Entertainment

States, feds involved in movie theater antitrust inquiries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Justice Department and several states are investigating alleged antitrust violations by the country's biggest movie theater chains, according to securities filings and the Ohio attorney general.AMC and Cinemark both acknowledged investigative demands by the government ...

Drunken-driving charge against actor Sam Shepard dismissed

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors in New Mexico have dismissed a drunken-driving charge against actor and playwright Sam Shepard.The Albuquerque Journal reports the Magistrate Court said there was no likelihood the case against Shepard would succeed at trial.District Attorney Angela Pacheco ...

50 Cent reduces asking price for Connecticut mansion — again

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Rapper 50 Cent has lowered the asking price for his Connecticut mansion again after filing for bankruptcy in the state this past summer.The Hartford Courant reports the new listing for 50 Cent's 21-bedroom, 25-bathroom home in Farmington is $8.5 million.The rapper ...

Musical advice for ‘Gee Bees,’ fans who have lost touch

NEW YORK - Music journalist Jim Fusilli calls them the generationally biased, or Gee Bees. They're the folks who lose touch with popular music around the time their first grey hairs sprout, and are convinced that nothing can compare with the music of their youth.Some are boors, no doubt. But ...

‘Force Awakens’ pulls in record $57M on opening night

NEW YORK - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has set a box office record with an estimated $57 million from Thursday night shows.The Walt Disney Co.'s estimate on Friday easily surpassed the previous Thursday night record of $43.5 million by 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part ...

Medical examiner: Scott Weiland died from toxic mix of drugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of a toxic mix of drugs that included cocaine, according to a medical examiner's office in Minnesota where he was found dead on his tour bus in early December.The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday that ...

Disney, other parks add metal detectors for the holidays

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - With the nation increasingly concerned about safety in public, three major theme parks announced Thursday that they are adding security measures including metal detectors ahead of the busy holiday season.Officials at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld's Florida theme parks said ...

Meek Mill gets love from Kenny Gamble in fight to avoid jail

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Music producer Kenny Gamble is among a string of witnesses pledging to mentor Meek Mill as the Philadelphia rapper tries to stay out of jail.Gamble, who co-wrote a slew of 1970s R&B hits, says it would do no good for the 28-year-old to return to prison over parole ...

PBS series finds these 2 very unlikely Bills are related

NEW YORK - The PBS series "Finding Your Roots" has discovered that political television's polar opposite Bills - Maher and O'Reilly - are distant cousins.The revelation shocks the two men as it seems to tickle the show's host, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The series, which ...

N.W.A. joins quartet of 1970s hit-makers in rock hall

NEW YORK (AP) - The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers - Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller - as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.N.W.A., led by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful ...

Judges hike rates for music streamers; Pandora shares jump

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A panel of copyright judges on Wednesday raised the amount Internet music streaming services like Pandora must pay to record labels next year and beyond.The Internet radio giant hailed the ruling as "balanced" and its shares jumped, but artist and label group SoundExchange ...

Margaritaville madness: Jimmy Buffett musical in the works

NEW YORK (AP) - Parrottheads, rejoice - there's a Jimmy Buffett musical in the works.Producers said Thursday that the show will have Buffett's blend of rock and country tunes and an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley.Christopher Ashley will direct.A world premiere ...

Cosby’s attorneys move Pittsburgh-area suit to federal court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bill Cosby's attorneys have moved a defamation lawsuit by a Pittsburgh-area woman from state to federal court.The document filed late Tuesday is known as a notice of removal. It lets someone move a lawsuit to federal court if the parties live in different legal ...

‘Top Gun,’ ‘Shawshank’ added to National Film Registry

WASHINGTON - It's a bro-centric year for movies added to the prestigious National Film Registry.Two of the most popular male-bonding movies of all time - "Top Gun" and "The Shawshank Redemption" - are being added to the collection of films preserved by the Library of Congress, the library ...

‘Mad Max’ leads Critics’ Choice Awards nominations with 13

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Mad Max: Fury Road" was critically acclaimed upon its release over the summer, and now it's the top nominee at the Critics' Choice Awards.The film collected 13 bids, including best picture, director (George Miller), actress (Charlize Theron) and actor (Tom Hardy), when ...

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ sets new multiplatinum sales record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is still scaring up sales and giving the King of Pop's legacy a new milestone.The album has sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multiplatinum status, the Recording Industry Association of ...

LL Cool J back for fifth straight year as Grammy host

NEW YORK (AP) - The Grammy Awards will celebrate a lot of new music, but its ceremony will have a familiar face up-front in host LL Cool J.The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the rap artist and actor will be the master of ceremonies for the fifth consecutive year. The Grammys will be ...

Cosby says 7 women who sued him made false accusations

BOSTON - Bill Cosby fired back Monday at seven women who are suing him for defamation, accusing them of making false accusations of sexual misconduct for financial gain.In a countersuit filed in federal court, Cosby alleges the women made "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory ...

AMC theater chain names Starwood boss Aron as new CEO

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is naming Starwood Hotels and Resorts' interim CEO Adam Aron as its new chief executive, replacing interim CEO Craig Ramsey. Aron starts Jan. 4.Aron, 61, headed Starwood as interim boss since February. He also is the former CEO of ...

Showtime starting a weekly series on campaign

NEW YORK (AP) - Showtime is jumping into politics, announcing Tuesday that it will air a weekly documentary series giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 presidential campaign."The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth" will premiere the week before the Iowa caucus, ...