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Judd family files notice to dismiss suit over death records

Dec. 05, 2022 18:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of country singer Naomi Judd on Monday filed a notice to voluntarily dismiss a lawsuit that sought to block journalists from accessing the police investigation records surrounding her death. Judd died on April 30 at her home in Tennessee at the...

New this week: Will Smith, 'Pinocchio' and 'George & Tammy'

Dec. 05, 2022 16:27 PM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week. MOVIES — Will Smith’s comeback campaign is in full swing thanks to the new Antoine Fuqua...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

Dec. 05, 2022 13:17 PM EST

One would have to go back hundreds of years to find a monarch who reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II. In her 70 years on the throne, she helped modernize the monarchy across decades of enormous social change, royal marriages and births, and family scandals. For most Britons, she...

Knight, Clooney, Grant feted at Kennedy Center Honors

Dec. 05, 2022 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A heartfelt Patti LaBelle praised her lifelong friend Gladys Knight. Sean Penn called U2 “four scrappy Dublin punks.” Ballet dancers performed for conductor and composer Tania León. Matt Damon playfully teased his friend George Clooney — a lot — while Sheryl Crow...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 11-17

Dec. 05, 2022 09:25 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 11-17: Dec. 11: Actor Rita Moreno is 91. Singer David Gates of Bread is 82. Actor Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) is 82. Singer Brenda Lee is 78. Singer Paul Beasley of The Blind Boys of Alabama is 78. Actor Lynda Day George (TV’s...

Review: Adeem the Artist’s album is engaging, topical, funny

Dec. 02, 2022 16:21 PM EST

“White Trash Revelry,” Adeem the Artist (Four Quarters/Thirty Tigers) “Going to Hell,” a banjo-driven romp on the new album “White Trash Revelry,” explains in jest the cause of Adeem the Artist's unspecified musical limitations. The East Tennessee-based...

'George & Tammy' pulls back the curtain on country icons

Dec. 02, 2022 14:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In preparation for their upcoming series “George & Tammy,” Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain spent months learning the songs that George Jones and Tammy Wynette made famous, working with a vocal coach and making the pilgrimage to Nashville to record. ...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 4-10

Nov. 28, 2022 09:16 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 4-10: Dec. 4: Game show host Wink Martindale is 89. Singer Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon is 86. Actor-producer-director Max Baer Junior (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) is 85. Bassist Bob Mosley of Moby Grape is 80. Singer-bassist Chris Hillman...

New this week: Lizzo, 'Criminal Minds' and 'The Woman King'

Nov. 25, 2022 11:31 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week. MOVIES — When the Mars Rover Opportunity, nicknamed Oppy, launched in 2003, it was only...

Taylor Swift ticket trouble could drive political engagement

Nov. 22, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Some of Taylor Swift’s fans want you to know three things: They’re not still 16, they have careers and resources and, right now, they’re angry. That’s a powerful political motivator, researchers say. Look what Ticketmaster made them do. It started Nov. 15, when...