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…

BBC apologizes over obscene Prince William doodle

LONDON (AP) — The BBC has apologized for accidentally broadcasting a picture of Prince William in which an obscene doodle has been drawn onto his head. Eagle-eyed viewers caught a glimpse of a picture of the prince with…

Colo. police seek help with high-profile cold case

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado investigators are asking for help finding a man suspected of killing Sid Wells, a 22-year-old college student who was dating actor-director Robert Redford’s daughter when he was shot to death three decades ago.…

‘Matilda the Musical’ says goodbye to 2 stars

NEW YORK (AP) — “Matlida the Musical” is losing its two British imports — Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward. The actors, both nominated for Tony Awards this year, will play their final show Sept. 1. Carvel, who plays…

Actor Dwayne Johnson leaves wrestling career open

ATLANTA (AP) — If Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson never steps back into the ring for a professional wrestling match, he won’t have a problem staying retired, even though his last bout was a loss to nemesis John Cena.…

Anthony paying $25,000 to avoid writing life story

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony has agreed to pay $25,000 to her bankruptcy estate to avoid having to sell her life story. A judge in her bankruptcy case in Tampa approved the agreement between Anthony and her…

Natalie Cole to kick off Newport Jazz Festival

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Jazz Festival is poised to kick off with performances from Natalie Cole, her uncle Freddy Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio. The venerable music event returns Friday at the International Tennis Hall…

‘Captain Phillips’ to open London Film Festival

LONDON (AP) — Tom Hanks looks set to have a busy autumn. Maritime piracy drama “Captain Phillips,” in which he stars, is set to open the London Film Festival, as well as cinema fests in New York and…

Singer Louis Tomlinson signs with soccer team

DONCASTER, England (AP) — One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson’s career in heading in a new direction. The boy band star has signed up to play a game for English soccer club Doncaster, a team that plays in the…

Vince Gill, Paul Franklin revisit Bakersfield era

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vince Gill, country music’s modern ambassador, and Paul Franklin, Nashville’s most sought after steel guitar player, are bringing the twang back to country with a new collection of songs from the Bakersfield era. The…

UK to Kelly Clarkson: Hands off Jane Austen’s ring

LONDON (AP) — The British government has stepped in to stop singer Kelly Clarkson taking a ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country. The “American Idol” winner bought the gold and turquoise ring at auction…

Chaplin cane, ‘Sound of Music’ clothes auctioned

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Chaplin’s cane, costumes from the “Sound of Music” and a jacket worn by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” have sold for several million dollars at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The Los Angeles Times…

Review: ‘Pikmin 3′ both delights and frustrates

Since the arrival of the Wii U eight months ago, early adopters have been thirsting for a killer app, that one game that shows off the flair and imagination for which Nintendo’s best-loved hits — such as “Super…

Netflix allows 5 viewing profiles on same account

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is introducing a long-awaited feature that will make it easier for the Internet video service to track and analyze the viewing habits of people sharing the same $8-per-month account. The tool coming out…

Filming for ‘Transformers 4′ draws Detroit crowds

DETROIT (AP) — Filming for the next installment of the “Transformers” movie franchise is attracting attention in downtown Detroit. As fans gathered for Wednesday’s Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park, people also tried to get a glimpse of…

Nikolaus Bachler: Keeping the soul in opera

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The man who runs Germany’s biggest opera house says a chance encounter with an American colleague brought home to him just how fortunate he is. Nikolaus Bachler, intendant of the Bavarian State Opera, recalled…

Valerie Harper starts work on TV movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The UP cable channel said Valerie Harper is filming a TV movie in Canada. The movie, titled “The Town that Came A-Courtin’, is based on a novel by Ronda Rich and also stars Lauren…

IUPUI library to house Iraqi literature exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis library is set to become the nation’s only library housing a permanent art collection that pays homage to Iraq’s long literary history. The Herron Art Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has signed…

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…