Late-night hosts say fighting racism means more than talk
NEW YORK (AP) — Six of America's late-night television comedy hosts — five of them white men — turned serious after the nation's weekend of unrest following the death of George Floyd to suggest they and others need to do more than talk about racism.
Eagles' Don Henley asks Congress to change copyright law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eagles songwriter Don Henley urged Congress on Tuesday to “Take It to the Limit” to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording industry against big tech platforms like Google’s YouTube.
Weekend protest coverage boosts cable news viewership
NEW YORK (AP) — For many Americans, the unrest sweeping through several cities this past weekend was reason enough to stay home and watch it on television.
Creator fires 'Law & Order' spin-off writer for online posts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A TV writer who has worked on “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.” was fired from an upcoming “Law & Order” spin-off because of online posts about social unrest in Los Angeles.
Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday
NEW YORK (AP) — Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S.
Biting Mexican comic, satirist Héctor Suárez dies at 81
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican comic Héctor Suárez, whose decades-long career celebrated the common man and satirized the rich, corrupt and arrogant, has died at 81.
Review: Documentary about electric racing holds little spark
For proof that Leonardo DiCaprio can't save every film he touches, look no further than “And We Go Green,” a languid documentary about the electric car racing circuit.
'Just Mercy,' drama of racial injustice, to be free in June
NEW YORK (AP) — The 2019 film “Just Mercy,” which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death, Warner Bros.
Brands weigh in on national protests over police brutality
As thousands of protesters take to the streets in response to police killings of black people, companies are wading into the national conversation but taking care to get their messaging right.
Judge gives control of Joe Exotic's zoo to Carole Baskin
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic's chief rival.
Books on race and criminal justice top bestseller lists
NEW YORK (AP) — As nationwide protests against racism and police violence continue, readers are seeking out books old and new on race and criminal justice.
Cartoonists to thank frontline workers playfully this Sunday
NEW YORK (AP) — The funny papers this Sunday will have more than laughs. More than 70 comic strips and panels — ranging from Garry Trudeau's “Doonesbury” to Jim Toomey's “Sherman’s Lagoon” and Jeff Keane's “Family Circus” — will each have six symbols hidden in the artwork to honor workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump as thug or hero? Depends on what network you watch
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order.
Las Vegas coroner: Drugs killed 'Twilight' actor, girlfriend
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drug use killed an actor from the film “Twilight” and his girlfriend, the coroner in Las Vegas said Monday. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Gregory Boyce, 30, and Natalie Adepoju, 27, died from the effects of cocaine and fentanyl intoxication, and their deaths were accidental.
Peaceful protesters get lost in action-packed coverage
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's unrest has made for an unprecedented nightly action show on television, with control rooms that switch quickly between cars ablaze, police officers advancing on demonstrators and ransacked stores in cities across the country.
Celebs take to streets for historic demonstrations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx stood shoulder-to-shoulder with activists in Minneapolis, proclaiming that “we’re not afraid of the moment.” In Los Angeles, pop star Halsey and “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson were hit with rubber bullets during a tense stand-off.
Spike Lee on what's different about these protests
NEW YORK (AP) — It's not the first time that Spike Lee's “Do the Right Thing” has been freshly urgent, but Lee's 1989 film has again found blistering relevance in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Music industry calls for Black Out Tuesday amid unrest
NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people.
Met Opera cuts season by 3 1/2 months, to shorten some shows
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera season is getting shorter, along with some of its shows. The Met said Monday it is pushing back opening night by nearly 3 1/2 months to the latest start in the company’s 137-year history and calling off four of next season’s new productions in fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Publishers sue Internet Archive over scanning of books
NEW YORK (AP) — Four of the country's biggest publishers have sued a digital library for copyright infringement, alleging that the Internet Archive has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the public, including such favorites as Toni Morrison's “Song of Solomon,” Malcolm Gladwell's “Blink” and Cormac McCarthy's “The Road."
Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13
Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13: June 7: Actress Virginia McKenna (“Born Free”) is 89. Singer Tom Jones is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (“The Crown”) is 80.
New this week: Apollo benefit, docs on Bruce Lee, spelling
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
'Welcome Back!' Several famed museums reopen across Europe
AMSTERDAM (AP) — In the Netherlands, the intimate gaze of the Girl with the Pearl Earring can once again startle and entice visitors.