Entertainment

CBS’ ‘Murphy Brown’ is back, ready to ‘make some noise’

LOS ANGELES — Last season’s short-lived “Roseanne” revival blew an air kiss to President Donald Trump in its debut episode before it reverted to finding laughs in family and working-class woes, not politics. Expect “Murphy Brown,” another reborn 20th-century sitcom, to be ...

J Balvin leads Latin Grammy noms with 8 nods, 1 with Beyonce

NEW YORK — Reggaeton star J Balvin received eight Latin Grammy Award nominations on Thursday, including two for record of the year, one for album of the year and one for song of the year with Beyonce for their hit version of “Mi gente,” also featuring Willy William. Spanish sensation ...

Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film for release in 2020

LONDON (AP) — American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is replacing Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on ...

Jefferson Airplane’s Kaukonen is still on embryonic journey

LOS ANGELES — Long before he wrote and recorded the Jefferson Airplane classic “Embryonic Journey,” Jorma Kaukonen was on a decades-long journey of discovery of his own. From shy, sometimes bullied upper-class son of a globe-trotting U.S. diplomat in post-colonial Pakistan, Kaukonen ...

Emmys: An epic proposal, but winners lacking in diversity

“The Proposal.” It was a 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock, but now will forever be the informal title of the 2018 Emmys telecast, thanks to a memorable romantic gesture from Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss — who summoned the courage to propose to his girlfriend on live TV. She said ...

Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts, life after ‘Roseanne’

LOS ANGELES — There’s so much television to watch or pretend to watch — have you really followed all of wrenching “The Handmaid’s Tale” or even heartwarming “This Is Us”? — the guru who coined the term “peak TV” is upping the ante. John Landgraf, the erudite chief ...

Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ‘’Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” has died following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57. Mazzie died Thursday at her ...

CBS exec’s downfall shows the power — and limits — of #MeToo

NEW YORK — Is Les Moonves’ departure from CBS a breakthrough for the #MeToo movement? While he is the most powerful CEO brought down yet by sexual misconduct allegations over the past year, CBS is facing criticism for not pushing him out sooner, for thanking him in its announcement and ...

Alfonso Cuaron on building ‘Roma’ on childhood memories

TORONTO — Alfonso Cuaron’s last movie, the dazzling space thriller “Gravity,” won seven Oscars and grossed more than $720 million worldwide. His new movie, “Roma,” is based on his childhood memories and was shot in black and white in the Mexico City neighborhood he grew up ...

CMT honors only women at annual Artists of the Year show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. The move comes as female ...

Tiffany Haddish leads African-American Emmys sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish led an African-American sweep of Emmy Awards for TV series guest actors, a landmark moment in the entertainment industry’s effort to foster diversity. Haddish was honored at Saturday’s creative arts Emmys for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” while ...

Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after lunging at Minaj

NEW YORK — Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head. A person who witnessed the incident who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said ...

With ‘The Nun,’ Warner Bros.’ box office streak continues

LOS ANGELES — The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the “Conjuring” franchise and another win for Warner Bros. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga-led film brought in $53.5 million from ...

Women rally for gender equality at Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO — Women filmmakers, activists and actors congregated outside the hub of the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday in a series of impassioned speeches on gender inequality in the movie industry and the power of female voices to overcome it. The “Share Her Journey ...

Film academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood

LOS ANGELES — The idea to hand out a popular film Oscar has been shelved for now following widespread backlash, but film academy president John Bailey says that the new category was well-intentioned in its efforts to reflect a changing industry and misunderstood by its critics. The Academy ...

Mexican rock band Mana is Latin Grammys’ Person of the Year

NEW YORK — Mana will be honored as Person of the Year 2018 by the Latin Recording Academy, and Fher Olvera, lead vocalist of the influential Mexican rock band, can’t help but recall its beginnings “in a little truck,” as they say, chopping wood and carrying water. “The band Mana ...

Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm

ATLANTA (AP) — A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for saying black America is losing “its soul” at Aretha Franklin’s funeral stands firm by his words with the hope critics can understand his perspective. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. told The Associated Press in a phone interview ...

Garland’s stolen ruby slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’ are found

­­MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say they have recovered a pair of sequined ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that were stolen from a museum in her northern Minnesota hometown 13 years ago. The slippers were taken from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand ...

In Venice hit ‘First Man,’ another day of sun for Chazelle

NEW YORK — Damien Chazelle’s last movie, “La La Land,” was about a man clinging to nostalgia. His new one, “First Man,” doesn’t merely flirt with the past. It throttles back in time. But Chazelle’s reason for revisiting NASA’s 1969 mission to the moon isn’t to polish the ...

Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s next film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s next film, his first significant role on the big screen. In the movie written by Richard Curtis, former “EastEnders” star Himesh Patel plays a singer-songwriter who wakes up one day as the only person in the world who ...