Sinclair agrees to sell 23 TV stations to gain approval for Tribune deal

NEW YORK -- Sinclair Broadcast Group will divest 23 TV stations aimed at clearing the path for its merger with Tribune Media, the company announced Tuesday.

The sale of the stations would occur after the close of Sinclair's $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune's 42 TV stations. The deal would give Sinclair ownership or operational control of 215...Read more

Meek Mill, to be freed from prison, plans to attend Tuesday's 76ers-Heat playoff game

PHILADELPHIA -- Rapper Meek Mill plans attend Tuesday night's Philadelphia 76ers playoff game, according to a spokesman for Michael Rubin, a minority owner of the team who has been among the imprisoned rapper's biggest supporters.

Ron Berkowitz, an aide to Rubin, said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon that "the plan is to bring (Mill) ...Read more

Cosby lawyers push back against #MeToo, paint Constand as 'pathological'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's lawyers likened the legal woes and sex scandals that have dogged their client for years to "witch hunts" and "lynchings" and urged jurors Tuesday to reject Andrea Constand's claims that she was one of the comedy icon's final victims.

Delivering a final pitch to the jury, attorney Kathleen Bliss confronted head-on...Read more

Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio surprise CinemaCon to tease 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Just a couple of months ago, it seemed as if Quentin Tarantino's Hollywood future could be in question. But at a major movie industry event here Monday night, the head of Sony Pictures feted the director as Hollywood royalty, declaring the filmmaker's new screenplay the best thing he'd read in 30 years.

Sony was the first studio to present this...Read more

'Schoolhouse Rock' composer and performer Bob Dorough dies in Pa. home at 94

Musician Bob Dorough, 94, best known as a composer and performer for ABC's educational series of short cartoons "Schoolhouse Rock!," died of natural causes at his Mount Bethel, Pa., home on Monday, his son, Chris, said. Originally a jazz musician, he "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series ...Read more

Verne Troyer was heavily intoxicated, suicidal at time of death: report

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" franchise, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal driving limit hen he died on Saturday, according to a report.

TMZ says Troyer called 911 and let dispatchers know that he was suicidal. He was unresponsive upon arrival at the hospital and had to be ...Read more

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child on what it was like to be part of Beychella

INDIO, Calif. -- About the only secret that got out ahead of Beyonce's tightly guarded performances at the just-wrapped Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was the fact that the singer planned to reunite her era-defining girl group, Destiny's Child.

But the spread of those rumors hardly diminished the feeling of triumph when Beyonce ...Read more

Beyoncé's refusal to shrink her blackness made her Coachella showing revolutionary

INDIO, Calif. -- A quarter into Beyonce's triumphant, charged showing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival came a particularly poignant moment.

With the pop star floating high above the crowd via a hydraulic crane, Nina Simone's mournful version of "Lilac Wine" poured from speakers as two muscular dancers were intertwined in movement...Read more

List of DVD release dates for April 24 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


24: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

24: Den of Thieves

24: Paddington 2

24: Hostiles

24: Forever My Girl

24: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

24: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

24: Backstabbing For Beginners

24: 7 Guardians of the Tomb

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Movie review: 'Kings' is a baffling miss

The French-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Erguven stunned with her first film, "Mustang," the Academy Award nominated portrait of an unbridled Turkish girlhood straining at the strictures of patriarchy. Her follow-up film, "Kings," was originally intended to be her directorial debut, but the more ambitious project was sidelined for the intimate "...Read more

Marion 'Suge' Knight's murder trial set for September

LOS ANGELES -- A judge Monday set a September trial date in the murder case of former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, whose dramatic court saga stretches back more than three years.

The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of intentionally ramming his red Ford F-150 pickup into two men in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers following an ...Read more

Fox News host Sean Hannity says he never talked to HUD about loans that helped his real estate investments

Fox News host Sean Hannity said he had no direct discussions with the Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding loans for his real estate holdings revealed in a Sunday report by the Guardian.

The Guardian reported that Hannity has investments in shell companies that have bought real estate properties discounted after banks ...Read more

Avicii was a dance-music futurist with deep ties to the past

As one of the biggest stars in electronic dance music, Avicii operated with an implied faith in the value of the future.

"In the road of life, I tumble forward," went the words to his song "For a Better Day" -- lyrics that might have served as a kind of mantra for a Swedish DJ and producer whose creativity was closely tied to technology's ...Read more

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opens on Broadway, the J.K. Rowling magic telling us we're not safe

NEW YORK -- "Harry, there's never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world," says the deceased Dumbledore, his portrait talking from the stage. "Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again."

Yes, dear reader, ...Read more

This is what happened at the rest of Coachella while Beyoncé performed

INDIO, Calif. -- For many, Beychella Part 2 was the pinnacle of the Coachella experience. In hopes of getting an up-close view of the pop goddess, some camped out at the main stage hours before her late-night set, with some prime slots for Beyonce's 11:05 p.m. set snared by noon.

By the time Beyonce's show began, the festival grounds were ...Read more

Antonio Banderas has more in common with Picasso than heritage

PASADENA, Calif. -- Spanish actor Antonio Banderas loves a mystery. And he couldn't find a puzzle more suited to him than his latest project. Banderas is playing artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic's 10-part continuation of its "Genius" series.

"We are talking about an extraordinary, capable, skillful guy," says Banderas. "His personal ...Read more

Police rule out foul play in Avicii's death

Oman authorities have ruled out "criminal suspicion" in the death of the Swedish DJ Avicii, multiple media sources have reported. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, died Friday while he vacationing in the Oman capital of Muscat in the Arabian Peninsula. He was 28.

"Two postmortems were carried out ... and we can confirm that there is no ...Read more

'I Feel Pretty' exceeds expectations, and 'A Quiet Place' is back on top

LOS ANGELES -- "A Quiet Place" has hardly been a silent success. With an additional $22 million in ticket sales over the weekend, the horror film directed by John Krasinski has snatched the No. 1 spot once again in its third week of release. Meanwhile, the STX comedy "I Feel Pretty" starring Amy Schumer performed slightly better than expected ...Read more

Verne Troyer, famous for Mini-Me character in Austin Powers films, dies at 49

LOS ANGELES--Actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," a statement posted Saturday on Troyer's Facebook page said. No cause of death was given.

Troyer, who starred in a ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Strong' is weak; 'Peter Rabbit' more of a flopsy

Big battles are at the heart of this week's new DVD releases.

"12 Strong"; 2 stars: The film from director Nicolai Fuglsig looks at the team of Special Forces soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky., who travels to Afghanistan just weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The real story is one of 12 heroic souls who through working ...Read more