NBC locks up 8 more Ryder Cups through 2030

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has locked up eight more Ryder Cups through 2030. The network and the PGA of America announced the deal on Thursday. NBC has televised the Ryder Cup since 1991. NBC Sports Group, which…

Openly gay soccer player Rogers to write memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, has a memoir scheduled to be published next year. Penguin Books announced Thursday that “Coming Out to Play” will…

NBC locks up 8 more Ryder Cups through 2030

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has locked up eight more Ryder Cups through 2030. The network and the PGA of America announced the deal Thursday. NBC has televised the Ryder Cup since 1991. NBC Sports Group, which includes…

Will.i.am on producing for Spears, Gaga and Cyrus

NEW YORK (AP) — Will.i.am says his heart is connected to Britney Spears’ upcoming album. He’s the executive producer of the pop star’s untitled eighth album, to be released Dec. 3. “This Britney record is like a piece…

‘Downton Abbey’ preview set to air in December

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is setting the table for the “Downton Abbey” feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December. PBS’ “Masterpiece” says “Return to Downton Abbey” will air Dec. 1 with what’s billed…

Faris feels ‘guilty’ balancing family with ‘Mom’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anna Faris can’t shake that guilty feeling. Even as the 36-year-old actress got out of the house for a party for the first time in months, she couldn’t stop thinking about her son, Jack,…

New gadget frees mobile TV from blocky attachment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox’s “mobiletv” gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android…

Founder of Newport festivals to be honored

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The founder of the Newport jazz and folk festivals is being honored with a New Englander of the Year award. Festival promoter George Wein (ween) will receive the award from the New England Council…

Post-’Fruitvale,’ Michael B. Jordan wants it all

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael B. Jordan wants it all — from a “Rocky” spinoff to a role in the next “Star Wars” movie. The 26-year-old actor is in discussions for key roles in several big-budget studio movies…

Kirkman offers no road map for ‘The Walking Dead’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nothing’s been as hard for Robert Kirkman as killing off Glenn. Not only did he do away with a beloved character in the comic book version of “The Walking Dead,” he knew he’d eventually…

Westerly corn maze welcomes Taylor Swift

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island farm is using a corn maze to make singer Taylor Swift feel welcome in the state where she owns a vacation home. WLNE-TV (http://bit.ly/19oAXvs ) reports that farmer Richard Manfredi cut…

New Tom Hanks movie features Minn. Somali actors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a new Tom Hanks movie, they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean. “It…

Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis lead with 6 AMA nods

NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for “Thrift…

Miss Universe in trouble for Indian photo shoot

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian police have filed a case against Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India’s white-marble monument to love, a police officer said Thursday. Police Inspector Sushant…

Real events make play ‘A Time to Kill’ resonate

NEW YORK (AP) — The people who put socially conscious plays on Broadway usually like to stress how relevant their work is. The folks behind “A Time to Kill” may have more reason than most. The courtroom drama,…

The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week

HOLLYWOOD’S 20 MASTERS OF HORROR: THE TWISTED TALENTS RAISING THE MOST HELL From the genre gods (Guillermo del Toro, Stephen King) to the hot upstarts (James Wan and . Michael Bay?), these are the twisted talents raising the…

Review: In ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ the spirit is weak

David Cage doesn’t care if you have fun. The lead designer of “Heavy Rain” and “Indigo Prophecy” has loftier goals for his video games. He wants them to make you feel something, and not just the adrenaline rush…

A glance at Nobel literature winner Alice Munro

WHO WON? Canadian author Alice Munro, 82. FOR WHAT? The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners, called Munro a “master of the contemporary short story.” NOTABLE WORKS “Lives of Girls and Women”; “Who Do You Think You Are?”;…

Teen pianist Tao to perform with Detroit Symphony

DETROIT (AP) — Piano prodigy Conrad Tao is set to perform three shows with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The 19-year-old Tao and the DSO are to play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major. The Leonard Slatkin-conducted…

CBS cancels freshman sitcom ‘We Are Men’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS is yanking the freshman sitcom “We Are Men” from its schedule. The Monday night comedy about four bachelors starred Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith. It failed to gain traction…