Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift, 'Crip Camp'
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday.
Ousted Grammy chief suggests awards are tainted
NEW YORK (AP) — The ousted head of the Grammy Awards says that music's biggest awards are tainted because of conflicts of interest that infect how certain songs and artists are nominated.
Review: Um, what? 'The Turning' is a muddled take on madness
It's really not a good sign when a movie ends with a bold, shocking flourish and much of the audience can be heard muttering through the credits: “Wait, um ...
Elton John, Erivo, Menzel, Metz among Oscar performers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The singers from five Oscar-nominated songs will reprise their performances live at next month's Academy Awards.
R. Kelly girlfriend can return to Kelly home for belongings
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday agreed to allow a girlfriend of R. Kelly retrieve her belongings from the singer's home in Trump Tower in Chicago, where authorities say she assaulted one of Kelly's other girlfriends earlier this month.
Impeachment trial not ready for broadcast prime time
NEW YORK (AP) — The first night of arguments in favor of President Donald Trump's impeachment before the U.S. Senate was judged not ready for prime time by many of the nation's television executives.
'Dark Shadows,' 'Cagney & Lacey' actor John Karlen dies
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Emmy-winning character actor John Karlen, known for his roles on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey,” has died.
'NewsHour' host and debate moderator Jim Lehrer dies at 85
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday.
Brittany Howard looks past and forward ahead of the Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — Leaving a successful band is never easy. For Brittany Howard, stepping away from the roots-rockers Alabama Shakes wasn't easy — but it was necessary.
Review: ALA.NI aces on an astounding a capella adventure
ALA.NI, “ACCA” (ALA.NI) Paris-based, London-born ALA.NI's second album, “ACCA,” astounds with its artistry, an adventurous, almost-all a capella recording whose intricate arrangements and instantly-familiar melodies prove irresistible.
After 40 Years, Grammy show producer bows out his way
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With this Sunday’s Grammy ceremony to be his last after 40 years of producing it, Ken Ehrlich could be excused for creating a few moments in the show to look back on his own legacy, which includes creating indelible moments that will live in pop consciousness forever: Aretha Franklin singing “Nessun dorma,” Beyoncé shaking and shimmying alongside Prince, and Eminem and Elton John performing together.
Review: Bios put spotlight on director Lumet, actor McKellen
“Sidney Lumet: A Life” by Maura Spiegel; “Ian McKellen: A Biography” by Garry O’Connor (both St. Martin’s) New biographies of director Sidney Lumet and actor Ian McKellen shed welcome if uneven light on their stellar careers in theater, film and television while exploring events that shaped their desire to entertain and challenge audiences.
ABC News to bolster streaming service with live programming
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News is moving aggressively to boost its streaming service with the belief that these products will change the news business over the next decade the way cable channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC did a generation ago.
Lawyers: Kodak Black moved to federal prison in Kentucky
MIAMI (AP) — The mother of rapper Kodak Black and a group of lawyers called a news conference to discuss what they claim is his mistreatment in a federal prison in Miami.
Knopf names Reagan Arthur as its new publisher
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's most prestigious literary publishers has chosen just its fourth editorial leader in its 105-year history: Reagan Arthur has been named executive vice president and publisher of Alfred A.
Jamie Foxx, Jordan Peele among honorees at AAFCA awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx has won a plethora of major awards including an Oscar and Grammy. But after the African American Film Critics Association recognized him Wednesday night, the actor-singer called its honor just as special.
Aerosmith drummer loses bid to rejoin band for Grammy honors
BOSTON (AP) — A judge has told Aerosmith's drummer Joey Kramer to dream on if he hopes to rejoin the band as it's set to perform and be honored at Grammy events this week.
Ex-Grammys CEO says rape allegation 'false and outrageous'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said Wednesday that a rape allegation against him aired by his successor in a complaint against the Recording Academy is “false and outrageous.” Portnow released a statement saying that the academy conducted a thorough and independent investigation of the accusation and he was “completely exonerated.” His comment came a day after ousted academy CEO Deborah Dugan filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission asserting that she had been subjected to retaliation for reporting sexual harassment by an academy attorney and for calling out the “boys club” culture that pervades the institution.
Ratings dip for NFL conference championship games
NEW YORK (AP) — It's no secret, sports fans. Better games produce better ratings. That was the simple lesson for the NFL this week, after a dip in viewership for its conference championship games, compared to 2019.
From #MeToo to trial: A look at the fall of Harvey Weinstein
NEW YORK (AP) — As Harvey Weinstein goes through his New York trial on rape and sexual assault charges, here's a look at the movie mogul's past and his multiple legal fights.
Hallmark media CEO leaves, month after same-sex ad backlash
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of Hallmark's media business is leaving the company after 11 years, just a month after its flagship Hallmark Channel faced an outcry over a decision to pull an ad with a lesbian couple kissing.
Can equality pledges fix country music's gender problem?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — What started as a joke on Twitter about an unwritten rule among country radio stations not to play two female artists in a row prompted outrage by country music stars, but also pledges to give women equal airtime.
Review: Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen' is stale pint of ale
Guy Ritchie’s honor-among-thieves meta-caper “The Gentlemen,” with Matthew McConaughey, has all the tailored tweed suits and smoky atmosphere of a handsome scotch commercial.
From Erivo to Pacino, TV critics meeting draws stars in
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When members of the Television Critics Association gather each January to preview upcoming programs and hear from those who make them, the result can be a kind of exotic celebrity zoo.
Will Grammy voters take the 'Old Town Road' on Sunday?
NEW YORK (AP) — The 2020 Grammy Awards are shaping up to be the night of the new kids, with Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X leading in nominations.