• ESPY ratings soar with Jenner tribute, network platform

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ESPY Awards, highlighted by Caitlyn Jenner's acceptance of a trophy for bravery, proved a ratings champion. The telecast, which moved from its traditional ESPN cable home to a bigger stage with broadcast sibling ABC, drew 7.75 million viewers last Wednesday to rank as the most-watched ESPY ceremony ever, more than double the previous high of 3.6 million in 2006. Last year's ceremony was watched by 2.2 million. It was the No. 5 program of the week, according to Nielsen company numbers released Tuesday. Jenner, who as Bruce Jenner was the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, urged acceptance for transgender people as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

  • Cosby, in public and in private: A look back

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    In the 1970s, Bill Cosby created "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," a Saturday-morning cartoon series based loosely on his Philadelphia childhood that promoted good behavior and morality. The comedian's private life around the same time was at odds with his squeaky-clean public image. As Cosby himself acknowledged decades later, the married man obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. The gap between the public Cosby, the long-time role model and moralist, and the private Cosby, the philanderer fighting accusations he drugged and sexually assaulted women, is what prompted a federal judge this month to unseal parts of the entertainer's 2005-06 deposition in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

  • Fox moves Klatt from studio to booth on college football

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt will become Fox Sports' lead game analyst for college football, moving from the studio to the booth. Klatt has been working for the Fox family of networks since 2007. He'll join play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson to become Fox's top college football broadcast team. Klatt replaces Charles Davis, who moves to the NFL on Fox. The announcement was made Tuesday in a statement by John Entz, president of production for Fox Sports. Klatt and Johnson's first game will be the debut of new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh at Utah on Sept. 3. Former Southern California quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart will replace Klatt on Fox's studio shows and former Notre Dame quarterback

  • Invoking Iraq War, Obama brushes off Iran deal critics

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brushing off his "chest-beating" critics, President Barack Obama accused opponents of the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday of being the same people who rushed the U.S. into an ill-fated war in Iraq. As he sought support for the deal from U.S. veterans, he said the deal's foes were merely popping off soundbites that accomplish nothing. Obama assumed a confident yet combative tone at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national convention in Pittsburgh, where he also said he was still not satisfied with the care being provided by Department of Veterans Affairs. He cast his decision to pursue diplomacy with Tehran as a move intended to avert the need to send U.S. troops into harm's way with an eventual military strike against I

  • AP Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' actor runs for Albuquerque seat

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Citing the growth of urban sprawl and a need for more Mexican-American elected officials, "Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada said he is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he's seeking a commission seat in Bernalillo County — the state's most populous county. The 52-year-old actor and comedian said he's joining in the race because he feels someone like him can make a difference in the district that includes the historic Hispanic South Valley and an area in Albuquerque's west side where de

  • SAG gives lifetime achievement award to Carol Burnett

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild is recognizing Carol Burnett for her six decades in entertainment. The actors' union announced Monday that Burnett will receive its 52nd Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SAG Awards in January. Union President Ken Howard said the 82-year-old entertainer is "a creative dynamo and a comedic genius." Burnett got her start on stage, where TV talent bookers spotted her. She joined the cast of "The Garry Moore Show" in 1959. She launched "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1967, which ran for 11 years and won 25 Emmy Awards. Burnett is working on a book about the success of her show set to be published next year. Her recent TV credits include appearances on "Glee" and "Hot in

  • Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' says wife gave birth

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    TONTITOWN, Ark. (AP) — Josh Duggar, the eldest son featured on TLC's recently cancelled "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, has announced the birth of his and his wife's fourth child. Duggar tweeted Sunday that his wife, Anna, gave birth to another daughter, Meredith Grace. The announcement was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Duggars' show, which featured the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. TLC cancelled the show last week, following revelations that Josh Duggar molested some of his sisters and a baby-sitter when he was a teenager in 2002 and 2003. No charges have been filed. TLC has said it's now producing a documentary to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, and some of the Duggars will take part.

  • Green Bay Packers post another year of record revenue

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Green Bay Packers reported another year of record revenue Monday, with the NFL's only publicly-owned team bolstered in part by the windfall from the league's massive broadcasting deals. The Packers said revenue from the 2015 fiscal year topped $375 million, up 16 percent from the previous year. Revenue from national sources increased by 21 percent to $226 million. A perennial playoff contender, Green Bay remains a marquee franchise with a national fan base in the most popular professional sports league in the country. "From a high level, kind of an overall simple message — the Packers had another very strong year financially," team President Mark Murphy said. The Packers must release finan

  • Jon Stewart heads into home stretch at 'Daily Show'

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart enters the home stretch of his 16 years on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday, with 12 more nights of jokes at the expense of those who make and report the news before he signs off for good on Aug. 6. Stewart's exit, the latest in a year of upheaval in late-night television, will be felt most acutely over the next 15 months as the U.S. approaches its first presidential election since 1996 without his comic take. Attesting to Stewart's cultural import, President Barack Obama is booked for his seventh appearance on the show Tuesday. Stewart, who started on "The Daily Show" in 1999, cited restlessness in announcing his exit last February.

  • Rocco, who played Moe Greene in 'The Godfather,' dies at 79

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rocco, the Emmy-winning character actor best known for taking a bullet through the eye as the Las Vegas casino boss Moe Greene in "The Godfather," has died. He was 79. Rocco's daughter, Jennifer, announced his death Saturday. Details were not immediately available. Rocco's career spanned five decades, and he remained active up until his death, including a recurring role on the Starz series "Magic City." His distinctively gravelly voice made him a frequent tough-guy presence in both hardboiled tales ("The Friends of Eddie Coyle," ''St. Valentine's Day Massacre," ''Get Shorty") and comedic sitcoms ("The Simpsons," ''The Facts of Life").

