Eads taking leave from ‘CSI,’ return uncertain

NEW YORK (AP) — The investigators on CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will be without forensic scientist Nick Stokes for a while. CBS said Wednesday that George Eads is taking a leave of absence after appearing in the…

Tim Finchem happy with PGA Tour’s 2 networks

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The PGA Tour had what Commissioner Tim Finchem described as “robust” conversations with Fox Sports in two of the last three television negotiations until scheduling conflicts with the network kept the discussion from going…

T.D. Jakes brings his MegaFest home to Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — Megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes is bringing his MegaFest inspirational event — which features everything from a film festival to a conversation with Oprah — home to Dallas for the first time this week. More than…

Review: The car chase thriller ‘Getaway’ stalls

Liam Neeson has some atoning to do. Not because of his hell bent pursuit of vengeance in “Taken” and its sequel, but for the lamentable cottage industry of cheap, imitation thrills those films hath wrought. “Taken” was by…

Terra Cotta Warriors to get a show and a theater

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nederlander Organization has agreed to manage and produce a live show in central China that will celebrate the world-famous Terra Cotta Warriors, a high-profile step for the live theater giant into the world’s…

Sting’s wife Trudie Styler to star off-Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and producer Trudie Styler, the better half of pop singer Sting, will star this fall in a new off-Broadway adaptation of Anton Checkov’s “The Seagull.” Producers said Wednesday that Styler will portray the…

Elton John’s partner opening Vegas champagne bar

LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Furnish is planning to open a swanky champagne lounge in the same Las Vegas Strip casino where his partner, Sir Elton John, holds a residency. The nearly 3,000-square-foot FIZZ Las Vegas bar is…

Oprah: King forced US to wake up, change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says Martin Luther King Jr. forced the nation “to wake up, look at itself and eventually change.” She says the civil rights leader’s lessons inspire people all over the world. Speaking at the…

Some Trump U. students say they felt cheated

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Guillo spent almost $35,000 hoping to learn some of Donald Trump’s real estate secrets. Instead, he says, he left the sessions of Trump University cash-poor, with little more than a photo of himself…

County OKs huge new studio proposed by Disney

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gigantic new Disney studio planned for oak-studded ranchland north of Los Angeles has won the approval of Los Angeles County — a milestone in the effort to build the half-million square feet of…

Patton, Thicke have clear lines on jealousy, work

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paula Patton is having the best summer ever. Professionally, the 37-year-old actress is busy promoting the romantic comedy “Baggage Claim,” which opens Sept. 27. “2 Guns,” starring Patton, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opened…

A rough road back to ‘Riddick’ for Diesel

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Thump. Thump. That’s the sound the golf cart makes each time it strikes the uneven pavement as it transports Vin Diesel across the Universal Studios backlot. He’s traveling from his bungalow office to…

NBC trying to create big event with game

NEW YORK (AP) — A giant hourglass structure being built on the rooftop of an abandoned Manhattan car dealership may look like Godzilla’s futuristic toy but instead represents NBC’s hope for the television event of the season. It’s…

Zeta-Jones and Douglas ‘taking some time apart’

NEW YORK (AP) — A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, “are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” Publicist Cece Yorke said in an email to The…

Hildesheim treasures to be featured at NY’s Met

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be holding an exhibition of medieval treasures from Germany’s Hildesheim (HIHL’-deh-shym) Cathedral. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO (yoo-NEHS’-koh) world cultural heritage site in 1985. It contains…

‘Simpsons’ creator finds funny in his cancer fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since word got out about Sam Simon’s cancer, this co-creator of “The Simpsons” and fervent philanthropist has heard from many people online asking to help rid him of his sizable wealth. “Some people just…

Detroit doughnut shop honors late hip-hop producer

DETROIT (AP) — A new Detroit coffee and doughnut shop will honor the memory of the late rapper-producer J Dilla. Dilla’s Delights will open this fall. Its CEO and founder is Dilla’s uncle, Herman Hayes, AKA Uncle Herm.…

New Broadway season has something for everyone

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s Denzel Washington and Billy Crystal, plenty of Shakespeare and a nice dash of Harold Pinter. There’s even a musical of the boxing classic “Rocky” and the much anticipated return of Neil Patrick Harris…

Ohio city expects swell of visitors for music fest

TROY, Ohio (AP) — A small southwest Ohio city is bracing for more than 40,000 visitors for a music festival headlined by the British folk-rock band Mumford and Sons. Troy was among hundreds of towns that applied to…

Review: Kerouac’s ‘Mexican Girl’ brought to life

“Manana Means Heaven” (University of Arizona Press), by Tim Z. Hernandez As Jack Kerouac described her, she was “the cutest little Mexican girl” who happened across his path at a bus stop in Bakersfield, Calif., and became “Terry”…