Old rules don't mean much to broadcasters
Published 05/21/2013 at 6:26 p.m.
Television schedules seem more like sketches these days. Even the networks admit their prime-time plans for September will be different by January, even more so a few months later.
ABC counting on story lines to sell Indy 500
Published 05/21/2013 at 5:29 p.m.
Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti will be trying to become four-time Indianapolis 500 champions, four women will roll off the starting grid, a local boy is on the pole ... indeed, there's no shortage of compelling story lines accompanying Sunday's ...
Daft Punk goes outside comfort zone for new album
Published 05/21/2013 at 7 a.m.
There’s long been a show-biz bent to the work of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who for the last 13 years have hidden their faces in public appearances by wearing robot helmets and costumes. Yet Daft Punk’s new album ...
Tim McGraw recasts ACM's TV special, airing Sunday
Published 05/17/2013 at 3:18 p.m.
When the producers of the Academy of Country Music's annual television special approached Tim McGraw about the 2013 edition, the country music star immediately flashed on the program's format.
Obama to host concert honoring Carole King
Published 05/17/2013 at 2:41 p.m.
President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King.
'American Idol' draws record low ratings for show's finale
Published 05/17/2013 at 12:45 p.m.
Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.
Candice Glover wins 'American Idol'
Updated 05/16/2013 at 11:12 p.m.
Candice Glover was crowned the new "American Idol" on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison.
Tale of Mexican drug violence rattles Cannes
Published 05/16/2013 at 12:48 p.m.
The Cannes Film Festival has had its first shock to the system, in the shape of Mexican director Amat Escalante's unsparingly violent drug war drama "Heli."
Review: 'Trek' goes not so boldly into rehash zone
Published 05/16/2013 at 6 a.m.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget. It’s reverential, it’s faithful, it’s steeped in “Trek” mythology.
Will Disney's new Tonto be any better?
Published 05/14/2013 at 6 p.m.
The Hollywood image of Tonto once had the Lone Ranger's sidekick wearing a thin headband and lots of dangling fringes. The latest Disney version has a shirtless Johnny Depp adorned with feathers, a face painted white with black stripes, and ...
Chris Brown's scary curbside art irks LA neighbors
Published 05/14/2013 at 4:14 p.m.
Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown's neighbors are unhappy with what some are calling frightening art he's chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home
Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon late at night
Published 05/14/2013 at 3:55 p.m.
Seth Meyers is moving from his "Weekend Update" desk to his own late night show on NBC. The network said Sunday that the 12-year "Saturday Night Live" cast member will replace Jimmy Fallon at the 12:35 a.m. "Late Night" show ...
Astronaut exits space station with music video
Published 05/14/2013 at 3:45 p.m.
In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a musical video: his own custom version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
Reality TV's new stars: Small businesses
Published 05/13/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
There’s no business like small business.
With pressure off, Lady A returns with 'Golden'
Published 05/13/2013 at 6 a.m.
Lady Antebellum’s last album “Own the Night” opened on top of the charts, spawned two No. 1 hits and has sold more than 1.8 million copies.
Q&A: Fantasia puts drama behind her, talks music
Published 05/11/2013 at 9 a.m.
Fantasia is feeling the love — and says she hasn’t felt this good since winning “American Idol” in 2004.
Age no obstacle for vintage Iggy & the Stooges
Published 05/11/2013 at 8 a.m.
When Iggy & the Stooges broke up in 1974, almost no one who’d heard of the band had actually heard it.
Love helps Rod Stewart overcome writer's block
Published 05/10/2013 at 6:24 p.m.
Rod Stewart has never shied from the spotlight, but on this day, the famously cheeky rocker wants a softer glow.
Leo and Tobey, finally together in 'Gatsby'
Published 05/10/2013 at 4:58 p.m.
"The Great Gatsby" is the first film of note co-starring the two longtime pals. It's fitting, too, because they play the classic tandem of the desperate romantic Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his lone friend, the narrator Nick Carraway (Maguire) — ...
Review: 'Peeples' offers genial, forgettable peeps
Published 05/10/2013 at 10 a.m.
The people of “Peeples” make a better impression than most collections of oddballs in the weary mold of comedies centered on meeting the prospective in-laws.
Despite new album, will.i.am looks past pop charts
Published 05/10/2013 at 8:08 a.m.
Will.i.am wants to be known as a maker — not just of music, but things, from cars to headphones.
YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids
Published 05/09/2013 at 6:22 p.m.
YouTube is introducing all-you-can-watch channels that require a monthly fee. The least expensive of the channels at will cost 99 cents a month but the average price is around $2.99.
Review: All sparkle, no soul in 'Great Gatsby'
Published 05/09/2013 at 6 p.m.
If any piece of classic American literature should be depicted on film with wildly decadent and boldly inventive style, it's "The Great Gatsby." After all, who was the character of Jay Gatsby himself if not a spinner of grandiose tales ...
Social media raises concern about Disney trademark
Published 05/09/2013 at 3:25 p.m.
When Lalo Alcaraz learned this week that Disney was seeking to trademark "Dia de los Muertos," the name of the traditional "Day of the Dead" celebrated by millions in Mexico and the U.S., the cartoonist had an idea.
Neil Patrick Harris to return as Tony Awards host
Published 05/09/2013 at 1:13 p.m.
Neil Patrick Harris will be back for his fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards.
Universal announces new Harry Potter expansion
Published 05/09/2013 at 1:10 p.m.
