CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The phone rings in novelist John Grisham's office, and the best-selling novelist is eager to take the call — from a prisoner, convicted decades ago of a brutal double...
Homeowners - famous and not - await word of wildfire’s toll
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich or not, famous or not, there was little reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest communities nearby and in the state's north.
Stars, activists set for WE Day youth empowerment event
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Selena Gomez, Lily Collins, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston will be among the stars at WE Day California, a youth empowerment event.
Organizers say more than 16,000 students and educators will gather in Southern California on April 19 to learn about bringing "positive change" to their communities and around the world.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is giving its top award to an advocate for immigrants and refugees in Texas.
The university announced Sunday it will award the Laetare (lay-TAH'-ray) Medal to Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in the Diocese of Brownsville. It will be awarded during the university commencement on May 20.
New ‘West Wing’ with Sterling K. Brown? We’re in ... but what about ‘This is Us’?
A new version of "The West Wing"? Wow, that could be great.
Sterling K. Brown as president? Casting genius.
Brown leaving "This is Us"? Now, hold on a minute.
Aaron Sorkin teased the idea of an updated "West Wing" in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. He said he has a standing offer from NBC to reboot the series, which ran from 1999 to 2006.
Smart Rating: 95.51Genre: Crime dramaStarring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren OatesInspired by real-life killers Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate, this tale of crime and love begins in a dead-end town. Teenage girl Holly (Sissy Spacek) angers her father (Warren Oates) when she begins dating an older and rebellious boy (Martin Sheen). After a conflict between Holly and her father erupts in murder, the young lovers are forced to flee. In the ensuing crime spree, they journey through the Midwest to the Badlands of Montana, eluding authorities along the way.
Smart Rating: 96.74Genre: War, dramaStarring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert DuvallIn Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer (Robert Duvall), and a crazed freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper), Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness.
Fonda and Tomlin savor senioritis as ‘Grace and Frankie’
NEW YORK (AP) — The message of "Grace and Frankie" is: There's life after 70.
And also your own brand of vibrator, according to this Netflix comedy's just-released new season.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin press on as the title characters whose longtime husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) abruptly left them for each other at the series' inception.
"When our law-partner husbands tell us they've been having an affair for 20 years, we're bereft and cast adrift," says Tomlin.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is giving its top award to the founder of a Los Angeles-based gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program.
The university announced Monday it will award the Laetare (luh-TAR'-eh) Medal to the Rev. Gregory J. Boyle of Homeboy Industries at its commencement ceremony on May 21.
Homeboy Industries began in 1988 and now serves 10,000 men and women per year with services including tattoo removal and job training.
Council votes to declare Malibu a sanctuary city
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Taking a stand in the national debate over illegal immigration, Malibu has joined the ranks of sanctuary cities.
The City Council of the celebrity enclave voted 3-2 this month to approve a resolution prohibiting use of city funds and resources to enforce federal civil immigration law.
Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal introduced the resolution after Malibu resident and actor Martin Sheen appeared before the council in December to urge a sanctuary designation.
Friday, Feb. 24
24th annual Eat Dessert First Mardi Gras Night: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aqua Kauai Beach Resort. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Proceeds used for student scholarships and other community donations. Entertainment, silent auction, desserts. Info: 332-5654.
“Going Home”: 7 p.m., Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Play by David Penhallow Scott. $20. Buy tickets at kauaicommunityplayers.org.
Martin Sheen backs pal’s election bid for Pennsylvania judge
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Martin Sheen has briefly reprised his "West Wing" role as president in a new ad backing his friend seeking election as a Pennsylvania judge.
Sheen played the fictional President Josiah Bartlet in the series and brought the role back briefly in the roughly two-minute ad for Judge Joe Cosgrove. Cosgrove is seeking election to Commonwealth Court.
All those witless attempts to negate President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the Electoral College will be over in less than 24 hours. After that, a case for hometown election reform should move to the top of the agenda in Santa Fe.
Actor Martin Sheen, whose expertise in politics is limited to playing a president on television, is part of a group on a fool’s errand to block Trump from the Oval Office.
With ‘Rules,’ Collins takes a Hollywood walk of fame
LOS ANGELES — For Lily Collins, who stars in “Rules Don’t Apply” opposite legendary Hollywood icon Warren Beatty and a host of famous faces, what was cooler — being there for this once-in-a-lifetime happening or the movie itself?
“They’re both really exciting, to be honest with you, but I think it was more me taking it in as Lily, being on a set with everybody,” she answered.
Early on, Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) wasn’t intended to be a central figure in Aaron Sorkin’s White House drama “The West Wing.” But just try and imagine a world without all those great Bartlet monologues.
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