• World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Updated: 36 min ago

    Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez: ___ "A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos. ___ "With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young ... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come." — U.S. President Barack Obama. ___ "A great man has died, one whose works gave the literature of our language great reach and prestige," Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who had once famously feuded with Garc

  • 'GMA' promotes Lara Spencer to co-host billing

    Updated: 51 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host status on "Good Morning America." Lifestyle anchor since returning to the show in 2011, Spencer now has billing parity with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. She was the show's national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of "The Insider." Her promotion comes as "GMA" continues to beat NBC's "Today" show in the ratings, but after it recently lost two members of its team: Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. The other current members of the "GMA" family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. This week, "GMA" welcomed Michael Strahan, a co-host of the daily "Live with Kelly and Michael," as a contributor.

  • Prince reaches agreement with music label

    Updated: 52 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with the pop icon. Prince was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, releasing key projects like "Purple Rain," ''1999" and "Around the World in a Day." Financial terms weren't disclosed. Warner Bros. also said the 55-year-old singer would release "previously unheard material" from his tenure on the label. A 30th-anniversary edition of "Purple Rain" will be released this summer. Prince said in a statement that he's "pleased with the results of the negotiations." He added that he's working on n

  • Transgender Icon Claims She Was Banned From Facebook For Using 'Tranny' And 'Shemale'

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Following a week of controversy surrounding language and its use against and in the transgender and drag communities, transgender icon Jayne County claims to have found herself banned from Facebook for using words that some activists have stated are transphobic, according to The Huffington Post. Jayne County, hailed as one of rock n' roll's first gender variant icons and a fixture in the Andy Warhol factory scene, posted a Facebook status on Tuesday that contained the words "shemale" and "tranny."

  • WGN America tries 'Salem' magic to expand audience

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — WGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction. Starting this weekend, WGN America is adding its first original series to its schedule of Chicago sports and acquired programming such as broadcast network reruns. The groundbreaker is "Salem," set in the Massachusetts town during its 17th-century witch obsession and with an "epic romance" at its center, according to the channel. The drama, debuting at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday, features Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe in its cast. It will be followed in July by "Manhattan," a drama about the scientists behind the New Mexico-based Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.

  • College to give honorary degree to Monument Man

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania college is paying tribute to one of the last surviving members of the World War II group known as the Monuments Men. Lafayette College will present an honorary degree to 88-year-old Harry Ettlinger at its commencement ceremony on May 24. The Monuments Men worked to save cultural treasures across Europe that had been seized by the Nazis. Ettlinger was a U.S. soldier who helped recover stolen art stored in German salt mines. George Clooney recently directed and starred in a historically based movie called "The Monuments Men." Ettlinger, who lives in Rockaway, N.J., inspired the film character named Sam Epstein. He was played by actor Dimitri Leonidas.

  • Paul Stanley on his love for another mask

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of "The Phantom of the Opera," and not just because he's spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint. "Here's somebody who has a disfigurement that they're covering and they're trying to reach out to a woman and, as much as they want to do it, they don't know how. Well, that pretty much summed up my life, you know. Only I wasn't living in a dungeon under an opera house," Stanley said. That's because the 62-year old musician was born with a congenital deformity that left him deaf in one ear, making it hard for him to communicate or do well in school.

  • Chelsea Clinton, producer, debuts short at Tribeca

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — First-time movie producer and mom-to-be Chelsea Clinton has premiered a short film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Clinton is the executive producer of the short "Of Many," a documentary about the friendship of two religious leaders at New York University. One is rabbi, the other is an imam. Clinton was previously an assistant vice provost at NYU. The 34-minute film made its Tribeca debut Thursday night. The screening was attended by the 34-year-old Clinton and her father, former President Bill Clinton. Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinksy, are expecting their first child this fall.

  • 'SNL' Star Beck Bennett Dishes Out Tough Love In 'Intramural'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    'SNL' star Beck Bennett stars as Dick Downs in the indie sports comedy 'Intramural'.

  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be released June 10, will offer Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices and challenges" she faced as secretary of state and "how those experiences drive her view of the future." "All of us face hard choices in our lives," Clinton writes at the start of the book, according to the publisher. "Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.

  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level.

  • Finding your inner comedian tougher than it seems

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Since I was young, I've always made my friends and family laugh. That's because I've always found myself in funny situations — and I have a knack for self-deprecating humor. But did I ever entertain the idea of doing stand-up comedy? Not really. However, I recently found myself at the iconic Carolines On Broadway in Times Square, waiting nervously backstage minutes before my debut performance as a stand-up comedian. As my name was announced, I ran onstage, but my knees were trembling so much that I almost tripped. After regaining my balance, I delivered my five-minute set of jokes.

  • Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Idris Elba has welcomed a baby boy named Winston. The actor tweeted Friday that his son was born Thursday, adding a photo of the baby's tiny hand gripping his finger. Elba's girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, gave birth. It's the second child for the star of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The 41-year-old Elba also has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

  • Whoopi Goldberg Lands Pro-Marijuana Column

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Whoopi Goldberg: comedian, actress ... weed columnist? The celebrity has landed a new writing gig for a pro-marijuana website. Goldberg's column premiered today on the Cannabist, the Denver Post's website covering legalized marijuana in Colorado, Newser reports. In her first piece, Goldberg writes about her beloved vaporizing pen, which she says relieves her glaucoma headaches.

  • Angelina Transforms Herself Into 'Maleficent'

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Watch Angelina Jolie take on Disney's fiercest villain.

  • Chris Brown trial could start Friday afternoon

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A judge in Washington is expected give her verdict soon in the trial of a bodyguard for singer Chris Brown on an assault charge, according to The Associated Press. Brown's trial could start as soon as Friday afternoon, after the judge finishes the trial of bodyguard Christopher Hollosy. Both men are facing an assault charge after a Maryland man says they punched him outside a Washington hotel in October. Hollosy's trial began Thursday, the AP reports.

  • New Prince album coming under Warner Bros. partnership

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A new album, a deluxe reissue of Purple Rain and more unheard music: That's what Prince fans can expect from his new global licensing deal with Warner Bros. Records, according to USA TODAY. "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," Prince said in a news release. The deal covers all of Prince's albums, from 1978's For You to the new one. The announcement comes two months before the 30th anniversary of the release of his best-selling album, 1984's Purple Rain, which has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. Prince plans a digitally re-mastered deluxe version of the album to coincide with the anniversary, USA TODAY reports.

  • Festival of the Arts gets greener, begins Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts gets greener Festival of the Arts, downtown Oklahoma City’s longtime rite of spring, is expanding its eco-conscious efforts while continuing to celebrate an array of visual, performing and culinary arts.

  • 'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. A future episode even spoofs "Breaking Bad." The weekly episodes air Mondays at 10:30 p.m. EDT. Adapted by McGruder in 2005 from his comic strip of the same name, "The Boondocks" quickly distinguished itself for its pull-no-punches exploration of the black experience in the U.S., where living, making a living and just growing up can pose special challenges for African-Americans. With its beautiful anime style but tough subjects and rough language, the series ruffled feathers while winning acclaim, including an NAACP Image Award.

  • Hayden Panettiere not asked to appear in 'Heroes' reboot

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Hayden Panettiere won't be appearing in the new NBC "Heroes" remake. In fact, she wasn't even asked, according to The New York Daily News. The 24-year-old "Nashville" star revealed to Cosmopolitan that she didn't realize the show would be coming back until a family member clued her in. "Well, it was a shock to me," Panettiere said. "In fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it."