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MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has come to the rescue of a fellow Israeli celebrity in a spat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gadot, who typically shies away from politics, is rallying behind Rotem Sela, one of Israel’s top models and TV hosts, who drew fire from Netanyahu for criticizing his fearmongering … Continue reading Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu

Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The IndyCar field surprised Robert Wickens with an early 30th birthday celebration before Sunday’s race at St. Petersburg. Wickens is at a track for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in an August race. He turns 30 on Wednesday. Wickens was surprised before the morning warmup … Continue reading Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

Showtime cancels ‘SMILF’ after reports of on-set misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — Showtime says the comedy series “SMILF” has been canceled. The announcement Friday comes after a Hollywood Reporter story in December that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior and violation of industry rules by the show’s creator and star Frankie Shaw. Shaw denied the allegations, saying she sought a safe and healthy set … Continue reading Showtime cancels ‘SMILF’ after reports of on-set misconduct

R. Kelly: ‘We’re going to straighten all this stuff out’

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support. Kelly, who was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after Kelly said he didn’t have the entire $161,000 he owed, briefly spoke with reporters, telling them: … Continue reading R. Kelly: ‘We’re going to straighten all this stuff out’

Police: After jail, Taylor Swift’s stalker breaks in again

NEW YORK(AP)  — A man recently jailed for breaking into Taylor Swift‘s New York City townhouse was arrested early Thursday after, police say, he did it again. Roger Alvarado, 23, of Homestead, Florida, climbed a ladder and smashed a glass door to get inside the pop star’s pad around 2:30 a.m., police said. No one … Continue reading Police: After jail, Taylor Swift’s stalker breaks in again

After making millions, R. Kelly could be left with nothing

CHICAGO (AP)  — R. Kelly grew up in a public housing project in one of Chicago’s toughest South Side neighborhoods and built a worldwide musical brand that earned tens of millions of dollars over a nearly 30-year career. But tax and legal issues — including recently filed charges that he sexually abused three girls and … Continue reading After making millions, R. Kelly could be left with nothing

Paley Center TV festival goes live online with PaleyTV

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — When stars of “The Walking Dead” and “This Is Us” appear at an upcoming TV festival, fans can be part of the audience without trekking to Los Angeles. The Paley Center for Media said Thursday it will offer on-demand streaming of its programs, including conversations with the casts and makers of … Continue reading Paley Center TV festival goes live online with PaleyTV

Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man who served jail time for breaking into Taylor Swift’s Manhattan townhouse has been arrested for doing it again. Roger Alvarado of Homestead, Florida was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after he allegedly climbed a ladder to a second-floor patio and smashed a glass door to get inside. No one … Continue reading Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested

Insta-Monarch: Queen Elizabeth makes first Instagram post

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has posted her first Instagram image. The media-savvy queen posted from the Science Museum Thursday to help promote the museum’s summer exhibition. Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family Instagram account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Queen … Continue reading Insta-Monarch: Queen Elizabeth makes first Instagram post

R. Kelly in jail over child support; TV interview to resume

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly‘s day began with a nationally televised broadcast in which he whispered, cried and ranted while pleading with viewers to believe him: He’d never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. The day ended with a trip to jail after the embattled R&B singer told … Continue reading R. Kelly in jail over child support; TV interview to resume

The Latest: Official: Kelly to be jailed until he pays $161K

CHICAGO  (AP)  — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. A Cook County Sheriff’s Office official says singer R. Kelly won’t be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into … Continue reading The Latest: Official: Kelly to be jailed until he pays $161K

Warner Bros. chair being investigated for sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — WarnerMedia is investigating claims that Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara promised acting roles in exchange for sex as detailed in The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. The article includes text messages between actress Charlotte Kirk and Tsujihara going back to 2013 when they were introduced by Australian billionaire James Packer. The messages suggest … Continue reading Warner Bros. chair being investigated for sexual misconduct

Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser reunite for ‘Mad About You’ sequel

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — Paul and Jamie Buchman are picking up where they left off 20 years ago on “Mad About You.” On-demand service Spectrum Originals said Wednesday a limited series will bring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser back as the New York City couple. The original series, which aired from 1992 to 1999, followed the … Continue reading Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser reunite for ‘Mad About You’ sequel

Jason Aldean to receive artist of the decade award at ACMs

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (AP) — Reigning entertainer of the year Jason Aldean will receive the artist of the decade award at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards in April. The ACM announced Wednesday that Aldean will join only five other honorees that have received the award since 1969, including Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama, Garth Brooks … Continue reading Jason Aldean to receive artist of the decade award at ACMs

Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Megastar Michael Jackson‘s musical legacy has been getting critically reappraised after a new documentary rekindled allegations of child sexual abuse, but at least two music museums in Detroit and Tennessee aren’t scrubbing the King of Pop from their exhibits. The National Museum of African American Music said Jackson will be included in … Continue reading Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display

