• Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 26-May 2

    April 26: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 82. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 77. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice and the Zodiacs is 77. Singer Bobby Rydell is 73. Singer Gary Wright is 72. Actor Giancarlo Esposito ("Revolution," ''Breaking Bad") is 57. Drummer Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is 55. Drummer Chris Mars of The Replacements is 54. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 53. Actor Jet Li is 52. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford of Train is 51. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 50. Fiddler Joe …

  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill
    AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill

    TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. …

  • Review: Renee Fleming delightful in madcap 'Living on Love'
    Review: Renee Fleming delightful in madcap 'Living on Love'

    NEW YORK (AP) — What if you produced a play about soccer players and managed to get Pele to be in it? Or convinced Ruth Bader Ginsburg to star in a show set in a courthouse? …

  • AC/DC's Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill, drug possession

    Phil Rudd, the Australian-born drummer from world-famous rock band AC/DC, pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court on Tuesday to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs, his lawyer said. Rudd, 60, who has been on bail since his arrest last November, reversed an earlier not guilty plea and admitted to one charge of threatening to kill, as well as possession of cannabis and methamphetamine. The district court in the seaside city of Tauranga, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of …

  • Bobby Brown's lawyer: Bobbi Kristina Brown has opened eyes
    Bobby Brown's lawyer: Bobbi Kristina Brown has opened eyes

    ATLANTA (AP) — Bobby Brown's lawyer issued a statement Monday saying the singer's daughter has "opened her eyes" nearly three months after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. …

  • Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters
    Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. actress Meryl Streep is among the funders of a new initiative to support women screenwriters in a film industry dominated by men. The Writers Lab, run by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and announced at the Tribeca Film Festival, will provide mentorship to eight women screenwriters over the age of 40 at a location in upstate New York in September. Screenwriters Kirsten Smith (Legally Blond, Ten Things I Hate About …

  • Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters: TRFN
    Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters: TRFN

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. actress Meryl Streep is among the funders of a new initiative to support women screenwriters in a film industry dominated by men. The Writers Lab, run by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and announced at the Tribeca Film Festival, will provide mentorship to eight women screenwriters over the age of 40 at a location in upstate New York in September. Screenwriters Kirsten Smith (Legally Blond, Ten Things I Hate About …