New screenwriters see Smits, Pinto, Baker perform their work

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Until a screenplay is produced, it’s essentially a silent document: only the writer or a reader can hear its voices. That changed Wednesday for the five emerging screenwriters receiving the film academy’s Nicholl Fellowships, who saw...

Melissa Mathison, ‘E.T.’ screenwriter, dies at 65

AP Photo/Neshan H. Naltchayan LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Mathison never wrote down to her audiences. Known for her family friendly films, like the unequaled “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” and the elegant “The Black Stallion,” Mathison’s stories...

Jason Aldean’s music back on Spotify a year after removal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music’s top digital male artist Jason Aldean has returned to Spotify a year after pulling out of the streaming service over concerns about fair compensation. On Wednesday night, Aldean’s six albums were available for streaming,...

Eric Church drops surprise album on day of CMA Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Eric Church dropped a surprise album on the day of the Country Music Association Awards. Church announced late Wednesday that he released his new album, “Mr. Misunderstood.” Along with Little Big Town, he was the top nominee at the CMAs...

Californians to vote on requiring condoms in porn films

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians are set to decide next year whether to require actors in pornographic movies to wear condoms, taking up an issue that could affect the future of the state’s multibillion-dollar adult film industry. The initiative qualified for...

Winners at the 49th annual CMA Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Winners of the 49th annual Country Music Association Awards presented Wednesday night in Nashville: Song of the year: “Girl Crush” Single of the year: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush” Album of the year: Chris Stapleton,...

‘E.T.’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies at 65

AP Photo/Neshan H. Naltchayan LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter who crafted the enchanting worlds of iconic family films including “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,” has died. She passed away Wednesday at age 65 after a bout with neuroendocrine...

Paisley, Underwood joke about Shelton’s divorce at CMAs

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley kicked off the Country Music Association Awards dressed as “Star Wars” characters and later joked onstage – including about Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce. “And of course we can’t ignore the...

‘Voice’ mentors Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are dating

NEW YORK (AP) — Recently divorced singer Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who filed for divorce in August, are dating. A representative for Shelton confirmed on Wednesday that the two stars are a couple. Both Shelton and Stefani are mentors on NBC’s “The...

Protest against Trump hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ grows

NEW YORK (AP) — Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest-host appearance on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” as a coalition of advocacy groups delivered petitions to the network Wednesday calling for him to be dropped...