Hello Kitty to make her big screen debut

NEW YORK  (AP) — Hello Kitty might not have a mouth but she’s got a movie deal. Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema announced Tuesday that it has acquired film rights to Hello Kitty from the Japanese corporation Sanrio. The 45-year-old iconic feline has never been turned into a movie despite its merchandising ubiquity. New Line said … Continue reading Hello Kitty to make her big screen debut

Forbes names Kylie Jenner youngest self-made billionaire

NEW YORK (AP)  — Move over Mark Zuckerberg. At 21, Kylie Jenner has been named the youngest-ever, self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine. Forbes estimated that Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics is worth at least $900 million, and she owns it all. She hits the billion-dollar mark when you add in cash she has already pulled from the profitable … Continue reading Forbes names Kylie Jenner youngest self-made billionaire

Michael Jackson’s legacy clouded by dark documentary

LOS ANGELES  (AP) — Can the memory of Michael Jackson survive “Leaving Neverland”? After all, it has bounced back before. The superstar’s image was tarnished by allegations of sexual abuse that shadowed him throughout much of his adult life and even stood trial on child molestation charges in 2005, for which he was acquitted. His untimely … Continue reading Michael Jackson’s legacy clouded by dark documentary

Lawsuit on ‘takeover’ of Miss America pageant is withdrawn

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A lawsuit claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the Miss America Organization was withdrawn Monday for financial reasons, with the pageant responding it proves the “meritless and misguided nature” of the case. The lawsuit had been brought by former board member Jennifer Vaden Barth, who is also a former Miss North … Continue reading Lawsuit on ‘takeover’ of Miss America pageant is withdrawn

Pete Townshend novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ out in November

NEW YORK (AP) — The Who’s Pete Townshend, the man who helped invent the rock opera, has now written a rock novel. Hachette Books announced Tuesday that the British composer-guitarist’s “The Age of Anxiety” was scheduled for Nov. 5. Set in London, the novel takes on the torments of creativity and the music business and … Continue reading Pete Townshend novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ out in November

Televisa draws heat for ‘brownface’ Yalitza Aparicio parody

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)— A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing strong criticism after dressing up in “brownface” and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. Televisa’s Yeka Rosales recently posted photos and videos of herself on social media wearing brown skin paint and thick lips in … Continue reading Televisa draws heat for ‘brownface’ Yalitza Aparicio parody

Ex-Mariah Carey manager accuses Trump associate of hacking

NEW YORK (AP)— A lawsuit has alleged that Felix Sater, a Russia-born businessman and convicted felon with ties to President Donald Trump, hacked into a Hollywood friend’s electronics and accessed confidential information about her celebrity clients. Stella Bulochnikov Stolper, the former manager for Mariah Carey, sued Sater and his personal assistant in New York on … Continue reading Ex-Mariah Carey manager accuses Trump associate of hacking

AT&T shakes up WarnerMedia to emphasize streaming

NEW YORK(AP)— Now that AT&T’s $81 billion takeover of Time Warner is a done deal , the company is reorganizing its TV and movie businesses to emphasize streaming rather than cable TV networks. AT&T is bringing in a new executive as longtime HBO and Turner chiefs leave. It’s also consolidating operations for different brands to … Continue reading AT&T shakes up WarnerMedia to emphasize streaming

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ stays No. 1, ‘Madea’ a strong 2nd

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” topped the North American box office for a second week, but close on its tail was Tyler Perry’s final installment of the “Madea” franchise. Driven by a largely female audience, “A Madea Family Funeral” had a better-than-expected debut. The third installment in the … Continue reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ stays No. 1, ‘Madea’ a strong 2nd

Ian McKellen has apologized for remarks about Spacey, Singer

LONDON (AP) — Actor Ian McKellen has apologized for remarks in which he appeared to suggest that allegations of sexual abuse that have been leveled against Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer resulted from the entertainers’ unease with their own sexuality. McKellen tweeted Saturday that comments made during the live #QueerAF podcast were “clumsily expressed.” He … Continue reading Ian McKellen has apologized for remarks about Spacey, Singer

Ex-teacher sentenced to 3 years in ‘celebgate’ hacking case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia high school teacher was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison for hacking into private digital accounts of celebrities and others. Christopher Brannan was the fifth person charged in the 2014 “celebgate” scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 … Continue reading Ex-teacher sentenced to 3 years in ‘celebgate’ hacking case

Posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer due in October

NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor will be released in October. Windsor’s “A Wild and Precious Life” will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other personal papers, St. Martin’s Press announced Thursday. The book was finished by Joshua Lyon, with cooperation from her spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor. “A Wild … Continue reading Posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer due in October

Inarritu picked to head Cannes jury, first Mexican in post

PARIS / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Award-winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu will preside over the jury at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in May. Festival president Pierre Lescure, announcing the choice on Wednesday, praised Inarritu — the first Mexican to be given the honor — as a “daring filmmaker … full of surprises” and an … Continue reading Inarritu picked to head Cannes jury, first Mexican in post