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Kinkade: Artist drew many fans, few critical raves

Apr 7, 2012

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To fans and the countless collectors who helped build painter Thomas Kinkade's commercial art empire, his idealized vision of the world usually served as a simple, soothing addition to the living room wall: a soft depiction of a churning ...

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Source: NBC producer fired over Zimmerman 911 call

Apr 7, 2012

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News has fired a producer for editing a recording of George Zimmerman's call to police the night he shot Trayvon Martin, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

The person was not authorized to talk about the situation ...

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Popular painter Thomas Kinkade dies in Calif.

Apr 7, 2012

By JOHN S. MARSHALL, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy.

And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches —

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Bob Weinstein's wife files for divorce in NY

Apr 7, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of film producer Bob Weinstein has filed for divorce in New York and is seeking an order of protection.

Court papers say Anne Weinstein is seeking the protection order because she fears "bodily harm."

A spokesman for Bob Weinstein says his wife was reacting to a family ...

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Artifacts worth $3.2 million stolen from UK museum

Apr 7, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Two Chinese artifacts with an estimated combined value of 2 million pounds ($3.2 million) have been stolen from a British museum, authorities said Saturday.

Two men and a woman from the West Midlands area have been arrested in connection with the Thursday night theft at Durham ...

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Actress Amanda Bynes arrested on suspicion of DUI

Apr 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after she grazed a sheriff's patrol car.

The 26-year-old actress was arrested around 3 a.m. Friday in West Hollywood.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says that Bynes ...

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Potential jurors in Hudson case asked about singer

Apr 6, 2012

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Jennifer Hudson takes center stage in a questionnaire that potential jurors are being asked to fill out to determine if they will be allowed to decide whether or not a man is guilty in the slayings of the singer's mother, brother and nephew.

Nine of ...

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Heidi Klum files for divorce from Seal in LA

Apr 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heidi Klum moved to formally end her marriage Friday from singer Seal a little over two months after they separated.

The supermodel's divorce filing in a Los Angeles court draws to a close a storybook romance that included numerous testaments to their affection for one another,

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Muscular Dystrophy Association show leaving Vegas

Apr 6, 2012

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A year after the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon split with comedian and longtime host Jerry Lewis, the Labor Day weekend show is leaving Las Vegas.

An official at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, where the event was held last year ...

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Bravo plans 'Silicon Valley' reality show

Apr 6, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook's founder, is working with Bravo on a TV show about Silicon Valley.

Bravo says "Silicon Valley" is a working title for the show, which follows young professionals in real life working to create the next big thing in tech. Going by a short ...

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Movie Scores: How the critics rated the new movies

Apr 6, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Another slice of the "American Pie" franchise isn't exactly earning sweet reviews.

After 13 years and a couple of sequels, Jim, Oz, Stifler and the rest of the gang return for "American Reunion." AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire sliced one and a half stars ...

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Actress Amanda Bynes arrested on suspicion of DUI

Apr 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after she grazed a sheriff's patrol car.

The 26-year-old actress was arrested around 3 a.m. Friday in West Hollywood.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says that Bynes ...

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Matt Lauer tells viewers he's staying at 'Today'

Apr 6, 2012

By LYNN ELBER, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer is sticking with NBC's "Today," ending speculation that the top-rated show might have to face ABC's rising "Good Morning America" without him.

Lauer has signed a long-term contract to remain as co-host of the No. 1 morning show, a ...

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Stifler's mom, Jim's dad hook up in 'Pie' sequel

Apr 6, 2012

By DAVID GERMAIN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a hint of mature romance — or at least hot sex involving older folks — in the latest sequel to "American Pie."

"American Reunion" brings back the comedy ensemble from the 1999 gross-out hit and includes a comical hookup between Eugene ...

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Airline employee resigns amid celeb tip-off claims

Apr 6, 2012

By RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A Virgin Atlantic employee has resigned following allegations she routinely fed information about the airline's celebrity clientele — from Madonna to Sienna Miller — to a paparazzi agency.

The employee was a junior member of the team that looks ...

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Uzbekistan's first daughter to release new album

Apr 6, 2012

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — The jet-setting daughter of Uzbekistan's aging authoritarian president says she's releasing a new music album.

Gulnara Karimova, who is alternately admired and despised by her fellow countrymen in the former Soviet Central Asian ...

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'Evita' star Ricky Martin still feels stage pangs

Apr 6, 2012

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Ricky Martin commands the stage with an air of confidence, yet the Latin superstar admits to being self-conscious at times.

"I'm still human and sometimes I feel uncertain about things," Martin admitted Thursday night at the Broadway premiere of ...

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TV show 'Stars Earn Stripes' will test celebrities

Apr 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new TV competition series that tests celebrities against the demands of military exercises will be produced for NBC.

"Stars Earn Stripes" is the working title of the show from veteran producers Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") and Mark Burnett ("Survivor," ''The Voice"). Nine ...

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Groundbreaking black NY journalist Gil Noble dies

Apr 5, 2012

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Gil Noble, the longtime host of WABC-TV's groundbreaking public affairs program "Like It Is," on which he interviewed such notables as Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Jesse Jackson, died Thursday at age 80.

The television station announced the ...

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Another finalist sliced from 'American Idol'

Apr 5, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Idol" viewers apparently didn't like Deandre Brackensick.

The 17-year-old student from San Jose, Calif., impressed the "Idol" judges with DeBarge's "I Like It" on Wednesday's 1980s-themed installment, but he wasn't rescued by the ...

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