LOS ANGELES | ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to wrap after next year’s season 7

LOS ANGELES — “Orange Is the New Black” is fading to black after its upcoming seventh season. Cast members posted a video Wednesday announcing the series’ 2019 end, which was confirmed by a Netflix spokeswoman. In the video, the actresses thanked fans for their support and promised a fulfilling wrap-up to the comedy-drama set in … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to wrap after next year’s season 7

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a Sotheby’s auction in London was supposed to have been complete. Instead, the canvas was only partially shredded after the hammer came down on a winning bid of $1.4 million, to the shock of the … Continue reading Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

LOS ANGELES | Film of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God?…’ in development

LOS ANGELES — Judy Blume has at long last agreed to a feature film adaptation of her seminal 1970 young adult novel “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” Writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig is set to adapt and direct the film, which will be produced by James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films. It does … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Film of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God?…’ in development

NEW YORK | Jury hears closing arguments at college hoops fraud trial

NEW YORK — Lawyers at a trial exploring corruption in big-time college basketball clashed in closing arguments Wednesday over the question of whether major programs were harmed by an alleged scheme to give secret cash payments to the families of top recruits. Assistant U.S. Attorney Noah Solowiejczyk told a jury in federal court in Manhattan … Continue reading NEW YORK | Jury hears closing arguments at college hoops fraud trial

HOUSTON | Sale not ready to pitch for Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS

HOUSTON — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora says lefty ace Chris Sale is still feeling weak and won’t start in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against Houston. Cora said before Game 4 on Wednesday that the lanky left-hander lost weight because of the stomach illness that led to him spending a night … Continue reading HOUSTON | Sale not ready to pitch for Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS

LOS ANGELES | Brewers pull Wade Miley after 1 batter in Game 5 subterfuge

LOS ANGELES— The Milwaukee Brewers have pulled starting pitcher Wade Miley after he faced just one batter in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell unveiled his latest creative use of his bullpen Wednesday at a pivotal point. The left-handed Miley faced only Cody Bellinger in the first inning, walking the … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Brewers pull Wade Miley after 1 batter in Game 5 subterfuge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | SEC banking on some veteran stars _ even Kentucky

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  — Kentucky’s PJ Washington says coach John Calipari has “chilled out” at practice leading up to the season. It doesn’t take as much yelling from coaches when you have a little seasoning and maturity on the roster, qualities that the Wildcats and other top Southeastern Conference teams are banking on to match — … Continue reading BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | SEC banking on some veteran stars _ even Kentucky

LOS ANGELES | Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry

LOS ANGELES— Kobe Bryant has been dropped from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star’s ouster over a 2003 rape allegation. Eric Beckman is the CEO of the organization behind the Animation Is Film Festival. He wrote in a statement Wednesday that the festival’s stakeholders decided to drop … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry