Drake to perform at VMAs; Swift, Gomez to attend

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is the latest A-list musician set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The rapper joins a hefty list of performers, including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Kanye…

Big Sean finds spotlight by staying out of it

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Big Sean has discovered that in order to find the spotlight, sometimes you have to stay out of it. The rapper put Miley Cyrus front-and-center in his recent “Fire” music video, with his…

Police: Man committed suicide at Newton-John home

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida have identified a contractor who apparently killed himself inside a home owned by singer Olivia Newton-John and her husband. Jupiter police say an autopsy found that 41-year-old Christopher Pariseleti died…

Dollywood to build resort, add shows and rides

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — To see the future of Dollywood, you need to borrow the vision of its chief imaginer, Dolly Parton. In the near future, Parton sees a resort hotel lobby with a three-story window that frames…

Jazz legend Marian McPartland dies at age 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” has died in New York. She was 95. An NPR spokeswoman says she died of natural causes Tuesday night…

‘General Hospital’ actors marry, expecting a baby

NEW YORK (AP) — Life is imitating art for Kirsten Storms of ABC’s “General Hospital.” The actress’ character on the daytime drama is in labor this week with her daughter. In real life, 29-year-old Storms is also pregnant…

Katy Perry to close iTunes Festival in London

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s iTunes Festival is ending with a roar, to be delivered by Katy Perry. The pop superstar, whose new single “Roar” is climbing the charts, will be the final act of the month-long…

Leonard’s cool inspired generation of writers

Peter Leonard first figured out his father was cooler than most anyone else at an early age, when he was crawling around under the church pew and noticed Elmore Leonard’s ultra-mod ankle boots — you know, the kind…

Review: In ‘World’s End,’ one hilarious apocalypse

Sci-fi movies, we all know, create unlikely heroes, and this summer’s no exception. Remember Brad Pitt as a U.N. inspector in “World War Z”? He just wanted to hang at home with his family, but he had to…

Netflix of video games: Twitch coming to PS4

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twitch is another step closer to becoming the Netflix of the video game world. The popular video game footage streaming service will be available on Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 4 when it’s released later this…

Sony’s PlayStation 4 to launch on Nov. 15 in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony says it will launch its latest video game console, the PlayStation 4, on Nov. 15 in the U.S. and Canada. Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the gaming system will launch in Australia and…

Al-Jazeera America debuts as newest news network

NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America has entered the cable-news fray long dominated by CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. The Qatar (GUH’-tur)-based news organization launched its U.S. network at 3 p.m. Eastern time with a one-hour preview…

Aretha Franklin says she’s 85 percent healed

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin won’t say what caused her latest health problems, but says she’s had a “miraculous” recovery and is looking forward to performing soon. “My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan,…

CBS is still prime time’s most-watched network

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS continued to rule among viewers last week, scoring 11 of the top 20 prime-time shows. But the most-watched program of the week was “Duck Dynasty,” A&E’s hit unscripted series about Louisiana bayou brothers…

Police put out descriptions in attack on rocker

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Michigan police have put out partial descriptions of three male suspects in the abduction, beating and robbery of the lead singer of rock group The Calling after a performance at a festival. The group…

Nielsen’s top 20 prime-time shows for Aug. 12-18

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Aug. 12-18. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “Duck Dynasty,” A&E, 11.77 million. 2. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 10.36 million. 3. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.),…

10 things to know about Elmore Leonard

DETROIT (AP) — Ten things to know about Elmore Leonard, the acclaimed crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87. ___ 1. HE WROTE ON PAPER Leonard wrote longhand on 63-page unlined yellow pads that were custom-made for…

The ‘Today’ Show launches new book club

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s “Today” show is investing in readers. The morning program announced Tuesday that it is starting a new book club. Its first club pick is “The Bone Season,” the debut novel of 21-year-old Samantha…

Dates set for 60th anniversary Jazz Festival

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Jazz Festival may have just wrapped up another year but organizers are already planning for the 60th anniversary of the iconic musical event’s founding. The Newport Festivals Foundation announced Tuesday that next…

After ‘Smash’ crash, songwriters savor success

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have strong opinions about the demise of “Smash,” the highly anticipated but ultimately much maligned TV series about the making of Broadway musicals. But to borrow from one of…