• Broadcasters propose FIFA election debate to Blatter, rivals

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Sepp Blatter and his three FIFA presidential election rivals have been invited to participate in a television debate by the BBC and Sky. The London-based broadcasters have written to the candidates proposing a one-hour "fans' congress" live on their globally available channels, websites and Facebook ahead of the election in May. The 78-year-old Blatter is seeking a fifth, four-year term running football. FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Portugal great Luis Figo and Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag want to end Blatter's reign, which began in 1998. Prince Ali and Figo have already said publicly they are willing to participate in a debate.

  • Bill O'Reilly's partisan critics stepping up attack

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Following several stories questioning Bill O'Reilly's past reporting, a liberal media watchdog has ordered its researchers to comb through years of the Fox News Channel host's writings, radio and television shows and public appearances to find examples of inconsistencies. O'Reilly is squarely in the crosshairs of Media Matters for America, an illustration of how the media is subject to the same political campaigns as politicians. Fox is standing behind O'Reilly, but the extent to which cable news' most popular personality is damaged may depend on how many more stories come out. "It's a moving target," said Bradley Beychok, Media Matters president, on Friday. "It's too early to tell what the end of this is.

  • Osbourne exiting 'Fashion Police' after Zendaya hair flap

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Osbourne is exiting "Fashion Police," days after complaining about co-host Giuliana Rancic's comments on Zendaya's dreadlocks. E! Entertainment said Friday that Osbourne is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Osbourne's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Monday's post-Oscar edition of "Fashion Police," Rancic said that actress-singer Zendaya's hair suggested the smell of patchouli oil or marijuana. Rancic came under fire from Zendaya and Osbourne, among others, and apologized the next day on "E! News." Osbourne tweeted Tuesday that she doesn't condone racism and was reconsidering being part of "Fashion Police." E! said the series will air next as

  • Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science-fiction

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend the organization a helping hand. When he was asked to narrate a planetarium introduction or appear as a guest at an event, Nimoy did so graciously and never charged. "That struck me then, and it strikes me now," said Shostak. "If you play a famous alien, you might have little interest in how science is searching for real aliens, but Nimoy was actually interested in the science — and he was always willing to hel

  • Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him. Yet two decades later, after proving that with a career that became a rich blend of roles beyond "Star Trek" along with directing, writing and photography, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. Nimoy had come to appreciate Mr. Spock's enduring legacy and the inspiration the man of logic provided the actor and his fans alike. "He's a part of me," he wrote in his second memoir. "Not a day passes that I don't hear that cool, rational voice commenting on some irrational aspect o

  • As Spock, Leonard Nimoy gave a character enduring life

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's no exaggeration to say Leonard Nimoy was perfect for the role that defined his career. His lean, almost sepulchral frame seemed otherworldly. His long, solemn face reflected wisdom summoned from somewhere deep within. Calm reassurance, devotion to cool logic, a can-do guy who could cut through the clutter — that was Mr. Spock, the Vulcan half-breed Nimoy played so indelibly on "Star Trek." And it seemed to come naturally. The message Nimoy and his character delivered as one: Anything is possible, or at least worth giving a shot. Just put your mind to it and believe. That was the message Nimoy left his true believers with his death Friday at 83. In its original run, "Star Trek" battled low rating

  • Obama mourns passing of Nimoy: 'I loved Spock'

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Leonard Nimoy, who made the sign for "Live long and prosper" famous around the world, achieved that goal during his 83 years on planet Earth. The actor, who played Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and films, died Friday at his Los Angeles home. "I loved Spock," Obama said in a statement. "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock," Obama said. "Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek's optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future." Obama added th

  • CNN's Weir escapes studio for the road

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Bill Weir can thank Anthony Bourdain for all the frequent-flier miles. When Weir left ABC News to join CNN in late 2013, the idea was he would join the long list of people with cable news talk shows. He even did pilots for prospective versions. The process dragged, not helped by a fall that Weir suffered that required some facial surgery. Around that time, the strong ratings Bourdain was getting for his "Parts Unknown" travelogue led CNN to explore more nonfiction series, and CNN chief Jeff Zucker wondered whether it wouldn't be better to send Weir on the road. "Those are the happiest words a reporter can hear," Weir said. He drew up an idea for a series with his 11-year-old daughter in min

  • After 7 seasons, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' not slowing down

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looks like a drag queen aquarium. Beyond a wall of two-way mirrors, a hurricane of wigs and dresses swirl around as over a dozen female impersonators don towering hairpieces, slip into intricate ensembles, apply liberal amounts of makeup and adjust their lady parts. They're completely undeterred by the camera crews documenting every touch-up and tuck on the other side of the see-through glass. For the cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race," it's just another day on the set of this gender-bending reality TV contest governed by RuPaul Charles, the drag icon who first gained fame over 20 years ago when his song "Supermodel (You Better Work)" became a pop hit. The peek-a-boo mirror is simply one of many tricks the p

  • Leonard Nimoy's son Adam says the "Star Trek" star has died in Los Angeles

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy's son Adam says the "Star Trek" star has died in Los Angeles.

  • Jay Leno to join Utah sport awards ceremony

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jay Leno will join the Governor's State of Sport Awards dinner in Salt Lake City on April 21 to honor Utah's top athletic achievements for 2014. Gov. Gary Herbert, who will present the awards, says the comedian and former television talk show host will be a special guest at the 4th annual dinner. Olympic gold medalist and Deer Valley School director Stein Eriksen will receive a lifetime achievement award, while the Deer Valley Resort will be presented a 2015 Partner of the Year Award. Top male and female high school, college, professional and Olympian athletes will be honored. The top team, coach and event of the year also will be recognized.

  • 'House of Cards' dealt Netflix a winning hand

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch and define "television." And it spurred other online services such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google's YouTube to spend more on their own original content to create shows that rival those produced by broa

  • Netflix's 'House of Cards' returns in full for 3rd season

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Kelly did everything he could to stay under the radar. "For a year, I've had to keep everything so secret," he said. "I feel awful for having to lie, but what else could I do?" So lie he did. And if you don't know what he lied about, you might want to stop reading right here. Kelly, of course, rode strong on Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards" in its first two seasons as the sotto-voce psycho Doug Stamper, the glowering henchman to Francis Underwood (series star Kevin Spacey) in his rise from House Whip to vice president to POTUS.

  • TV audience increases as O'Reilly faces criticism of work

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — More viewers have tuned in to watch Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly as he faces criticism for some of his past reporting. His show, "The O'Reilly Factor," drew just over 3 million viewers Wednesday night. That's up 11 percent over the same day last year. The Nielsen ratings company says O'Reilly had his largest audience since November among the 25-54 age demographic, the basis of most ad sales for news programming. The audience among that younger demo was up 64 percent over last year for O'Reilly, who usually has a decidedly older audience. Stories over the past week have accused O'Reilly of falsely saying he was reporting from a war zone in the Falklands War and was at the site of the suicid

  • Married actors Kodjoe, Parker to host Fox talk show tryout

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker will be playing themselves on TV this summer. The Fox Television Stations group said Thursday the married actors will host a talk show airing on Fox-owned stations in several markets. "The Boris and Nicole Show" will offer their take on current events, relationships and childrearing. Celebrity guests will be part of the conversation. Kodjoe and Parker, who met on the Showtime series "Soul Food," play opposite each other on "The Real Husbands of Hollywood." "The Boris and Nicole Show" will debut July 6 in a test run on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles and other TV markets yet to be announced.

  • Daniel Dae Kim takes control in 'Hawaii Five-0' and beyond

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daniel Dae Kim made an impressively smooth transition from a stalwart husband on "Lost" to dashing crime fighter on "Hawaii Five-0." The actor is not done with transformations. Kim has a big-screen role in "Insurgent," the sequel to sci-fi drama "Divergent" coming in March, and took his first stab at TV directing with Friday's episode of the CBS police series (9 p.m. EST). Even more ambitious: He founded a year-old production company to put his stamp on film and TV projects, with several pilots under network consideration for the 2015-16 season. Acting hasn't lost its allure, said the handsome Kim, who's made the cut on People magazine's "Sexiest Men" list.

  • New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention. The Parents Television Council, One Million Moms and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation say they've collected more than 38,000 signatures on a petition urging WE TV to shelve the show. WE says it will begin as scheduled Friday at 10 p.m. EST/PST. "Sex Box" is an adaptation of a British show where three therapists meet with couples who have relationship issues. In the first episode one woman has lost interest in sex after

  • ABC's Sawyer does prime-time prison special

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For her first big assignment after leaving as ABC "World News Tonight" anchor, Diane Sawyer went behind bars. The veteran journalist traveled to four prisons across the country for a special, "A Nation of Women Behind Bars," that will air on ABC on Friday at 10 p.m. EST. Sawyer examines mental health in a prison system where so many prisoners are ill, how prisoners acquire contraband and issues involving sentencing. She visited prisons in Tennessee, Maryland, Florida and Washington over eight months for the show. Prison life is a story she has returned to for ABC, spending two nights in an Atlanta prison in 2004 for a first-person look and doing a 1996 show on life inside a maximum security prison.

  • Crews keep cameras rolling in New Mexico post 'Breaking Bad'

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the last "Breaking Bad" episode aired almost two years ago, New Mexico officials feared film and television production might end in the state after the series brought welcome attention and tourism to Albuquerque. But production in the state is showing no signs of slowing and may be expanding, according to industry leaders. "Better Call Saul," a "Breaking Bad" prequel on cable channel AMC, just wrapped up filming of its first season and has drawn strong reviews. The series follows a struggling criminal lawyer, played by Bob Odenkirk, as he defends drug lords, petty criminals and people who claim they were injured in traffic accidents.

  • Conan O'Brien takes his show to Cuba for a special hour

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — On Wednesday's show, Conan O'Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 p.m. EST on TBS), "Conan" will find its host footloose and fancy-free, airing a talk show from this nearby but isolated island country for apparently the first time since Jack Paar took his own late-night show to Cuba in 1959. "Conan in Cuba," still being edited, was unavailable for preview. But in a chat with reporters recently, O'Brien listed a few highlights: He tries to learn to play authentic Cuban music and how to rumba. He visits a cigar factory where 400 virtuosos make cigars he calls "works of art." (He'll try




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