Anthony Bourdain admits mistake on NM ‘Frito pie’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Insults dished out by food critic Anthony Bourdain on an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” have stirred up outrage in New Mexico. The sharp-tongued chef and writer lashed into the “World Famous” Frito pies…

Channeling Andy Warhol for Sirius series

NEW YORK (AP) — Wind up Robin Williams and the stories pour out — how he developed his accent for “Mrs. Doubtfire,” found out “Mork & Mindy” was canceled by reading about it in a newspaper and the…

‘Breaking Bad’ logs record 10.3 million viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — AMC says Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series. The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale…

Terry McMillan does it again with new novel

“Who Asked You?” (Viking), by Terry McMillan Terry McMillan treads familiar territory in her latest novel, “Who Asked You?” Four sisters and their families struggle through life, love and real-world crises. Once again, the author of “Waiting to…

Review: Nelly’s new ‘M.O.’ gives mixed results

Nelly, “M.O.” (Republic Records) Nelly’s seventh studio album isn’t a total waste of time if you have the patience to get through the first half. “M.O.” starts with the most boring, ear-numbing collaborations, including the first two singles…

Celeb birthdays for the week of Oct. 6-12

Oct. 6: Actress Britt Ekland is 71. Singer Millie Small is 67. Singer-guitarist Thomas McClary (The Commodores) is 64. Singer Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon is 62. Guitarist David Hidalgo of Los Lobos is 59. Actress Elisabeth Shue…

Review: With new album, Timberlake not 2 for 2

Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2″ (RCA Records) The anticipation that surrounded Justin Timberlake’s return to music was intense. It took seven years for him to follow-up the Grammy-winning masterpiece that was “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” and when he…

Nickelodeon gets into radio with Clear Channel

NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is getting into the radio business. The children’s entertainment network has joined forces with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to create its own station on Clear Channel’s online iHeartRadio. Nick Radio launched Monday…

‘Breaking Bad’ ends, but 10 lessons linger

NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” turned out the lights on one of the darkest shows in television history. Even as this drama cooked up storylines that celebrated evil and depravity, “Breaking Bad” gleamed with a bright…

Lloyd Webber’s new show mines 60s sex and scandal

LONDON (AP) — He’s done the Bible, felines, operatic phantoms and Argentine politics. So what is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical about? Sex — as well as politics, spying, social revolution and the Cold War. “Stephen Ward” centers…

A summer to remember: America in 1927

“One Summer: America, 1927″ (Doubleday), by Bill Bryson In retrospect, most summers seem pretty much alike: vacations in the country, lazy days at the beach and less tedious workloads that ramp up again after Labor Day. But some…

NBC, CNN back out of Hillary Clinton TV projects

NEW YORK (AP) — A filmmaker who was making a documentary about Hillary Clinton for CNN says he is backing out of the project because few people would cooperate with him. Charles Ferguson wrote in a column posted…

Literary author tests rules of fact and fiction

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexander Maksik, a 40-year-old literary novelist, has learned a great deal about life and art and the unexpected ways they can meet. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s celebrated creative writing school, he…

Review: Deep South thriller unfolds in 1927 flood

“The Tilted World” (William Morrow), by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly “The Tilted World” is a captivating Deep South drama that unfolds in the spring of 1927 as the rising, roiling waters of the Mississippi River head…

City of Savannah fires director of film office

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah’s film office director has been suspended over complaints regarding the upcoming production of “SpongeBob 2 The Movie.” A city memo accuses Film Services Director Jay Self of failing to properly plan for filming…

Blinking art exhibit closed after patrons fall ill

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have temporarily shut down a room-sized art installation with blinking lights in Pittsburgh after three visitors reported seizure-like symptoms. An 18-year-old woman was treated at the scene Sunday afternoon after reporting seizure-like symptoms at…

For Food Network addicts, new book hits the spot

“From Scratch: Inside the Food Network” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), by Allen Salkin In the early days of the Food Network, chefs taped shows in kitchens where sinks emptied into buckets that had to be carted out between takes.…

7 more Alexie books coming out as e-books

NEW YORK (AP) — Sherman Alexie is learning to live with e-books, conflicts and all. Once one of the harshest opponents of books on a screen, Alexie has in the past two years allowed a handful of his…

3 more Duck Dynasty books coming out in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Duck Dynasty book dynasty rolls on. Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Monday that three more tie-in works to the smash reality TV series on A&E will be released in…

Stars come out for Timberlake at iTunes festival

LONDON (AP) — A host of stars turned out to experience Justin Timberlake’s headline gig at the iTunes Festival in London. The Grammy-winning singer Adele, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth McGovern were among the audience at London’s Roundhouse…