• 'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop co-owner Rick Harrison has drawn up plans for a Pawn Star Plaza shopping center that could boast six restaurants and about 16 small shops. The company's general contractor has submitted the proposal to the city planning department, and a review is expected in September, according to pawn shop general manager Theo Spyer. "We have always tried to improve our customer experience while waiting in line," Spyer said, pointing to misters, benches and a hot dog stand at the premises. "Now we inten

  • Take off your clothes to make it in TV

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind and didn't need to use his imagination. The "Dating Naked" series is the latest example of reality television's newest trend: Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery's "Naked and Afraid," on which a man and woman who don't know each other fend for themselves in the wilderness for three weeks without a stitch between them. That program's success since its June 2013 premiere begat VH1's "Dating Naked" and TLC's real estate show "Buying Naked," with more in the planning stages.

  • The Situation agrees to anger management classes

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — The Situation will be getting lessons in anger management. Former "Jersey Shore" star Michael Sorrentino, better known as The Situation, has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he faced following a July 15 fight with his brother at their family's tanning salon in Middletown Township. A municipal court judge Monday accepted the deal. If Sorrentino successfully completes the counseling program, the charge against him could be downgraded. Sorrentino's family — including his brother — attended the hearing. The family-owned Boca Tanning Club is the setting for a new reality show about them.

  • 'Sharknado' sequel has bite and lots of laughs

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I'll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, too. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (which, if you hadn't guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer's campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT). The original "Sharknado" depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: fin shepherd?!) saved the day with a makeshift shark explosion. Now he's back.

  • 'Crazy Eyes' actress Uzo Aduba is crazy about fans

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Orange Is the New Black" actress Uzo Aduba is flooded with marriage proposals these days. "People on the street, people on Twitter ask, 'Can I be your prison wife?' I'm like you know, 'Name the day and the time,'" Aduba joked. Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix Inc. original series about a women's prison. She's nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series along with her "Orange" co-stars Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne. Fan reaction also includes questions about her character's unique hairstyle and her most memorable quotes. "'Chocolate and vanilla swirl,' always. Throwing pie, dandelions, that they're not crazy, they're unique," she said.

  • Kevin Bacon brings his 'Six Degrees' to Comic-Con

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con. During a Sunday panel for his Fox show "The Following," a fan brought up the pop culture game known as "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," whose premise is anyone in Hollywood can be linked to the actor. She wondered if by talking to him she could then be a part of his universe. Bacon said that technically you need to be in a movie with him to be connected in the "Six Degrees" world. The actor then stood up and took a video of the crowd in the San Diego Convention Center's 6,500-seat Hall H. He also got laughs when a young girl told him she loved him in the 2011 movie "Crazy Stupid Love.

  • 'Sons of Anarchy' book announced at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Sons of Anarchy" is revving up for its final season but the outlaw motorcycle club will live on in books. Series creator Kurt Sutter revealed the cover art to "Sons of Anarchy: Bratva" (Titan Books Ltd.) Sunday at Comic-Con. The first of a series about the "Sons" world, "Bratva" is set in the show's fourth season. It follows Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Opie (Ryan Hurst) and Chibs, played by Tommy Flanagan. Sutter also revisited the topic of a possible prequel to the series. He said serious "talks are ongoing." "I don't know if it will be a full-on series or a mini-series," he said. One thing he's sure of is "there'll be no spinoffs" because he believes those only work for procedurals.

  • Pratt stars at track in role as honorary Hoosier

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Pratt has caught passes from Andrew Luck, sampled the spicy shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo's and driven the pace car at the Brickyard 400. He plays an Indiana resident on TV, and he's fit right in as an honorary Hoosier at a trifecta of must-see landmarks in Indianapolis. "You can tell, I've been treated really well when I've come here," Pratt said. Pratt was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday to drive the pace car and promote his newest movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy." The 35-year-old star of the TV show "Parks and Recreation" watched part of the race from Tony Stewart's pit box. He's still a race novice, though he did say he had heard of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gord

  • 'The Vampire Diaries' takes bite out of Comic-Con

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Season 5 of The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" ended with characters Damon and Bonnie (played by Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham) being separated from their loved ones as they enter a mysterious, purgatory-like dimension. The cast returned to Comic-Con on Saturday where they played a video of Somerhalder and Graham wondering about their fate off-screen, now that their characters are trapped in oblivion. Are they off the show? Will they get a spin-off? Somerhalder, Graham along with Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Matt Davis and showrunner Julie Plec attended the panel to tease the new season premiering Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. EDT.

  • 'Blacklist' fans get black fedoras at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans gathered for the panel for NBC's drama "The Blacklist" on Saturday received black fedoras, in honor of the character played by James Spader. On "The Blacklist," Spader is Raymond "Red" Reddington, a fedora-wearing former fugitive who turns himself in to be an informant. The catch: He will only deal with rookie agent Elizabeth, played by Megan Boone. As season one unfolded, speculation grew that Red could be Elizabeth's father. On Saturday's panel, Spader, along with executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, wouldn't say much about the true nature of their relationship. Bokenkamp acknowledged "that question is central to the conceit of the show" but said they wouldn't provide an

  • 'Once Upon a Time' has Anna and Elsa of 'Frozen'

