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  • New 'NCIS' spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The newest members of the successful "NCIS" TV franchise understand the importance of their family roots. But the stars and producers of "NCIS: New Orleans" also are betting that the crime drama's setting, one of America's most distinctive cities, will exert its own magic with viewers. The series debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday on CBS, drafting on TV's top-rated drama "NCIS" that airs at 8 p.m. "It's really about the DNA of the city and the whole Gulf Coast," said executive producer Jeffrey Lieber.

  • A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Greg Mortenson's best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" came under intense scrutiny after 60 Minutes, author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated. Here's a look at some of those stories, what is being disputed and Mortenson's response in a recent interview with The Associated Press: MORTENSON'S DESCENT FROM K2: Three Cups of Tea: Mortenson stumbled upon the Pakistani village of Korphe in fall 1993 after trekking from the base camp of K2, the world's second-highest peak. He spent days in the village recovering from the descent.

  • Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo. He spent three hours in the announcing booth practicing on Thursday for the Sept. 27 season opener. For all but one year of the NBC show's 40-year history, it was Pardo's voice that would announce the host, musical guest and cast members every week, and the veteran broadcaster continued the job even after he retired to Arizona. Pardo died at age 96 on Aug. 18. Pardo's role, and his link to the show's storied history, is so important at Rockefeller Plaza that Hammond is walking a de

  • MTV to air documentary about transgender youths

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people. The special, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." After the documentary, Logo and MTV's web site will air a forum where Cox and the documentary's cast members answer questions from viewers about their lives. MTV personality SuChin Pak will help lead the "Trans Forum" discussion. MTV said Thursday that the people profiled in the documentary range in age from 12 to 24.

  • TV Guide Network renaming itself POP

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The TV Guide Network is rebranding itself as POP, promising to make itself a destination for hard-core pop culture fans. The network, owned by the CBS Corp. and Lionsgate, is currently in 80 million homes. Owners said Thursday the switch is planned for early next year. Owners promise one series that follows dedicated fans of New Kids on the Block and another called "The Story Behind," with stories about how some of television's biggest hits got their start. POP will also continue the TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage of various awards shows. Currently, the network shows reruns of many CBS and CW shows, and offers behind-the-scenes access to the cast of CBS' "Big Brother.

  • Comedy, tragedy mingle for Shakespeare at Fenway

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Five centuries after William Shakespeare wrote "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," the Boston Red Sox have been deposed as World Series champions, bouncing from last place to first and again to the cellar in a shift from tragedy to comedy that even the revered playwright would appreciate. And so, as they head into yet another winter of their discontent, the Red Sox are turning Fenway Park over to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to bring a bit of the Bard of Avon to the former home of Josh and Daniel Bard.

  • ‘Grey's Anatomy’ Cast Gets Prison Mean for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Parody Photo

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    The cast of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" looked familiar, if a little off. Ellen Pompeo posted a photo to her WhoSay page with her costars doing their best impressions of the ladies from Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black," according to The Wrap. She gave it the caption "Blue is the new black," as they rocked blue scrubs rather than the prison colors of the inmates at Litchfield Correctional Facility. When asked by a fan on Twitter if this meant Pompeo watched the prison drama, Pompeo shot back that everyone should watch it. "Those girls are giving it," she wrote.

  • 50-year Opry member George Hamilton IV dies

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77. A news release from the Opry says Hamilton died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital after a heart attack. Hamilton had been an Opry member since 1960, when he made the switch from pop music to country. He said the decision came after catching a performance of the Opry at Ryman Auditorium. Hamilton worked with producer Chet Atkins on a number of hits and scored his first country No. 1 with "Abilene" in 1963. He brought country music to Russia and Czechoslovakia and recorded the first country album in Eastern Europe. Over the years, he hosted country-themed television shows

  • Zachary Quinto rules out role in 'Heroes Reborn'

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Zachary Quinto got his big acting break on NBC's "Heroes," but he's ruling out any role in the "Heroes Reborn" miniseries due to air on the network next year. The 37-year-old actor, who's best known for his role as Spock on the 2009 J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot, says timing is part of the problem, but that he also felt that it wasn't right for him creatively, because he's "really interested in cultivating other experiences" for himself. "I'm not going to do it," he says. Instead, he's turning his attention to mentoring two first-time filmmakers on the unscripted series "The Chair," which airs Saturdays on the Starz network (11 p.m. EDT).

  • Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she harassed him. Culkin was credited with time served since her arrest in January 2012, meaning she has about 18 months of the four-year, three-month sentence left. She pleaded guilty in November to charges including mailing threatening communications, and sending f

  • Dwyane Wade says Stern helped with fashion sense

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern might be responsible for the fashionable basketball players in the NBA — well, at least for Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat star says while he always was a fan of fine dressing, it wasn't until the former commissioner of the league instituted a dress code that he started taking more interest in what he would wear off the court. "It was like, 'OK, now we got to really dress up and we can't just throw on a sweat suit,'" he said. "Then it became a competition amongst guys and now you really got into it more and you started to really understand the clothes you put on your body, the materials you're starting to wear, so then you become even more of a fan of it.

  • 'The Voice' winner goes to Broadway's 'Pippin'

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The next guy to play Pippin on Broadway has already proved he has stage magic. He won the latest edition of "The Voice." Josh Kaufman said Thursday he'll be taking a turn as the lead in the Tony Award-winning revival "Pippin." The fedora-wearing singer said he never saw himself leading a Broadway show until the offer came. "It's something I'm really excited about," he said. "I tend to be the kind of person who doesn't want to do just one thing. I get bored. So I'm really excited about having a new challenge and having something different to do.

  • 'Three Cups of Tea' author plans reluctant return

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Greg Mortenson doesn't want to talk about his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" book, but everybody else does — including his own charity. Three years ago, "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer alleged that Mortenson fabricated much of the book and mismanaged the charity he co-founded, Central Asia Institute. The allegations pushed Mortenson to lock himself in his bedroom. He fought off depression and eventually underwent heart surgery. The Central Asia Institute lost most of its donors, with contributions plummeting from a high of about $22 million in 2010 to $2.7 million last year. The organization's new leaders have slashed the budget and cut school construction programs, but they still had to borro

  • Theater review: Darkly humorous 'Detroit' staged at Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Carpenter Square Theatre actors give “Detroit” a robust, rousing, ribald performance.

  • Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic violence following his arrest in the U.S. territory, police said Thursday. Police spokesman Angel Mariani said by telephone that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera faces two counts of abuse and two counts of threatening a person. He also faces two counts of weapons violation including possessing a weapon and pointing it at someone. Don Omar was released late Wednesday night on $600,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 29. Publicist Sujeylee Sola did not return messages for comment. Lt.

  • Actor Michael Sheen likes variety in his roles

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sheen can mold himself into just about any kind of role. He's played British Prime Minister Tony Blair, interviewer David Frost and a vampire in the "Twilight" films. Sheen says that with public figures like Blair and Frost, the roles are daunting, but he feels less pressure playing sex researcher William Masters on Showtime's "Masters of Sex," now in its second season and airing Sundays (10 p.m. EDT). "Very little is known about the inner life of Bill Masters," he said. "We have the facts of what happened in his career and certain things in his life, but he was a very private man and a very sort of secretive man ... which is kind of great for me and for us because we need to invent.

  • Miley Cyrus may face a fine for a twerking

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    What happened, Miley? You said at the 2014 VMAs (not to be mistaken for the 2013 VMAs twerkfest) that you had "retwired" the dance move. But Reuters reports that a Mexican state legislature has asked the federal government to fine the pop star after one of her dancers spanked her with the country’s flag while she twerked during an independence day performance, according to USA TODAY.

  • Mel B Talks Geri Halliwell Feud, Says Spice Girls 'Fought Like Cats and Dogs' During Prime

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Talkative Spice! Mel B got candid on "Larry King Live" recently, revealing juicy info about the Spice Girls and her epic feud with group member Geri Halliwell, according to Yahoo Music. At the height of their fame in 1998, Halliwell suddenly left the group in the middle of their Spiceworld Tour. Two years later, the group announced it was going on an indefinite hiatus. "We fought like cats and dogs," Brown said of the group during its prime. King also asked Mel B about Halliwell's dramatic departure, which ultimately led to the group's eventual split. "We had a five-year plan that got shortened after three years," she said.

  • Guess which Putnam City North grad is 41 on Sept. 18

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Actor and Oklahoma native James Marsden's birthday is today.

  • Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Resting After Trip to the Hospital

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Turns out, there's a reason why the Duck Dynasty clan wasn’t in the audience at Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night, according to Patriarch Phil Robertson was taken to the hospital on Sept. 17, according to granddaughter Sadie Robertson, who is a contestant on the show’s 19th season. When asked by Life & Style where her famous family members were, Sadie replied, “Lots of different places. My grandpa actually had to go to the hospital tonight. So a lot of them are with him.”