Dolly Parton turns 75

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton! The beloved singer and humanitarian turns 75 on Tuesday, raising the question: What do you get for the woman who has given us everything from timeless music to big funding for a Covid-19 vaccine? It looks…

James Harden traded to Brooklyn Nets in multi-team deal

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to acquire three-time scoring champion James Harden from the Houston Rockets, a deal that reunites him with Kevin Durant and gives him the move that he has sought for weeks, said a person familiar with the situation. Harden is going to the Nets as part of a four-team deal that also involves Indiana and Cleveland, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the trade call with the NBA — which signs off on all deals — has not been completed. The deal was struck less than 24 hours after Harden seemed to deliver a farewell address to the Rockets Tuesday night.

Trebek's last new 'Jeopardy!' episodes airing with a tribute

The final new “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Alex Trebek will air next week, with highlights that promise to be memorable. The first of the five episodes will air Monday, starting with what producer Sony Pictures Television calls a "powerful message about the season of giving” from Trebek. The final episode, airing Friday, Jan. 8, will conclude with a tribute to the longtime and beloved host. He worked up until 10 days before he died of pancreatic cancer in November at age 80. Veteran “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings will take over as guest host starting on Jan. 11. A permanent host has yet to be announced.

'Gilligan's Island' star Dawn Wells dies, COVID-19 cited

Dawn Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island," has died. Her publicist says Wells died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles of causes related to COVID-19. Besides TV, film and stage acting credits, her other real-life roles included teacher and motivational speaker. Born in Reno, Nevada, Wells represented her state in the 1959 Miss America pageant and quickly pivoted to an acting career. Her early TV roles came on shows including “77 Sunset Strip,” “Maverick” and “Bonanza.” Then came “Gilligan’s Island,” a goofy, good-natured show that became an unlikely but indelible part of popular culture.  Dawn Wells was 82 years old.

Lori Loughlin released after prison term in college scam

“Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has been released from prison after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released Monday from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is serving his five-month sentence at a prison in Lompoc near Santa Barbara, California. Loughlin and Giannulli were among the highest-profile defendants charged in the scheme, which revealed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into elite universities. 

Walla Walla Hall of Fame inducts young rapper

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -The City of Walla Walla is looking for influential locals to add to its new Hall of Fame. When you visit the city's website, you'll see big names like movie star Adam West, Actor Connor Trinneer, and…

Actress Carol Sutton dies of Covid-19 complications

Actress Carol Sutton died Friday at age 76 of Covid-19 complications, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said. The New Orleans native built an extensive list of credits, including "Steel Magnolias," "Queen Sugar," and "Lovecraft Country," according to her IMDb page.…

Country music legend Charley Pride dies at 86

Country music legend Charley Pride died Saturday at age 86, a representative for the singer announced. Pride died in Dallas of complications from Covid-19, the release said. Born on March 18, 1934, in Sledge, Mississippi, the singer was a sharecropper's…

Ellen DeGeneres announces she has Covid-19

Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid-19. The popular talk show host tweeted the news from her verified Twitter account. "Hi Everyone," DeGeneres wrote. "I want to let you all know that I tested positive…

Taylor Swift dropping surprise album tonight

(CNN) -- It's the holiday season and Taylor Swift has a gift. The singer announced Thursday that she was dropping her ninth studio album. She shared the news via her verified social media.   "I'm elated to tell you…

With red carpets rolled up, the Oscar race goes virtual

This year, Hollywood's awards season is operating in a strange COVID-19 vacuum with only a whiff of the stuff it thrives on: buzz. Oscar season is pushing ahead, despite the pandemic and a year where most of the biggest releases were postponed. The timetable has shifted two months. The Academy Awards are to be held April 25. Awards season, such as it is, has gone virtual. The Oscar race will Zoomed. The pandemic also has undoubtedly reshuffled the usual kinds of movies in the race. Many of the films that might have been among the favorites have been postponed. That’s left open positions for smaller films that might have had to fight harder for the spotlight.