Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart reach settlement in deadly New Jersey Turnpike crash

Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart have reached a settlement after a highway crash left the comedian seriously injured and another man dead in New Jersey last year, Morgan's attorneys said Wednesday.

The terms of the settlement were not made public.

Wal-Mart took "full responsibility" for the June 2014 wreck that claimed the life of 63-year-old ...Read more

Several companies pull ads from '19 Kids and Counting' amid Duggar controversy

Walgreens on Wednesday became the latest company to pull its ads from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" following controversy over one of its stars, Josh Duggar.

TLC said last week that it was yanking repeats of the reality series from its schedule after news reports surfaced that Duggar (who also posted on his family's Facebook page) had ...Read more

Suge Knight refuses to attend court hearing after claiming to be ill

LOS ANGELES -- Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight refused to exit his jail cell for a scheduled court hearing Wednesday, claiming he was sick, court officials said.

Knight was a no-show for the downtown Los Angeles hearing related to charges that he and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams face for allegedly robbing a photographer last year in ...Read more

U2's longtime tour manager found dead in West Hollywood hotel

LOS ANGELES -- U2's longtime tour manager was found dead early Wednesday in a West Hollywood hotel room just hours after the band opened its five-night stand at the Forum.

Dennis Sheehan, 68, was found dead in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel after deputies responded to reports of a person not breathing, officials said.

"We've lost a ...Read more

'Grace and Frankie' will return for a second season on Netflix

"Grace and Frankie" will be back for a second season, Netflix announced Tuesday via Twitter.

The comedy, which premiered May 8 on the streaming service, stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as a pair of opposites thrust together when their husbands leave them for each other. Tomlin plays Frankie, a hippie-dippie painter, while Fonda plays Grace, an...Read more

Movie review: French true crime thriller remains too neutral to draw us in

A famous French unsolved disappearance and a mother's decades-long search for justice is the focus of "In the Name of My Daughter." That is the promise of the title.

But Andre Techine's ponderous and misshapen tale, told with "poetic license" an opening title tells us, is more about a daughter's misguided love affair and betrayal than about mom...Read more

Bill Fagerbakke happy to keep playing Patrick on 'SpongeBob'

Depending on the species, a starfish can live up to 35 years. That means Patrick, the overweight, slightly dimwitted pink starfish who is best buddies with SpongeBob SquarePants looks to have years of entertaining ahead of him.

The animated series launched in 1999 and has grown into an entertainment empire with everything from toys to TV. The ...Read more

Hou Hsiao-Hsien drops footage he shot for 'Assassin,' then wins Cannes honors

CANNES, France -- Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the Taiwanese auteur who won the director's prize at the Cannes Film Festival, was widely praised for his elliptical storytelling in his new film "The Assassin." The movie examines a killer whose motives and manipulations, like so many others in the story, can be abstruse.

But the movie's feel might have been ...Read more

Be careful or it's game over for the adorable critters in the mobile game 'Jelly Reef'

"Jelly Reef" looks adorable. At the start, players will have a school of jellyfish -- all of them wide-eyed and smiling. Then, in a matter of moments, they will all be dead.

This wouldn't be so harrowing if they didn't start to frown first, a simple touch that turns this accessible mobile game into one of pure dread. Ultimately, it's as much ...Read more

Deep End Sessions puts on fine roots music shows in intimate house concerts that are all about listening

SANTA PAULA, Calif. -- It is late in the afternoon, that time when the light begins to soften and the orange groves seem to shiver in the breeze. More than six dozen people have piled into a century-old farmhouse in the Santa Clara River Valley for an old-time music concert.

John Grimm and Beverly Smith, a pair of musicians from northern ...Read more

Krisha Fairchild is a breakout star — at age 64

CANNES, France -- At a beach-side Cannes Film Festival party, Cannes Film Festival things were going on. Young women of model-esque builds were flaunting skin and Hermes. Men in boat shoes and cream-colored jackets were sipping wine. Photographers were whipping their cameras up from their necks, unleashing a barrage of clicks, and dropping them ...Read more

Games in development boast a backdrop of cultural exploration

Quotes from T.S Eliot and Theodore Roosevelt aren't the texts one expects to see in the middle of a video game, but "The Flame in the Flood" has literary ambitions.

Set in the American South, "The Flame in the Flood" is a journey of survival on a river. It takes place in the future -- probably. The look is a bit timeless, with an art style that...Read more

Movie review: 'The Connection' is familiar, but hard to resist

The engrossing crime saga "The Connection" is the other half of "The French Connection," that landmark blast of '70s cinema about the importation of heroin to New York City. While this story, mostly set in the French port town of Marseilles, where the drugs begin their journey, shares a similar time period, it doesn't have the first film's ...Read more

Paxton has special connection to 'Texas Rising' role

Bill Paxton not only plays Sam Houston on television, he's related to him. Paxton takes on the role of the legendary Texan in the History Channel's epic miniseries "Texas Rising." It's the story of Gen. Houston's defeat of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna following the massacre at the Alamo. His acting career has included parts in "Titanic," "Twister" ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for May 18-24:

1. Taken 3 -- Fox

2. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 -- Paramount

3. The Wedding Ringer -- Sony

4. Mortdecai -- Lions Gate

5. The Gambler -- Paramount

6. The Cobbler -- RLJ Entertainment

7. Paddington -- Weinstein

8. Cake (2014) -- Fox

9. Woman in Black: Angel of Death -- Fox

10. Still ...Read more

Movie review: Jovovich vs. Brosnan adds up to a solid B-movie thriller

For more than a decade, nothing has screamed "B-movie" louder than seeing Milla Jovovich's name in a movie's credits.

But even in the worst of those "Resident Evil" action pictures, the model-thin Jovovich delivered fair value, packing a lot of punch for one so slight of build and a lot of intensity into roles that sometimes seemed thankless.

...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

B.B. King's daughters say guitarist was poisoned; investigation under way

On May 14, the music world shook with news of the death of storied blues guitarist B.B. King. Now, two of his daughters are claiming the 89-year-old died as a result of poisoning.

In two separate affadavits filed in Clark County, Nevada, this weekend, Karen Williams and Patty King named King's longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, and his ...Read more

U2 aims for intimacy, presence in latest tour

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For U2, the lightbulb moment came in the form of an actual lightbulb.

Brainstorming two years ago for a newly launched arena tour that stopped at the SAP Center here last week and moved onto the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for five nights starting Tuesday, the members of this venerable Irish band hit upon the idea of a stage...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Doc Martin,' 'Longmire,' 'Downton' and more

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: My friends and myself looked forward to "Longmire" every week. Why was it canceled? It seems that shows that are good for the older generation don't make it. Is there a chance of it coming back on?

A: Judging from my mail, you are not alone in wishing to see more of the contemporary western. And it ...Read more