After 40 Years, Grammy show producer bows out his way
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With this Sunday’s Grammy ceremony to be his last after 40 years of producing it, Ken Ehrlich could be excused for creating a few moments in the show to look back on his own legacy, which includes creating indelible moments that will live in the pop conscious forever: Aretha Franklin singing “Nessun dorma,” Beyoncé shaking and shimmying alongside Prince, and Eminem and Elton John performing together.
Jamie Foxx, Jordan Peele among honorees at AAFCA awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx has won a plethora of major awards including an Oscar and Grammy. But after the African American Film Critics Association recognized him Wednesday night, the actor-singer called its honor just as special.
'Magic' gloves let acclaimed Brazilian pianist play again
SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he'd received in decades: a new pair of bionic gloves that are letting the 79-year-old play with both hands in more than two decades.
Impeachment trial not ready for broadcast prime time
NEW YORK (AP) — The first night of arguments in favor of President Donald Trump's impeachment before the U.S. Senate was judged not ready for prime time by many of the nation's television executives.
Aerosmith drummer loses bid to rejoin band for Grammy honors
BOSTON (AP) — A judge has told Aerosmith's drummer Joey Kramer to dream on if he hopes to rejoin the band as it's set to perform and be honored at Grammy events this week.
Ex-Grammys CEO says rape allegation 'false and outrageous'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said Wednesday that a rape allegation against him aired by his successor in a complaint against the Recording Academy is “false and outrageous.” Portnow released a statement saying that the academy conducted a thorough and independent investigation of the accusation and he was “completely exonerated.” His comment came a day after ousted academy CEO Deborah Dugan filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission asserting that she had been subjected to retaliation for reporting sexual harassment by an academy attorney and for calling out the “boys club” culture that pervades the institution.
Ratings dip for NFL conference championship games
NEW YORK (AP) — It's no secret, sports fans. Better games produce better ratings. That was the simple lesson for the NFL this week, after a dip in viewership for its conference championship games, compared to 2019.
From #MeToo to trial: A look at the fall of Harvey Weinstein
NEW YORK (AP) — As Harvey Weinstein goes through his New York trial on rape and sexual assault charges, here's a look at the movie mogul's past and his multiple legal fights.
Hallmark media CEO leaves, month after same-sex ad backlash
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of Hallmark's media business is leaving the company after 11 years, just a month after its flagship Hallmark Channel faced an outcry over a decision to pull an ad with a lesbian couple kissing.
Can equality pledges fix country music's gender problem?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — What started as a joke on Twitter about an unwritten rule among country radio stations not to play two female artists in a row prompted outrage by country music stars, but also pledges to give women equal airtime.
Review: Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen' is stale pint of ale
Guy Ritchie’s honor-among-thieves meta-caper “The Gentlemen,” with Matthew McConaughey, has all the tailored tweed suits and smoky atmosphere of a handsome scotch commercial.
From Erivo to Pacino, TV critics meeting draws stars in
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When members of the Television Critics Association gather each January to preview upcoming programs and hear from those who make them, the result can be a kind of exotic celebrity zoo.
Will Grammy voters take the 'Old Town Road' on Sunday?
NEW YORK (AP) — The 2020 Grammy Awards are shaping up to be the night of the new kids, with Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X leading in nominations.
Detroit orchestra names Jader Bignamini next music director
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced the selection of Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its next music director.
'Naughty boy': Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77
LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian" and “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died at age 77 after suffering from dementia.
April trial set for Cuba Gooding Jr. in bar groping case
NEW YORK (AP) — Two women who have accused Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual misconduct will be allowed to testify at his trial on charges that he groped three other women at Manhattan bars in 2018 and 2019, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Coroner featured in 'Midnight in the Garden' book dies at 88
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Dr. James C. Metts Jr., a Savannah physician whose four decades serving as an elected coroner earned him a small part in the bestselling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” has died at age 88.
Review: 'The Last Full Measure' fumbles its proud mission
There's been a lot of talk recently about so-called “dad movies,” partly sparked by the success of “Ford v Ferrari.” And when it comes to that driving flick, a new movie says, “Hold onto your Dockers.” “ The Last Full Measure ” — which details the fight to bestow the Medal of Honor to medic William H.
'Sesame Street' comforts children displaced by Syrian war
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the Syrian civil war.
John Legend on Grammys, new 'dark' single and 'This Is Us'
NEW YORK (AP) — Some artists record Christmas albums to fulfill a recording contract. But not John Legend. And now he has a Grammy nomination to prove it.
Everyone invited: `Great Gatsby' copyright to end in 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and other characters from “The Great Gatsby” have been as real to millions of readers as people in their own lives, exemplars and victims of the American pursuit of wealth and status.
Tilda Swinton backs public appeal to buy Derek Jarman house
LONDON (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton has urged art lovers to chip in and help save the home of the late British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman for the public.
MacDowell artist colony chooses Nell Painter as new chair
NEW YORK (AP) — The MacDowell Colony, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious artist colonies, has chosen the author-educator Nell Painter as its new board chair.
Grammys CEO says she was ousted after reporting harassment
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ousted Grammys CEO fired back at the Recording Academy on Tuesday, alleging that she was removed after complaining about sexual harassment and pay disparities and for calling out conflicts of interest in the nomination process for music's most prestigious awards.
Netflix holds its own in the streaming wars - for now
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is holding its ground in the streaming wars, passing its first big test since Apple and Disney launched rival services.