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40 years after Elvis Presley’s death, impersonators talk about legacy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Four decades since his death, Elvis Presley still reigns as The King — for impersonators. Few artists inspire people all over the world to dress up and perform passionately on stage like Presley. Impersonators from different generations and various countries ...

How does Luis Fonsi savor his ‘Despacito’ success? Slowly

NEW YORK — The global phenomenon “Despacito” may be overwhelming to many, but not to Luis Fonsi — even when it has transformed him into a 24/7 globe-trotter. The Puerto Rican sensation considers it a real blessing that the megahit arrived two decades into his career. “It is a lot, ...

Bruce Forsyth, veteran British TV host and entertainer, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Forsyth, a legendary entertainer, host and quizmaster on English television whose career spanned the history of TV, has died. The BBC announced that Forsyth, who had brightened its airwaves for decades, died Friday at his home. He was 89. Dapper and mustachioed, with ...

Netflix wins ‘Scandal’ creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” from ABC, its latest big get as media companies old and new fight for viewers’ attention. The streaming service’s announcement late Sunday comes just days ...

Daniel Craig, back as Bond, keeps 007 fans on edge

NEW YORK — Daniel Craig’s 007-era will die another day. After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the “Late Show” that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019. “We’ve just ...

Unretired, Soderbergh wants to pull a fast one on Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) — “Populist Pictures” reads the buzzer to Steven Soderbergh’s Tribeca office. You might easily mistake it as ironic. It’s a grand title for a little nameplate on an otherwise nondescript Manhattan building. But he means it. Four years after dramatically quitting ...

Game of Thrones episode shown in Spain, Nordics by error

MADRID (AP) — HBO said Wednesday that due to an error the sixth episode of Games of Thrones’ seventh season was shown a week ahead of schedule in Spain and Nordic countries. The episode was available to subscribers in these areas early Tuesday for about an hour before being removed. The ...

Taylor Swift hopes her trial win inspires assault victims

DENVER — Immediately after a jury determined that Taylor Swift was groped by a radio station host at a backstage 2013 concert event in Denver, the singer-songwriter embraced one of her closest allies — her mother — and later said she hoped the verdict would inspire other victims of sexual ...

Stunt driver dies while filming ‘Deadpool 2’ in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — “Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds is mourning the death of a motorcycle stunt driver killed during production Monday. Reynolds released a statement on Twitter a few hours after the accident near the waterfront in downtown Vancouver. “Today, we ...

Paisley hopes to land punchlines with first comedy special

NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Brad Paisley can carry a tune, but can he land a punchline? On Tuesday, audiences will find out when the Grammy-winning recording artist hosts his first Netflix special, the “Brad Paisley Comedy Rodeo.” But Paisley isn’t worried. “You know for me ...

James Cameron says ‘Terminator 2’ as ‘timely as it ever was’

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four “Avatar” sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever — “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Cameron converted the 26-year-old film — in which one ...

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 ...