• Lil Wayne sues mentor's record label for $51M, seeking split


    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne has had it with his record label. He's suing Cash Money Records for $51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $8 million on a record he delivered last month. In the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Grammy Award-winning performer asked a Manhattan judge to nullify contracts he has held with the company since November 1998. Born in New Orleans as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., the 32-year-old rapper said in the lawsuit that his relationship with the label has been deteriorating over the last four years, with Cash Money failing to live up to contractual promises regarding monthly accounting statements and the timely payment of profits owed to Lil Wayne.

  • Timberland sever ties with A.P.C. for using "N-word"


    PARIS (AP) — Capping the Paris fashion season with a dose of controversy, French menswear company APC apologized for using a racist slur in a show last week — prompting collaborator, shoe giant Timberland, to sever all ties. APC house founder Jean Touitou told The Associated Press on Thursday that he spoke "recklessly" by using the N-word in a live narration at the menswear show — reportedly in homage former APC collaborator, rapper Kanye West, who recorded a song entitled "Ni(asterisk)(asterisk)as In Paris" with Jay-Z. But the damage was already done. Here are the tidbits and highlights of the last day of spring-summer couture collections, including show reports for Zuhair Murad, Ralph & Russo and Viktor & Rolf.

  • Blogger helps raise $1 million so NYC kids can visit Harvard


    NEW YORK (AP) — A fundraising campaign inspired by the popular photo blog Humans of New York has raised more than $1 million to send middle-school students from a high-poverty Brooklyn school on field trips to Harvard. Thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told blogger Brandon Stanton in a Jan. 20 post that his principal, Nadia Lopez, was the person who had influenced him the most. "When we get in trouble, she doesn't suspend us," Vidal said. "She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens at Lake Tahoe


    STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A shuttered hotel-casino on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has reopened under the Hard Rock banner after a $60 million renovation that local business and tourism officials hope will help jump-start the struggling main casino drag in the shadow of a big ski resort. Owners of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Lake Tahoe kicked off the grand opening Wednesday by shattering an ice sculpture of a guitar as hundreds cheered outside the newest property in the chain known for its rock 'n' roll theme. Most recently operated as the Horizon, it first opened in 1965 as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe and hosted more than 100 performances by Elvis Presley over the years.

  • Correction: Super Bowl-No More Ad story


    In a story Jan. 28 about a domestic violence , The Associated Press misspelled the name of a singer who was quoted. It is American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, not Jordan Sparks. A corrected version of the story is below: Group's ad featuring 911 call grabs attention at Super Bowl Domestic violence group No More's ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention around Super Bowl By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying "No more." This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house.

  • Musician Geezer Butler arrested in Death Valley altercation


    INDEPENDENCE, Calif. (AP) — Bassist Geezer Butler, a founding member of Black Sabbath, has been cited and released after an altercation at a saloon in Death Valley National Park. The Inyo County, California, sheriff's office says 65-year-old Terence Michael Butler of Beverly Hills was arrested after midnight on Jan. 27 at the Corkscrew Saloon at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in the national park. Wtnesses told deputies an argument escalated into a physical confrontation, resulting in someone being struck and a broken window. The musician was arrested and booked into the Inyo County Jail for investigation of misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.

  • Hilary Duff, George Lopez help in search for stolen dog


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Beverly Hills shop owner is getting some celebrity help in the search for her dog, which was seen on surveillance video apparently being snatched by a pregnant woman. Actress Hilary Duff, a friend of Switch boutique owner Julia Cohen, took to social media this week to urge her followers to help locate the little white Maltese. Duff tweeted: "Please help us find Charlie." The video aired by KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/1BzdEwj) showed a woman with a girl follow the dog on a sidewalk near the boutique, disappear around a corner, and then re-emerge with Charlie in her arms and walk away. Witnesses say she was pregnant. Comedian George Lopez and singer Lance Bass also tweeted about the stole

  • Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch


    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hats off to Marshawn Lynch. While barely saying a word, the Seattle Seahawks running back has created a run on the "Beast Mode" caps he's been wearing at Super Bowl press appearances. The two baseball caps Lynch wore this week while answering reporters' questions with single scripted lines have sold out on Lynch's website, where they're part of his own Beast Mode apparel line. Buffalo-based New Era Cap Co. makes the caps for the football player and says more are on the way. "Over the past 20 years, there've been different moments in time where a celebrity is seen wearing a different cap and the next day people are clamoring to find that product," Stuart Domanowski, football category director

  • Amanda Seyfried replaces Tatiana Maslany off-Broadway


    NEW YORK (AP) — Orphan Black is out. But a Cosette is taking her place. Second Stage Theatre said Thursday that Amanda Seyfried will replace BBC America star Tatiana Maslany in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's "The Way We Get By." Maslany, star of "Orphan Black," withdrew due to schedule conflicts. Previews begin April 28 under the direction of Leigh Silverman. Seyfried will star opposite Thomas Sadoski as lovers who hook up during a drunken wedding reception. Seyfried , who appeared as Cosette in the recent film adaptation of "Les Miserables," will be making her off-Broadway debut. She's starred in the film "Mamma Mia!" with Meryl Streep and "Mean Girls." She'll be in the upcoming "Ted 2" and "Pan." ___ <

  • 'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77


    SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. McCullough had continued producing books despite a string of health and eyesight problems by using dictation, Martyn said. "Ever quick-witted and direct, we looked forward to her visits from Norfolk Island and the arrival of each new manuscript delivered in hard copy in custom-made maroon manuscript boxes inscribed with her name," Martyn said. McCullough wrote 25 novels throughout her career. Her final bo

  • The all-female 'Ghostbusters' cast, remade as paper dolls

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    After months of speculation, it seems the cast of the next Ghostbusters is set. On Tuesday, director Paul Feig tweeted an image of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the new team of paranormal investigators in the upcoming all-female remake, Mashable reports. Filming isn't expected to begin until this summer, but it's never to early to start merchandising. So we made these paper dolls of the new squad in full bustin' regalia, complete with unlicensed nuclear accelerators. Plus Slimer, because why not? Print and cut them out to make your own ghastly adventures, or just make your officemates jealous.

  • Sundance First Look: Pearce, Smulders get rom com 'Results'


    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Andrew Bujalski delivers his most mainstream film to date with "Results," a heartfelt will-they-or-won't-they romantic comedy about two very different personal trainers (Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce) working together in Texas. The setup is simple enough: Trevor (Pearce), an earnest and wholly sincere gym owner is looking to expand his business, while his volatile employee and one-time fling Kat (Smulders) is at a crossroads of sorts, dismayed by a dwindling or uninspired client base and lashing out, sometimes violently. Things kick into gear when Danny (Kevin Corrigan), a rich, slightly out of shape loner (and stoner) moves to town and hires Kat as his personal trainer.

  • Helen Eustis, award-winning mystery writer, dead at 98


    NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98. Eustis' son, Adam Fisher, said Thursday that she died Jan. 11 at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City of natural causes. Eustis' "The Horizontal Man" was a crime story about a murdered English professor that won the Edgar in 1947 for best debut novel. "Horizontal Man" will be included this fall in a Library of America anthology of 1940s-'50s crime fiction by women. She also wrote "The Fool Killer," adapted into a 1965 movie of the same name starring Anthony Perkins, and the children's story "Mr. Death and the Redheaded Woman.

  • Jim Parsons to play God in Broadway's 'An Act of God'


    NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Parsons is going from a scientific nerd in "The Big Bang Theory" to a pretty big religious role — the Almighty. Producers on Thursday said Parsons will star in a stage adaptation of the humor book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God" on Broadway. The play, called "An Act of God," is adapted by its author, David Javerbaum. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, who also helmed "Wicked" and "Other Desert Cities," will direct the show, which begins performances May 5 at the Studio 54 theater. Parsons, who won four Emmys for "The Big Bang Theory," has Broadway credits that include the comic "Harvey" and the heartbreaking "The Normal Heart.

  • William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company. But in real life, even Shatner can't avoid the perils of getting through airport security lines. "I got patted down one time, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and my pants fell down. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life," Shatner said, recalling the incident at Los Angeles International Airport. Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting ("The Big Bang Theory") again playing the travel pro's daughter.

  • Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder


    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and John Legend have been added to the group of artists set to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder next month. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the Band Perry will also perform alongside Usher and Chris Martin at "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute" on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Willie Nelson was originally part of lineup, but is no longer performing, the Recording Academy said. The concert, to be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, will also include Ed Sheeran and Janelle Monae. It will take place two days after the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The concert will air as a two-hour special on CBS on Feb. 16. ___ Online:

  • SpongeBob online? Nickelodeon to offer Internet subscription


    NEW YORK (AP) — SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March. That would make it similar to a $4-a-month online offering for "Sesame Street." Nickelodeon owner Viacom Inc. will announce details, including the price and the name of the service, next month. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said the new service "will target the fast-growing mobile market (and) will be very attractive for parents and children.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Beau Jennings releases 'The Verdigris,' new album based on the life and work of Will Rogers, plans February local release show

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Oklahoma musician Beau Jennings released “The Verdigris,” his long-awaited album based on the life and work of Will Rogers, Tuesday, and he is planning a Feb. 13 release show at The Opolis in Norman. “The Verdigris” is the only true album completely based on the life of influential Oklahoman Will Rogers, and inspired by the […]

  • Tom Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith


    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" and Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down" a musical accident. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a statement posted to his website Thursday that "all my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by." He said he never intended to sue Smith and didn't know how their settlement agreement became public. After Petty's song publishers pointed out the similarities, Smith quickly agreed to give Petty and his co-writer, Jeff Lynne, songwriting credits on "Stay With M

  • Kristin Chenoweth returning to Broken Arrow for master class concert and inaugural Broadway Boot Camp

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW – In what has been a banner year for Kristin Chenoweth in her hometown of Broken Arrow, more exciting events are on the horizon for the Tony and Emmy winner. Plans are under way for a second master class concert and the inaugural Broadway Boot Camp, both of which will incorporate hundreds of […]