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…

GMC TV changes name to UP to reflect programming

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First it was Gospel Music Channel, then it became GMC when it expanded beyond music programming. Now the cable channel said it’s changing its name again, but not its identity. Beginning Saturday, the 8-year-old…

DC’s National Theatre gets new start after neglect

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oldest continuously operating theater in the nation’s capital that has drawn top performers dating back decades before the Civil War is getting a fresh start and a makeover after years of struggle. A season…

Beckett manuscript could fetch $1.2M at auction

LONDON (AP) — Sotheby’s says the manuscript of Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s first novel could fetch more than $1.2 million at auction next month. The six exercise books contain the text of “Murphy” as well as notes, doodles…

Queen Elizabeth visits barracks of dead UK soldier

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has paid her respects to slain British soldier Lee Rigby by meeting with personnel at the barracks where he served in southeast London. The meeting with officers and soldiers who worked with…

‘Got Talent’ boss Cowell: a talent for relevance

NEW YORK (AP) — So what’s new on TV? The new season of “America’s Got Talent” starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT. New judges include former Spice Girl Mel B. and supermodel/personality Heidi Klum, who are joining forces…

‘PLL’ star plays single military mom on ‘Lauren’

NEW YORK (AP) — Troian Bellisario’s two most recent roles have her playing women at very different times in their lives who have reached their breaking point and are trying to move forward. She plays teen Spencer Hastings…

Prominent pavilions at the Venice Biennale

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Massimiliano Gioni is the youngest curator ever at the world’s oldest contemporary art fair — the Venice Biennale. Yet it is not just youth that gives the 39-year-old an edge as he presents the…

Legendary, China Film teaming on big-money flicks

HONG KONG (AP) — Legendary Entertainment, maker of the “The Hangover” franchise, is teaming with state-owned China Film Group to produce more global blockbusters as the Hollywood studio expands into the rapidly growing but tightly controlled Chinese movie…

Singer charged with murder-for-hire posts $2M bail

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A heavy metal singer accused of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife has been released from a San Diego County jail after posting $2 million bail. U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/11b5W7x) reports…

Legendary, China Film teaming to make blockbusters

HONG KONG (AP) — Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment and state-owned China Film Group have signed a deal to make big-budget movies. It’s the latest example of growing collaboration between entertainment companies in the world’s two biggest movie markets.…

Aldrin: ‘After Earth’ noisier than space really is

NEW YORK (AP) — While Buzz Aldrin enjoys movies about space, he doesn’t always think the filmmakers get it right. A day after attending the New York premiere of the post-apocalyptic thriller “After Earth,” he says the film…

Ex-Defense Secretary Panetta has deal for memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Leon Panetta is the latest Cabinet member who served during President Barack Obama’s first term to have a book deal. The 74-year-old Panetta has an agreement with Penguin Press for a memoir about his…