Coppola and Henson companies get loans for winery, puppetry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From a godfather of cinema to Kermit the Frog, the U.S. government’s small-business lending program sent money into unexpected corners of the entertainment industry.
NYT columnist Charles Blow writing 'Black Power Manifesto'
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow is working on a book he had not planned to write. “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto" will be published in February, Harper announced Wednesday.
Review: ‘First Cow,’ a western fable of unpasteurized poetry
The American West is about as well-trod territory as there is in movies, but Kelly Reichardt keeps unearthing new treasures. Her latest excavation, “First Cow,” is her most sublime yet.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a new book set for fall, 'Trust'
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Buttigieg's next book has a unifying message. Liveright Publishing announced Wednesday that the former Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor had written “Trust: America’s Best Chance,” scheduled for release Oct.
In UK libel case, Depp denies hitting ex-wife Amber Heard
LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied hitting ex-wife Amber Heard in a jealous rage, dangling her tiny dog out a car window and being a Jekyll-and-Hyde monster, as he was cross-examined for a second day Wednesday by a lawyer for British tabloid The Sun.
Writers warn in open letter against threat to free speech
LONDON (AP) — Dozens of artists, writers and academics have signed an open letter decrying the weakening of public debate and warning that the free exchange of information and ideas is in jeopardy amid a rise in what they call “illiberalism.” J.K.
'Palm Springs' arrives for the Groundhog Days of quarantine
NEW YORK (AP) — Though most of the films that have debuted during the pandemic never got to screen for packed movie houses, “Palm Springs” had the kind of premiere filmmakers dream of.
Fox's Carlson criticized for saying Democrats hate America
NEW YORK (AP) — Television's most popular political host, Tucker Carlson, says leaders of the Democratic party should be disqualified from running the country because they “despise” it.
Kanye West? Tim McGraw? Girl Scouts? All got PPP loans
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mary Trump's book offers scathing portrayal of president
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book, blaming a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
After 35 seasons, MTV's 'The Challenge' still going strong
NEW YORK (AP) — Before “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “American Ninja Warrior,” there was MTV’s “The Challenge.” It’s often brought big ratings and memorable moments for the network, but longtime host T.J.
Hollywood catches up to director Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gina Prince-Bythewood knows what good fighting looks like. The “Love & Basketball” director has been an athlete her entire life, but she also just loves action movies.
At libel trial, Depp blasts Amber Heard's 'sick' abuse claim
LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp said Tuesday that ex-wife Amber Heard had made “sick” claims of abuse and falsely branded him a monster, as the actor testified in a U.K.
Venice Film Festival forges ahead with reduced lineup
The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said Tuesday that they are pushing forward with plans for its 77th installment, which will include a slightly reduced number of films in the main competition as well as some outdoor and virtual screenings.
Review: 'Conspiracy' tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed
“A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age,” by Paul Starobin (Public Affairs) Rules, laws and honesty meant little to Alexander McKenzie, a Gilded Age political boss in North Dakota who chummed around with deep-pocketed capitalists and U.S.
The MacDowell Colony artist retreat renames itself MacDowell
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest retreats for artists — The MacDowell Colony — will drop “Colony” from its name and call itself “MacDowell.” “This name change is at once a significant step and a natural evolution consistent with how the organization is widely known,” MacDowell Board Chair Nell Painter said in a statement.
Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for January
NEW YORK (AP) — The late Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps' founding director and an architect of President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” left behind at least one unfinished project.
Former Kasabian frontman pleads guilty to assault
LONDON (AP) — Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty Tuesday at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to assaulting his former fiancée.
Rickey Smiley's daughter injured after being shot in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — Atlanta-based radio host and comedian Rickey Smiley said Monday that his daughter was hospitalized after being shot in Houston while on her way to Whataburger to get something to eat.
Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91
ROME (AP) — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic “Once Upon A Time In America,” died Monday.
Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83.
Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money through a federal program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity owned firms.
Executive turmoil at Essence, Ebony magazines prompt changes
NEW YORK (AP) — Two storied magazines that focus on news and culture in the Black community, Essence and Ebony, are in the midst of turmoil at their top levels.
Dana Canedy named as publisher at Simon & Schuster
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dana Canedy will take on one of the biggest roles at Simon & Schuster. The New York-based publishing house announced Monday that Canedy has been named as senior vice president and publisher of the imprint — the first African American to hold the position.
Virus: Dragon Con cancels in-person Atlanta event for 2020
ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers of a popular sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention in Atlanta have announced that the in-person event — Dragon Con — will be canceled this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.