LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new professional league for elite swimmers will debut this year with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed gender format with the athletes being paid.
Katie Ledecky wins 4 events at Swim Series meet
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday for her fourth individual title of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Series meet.
Ledecky finished in 15 minutes, 45.59 seconds. The five-time Olympic gold medalist won the 200 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 freestyle earlier in the four-day event at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
Gaga, ‘A Star Is Born’ poised to dominate Golden Globes
NEW YORK (AP) — When the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards get underway Sunday night, who takes home statuettes is only a small part of the intrigue.
What the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Beverly Hills, California, ceremony lacks in gravitas it usually makes up for in freewheeling frivolity and fun. The free-flowing booze helps.
Netflix named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — After a year like this, Netflix shows no signs of chilling.
Ledecky, Murphy big winners at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Ledecky was honored as the top female swimmer for the sixth straight year, while Ryan Murphy took home three prizes at USA Swimming's Golden Goggles awards.
Ledecky and Murphy were honored Monday night In New York for their performances at 2018's biggest meet, the Pan Pacific Championships.
‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris sets exclusive Netflix deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix says it's signed "black-ish" creator Kenya Barris to an exclusive production agreement.
The multi-year deal announced Thursday makes Barris the latest prominent TV creator to jump from broadcast and cable to the streaming platform.
Barris' Peabody-winning "black-ish" aired on ABC, and he produced the spinoff "grown-ish" for the network's Disney Co. sibling, Freeform.
Wild re-sign Rau to 2-year, 2-way contract
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Kyle Rau to a two-year, two-way contract for more depth up front.
The deal was done Wednesday, with $700,000 for Rau in the NHL and $275,000 in the AHL. Rau had 23 goals and 27 assists in 69 games last season in the AHL, and he skated in three NHL games for the Wild plus one in the playoffs.
Nicole Kidman, Amazon sign TV, movie production deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon Studios says it's signed a deal with Nicole Kidman and her production company for TV and movie projects.
Under the "first-look" deal, Amazon and Kidman's Blossom Films will develop original series for Amazon Prime Video and big-screen films.
In a statement Thursday, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke called Kidman "a force of nature" as an actress and a producer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1's upcoming Trailblazer Honors will celebrate television pioneer Ryan Murphy and Trayvon Martin's parents.
The event, now in its fifth year, recognizes champions of diversity and civil activism.
Murphy, known for creating "American Horror Story" and "Glee," is being recognized for leading the way on LGBTQ representation on television. His latest FX series, "Pose," has the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series.
NEW YORK (AP) — In the premiere episode of the new FX series "Pose," a young black man hoping to be a star modern dancer is escorted into his first drag ball. Wild-eyed, he eagerly soaks it in. It quite literally makes him speechless.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have released five players, but only one who saw action in a regular-season game last season.
The Giants announced the moves Monday, four days before the start of a rookie minicamp.
Released were safety Ryan Murphy, guard Damien Mama, receiver Canaan Severin, running back Terrell Watson, and punter Austin Rehkow.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia de Havilland has asked the California Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against the FX Networks show "Feud: Bette and Joan."
Lawyers for the 101-year-old actress filed the appeal Friday, asking the court to reverse an appeals court decision in March that threw out the suit.
De Havilland objected to her depiction on the show, saying her likeness was illegally used and her character, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, came across as a vulgar gossipmonger.
Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbra Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media.
During a tribute to Streisand's decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews.
"Never," she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. "I wasn't like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that's why."
Barbra Streisand has admitted she's "never" experienced sexual harassment.
The 75-year-old singer has broken down many barriers for women over her lengthy career, but has said she's never been the victim of sexual misconduct, and never had a "#MeToo moment" - a phrase which was born out of the #MeToo movement which encouraged people to share their stories of sexual harassment with the world.
Netflix and Fossil jump while Groupon and Ventas stumble
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., up $38.58 to $289.91
The Mexican food chain named the CEO of Taco Bell as its next CEO.
Netflix Inc., up $7.73 to $266
The streaming video company signed a deal with writer and producer Ryan Murphy to produce new series and films.
Fossil Group Inc., up $7.38 to $16.97
After years of declines, the watchmaker had a stronger fourth quarter than analysts expected.
Producer Ryan Murphy signs exclusive Netflix deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — TV and movie producer Ryan Murphy is expanding his empire to Netflix.
The streaming service says Murphy signed a deal to produce new series and films exclusively for it starting in July. Details of the multiyear deal were not disclosed.
Murphy has been producing TV shows for the Fox broadcast network and FX cable channel, including "Glee," ''9-1-1," ''American Crime Story" and "American Horror Story."
