NYC retrospective reassesses LOVE artist’s work

NEW YORK (AP) — Artist Robert Indiana says love hurt him. Love, as in his world-famous LOVE image — stacked letters with a tilted O — that became a symbol of the “make love, not war” 1960s counterculture…

Emeril: ‘Top Chef’ New Orleans promises alligator

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ po-boy shops, gourmet restaurants and suburban bayou-side eateries are the backdrop for the country’s search for its next “Top Chef.” Bravo’s 11th season of the hit reality TV food competition show was…

ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents’ bows to strong ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — The action franchise “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is off to a fast start for ABC. “Lucky 7″ is not so lucky. Marvel’s was seen by 12.2 million people in its series debut on Tuesday,…

De Niro takes over Gandolfini miniseries role

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini. HBO said Wednesday that De Niro is taking on the role of a…

Actor Gary Sinise donates to Colo. firefighters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Actor Gary Sinise (suh-NEES’), well-known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” has made a large donation to help first responders who rescued people and fought the most destructive…

Nelson pulls out of festival with shoulder injury

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Willie Nelson has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and three other shows due to a shoulder injury. Nelson’s publicist said Wednesday that the 80-year-old country music…

Review: ‘Baggage Claim’ lost on arrival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes you have to travel 30,000 miles just to appreciate the guy who lives down the hall — or so goes “Baggage Claim,” a movie about a Flight Attendant Barbie type who runs herself…

Garza, Kuryaki, Vives dominate Latin Grammy nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Javier Garza, Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas and Carlos Vives took the highest number of Latin Grammy nominations on Wednesday, with five nominations each. Edgar Barrera, Andres Castro, Julio Reyes Copello, Alejandro Sanz and…

Ganassi unplugs with online weekly series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Having a cameo in the so-bad-it’s-funny 2001 racing movie “Driven” would have been a drop-the-mic moment for most people. Not for racing team owner Chip Ganassi. Ganassi, one of racing’s biggest personalities, is headed…

Bryan Cranston to guest on ‘How I Met Your Mother’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is coming back to “How I Met Your Mother.” Cranston will reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, who was Ted’s old boss until he had a meltdown,…

Miley’s ride? Pendulum may return to Mich. campus

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — The “wrecking ball” could be returning to public view at a Michigan university. Grand Valley State University has formed a group to discuss the future of a swinging sculpture that was removed from a…

Sarah Michelle Gellar relishes return to TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Sarah Michelle Gellar has been married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. for 11 years, the premiere of her new series, “The Crazy Ones,” has Gellar feeling like a bride-to-be. “It’s like a wedding…

Multitalented Gordon-Levitt kicks it up a notch

NEW YORK (AP) — When Joseph Gordon-Levitt was 12 years old and shooting “Angels in the Outfield,” one of his co-stars, Tony Danza, asked him if he’d like to hang out during some down time. “No,” replied the…

Ghana mourns loss of poet killed in Kenya

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Mourners sang funeral dirges and traditional leaders poured libations Wednesday for beloved poet Kofi Awoonor as hundreds gathered at the airport where his body was brought home days after he was slain in the…

Jay-Z teams up with Barneys for holiday gallery

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s latest collaboration is with Barneys New York, whose flagship store is creating an “immersive gallery space” with him for the holidays. The partnership will include limited-edition Jay-Z designs including watches and a humidor,…

Muppet magic probed in new biography of Jim Henson

“Jim Henson: The Biography” (Ballantine Books), by Brian Jay Jones. If ever you had a single question about the felt magic Jim Henson managed to create, chances are Brian Jay Jones’ sweeping new biography of the puppeteer will…

NYC crackdown on art vendors in parks is upheld

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court has upheld new regulations that limit the number of art vendors allowed in Manhattan’s busiest parks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Wednesday. It denied…

Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey reunite for ‘SNL’ opener

NEW YORK (AP) — When “Saturday Night Live” returns this weekend for its 39th year, executive producer Lorne Michaels won’t be fretting. “We’re gonna do a good show,” he declared. “Every time Tina has come back, the show’s…

Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 16-22

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 16-22. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Chicago at Pittsburgh, NBC, 20.51 million. 2. “Emmy Awards,” CBS, 17.76 million. 3. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 16.04…

A simple approach works for Elton John

NEW YORK (AP) — A step back in time proved to be a forward-looking move for Elton John. Upon the suggestion of producer T Bone Burnett, the 66-year-old singer reverted to a musical format he used when starting…