Oscar winner, author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85. Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a longtime…

‘America’s Got Talent’ coming to NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is moving from New Jersey to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday. The eighth season of the popular talent competition…

NYC man who killed DJ Megatron gets prison

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who gunned down radio and TV personality DJ Megatron in New York City will spend 21 years in prison. The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/12htitY ) says William “Billy” Williams was sentenced Wednesday.…

Music service Rdio launches Vdio for TV, movies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rdio, the music streaming service started by a co-founder of Skype, is getting into video. New and current subscribers of a $10-a-month unlimited music plan from Rdio (AR-dee-oh) will get $25 to spend in…

France to tighten TV rules over “Survivor” deaths

PARIS (AP) — France’s broadcast regulator says it’s taking steps to tighten safety rules for TV reality shows, following two deaths on the French version of adventure show “Survivor.” In a statement Wednesday, the Higher Broadcasting Council expressed…

Elaine Stritch movingly says goodbye to New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway legend Elaine Stritch kicked off a final series of concerts to bid farewell to New York, but refused to be maudlin about it, instead displaying her typical brand of sass and feistiness. The…

Swift, Bieber, Mars to perform at Billboard Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber will hit the stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19. Billboard announced Wednesday that Bruno Mars and R&B singer Miguel will also perform at…

Amazon offers digital songs to vinyl record buyers

SEATTLE (AP) — In an odd combination of old and new, Amazon says that every time a person buys a vinyl record from its online store, it will give that customer a digital version of the songs for…

Stones returning to stage: Why should we care?

NEW YORK (AP) — Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. With Wednesday’s expected announcement of a new Stones tour, those words will again signal the start of a rock ‘n’ roll show. Young music fans may wonder why…

Cano switches agents to Jay-Z company from Boras

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and recording producer Jay-Z is expanding into sports representation and has signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano away from Scott Boras to be a client. Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z,…

Michelle Obama praises Jackie Robinson movie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Tuesday that a new movie chronicling Jackie Robinson’s rise through Major League Baseball, including the racial discrimination he endured while breaking the sport’s color barrier in the 1940s, left her and the…

Thandie Newton takes lead acting role in ‘Rogue’

ATLANTA (AP) — Thandie Newton doesn’t shy away from the idea that she might be a role model. As she takes on a leading television role, she hopes to empower women like the stars who have come before…

TV doctor kills self after French ‘Survivor’ death

PARIS (AP) — A well-known TV doctor overseeing the French “Survivor” reality show has committed suicide following the sudden death of a young contestant he had treated, France’s biggest TV station says. Dr. Thierry Costa killed himself on…