David Hockney painting fetches $90.3 million, shattering auction record for a living artist

A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Among his famous “pool paintings,” ”Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Tw…

A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie's on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.

Among his famous "pool paintings," ''Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" is considered one of his premier works....

Ntozake Shange, playwright who underscored struggles of black women in ‘For Colored Girls,’ dies at 70

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70. Sha…

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70.

Shange’s “For Colored Girls” describes the racism,...

James Gunn will write the next ‘Suicide Squad’

James Gunn may have been fired from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but DC Comics will welcome him with open arms. Warner Bros. on Tuesday confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio’s next installment of “Suicide Squad,” the DC sup…

James Gunn may have been fired from Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," but DC Comics will welcome him with open arms.

Warner Bros. on Tuesday confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio's next installment of "Suicide Squad," the DC supervillain team-up franchise. In July, Disney fired...

Sigur Ros drummer leaves band after Los Angeles woman accuses him of rape

The drummer of acclaimed Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros has left the group after rape allegations were made against him. Orri Pall Dyrason said on the group’s Facebook page that he has decided to leave the band “in light of the scale of this matter….

The drummer of acclaimed Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros has left the group after rape allegations were made against him.

Orri Pall Dyrason said on the group's Facebook page that he has decided to leave the band "in light of the scale of this matter."

The allegations made by a woman in Los Angeles...

Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after altercation with Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head. A person who witnessed the incident who asked for anonymity because they were not auth…

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head.

A person who witnessed the incident who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said Minaj was finishing...

Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after lunging at Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head. A person who witnessed the incident who asked for anonymity because they were not auth…

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head.

A person who witnessed the incident who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said Minaj was finishing...

Lost Mick Jagger and Carly Simon duet found after more than 45 years

A lost Mick Jagger duet with Carly Simon has been found more than 45 years after it was first recorded. The song, apparently never heard in public, appears to have been recorded in 1972 and was found recently on a tape owned by Rolling Stones colle…

A lost Mick Jagger duet with Carly Simon has been found more than 45 years after it was first recorded.

The song, apparently never heard in public, appears to have been recorded in 1972 and was found recently on a tape owned by Rolling Stones collector Matt Lee.

Believed to be named "Fragile,"...

NBC confirms that Chris Hardwick will appear on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and host ‘The Wall’

Chris Hardwick’s career is getting back on track after a review of sexual assault allegations made by a former girlfriend. NBC said that Hardwick will serve as a guest host next Tuesday on “America’s Got Talent” and will return as host for season t…

Chris Hardwick’s career is getting back on track after a review of sexual assault allegations made by a former girlfriend.

NBC said that Hardwick will serve as a guest host next Tuesday on “America’s Got Talent” and will return as host for season three of “The Wall” game show. Production on “The...

Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, dies at 90

Steve Ditko, who co-created the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange characters for Marvel Comics, has died, New York police said. He was 90. Lt. Paul Ng said Ditko was found June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene. No furt…

Steve Ditko, who co-created the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange characters for Marvel Comics, has died, New York police said. He was 90.

Lt. Paul Ng said Ditko was found June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene. No further details were immediately available.

Ditko,...

Singer Chris Brown arrested on felony assault charge in Florida

Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida on Thursday night and into the hands of waiting sheriff’s deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge and booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail. A sheriff’s spokeswoman…

Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida on Thursday night and into the hands of waiting sheriff's deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge and booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail.

A sheriff's spokeswoman said the entertainer was released after posting...

Punk bassist Steve Soto, who played in the Adolescents and Agent Orange, dies at 54

Steve Soto, who founded punk rock stalwarts the Adolescents and played in a series of bands during nearly 40 years in the Southern California music scene, has died. He was 54. Adolescents singer Tony Reflex shared the news on the band’s Twitter pag…

Steve Soto, who founded punk rock stalwarts the Adolescents and played in a series of bands during nearly 40 years in the Southern California music scene, has died. He was 54.

Adolescents singer Tony Reflex shared the news on the band’s Twitter page. The coroner’s office says Soto died of natural...

Cheech Marin’s Chicano art museum given $9.7 million from state of California

Just months after California legalized recreational marijuana the state is giving stoner comedian Cheech Marin’s Chicano art museum $9.7 million. It must be kismet. The money was rolled up in the $139-billion California budget for 2018-19 that Gov….

Just months after California legalized recreational marijuana the state is giving stoner comedian Cheech Marin's Chicano art museum $9.7 million.

It must be kismet.

The money was rolled up in the $139-billion California budget for 2018-19 that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.

The Cheech Marin...

Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana dies at 87

D.J. Fontana, a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, La., to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley’s first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told the Associat…

D.J. Fontana, a rock 'n' roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, La., to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley's first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday.

Karen Fontana told the Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in...

Police investigate reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee

Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Stan Lee that come amid a struggle over the life and fortune of the 95-year-old Marvel Comics mogul, court documents showed Wednesday. The investigation was revealed in a restraini…

Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Stan Lee that come amid a struggle over the life and fortune of the 95-year-old Marvel Comics mogul, court documents showed Wednesday.

The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, who in recent...

Fyre Festival promoter arrested again while awaiting sentencing in previous fraud trial

The promoter of a failed music festival in the Bahamas has been arrested on new fraud charges as he awaits sentencing in the earlier fraud case. Billy McFarland was ordered detained Tuesday after his arrest on charges he operated a sham ticket sche…

The promoter of a failed music festival in the Bahamas has been arrested on new fraud charges as he awaits sentencing in the earlier fraud case.

Billy McFarland was ordered detained Tuesday after his arrest on charges he operated a sham ticket scheme, selling fraudulent tickets to music and sporting...

Actor Jackson Odell dead at 20; coroner investigating cause

The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the death of actor Jackson Odell. Lt. Rudy Molano said Sunday that the 20-year-old was found unresponsive Friday at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana. Odell was in the 2011 film “Judy Mood…

The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the death of actor Jackson Odell.

Lt. Rudy Molano said Sunday that the 20-year-old was found unresponsive Friday at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana.

Odell was in the 2011 film "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" and had a recurring...

Miss America eliminates swimsuit competition and won’t judge on looks

The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance. The competition began nearly 100 years ago in Atlantic City, N.J., as a bathing beauty contest designed to keep tour…

The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance.

The competition began nearly 100 years ago in Atlantic City, N.J., as a bathing beauty contest designed to keep tourists coming to the seaside resort in the weekend...

Clarence Fountain, a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, dies at 88

Clarence Fountain, a founding member of the Grammy-winning gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama has died. He was 88. Fountain died Sunday in a hospital in Baton Rouge, La., where he had been taken Friday, manager Charles Driebe of Atlanta said in…

Clarence Fountain, a founding member of the Grammy-winning gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama has died. He was 88.

Fountain died Sunday in a hospital in Baton Rouge, La., where he had been taken Friday, manager Charles Driebe of Atlanta said in an email Monday.

The group won four Grammys, a...

Michael Jackson’s estate sues Disney and ABC over TV special

The estate of Michael Jackson is suing ABC and parent company Walt Disney Co., saying a two-hour documentary about the King of Pop’s last days improperly used his songs, music videos and movies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los A…

The estate of Michael Jackson is suing ABC and parent company Walt Disney Co., saying a two-hour documentary about the King of Pop’s last days improperly used his songs, music videos and movies.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles alleges that the television special — “The...