Across Mister Rogers’ actual neighborhoods, his faith echoes
PITTSBURGH (AP) — His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love.
NBC’s issues aren’t addressed despite candidates’ letter
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after four Democratic presidential candidates called on NBC News to support an independent investigation into its handling of sexual misconduct, the issue remained offstage at Wednesday's debate on MSNBC.
From Lizzo to Lil Nas, new kids on the block rule Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — Genre-mashing, bold and chart-topping new artists have caught the attention of the Recording Academy, as Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead in nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction.
Review: ‘Dark Waters’ plunges into ‘forever chemicals’
Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” and hold their corporate makers accountable, is a sober and ominous docudrama.
Kanye West denied permit for amphitheater on Wyoming ranch
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Kanye West has been denied a permit to build an amphitheater on his ranch in Wyoming. The Park County Planning and Zoning Commission made the decision Tuesday after the rapper changed his plans for the structure near Cody.
Jussie Smollett: Chicago prosecution was malicious
CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is suing Chicago for malicious prosecution and says the city should not seek payment from him to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack because it accepted his $10,000 bail “as payment in full.” Chicago filed a lawsuit in April seeking reimbursement of more than $130,000 for overtime paid to police officers who were involved in investigating the alleged January attack.
Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival.
Review: ‘Waves’ explores the ebb, flow of a family’s love
Rarely has a movie’s title been so apt as that of “Waves,” a film that makes you feel like you’ve been knocked flat over by a fierce current — only to be rescued by a gentle, soothing flow of warm surf that arrives in the nick of time.
Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Shelton react to Grammy noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards: ___ “I’m beyond shocked. I’m very, very surprised.” — Tanya Tucker, nominated for best country album for “While I’m Livin’,” best country solo performance and best country song for “Bring My Flowers Now,” in an interview.
15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out
Fifteen things worth noting about Wednesday’s nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to the comeback kids. _______ SNUBBING SPRINGSTEEN Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” didn’t shine bright enough for the Grammy Awards.
Charles Barkley apologizes for comment about hitting a woman
Charles Barkley has issued an apology for a comment he made to a female political reporter about hitting her. Axios reporter Alexi McCammond wrote on Twitter Tuesday night that when she questioned Barkley on his indecisiveness over the Democratic presidential hopefuls, Barkley told her “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.” McCammond says when she objected to his remarks, Barkley told her she “couldn’t take a joke.” Barkley, a former NBA player who works as a basketball analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA, issued an apology on Wednesday through TurnerSportsPR on Twitter saying his comment was “inappropriate and unacceptable.
Film Review: ‘21 Bridges’ puts New York on lockdown
How excited James Brown would have been for “21 Bridges.” Take you to bridge? How about 21 of them? But I suspect even the Godfather of Soul would give an easy pass to Brian Kirk’s “21 Bridges,” with Chadwick Boseman (who played Brown in the biopic “Get on Up”).
Trump July 26 call mostly focused on rapper, Sondland says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland says a July cellphone call with President Donald Trump “primarily discussed” rapper A$AP Rocky, who was imprisoned in Sweden earlier this year.
In Musgraves’ Christmas special, her grandma steals the show
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves knows who the real star is in her family — her grandmother. That's why the singer put the woman she calls Nana in her upcoming holiday special, “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show."
Review: Tom Waits’ songs shine on female-focused tribute
Various artists, “Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits” (Dualtone) Hard-times troubadour Tom Waits gets the Great American Songbook-style treatment in “Come On Up to the House,” a classy collection of covers performed by two generations of female singer-songwriters.
Holly Hunter to play liberal councilwoman in new NBC sitcom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Holly Hunter will star opposite Ted Danson in an upcoming NBC comedy set in the world of local politics. The network said Wednesday that Hunter will play a liberal Los Angeles city councilwoman in the series from writer-producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
Fox hosts bash hearings their network spends hours showing
NEW YORK (AP) — The reviews are biting: “mind-numbingly dull,” “a huge dud” and “a frickin’ joke.” Yet they’re coming from an unusual place — Fox News Channel personalities talking about the programming that their network has spent hours televising over the past week.
Tanya Tucker ‘beyond shocked’ by Grammy nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first time Tanya Tucker was nominated for a Grammy Award, it was 1972, it was for her breakout country hit, “Delta Dawn,” and she was just a teen.
Q&A: Mark Ruffalo on playing the lawyer who took on DuPont
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Ruffalo learned about corporate attorney Rob Bilott, who for 20 years battled DuPont to expose the harmful effects of the chemical PFOA, along with most of the country: In 2016 through an article in The New York Times Magazine.
2020 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories
A list of nominees in the top categories at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday by The Recording Academy. — Album of the year: “I,I,” Bon Iver; “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell!,” Lana Del Rey; “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Billie Eilish; “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande; “I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.; “7,” Lil Nas X; “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe),” Lizzo; “Father of the Bride,” Vampire Weekend.
Michelle Obama, Gaga, J. Lo to join Oprah on wellness tour
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s going on tour, and she’s bringing a rock-star lineup with her, including former first lady Michelle Obama and Grammy- and Oscar-winner Lady Gaga.
New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in noms
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act.
The Latest: Lizzo leads Grammy nominations with 8
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy nominations (all times local): 8:41 a.m. The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: the breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act.
Series of books planned, based on NYT’s “1619 Project”
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times’ acclaimed “1619 Project” will be the basis for a series of books, for readers of all ages. Random House Group imprints have acquired rights to the books, the publisher announced Wednesday.