Actress Audra McDonald to appear in Billie Holiday show on HBO


NEW YORK - Six-time Tony-award winning singer and actress Audra McDonald will reprise her role as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the hit Broadway show "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" in a special for HBO, the cable network said on Wednesday.

NBC anchor Brian Williams renews contract: network

- Brian Williams, anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" for the past decade, has renewed his contract and will continue to lead the newscast and serve as managing editor, NBC said on Monday.

15 Dec 2014

DreamWorks to launch family TV channel in Asia

- DreamWorks Animation SKG said it plans to launch a 24-hour family-oriented television channel in 19 Asian countries during the second half of 2015 as part of its effort to expand television production and distribution.

09 Dec 2014

Tongue in cheek, Obama displaces comedian Colbert on popular show

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama slipped into the role of late night talk show host on Monday, nudging Stephen Colbert away from his perch during an appearance on the comedian's satirical program and poking fun at himself in the process. | Video

Politics, 09 Dec 2014

James Franco pokes fun at Sony computer hacking scandal on SNL

NEW YORK - Just days after a massive hacking attack on employees at Sony's Hollywood studio, distributor of the new James Franco comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the actor wasted no time as host of "Saturday Night Live" and mined the situation for all it was worth.

Media, North Korea 07 Dec 2014

Not all magic and fairy dust for live TV production of Peter Pan

NEW YORK - More than 9 million people tuned in to watch a high-flying Allison Williams as Peter Pan and a tap-dancing Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in a live television production of the classic musical that drew mixed reactions from fans and critics.

Media 05 Dec 2014

Garth Brooks cancels TV appearances amid Ferguson unrest

LOS ANGELES - Country music star Garth Brooks canceled scheduled media appearances this week, saying it would be in poor taste to promote his comeback album during national protests after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. | Video

People, Media 26 Nov 2014

MTV reality star Ryan Knight found dead at 28 in Wisconsin

LOS ANGELES - Ryan Knight, a former star on MTV show "Real World: New Orleans," has been found dead at a friend's home in Wisconsin after complaining about stomach issues, police said on Friday. He was 28.

People 28 Nov 2014

Actress Rachel McAdams added to HBO's 'True Detective' cast

LOS ANGELES - Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly have joined the cast for the second season of HBO crime thriller "True Detective," the premium cable network said on Monday.

Media 24 Nov 2014

Canada radio host drops lawsuit against broadcaster in sex scandal case

TORONTO - The celebrity radio host at the heart of one of Canada's biggest sex scandals has dropped his lawsuit against his former employer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and will pay its legal costs, the public broadcaster said on Tuesday.

People, Media 25 Nov 2014