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Feb 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Singer Smokey Robinson is 77. Actress Carlin Glynn is 77. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 75. Singer Lou Christie is 74. Actor Michael Nader is 72. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 69. Actor Stephen Nichols is 66. Author Amy Tan is 65.

Feb 19, 2017 4:00 AM

'Planet Earth' returns to BBC America, AMC

If you remember how great BBC's "Planet Earth" was 10 years ago, you're going to be inspired by "Planet Earth II" which premiered Saturday on BBC America, AMC, and Sundance simultaneously. One of the producers, Mike Gunton, says their challenge this time was to outdo themselves.

FXX star talks men, women
Feb 19, 2017 4:00 AM

FXX star talks men, women

PASADENA, Calif. -- When he was in elementary school actor Jay Baruchel's mom enlightened him about the difference between boys and girls. "A boy will hit you," she told him. "But a girl will be mean to you," Today at 34 he thinks he's learned that lesson.

By Luaine Lee Tribune News Service
Bareilles tostar in herBroadway show
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Bareilles tostar in herBroadway show

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sara Bareilles' songwriting skills are all over the new Broadway musical "Waitress" -- and soon she will be, too. The singer-songwriter of "Brave" and "Love Song" will make her Broadway acting debut on March 31 in the lead role of Jenna Hunterson.

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Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Carlos Santana changes tune on Beyonce

Guitarist Carlos Santana is retreating on his remarks about Beyonce after poking the overly agitated Beyhive. He was regaling Adele Adkins with more adulation following her wins at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, including her victory over Beyonce's "Lemonade" for album of the year.

By Nardine Saad Los Angeles Times
Zoo cockroach named after QB Tom Brady
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Zoo cockroach named after QB Tom Brady

ATLANTA (AP)-- More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

'Horror Story' will pull from 2016 election

It's the news that some might think makes perfect sense: "American Horror Story" will tackle the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live!

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times
Singer Thomas Rhett's family is growing by 2
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Singer Thomas Rhett's family is growing by 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-- Country singer Thomas Rhett's family is growing by two in 2017. The "Die A Happy Man" singer announced Wednesday on Twitter that his wife, Lauren, is pregnant and they are adopting a child from Africa.

'Planet Earth II' builds on its predecessor
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

'Planet Earth II' builds on its predecessor

A small, scaly baby iguana -- no bigger than a chocolate bar -- hunkers down on a beach as a snake glides alongside him. "A snake's eyes aren't very good," a raspy voice explains. The voice is British and immediately familiar. Comforting, somehow.

By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times
Epic 'Planet Earth II' offers creatures'-eye view of nature
Feb 16, 2017 9:34 AM

Epic 'Planet Earth II' offers creatures'-eye view of nature

LONDON — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC's epic nature series "Planet Earth II" takes viewers around the world — and around many genres of television.The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings like a love story.

By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
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Kate Upton three-peats as SI's swimsuit queen
Feb 15, 2017 9:33 AM

Kate Upton three-peats as SI's swimsuit queen

NEW YORK — She's once, twice, three times a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover lady.Kate Upton is once again gracing the cover of the annual issue, becoming only the fourth woman to do so three times.

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Feb 12, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 94. Actor Louis Zorich is 93. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 83. Actor Joe Don Baker is 81. Author Judy Blume is 79. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is 75. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 71. Actor Michael Ironside is 67.

Feb 12, 2017 4:00 AM

Sudeikis has new series on Comedy Central

(TNS) -- Comic Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live") is co-producing Comedy Central's new series, "The Detroiters," played by two guys who grew up in Detroit.

Christie Brinkley returns to SI Swimsuit Issue at age 63
Feb 7, 2017 9:49 AM

Christie Brinkley returns to SI Swimsuit Issue at age 63

NEW YORK — Model Christie Brinkley is returning to the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue at age 63 and this time she's appearing with her two daughters.

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The Weeknd and Daft Punk to play at the Grammys
Feb 5, 2017 4:00 AM

The Weeknd and Daft Punk to play at the Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Weeknd will team up with Daft Punk for a performance at the month's Grammy Awards. The collaboration is one of a number of pairings. Anderson Paak will take the stage with A Tribe Called Quest and Dave Grohl. Maren Morris is set to perform with Alicia Keys.

'24' role a challenge for Otto
Feb 5, 2017 4:00 AM

'24' role a challenge for Otto

PASADENA, Calif. -- While her school mates were watching soccer matches and British soaps on the telly, Australian actress Miranda Otto was viewing surgical procedures. "That fascinated me," she says. "I used to watch all these operations on TV and thought it would be really cool to do that.

By Luaine Lee Tribune News Service
Feb 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 83. Actor Stuart Damon is 80. Tony-winning playwright John Guare is 79. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 78. Actor David Selby is 76. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 76. Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach is 75. Movie director Michael Mann is 74.

Oprah Winfrey to be 'special contributor' to '60 Minutes'
Jan 31, 2017 10:59 AM

Oprah Winfrey to be 'special contributor' to '60 Minutes'

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey has been named a "special contributor" to CBS News' "60 Minutes."Winfrey will bring occasional reports to the newsmagazine starting this fall, when it begins its 50th season on the air.

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Jan 29, 2017 4:00 AM

Contestants sought for ABC's new 'Gong Show'

(TNS) -- If you have a goofy talent that only shines in your living room, here's your chance at fame. ABC's new "The Gong Show" is looking for likely contestants to appear on the resuscitated talent show. "Nothing is off the table" the producers say.

Jan 29, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse is 86. Feminist author Germaine Greer is 78. Actress Katharine Ross is 77. Feminist author Robin Morgan is 76. Actor Tom Selleck is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bettye LaVette is 71. Rock musician Louie Perez (Los Lobos) is 64.