Harvey Weinstein NYC sex assault trial picks up pace
NEW YORK (AP) — The closely watched #Metoo era rape trial of Harvey Weinstein is moving at a faster pace than predicted, with three more of his accusers expected to testify against the disgraced move mogul before the end of the week.
News of Bolton book sends jolt through impeachment trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — A single paper copy in a nondescript envelope arrived at the White House on Dec. 30. Four weeks later, news of John Bolton’s book manuscript about his time as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has exploded into public view, sending a jolt through the president’s impeachment trial.
Ricky Martin finds inspiration in Puerto Rico protests
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ricky Martin’s wide smile began to fade as the Puerto Rican superstar talked about his next album. It’s influenced by the U.S.
Washington Post places reporter on leave after Bryant tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has placed a political reporter on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about rape allegations against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who was killed Sunday.
State Department bars NPR reporter from flying with Pompeo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has denied a National Public Radio reporter a seat aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane for an upcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia, the decision coming a few days after Pompeo lashed out at another NPR reporter.
Grandson’s pitch coaxes Redford out of retirement, briefly
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Midway through the film festival he founded more than four decades ago, Robert Redford hopped out of a car and hollered to his grandson.
DiCaprio, Zellweger and more Oscar hopefuls attend luncheon
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renée Zellweger, Al Pacino and dozens of other Academy Award nominees bowed their heads in a moment of silence Monday for Kobe Bryant to open the annual Oscars luncheon, a somber moment in an otherwise sunny annual affair that serves as a meet-and-greet, celebration and training session for each year’s class of nominees.
At Sundance, Clinton warns of voter suppression in election
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Since losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has released a memoir about that defeat, launched a political action committee and penned another book about “gutsy women” with her daughter, Chelsea.
Billie Eilish, a voice of the youth, tops the Grammy Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world.
Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win honors for children's books
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Craft's “New Kid," a graphic novel about a 7th grader's struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year's best children's book.
Memoir by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa coming out in May
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst has a book coming out May 26. The Iowa Republican, expected to face a competitive race for reelection this fall, is calling her memoir “Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country That Raised Me.” “In her candid, down-to-earth memoir of struggle and service, Senator Joni Ernst recounts her journey from farm girl to first female senator from Iowa,” according to the Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions, which announced her book Monday.
Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys added key moments at the Grammys
What was already a chaotic week leading up to the Grammys suddenly took a somber turn with the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was beloved in Los Angeles and especially in the Staples Center, where the awards show took place Sunday.
Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music’s biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city's NBA team.
Family affair: Billie Eilish, Finneas win big at Grammys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family.
The Latest: Billie Eilish wins 5 in dominant Grammys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy Awards, being presented Sunday at Los Angeles' Staples Center (all times local): 8:38: p.m.
Music mainstays and newcomers speak out on Grammy inclusion
NEW YORK (AP) — Drama over fairness and inclusion at the Grammy Awards carried over to music's big night Sunday as newcomers and mainstays in the industry supported Sean “Diddy” Combs and his powerful speech putting the Recording Academy on a clock to fix the nomination process when it comes to rap and R&B in major categories.
List of Grammy Award winners
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of winners so far in top categories at the 61th annual Grammy Awards. Record of the year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish Album of the year: “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Billie Eilish Best new artist: Billie Eilish Best rap/sung performance: “Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend Best rap album: “Igor,” Tyler, The Creator Best comedy album: “Sticks & Stones,” Dave Chappelle Best country duo/group performance: “Speechless,” Dan + Shay Best pop solo performance: “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
Grammys honor Nipsey Hussle with a soaring performance
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled and a host of musicians paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the Grammy Awards, filling the vast stage with a soaring performance of his music.
Librarians honor books by Luiselli and Higginbotham
NEW YORK (AP) — Valeria Luiselli's novel “Lost Children Archive” and Adam Higginbotham's nonfiction “Midnight in Chernobyl” have been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association.
At Sundance, Lin-Manuel Miranda shares the spotlight
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda knows that, for some, the story of his life is already written. “If I can put it absolutely morbidly, I know that ‘Hamilton’ is the first line in my obituary,” Miranda says with an unusually chipper tone for someone contemplating their death.
Simmons doc, sans Oprah, receives huge ovation at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Without Oprah or Apple, the Russell Simmons documentary “On the Record” went ahead with its premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where the women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against the hip-hop mogul received one of the festival's most roaring receptions.
'Bad Boys,' '1917' best 'The Gentleman' at box office
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — “Boys” trumped “Gentlemen” in movie theaters over the weekend as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s “Bad Boys for Life” easily remained the top ticket seller over newcomer “The Gentlemen.” The third “Bad Boys” film, coming 17 years after “Bad Boys II,” sold $34 million in tickets in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
New documentary cloaks anonymous sources in 'face doubles'
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure — or worse, a pixelated blur.
Diddy calls out Grammys and demands change in fiery speech
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyoncé, Jay-Z and several other music industry players.
Almodóvar, Banderas triumph with “Pain and Glory” at Goyas
MADRID (AP) — Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” swept the top prizes at the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards, including best picture, best director and a best actor victory for Antonio Banderas.