Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads
NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar.
'Mad Men' actress Christina Hendricks files for divorce
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks filed for divorce Friday from her husband of 10 years, actor Geoffrey Arend.
Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat
HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boys, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them: He is running for City Council, and he's a serious candidate.
Blue-collar character actor Danny Aiello has died at age 86
NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "Moonstruck" and “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," has died.
Sanders retracts endorsement in US House race after backlash
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders retracted his endorsement for online news personality Cenk Uygur in a California congressional race on Friday after coming under fire from supporters for backing someone who had made demeaning and controversial comments about women, Muslims and African Americans.
'Tree of Life' tops AP's best 10 films of the decade
The last 10 years will probably go down as the decade of Marvel’s domination and Netflix’s ascension. But despite all the tumult and the perpetual rumors of cinema’s supposed demise, good stuff — no, great stuff — kept getting made.
Impeachment saga is a quick TV moment after hours of talk
NEW YORK (AP) — For a few moments, most of the talking ceased, replaced by simple recitations of “aye" or “no.” The House Judiciary Committee's vote Friday on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump made for a short and solemn television show, in contrast to hours of debate that stretched over two days and ended in rancor near midnight Thursday.
‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, there were lofty expectations of reviving “Star Wars” in spectacular hyper-speed fashion with a new trilogy that continued the story of Luke Skywalker and other beloved characters.
Post offices to be named for Marilyn Monroe, Ritchie Valens
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed resolutions renaming two post offices in the Los Angeles area in honor of Marilyn Monroe and rock ’n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens.
AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation
HAVANA (AP) — The new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies.
Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun during Billboard speech
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift used the Billboard Women in Music stage to address a series of issues including her ongoing beef with Scooter Braun.
Wilde defends 'Jewell' reporter over sex-for-tips claims
NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Wilde said Thursday she does not believe the real-life journalist she plays in the new film “Richard Jewel” “traded sex for tips" despite that insinuation in the movie.
California library gains hundreds of presidential documents
SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.
Review: In Malick's 'A Hidden Life,' a hymn of defiance
Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” resides above the clouds in a small Alpine hamlet. Franz Jägerstätter lives there, in Austria, with his wife, Franziska, and their young daughters.
'Lemonade' by Beyoncé is named the AP's album of the decade
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 15 albums of the decade by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade”: At the beginning of this decade, Beyoncé was already the greatest singer of her generation.
Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide.
AP's top songs of the decade: Robyn, Kelly Rowland, Drake
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 25 songs of the decade, as determined by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Robyn, “Dancing on My Own”: We’ve all been there — the one you want is dancing with someone else.
Greta Gerwig on making 'Little Women' 'at the speed of life'
NEW YORK (AP) — The first movie Greta Gerwig saw in a theater was “Muppets Take Manhattan.” When it was over, her parents momentarily couldn’t find her.
Weinstein lawyer says 98% of creditors agreeing to settle
NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety-eight percent of The Weinstein Co.'s creditors are joining a tentative settlement that plaintiffs say includes $25 million for over two dozen actresses and former employees who claim Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them, a lawyer said Thursday.
Review: 'Uncut Gems' mines the best of Adam Sandler's talent
By now, we shouldn't be too surprised by this cultural contradiction known as Adam Sandler. It's obvious that Sandler, the actor, is capable of extraordinary range — not in the traditional, Meryl Streep sense, but a range of incredibly good ("Punch-Drunk Love") to painfully bad (the horrendous "Jack and Jill") and incredibly good again, as in "Uncut Gems," a frenetic, compulsively watchable, exhausting and exhilarating collaboration with Josh and Benny Safdie.
Grammy-winner Anderson .Paak supports hometown arts center
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Rapper and singer Anderson .Paak is lending his support to an arts center facing closure in his Southern California hometown of Oxnard.
Trump criticizes climate activist Thunberg after Time honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection “ridiculous."
Don Draper, Eleven, Selina Meyer lead AP roles of the decade
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics say we’re in an era called Peak TV, with hundreds of original scripted streaming, cable, and broadcast series competing for eyeballs.
The closing decade was an ever-shifting parade of fashion
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga wore meat and Rihanna went naked, practically. Kate Middleton delivered royal wedding opulence and Billy Porter went viral in a tuxedo gown.
Los Angeles mansion sells for about $150M, sets state record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles mansion built in the 1930s and seen in the credits for the TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies” has been sold for about $150 million, the highest home price ever in California.