Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays
NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available.
Q&A: Adam McKay on the lessons of the 2000 recount
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam McKay was head writer at “Saturday Night Live” during the 2000 election — a heady era for the sketch show that saw the phrase “strategery” become lodged in the nation’s consciousness, Darrell Hammond’s Al Gore explain his “lockbox” and a blue-suit clad Will Ferrell dance as Janet Reno.
Toobin suspended by the New Yorker, steps away from CNN
NEW YORK (AP) — Author-commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker and is stepping away from his job as CNN's senior legal analyst pending what the cable network is calling a “personal matter.” Vice reported earlier Monday that Toobin had exposed himself during a Zoom meeting with staffers of the New Yorker and WNYC radio.
Priest and abstract-expressionist painter Bill Moore dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father Bill Moore, a Catholic priest and prominent abstract expressionist who spent decades spreading spiritualism through his paintings, has died at age 71.
Veteran TV executive Channing Dungey jumps to Warner Bros.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran TV industry executive Channing Dungey was named chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group after tenures at ABC and Netflix in which she shepherded hit series including “Scandal."
Netflix previews 'Ma Rainey' and Boseman's final performance
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix on Monday previewed George C. Wolfe's August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” showcasing Chadwick Boseman's final performance opposite Viola Davis' powerhouse blues singer.
Heard any Biden jokes? Study of late-night comics finds few
NEW YORK (AP) — From the perspective of late-night joke writers, there's really only one person running for president. A staggering 97% of the jokes Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon told about the candidates in September targeted President Donald Trump, a study released Monday found.
A plethora of pandemic gifts available this holiday season
NEW YORK (AP) — From masks and fresh reads to outdoor gear and Christmas tree ornaments, the pandemic has inspired a slew of holiday gifts for all.
'Sesame Street' launches a podcast to help educate kids
NEW YORK (AP) — What has more letters than the alphabet? That's easy: The post office. That joke — sponsored by the letter A — is a highlight of the first original podcast from “Sesame Street,” featuring music, interactive games and Muppets galore.
John Oliver now has a sewage plant named after him
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Comedian John Oliver made a secret trip to Connecticut last week to help cut the ribbon on a sign naming a sewage treatment plant in his honor.
New this week: The Boss, Billie Eilish, Borat & 'Bad Hair'
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Review: Seventeen offer fleeting distraction with new EP
“Semicolon,” by Seventeen (Pledis Entertainment) Is it a “Homerun” for Seventeen? With special album “;(Semicolon),” Seventeen offer some comfort pop.
'Clouds,' by teen who died of cancer, hits No. 1 on iTunes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seven years after his death to cancer at age 18, a Minnesota singer-songwriter has returned to the top of the iTunes chart with his inspirational tune “Clouds.” The Star Tribune reports that “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech took over iTunes’ No.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 25-31
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 25-31: Oct. 25: Actor Marion Ross is 92. Singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 76. Singer Taffy Nivert (formerly Danoff) of Starland Vocal Band is 76.
Guitars played, partly made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Two guitars owned, played and partly designed by the late Eddie Van Halen will be going up for auction.
'The West Wing' cast reunites again, this time for a book
NEW YORK (AP) — The stars of “The West Wing” are once again joining together, this time for a book about the award-winning White House television drama.
Review: Wilco's Jeff Tweedy gives pandemic some 'Love'
Jeff Tweedy, “Love Is the King” (dBpm Records) “Here I am,” Jeff Tweedy sings at the onset of the title track, and also first song, of “Love Is the King," a record made in April while the Wilco frontman was quarantining with his wife and sons at home in Chicago.
Belgium fears virus "tsunami" as COVID-19 cases keep soaring
BRUSSELS (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Belgium shut down for a month and a night-time curfew took effect Monday as health authorities warned of a possible “tsunami" of new virus cases in the hard-hit nation that host the headquarters of the European Union.
UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault
LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him.
Liam Neeson's 'Honest Thief' notches No. 1 at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Neeson’s thriller “Honest Thief” stole the top spot at the box office in yet another quiet weekend of moviegoing.
Romania's Jewish State Theater explores work on Holocaust
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The latest premiere at the Jewish State Theater in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, explores the horrors of the Holocaust via a survivor's memories of the Auschwitz and Plaszow concentration camps.
French virus curfew produces eerie quiet on streets of Paris
PARIS (AP) — The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed 9 p.m.
'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested in Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Zachery Ty Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com “Home Improvement” was arrested in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault.
Rhonda Fleming, film star of ‘40s and ‘50s, dies at 97
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Rhonda Fleming, the fiery redhead who appeared with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan and other film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, has died.
For grateful NBC, Savannah Guthrie changes the subject
NEW YORK (AP) — Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops at NBC News' town hall with President Donald Trump.