TV director, DGA president Jack Shea dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Shea, who directed “The Jeffersons” and other TV hits and was a three-time president of the Directors Guild of America, has died at age 84. He died Sunday in Los Angeles from complications…

CNN starting morning show ‘New Day’ on June 10

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s new morning show will be called “New Day” and it will start on June 10. The network had previously announced that Chris Cuomo and Kate Balduan (BALD’-winn) would be CNN’s new morning hosts.…

Maria Shriver is coming back to NBC News

NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly a decade away, former California first lady Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News for a job where she will concentrate on the roles of women in American life. Shriver on Tuesday…

‘House of Cards,’ Frank Ocean top Webby Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix’s groundbreaking “House of Cards” may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring “House of Cards” producers Kevin…

‘Following’ cast withholds finale spoilers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before the season finale of “The Following” had finished airing in Eastern and Central time zones Monday night, followers of the popular weekly television thriller were serving up spoilers galore on the Internet.…

Bollywood star Aamir Khan happy he can entertain

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Aamir Khan says he’s happy he’s been able to entertain people during his quarter-century as a Bollywood star. His debut film, “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak,” which premiered 25 years ago Monday, starred Khan opposite…

APNewsBreak: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Cuomo, the popular governor and a possible presidential contender in 2016, has a book deal. HarperCollins told The Associated Press on Monday that Cuomo will write “a full and frank account” about his…

Ed Helms’ ‘Tiny Commando’ series coming to Yahoo

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo’s latest slate of original programming is led by Ed Helms as a 4-inch-tall crime fighter. “Tiny Commando,” created by the “The Office” star, was unveiled Monday night in a presentation by Yahoo to…

‘Pain & Gain’ leads US box office with $20.2M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Wahlberg’s true-crime romp “Pain & Gain” led the domestic box office with $20.2 million over a quiet weekend that preceded the start of Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season. Summer’s first big debut, “Iron Man…
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Musicians perform to benefit Texas plant victims

WEST, Texas (AP) — Musicians are working to help a Texas town decimated in a deadly fertilizer plant explosion. Officials with the Texas Thunder Festival on Monday announced next month’s performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in…
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Grammy-winning cellist Janos Starker dead at 88

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Grammy Award-winning cellist Janos Starker has died after months of declining health. He was 88. Alain Barker, a spokesman for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, said Starker died Sunday at his…
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Beastie Boys memoir scheduled for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beastie Boys want it all on the record. The iconic hip-hop group has a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House Inc., for an illustrated oral history. The currently untitled…
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Bob Hope items to be auctioned for Calif. charity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of personal items, including antiques, artwork and furniture once owned by Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores, will be auctioned to benefit a Southern California charity. The Daily News of Los Angeles reports…
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Sarah Jessica Parker aboard Amanda Peet’s play

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Amanda Peet has managed to lure Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker to share a stage again with her first play. The Manhattan Theater Club said Monday it will stage the world premiere…
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Tony Award nominations may have a British accent

NEW YORK (AP) — Two stories born in Britain are vying for America’s biggest theater prize. “Kinky Boots” and “Matilda” are each a virtual lock to get a Tony Award nomination Tuesday for best musical and each show…
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Drama Desk Award nominations are unveiled

NEW YORK (AP) — The off-Broadway show “Giant” and the quickly shuttered Broadway musical “Hands on a Hardbody” lead the Drama Desk nomination race this season, with the British import “Matilda,” the audience-friendly “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”…

Country star Jason Aldean files for divorce

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Aldean has filed for divorce. The country music star filed the complaint for divorce against his wife Jessica on Friday afternoon in Williamson County, Tenn., citing irreconcilable differences. The two met in high…

Steady rain greets Jazz Fest as 1st weekend closes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A steady, sometimes heavy rain pelted fans Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music flowed on. A soaked Dave Matthews and his band played through a strong downpour at…

Musical of ‘Rocky’ heading to Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been a knockout in Germany. Now Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film “Rocky” will also be a hit on Broadway. Producers said Sunday they plan to get “Rocky”…

Opry to hold public funeral for George Jones

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81. Publicist Kirt Webster said in a…