Jennifer Lopez goes off-camera for new TV drama

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez isn’t on screen for the debut of her new TV series, but she will be on Twitter. Lopez is an executive producer of ABC Family’s drama “The Fosters,” which debuts at 9…

Beckham tours Miami stadiums; city hopes for team

MIAMI (AP) — Soccer star David Beckham may be setting his sights on a new sports venture: a professional soccer team in Miami. The newly retired Beckham toured Sun Life and Florida International University stadiums and met with…

Matt Damon leads stars in Public Theater forum

NEW YORK (AP) — An all-star line-up including Matt Damon, Alan Alda and Vanessa Redgrave will feature in a night of readings and a town hall discussion hosted by The Public Theater. The June 17 event at the…

UK judge: Anti-fur protest irked Lady Gaga fans

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has limited protests outside a London department store after management complained that Lady Gaga fans were disturbed by anti-fur campaigners during an appearance last year. High Court Judge Henry Globe said the…

China approves Penguin-Random House merger

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the world’s largest publishers, Random House Inc. and Penguin Group, expect to complete a planned merger next month. Parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson announced Monday that the merger had been cleared by…

Sharon Jones diagnosed with cancer, cancels album

NEW YORK (AP) — Soul singer Sharon Jones has cancer and has canceled plans for an album and tour in 2013. A Monday news release says Jones has stage-one bile duct cancer and needs immediate surgery. Jones and…

Michael Douglas: Oral sex can cause throat cancer

LONDON (AP) — Actor Michael Douglas says that his throat cancer was caused by a virus he contracted by performing oral sex on women. The Guardian newspaper published an interview Monday in which Douglas blamed cunnilingus for the…

Yothu Yindi frontman Mandawuy Yunupingu dies at 56

SYDNEY (AP) — Mandawuy Yunupingu, the former lead singer of Australian indigenous band Yothu Yindi and one of the country’s most famous Aborigines, has died at home in Australia. He was 56. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed…
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Jolie joins Pitt at ‘World War Z’ London premiere

LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stepped out together at the premiere of zombie thriller “World War Z” — Jolie’s first public appearance since announcing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy. The…

‘Fast 6′ hangs onto first place at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With its supercharged muscle cars, “Fast & Furious 6″ raced to first place at the box office for the second consecutive weekend. Estimates released Sunday show the Universal Pictures release will add another $34.5…

AP source: Bruno Mars’ mother dies at age 55

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii. Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars’ label, Atlantic Records, who spoke to The Associated…

10 ways ‘All in the Family’ tested Edith

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edith Bunker had to deal with her trying husband Archie and more. Here are challenges that faced the “All in the Family” character played by Jean Stapleton, who made the most of these series…

Jean Stapleton, TV’s Edith Bunker, dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s TV comedy “All in the Family,” has died. She was 90. John Putch says Saturday that his mother died Friday of natural causes at…

Beyonce headlines London charity concert for women

LONDON (AP) — Beyonce and a few famous friends — including John Legend and Madonna — are turning the home of English rugby into a fortress for women’s rights. Beyonce is headlining a concert at Twickenham rugby stadium…

Whirligig art creator Vollis Simpson dies at 94

LUCAMA, N.C. (AP) — A self-taught North Carolina artist famed for his whimsical, wind-powered whirligigs has died. Vollis Simpson was 94. Beth Liles of Joyner’s Funeral Home confirmed the death Saturday. Simpson’s wife, Jean, was quoted by the…

‘Warhorse’ director brings puppets to Spoleto

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Director Tom Morris uses the phrase “happy accident” to describe the success of his Tony-award-winning play “War Horse,” whose central character was a puppet. “At the time, it seemed like a really crazy experiment…

Wife: Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant

LONDON (AP) — Lou Reed’s wife says the rock icon is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant, according to an interview published Saturday in a British newspaper. Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed “was dying”…

SKorea’s gay film maker in news over wedding plans

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first time a South Korean celebrity announced he was gay, in 2000, the reaction was quick and without empathy. Popular actor and entertainer Hong Suk-chon was banished from television and radio programs…

Comedian scolded for Boston benefit show decision

BOSTON (AP) — Comedian Dane Cook is being criticized for his decision to bar organizers of a benefit concert for Boston Marathon bombing victims from streaming or televising his performance. Cook tweeted a brief apology Friday, saying he…

The Roots live large in new Philadelphia mural

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The house band for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is living large in its hometown of Philadelphia. Members of The Roots are now depicted on a multistory mural on the back wall of a…