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California sues over sex misconduct on 'Criminal Minds' set

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES - The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series "Criminal Minds," alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant … more

Kirk 2.0: Captain Pike of new 'Star Trek' a welcome new icon

By TED ANTHONY AP National Writer In the beginning, in the "Star Trek" universe, there was only Captain Kirk. At least to the general public. When the Starship Enterprise first whooshed across American TV screens on Sept. 8, 1966, William … more

Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music … more

How sweaters became scene-stealers on ABC'S 'The Goldbergs'

By BROOKE LEFFERTS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES - The character Beverly Goldberg on ABC's hit comedy series "The Goldbergs" can elicit laughter before she even speaks, thanks to the over-the-top outfits that are a love letter to the mother … more

Selena Gomez cooks up show for HBO Max

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Selena Gomez will put her quarantine cooking skills on display in a 10-episode series for the upcoming streaming service HBO Max. The actress and singer, who said she's been spending more time in the kitchen during the … more

Taika Waititi to direct new 'Star Wars' film

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK - Taika Waititi, the New Zealand filmmaker of "Jojo Rabbit" and "Thor: Ragnarok," will direct a new "Star Wars" film. Waititi had for months been expected to take the reins of the galaxy far, far away, … more

Due to coronavirus, PBS Memorial Day concert revamped

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK - The coronavirus has wiped out plans to bring tens of thousand of people to the U.S. Capitol for the annual Memorial Day weekend concert shown on PBS, but organizers are pressing ahead with a revamped … more

This is his quest: An actor serenades the front-line workers

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK - It's a stunning sound, emerging amid the clanging and the whooping and the banging and the honking at 7 p.m. each night as New Yorkers cheer front-line workers: the velvety, buttery baritone of … more

No 'Black Widow' or 'F9' leaves a muted summer movie season

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES - The six-year fan campaign for a standalone "Black Widow" movie was paying off: at long last, a film would put Scarlett Johansson's popular Avenger front and center. And, like many of Marvel's … more

'Rise of Skywalker' to hit Disney Plus

NEW YORK (AP) - "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" will begin streaming on Disney Plus on May 4, about two months earlier than scheduled. The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that "The Rise of Skywalker" will land on the streaming service timed to … more

Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood's go-to action directors

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer Some of today's top action directors were first doubles for Brad Pitt, Neo and Wolverine. Increasingly, filmmakers are coming from the ranks of stuntmen and stunt coordinators, whose years of accomplishing … more

Books, dance lessons, 'Sopranos' - freebies abound online

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - We might not be totally free these days, but there's a lot out there that is. Companies like Pure Barre and Peloton are offering free access to fitness classes. Amazon is giving away book … more

Swift cancels all 2020 shows, appearances

NEW YORK (AP) - Taylor Swift is canceling all of her performances and appearances for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. "With many events throughout the world already cancelled, and upon direction from health officials in … more

Tired of 'Frozen'? Stream these less obvious options for kids

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK - Weeks of quarantine with kids have a way of burning through a movie collection. Even with the libraries of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus and others, there are plenty of … more

Rachael Ray tapes show from home, makes $4M virus donation

By KELLI KENNEDY The Associated Press Rachael Ray had big plans for the quarantine break at her home in upstate New York. She envisioned "a Renaissance time," rereading the classics, resuming her Danish lessons and studying Italian. "I was … more

Quibi stars have no quibble with new phone-only filmmaking

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - They were skeptical. The name was weird. The concept was a little crazy - but it was intriguing. Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz and rising star Stephan James each overcame initial reluctance … more

Working at home tests family atmosphere of TV morning shows

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK - For all the planning that went into "CBS This Morning" putting on a broadcast with its anchors working remotely, no one thought about the pillow. It sat - slightly crookedly - on a chair behind … more

Winfrey picks Robert Kolker's 'Hidden Valley Road' for book club

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick is Robert Kolker's "Hidden Valley Road," an in-depth account of a 1950s family in which six of 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Winfrey says she … more

'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES - Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and … more

'America's Test Kitchen' has the recipe to hit season 20

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES - There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There's an upcoming digital series in which … more
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