Old Dominion beats Charlotte 88-66, wins 4th straight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Randy Haynes scored 24 points and Old Dominion rolled to an 88-66 victory over Charlotte on Saturday night.
Old Dominion (16-4, 7-1 Conference USA) has won four straight and 11 of its last 12 games. Charlotte (5-14, 1-7) has lost six in a row.
‘The Shape of Water’ wins top Producers Guild Award
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Women and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro's fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders.
Lockett’s career-high 30 helps FIU beat Charlotte 79-59
MIAMI (AP) — Eric Lockett scored half of his career-high 30 points at the free-throw line, where he converted 15 of 18, and four players reached double figures as Florida International defeated Charlotte 79-59 on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is yesteryears party game. The actor with the most impressive, wide-reaching connections these days, at least in the TV universe, may be Alexandria native and Gustavus Adolphus College graduate Peter Krause.
'American Crime Story' hits sophomore slump with 'Versace' (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The evidence so impressively stacked up in "The People v. O.J. Simpson" was overwhelming. The conclusion was as obvious as it was inescapable. FX's first "American Crime Story" season would be one incredibly tough act to follow.
‘Versace’ stars: Anti-gay bias led to designer’s death
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Do the intersecting lives of a fashion designer and the serial killer who murdered him add up to a political saga?
Absolutely, says Ryan Murphy, the powerhouse executive producer of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," season two of the FX showcase that debuted with 2016's Emmy-winning "The People v. O.J. Simpson."
Andrew Cunanan’s Minnesota victims aren’t forgotten in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’
LOS ANGELES The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story references one of the most notorious murders of the past 25 years, but even crime buffs may be thrown by the miniseries twist.
Gwyneth Paltrow announces engagement on Goop magazine cover
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged to television writer-producer Brad Falchuk.
The 45-year-old actress and lifestyle guru announced the engagement Monday morning with an Instagram preview of them embracing in a black and white photo on the cover of Goop magazine. She used a diamond ring emoji as the caption.
By Hank Stuever
The Washington Post
Strange -- what would Ryan Murphy want with Dick Wolf's empire?
9-1-1, an engaging but surprisingly rote drama from hitmaker Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear premiered recently on Fox, and from its initial siren wail, it seems very much like one of Wolf's Chicago-based NBC dramas about first-responders, save for the Los Angeles location.
The Latest: Producer OK being schooled in transgender life
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):
Producer Ryan Murphy says he's OK being schooled in transgender life during the making of his new FX series "Pose."
The large number of transgender actors and others connected with the show freely offer advice about authentically depicting their experience, Murphy told TV critics Friday.
Evan Peters talks about being a part of Ryan Murphy’s unofficial acting troupe
The team of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has created a lot of provocative television - "American Horror Story," "Nip/Tuck" and "Scream Queens," just to name a few.
So when I heard the duo was taking on the world of first responders in the new FOX drama "9-1-1," I was sure the show would be a doozy. Imagine my surprise when I found "9-1-1" to be just another run-of-the-mill procedural with an incredible cast that deserves better.
FX orders dance musical series ‘Pose,’ set in ’80s New York
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FX channel says it's ordered a scripted dance musical series starring Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek.
FX said Wednesday that the series, titled "Pose," will include what it called an unprecedented number of LGBTQ and transgender actors in ongoing roles.
The channel says the show is set in New York City in the 1980s, amid the "luxury Trump-era universe" and other social and literary circles.
When NHL free agency opened last summer, defenseman Ryan Murphy had a couple of offers for his services, but choosing to sign with the Wild was an easy decision.
I looked up their lineup on the D corps and as much as theres a lot of good D down in Iowa, I figured I had a good chance of excelling down there in Iowa and hopefully be the first call-up, Murphy said.
Niederreiter gives Wild 4-3 win over Sharks in OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter was frustrated at losing the puck during overtime. Once he got it back, he wasn't going to let another opportunity pass.
Niederreiter scored 3:26 into the extra period and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night after squandering a three-goal lead.
Eric Staal scored twice and Ryan Murphy added a goal as the Wild extended their winning streak over the Sharks to four games.
Chattanooga beats Charlotte 64-50 behind Chatman’s 23 points
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Rodney Chatman scored 23 points and made seven of eight free throws and Chattanooga beat Charlotte 64-50 on Sunday for the 49ers' fourth straight loss.
David Jean-Baptiste's 3-pointer with 10:11 to play sparked a 19-4 run and his layup, which capped eight-straight points, gave Chattanooga (5-5) a 54-44 lead at the 5:46 mark. Chatman made a layup and Chattanooga led by 15 with 2:20 left to play.
