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Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 9:59pm

Amazon has announced it will film its upcoming television series "The Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter Jackson.

Producer: 'The Rookie' co-star's misconduct claims unfounded

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 6:58pm

The producer of ABC's "The Rookie" says actress Afton Williamson's claims of on-set misconduct against her weren't substantiated by an independent investigator.

Veteran television newsman Sander Vanocur dies at 91

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 2:27pm

Sander Vanocur, who for decades covered the biggest moments in U.S. politics for NBC and ABC news, has died.

Judge won't return R. Kelly bond money to woman who paid it

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 1:36pm

A judge in R. Kelly's Illinois sexual assault case has refused to give $100,000 in bail money back to a Kelly friend who paid it in February to secure the singer's release from county jail.

Baron Cohen asks judge to dismiss Moore lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 1:02pm

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is asking a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit over a 2018 television segment of "Who is America?"

National Book Awards list for translation has global reach

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 8:46am

Authors from Asia, Africa and South America are among those on the National Book Awards longlist for translated literature, a category started last year.

Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 8:38am

Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer. She was 75.

ABC says journalist Cokie Roberts has died at age 75

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 8:32am

ABC says journalist Cokie Roberts has died at age 75.

Steve Martin's bluegrass award faces uncertain future

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 8:10am

One morning last week in Boston, Victor Furtado woke up to a mailman's knock. He was handed a little unmarked package.

'Jeopardy!' host Trebek says he's resumed chemotherapy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 7:40am

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he's had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.

Kane Brown, Luke Combs among CMT Artists of the Year

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 7:02am

Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Thomas Rhett will be honored as the country's top stars at the 10th annual CMT Artists of the Year television special.

Weinstein attorney: He's a sinner, but not 'a rapist'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 6:44am

An attorney for Harvey Weinstein said on Tuesday that her client is not without sin — but he's also not "a rapist."

Colson Whitehead among Kirkus Prize finalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 6:41am

Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Kwame Alexander's picture story "The Undefeated" are among the finalists for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor given for the year's outstanding fiction, nonfiction and young readers' books.

Celebs to read bedtime story to help fight homelessness

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 5:43pm

Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren will read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness.

The Latest: GOP stands by Kavanaugh, rips NY Times

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 3:39pm

The Latest on a new allegation of sexual impropriety against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):

Ocasek's wife says he died while recuperating from surgery

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 3:03pm

The New York City medical examiner says Ric Ocasek , the 75-year-old frontman for The Cars, died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema.

'SNL' rescinds cast invitation to Gillis over YouTube video

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 2:29pm

"Saturday Night Live" has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

Actress Jessica Hecht's Emmy night comes down to the dress

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 11:34am

Jessica Hecht, the "Special" actress, inherited at least a couple of things from her mother: her sample-size frame, a 2, and — she laughs — "a lot of neurosis."

Hurt Christie Brinkley pulls out of 'Dancing with the Stars'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 10:48am

Christie Brinkley has been sidelined for Monday's season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars."

Young people's longlist announced for National Book Awards

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 9:17am

Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people's literature longlist for the National Book Awards.