Entertainment

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 ...

‘Orange’ star trades jailbird jumpsuit for designer denim

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Now sought-after for her edgy, androgynous style, actress Ruby Rose initially struggled to find her niche."When I first started in the industry back home in Australia at 18 there was a lot of push and shove as to how I should dress, if I was allowed to cut my hair short, if I ...

Woodley, Skarsgard join cast of HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard are part of a new HBO project, "Big Little Lies."They join previously announced stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who also are executive producers for the limited series.HBO describes "Big Little Lies" as a darkly comedic ...

Camille Cosby seeks to delay deposition in Springfield suit

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Attorneys for the wife of comedian Bill Cosby have filed a motion asking a federal judge to postpone her scheduled deposition until the appeal of a mandate requiring her testimony is settled.The Boston Globe reports that Camille Cosby's lawyers filed the motion Monday ...

Police find bodies in hunt for missing ‘EastEnders’ actress

LONDON (AP) - Police searching for an actress who appeared on long-running British soap opera "EastEnders" and her two children say they have found three bodies.Sian Blake, 8-year-old Zachary and 4-year-old Amon were last seen Dec. 13.London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that three bodies ...

Box Office Top 20: ‘Star Wars’ flies toward ‘Avatar’ record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is even closer to usurping "Avatar's" reign as the top domestic box office earner of all time.Disney's record-busting film brought in $90.2 million over the New Year's weekend, bringing its domestic total to $742.2 million. "Avatar" earned ...

Broadway has a great holiday but data not great for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway ended 2015 and started the new year with a bang, generating the best attended and highest grossing week in history. But theater producers may have a hangover when they see that box office receipts and overall attendance for 2015 dipped from the previous year.According ...

California artist is winner of 2015 Robert De Niro Sr. Prize

NEW YORK (AP) - California-based artist Laura Owens has been named the winner of an annual award named for Robert De Niro's late father.The $25,000 Robert De Niro Sr. Prize is presented to a mid-career American artist in the field of painting.It was announced Monday by actor Robert De Niro, who ...

Motion to block subpoena of Bill Cosby’s wife denied

BOSTON (AP) - Bill Cosby's wife will be forced to testify in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago.A federal judge on Dec. 31 denied a motion by Camille Cosby to throw out a subpoena requiring her to give a deposition in the ...

Body of missing country singer recovered from Oklahoma lake

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a missing country singer from Arkansas who disappeared during a severe storm has been recovered from an Oklahoma lake.The patrol says its Marine Enforcement Division recovered the body of 29-year-old Craig M. Strickland ...

Free ‘Hamilton’ lottery shows take a break for winter

NEW YORK (AP) - Producers of the smash hit "Hamilton" have announced that their ticket lottery is going digital and their impromptu daily performances outside the theater will take a break for winter.The lottery offers 21 front-row tickets to the musical at the price of $10, the bill that ...

Swan song for ‘American Idol’ after 15 game-changing years

LOS ANGELES - It started on June 11, 2002, with a couple of unfamiliar hosts posing in an empty theater and making an overblown declaration to TV viewers."Live on this stage, an unknown talent will be launched into superstardom," said Brian Dunkleman."You at home decide who will become the next ...

‘It’s a real beauty’ — Jimmy Buffett lyrics help tattoo shop

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A Virginia man who wants to open up a tattoo parlor in Key West can thank Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" for helping him with his latest court case.City officials twice referenced the song in opposition to Brad Buehrle's proposal for a new tattoo shop, saying drunken ...

Vegas police investigating Chris Brown for alleged battery

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police are investigating an allegation of battery against R&B singer Chris Brown.Authorities received a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday about the alleged battery at the Palms Casino Resort, Lt. Jeff Goodwin said. A police statement Saturday evening ...

Uptown Music Collective to begin enrollment for winter semester

The Uptown Music Collective, 848 W. Fourth St., will begin enrollment for its 2016 winter semester today, with the school's annual winter open house set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The semester will run from Jan. 11 to April 30.Interested students and parents will be able to tour the school, meet ...

‘Star Wars’ box office surpasses ‘Titanic,’ ‘Jurassic World’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estimates Sunday.In the first weekend of 2016, the record-busting film blew past the domestic ...

Natalie Cole, master of past and present styles

LOS ANGELES - She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat "King" Cole.Natalie Cole, who died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 65, was a Grammy winning superstar honored ...