Italian film fetes dignity of manual work

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The star of a new film celebrating the dignity of manual labor is lamenting that many of his fellow Italians shun traditional trades like carpentry, leaving such jobs to immigrants even during stubborn economic…

Daphne Oz of ‘The Chew’ reveals she is pregnant

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s one kid who’ll be guaranteed to have healthy baby food. Daphne Oz, a host of ABC’s daytime program “The Chew” and daughter of talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, announced her pregnancy Thursday…

‘Blurred Lines’ named Billboard song of the summer

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one’s surprise, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is Billboard’s song of the summer. Billboard announced the list Thursday. Rock outfit Imagine Dragons is second with “Radioactive,” followed by Daft Punk with “Get Lucky.”…

Preview of spring styles at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) — Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn…

Maya Angelou to receive honorary book award

NEW YORK (AP) — The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou. The poet and author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award…

Underwood brings new ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood has taken the handoff from Faith Hill to perform the musical introduction for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” but don’t expect the two country superstars to sing it the same way. Hill performed…

Indonesian Muslims protest Miss World pageant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian Muslim hard-liners resumed protests Thursday against the Miss World pageant, as organizers insisted that the event would go on as scheduled this weekend on the resort island of Bali. In Jakarta, the capital,…

Review: The 1975 mix it up on debut album

The 1975, “The 1975″ (Dirty Hit/Polydor) The 1975′s self-titled debut is a mixed bag. Jumping from guitar-heavy indie hits to disco funk dance-floor tracks, the boys from Northern England say the varied sound of the album is down…

Cicely Tyson on winning a Tony, Obama & next steps

NEW YORK (AP) — There is a beach with fluffy sand in Cicely Tyson’s future. She can’t wait to get to it. Just don’t ask where it is. The newly crowned Tony Award winner is counting down the…

Arsenio fulfills his dream with late-night return

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did fate decree that Arsenio Hall would return to late night after two decades’ absence? If so, he’s answering that comeback call on Sept. 9 with the premiere of “The Arsenio Hall Show” (syndicated;…

Man enters plea in burglary try at Kid Rock home

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say tried to break into musician Kid Rock’s suburban Detroit home has pleaded no contest to charges. Brian D. Keith entered the plea Wednesday to attempted home invasion, malicious destruction…

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Sept. 1, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Sept. 1: UNITED STATES 1. Katy Perry, “Roar” (Capitol) 2. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Universal) 3. Lorde, “Royals” (Republic Records) 4. Jay…

Michelle Williams to hit Broadway in new ‘Cabaret’

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next year in a role best known by Liza Minnelli — fishnet-and-bowler hat wearing chanteuse Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed Wednesday that the…

Review: Sturdy Diesel, lousy dialogue in ‘Riddick’

“Somewhere along the way I lost a step,” says Vin Diesel, aka that gravelly voiced, visually impaired, planet-hopping outlaw and badass they call Riddick. “I went and got sloppy.” He’s talking about how he ended up on a…

Broadway charity auction offers Tom Hanks T-shirt

NEW YORK (AP) — A T-shirt worn onstage by Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy” and Elphaba’s broom prop used by Idina Menzel in “Wicked” are among the top items that will be auctioned off Sept. 22 at the…

Review: ‘Never Go Back’ is tight and compelling

“Never Go Back” (Delacorte Press), by Lee Child The quest begins with a phone call, and when Jack Reacher finally arrives in Washington to meet the woman behind the intriguing voice from “61 Hours,” he discovers Maj. Susan…

Moss uses unconventional style on Fox broadcasts

Randy Moss has never done anything by the book, which is exactly why Fox Sports hired the brash-talking former receiver. This season, Moss is taking his outspoken views from the locker room to television booth where he will…

Venice: Arab film features gay protagonist

MILAN (AP) — Writer and director Abdellah Taia believes he has given Arab cinema its first gay protagonist in his debut film “Salvation Army.” Taia already created a sensation in his native Morocco when he became the first…