'This Is Us' star Chrissy Metz finds her film 'Breakthrough'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Metz says she believed in miracles well before getting the call to meet producer DeVon Franklin to discuss taking the lead in director Roxann Dawson's just-released faith-ba...

Stars reflect on awards season at last show before Oscars

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Glenn Close says she's still a bit surprised the motion picture academy gave a nod to her performance in "The Wife." Actor Richard E. Grant says he's certain he's going to ...

After a decade of dormancy, Chaka Khan blooms again

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The singer perhaps best known for the 1984 smash "I Feel For You" is ready to bloom again. Chaka Khan plans her first album in a decade, and, on New Year's Da...

2018 Breakthrough: Hannah Gadsby may change stand-up game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hannah Gadsby says she knows it's meant as a compliment to be chosen as one of the year's Breakthrough Entertainers by The Associated Press. But, as with many things, the Australian...

Dolly Parton builds on film successes with 'Dumplin"song

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolly Parton says she never really aspired to be "The Girl in the Movies," the title of her Golden Globe-nominated song from the new dramedy "Dumplin'." Co-written...

For Ed Asner, comic-books and autism are family matters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even at age 88, actor Ed Asner still hangs out at the comic-book store with his kid. Early last week, the Asners could be spotted at Hollywood's legendary Golden A...

Olivia Munn thanks support from outside 'Predator' family

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Olivia Munn is thanking an outpouring of support online for keeping up her morale following "The Predator" controversy. Munn blew the whistle on a fellow a...

Estefans: Immigration debate has fueled reaction to musical

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gloria and Emilio Estefan credit President Donald Trump with boosting audience enthusiasm for their stage musical "On Your Feet!" As the immigration debate has hea...

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy. The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber weighs in on Tony Awards favorites

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber has written some of the most successful stage musicals of all time. So, when he weighs in on the year's Tony contenders, it's time to listen. I...

"Love, Simon" breaks ground with a radical ordinariness

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The high school dramedy "Love, Simon" has all the makings of a John Hughes classic. But it has one big difference: The protagonist is gay. The well-reviewed film h...

Jimmy Kimmel jokes about multiple envelope issues at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as Oscar host with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year's historic envelope malfunction. "That...

Dee Rees: More interested in the future than making history

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Mudbound" director and co-writer Dee Rees is more interested in the future than she is excited about making history. Rees recently became the first blac...

Helen Mirren talks 'Winchester' film, impact of gun deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren says her new film "Winchester " isn't a horror flick, but rather a ghost story with foreign roots and a distinct American element — the psychological impact of gun deat...

Carpenters returns with vinyl remasters of hit albums

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Carpenters fans have a dozen reasons to be on top of the world this week. Nearly 30 years since the last LP album of new Carpenters material was relea...