Voight worked for scale for ‘Midnight Cowboy’ role

NEW YORK (AP) — It was Jon Voight’s portrayal of male prostitute Joe Buck in the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” that put him on his path to becoming an acting legend. Now he says he was paid a…

Schwartz working on draft of musical ‘Houdini’

CHICAGO (AP) — Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says he’s hard at work on a full draft of his next endeavor, the musical “Houdini” that has actor Hugh Jackman playing the legendary illusionist. “I’m specifically writing for Hugh…

Speaker list includes Felipe Calderon, Brian Kelly

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan’s upcoming speaker series includes former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly and TV personality Regis Philbin. The club announced its 2013-2014 speaker series…

New tour company offers fun facts on Met’s art

NEW YORK (AP) — A new company is offering to make your visit to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art less daunting — and fun. Museum Hack leads two-hour tours through the Fifth Avenue museum, offering details about…

‘Man of Steel’ sequel expected to film in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Warner Bros. upcoming Superman and Batman team-up movie is expected to film in Michigan after getting the OK for $35 million in state incentives. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/141EIac ) the sequel to…

Katherine Dunham dancer Vanoye Aikens dies at 96

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A star dancer for the great African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham has died. Longtime friend Robert Wood says Vanoye (van-OY’) Aikens died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 96. Aikens toured more than 50 countries…

Alan Jackson’s daughter charged with assault

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 20-year-old daughter of country star Alan Jackson has been charged with assault, underage drinking and resisting arrest. She is accused of striking a police officer and then invoking her father’s name during a…

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…