• Son of 'Barney' co-creator gets 15 years for shooting

    Updated: 48 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of a co-creator of the "Barney and Friends" TV show has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting his Malibu neighbor. City News Service says 29-year-old Patrick Leach was sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attack. Prosecutors say he wounded his neighbor in the chest during an argument after accusing the man of trespassing. Leach's mother is Sheryl Leach, co-creator of the PBS show featuring Barney the purple dinosaur. Leach had pleaded no contest in May to assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting from a motor vehicle, causing great bodily injury.

  • BRIEF: Documentary chronicles Air Force grad Antoine Hood's NBA dream

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Antoine Hood firmly believes he could start for an NBA team and help it win games. "I know that," the Air Force graduate says in an extended trailer for "Anatomy of an American Dream," a documentary that tells the story of his basketball journey. Hood, a 2004 graduate, helped the Falcons during the most successful run in program history, then signed professional deals with Denver and San Antonio while serving his time on active duty. As it mentions in the trailer, he is now selling tires in North Carolina, still holding out hope of an NBA career. The video can be viewed here ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.com

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring. The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut. The company, which already is facing several lawsuits across the nation, is also asking that all such litigation be moved to federal court in Connecticut. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said the company is being targeted by a lawyer who is improperly shopping lawsuits t

  • 'Ant-Man' Paul Rudd gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a big honor for "Ant-Man." Paul Rudd, who plays the incredible shrinking hero in the upcoming Marvel film, got a star Wednesday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rudd, who's also appeared in a string of Judd Apatow movies, received star No. 2,554 on Hollywood Boulevard.

  • Movie review: 'Terminator: Genisys'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    If you’re going to have to travel back to the past, not so much because robots demand it be reset, but rather because box office receipts require it, you might as well have some fun with it while you’re there. As the fifth installment in a seemingly tapped-out series, “Terminator: Genisys” tries to remake the past by remaking it then gleefully tearing it apart. Think a less-thoughtful, more meat-headed approach to J.J. Abrams’ first “Star Trek” reboot. While the first two “Terminator” films set the bar for sci-fi action films, they placed it so high that no future installments could touch them.

  • Robber killed in shootout with ex-anchor's husband at motel

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A cross-country road trip got derailed for a former CNN anchor and her husband after a would-be robber forced his way into their motel room and a shootout ensued. Lynne Russell told reporters Wednesday that her husband, Chuck de Caro, decided to stop at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque's western edge because they were tired after a long day of traveling. When she went out to the car to get something and returned to the room, a man was at the door with a handgun. "He pushed me into the room and that's when my husband came out of the shower and saw what was happening," Russell told Albuquerque station KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/1FS3UMz ). "We tried to calm him, confuse him and do everything we could do to just com

  • TV Land drops ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ reruns

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK—The General Lee has been recalled. TV Land has dropped reruns of “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule, the network confirmed Wednesday. “The Dukes of Hazzard” aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985. It starred John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke, troublemaking brothers in fictional Hazzard County, Ga. Their 1969 Dodge Charger, named the General Lee, was painted with the Confederate battle flag on its roof and was featured prominently in the show’s opening credits and many chase sequences.

  • A biker named 'Stray Dog' postpones Granik's Ozarks exit

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Debra Granik met Ron "Stray Dog" Hall at a biker church in the Ozarks. Granik, a 52-year-old filmmaker from New York, was in the Missouri mountains to make "Winter's Bone," the 2010 indie drama that catapulted Jennifer Lawrence to stardom and earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture. The man seated next to Granik — burly, bearded, tattooed and kind-eyed — caught her attention. "His tattoo struck me really hard. I hadn't seen that word on someone's body in a really long time: the word 'Vietnam,'" Granik says. "A dump truck of questions just cascaded on me in that pew." Granik, looking for local authenticity to her film, ran after Hall and cast him as Thump Milton, the backwoods patriarc

  • Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions over fights

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles mirrors an earlier one filed by Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former boxer Oscar De La Hoya. It asks for more than $100 million in damages from Haymon and the investment firm Waddell & Reed. The suit centers mainly on alleged violations of federal antitrust laws, along with the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, which prohibits managers from also acting as promoters for boxers.

  • Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. "It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy.

  • US win draws best men's or women's World Cup semi audience

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Germany is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semifinal ever on American television. The 2-0 victory by the second-ranked U.S. over the No. 1 Germans on Tuesday night averaged 8.4 million viewers on Fox. The network said Wednesday the previous high was 5.9 million for the 2006 men's semifinal between Germany and Italy. The audience was up 47 percent from the 5.7 million for the Americans' quarterfinal against China on Friday night. And it was more than double the 3.4 million for the Americans' semifinal in 2011, which was played during the day in the U.S. with the tournament in Germany.

