• 'True Detective' puts Colin Farrell, a true actor, on duty

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The second season of "True Detective" kicked off last week, and it got right down to business: The bizarre murder of a city boss in the wicked wasteland of Vinci, California, has put responding law officers in a turf war escalated by their shared antipathy. Prime among them is Vinci Police Detective Ray Velcoro (played by Colin Farrell, who co-stars with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, plus Vince Vaughn as the city's reigning mobster). Ray is a lawman who has lost his moral compass, his marriage and his son. He hasn't signaled defeat, but seems close, the kind of guy who responds to the taunt, "You used to be a hard man," by growling, "I'm tired." With the season's second episode premiering Sunday at 9 p.m

  • Learn to master the grilling of veggies you'd normally roast

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    I love grilling vegetables because doing so concentrates their natural sugars and amps up their flavor. During the summer, the usual suspects are zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers and corn. They're all delicious this way and — Bonus! — they all become tender in an agreeably short amount of time. But it recently occurred to me that a number of the veggies I love roasting in the oven — broccoli, cauliflower and carrots — might also shine if cooked on the grill. Turns out, they do! The first problem was to figure out how to cut these vegetables so they wouldn't fall through the slats of the grill grates.

  • Suspect in broadcaster's death had been returned to Mexico

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say a man involved in the Oklahoma City collision that killed local sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. had been "voluntarily returned" to Mexico three times. A representative from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that 26-year-old Gustavo Castillo Gutierrez was returned to Mexico twice in 2010 and once in 2013. Gutierrez was charged Tuesday with felony driving and cocaine offenses. Police say Barry was killed Saturday afternoon after his motor scooter collided with Gutierrez's vehicle when Gutierrez made an illegal U-turn on a city street. The immigration agency has placed a detainer on Gutierrez.

  • J Balvin cancels Miss USA appearance over Trump's comments

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colombian singer J Balvin canceled a planned performance at the Miss USA pageant following comments pageant owner Donald Trump made about Latinos. A spokesman for Balvin said in a written statement Wednesday that the singer's management told the Miss Universe organization to withdraw his name from an announcement about participants in the Miss USA broadcast. "J Balvin was initially very grateful for the opportunity to share his music with a national U.S. network television audience when first invited to be a performer on the upcoming Miss USA broadcast," the statement says. "However, he can no longer in good conscience agree to take part in an event that is overseen by, and creates a profit for Donald Tru

  • PBS: 'Finding Your Roots' Affleck episode violated standards

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS put its "Finding Your Roots" series on hold Wednesday after determining an episode that omitted references to Ben Affleck's ancestor as a slave owner violated its standards. The public television service said it is postponing the show's third season and delaying a commitment to a fourth year until it is satisfied with improvement in the show's editorial guidelines. PBS launched its investigation after it was reported that Affleck requested the program not reveal his ancestor's slave-holding history in the 2014 episode. The Associated Press examined historical documents and found that Affleck's great-great-great-grandfather owned 24 slaves.

  • Fox News launching new SiriusXM news channel this fall

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News is launching a new radio channel that will bring breaking news and other reports to SiriusXM subscribers. Fox News and SiriusXM announced Wednesday that the channel, called Fox News Headlines 24/7, will launch in the fall. Fox says the round-the-clock radio channel will offer headline news and on-the-scene reporting along with entertainment, sports and other stories. Its content will be produced by Fox News journalists and contributors, with Fox News executive Jay Wallace adding the channel's oversight to his current duties. The new channel, 115, is separate from the Fox News Channel simulcast that's already available on SiriusXM.

  • Montoya chasing Triple Crown as IndyCar heads to Fontana

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Only one driver has celebrated winning the Triple Crown of IndyCar in the same calendar year. Juan Pablo Montoya will try to stay in contention for the sweep when he races Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in California. Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in May, the first of three 500-mile races on the IndyCar calendar. Up next is the 250-lap race in Fontana, California, and then the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23. Al Unser is the only driver to have won the Triple Crown, and he did it 1978 by winning Indianapolis, Pocono and at Ontario, California. That was the same year Affirmed won horse racing's Triple Crown — and American Pharaoh became the first horse to duplicate the feat since earlier this month.