Davis has 24, Charlotte charges back to beat Presbyterian
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jon Davis led Charlotte with 24 points and seven assists as the 49ers dominated the second half to beat Presbyterian 83-74 on Monday night.
Sarah Paulson won't work in television unless its a show Ryan Murphy created.
The 42-year-old actress is known for her roles in Ryan's popular FX anthology horror series 'American Horror Story', and has said she won't work for any other television creators, as she has "found a home" with Ryan, whom she says knows how to "push" her to achieve great things.
Wild’s Parise has ailing back, will miss at least 2 games
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild will start the regular season without veteran left wing Zach Parise, who has been slowed by a back injury.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said after practice Monday that Parise would not travel to games at Detroit on Thursday and at Carolina on Saturday. Fletcher said Parise was "having a hard time getting over the hump." The 33-year-old played in no preseason games. The goal is for Parise to practice with the team next week.
Hurricanes look for improvement after busy summer
LAST SEASON: 36-31-15, 87 points. Seventh place in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Bill Peters (fourth season, fourth NHL season).
ADDED: G Scott Darling, RW Justin Williams, D Trevor van Riemsdyk, C Marcus Kruger.
Why does it always have to be clowns?
It’s been a helluva summer for children’s entertainers everywhere — “It” has been scaring even the hardiest of viewers, and “It” hasn’t even hit theaters yet.
Count on auteur Ryan Murphy to splash fuel onto the fire, in more ways than one, as the seventh season of his Emmy-winning horror juggernaut takes on politics and unleashes an army of killer clowns that make “It’s” Pennywise look like, well, Bozo.
Ricky Martin defends Versace murder drama as respectful
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A roundup of news from the closing day of the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services presented details on upcoming programs.
Ricky Martin said he reassured Gianni Versace's longtime partner Antonio D'Amico that the pair will be treated respectfully in a TV drama about Versace's 1997 murder.
Ricky Martin defends Versace murder drama as respectful
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricky Martin said he reassured Gianni Versace's longtime partner Antonio D'Amico that the pair will be treated respectfully in a TV drama about Versace's 1997 murder.
"I'll make sure people fall in love with your relationship with Gianni," Martin, who plays D'Amico in FX's "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," recounted telling him.
‘American Horror Story: Cult’ stars can’t say much about it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The women of "American Horror Story: Cult" came to Fox Studios promote the new season for an audience of television critics Wednesday, but they couldn't actually say anything about the show.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States set a world record in the preliminaries of the 4x100 mixed medley relay at the world championships on Wednesday.
The team of Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford produced a time of 3 minutes, 40.28 seconds, breaking the mark of 3:41.71 set by Britain at the 2015 worlds.
Australia (3:44.13) was the only country within 4 seconds of the Americans. The final will be held in the evening session at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
Lena Dunham has signed up for 'American Horror Story'.
The 31-year-old actress will join the FX show for its upcoming US Presidential election special season and co-creator Ryan Murphy cannot wait to fulfil a lifelong dream by teaming up with the 'Girls' star.
Confirming the news, Ryan tweeted: "Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r! (sic)"
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Zach Palmquist to a one-year, two-way contract.
Palmquist will make $726,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. The deal was done Wednesday.
Minnesota Wild announce 6 free-agent signings
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have three new defensemen, three new forwards and a new goalie, too.
Forwards Landon Ferraro and Cal O'Reilly signed two-year contracts Saturday and will be paid $700,000 if they're playing in the NHL and $375,000 if playing in the AHL. Forward Kyle Rau agreed to a one-year contract for $700,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. Rau played 24 games last year with the Florida Panthers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood great Olivia de Havilland has launched her own sequel to the TV series "Feud" — a lawsuit.
The double Oscar-winning actress filed suit Friday against FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy's company, alleging the drama inaccurately depicts her as a gossipmonger and is an invasion of privacy.
Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was already talking about getting aggressive in the free agent market.
Now he has some extra room to do that.
Florida was one of several teams to buy out a player in the last chance this offseason, clearing salary-cap space for the start of free agency Saturday.
Flames sign defenseman Michael Stone to 3-year deal
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman Michael Stone to a three-year deal reportedly worth $10.5 million.
The Flames acquired Stone from Arizona before last season's trade deadline to add stability to their defense.
He had two goals and four assists and was a plus-5 in 19 regular-season games with Calgary, and added a goal in five playoff games.
Flames acquire goalie Eddie Lack from Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Eddie Lack and defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Calgary also received a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft, and sent defenseman Keegan Kanzig and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick to Carolina. The Hurricanes will pick up half of Lack's $3 million deal next season, the last on his contract.