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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ stars can’t say much about it

LOS ANGELES — The women of “American Horror Story: Cult” came to Fox Studios promote the new season for an audience of television critics Wednesday, but they couldn’t actually say anything about the show. Stars Sarah Paulson, Alison Pill, Adina Porter and Billie Lourd gave vague answers to critics’ questions and apologized for saying so …

Actor James Woods seeks dismissal of suit over retweet

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Actor James Woods is asking a court to dismiss an Ohio activist’s defamation lawsuit against him over a comment he retweeted during the presidential campaign season. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2vBhCKw ) Portia Boulger, a Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) resident and supporter of Bernie Sanders, filed the federal lawsuit in March. Boulger is seeking …

Fox to counter ABC’s ‘American Idol’ with new contest

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Fox will counter its onetime powerhouse “American Idol” with a new singing contest, “The Four.” The network cancelled its long-running “American Idol” last year because of dwindling ratings and rising costs, only to see it snapped up by ABC for an early 2018 debut. Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden, announcing …

Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89

NEW YORK — Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends, according to publicist Amanda Kaus. Her …

Cynthia Nixon knocks Cuomo but won’t commit to challenge him

ALBANY, N.Y. — Actress Cynthia Nixon has plenty of criticism for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though she’s not saying whether she’ll run against him next year. Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, the “Sex and the City” star wouldn’t answer when asked whether she plans to mount a campaign, but said she has heard “rumours” about …

ESPN, facing headwinds, might still reverse its slide

NEW YORK — Two years ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger acknowledged that ESPN, long a major Disney profit centre, was shedding subscribers. Since then, concern over ESPN’s dimming prospects have dampened investor enthusiasm for Disney itself, despite its success with theme parks, Marvel superheroes and Star Wars films. The big fear: ESPN might be facing …

Disney to launch streaming services for movies, live sports

NEW YORK — With new streaming services in the works, Disney is trying to set itself up for a future that’s so far largely been framed by Netflix: stuff I want to watch, when I want it. The Magic Kingdom is launching its own streaming service for its central Disney and Pixar brands and another …

DJ in groping case says he may have touched Swift’s ribs

DENVER — A former radio disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the pop superstar’s ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not touch her backside as she claims. David Mueller told jurors …

Marine mammal used in pioneering research back in limelight

WAIMANALO, Hawaii — Compared with other marine mammals, 40-year-old Kina has lived a particularly winding and high-profile life. She went from the open ocean off Japan, to a Hong Kong amusement park, to a classified U.S. Navy program, to a Hawaii research lab. Along the way, studies using the false killer whale _ a dark-grey …

With Swift in court, jury selection proceeds in groping case

DENVER — With Taylor Swift looking on, potential jurors in her lawsuit against an ex-Denver radio host were asked Monday if they had ever been inappropriately touched or wrongly accused of groping someone _ the issues at the centre of the case. A 15-page questionnaire released during jury selection in the dueling lawsuits also asked …

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