  • Hulu recreates Seinfeld apartment as it releases episodes

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Seinfeld" fans are getting an open invitation into Jerry's apartment. Hulu has teamed up with production shop Magnetic Collaborative to remake Jerry Seinfeld's TV apartment for the iconic show's Wednesday release of all nine seasons on the streaming video service. Hulu created a free memorabilia museum with the world-famous Upper West Side apartment relocated in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. "Seinfeld" lovers can walk through a real-life model of the apartment and see different set items such as the Monk's Cafe table and booth, the Festivus Pole and George Costanza's photo shoot set from different episodes. There is also a canvas "brick wall" full of signatures from the show's many stars, guests and cre

  • 'Hazzard' actor, now a store owner, defends Confederate flag

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate flag is not a hateful symbol but instead a banner with positive historical context despite "the few thousand people that run around wearing sheets and committing atrocities," said Ben Jones, the "Dukes of Hazzard" actor and former Democratic congressman. Jones spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday from Sperryville, Virginia, where he owns a store that sells Confederate flags and other items and celebrates the fictional Hazzard County from his TV show. He runs two other Cooter's Place stores — named for his "Hazzard" character — in Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

  • Hulu recreates Seinfeld apartment as it releases episodes

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Seinfeld" fans are getting an open invitation into Jerry's apartment. Hulu has teamed up with production shop Magnetic Collaborative to remake Jerry Seinfeld's TV apartment for the iconic show's Wednesday release of all nine seasons on the streaming video service. Hulu created a free memorabilia museum with the world-famous Upper West Side apartment re-located downtown to Manhattan's Meatpacking District. "Seinfeld" lovers can walk through a real-life model of the apartment and see different set items such as the Monk's Cafe table and booth, the Festivus Pole and George Costanza's photo shoot set from different episodes. There is also a canvas "brick wall" full of signatures from the show's many stars, gues

  • Fox News, Sarah Palin part ways again

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel and Sarah Palin are cutting ties again. The network said Wednesday that it was not renewing Palin's contract as a contributor. The professional divorce, first reported in Politico, was described as amicable. The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had joined Fox to great fanfare in 2010 and left three years later after some unpleasantness. Fox News chief Roger Ailes was reportedly angry that Palin had chosen another media outlet to announce she wasn't running for president in 2012. But only a few months after she left Fox, she rejoined the network as a contributor. Palin has other ways of connecting to her fans. Last summer, she started her own subscription-based online n

  • Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore to Don Lemon: Calm down

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore has two words for Don Lemon of CNN: Calm down. The "Nightly Show" host had some pointed words for Lemon, who became a target of some social media anger for opening his CNN show by holding up a card with the N-word written on it and asking, "Does this offend you?" Lemon's segment was in response to President Obama's use of the word in a podcast discussion on racism arising from last week's shooting of nine blacks in a Charleston, South Carolina, church. "You want to see what really offends me?" Wilmore asked on his show Wednesday, picking up a card with the words "Don Lemon" printed on it.

  • Curry and James up for best male athlete at ESPY Awards

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and LeBron James of the runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers are among the nominees for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards. Serena Williams leads the list of nominees for best female athlete. Joining Curry and James in the best male athlete category are Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt. Besides Williams, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, Connecticut basketball player Breanna Stewart and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn are nominees for female athlete. Rousey earned another nod for best fighter, along with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vonn was nominated for best comeback athlete. The awards, hosted by Joel McHale, will air July

  • Brewers' Bob Uecker to return to booth after concussion

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bob Uecker is returning to the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast booth a week after getting hit in the head by a ball during batting practice. A team spokesman said Uecker was returning to the radio booth at Miller Park for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets. The 81-year-old Uecker, 2003 winner of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence, was hit during batting practice before a home game on June 15 against the Royals. He worked the first six innings and started feeling dizzy. Team doctors checked him and sent him to the hospital as a precaution. Uecker was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Uecker missed a home game June 16 against the Royals.

