Bergdorf’s meets ‘Girls’: An unlikely fashion duo

NEW YORK (AP) — Betty Halbreich had something to share over brunch the other morning. “I’m wearing a panty girdle,” allowed the 85-year-old personal shopping guru at the legendarily tony Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue — not a…

Fictional anchor Ron Burgundy pitches for Chrysler

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — When you’ve got the smallest marketing budget of the Detroit Three automakers, you have to take risks to get your TV spots noticed. That’s why Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s marketing chief, gambles a lot.…

Fictional anchor Ron Burgundy pitches for Chrysler

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — When you’ve got the smallest marketing budget of the Detroit Three automakers, you have to take risks to get your TV spots noticed. That’s why Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s marketing chief, gambles a lot.…

Former Google CEO to co-write management book

Now that he is no longer Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt evidently has a lot more time to write books. After releasing a technology treatise about his vision of the future in an Internet-connected world, Schmidt will share some…

Belarus journalist wins Pinter writers’ prize

LONDON (AP) — A Belarusian journalist who has criticized her country’s authoritarian government has won a major freedom-of-speech prize. Iryna Khalip, a correspondent for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, shares the 2013 PEN/Pinter prize with British playwright Tom Stoppard.…

TWC adds HGTV, Food for out-of-home watching

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time Warner Cable is adding programming including Food Network and HGTV to the channels available on its on-the-go viewing app to help it keep pay TV subscribers. The cable operator says it will add…

Linda Emond, Danny Burstein join ‘Cabaret’

NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams will have some experienced veterans alongside them in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Cabaret.” The Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday that two-time Tony Award nominee Linda Emond and four-time…

Heidelberg Project house in Detroit burns again

DETROIT (AP) — One of the houses that make up the internationally known Heidelberg Project outdoor art installation in Detroit has burned for a second time in recent months. The early Saturday blaze at the Obstruction of Justice…

Jermaine Dupri joins Carey’s management team

NEW YORK (AP) — Music producer Jermaine Dupri is joining Mariah Carey’s management team. A representative for Carey confirmed the news Monday. They have collaborated on hits like “Always Be My Baby,” ”Don’t Forget About Us” and “We…

Swift, Aldean among CMA Awards performers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and most of the major nominees have signed on to perform at the Country Music Association Awards next month. Swift and Aldean were among the first round of performers announced…

Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — People don’t just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales — and advertisers and networks are taking note.…

Malcolm Gladwell book cheers underdogs

“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” (Little, Brown and Company), by Malcolm Gladwell Here are some facts to chew on: About one in three highly successful entrepreneurs — including the founders of JetBlue,…

Matt Smith cast in ‘American Psycho’ stage musical

LONDON (AP) — Fresh from roaming the universe in “Doctor Who,” Matt Smith is to play a style-obsessed killer roaming New York in the stage musical “American Psycho.” The musical is based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel…

Review: Kenny Rogers takes chances on new album

Kenny Rogers, “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (Warner Bros.) Kenny Rogers enters his 75th year with an album that blends the familiar with the challenging, seeking new hits and pursuing new ideas even as he enters the Country…

Review: Joe Nichols changes direction, not quality

Joe Nichols, “Crickets” (Red Bow) After eleven years as one of the most effective traditional country singers of his generation, Joe Nichols crosses over to rocking contemporary songs, most of them about seducing young women and sentimentalizing the…

‘Tomorrow People’: supercharged youth under threat

NEW YORK (AP) — The title of “The Tomorrow People” sounds like a good name for a circa-1967 rock band. Come to think of it, the premise of this new CW series seems lifted from the ’60s, too.…

Dee Dee Bridgewater on a ‘demanding role’

NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “The…

Pixies look for revival in new songs, tour

NEW YORK (AP) — As a young musician, Pixies frontman Charles Thompson was determined to make it past the velvet rope at the mythical club that is rock stardom. “It inspired us even from the time before we…

Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — People don’t just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales — and advertisers and networks are taking note.…

Review: Miley Cyrus’s new album shows promise

Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz” (RCA) For all the antics that Miley Cyrus has demonstrated in the last few months — the wardrobe selections (or lack thereof), the outrageous quotes, the awkward twerking and the rest of her wild child…