Pistons play recording of Aretha Franklin singing anthem
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem.
Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction
Banksy posted a new video to his website Tuesday implying the partial shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" at a London auction was supposed to have been complete.
Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star's ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.
Film of Judy Blume's 'Are You There God?...' in development
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judy Blume has at long last agreed to a feature film adaptation of her seminal 1970 young adult novel "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."
'Orange Is the New Black' to wrap after next year's season 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Orange Is the New Black" is fading to black after its upcoming seventh season. Cast members posted a video Wednesday announcing the series' 2019 end, which was confirmed by a Netflix spokeswoman.
New accusation of police wrongdoing in Weinstein case
NEW YORK (AP) — The sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein was roiled Wednesday for the second time in a week by what New York City prosecutors said was a police detective's improper conduct.
Michael Buble shuts down rumors of retirement from music
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Buble is shutting down rumors that he's going to retire from music, saying he was misquoted in a recent interview.
Gustavo Dudamel wins the Gish Prize, a top arts honor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been named the recipient of a top arts prize worth approximately $250,000 for his craft and music education advocacy.
Roseanne's TV son: Filming 'The Conners' without Barr 'odd'
NEW YORK (AP) — "The Conners" star Michael Fishman says dealing with the cancellation of the "Roseanne" reboot was heartbreaking but describes the return of the cast in the revamped show without Roseanne Barr as a gift.
'Horseface': Does it matter that Trump ridicules women?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suffice it to say that "Horseface" and porn actress Stormy Daniels aren't what Republicans want to talk about three weeks from the midterm elections — or ever.
FBI: Sotheby's defrauded of $5 million in auction scheme
NEW YORK (AP) — A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman's identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby's auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.
Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, "The Melody of Life."
Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring
WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) — The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show. Caroll Spinney announced in a statement Wednesday that he's handing over Big Bird and his other character, Oscar the Grouch, to younger performers.
Nielsen says 10.5 million watch premiere of 'The Conners.'
NEW YORK (AP) — The 10.5 million people who tuned in to ABC to watch the premiere of ABC's sitcom "The Conners" is a classic half-full, half-empty story.
For Ed Asner, comic-books and autism are family matters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even at age 88, actor Ed Asner still hangs out at the comic-book store with his kid. Early last week, the Asners could be spotted at Hollywood's legendary Golden Apple Comics.
Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.
MTV's 'Real World' going international and digital
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV's long-running reality show "The Real World" is going digital and international. The network announced Wednesday that its production studio will work with Facebook Watch to create new editions of the series next year for audiences in the United States, Mexico and Thailand.
Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town
DUBBO, Australia (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked for bringing England's notoriously inclement weather to a drought-stricken Outback town on Wednesday in a rain-drenched visit to Dubbo during their Australian royal tour.
TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less 'The Conners' is a triumph
NEW YORK (AP) — Can there be a "Roseanne" without Roseanne? The answer is yes, indeed. There can even be a pretty good sitcom. And you might not miss her that much.
America's most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — America's most famous pimp partied for days with porn stars, political pals and others to celebrate his 72nd birthday, but the revelry ended when Dennis Hof was found dead in one of his Nevada brothels.
Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Dennis Hof, a pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his brothel business and who fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature, was found dead hours after his extended-weekend 72nd birthday bash, authorities said Tuesday.
Review: 'Wildlife' shows a family in crisis, beautifully
It's fall of 1960 in Montana when we meet the Brinson family in "Wildlife ," a carefully considered and deeply moving adaptation of a Richard Ford novel about a fracturing marriage and the teenage son witnessing it all.
Fall foliage, tradition, wildlife star in PBS' 'AutumnWatch'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attention would-be leaf peepers: Even if fall is a bit player where you live, PBS has got you covered. A three-night public TV series, "AutumnWatch New England," promises to showcase the colorful landscape and other seasonal glories.
Town OKs steep fines for parking near 'The Goonies' house
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria City Council has taken a step toward cracking down on motorists who illegally park near "The Goonies" house.
MeToo, Kavanaugh topics of talk at women filmmakers' event
NEW YORK (AP) — The midterm elections, #MeToo, and the recent confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: All were key topics of discussion at an annual gathering for women filmmakers Tuesday in Manhattan.

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