NBC’s Brian Williams to take leave for surgery

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high school football game decades ago. Yet in…

Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars for 2nd time

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres will be back for a second time to host the Academy Awards. Producers announced her selection Friday. DeGeneres hosted the show in 2007, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her…

Robin! Miley! Bruno! Who has the song of summer?

NEW YORK (AP) — You’re listening to it on the way to the beach, or when your toes are resting in the sand. Or you’re on a crowded train without a seat, sweating as funky smells scorch from…

‘Breaking Bad’ thanks Albuquerque on billboards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The AMC hit television series “Breaking Bad” is thanking the city of Albuquerque for playing host through the filming of the show’s five seasons. Producers of the show have purchased advertising on billboards around…

Cowell says ‘X Factor’ female judges reflect music

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Simon Cowell says the mostly female judges’ panel for “The X Factor” reflects what he calls the “girls’ world” of today’s music business. When Fox’s “X Factor” returns in September, Cowell will share…

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data…

Restraining order filed against rocker Jack White

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The estranged wife of rocker Jack White has filed a restraining order against him after she said in their divorce filings he was threatening her and she fears for her safety and her children’s.…

Fox sitcom ‘Dads’ blasted weeks before its debut

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It doesn’t debut until next month, but the Fox sitcom “Dads” is already taking heat in early reviews for being crass, sexist and racially insensitive. The stars and producers of “Dads” faced reporters…

YouTube star pushes high frame rate format online

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Movie fans who were intrigued by director Peter Jackson’s use of high frame rates in “The Hobbit” are now getting a chance to see the super-clear format online. The second season of the YouTube…

Renovations at NY Public Library strike a nerve

NEW YORK (AP) — Like the famous marble lions out front, the New York Public Library’s flagship building has long symbolized serene endurance in the service of knowledge. But plans for a major change within the landmark have…

Washington, Carroll ‘thrilled’ for ‘Raisin’ return

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award winners Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington will play mother and son on Broadway in a spring revival of the classic American play “A Raisin in the Sun,” an opportunity that has left…

Fox animated shows loaded with celebs this fall

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Rachel Maddow and Daniel Radcliffe are among the celebrities lending their voices to a new season of “The Simpsons” this fall on Fox. Wiig will be heard in the…

Fox: ‘Glee’ Monteith tribute to address addiction

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the “Glee” episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive said Thursday. Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the…

NASCAR completes TV package with Fox Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has completed its television deal by furthering its existing relationship with Fox Sports. Fox Sports on Thursday picked up the three remaining Sprint Cup Series races and the first 14 Nationwide Series races…

‘Rent’ star Anthony Rapp joins ‘If/Then’

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Rapp has joined “If/Then,” the new musical led by Idina Menzel from the creative team behind “Next to Normal.” Previews begin March 4 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opening night is set for…

Playboy, Penthouse get the ax at military stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Playboy, Penthouse and other sex-themed magazines will no longer be sold at Army and Air Force exchanges — a move described by the stores’ operators as a business decision based on falling sales, and…

Joe Pantoliano cast as which New York Yankee star?

NEW YORK (AP) — A new play about the New York Yankees will star “The Sopranos” star Joe Pantoliano as Yogi Berra, Francois Battiste as Reggie Jackson, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio, Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter…

A shark talk show highlight’s Discovery’s week

NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Josh Wolf may not want to hear the word “shark” after next week, much less bump into one. Discovery has given him a unique assignment: host an hour-long talk show for five nights…

Women in the spotlight at Lollapalooza in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Women are preparing to rock this year’s Lollapalooza music festival. The more than two-decade-old festival opens Friday in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park with a strong female lineup, building on headlining appearances in recent years by…