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anna and Elsa of "Frozen" have arrived in Storybrooke. At Saturday's "Once Upon a Time" panel at Comic-Con, producers played a clip from the season 4 premiere revealing characters from the Disney movie. In the scene, sisters Anna and Elsa (portrayed by Elizabeth Lail and Georgina Haig) put flowers on their parents' graves. Elsa tells Anna she has a surprise planned for her wedding. Elsa and Anna's "Once Upon a Time" story picks up after the film. "Frozen" characters Kristoff and Prince Hans will also be introduced. Producers also showed a video poking fun at incorporating "Frozen" into the series. In the spoof, the writers, along with creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, brainst

  • TV team: Actor, detective role paired for 25 years

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills. For Suchet's dedication to Hercule Poirot through 70 TV adaptations of Agatha Christie's works, he has been rewarded with the sort of critical praise — "miraculous" and "splendid" are among the applied adjectives — that any fellow classically trained actor would envy. Fan reaction can be similarly fervent. "The most extreme example happened to me in Newfoundland in Canada," Suchet recalled recently. He was there taking a coffee-shop break during production of a movie when suddenly, as in the best of mystery novels, a screa

  • Tatiana Maslany addresses Emmy snub at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — If Tatiana Maslany is upset she wasn't nominated for an Emmy for portraying multiple clones on TV's "Orphan Black," she didn't show it at Comic-Con. The actress appeared Friday alongside co-stars including Jordan Gavaris and Maria Doyle Kennedy. When the moderator asked Maslany about getting overlooked for an Emmy bid, she said, "We're at a point where television is extremely exciting. I just feel really lucky to be at this point in television history making a show like this." The audience didn't hold back. Maslany received a standing ovation when she walked out. One fan presented her with homemade nesting dolls in the likeness of her various characters. At the end of the panel, security guards had to

  • New 'Game of Thrones' actors revealed at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — They traveled a long way from the continent of Westeros to get there, but cast members of HBO's "Game of Thrones" at Friday's Comic-Con panel remained tight-lipped on spoilers. Fans were told they would not get any plot details about the upcoming fifth season. They did play a blooper reel and a video introducing nine actors that have been added to the series. Among the new faces are relatives of the late Oberyn Martell, also known as the Red Viper, played by Pedro Pascal. Alexander Siddig is Doran Martell, the lord of Dorne and older brother to Oberyn. Toby Sebastian has been cast as Prince Doran's son, Trystane Martell, the heir to Dorne.

  • 'Walking Dead' plays season 5 trailer at Comic-Con

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans attending Friday's panel for "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con got to see the first trailer for season five. The new episodes stick largely to the comic-book version created by Robert Kirkman, and producers say it will get even darker in tone. "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln as a sheriff deputy who awakens from a coma to find flesh-eating zombies now roam the world around him. Lincoln told the audience his preparation for scenes was a quiet process, prompting moderator Chris Hardwick to show a video montage of the actor shouting and pounding his fists to pump himself up on set. "It's so normal for all of us to be so weird now," explained co-star Lauren Cohan.

  • Mike Tyson gets a standing ovation at Comic-Con

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — He didn't always stay on topic, and not everything he said was politically correct or easy to understand, but most of the audience at the Comic-Con panel for Mike Tyson's new animated Adult Swim series roared with laughter throughout. Actor Rob Corddry moderated the session featuring producer Hugh Davidson and stars Tyson, Jim Rash and Rachel Ramras. On "Mike Tyson Mysteries," a cartoon version of Tyson teams up with a pigeon to solve cases. Ramras voices the character of Tyson's adopted Korean daughter. When this was brought up on the panel, Tyson interrupted, saying he thought until that moment that she was Chinese. He then commented that he "never adopted a Chinese girl in real life.

  • Yes! Former WWE champ catches suspected burglar

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said. According to police, Bryan Danielson and his wife, Brianna, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open. That's when Danielson and his wife, a fellow former WWE star known as Brie Bella, ran inside to check on their dog, Josie. "I saw the guys running out the back. I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there," Danielson said. Danielson and Cesar Sosa, 22, got into a struggle, but the former champ subdued him until officers arrived, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy

  • Lifetime drops reality TV show on Texas mortuary

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Lifetime TV network has dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were arrested for alleged corpse abuse. Lifetime announced in June it would produce a show called "Good Grief" about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The show was due to air July 23. But the show "has not and will not air on Lifetime," Lifetime Networks vice president Les Eisner said in a statement Friday, adding that the allegations are "deeply troubling." Johnson Family Mortuary co-owners Dondre Johnson, 39, and his wife Rachel Hardy-Johnson, 35, were arrested last week after the building owner evicted the couple for not paying rent and

  • Bazinga! 'Big Bang Theory' writers hit Comic-Con

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Past "Big Bang" Comic-Con panels have paid off for fans that score tickets. One viewer was awarded a trip to space. And there was a surprise appearance by Johnny Galecki, who hid in the audience in costume until he asked a question. For the second year in a row, the writers and executive producers represented the long-running CBS comedy. Stars Jim Parsons, Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are without contracts for season 8. (Last week, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she was confident it would be worked out.

  • Zimmerman says he'll appeal NBC lawsuit dismissal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters. The appeal notice was filed Tuesday with the Seminole County Clerk of Courts. Judge Debra Nelson on June 30 dismissed Zimmerman's lawsuit, saying the former neighborhood watch leader failed to show the network acted with malice. Nelson said the malice standard was appropriate because Zimmerman became a public figure after he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012. It generated a national conversation about race and self-defense laws. He was acquitted of second-degree murder last year.