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…

Queen Latifah calls on pals for new talk show

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Queen Latifah (lah-TEE’-fuh) says her new daytime talk show is calling on A-list friends for support, including musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. Keys has already participated in test runs of “The Queen…

Country star Randy Travis discharged from hospital

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Country music star Randy Travis is out of the hospital three weeks after he was admitted with congestive heart failure and later suffered a stroke. A statement Wednesday says Travis has been discharged from…

Review: There’s way too many guns in ’2 Guns’

“2 Guns”? Please. There are enough guns in this movie to arm a small country. Maybe a medium-sized one. There are plenty of jokes in “2 Guns,” this summer’s latest variation on the buddy-cop theme, starring the engaging…

Wife of 85-year-old ex-Louisiana governor in labor

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards’ wife, Trina, has gone into labor. Edwin is 85 years old; his wife is 34. On Trina Scott Edwards’ Facebook page was a post: “Eli’s coming!!!!” Also on…

Acclaimed Texas author John Graves dead at 92

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Author John Graves, whose 1960 book “Goodbye to a River” and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state’s most celebrated and beloved writers, has died. He was 92. Graves died…

Lohan completes rehab stint; more therapy ordered

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan has completed her court-ordered stay in rehab and must continue therapy into early 2015, a judge said Wednesday. The “Liz & Dick” star must meet with a therapist at least three times…

Pair of stunts has networks thinking ‘Sharknado’

NEW YORK (AP) — Colliding stunts on Discovery and The Weather Channel next week feel like another “Sharknado.” Discovery is holding its 26th annual Shark Week of programming at the same time The Weather Channel is airing Hurricane…

Hollywood to explore Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The story of WikiLeaks is the kind of real-life drama Hollywood loves, so expect to see multiple interpretations of it on the big screen. Several projects chronicle the organization’s enigmatic leader Julian Assange and…

Milton Greene slides of Marilyn, others snag $1.8M

NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of negatives of Marilyn Monroe and other stars by celebrity photographer Milton Greene have sold at auction for $1.8 million. The archive includes 3,700 negatives and slides of Marilyn Monroe. All…

Obama to discuss homeownership Tuesday in Phoenix

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen Arizona for the next stop on his middle-class speech tour. The White House says Obama will visit Phoenix next Tuesday to lay out ideas for helping homeowners and others who…

Restored Star Trek ship Galileo arrives in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — When the smoke cleared and the music died down, Candy Torres could no longer contain herself. Looking at the shiny, restored Star Trek Galileo shuttlecraft sitting in Houston in all its TV glory, she broke…

‘Dueling Dinos’ found in Montana to be sold in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Two fossilized dinosaur skeletons found on a Montana ranch in 2006 are coming up for sale in New York City. The nearly complete skeletons are billed as the Montana Dueling Dinosaurs. They’ll be offered…

Buddy Guy pushing for blues on popular radio

ATLANTA (AP) — Buddy Guy knows that blues music isn’t the taste of today’s youth, but the Chicago guitar legend wants to show directors at radio stations and aspiring musicians that the classic sound is still alive with…

Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway — but he won’t be singing. Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the red carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, “2 Guns,” the Oscar- and…

Eileen Brennan of ‘Private Benjamin,’ ‘Clue’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whether she was issuing orders as an Army captain in “Private Benjamin,” rambling as a real-life rendition of Mrs. Peacock from “Clue” or blasting an immortal monster with a shotgun as a crazy cat…