Entertainment

Tina Fey returns as Sarah Palin on ‘SNL,’ Oscars parodied

NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Fey returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise her impression of Sarah Palin and give a rambling, sometimes-rhyming endorsement to Donald Trump.The sketch kicked off the cold open to "SNL" on Saturday, with Fey and Darrell Hammond skewering the former Alaska governor's ...

Judge delays murder trial for actor from ‘The Shield’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has delayed a murder trial for an actor who appeared on the television series "The Shield" to give his attorneys more time to investigate.Actor Michael Jace is charged with killing his wife in May 2014, and his attorneys have been seeking access to her cellphone.Los ...

Billy Joel pledges $1M to save LI high school for the arts

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) - Billy Joel is pledging $1 million to help save Long Island High School for the Arts from closing.A spokeswoman for the singer says he would donate the money if the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services vows to keep the school open for three years.School ...

Ebertfest to open with del Torro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Roger Ebert's film festival will open this year with director Guillermo del Toro and his 2015 gothic horror movie "Crimson Peak."Chaz Ebert says her late husband would have approved of the choice for the 18th annual Ebertfest in Champaign.She told The (Champaign) ...

Broadway’s spring offers Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Lange

NEW YORK - When the weather warms up on Broadway, the stars will come out. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Lange and Audra McDonald are some of the celebrities slated for the stage this spring. Here's a look at some of the highlights:SAME ACTRESS, SAME ROLEJessica Lange will return to Broadway in ...

Former rap mogul Suge Knight gets new lawyer in murder case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has a new lawyer in a murder case filed after authorities said he ran over two men in a parking lot last year in Compton, California.Former prosecutor Stephen L. Schwartz has replaced Thomas Mesereau, who won an acquittal for ...

Adele’s ‘Hello’ fastest to reach 1 billion views on YouTube

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sorry, Psy. Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube.The streaming service announced Thursday that her music video for "Hello" greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy's "Gangnam Style.""If ...

George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ plots a life away from Broadway

NEW YORK - Theatergoers' allegiance to "Allegiance" on Broadway may not have been strong, but its creators vow to get their musical seen elsewhere."I know it has a life," said George Takei, who helped turn his childhood memories of being forced into a Wyoming internment camp into the show, ...

Robert Redford addresses diversity in film at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah - As the Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, founder Robert Redford weighed in on the controversy over the lack of diversity this year among Oscar nominees in acting categories."I'm not focused on that part," the two-time Oscar winner said. "To me, it's about the ...

Judge tosses Pennsylvania woman’s defamation suit vs. Cosby

PITTSBURGH - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh-area woman who claims Bill Cosby defamed her when he and his representatives responded to allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her and other women.The October lawsuit filed by Renita Hill, 48, of ...

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, Ruffalo also mulling

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. Best supporting actor nominee Mark Ruffalo also says he's considering skipping the ceremony."My ...

Don McLean’s wife cites years of abuse leading to his arrest

Don McLean's wife cites years of abuse leading to his arrestCAMDEN, Maine (AP) - Don McLean's wife was granted a temporary order of protection from the "American Pie" singer after she cited a pattern of abuse going back three decades.Police in Maine arrested McLean on a misdemeanor ...

Community Theatre League to hold ribbon-cutting for performing arts academy

The Community Academy of Stage and Theater, or CAST, will have its official ribbon cutting, dedication and open house at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St.The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.CAST, the educational branch of the Community ...

Jamie Foxx helps rescue driver from vehicle

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has played super villains and antiheroes on screen. The role of super hero he apparently saved for real life.Foxx and the victim's father, who met and talked Tuesday, said that Foxx and one other person pulled a man from his burning ...

Mos Def charged with breaking South Africa’s immigration law

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - An American rapper has found out the hard way that a "world passport" isn't accepted in South Africa.Mos Def must appear in court for allegedly breaking South Africa's immigration laws, an official said Wednesday.The rapper and actor was charged with using a false identity, ...

Calls for boycott over diversity grow, throw Oscars into turmoil

NEW YORK - Growing calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees are forcing stars to choose sides and threatening to throw the movie industry's biggest night of the year into turmoil.The backlash over the second straight year of all-white ...

Spike Lee has other plans on Oscars night: the Knicks game

NEW YORK (AP) - Instead of going to the Academy Awards, Spike Lee has other plans: "I'm going to the Knicks game," he said Wednesday on "Good Morning America."Lee gave his first interview after announcing Monday that he would not go to this year's Oscar ceremony because of pervasive diversity ...

Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

NEW YORK - Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year's ceremony, the academy's president said it was time for major changes - and soon.Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and ...

Chicago brings producer Dick Wolf back to fore at NBC

PASADENA, Calif. - With all the changes in television over the past few decades, Dick Wolf has remained resilient and is now resurgent.A few years ago, the producer behind the "Law & Order" empire at NBC saw his three prime-time shows cut back to one, and was stung when the original ...