  • New York prison break featured on Investigation Discovery

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-three days of grabbing headlines has earned a television episode for two convicted killers who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison. The Investigation Discovery network says it will take a close look at the saga of Richard Matt and David Sweat in "Prison Break: The Manhunt Ends" as a part of its "Front Page" series Friday night. It will recount the inmates' relationships with workers at Clinton Correctional Facility, their escape, the manhunt and Matt's death and Sweat's capture. Viewers will get detailed explanations from investigators and experts who worked the case. ID's "Front Page" series tries to stay current with headlines and quickly create episodes that give commenta

  • Golf organizations distance themselves from Trump

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because "they know I'm right." Four leading golf organizations said he's wrong. The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday — but only briefly — to say that Trump's views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate. In an interview with Golf Channel, Trump said he has received "tremendous support" from the golf world "because they all know I'm right." "In response to Mr. Trump's comments about the golf industry 'knowing he is right' in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organization

  • Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA, Macy's dumps Trump

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants. The Republican presidential hopeful's team is struggling to hold the Miss USA pageant together following defections by hosts, performers, judges and the two television networks that were scheduled to broadcast the event on July 12. Trump, who fired back at Macy's, owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Flo Rida had been the highest-profile performer scheduled for Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his representative confirmed Wednesday that he would not perfor

  • 'Magic Mike XXL' stars Bomer, Manganiello on longtime friendship and pushing limits

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    “Getting out there and taking your clothes off in front of strangers is scary enough without having to sing at the same time,” says Matt Bomer, one of the stars of “Magic Mike XXL.” The sequel to the unexpected 2012 hit about male strippers reunites Bomer with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias in a road movie in which the boys get to show off their talents in new and different ways. The film is directed by Greg Jacobs, Steven Soderbergh’s longtime producing partner. When Jacobs and Tatum (Magic Mike) were looking to expand the characters for the sequel, they remembered what a good voice Bomer had after hearing him entertaining the extras between takes on the first film.

  • Lance Henriksen’s ‘oddball’ film picks speak to his creative nature

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Early in his career, Lance Henriksen worked for six months with influential French filmmaker Francois Truffaut when both men acted in director Steven Spielberg’s classic 1977 sci-fi fantasy, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Henriksen played Robert, the assistant of Truffaut’s inquisitive French scientist Dr. Lacombe. Nearly four decades later, it’s still an experience Henriksen remembers vividly. “We were close to the end of the shooting and he said to me, ‘I have something for you,” Henriksen said in his distinctive gravelly voice. “He gave me a package, and it was the script to ‘The 400 Blows.’” Truffaut’s 1959 drama about his troubled childhood spoke to Henriksen, who had identifi

  • Movie review: Comatose ‘Little Death’ is a sex comedy with few laughs

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    “La petite mort,” the French call it — “the little death.” What a colorful and delicate way to describe an orgasm. But “delicate” isn’t the first word that leaps to mind with the Australian sex comedy that takes its name from that turn of phrase. “The Little Death” is a broad, goofy primer on the not-quite-cutting-edge of consensual adult sexuality. The five inter-connected couples and their assorted fantasies, fetishes and hangups only generate the odd laugh — often at how quaint this material can seem in this age. Dan and Evie (Damon Herriman and Kate Mulvany) are in counseling, where they’re directed to try a little role playing.

  • Choreographer has the ‘Magic Mike’ touch

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Alison Faulk is the lucky woman who made the moves for the hunks of “Magic Mike XXL,” the second Channing Tatum film about the trials and triumphs of male strippers, inspired by Tatum’s own bump and grind time in Tampa, Fla. The film, now in theaters, also stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Faulk, who choreographed the first “Magic Mike,” as well as moves for J.Lo, Madonna and Pink, says it took a combination of trust, humor and female instinct. So what is it like coming up with all these sexy moves for guys? One of my jobs besides choreographing is to stand in for the girls (in the club) in rehearsal. So I’m constantly getting danced on by these amazing guys. All you can do is giggle — om

  • Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurence Fishburne is joining the "Roots" miniseries remake. A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries. The new project will draw on the late Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation. Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor ("Two Trains Running") and Oscar nominee ("What's Love Got to Do With It"). He's become a familiar presence on TV in series including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," ''Hannibal" and ABC's comedy "black-ish.

  • TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns from its schedule

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard." The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule. This marks the latest effort to banish the racially charged Stars and Bars from pop culture after various states began debating whether to remove the flag. Warner Bros., which produced the series, last week halted production of toy replicas of the so-called General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger stock car driven by rambunctious Southern cousins Luke and Bo. The car famously features a replica of the Confederate flag on its roof. Retailers including Walmart and eBay have stopped selling merchandise bearing reproductions of