  • Comedian Dave Chappelle speaks out about comeback

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Dave Chappelle's return to the comedy stage comes at a racially charged time in the U.S., but the comedian, who never shied away from racial issues, says that's just a coincidence. "I think it is important to be out now, but what's going on in the world isn't why I initially came back out," Chappelle told The Associated Press on Saturday. He was on Long Island at the Art For Life benefit, where he received an award from Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. "This is a very surprisingly emotionally charged time, so people like me, I think, are very relevant and necessary in sorting through all this information and emotional content," he said. "And when we are at our best, hopefully w

  • Comedian Dave Chappelle speaks out about timing of comeback

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Dave Chappelle's return to the comedy stage comes at a racially charged time in the U.S. But the comedian, who has never shied away from racial issues, says that's just a coincidence. He says now is a "surprisingly emotionally charged time," adding that comedians can help sort through "all this information and emotional content." Chappelle spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday. He was on Long Island at the Art For Life benefit, where he received an award from Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. During his acceptance speech, Chappelle said the arts education he received in high school in Washington, D.C., saved him.

  • Trump on John McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured'

    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain's military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party's 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a "war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." The comment drew some boos from some in the audience — and quick condemnation from rivals who have been waiting for such an opening to rein in the outspoken reality television personality. Trump has surged in polls recently, frustrating many in his party concerned that he has hijacked the 2016 Republican primary and damaged the GOP brand. Trump and McCain traded barbs earlier this week. McCain said Trump's controversial comments about immigrants

  • Longtime Buffalo Bills broadcaster Van Miller dies at 87

    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The voice of the Buffalo Bills from the team's earliest days in the AFL has died at age 87. Bills President Russ Brandon announced Saturday that retired broadcaster Van Miller died on Friday. Miller began his broadcasting career in 1955 calling high school sports for WBEN radio and television. He became the Bills' play-by-play man during the team's first season with the AFL in 1960. Miller served in that role from 1960 to 1970 and again from 1978 until his retirement in 2003. He called a total of 605 Bills games during his career. "As the 'Voice of the Bills,' Van's historic radio calls of Bills games over the years will forever resonate with our fans," Brandon said in a statement.

  • Cambodia tycoon arrested amid outrage over attack of actress

    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian real estate magnate whose violent assault of a female TV star was captured on video was arrested Saturday, authorities said, in a case that has sparked national outrage. Sok Bun was charged with intent to commit violence and will be held at a Phnom Penh prison pending trial, said Gen. Sok Khemrin, chief of the Interior Ministry's penal division. The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. The July 2 attack against actress and former TV host Ek Socheata, better known as Sasa, has prompted a national conversation about justice in the Southeast Asian country, where the wealthy often act with impunity and buy their way out of trouble.

  • Lee Daniels on Emmys Instagram video: 'I was having fun'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Daniels says people took his online hijinks a little too seriously. The "Empire" creator became a trending topic after posting an expletive-filled video alongside actor Jussie Smollett with the hashtags #timetoberealagain and #emmyniceguyoverwith. The freshman hit series earned three Emmy bids Thursday — lead actress for Taraji P. Henson and two for costume design — but failed to nab a best drama nomination. Daniels posted a video on Twitter and Instagram after the nominations were announced that shows him laughing with Smollett, who tells him, "You have to be nice." Daniels then unleashes a tirade of obscenities, which some entertainment media understood as a response to a perceived Emmy snub.

  • Obama to appear on 'The Daily Show' as Stewart nears end

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Obama is booked for his seventh appearance on "The Daily Show" Tuesday as Jon Stewart is beginning his final three weeks as host of the show. Obama last appeared alongside Stewart while he was running for re-election in 2012. Stewart announced earlier this year that he will be leaving "The Daily Show" after 16 years. His final broadcast will be on Aug. 6, to be replaced by Trevor Noah in September.

  • Greg Poehler returns for second season of Swedish comedy

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, Jack Black, Neve Campbell, Amy Poehler and Jason Priestley make appearances in the second season of the television comedy "Welcome to Sweden," which launches on NBC on Sunday. That's only marginally impressive, until you consider those guest shots required them to be in Stockholm during the long, dark winter months. "We tried to get people who were already in Sweden and literally show up at their hotel with cameras," said "Welcome to Sweden" star and writer Greg Poehler. "Before they knew what was happening, they were on TV." He's joking, sort of. Simon and Black were on concert tours that took them to Sweden while the series was being filmed and Poehler called on his sister Amy, who knew t

  • MTV causes stir with film on white people

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary "White People" was getting folks to talk about race when they didn't feel the issue concerned them — like those quoted as saying they consider white the "default race" or "normal." So filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas recorded white Americans in situations where they were forced to confront racial identity issues. He found to a white man who attends a traditionally black college, teachers on a South Dakota reservation where resentment toward whites is palpable, a young Brooklyn man bewildered by the Asian immigrants on his block, a white man who teaches a college course on white privilege. The documentary's trailer alone created a stir. The full film debu

  • Auburn team to compete in national baton twirling contest

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — "One two, three four, five six, seven eight . One two, three four." The choreographer's mantra resounded through the otherwise empty concourse at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum Thursday morning as batons hurtled through the air, falling carefully back into the hands they left when they started their flights. "It's not as easy as it looks," said 20-year-old Savannah Morgan. "You have to be committed to do it," added 13-year-old Erin Smith. The "it" that Morgan and Smith referred to is competitive baton twirling — a sport that many are not familiar with beyond watching majorettes perform during halftime at the 50-yard-line. "I think more people should be exposed to it," Smith said. "It m




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