Fans of Harry Potter and magic, rejoice: Universal Orlando is expanding its Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new area based on the books' fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London.
'Young and the Restless' star Jeanne Cooper dies
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:58 p.m.
Jeanne Cooper, the enduring soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on "The Young and the Restless," has died. She was 84.
Ever elusive, 'Gatsby' evades Hollywood's grasp
Published 05/08/2013 at 4:01 p.m.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" features larger-than-life characters, glamorous extravagance and dramatic demises. On its surface, it's the most Hollywood-friendly of the great American novels. But "Gatsby" remains elusive, its poetry largely locked on the page despite a century ...
'Miss America' song cut from pageant over dispute
Published 05/08/2013 at 11:45 a.m.
The next Miss America won't hear a familiar refrain when she's crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September
Meet the last women standing on 'American Idol'
Published 05/07/2013 at 4 p.m.
It hasn't been an easy road for the three final "American Idol" contestants. Candice Glover was twice rejected by the show before making it to the final three. Kree Harrison chased her dream for so long in Nashville, she thought ...
Alan Alda wants scientists to cut out the jargon
Published 05/04/2013 at 9 a.m.
Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on “M.A.S.H.” was an end-to-end anastomosis. Today, the award-winning film and television star is on a mission to teach physicians, physicists and scientists of all types to ditch the jargon and get ...
Review: O'Dowd charms in 'The Sapphires'
Published 05/03/2013 at 5:26 p.m.
“The Sapphires” is missing a lot — detailed characters, a unique narrative arc, half-plausible scenes of the Vietnam War — but it’s got two uncommon things going for it: genuine charm and Chris O’Dowd. They are not mutually exclusive.
Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever' closing in June
Published 05/02/2013 at 2:55 p.m.
Producers announced Thursday that the Spice Girls musical will close at London's Piccadilly Theater June 29 after a disappointing six-month run.
Review: 'Iron Man 3' loaded down by heavy metal
Published 05/02/2013 at 2:40 p.m.
In the galaxy of big-screen superheros — a rather glum lot — Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is the snappy one.
CD reviews: Iggy and Stooges still have raw power
Published 05/02/2013 at 7 a.m.
Get reviews for the latest albums from LL Cool J, Kenny Chesney, and more
Chris Kelly of rap duo Kris Kross dies of apparent drug overdose at 34
Updated 05/02/2013 at 6:54 a.m.
Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. He was ...
IBM makes tiny movie by pushing molecules around
Published 05/01/2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels.
Keith Richards: I don't own an iPod
Published 05/01/2013 at 2:44 p.m.
He's rock royalty and likes to keep it old-school: Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod.
Artist replaces paintbrush with jet engine thrust
Published 04/30/2013 at 7:09 p.m.
The hurricane-force thrust from a jet engine pushes Tarinan von Anhalt into the air as she splatters an array of colors into the wind and onto a blank canvas to create the abstract designs.
Downey, Paltrow forge ironclad friendship
Published 04/30/2013 at 4:09 p.m.
There's something of the old married couple about Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., though they're married to other people.
'Iron Man 3' rules world, 'Pain & Gain' takes U.S.
Published 04/28/2013 at 3:02 p.m.
"Iron Man 3" was the heavy-lifter at theaters with a colossal overseas debut that overshadowed a gang of mercenary bodybuilders in a sleepy pre-summer weekend at the domestic box office.
Matthew McConaughey says he's listened to critics
Published 04/26/2013 at 2:17 p.m.
Matthew McConaughey, who's getting praise from critics for his role in the new movie "Mud," says he's found a way to make negative reviews a positive learning experience.
Country singer George Jones dies at 81
Published 04/26/2013 at 11:20 a.m.
George Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. He was hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, forcing him to postpone two shows.
CD reviews: Buble stuck in the middle on 8th album
Published 04/26/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
A look at new albums by Snoop Lion, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Fantasia and more
Al Madrigal of 'Daily Show' goes solo in special
Published 04/25/2013 at 5:44 p.m.
There's the Al Madrigal who speaks in the crisp, skeptical tones of a "Daily Show" correspondent. Then there's the comedian showcased in his first hour-long stand-up special, a tour guide through the life of a family man dealing with lippy ...
Growing crowd of celebrity wines take spotlight
Published 04/25/2013 at 6 a.m.
Fancy having Brangelina, Drew Barrymore and Dan Aykroyd over for dinner? No problem, they'll even bring the wine.
Ke$ha Kardashian? Pop singer heads to reality land
Published 04/24/2013 at 1:23 p.m.
The wild and playful pop star is a huge fan of the swarm of Kardashian reality shows, but says her new series is far from what you see on the small screen from Kim, Kourtney and Khloe.
Captain who? Rums starting to stand out from pack
Published 04/23/2013 at 6 p.m.
Just as we wouldn't lump together all red wines, we also shouldn't treat all rums alike. To get you started on an exploration of different styles of rum, we created cocktails built around a Cuban-style rum, a blended aged rum, ...
With CD, Fall Out Boy wants to save rock 'n' roll
Published 04/23/2013 at 4:43 p.m.
When Fall Out Boy learned that Elton John was a fan of their music, they jokingly thought he might want to record with them. As it turned out, he did.
Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl will have new competition next year from the Kitten Bowl
Published 04/23/2013 at 4:07 p.m.
It's a Super Bowl matchup for the ages: cats vs. dogs.The Puppy Bowl, a fixture on Animal Planet during the Super Bowl for nearly a decade, will have new competition next year from the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark Channel announced ...