Review: ‘Elysium’ is imaginative but falls short

Of all the movie villains we’ve met lately, few are stranger than Delacourt, Jodie Foster’s evil, white-blonde, power-suited and power-hungry defense official in “Elysium,” the much-awaited but ultimately somewhat disappointing new film from director Neill Blomkamp. From her…

Lady Mary copes with grief, suitors in ‘Downton’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS is standing firm against airing “Downton Abbey” simultaneously with the drama’s U.K. season. Despite the spoilers that leak online from its British run, the period drama has been a ratings hit for…

Rob Zombie complains of skate park noise in Conn.

WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The racket from a new skate park in Connecticut is too much for rocker Rob Zombie. The town of Woodbury, Conn., has taken steps to reduce the noise following complaints from Zombie and his…

Nielsen’s top programs for July 29-Aug. 4

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 29-Aug. 4. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 11.41 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.28 million. 3. NFL Exhibition Football:…

Week’s schedule shows change in TV summers

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS’ limited drama series “Under the Dome,” the most popular show on television last week, is notable for what it’s not: a rerun. Three of the top 10 most-watched shows on TV last week…

US magazine circulation slides in 1st half of 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Magazine industry auditors say that U.S. magazine circulation fell 1 percent in the first six months of the year to 289 million. Magazines are selling more digital copies, but this represents just 3.3 percent…

Juan Pablo Galavis is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’

NEW YORK (AP) — What Juan Pablo Galavis lacked in airtime on “The Bachelorette,” he made up in popularity among viewers. Now the former pro soccer player will be ABC’s next “Bachelor,” where 25 women begin the show…

‘Bachelorette’ talks about surprising engagement

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past few months, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried have kept their engagement secret as their season on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” played out. So secret, they went by the code names Sonny and…

Chicago only US stop for David Bowie exhibit

CHICAGO (AP) — An exhibition on the career of David Bowie will make its only U.S. stop at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art next year. “David Bowie is” is at London’s V&A Museum until Sunday. The V&A Museum…

In ‘Elysium,’ a cosmic divide for rich and poor

NEW YORK (AP) — In the desert of big-budget summer moviegoing comes, like fresh water, Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium,” a dystopic science-fiction thriller bristling with more ideas than all this year’s superheros and action films combined. Like Blomkamp’s first…

AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’ a dark portrait of a city

NEW YORK (AP) — You don’t need a TV drama to tell you these are dark days for Detroit. But a once-great city’s headline status facing bankruptcy serves as poignant timing for the debut of “Low Winter Sun,”…

Guy Clark still finding inspiration for new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The cover of songwriter Guy Clark’s new album “My Favorite Picture of You” features a decades-old wrinkled snapshot of his late wife Susanna with her arms crossed and a glare on her face. The…

Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff to co-anchor ‘NewsHour’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “PBS NewsHour” has named Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as co-anchors and co-managing editors of the weeknight broadcast. The network said Tuesday that the Washington-based Ifill and Woodruff will share anchor duties Mondays…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBookstore

The iBookstore’s Official Book Charts for the week ending Aug. 5, 2013: 1. “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith & J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown & Company) 2. “Zealot,” by Reza Aslan (Random House Publishing Group) 3. “Inferno,” by…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Aug. 5, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang) 2. Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycles & noise recording (Plus Sports) 3. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.) 4. djay 2…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Aug. 5, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 2. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus 3. “Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake),” JAY Z 4. “Radioactive,”…

Crime novelist Elmore Leonard suffers stroke

DETROIT (AP) — Acclaimed crime novelist Elmore Leonard is recovering at a hospital following a stroke last week. Leonard’s longtime researcher, Gregg Sutter, said Tuesday that family members are guardedly optimistic about the 87-year-old author’s condition. Leonard lives…

A-Rod return boosts YES Network ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez’s return had an immediate impact for the New York Yankees — on the team’s television network. A-Rod’s first major league game since October drew the YES Network’s highest rating this year for…

Rep: Jazz keyboardist George Duke dies at 67

NEW YORK (AP) — George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the…

‘Kick-Ass 2′ director responds to Jim Carrey

LONDON (AP) — “Kick-Ass 2″ director Jeff Wadlow is defending his film after star Jim Carrey chose not to promote the action comedy because of its violence. Carrey, who plays vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes in the sequel…