Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant
BERLIN (AP) — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S.
Review: 'Ma Rainey' is Boseman's final, perhaps finest gift
Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen as fast-talking trumpeter Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” like a man on an electrified tightrope -- balancing precariously between hope and cynicism, humor and sadness, joy and pain, and love and hate.
The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever
NEW YORK (AP) — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.
Duchess of Sussex reveals she had miscarriage in the summer
LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.
The Weeknd criticizes Grammys over nominations snub
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weeknd angrily slammed the Grammy Awards, calling them “corrupt” after the pop star walked away with zero nominations despite having multiple hits this year.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic
NEW YORK (AP) — Jawan M. Jackson recently got to do something he's been yearning to do for months — sing and dance again with his Broadway cast.
Kaley Cuoco judged a book by its cover for her new TV series
NEW YORK (AP) — Kaley Cuoco knew she wanted to turn Chris Bohjalian’s best-selling novel “The Flight Attendant’ into a TV series when the book caught her eye online.
BTS band members, fans welcome its first Grammy nomination
SEOUL (AP) — K-pop band BTS has earned its first Grammy nomination, a long-awaited feat for the South Korean act that has been reshaping the global pop landscape with record-breaking songs and well-mobilized fans.
Barack Obama to be honored next month by PEN America
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, already a million-selling author, is also a prize-winning author. PEN America announced Wednesday that Obama will receive its second annual Voice of Influence Award in recognition of how his writings “have traversed political, social, and ideological bounds and framed a self-reflective humanism that has marked his influence on public life.” Obama, whose memoir “A Promised Land” came out last week, will be honored Dec.
Amid racial reckoning, Grammys honor the Black experience
NEW YORK (AP) — With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before.
A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé is bringing her Black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine.
Fox News, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich settle suit
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News has reached a settlement with slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich's parents, who alleged in a lawsuit that the cable news company exploited their son's death in stories and commentary.
Review: A breezy, lighthearted rom-com in ‘Happiest Season’
Who we are with our parents and who we are in a romantic relationship can seem like different people. For Harper (Mackenzie Davis), a newspaper reporter living a nice adult life in Pittsburgh with her art student girlfriend Abby (Kristen Stewart), the gap is more dramatic than most: She has yet to come out to her parents.
Fox News viewership slips post-election, prodded by Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — In a bizarre video retweeted Tuesday by President Donald Trump, a sinister-looking Randy Quaid is seen in a closeup with flashing lights illuminating his bearded face as he intones, “Fox News daytime ratings have completely collapsed.” Did the actor, who posted his proclamation nearly two weeks ago, know what he was talking about? Fox's daytime viewership dropped 32 percent from the two weeks prior to Election Day to the two weeks after, the Nielsen company said.
12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out
NEW YORK (AP) — Twelve things worth noting about Tuesday's nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to posthumous nominees to famous folks competing for awards.
Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week
Former President Barack Obama's “A Promised Land” sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week, roughly equal to the combined first week sales of memoirs by his two immediate predecessors and among the highest ever for a nonfiction book.
BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa react to Grammy noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards: “What??? Who me? Oh my God.” — Megan Thee Stallion, during a livestream after the Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr.
2021 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories
A list of nominees in the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. — Album of the year: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas; “Everyday Life,” Coldplay; “Djesse Vol.
John Boyega isn't going to 'take the money and shush'
NEW YORK (AP) — John Boyega is only 28, but being a professional actor of 10 years and a veteran of three “Star Wars” films has given him insight into what it’s like for a young performer breaking into Hollywood.
Review: A maximalist family romp in ‘The Croods: A New Age”
Remember “The Croods”? It’s understandable if the answer is a “sure, kinda?” The 2013 animated film about a cave family in a fictional prehistoric era featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman was pretty enjoyable, made a decent amount of money and even got an Oscar nomination.
Disastrous first debate is one rerun Fox's Wallace avoids
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two months later, Chris Wallace can't bring himself to watch a rerun of the disastrous first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
Helen LaFrance, who painted rural memories, dies at 101
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Black Kentucky artist whose painted memories of rural life in Kentucky are featured in U.S. and European museums and in the collections of well-known personalities including Oprah Winfrey, has died.
Douglas Stuart hopes Booker win helps working-class writers
LONDON (AP) — Fittingly in this year of work-from-home and lockdowns, Douglas Stuart’s life-changing moment came to him on his sofa.
Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Chris Columbus save Christmas
They may be one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have never felt the pressure to use that unmatched chemistry for the big screen time and time again.
Taylor Swift 'folklore' concert film coming to Disney+
NEW YORK (AP) — A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+. The singer announced Tuesday that “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday.