NJ governor to appear as himself on NBC sitcom

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appeared many times on late-night TV, including “Saturday Night Live.” Now he has scored his first gig on a sitcom. His office on Monday confirmed a report in…

Celeb birthdays for the week of July 21-27

July 21: Singer Kay Starr is 91. Movie director Norman Jewison is 87. Actress Patricia Elliott (“One Life To Live”) is 71. Actor Edward Herrmann (“Gilmore Girls”) is 70. Actor Leigh Lawson (“Tess”) is 68. Singer Yusuf Islam…

Animated film “Turbo” could give racing a boost

Trapped in a mundane job at the tomato plant, Theo dreams of becoming a glamorous race car driver. He wants the fame and fortune of Indianapolis 500 winner Guy Gagne, but more than anything, Theo wants to go…

Yorke, Godrich pull Atoms For Peace from Spotify

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have started a “small meaningless rebellion” against Spotify, announcing Sunday on Twitter they’re pulling their Atoms For Peace collaboration off the streaming service over royalty payments they say are…

Judge says Pixar and Lucasfilm settled suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A court document says Lucasfilm and Pixar have settled a lawsuit that claims they and other giant companies conspired to keep wages down by agreeing not to poach each other’s workers. In a…

Who is replacing Condola Rashad in ‘Bountiful’?

NEW YORK (AP) — The actress who will fill Condola Rashad’s shoes in “The Trip to Bountiful” has been revealed: Adepero Oduye. Producers of the Tony Award-nominated revival said Monday that Oduye, who co-starred with Rashad in last…

Girl, girl groups are making a comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — I’ll tell want you want, what you really, really want: Girl groups. Even if you don’t want them — they’re back on the scene. A new batch of pop tarts are ready to dominate…

Comic-Con expands as proving ground for new shows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine years ago, the inaugural episode of “Lost” captured Comic-Con attendees’ imaginations when it first premiered at the fan-driven extravaganza, and the surreal series about plane crash survivors went on to become a cultural…

Sheila MacVicar latest hire for Al Jazeera

NEW YORK (AP) — Sheila MacVicar, a longtime London-based correspondent for American television networks, is the latest hire at Al Jazeera America. The news network that plans to launch next month and has been hiring personnel for offices…

Local TV news and the rush of breaking news

NEW YORK (AP) — This just in! Some breaking news from Louisville, Ky.! Well, not really. It “broke” a couple of weeks ago, but honestly has been kicking around at local television stations for awhile now. It took…

Here comes ‘Honey Boo Boo’ back for season 2

NEW YORK (AP) — The message of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” seems to be: Don’t worry, be happy, consequences be damned. This devil-may-care philosophy seems to work fine for June Shannon and her outrageous household, at least…

Danes says she thought of career switch

NEW YORK (AP) — Claire Danes, interior designer? The “Homeland” actress says she considered a change of careers when she went through a stretch where she couldn’t find a good role. In an interview for Vogue’s August issue,…

Timberlake, Perry set for Vegas event in September

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake, Elton John and Katy Perry are among the A-list performers set for this year’s iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas. Clear Channel announced the performers Monday. Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5,…

Earl Sweatshirt so ready to release new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Like pretty much every day for the last year, a fan came up to Earl Sweatshirt late last week at the Walgreens and asked the Los Angeles rapper when his new album will finally…

Middle Eastern group visiting Arab, Motown museums

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Arab American National Museum is among the planned southeastern Michigan stops this week for eight performing artists, students and teachers from the Middle East. Members of the delegation will stage a concert Wednesday…

More tests needed for cause of Monteith’s death

What was supposed to be a weekend celebration of the musical TV series “Glee” turned into an impromptu memorial of song and dance for Cory Monteith after news of the “Glee” co-star’s death rocked a “Glee” fan convention…

Events honor President Ford’s 100th birthday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A ceremony in Grand Rapids is honoring the centennial anniversary of President Gerald Ford’s birth on July 14, 1913. A presidential wreath-laying ceremony was planned Sunday afternoon at Ford’s tomb. And later in…

Ohio city preps for 20th ‘Shawshank’ anniversary

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio city that served as backdrop to the 1994 prison drama “The Shawshank Redemption” plans a 20th anniversary celebration of the filming. The film stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as convicted murderers…

JK Rowling revealed as writer of crime novel

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling has pulled off some impressive literary wizardry: She has managed to gain acclaim for writing a detective novel without anyone knowing she had penned it. The best-selling author of the “Harry Potter” series…

Drive-in theater making a comeback in Ionia

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Most people are content to keep their fond childhood memories as memories, but not Dan Lower of Ionia. He recalls a time when his parents would take the family to a drive-in movie theater.…