Important Harvey Weinstein hearing could be held in secret
NEW YORK (AP) — An important pretrial hearing in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case could play out in secret if a judge rules against news organizations fighting to keep the courtroom open.
Police-shooting drama brings young actress into spotlight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aliyah Royale imagined her TV series debut might be a comedy. Instead, she plunged into an emotionally demanding role in a police-shooting drama that brought the 19-year-old into the daunting orbit of a veteran star and heavyweight producers.
50th New Orleans Jazz Fest opens after brief rain delay
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rain delayed the start of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday but didn't seem to dampen spirits.
Artisan keeps his craft alive with each carved mahjong tile
HONG KONG (AP) — Just opposite the entrance to a neon-lit night market, one of Hong Kong's few remaining carvers of mahjong tiles engraves the two Chinese characters for the number 8,000 on a piece of acrylic.
John Singleton of 'Boys N the Hood' in coma after stroke
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Boyz N the Hood" director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke, court papers filed Thursday showed.
Review: Josh Ritter's 'Fever Breaks' is especially engaging
Josh Ritter, "Fever Breaks" (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers) Josh Ritter's "Fever Breaks" is a work of stacked marvels, the result of an auspicious collaboration with Jason Isbell — who also produced — and his band, the 400 Unit.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel's "The Essentials" series, she knew she had to make it work.
Symphony, union accept Emanuel offer to help end strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages.
Harry and Meghan: Newest royal baby could be an American
LONDON (AP) — What would the founding fathers think? Almost 250 years after the United States launched a revolution to rid itself of the British royal family, the next royal baby could be an American.
Sale of tickets for Woodstock 50 delayed for now
NEW YORK (AP) — The much-anticipated sale of tickets for this summer's Woodstock 50 anniversary concerts has been put on hold for now.
Emilio Estefan to make documentary on late star Jenni Rivera
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Jenni Rivera with unseen concert footage from her last performance is being developed by Emilio Estefan, who hopes to show the world the person and the friend that he got to know.
New Prince album featuring unreleased demos out in June
NEW YORK (AP) — A new Prince album featuring his versions of songs he wrote for other artists will be released in June. The 15-track "Originals" will include "Nothing Compares 2 U," the No.
Bond 25 launches in Jamaica, Rami Malek to play villain
NEW YORK (AP) — The 25th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig's fifth and final installment as 007 is heading home to Jamaica. Craig, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G.
Emilio Estefan to make a documentary late star Jenni Rivera
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Jenni Rivera with unseen concert footage from her last performance is being developed by Emilio Estefan.
Jersey's Springsteen readies a Western-style album
NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off his Broadway run, New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen looked West for inspiration on a new album he's planning to release on June 14.
Poet Joy Harjo wins $65,000 Jackson Prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Joy Harjo has won a $65,000 prize for writers deemed worthy of greater recognition. Poets & Writers announced Thursday that Harjo had received the Jackson Prize, an honor that previously has been given to Claudia Rankine, Henri Cole and Elizabeth Alexander, among others.
Prince Harry attends public event as royal baby wait goes on
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has attended a service commemorating war dead from Australia and New Zealand as he and his wife Meghan await the birth of their first child.
Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with 'The Apollo'
NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater.
AP PHOTOS: Designers turn plastic trash into treasures
MILAN (AP) — Scientists and environmentalists have long warned about the dangers of plastic pollution, especially now that plastic trash of all types is choking the world's rivers and oceans.
Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month.
Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and others read at poetry benefit
NEW YORK (AP) — Some nights remind you there's a poem for everyone. If you're a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux's "A Short History of the Apple."
'Children of a Lesser God' writer Mark Medoff dies at 79
Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism'
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level.
'Avengers: Endgame' poised to topple box-office records
NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of "Avengers: Endgame" is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios' saga opens in North American theaters on Thursday night, it will land on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S.
Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on 'Dallas,' dies at 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman's scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series "Dallas," has died.