  • US-Colombia seen by 4.7 million on Fox Sports 1

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' second-round win over Colombia was the second-most-watched match of this Women's World Cup on U.S. television. The Americans' 2-0 victory Monday night was seen by 4.7 million people on Fox Sports 1, the network said Tuesday. It trailed only the U.S. group-stage win over Nigeria on June 16, which averaged 5 million viewers on Fox. The round-of-16 game was the highest-viewed soccer match on U.S. cable television since last year's men's World Cup. In addition, Fox said the game had more than 120,000 unique streams on its Fox Sports Go app.

  • Saudi cables suggest money links with media

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro-Riyadh editorial policy. A news agency in Guinea got a $2,000 gift, while small publications across the Arab world received tens of thousands of dollars in inflated subscription fees. That's the picture that has emerged from Saudi diplomatic correspondence published by the WikiLeaks group, backing long-held suspicions the kingdom uses its oil wealth to buy influence with media and research centers across the Muslim world. The leaked cables suggest an effort by the U.S. ally to dampen criticism, varnish its image and strengthen allies in an Arab world torn by religious militancy and sectarian tensions.

  • Long-time 21st Century Fox exec leaving to run own venture

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Long-time 21st Century Fox executive David Hill is leaving the movie and television company to start his own entertainment venture. The departure announced Tuesday comes a week before 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch relinquishes his job to his son, James. Hill had become a Murdoch confidante during his 27-year career at 21st Century and its previous owner, News Corp. During his tenure, Hill founded Fox Sports and also was president of the Fox television network. While Hill was running Fox Sports, he oversaw the introduction of the yellow linear graphic that has become a staple of football telecasts to show how far a team needs to go to get a first down. Hill's new production company, Hilly, w

  • Matthew Modine makes the leap to TV in TNT series 'Proof'

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — As many film actors make the leap to television, Matthew Modine, one of the stars of TNT's new series "Proof," wants to make it clear: He loves making movies. "It's always an adventure," he says. "You go off to different corners of the world and meet strange and unusual people and it's such an extraordinary experience and I certainly don't want to ever abandon that about my profession." Modine, whose film roles include Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," plays billionaire Ivan Turing, a cancer patient obsessed with finding out what happens after a person dies, in "Proof," which airs Tuesday nights (10 p.m. EDT). He persuades Jennifer Beals' character, Dr. Carolyn Tyler, to help him find the answer.

  • Nielsen's top programs for June 15-21

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NBA Finals: Golden State vs. Cleveland, Game 6, ABC, 23.25 million. 2. "America's Got Talent," NBC, 10.18 million. 3. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 8.66 million. 4. NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Tampa Bay vs. Chicago, Game 6, NBC, 8.01 million. 5. "NCIS," CBS, 7.45 million. 6. "20/20," ABC, 7.26 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.21 million. 8. "NBA Countdown," ABC, 6.57 million. 9. "Dateline NBC" (Thursday), NBC, 6.31 million. 10. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.29 million. 11. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.09 million. 12. "NCIS: New Orleans,

  • Basketball finals a winner for ABC

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The showdown between Stephen Curry and LeBron James proved to be the most popular NBA Finals on television since Michael Jordon was winning his sixth championship back in 1998. The Nielsen company said the six-game series won by the Warriors averaged just under 19.9 million viewers. It didn't come close to the average of 29 million people who watched Jordan's last stand but, then again, nothing has. The Warriors' clinching game last week had more than 23 million viewers. Never underestimate the appeal of games on TV during the warm-weather months: ABC's premiere of "Celebrity Family Feud" was the third most popular program of the week. A couple of other summer shows on ABC, "The Astronaut Wives Club" and "Ba




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