Entertainment

Victoria Justice talks ‘Rocky Horror’ at Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO - "Dammit, Janet," there's another musical coming to television, and Victoria Justice could not be happier to hear those words.The television star will play Janet Weiss in a "re-imagined" version of the classic stage musical and cult film."It's been an amazing experience so far to ...

Zola twitter story in development for James Franco to direct

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Zola twitter story about a wild road trip to Florida that went viral late last year is in development to be turned into a feature film that actor James Franco will direct.Franco's publicist confirmed on Thursday reports that Franco, Andrew Neel and the production company ...

Coldplay to honor past, present and future at Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future.At a news conference Thursday, the band's members said they will have the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles there to represent the future and Beyonce - ...

Celine Dion speaks for 1st time about late husband

LAS VEGAS - Celine Dion said her husband kept her grounded and protected her from the gritty business details of her superstar career.The singer, who spoke for the first time publicly since Rene Angelil died, paid tribute at a Wednesday night memorial at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las ...

Judge: Suit seeking to stop Chicago Lucas Museum can go on

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront, leaving open the possibility that the museum as currently envisioned may not get built.Friends of the Parks, ...

Mexican actress seeks injunction in possible drug lord case

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Actress Kate del Castillo has filed a petition seeking an injunction against any arrest related to Mexico's investigation of her relationship with detained drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a court official confirmed Wednesday.Del Castillo arranged a meeting between the ...

BBC says American actor Matt LeBlanc to join ‘Top Gear’

LONDON (AP) - Former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc will be joining the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, presenting the revamped car show with Chris Evans, the British broadcaster said Thursday.LeBlanc, who starred as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom "Friends," is the first non-British actor to ...

Country legend Merle Haggard cancels February shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country legend Merle Haggard has canceled his shows in February due to health issues caused by pneumonia in both lungs.A statement released by his publicist said the singer-songwriter was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with the illness and has decided to ...

Cast of Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ to perform at Grammy show

NEW YORK (AP) - The Grammy Awards this year will have a little Broadway sparkle: The cast of "Hamilton" will perform live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre.It will be the first time the Grammys have made room for a Broadway show since "American Idiot" in 2010.The cast will be part ...

Def Leppard postpones tour due to illness

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - The British rock band Def Leppard is postponing the remainder of its winter tour due to an unspecified illness.A statement on the group's website said all concerts through Feb. 17 will be rescheduled. That includes shows scheduled in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and ...

Halle Berry: Hollywood not truthful about people of color

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. - Halle Berry said Hollywood's lack of diversity stems from a lack of honesty. Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, she said, "and the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren't truthful.""The reason they're not truthful these days is they aren't ...

Shakespeare on stage in migrant camp in north France

CALAIS, France (AP) - The Globe theater company took "Hamlet" to a squalid camp in the French city of Calais on Wednesday, bringing one of William Shakespeare's best-known tragedies to an audience of migrants desperate to cross the English Channel to reach the famed playwright's native ...

Cosby’s lawyers push to get sexual assault case thrown out

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Bill Cosby and his lawyers went to court Tuesday to try to get the sexual assault case against him thrown out because of what they say was a binding commitment by a previous district attorney not to prosecute him a decade ago.The current district attorney has said he has no ...

Model drops sex abuse lawsuit against Bill Cosby

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A model has dropped her lawsuit accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.Federal court records show Chloe Goins dismissed her lawsuit on Tuesday without explanation.Her filing in Los Angeles was done in a way that would ...

Box Office Top 20: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ dethrones ‘Revenant’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Kung Fu Panda 3" punched "The Revenant" back to its second place spot over the weekend. The animated sequel brought in a robust $41.3 million - which is a franchise low, but nonetheless a healthy showing in a generally slow time of the year at the box office. "Kung Fu Panda ...

Berlin offers stars, global offerings for Streep-led jury

BERLIN (AP) - New movies starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst will compete for the top honors at this year's Berlin International Film Festival with offerings from Iran, Tunisia the Philippines and elsewhere, with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury that will choose the ...

‘Mad Max’ director Miller to lead Cannes film festival jury

PARIS (AP) - The Cannes Film Festival has invited "Mad Max" director George Miller to preside over this year's jury and award the Palme d'Or for France's equivalent of the Oscars.The festival said Tuesday that choosing Miller, an Australian director, screenwriter and producer, was a celebration ...

Lady Gaga to perform tribute to David Bowie at Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) - Lady Gaga will pay tribute to the late David Bowie during the Grammy Awards later this month.The Grammys announced Tuesday that Gaga will perform a "multisensory tribute" to Bowie at the Feb. 15 ceremony in Los Angeles. Nile Rodgers, who worked with Bowie on the 1983 hit "Let's ...

Utah officials: No sign of human trafficking at Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Utah law enforcement officials did not find any signs of human trafficking at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City amid a stepped-up focus on the crime.The Deseret News reported that though plain-clothes and uniformed officers from agencies often work the festival, ...

Truck driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guilty

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan has pleaded not guilty to aggravated manslaughter and other charges in New Jersey.Kevin Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when the crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in June ...