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…

Billy Joel surprises New York high school

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel is back in high school. The singer surprised an assembly full of students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, N.Y., on Thursday. Joel appeared with Tony Bennett, who…

Bette Midler’s 1-woman show recoups investment

NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler is officially box office gold — her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks. On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is…

DC marks Superman’s 75th anniversary with logo

What to get Superman for his 75th birthday? DC Entertainment’s starting with a new logo. The company, part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, unveiled the new logo in honor of Superman’s 75th anniversary. It ties in the iconic character’s…

‘Les Miserables’ will move into familiar home

NEW YORK (AP) — When “Les Miserables” arrives on Broadway next March, it will find a familiar home. Mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh said Thursday that the current U.S. tour of “Les Miserables” — which began in 2010 and is…

Danny Glover joins protest in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hollywood actor Danny Glover has made an appearance at a union protest in downtown Johannesburg. Glover, also a labor rights activist, is in South Africa as part of a trade union delegation from the United…

Early Crichton novels to be released as e-books

NEW YORK (AP) — Ten early novels that Michael Crichton wrote under pen names while he was in medical school are coming out as e-books. Open Road Integrated Media announced Thursday that it was releasing the first e-editions…

Charities see influx of aid after Okla. tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week’s violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don’t need — tons…

Bon Jovi drops concert fee for crisis-hit Spain

MADRID (AP) — U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country’s severe economic crisis. El…