New Orleans is home to mystical academy in new Marvel comic
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city known for 19th century Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and for the tarot card readers who tell fortunes in its historic French Quarter is about to play host to a different kind of sorcerer — at least in the Marvel comics universe.
Booksellers get holiday bonuses from James Patterson
NEW YORK (AP) — Bookstore employees from Mystic, Connecticut to Houston and San Francisco all have a happy holiday story to share: a $500 bonus from bestselling author James Patterson.
New Zealand leader finds perfect spokesman: Stephen Colbert
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has relied on hobbits, bungy jumping and rugby to entice tourists in the past. Now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have found the perfect spokesman to embrace all of the above and more: American comedian Stephen Colbert.
Gabrielle Union, NBC meet over 'America's Got Talent' firing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC both said Wednesday that they have had a “productive" first conversation on her firing from “America's Got Talent" and her allegations that she was removed over her complaints about racism and other troubling on-set behavior.
Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020.
Sundance sets lineup with Taylor Swift, ‘Tesla,’ ‘Downhill’
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Taylor Swift will kick off the next Sundance Film Festival, where new films including the Will Ferrell-Julia Louis Dreyfus remake of the Swedish film “Force Majeure" and Benh Zeitlin's long-awaited follow-up to “Beasts of the Southern Wild" are set to premiere.
'Star Trek' writer, story editor DC Fontana dead at age 80
NEW YORK (AP) — D.C. Fontana, a writer and story editor for the original “Star Trek” television series and later a contributor to “Star Trek: The Next Generation" and other related projects, has died at age 80.
Random House to publish Trump impeachment report
NEW YORK (AP) — A leading publisher will release a book edition next week of the House Intelligence Committee's findings on President Donald Trump.
AFI names 'Joker,' 'Jojo' among top 10 films of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — The American Film Institute on Wednesday named its top 10 movies of the year, including Todd Phillips' comic-book sensation “Joker,” Taika Waititi's World War II romp “Jojo Rabbit” and Lulu Wang's family drama “The Farewell.” The AFI's other top movies of the year are: the Sam Mendes World War I thriller “1917," Martin Scorsese's crime epic “The Irishman," Rian Johnson's star-studded whodunit “Knives Out," Greta Gerwig's Louisa May Alcott adaptation “Little Women," Noah Baumbach's divorce drama “Marriage Story,” Quentin Tarantino's Los Angeles fable “Once Upon a Time ...
November sweeps victory makes NBC the king of network TV
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's victory during the November ratings sweeps period means there's a new king of broadcast television — at least for now.
Kid Rock's Detroit eatery closing after his anti-Oprah rant
DETROIT (AP) — A Kid Rock-owned restaurant in Detroit's Little Caesars Arena will close once its licensing agreement expires this spring, the singer and arena operator announced separately Wednesday.
Chanel celebrates its artisans in glimmering Paris show
PARIS (AP) — Chanel brought its itinerant off-season fashion show the “arts and crafts,” with its swath of VIPs including Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, back to home ground in Paris on Wednesday to mark its first collection since Karl Lagerfeld died earlier this year.
Review: Forbidden passion smolders in vivid 'Lady on Fire'
“Do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?” asks Heloise, a young woman experiencing romantic passion for the first time. It’s a beautiful line, but it’s also emblematic of the spirit of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” a film in which everything feels stunningly fresh, raw and new.
Rapper T.I.’s remarks spark NY bill to end virginity tests
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York could bar doctors from performing so-called virginity tests under legislation prompted by the rapper T.I.'s controversial claim that he has a gynecologist check his daughter's hymen annually.
'The Irishman' named best picture by New York Film Critics
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Film Critics Circle named “The Irishman” the year's best film on Wednesday, handing Martin Scorsese's mob epic its second such honor in two days.
Clifford, everybody’s favorite big red dog, gets a reboot
NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s your favorite big red dog? If you have one, chances are his name is Clifford. Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the TV series about the giant dog with an equally large heart this week on Amazon Prime Video and PBS, the latter his home since the early aughts.
Lady Gaga to headline pre-Super Bowl concert in Miami
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is returning to the Super Bowl stage — sort of. The pop star will perform at AT&T TV Super Saturday Night in Miami on Feb.
Back for a gig in Stockholm, A$AP Rocky won’t play in prison
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s prison board says U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky won’t be able to perform in the Swedish prison where he was held until convicted of assault in a June street brawl in Stockholm.
Tenor Domingo blames accusations on cultural differences
MADRID (AP) — Plácido Domingo has sought to blame the allegations of sexual harassment against him on cultural differences between countries, adding that there are places nowadays where “one can’t say anything to a woman.” In an interview published Wednesday in Spanish leading daily El País, the Madrid-born tenor said “here (in Spain) it’s not like that but in other places, and specifically in those groups from where the accusations come, it is.” The Associated Press reported earlier this year allegations in the United States by more than 20 women of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.
‘Green Book’ director Farrelly, brother get disability award
BOSTON (AP) — In Peter Farrelly's 2018 Oscar-winning film, “Green Book,” chauffeur Tony Lip quips: “The world's full of lonely people afraid to make the first move.” Neither Farrelly nor his brother, Bobby Farrelly, the director of 1998’s “There’s Something About Mary,” fits that description.
Townshend regrets not staying to mourn after Who stampede
NEW YORK (AP) — Forty years after a stampede left 11 people dead and 23 injured at a Who concert in Cincinnati, Pete Townshend says he’s always regretted not sticking around to deal with the aftermath.
Five finalists announced for William C. Morris book award
NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Phillippe's “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” and David Yoon's “Frankly in Love” are among the finalists for the William C.
The Who plans 1st Cincinnati area concert since ’79 tragedy
CINCINNATI (AP) — The rock band The Who announced Tuesday night it will play its first Cincinnati area concert since 11 fans died 40 years ago in a pre-show stampede.
Domingo’s accusers: Nothing ‘chivalrous’ about groping women
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two opera singers who accused Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct said Tuesday that it was disappointing and disturbing that the opera legend recently claimed he has always behaved like a gentleman and never acted improperly toward women.
More pressure on Prince Andrew after alleged victim on TV
LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew was missing when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, hosted NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, but he was the focus of renewed scrutiny as allegations of sexual misconduct received wide attention on British TV.