- 'The Girl on the Train' is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins
LONDON (AP) — The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins.Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist's first thriller, "The Girl on the Train," whose title character glimpses something disturbing from a commuter express.
- Laura Benanti stars in 'a love letter to New York City'
NEW YORK (AP) — People recognize Laura Benanti on the street these days. They just don't know why."They'll be like, 'You're the girl from the thing!' And then I just go, 'Yeah!'" the actress said, laughing. "Then they say, 'Which thing?' And I answer, 'I don't know. I don't know what you watch, darling.'"
- Sony plans to launch virtual-reality headset in 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.The gaming and electronics company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference that its VR system nicknamed Project Morpheus will debut in the first half of 2016.
- 'Guardians of the Galaxy' tops MTV Movie Awards nominations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — And you thought Hollywood's award season was over.A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
- Paris Hilton brother Conrad to plead guilty to plane assault
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year when authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members.Hilton, 20, signed the agreement Tuesday and is set to appear in court Thursday but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanor later, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.
- Man charged in deadly stabbing of Nicki Minaj crew member
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man already facing an attempted murder charge in the stabbings of two members of Nicki Minaj's tour has been charged with murder.Homicide Capt. James Clark says 31-year-old Pierce Boykin was charged Tuesday with murder in the stabbing death of 29-year-old Devon Pickett. The double stabbing outside a bar last month left Pickett dead and a second member of Minaj's tour severely wounded. Minaj says the crew members had arrived in Philadelphia to rehearse for a tour.
- Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Universal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack to its troubled news operation, which would be the first high-level shake-up following several rough months culminating in the six-month suspension of "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams for misleading viewers about his experiences covering the Iraq War.An executive at NBC Universal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said that if an agreement was reached, Lack, a veteran executive who ran NBC's news division from 1993 to 2001, would return in a lead role at the NBC News Group, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.
- Review: 'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a fascinating tale
"A Kim Jong-Il Production" (Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul FischerHere's an easy one: North Korea's Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country to remake a tepid film industry with dreams of international glory. Of course you should read this.
- NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' says farewell
NEW YORK (AP) — Viewers said farewell to Amy Poehler and the gang of Pawnee, Indiana, bureaucrats on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," in a finale that made more of a dent online than on television.The Nielsen company said an estimated 4.15 million people saw the show exit Tuesday after seven seasons on the air. While it was the show's biggest audience in two years, it ranked only No. 58 among all the prime-time broadcast shows last week, reflecting its status as more of a cult than broad-based favorite.
- Franco, Gere movies among entries at Tribeca Film Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — The 14th-annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature documentaries on Cuban muscle cars, New Yorker cartoonists and police stun guns.The downtown New York festival announced half its slate Tuesday, previewing the films that will play in competition.