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'Game of Thrones' reigns with record 32 Emmy nominations

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap. The bloodthirsty saga's...

Brosnahan, Chlumsky, Shalhoub reaction to their Emmy noms

Jul. 16, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars react to Tuesday's 71st Primetime Emmy Award nominations: ___ "I was watching it live on my phone. I was in a restaurant with some of my friends from high school. My manager and my mom were on the way. We were having breakfast together. ... It was a big mistake meeting in a...

Parsons snub, 'Schitt's Creek' love among Emmy surprises

Jul. 16, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Emmy Award nominations seemed like a lock: "Game of Thrones" was going to earn a haul . "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" would still charm voters. The final goodbye to "Veep" would surely end in nominations. But who would have bet against Jim Parsons? And who thought "Schitt's Creek" would...

BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

Jun. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EDT

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, a respected...

Mariska Hargitay: Haven't been in touch with Linda Fairstein

Jun. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay says she hasn't been in touch with friend Linda Fairstein since the former "Central Park Five" prosecutor was dropped by her publisher, though the actress acknowledged Fairstein resigned from the board of a charity she founded. In an interview...

Linda Fairstein condemns Netflix series on Central Park Five

Jun. 11, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Central Park Five" prosecutor Linda Fairstein is condemning how she's portrayed in the Netflix series "When They See Us," writing that the program is "full of distortions and falsehoods." Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film tells of the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino...

Michael B. Jordan presents Central Park 5 with courage award

Jun. 8, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael B. Jordan told the men known as the Central Park Five Friday that he cannot watch footage of the new series "When They See Us" without getting emotional and feeling like as a young black man he too could have faced a similar ordeal. "It's dangerous in America when you're living...

Publisher drops Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein

Jun. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Fairstein has been dropped by her publisher as fallout continues for the former Central Park Five prosecutor over the wrongful conviction of five teens for the 1989 rape and beating of a female jogger. On Friday, Dutton spokeswoman Amanda Walker confirmed a statement that the...

DuVernay says watch 'When They See Us' at your own pace

May. 31, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix is made for bingeing, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay thinks that audiences should watch her Central Park Five miniseries "When They See Us " at their own pace. The four-part series explores the true story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were coerced into confessing...

'When They See Us' actors revisit the Central Park Five case

May. 23, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Jharrel Jerome, perhaps best known for his role in "Moonlight," recalls walking to school a few years ago in his native New York City, worried about an upcoming test, when he was stopped by two police officers. "Stop! Can I see your bag?" one asked him. He immediately froze in fear....