This boy just wants to have fun: Thicke loosens up

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Thicke is enjoying a pop culture moment with the upbeat Marvin Gaye-esque single “Blurred Lines,” but the song didn’t click with his record label when he previewed it last summer. “The record company…

Herzog on tackling texting and driving in new film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his documentaries, Werner Herzog has examined grizzly bears, plane crash survivors, cave paintings and death row inmates. For his latest project, the 70-year-old filmmaker is exploring the dangers of texting while driving in…

Fox Sports gets US Open in 12-year deal

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open is leaving NBC Sports for Fox Sports starting in 2015. In a surprising announcement Wednesday, the U.S. Golf Association said it has signed a multimedia agreement with the Fox network and…

Haiti’s musician president to perform in benefit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s singer-turned-president is set to get back on the stage Saturday for a rare concert. Two government officials say President Michel Martelly will perform under his old stage name of “Sweet Micky” as he…

A PBS series explores 5 centuries of black history

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race. But Henry Louis Gates says a more direct way for change is through schools and their curriculum.…

CBS orders ‘Dome’-like series for next summer

NEW YORK (AP) — After its success with “Under the Dome” this summer, CBS is ordering another high-concept thriller for next summer. The network said Wednesday it has ordered a 13-episode series called “Extant.” The serialized drama is…

LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian get VH1 series

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes already get a lot of tabloid attention. Now the 40-year-old actor and his singer-actress wife are parlaying their notoriety into a new VH1 series tentatively titled, “LeAnn & Eddie.”…

Colbert’s song of the summer: not Daft Punk

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert’s “song of the summer” special was either a real-life corporate tiff over Daft Punk or the most elaborately-planned — and funniest — corporate cross-promotions in memory. On his Comedy Central show Tuesday,…

D’Angelo cancels festival appearance over illness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — D’Angelo has added the Outside Lands music festival to his list of cancellations due to an unspecified medical emergency. The soul singer had been forced to cancel U.S. dates last week due to illness…

Q&A: Lake Bell on her voice-over obsession

NEW YORK (AP) — Since she was a little girl putting on nightly shows to stave off bedtime and using her father’s Dictaphone to stealthily record interesting accents, Lake Bell has been fascinated by voices. In her new…

Statuette from ‘Maltese Falcon’ to sell in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A statuette featured in the 1941 movie “The Maltese Falcon” is being offered for sale at a New York City auction. Bonhams says the black figurine is the highlight of a Nov. 25 auction.…

Royal pair defend the crown on Starz’ White Queen’

NEW YORK (AP) — As Woody Allen would famously declare five centuries later, “The heart wants what it wants.” That goes double when you’re England’s dashing young King Edward IV, who, after he and Elizabeth Woodville meet cute…

AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’ looks deep into Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — “Low Winter Sun” isn’t a reality show about police in Detroit, the city in which it’s set and filmed. Nor is it a “ripped-from-the-headlines” crime-solving drama like others that have come before. Yet it aims…

Usher’s ex-wife granted emergency custody hearing

ATLANTA (AP) — Usher’s ex-wife has asked for an emergency custody hearing after one of the pair’s sons nearly drowned in a pool at the singer’s Atlanta home. A lawyer for Tameka Foster Raymond filed the request in…

‘Breaking Bad’ star Dean Norris: never misses it

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wait is almost over. Since the debut of “Breaking Bad” in January 2008, this drama series — horrifying, funny, twisted and addictive — has kept its audience guessing. But one thing seemed certain…

George Saunders turns viral grad speech into book

NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author George Saunders is turning his graduation speech that went viral into a book. “Congratulations, by the Way,” an expanded version of his commencement speech to the Syracuse University class of 2013, is…

Dan Lauria to rejoin ‘A Christmas Story’ musical

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Lauria will once again lead the cast of the Tony Award-nominated musical based on the film “A Christmas Story” when it tours the Northeast this winter. Producers on Wednesday announced that “The Wonder…

Allegretti, ‘Captain Kangaroo’ character, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children’s television show “Captain Kangaroo,” has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y.,…

Discovery hammered for shark special

NEW YORK (AP) — A Discovery network special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist has drawn a passionate response from viewers and starkly raised the question about the worth of big ratings. The…

Lynde, creator of ‘Rick O’Shay’ comic strip, dies

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Western cartoonist and author Stan Lynde, creator of the nationally syndicated “Rick O’Shay” comic strip, died of cancer in Montana. He was 81. His “Rick O’Shay” comic strip began in 1958 and ran for…