Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, under plans approved Wednesday by a city task force.
CBS is TV's most-watched network for 12th year in a row
The winner, and still champion, is CBS. The Tiffany network finished the traditional television season, which ended last week, as the most-watched broadcaster for the 12th consecutive year, the Nielsen company said.
Lawsuit: Ultra refuses refunds for canceled music festival
MIAMI (AP) — Two men are suing organizers of Ultra Music Festival, claiming they were denied refunds after the the three-day electronic dance music festival in Miami was canceled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Review: 'The Vast of Night' is a cunning lo-fi sci-fi noir
“The Vast of Night,” a micro-budget noir set in 1950s New Mexico, crackles with B-movie electricity. The film is one of those little miracles: a directorial debut, made for nothing, that establishes a young filmmaker of self-evident command.
Reaction to the death of AIDS activist, writer Larry Kramer
NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the death of Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and playwright who turned his fury into mass protests and helped raise the profile of the disease: “At a time when the federal government sat paralyzed in denial of a disease that was ravaging an entire generation of LGBTQ people, Larry Kramer was fearless, uncompromising, relentless and loud —characteristics that ruffled feathers but that forced a response to a public health crisis.
Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS
NEW YORK (AP) — Time never softened the urgency of Larry Kramer’s demands. Theatergoers leaving a celebrated revival of Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” in 2011 were greeted by the playwright himself, deep in his 70s by then, handing out leaflets outside the Broadway theater demanding they do more to stop AIDS.
Summertime, and the living is uneasy for Jason Isbell
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Isbell had big plans for this summer, between a new album specifically designed to introduce his music to a wider audience and a schedule that had him onstage most nights from May to September.
Review: 'High Note' is easy listening for troubled times
There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we’d have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like “The High Note,” and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments.
Review: John Prine sideman steps out as reflective balladeer
Jason Wilber, "Time Traveler” (WilberTone) Lucky man, Jason Wilber. For 24 years he traveled the world with a stage pass to every John Prine concert.
Too much TV? Enter HBO Max, the latest streaming wannabe
Is a pandemic the perfect time to launch a new and relatively expensive streaming service? AT&T sure hopes so. The phone company is investing billions in HBO Max, its first big entertainment venture since it spent $85 billion for Time Warner in 2018.
Robb Forman Dew, prize-winning novelist, dead at 73
NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died.
NASA chief "all in" for Tom Cruise to film on space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is rolling out the International Space Station’s red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit.
#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color
There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet.
Fallon apologizes for using blackface in 20-year-old skit
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC “Tonight” show host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for doing an impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Fallon tweeted on Tuesday that “there is no excuse for this.” Discussion of Fallon's 20-year-old skit surfaced this week after a video of it was posted online.
In 'Wild World,' singer Kip Moore turns a mirror on himself
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Kip Moore wasn’t performing, he was traveling the world to places like Iceland and Costa Rica looking for the next great wave to surf, or a cliff to climb or a remote trail to hike.
Review: A powerful #MeToo chapter in ‘On the Record’ doc
The documentary “ On the Record ” spends quite a bit of time introducing former music executive Drew Dixon before Russell Simmons and rape are mentioned.
Documentary focuses on unlikely champion of Mexican cuisine
NEW YORK (AP) — If you add garlic to your guacamole, we have bad news: You're not doing it right. Do you mince the onion? That's also a no-no.
Japan police arrest man in Kyoto anime arson that killed 36
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio last year after he recovered enough from his own severe burns to respond to the police investigation.
California sues over sex misconduct on 'Criminal Minds' set
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years.
New this week: Lady Gaga, 'Space Force,' Ghibli films on HBO
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Review: Jimmy Buffett brings sunshine into our darkness
Jimmy Buffett, “Life on the Flip Side” (Mailboat Records) Jimmy Buffett’s first studio record in seven years arrives with equal parts seduction and absurdity.
Stars to come out to support NYC's The Public Theater
NEW YORK (AP) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a star in his own right but even he has had to gulp at the wattage on tap for the upcoming benefit for New York City's fabled Public Theater.
Review: 'All My Mother’s Lovers' a story about power of love
“All My Mother’s Lovers,” by Ilana Masad (Dutton) “All My Mother’s Lovers” by Ilana Masad is a story of queerness, love and family like you’ve never seen it before.
US couple waits 2 1/2 months in lockdown to visit Pompeii
POMPEII, Italy (AP) — An American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. Colleen and Marvin Hewson, retirees from Michigan, were first in line when the archaeological site reopened to the public Tuesday following Italy's coronavirus lockdown.
JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online
LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.