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Ryan Seacrest back as host of ‘Idol’ when it returns on ABC

NEW YORK (AP) — Seacrest in! Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting “American Idol” when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May. Seacrest has ...

2 new Harry Potter books set to be published in October

LONDON (AP) — Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series. The British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, “A History of Magic,” opens in October and runs through ...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ signs 3 new stars in wake of cast departuresA

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale are set to join the cast of “Hawaii Five-0” with its eighth season. Wednesday’s announcement followed the recent departures of original cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who exited the police drama ...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington poses in the press room at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif. The Los Angeles County coroner says Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of rock, hip-hop and rap, has died in his home near Los Angeles. He was 41. Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating BenningtonÕs death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner says. He was 41. Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities ...

Comic-Con blasts into San Diego with movies, games, shows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calling all superheroes, sci-fi fans and genre lovers of all kinds: Comic-Con is here. The annual pop-culture celebration kicks off Wednesday night with a preview of the San Diego Convention Center’s showroom floor: 460,000 square feet of TV, film and video game ...

Singer Zac Brown visits teen in Philadelphia hospital

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Singer Zac Brown has visited a teenager in a hospital who missed the band’s latest Philadelphia concert after he was paralyzed in a swimming pool accident. Seventeen-year-old Thomas Schoettle (SHET’-tel) hit his head and injured his neck last month after diving into ...

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher honored as ‘Legends’ by Disney

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mark Hamill has been bestowed one of Disney’s highest honors, but he can’t believe Carrie Fisher wasn’t there to see it. Hamill and Fisher were named Disney Legends during a ceremony Friday at the company’s biannual fan convention, the D23 Expo in Anaheim, ...

Studio: Kermit actor fired for ‘unacceptable’ conduct

NEW YORK (AP) — The Muppets Studio is blaming “unacceptable business conduct” for its dismissal of Steve Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog. This explanation, issued Monday, follows Whitmire’s emotional blog post last week after his firing was made public. He said ...

Tick-Tock: Christopher Nolan on the rhythm of ‘Dunkirk’

NEW YORK — A ticking sound runs throughout “Dunkirk” like an omnipresent reminder that time is running out for the 340,000 British and Allied soldiers marooned on the French beach and surrounded by Germans. It’s a tick-tock effect woven into the score that originated, fittingly, from ...

This image released by HBO shows Nathan Darrow as Andrew Madoff, left, Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff, center, and Alessandro Nivola as Mark Madoff in "The Wizard of Lies." De Niro was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO via AP)

Facts and figures about the 69th Emmy Awards nominations

LOS ANGELES — Fun facts about Thursday’s nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards: Oscar winners, Emmy newbies Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon are Emmy hopefuls after scoring their first nominations from the Television Academy — and both for appearing in HBO projects ...

Where’s Rey? Despite Monopoly maker’s promise, still missing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Where’s the character Rey in the “Star Wars” version of Monopoly? In a land far, far away, apparently. Eighteen months after game-maker Hasbro Inc. promised to add the female character to the game by the fall of 2016, an Illinois girl who wrote to the company to say ...

Documentary film ‘Remember. Honor. Ride.’ showing in Williamsport

“Remember. Honor. Ride.” is a 30 minute documentary film about the founding and the organic growth of the 9-11 Memorial Ride, a 42-mile motorcycle parade in Lycoming County that draws approximately ten thousand bikers and over 20,000 community spectators. It began in the emotional ...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ cast departures highlight racial wage gap in TV

When “Hawaii Five-0” returns to CBS this fall, it’ll be short two original cast members. Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who starred on the 2010 reboot for seven seasons, left the show last weekend amid rumors of unsuccessful salary negotiations with the network. Variety reported last ...

FILE - In this May 9, 2017 file photo, Harry Styles performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Director Christopher Nolan and actor Mark Rylance didn't know quite how famous Harry Styles was before "Dunkirk," opening July 21. Styles, 23, who gained fame with One Direction and recently launched his solo career, plays a British soldier in Nolan's suspense-thriller about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, France, in May and June of 1940. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Christopher Nolan didn’t know how famous Harry Styles was

LOS ANGELES — Director Christopher Nolan and actor Mark Rylance didn’t know quite how famous Harry Styles was before “Dunkirk.” The young people in their lives certainly did. “I don’t think I was that aware really of how famous Harry was” before casting the pop star in the ...

Candy Crush addicts get new outlet as video game comes to TV

LOS ANGELES — Candy Crush addicts, and you know who you are, put down your mobile device immediately. Then you can watch “Candy Crush,” the TV game show. Expect breezy, energetic fun from the CBS series debuting 9 p.m. EDT Sunday with host Mario Lopez, said executive producer Matt ...

Detroit’s musical rebellion theme of revue led by Don Was

DETROIT — When days of deadly rioting broke out in Detroit a half-century ago, Don Was lived on the city’s outskirts, about to turn 16. He’d already been turned on to the power of protest music, but the unrest that enveloped 25 city blocks and claimed 43 lives was another turning point ...

Russian author Daniil Granin dies at 98

MOSCOW (AP) — Daniil Granin, a Russian author who wrote a chronicle of the Nazi siege of Leningrad and several widely popular novels, has died. He was 98. Granin, a World War II veteran whose writings made him a moral authority for many in Russia, died Tuesday at a hospital in St. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I recently attended the wedding of a college friend of mine. In the days preceding the wedding, a buddy of mine asked whether I was going to wear a tuxedo. I told him no, because the invitation said “formal attire.” I interpreted “formal” to mean I should wear a suit, ...

Teen musicians to take soulful Memphis Sound anew to Europe

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The roster of American musicians was impressive: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the MGs. They arrived in Europe in 1967, bringing with them the powerful, soulful Memphis Sound. Ahead was a tour with stops in London, Paris and elsewhere. These ...

Famed Hollywood actress sues over ‘Feud’ depiction

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood great Olivia de Havilland has launched her own sequel to the TV series “Feud” — a lawsuit. The double Oscar-winning actress filed suit Friday against FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy’s company, alleging the drama inaccurately depicts her as a gossipmonger ...