Middle-earth meets Middle Kingdom in NZ: China TV deal


WELLINGTON - China and New Zealand are to sign a deal which will make it easier to produce television content in the two countries, enabling the South Pacific island nation to showcase its natural landscape to lure more tourists.

Judge dismisses 'American Idol' racial bias lawsuit

NEW YORK - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by 10 black male contestants on "American Idol" who accused the singing competition show, its producers, sponsors, and the Fox television network of racial discrimination.

20 Nov 2014

Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris lead stars on HBO's 'Westworld'

LOS ANGELES - Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris will lead the cast of HBO's upcoming drama series "Westworld" to air next year, Time Warner Inc's cable network said on Monday.

17 Nov 2014

Many of China's TV shows, films are rubbish, minister says

BEIJING - Many of the television shows, movies and publications produced in China each year are rubbish, and the solution is to banish decadent themes and concentrate on uplifting social values instead, a senior government minister has said.

Film, China 18 Nov 2014

Widow cannot sue ABC over husband's televised death: court

NEW YORK - The widow of a man whose death was aired on a reality show cannot hold ABC or the hospital that treated him liable for inflicting emotional distress, a New York appeals court has ruled.

Media 18 Nov 2014

U2's Bono injured while cycling, 'Tonight Show' gig delayed

- U2 frontman Bono was injured while cycling in New York's Central Park, forcing a delay in the Irish rockers' return to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," the band said on Sunday.

Music, People 16 Nov 2014

Randy Jackson exits 'American Idol' after 13 seasons

LOS ANGELES - "American Idol" judge and mentor Randy Jackson is leaving the Fox TV singing competition after 13 seasons, the network said on Tuesday, after the show suffered a decline in ratings in recent years.

People, Music 11 Nov 2014

Reality TV star Diem Brown dies of cancer at age 32

NEW YORK - Reality TV star Diem Brown, who gained fame on the MTV show "Real World/Road Rules Challenge," died on Friday in New York after battling cancer, People magazine reported. She was 32.

People 14 Nov 2014

British actor Warren Clarke dies after short illness at 67

- Actor Warren Clarke, who starred in the British television series "Dalziel and Pascoe" and had a role in the film "A Clockwork Orange," died on Wednesday at the age of 67, his agency said.

People 12 Nov 2014