'America's Got Talent' tops ratings, loses Cowell for now
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “America's Got Talent” topped the ratings last week, but it faces the absence of Simon Cowell, seriously injured in an electric bicycle accident.
Trini Lopez, 1960s-era singer mentored by Sinatra, dies
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday.
Fox news, business cable channels to stream internationally
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Fox News and Fox Business channels are going international. A digital streaming service with the pair will launch in Mexico on Aug.
Lindsay Ell confronts her trauma on vulnerable new album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Lindsay Ell lived alone with guilt and shame for years, but it took seeing herself in the story of another young girl to realize that she didn’t have to be defined by her trauma.
Review: `Story of Gardening' gets a timely update
“The Story of Gardening,” by Penelope Hobhouse and Ambra Edwards (Princeton Architectural Press) It's an opportune time for an update to this lavishly illustrated history of gardening and landscaping.
The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma, CNCO to perform at MTV VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — Chart-topping Grammy winners The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are set to perform at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards this month.
Sharon Stone writes memoir that doesn't 'pull any punches'
NEW YORK (AP) — Sharon Stone has taken on a new, real-life role — memoir writer. “I have learned to forgive the unforgivable," says Stone, whose ”The Beauty of Living Twice" comes out in March.
Jolie seeks removal of private judge in Pitt divorce case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt's attorneys.
Politically charged 'black-ish' episode gets belated home
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network.
Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger greet baby daughter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger say they are “beyond thrilled” and “extremely blessed" after she gave birth to their first child together.
French publisher's jarring memoir to be released in English
NEW YORK (AP) — An English-language edition of “Le Consentement,” a French publisher's jarring memoir about her abusive relationship as a teenager with a prominent writer in his 50s, will come out next year.
The always intimate Theatre for One goes online
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus hasn't stopped the world's smallest theater. “Theatre for One,” where one audience member sees one short play performed by a single actor in a portable theater, has now gone online.
Will Forte to bring parody 'MacGruber' to Peacock service
NEW YORK (AP) — “MacGruber,” a parody skit on “Saturday Night Live” that became a movie, is coming back to the small screen. The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday that Will Forte will once again play the mullet-haired hero for a new half-hour series.
All Night Long: Lionel Richie recalls closing 1984 Olympics
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games.
Sara Bareilles to star in Peacock comedy about a girl group
NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Bareilles will be acting against type in her next role: She'll be playing a washed-up musician. The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday the Grammy-winning artist and Broadway songwriter Bareilles will star in “Girls5eva,” co-produced by Tina Fey.
Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for coronavirus
NEW YORK (AP) — Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine. The Spanish actor announced his positive test in a post Monday on Instagram.
Larry Wilmore, Amber Ruffin anchor weekly late-night shows
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peacock is launching a pair of weekly late-night comedy series with Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin to focus on current events.
New this week: Selena Gomez, Jason Sudeikis & Gloria Estefan
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: American culture seen new in 'After the Last Border'
“After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America," by Jessica Goudeau, (Viking) In this book we take a journey into American culture through the eyes of Mu Naw from Myanmar, and Hasna from Syria.
Treasure-hunter finds 3,000-year-old hoard in Scotland
LONDON (AP) — An amateur treasure-hunter has uncovered one of the most significant Bronze Age hoards ever found in Scotland, including jewelry and a 3,000-year-old sword, authorities said Monday.
Review: Bombings and a disappearance fuel Parker's new novel
“Then She Vanished,” by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) With each new book in T. Jefferson Parker’s series featuring San Diego private detective Roland Ford, the less the yarns resemble private eye novels and the more they bring to mind apocalyptic James Bond thrillers.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22 Aug. 16: Actor Gary Clarke (“Hondo,” ?The Virginian”) is 87. Actor Julie Newmar is 87.
Simon Cowell has surgery for broken back after bike accident
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Cowell underwent surgery to repair a broken back, the result of an electric bicycle accident, and was recovering at a hospital, a spokesperson said Sunday.
Italy's pioneering comic actor, Franca Valeri, dies at 100
ROME (AP) — Franca Valeri, an elegant, ironic and versatile actor who pioneered female comic roles in Italy's post-war years and helped the nation laugh at its foibles, has died at 100.
Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference.