Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew
NEW YORK (AP) — Following the arrest of a CNN crew on live television by police on Friday, an apologetic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised that journalists would not be interfered with in reporting on violent protests following the death of George Floyd.
Kylie Jenner, Forbes spar over story on billionaire status
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forbes magazine, which once declared Kylie Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the title, but Jenner is pushing back.
Ricky Martin makes 'Pausa' to channel newly found anxiety
NEW YORK (AP) — The world paused and for the first time in his life Ricky Martin felt anxiety. From his home in Los Angeles, where he worked with his foundation to get protective gear and food to hospitals and people in Puerto Rico and beyond, he followed the pandemic news and tried to hide his distress from his family.
Lincoln Center artistic director leaving during shutdown
NEW YORK (AP) — Lincoln Center artistic director Jane Moss is departing on Aug. 1 after 27 years, leaving the performing arts center without a key leader while it remains shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior.
Review: Pop star Gaga is back, but where’s the art or spark?
Lady Gaga, “Chromatica” (Interscope) In the 12 years since Lady Gaga dropped her first album, the singer has exceptionally shown that she knows how to create a killer album.
Review: The Archives pay inspired tribute to Gil Scott-Heron
The Archives, “Carry Me Home. A Reggae Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson” (Montserrat House) The Archives, a reggae band from Washington, D.C., pay an inspired tribute to the late, groundbreaking soul and jazz poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron — and his collaborator Brian Jackson — on songs from the 1970s that are still powerfully relevant today.
'Never Have I Ever' brings rare voice, and a newcomer, to TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Mindy Kaling was growing up in the Boston area, few classmates looked like her, and her television choices ranged from angsty white teenagers to funny white teenagers.
Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus
A comedian whose faces made generations laugh. The cinematographer behind E.T’s glowing finger and moonlight flight. A jazz guitarist of legendary poise and precision.
Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest
LE PECQ, France (AP) — You may need a face mask to see the Mona Lisa. You will have your temperature taken at the Colosseum in Rome.
Ai Weiwei says new security law is the end of Hong Kong
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believes the newly passed national security law for Hong Kong augurs the end for the semi-autonomous city.
With a gay protagonist, Pixar short 'Out' makes history
NEW YORK (AP) — In Steven Clay Hunter’s 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin.
In a NY state of mind, Guetta readies virus relief concert
NEW YORK (AP) — When hundreds of artists started singing from their living rooms when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Grammy-winning DJ-producer David Guetta still wanted to perform in front of a live audience.
Fox's Sean Hannity emerges as critic of Minneapolis police
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity has emerged as an unexpected critic of the Minneapolis police for their actions in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.
AMC drama revisits 'Millionaire' quiz show coughing scandal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Any misconduct that attached to ABC's “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was of the garden—variety business type.
New novel coming in 2021 from author of 'The Revenant'
NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “The Revenant,” the historical novel adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be publishing his first new work of fiction in nearly 20 years.
Review: Bracing tenor helps Teddy Thompson do retro right
Teddy Thompson, “Heartbreaker Please” (Thirty Tigers) Teddy Thompson's roots are showing, and that's nothing new. The New York-based singer-songwriter is the son of British folk-rock royalty but grew up on Sam Cooke, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers, and he often makes music suitable for a sock hop jukebox.
Sitcom casts to do virtual reading for Asian Heritage Month
The casts of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Kim's Convenience” are partnering for one night for charity. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the ensembles of both TV comedies will do live online table reads of their respective pilot episodes on Saturday, according to Deadline.
Prince William urges men to open up on mental health issues
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has admitted he’s found being a parent overwhelming at times and that the “life-changing” experience of having children brought back the trauma he experienced following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Winfrey, Pitt part of Grammys special for essential workers
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr.
Apple Music to launch its 1st radio show in Africa
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Music is launching its first radio show in Africa. The streaming platform announced Thursday that “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” will debut Sunday and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more.
ASCAP to honor songwriters, publishers with virtual awards
NEW YORK (AP) — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is going virtual with its annual awards shows this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Czech National Museum exhibits masks made during pandemic
PRAGUE (AP) — The National Museum in Prague has put on display the most visible symbol of the Czech Republic's response to the coronavirus - face masks.
New 'Hunger Games' book sells more than 500,000 copies
NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more. Suzanne Collins' “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” sold more 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country's bookstores were closed or offering limited service because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, under plans approved Wednesday by a city task force.