Box set recalls Elvis Presley’s sessions at Stax

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was 1973, and Elvis Presley’s comeback was in fifth gear. After years of making mediocre movies, he had returned to touring and performing in Las Vegas. In January of that year, he staged…

Stefan Herheim: Opera director as ‘renewer’

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Stefan Herheim started directing operas at age 6, moving puppets around a tiny stage to recordings of his favorite works. No surprise then that the man known today for the intellectual rigor of his…

Man arrested in burglary attempt of Kid Rock home

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating an attempted burglary at Kid Rock’s Detroit-area home. Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe says security cameras caught a man ramming a gate with a white van Wednesday afternoon on the Clarkston…

Md. woman’s charming tale becomes book, song

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Lois Noffsinger Spurrier never intended to publish “Ming and The Magic Kite.” In fact, she’d forgotten she wrote it. It wasn’t until she was preparing to move from her Frederick home that she discovered…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Saxby Chambliss,…

Pacino movie films in middle of concert by Chicago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Al Pacino movie broke out in the middle of a concert by the band Chicago, with thousands of fans serving as extras. Cameras were wheeled onstage during intermission of the group’s show at…

Longtime USA Today music critic Steve Jones dies

HERNDON, Va. (AP) — USA Today reports that its longtime music critic, Steve Jones, who impressed people with his mental warehouse of music history and his unflappable cool, has died. He was 57. Jones, whose career spanned nearly…

Taylor Swift’s childhood home in Pa. on market

WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) — Taylor Swift’s childhood home in Pennsylvania is on the market, but fans looking to “Begin Again” in Pennsylvania may be too late. Century 21 Gold agent Lisa Tiger says the six-bedroom home in Wyomissing,…

Michael Ansara, TV and movie actor, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The actor who played the original Klingon on TV’s “Star Trek” has died. A longtime friend and spokesman for Michael Ansara says the actor died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif. after a…

Is DeGeneres part of academy’s push for diversity?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t as much of an old-boys’ club as it used to be. The group named two women to prominent positions this week, including Friday’s announcement that…

Kathy Bates happy being part of FX’s ‘Horror’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kathy Bates says she’s thrilled to be a regular on FX’s “American Horror Story.” It’s almost good enough to rid her of the bad taste from her previous stint on series TV. Even…

Time Warner-CBS fight could take Tiger off TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of golf fans might not be able to watch Tiger Woods protect his lead this weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational because of a dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS. Three million Time…

‘Dark Knight Returns’ No. 2 cover sells for $478K

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Heritage Auctions says the original pen and ink cover of “The Dark Knight Returns” No. 2 drawn by artist and writer Frank Miller has sold for $478,000 at auction. A near-mint copy of “Batman” No.…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Saxby Chambliss,…

California student film nearly turns tragic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a few harrowing seconds, eight officers from a suburban Los Angeles police department had their guns drawn and pointed at a group of college filmmakers shooting a robbery scene at a coffee shop.…

Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green expecting 2nd child

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Less than a year after giving birth to her first child, Megan Fox is pregnant again. A spokeswoman for the actress said Friday that Fox and her husband, Brian Austin Green, are expecting their…

Mexican city fines concert $8,000 on drug ballads

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican city officials seeking to ban drug ballads known as “narco corridos” have levied one of their stiffest punishments yet against the music, fining concert promoters 100,000 pesos (almost $8,000). The city of Chihuahua…

Billy Bob Thornton to star in TV’s ‘Fargo’ series

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton will star in the TV version of the film “Fargo.” FX network boss John Landgraf said Friday that Thornton has signed on to a limited series based on…

Actress Shailene Woodley ready to do fame her way

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shailene Woodley calls fame “the F-word.” “I’m fine with the other F-word,” the 21-year-old actress says. “But that F-word is too much.” She better get ready. An actress since age 5, Woodley earned notice…

Newport Jazz Festival kicks off with Natalie Cole

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Three days of music kicks off in Newport, as Natalie Cole headlines the first night of the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Cole takes the stage Friday evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame…