• LeBron visits Manila to mentor Filipino street ball talents

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — LeBron James hopes his story can inspire young Filipinos to rise from adversity through basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers star is the country to mentor finalists of "Rise," a Nike-sponsored reality TV program aimed at finding young Filipino basketball players, mostly from the countryside, and to hone their talents. Coming from humble beginnings and raised by a single mother, James said he can relate to what the "Rise kids" are going through. He says, "I think my story speaks for itself. You know, I was a kid who didn't believe that I can't make my dream become a reality, and I know it will take a lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifice and a lot of love.

  • A little care, a little brine can produce stellar pork chops

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Let's face it, a cookout on Labor Day, that bittersweet farewell to summer, tends to attract the hedonistic hordes. Your challenge as host is to come up with something that's simple to prepare, but not boring. These pork chops do the job splendidly. Once upon a time pork chops were pretty rich. These days they're lean enough to be marketed as "the other white meat." Health-wise, you can't beat them. Flavor-wise and texture-wise? You'll have to baby them a little so they don't dry out. And I find the best bet to ensure that chops turn out moist and toothsome is to brine them before you cook them.

  • A meal and a webcam form unlikely recipe for S. Korean fame

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Every evening, 14-year-old Kim Sung-jin orders fried chicken, delivery pizza or Chinese food to eat in a small room in his family's home south of Seoul. He gorges on food as he chats before a live camera with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of teenagers watching. That's the show, and it makes Kim money: 2 million won ($1,700) in his most successful episode. Better known to his viewers by the nickname Patoo, he is one of the youngest broadcasters on Afreeca TV, an app for live-broadcasting video online launched in 2006. Kim, who has a delicate physique and chopstick-like slight limbs, has been broadcasting himself eating almost every evening since he was 11. Sometimes he invites friends to eat

  • Planned Parenthood TV ad targets Portman over federal funds

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Planned Parenthood's political arm is targeting Ohio Sen. Rob Portman in a television ad highlighting congressional efforts to halt federal dollars to the organization. The 30-second ad airing statewide attacks the Republican senator for supporting the effort and seeks to link him to a potential showdown over the organization's funding next month. That's when Congress returns from summer recess and considers legislation keeping government agencies open after their budgets expire Oct. 1. Some conservatives see that as an opportunity to keep Planned Parenthood money out of those bills. The ad released Tuesday cites the possibility of a government shutdown and asks what it could mean for Ohio.

  • Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the 1960s, dies at 78

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit "Batman," has died. She was 78. Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home from complications from breast cancer, her family said. She began her career as a ballet dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with which she toured for three years. Then she was discovered by Hollywood, appearing in a 1958 episode of "Perry Mason" and in the 1959 feature "The Young Land." After that, she won dozens of roles in TV shows, as well as co-starring in two 1960s Elvis Presley films, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins.

  • Spinoff 'Fear the Walking Dead' strolls into view Sunday

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two crucial questions await "Fear the Walking Dead," the spinoff to AMC's monster hit "The Walking Dead." The first: How many zombies does it take to satisfy viewers of the new drama, which begins in the early days of the robust apocalypse underway in the original? The second: How big an audience is big enough when compared to its sibling? Let executive producer Dave Erickson start with the latter for "Fear," its shorthand title, which debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday with a six-episode run. "If I woke up every morning (thinking) 'Oh, my God, 20 million viewers per episode,' I couldn't get out of bed," Erickson said, referring to the ballpark number of viewers "The Walking Dead" has approached in its hig

  • Colombia revisits violent past in Pablo Escobar biopic

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When it comes to drug lords, there's no matching Pablo Escobar. More than two decades after he was gunned down, his vast wealth, megalomania and ruthless violence still mesmerize, as evidenced by the attention surrounding Netflix's upcoming series "Narcos" about the cartel boss. The biopic promises to be an authentic portrayal of Escobar, so it's only natural that Brazilian director and executive producer Jose Padilha chose to film the 10-episode series in Medellin, the murder capital of the world during the drug kingpin's heyday in the 1980s. Filming the series here would have been unthinkable a few years ago, with Colombians still blaming Escobar for their country's hard-to-shake association with d

  • A pair of theater producers back a line of theater books

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — It happened — as good ideas often do — over a round of cocktails. Roberta Pereira and Brisa Trinchero, two rising Broadway producers, had just met and hit it off, bonding over their mutual love of the stage and books. Over cosmos one night, Trinchero bemoaned the lack of fun, behind-the-scenes novels about their own industry. "I was about to head out on a vacation and I was saying, 'Why isn't there "The Devil Wears Prada" for theater?'" she said. A lightbulb went on over Pereira's head. "I was like, 'Why don't we do that?'" she recalled. "As a producer, I was like, 'Oh, it doesn't exist? We can make it happen.'" And that's how Dress Circle Publishing was born.

  • A film reveals how Morton Downey Jr. pioneered loudmouth TV

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man clears his throat and rages at the world. He claims to speak for everyday folks with conservative ideals and he savages anyone who challenges him. He is uncensored and high-decibel, an avatar of theatrics and must-see TV. He changes the terms of public discourse forever. A quarter-century after dropping from sight, Morton Downey Jr. can be felt all too vividly these days on talk TV and radio, even reality shows — not to mention the presidential campaign trail. What a great time to recall (or discover) this earth-shaking talk-show host. And what a fine portrait of him is "Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie," which premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on CNN.

