- Blake Shelton: nominee, host and Lambert cheerleader at ACMs
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Blake Shelton may be going into the Academy of Country Music Awards as a host, performer and two-time nominee, but he has another priority: being a cheerleader.Shelton's wife, fiery country star Miranda Lambert, is the top contender with eight nominations, including the coveted entertainer of the year — an award she has yet to win.
- 'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's "Paul Blart" sequel couldn't outpace "Furious 7."The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but "Furious 7" maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak on Sunday.
- Director reveals plot for "Star Wars" film "Rogue One"
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Jedis are all but extinct, the Old Republic is in turmoil and the threat of the Death Star is looming in "Rogue One," fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Sunday.Director Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") debuted a tantalizing concept reel to preview the mysterious film, which is part of a series of films exploring other stories outside of the core "Star Wars" saga.
- Ringo Starr, Green Day rock their way into Rock Hall
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ringo Starr was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a little help from one of his famous friends.The mop-topped drummer who kept the beat for the Beatles, Starr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on Saturday night during a ceremony jammed with scintillating performances and touching moments.
- Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee
BOSTON (AP) — Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month.Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris, drummer Harvey Mason and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Dee Dee Bridgewater will also receive honorary doctorates at the May 9 ceremony.
- Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new "Star Wars" trilogy."It's not like a choice. It's like I was drafted," Hamill told a massive crowd Saturday night at Star Wars Celebration of his decision to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
- Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor
BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, host of the show that traces the ancestry of well-known guests, said in separate statements that they didn't censor the slave-owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of the actor emerged and Gates chose to highlight them in October's segment featuring Affleck, they said in the statements posted on the PBS website.
- Actor Ben Powers, known for 'Good Times' TV role, dies at 64
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at age 64.Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the Auclair Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Details were not released.
- Don Francisco says it's time to close Sabado with dignity
MIAMI (AP) — After receiving a standing ovation from his emotional audience, Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante," tried to explain why television's longest-running show is coming to an end.Created by its boisterous host, the weekly three-hour show, which means "Giant Saturday" in English, has long been Univision's most popular program. But on Friday, the Spanish-language channel announced the last "Sabado Gigante" show would be Sept. 19.
- 'Star Wars' design team teases 'Force Awakens' themes
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is about a generational transfer in more ways than one. Set 30 years after the events in "Return of the Jedi" and coming to theaters just over 30 years after the film first debuted, that idea remained top of mind for the film's brand new production design team, fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday.In other words, they didn't have to reinvent the wheel. They just had to update it a bit.