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This March 1, 2011, photo shows Japanese comedian Ken Shimura in Tokyo.  Shimura, the nationally popular comedian, who said was drawing inspired from Jerry Lewis,  has died of the COVID-19 pneumonia, a first known celebrity victim of the virus in Japan. He was 70.
Shimura, who had fans of all generations with his slapstick jokes and funny faces, had been treated at a Tokyo hospital, died of the virus Sunday, March 29, his agency, Izawa Office, said.(Kyodo News via AP)

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70. Shimura, who attracted fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and funny...

This combination of photos shows, from left, Nicole Kidman in a scene from

TV viewership climbing with people stuck at home by virus

Mar. 26, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A fixture on television, actress Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” is doing the same thing as millions of other people during the widespread coronavirus shutdown. She's sitting at home, watching more television than she normally would. In a world turned upside down by disease, TV...

In this March 4, 2020 photo, actress Pamela Adlon poses for a portrait in New York to promote her series

Adlon wins fans by keeping it real in 'Better Things'

Mar. 20, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While some celebrities try to keep details of their personal lives to themselves, Pamela Adlon turns her life into content for “Better Things,” and nothing is too private for the TV comedy. Last season, scenes showed the show’s main character, Sam, suffering the...

This 1973 family photo provided by Anne Serling shows her father, television writer Rod Serling tossing a softball at a school his daughter attended, in Massachusetts. Years before he journeyed to

Twilight Time: Long-lost Rod Serling baseball comedy on deck

Mar. 19, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

Years before he journeyed to "The Twilight Zone," Rod Serling made a brief detour to the strike zone. To many, he's the foreboding figure in black and white who gave the world the heebie-jeebies with those bizarre, mind-bending tales of cannibal aliens, talking dolls and phone calls from the grave. Smoldering...

FILE - This Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows America Ferrera, producer of the Netflix series

America Ferrera to depart NBC comedy 'Superstore'

Feb. 28, 2020 4:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Superstore” is losing its manager — star America Ferrera says she’s departing the NBC sitcom after its current season. Ferrera plays the manager of a big box store in the show, which has already been renewed for a sixth season. The actress also serves as an...

Lizzo wins the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Lizzo, 'Just Mercy' win top honors at NAACP Image Awards

Feb. 23, 2020 1:47 AM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows...

Clint Bowyer gets ready for a NASCAR auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Ready for closeup? NASCAR funnyman Bowyer expands Fox gig

Feb. 15, 2020 2:17 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Clint Bowyer slips into the TV production studio, sweat glistening on his forehead, sits down on a stool and waits for a high-definition camera to move toward his face. It’s time for his closeup. “I’m more like a 10-foot guy,” Bowyer quips. No amount...

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, right, and wife Vanessa Nadal attend the world premiere of

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 9-15

Feb. 3, 2020 12:59 PM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 9-15 Feb. 9: Actress Janet Suzman is 81. Singer Carole King is 78. Singer Barbara Lewis is 77. Actor Joe Pesci is 77. Author Alice Walker is 76. Actress Mia Farrow is 75. Actress Judith Light is 71. Country singer Travis Tritt is 57. Actor Jason George is 48....