  • Australian actress in 'Prisoner' charged with child abuse

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Veteran actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, who played a violent and corrupt warden nicknamed "The Freak" in a cult Australian soap opera set in a women's prison, appeared in court Wednesday charged with molesting a 13-year-old psychiatric hospital patient in her home more than 30 years ago. The series was known as "Prisoner" in Australia, and "Prisoner: Cell Block H" or "Caged Women" overseas. It ran from 1979 to 1986. Kirkpatrick, 74, whose character Joan "The Freak" Ferguson would molest inmates with the excuse of conducting body searches, was charged in Melbourne Magistrates Court with two counts of indecently assaulting the young "Prisoner" fan in the 1984 and one count of gross indecency with a pe

  • 'All in the Family' producer Bud Yorkin dies at 89

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bud Yorkin, a director and producer who helped forge a new brand of topical TV comedy with the 1970s hit "All in the Family," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 89. Yorkin died at his home in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles of natural causes, Jeff Sanderson said. Yorkin, who started as a writer and director in the early days of TV, made his biggest mark after joining writer-producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions. Tandem turned out a number of movies and TV shows in the 1960s before Yorkin and Lear adapted the English comedy "Till Death Us Do Part" as "All in the Family" with star Carroll O'Connor in 1971.

  • Australian actress in "Prisoner" charged with child abuse

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Veteran actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, who played a violent and corrupt warden nicknamed "The Freak" in a cult Australian soap opera set in a women's prison, appeared in a court Wednesday charged over child sex allegations dating back to the 1980s. The series was known as "Prisoner" in Australia, and "Prisoner: Cell Block H" or "Caged Women" overseas. It ran from 1979 to 1986. Kirkpatrick, 74, whose character Joan "The Freak" Ferguson would molest inmates with the excuse of conducting body searches, was charged in Melbourne Magistrates Court with two counts of indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl in the 1980s and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. The court was closed We

  • Redskins QB RG3 talks about much-discussed TV interview

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Frustrated that a quote about striving to be the NFL's best quarterback was taken out of context, Robert Griffin III complained Tuesday that his name "keeps getting used for headlines." The Washington Redskins quarterback drew heavy scrutiny for his comments to WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, given his struggles with injuries and on-field performance the past two seasons. But Griffin insisted the full context of his words was ignored by most who wrote about the interview. "I know what I meant. I think everyone in this circle knows what I meant," Griffin told a small group of reporters after practice at Redskins Park. "And it's unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines for

  • Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter found

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter Chelsea, has been found safe after not being seen by her family since leaving home a week ago. O'Donnell's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, confirmed that Chelsea O'Donnell has been located but did not offer any details about where she had been and who located her. O'Donnell, in a statement, specifically thanked police in South Nyack, N.Y., where her family lives, and in Barneget Light, N.J., where they have a vacation home. Chelsea had left the South Nyack home, about 25 miles north of New York City, last Tuesday with a therapy dog. "Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want h

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 10-16

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 10-16. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.43 million. 2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.55 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 8.41 million. 4. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 8.38 million. 5. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 7.19 million. 6. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.89 million. 7. "Zoo," CBS, 6.69 million. 8. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.64 million. 9. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 6.17 million. 10. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.08 million. 11. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 6.06 million. 12. "Scorpion," CBS, 5.17 million. 13. "Bach

  • Holt maintains NBC's lead in news ratings

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two months into the transition from Brian Williams to Lester Holt as anchor of NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" broadcast, and executives at the network can breathe easier. NBC has beaten David Muir and ABC's "World News Tonight" in all eight of the weeks since Holt was appointed Williams' successor, the Nielsen company said. Last week NBC averaged 8 million viewers to ABC's 7.7 million, and 6.4 million for the "CBS Evening News." NBC and ABC ran neck-and-neck during the period when Holt was the substitute for Williams, and Muir's newscast even won several weeks. Williams was suspended by NBC for lying about his role covering the Iraq War, and eventually dismissed as "Nightly News" anchor.

  • TV movie based on Dolly Parton's childhood to air Dec. 10

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC is delivering a TV movie inspired by Dolly Parton's childhood as an early holiday gift. The network said Tuesday that "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" will air at 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 10. Based on the country singer-songwriter's early years in rural Tennessee, the movie stars Alyvia Alyn Lind as the 9-year-old Parton. Other cast members include Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles and actor Ricky Schroder as Parton's parents as well as Gerald McRaney as her grandfather. NBC said that production on "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" begins this week in Atlanta.

  • 'Dancing' champ Hough engaged to hockey player Laich

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champion Julianne Hough and Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich say they are planning to get married. Laich and Hough each tweeted a link to a photo of the couple with the same message Tuesday: "We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiance #love" Hough is an actress and became a judge on "Dancing With the Stars" after winning the competition. Laich has played 11 seasons in the NHL.

  • Lionel Richie named 2016 MusiCares person of the year

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie has been named the 2016 MusiCares person of the year. The Recording Academy on Tuesday named the four-time Grammy winner as the honoree of its annual MusiCares benefit gala, to be held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, two days before the annual Grammy Awards. Performers at the gala will include Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. More performers will be announced later. As the lead singer of the Commodores, Richie wrote soulful songs such as "Three Times a Lady," ''Still" and "Easy" that spanned across musical genres. As a solo artist, he became an international success with his diamond certified album "Can't Slow Down," which spawned the hit "All Night Lon

  • NBCUniversal buys into BuzzFeed with $200 million

    Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal, following a potentially younger viewing audience wherever it goes, has placed a $200 million bet on the fast-growing BuzzFeed. The announcement from the division of cable giant Comcast Corp. on Tuesday comes not even a week after it made an identical investment in Vox Media, which runs the food blog Eater, SB Nation and Re/code. Traditional broadcasters have scrambled to pick up viewers, especially millennials, as habits are reshaped by new technology that allows people to watch what they want, when the want to watch it. Netflix, the front-runner in on-demand viewing, added 3.3 million worldwide subscribers during its last quarter, ending the period with 65.6 million customers.




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