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Funeral for singer Natalie Cole to be held in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A funeral for Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole will be held today in Los Angeles.A spokesperson for the family said Saturday that the service will be at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where Cole was once a member. R&B star Chaka Khan is expected to sing ...

Reports: Partner of dead ‘EastEnders’ actress arrested

LONDON (AP) - British media reports say the partner of a former "EastEnders" actress who was murdered along with her two sons has been arrested in Ghana.British police earlier opened a murder inquiry for Sian Blake, 8-year-old Zachary and 4-year-old Amon, whose bodies were found in the garden ...

Mexico: Sean Penn interview helped locate drug lord

MEXICO CITY - The recapture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman took a surprise, Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces at one point located the world's most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with U.S. actor Sean Penn.Penn's interview with Guzman, who has ...

Drug lords real and fictional plentiful in pop culture

He thought his story was movie material. After all drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leader of Sinaloa cartel, had been captured twice and escaped, and that, along with his ruthlessness, made him a name known in pop culture.Drug lords - both fictitious and real- have long captured ...

Family: Cole died from pulmonary tension, which led to heart failure

NEW YORK (AP) - Natalie Cole's family said the singer's cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.Her family said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that after Cole received a kidney transplant in 2009, she was diagnosed with ...

Pat Harrington Jr., a hit sitcom’s cocky handyman, dies

NEW YORK - Pat Harrington Jr., an actor and comedian who in the 1950s got attention as a member of Steve Allen's fabled TV comic troupe but secured lasting fame decades later as Dwayne Schneider, the cocky handyman on the long-running sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died.Harrington died Jan. 6 ...

Anderson Cooper helps to tell story of mother in HBO film

PASADENA, Calif. - Since he's always asking people about their lives in his role as a CNN reporter, Anderson Cooper said it felt only natural that he do the same with his own life and that of his famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.He also believes the upcoming HBO film, "Nothing Left Unsaid: ...

Tony Yazbeck to take over from Matthew Morrison on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Yazbeck will step into the heroic shoes of former "Glee" star Matthew Morrison in Broadway's "Finding Neverland."Yazbeck will play J.M. Barrie, the "Peter Pan" author, in the adaptation from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons ...

Kerry Washington: Anita Hill role terrifying responsibility

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Kerry Washington says she was acutely aware of the challenge of playing Anita Hill in a miniseries dramatizing Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings."I was terrified. Portraying somebody who's real is a different kind of responsibility, especially when ...

Beyonce to perform at Super Bowl halftime show next month

NEW YORK (AP) - Beyonce is returning to the Super Bowl halftime show.Pepsi confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the 34-year-old singer will perform at the Feb. 7 show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Last month, Coldplay announced it would perform at the halftime ...

‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol’ lead race for British film awards

LONDON - Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies" and lush lesbian romance "Carol" lead nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, while Eddie Redmayne has a chance to win a second straight best-actor prize with his role as a transgender artist in "The Danish Girl.""Bridge of Spies" and ...

‘Tales from the Crypt,’ helmed by Shyamalan, to rise again on TNT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:'TALES FROM THE CRYPT' RISES AGAINThe 1950s era comic book series "Tales From the Crypt" is being ...

Late Motorhead frontman features in Finnish milk ad

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) - A Finnish dairy company has released a commercial featuring Motorhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister that was filmed just weeks before his death in December.The 40-second spot published Friday on YouTube by Valio is a remake of a 1990s milk ad that is well known in ...

Los Angeles County prosecutors reject Cosby sex charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors declined Wednesday to charge Bill Cosby with sexually abusing two teenagers in 1965 and 2008, citing time limits and a lack of evidence.The decision comes about a week after Cosby, 78, was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in ...

Spike Jonze gives peek at new Viceland channel

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The new Viceland cable channel that launches next month will have series with actress Ellen Page exploring gay and lesbian life around the world, actor Michael K. Williams telling about black market economies and celebrity chef Eddie Huang illustrating stories about ...

Television Critics Association news

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:TNT AXES 'RIZZOLI & ISLES'TNT is ending the crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles" after its ...

Golden Globes to offer a galaxy of stars, if not the Force

BEVERLY?HILLS (AP) The 73rd annual Golden Globes will hope its assemblage of Hollywood stars, from Jennifer Lawrence to Leonardo DiCaprio, will be enough to offset the absence of a different kind of star.Though "Star Wars" is again packing movie theaters and smashing box office records, J.J. ...

French conductor, composer Pierre Boulez dies at 90

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Pierre Boulez, the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic who moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long career that made him one of the leading figures in modern classical music, has died at age 90.Boulez, who had been unable to ...

Netflix expands into 130 more countries in surprise move

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix has begun streaming its Internet video service in 130 more countries, nearly completing its expansion a year ahead of schedule.CEO Reed Hastings made the surprise announcement at the end of a presentation Wednesday in Las Vegas at CES, a showcase for gadgets and ...

Q&A: A look at Netflix’s documentary ‘Making a Murderer’

MILWAUKEE - The 10-part Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer," which casts doubt on the legal process in the case of convicted killers Steven Avery and his then-teenage nephew Brendan Dassey, has prompted celebrities to armchair sleuths to flood online message boards and Twitter ...