three percent, and the ...

Pacino, De Palma remember ‘Scarface’ at Tribeca reunion

NEW YORK — Old “Scarface” friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma for an evening full of reflection on how the ferocious and garish gangster epic — like Tony ...

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many ...

Bridal designers talk princess moments and Meghan Markle

NEW YORK — With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approaching, princesses were a hot topic of conversation during the recent market week for the bridal industry. Who will dress the American for her big day May 19 and what style she will choose remains a locked-down ...

Commercial and critical darling Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer

NEW YORK — Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize. The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed ...

Stapleton, Lambert, Underwood and Vegas win at ACM Awards

The 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards marked a memorable night for the victims of the massive Las Vegas shooting, comeback queen Carrie Underwood and triple-winners Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert. Jason Aldean paid tribute to the 58 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in ...

Showtime’s ‘Circus’ returns with new co-host Alex Wagner

NEW YORK — A lot has changed since the three hosts of Showtime’s “The Circus” shared duck at Washington’s Momofuku restaurant at the end of the show’s last season. Seemingly half of the White House staff, for one thing. More importantly for the political series, Mark Halperin was ...

Q&A: Country’s Kacey Musgraves on evolving sound, marriage

NEW YORK — Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles might sound like an odd pairing for a tour, but for Musgraves, it makes perfect sense. That’s because Musgraves is happy to bring country music to new and unexpected audiences and, at the same time, continue to expand her own sound, like she ...

Ex-E! host Catt Sadler finds herself a symbol of wage gap

NEW YORK — Catt Sadler may have walked out on her job late last year after discovering she was paid far less than a colleague, but the former E! News host says she’s found a better one — advocate. The former journalist is speaking out about the way women are shortchanged when it comes ...

Rapper Boosie boycotting music event over store fracas

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Hip-hop star Boosie BadAzz is calling for people to boycott the Biloxi Black Beach Weekend in Mississippi. His dispute began when Boosie was pepper-sprayed by a local mall security guard after performing at last year's Spring Fest concert at the Mississippi Coast ...

Graceland opens vault for Elvis documentary to air on HBO

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new television documentary about Elvis Presley takes advantage of the vast collection of footage, pictures, documents and music from his estate to give a behind-the-scenes look at the king of rock ‘n’ roll. “Elvis Presley: The ...

Celebrity birthdays

April 8-14 By The Associated Press April 8: Comedian Shecky Greene is 92. Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is 77. Singer-guitarist Donita Sparks of L7 is 55. Singer Julian Lennon is 55. Actor Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Under the Dome”) is 55. Rapper Biz Markie is 54. Actress ...

Cardi B caps breakthrough year with debut album release

NEW YORK — The anticipation around Cardi B’s debut album has been scorching hot, so when breakthrough artist finally debuted the full album at a party late Thursday, she told the DJ to make sure the sound level was perfect. “DJ, make it a little loud ‘cause I don’t feel it in my ...

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s exit drama is already playing on stage

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Laughter has replaced fear in Zimbabwe as the dramatic events leading to the resignation of former leader Robert Mugabe are already playing out on stage. Crowds last week packed a theater in the capital, Harare, as Mugabe and his wife were openly mocked. Gazing out on ...

TV’s ‘Wonder Woman,’ Lynda Carter, added to Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — TV's “Wonder Woman” has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Actress Lynda Carter received the honor Tuesday. The 65-year-old said the television series gave birth to her career as a superhero and feminist icon. The show ran from 1975 to 1979. Patty Jenkins, who ...