Merriam-Webster declares 'they' its 2019 word of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — A common but increasingly mighty and very busy little word, “they,” has an accolade all its own. The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313 percent increase in look-ups on the company's search site, Merriam-Webster.com, this year when compared with 2018.
Margaret Atwood and Laurie Anderson talk art, age and more
NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Atwood and Laurie Anderson, strangers until now, covered a wide range of topics in their first public conversation.
Michelle Obama promotes girls education in Vietnam school
LONG AN, Vietnam (AP) — Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at a school in southern Vietnam while promoting education for girls to help reach their full potential.
Rapper treated for opioids during police search of plane
Chicago (AP) — A federal agent who was at a Chicago airport to search a private plane that rapper Juice WRLD and his entourage had arrived in administered the opioid antidote Narcan to the performer, who briefly woke up incoherent but later died, authorities said Monday.
Kaitlyn Dever, Paul Rudd react to Golden Globe nominations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 77th annual Golden Globes: ___ “Hell no! I like to stay sane. The news is going to be there when I wake up.” — said Billy Porter when asked in an interview if he woke up at 5 a.m.
Review: Harry Styles 'steps into the light' with great album
Harry Styles, “Fine Line” (Columbia ) Arriving just in time to mess-up everyone's best-of-the-year music lists is Harry Styles' sophomore album, “Fine Line.” The former One Direction member richly deserves a spot on yours.
Led by 'Marriage Story,' Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms
NEW YORK (AP) — A Netflix wave swept over the 77th Golden Globe nominations, where the streaming company dominated with 34 total nominations, including four films up for best picture and four series nominated for the top television awards.
Broadcast TV shut out of Globe nods, Netflix edges HBO
NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Globe TV nominations were most striking not for what they included, but what they didn't: The traditional broadcast networks were completely shut out in all 55 nominations.
AP names 'To Live and Die in LA' its top podcast of 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 podcasts of the year picked by The Associated Press. 1. "To Live and Die in LA," Tenderfoot TV & Cadence 13.
'The Mandalorian' gives female directors a chance to shine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” has faced criticism for having a lack of female directors, but the popular franchise is making an effort to place more women in the prominent role starting with the new series “The Mandalorian.” The Disney Plus series, which airs Fridays, broke new ground for “Star Wars” when Deborah Chow became the first woman during a Nov.
Fox News names Hemmer to take over Smith's time slot
NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran anchor Bill Hemmer will replace Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel's afternoon newscast, the network announced Monday.
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Elton John, J. Lo up for Globes
NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden Globes are looking more like the Grammy Awards: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Elton John are competing for best original song at the ceremony.
With 'Joker,' composer Hildur Guðnadóttir could make history
NEW YORK (AP) — This is no laughing matter: “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir could be the first woman in 19 years to win the Golden Globe for best original score.
Golden snubs and surprises, including little 'Cats' love
NEW YORK (AP) — Some Golden Globe nominations seemed like locks: Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Hanks, Adam Driver and Eddie Murphy. But others were shocks, like Lupita Nyong'o not getting a nomination for “Us.” Other notable snubs and surprises: MEN ONLY Only men made the best director category: Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite,” Sam Mendes with “1917,” Todd Phillips for “Joker,” Martin Scorsese with “The Irishman” and Quentin Tarantino's “Once Upon a Time ...
Review: Author keeps tension high in `Trace of Evil'
“Trace of Evil” by Alice Blanchard (Minotaur) Witchcraft—both historical and current—becomes a gripping metaphor for how violence can continue to permeate a community for decades in this intricately plotted launch of a new series.
Complete list of the Golden Globe nominations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards: Best motion picture, drama: “The Irishman”; “Marriage Story”; “1917”; “Joker”; “The Two Popes.” Best motion picture, musical or comedy: “Dolemite Is My Name”; “Jojo Rabbit”; “Knives Out”; “Once Upon a Time ...
Kosovo, Albania to boycott Nobel Literature award ceremony
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and Albania say they will boycott the Nobel Literature Prize ceremony Tuesday to protest the award being given to Austrian writer Peter Handke who both countries link to the war in the former Yugoslavia.
Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop.
Big Bird, Ronstadt, Sally Field celebrated at Kennedy Center
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts.
‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79
LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died.
Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago's Midway International Airport.
Banana, duct tape add up to $150,000 at Art Basel Miami
MIAMI (AP) — 3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show.
'Frozen 2' leads box office again; 'Playmobil' flops
NEW YORK (AP) — “Frozen 2” blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign at No. 1 with $34.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism
MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism.
Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people.