Review: Stephen King shines on in ‘Doctor Sleep’

“Doctor Sleep” (Scribner), by Stephen King. Consider this the sequel you never knew you were waiting for, but will be very glad it arrived. Thirty-six years after introducing readers to Danny Torrance and a precognitive ability he came…

Kings of Leon return refreshed, recharged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Kings of Leon are having a great time. Problem is, no one really believes them. A very public meltdown in Dallas in 2011 led to some acrimonious tweets, the cancellation of 26 concert…

Producing duo ready their third sports play

NEW YORK (AP) — One night in late 2010, theater producer Fran Kirmser found herself in a Broadway theater beside an unusual guest — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the opening night of “Lombardi,” a play about…

Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb joining Daily News

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are joining the Daily News as columnists. The newspaper says the anchors of the fourth hour of NBC-TV’s “Today” show will dispense advice on food, fashion and pop…

Mary Pickford film found in NH barn is restored

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Carpenter Peter Massie has come across some interesting finds over the years — antique bottles, old newspapers stuffed in walls. But his biggest discovery of all is the only known copy of a 1911…

Lohan’s mom pleads not guilty to DWI charge in NY

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Lindsay Lohan’s mother is due in suburban New York court to answer drunken driving charges. State police say 50-year-old Dina Lohan was stopped earlier this month allegedly speeding on a Long Island parkway. A…

Dule Hill gets a ‘West Wing’ moment with Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Few people get to meet a U.S. president. Dule Hill has met three — one fake and now his second real one. The actor and dancer, who played a personal presidential aide on “The…

Antonoff of fun. talks Swift, Bareilles collabs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff says co-writing with Taylor Swift helped him become a better musician. Antonoff co-wrote Swift’s song, “Sweeter Than Fiction,” which will appear or the upcoming “One Chance” soundtrack; the film is…

Litigants battle over photos of legendary bluesman

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A legal battle over profits from the only two known photographs of legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson — who is said to have sold his soul to the devil for prowess on the guitar…

‘Prisoners’ tops box office with $20.8 million

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box-office-leading $20.8 million, a good start to Hollywood’s fall season. Final box office results were released Monday. Despite a lengthy running time and a dark…

Miss. court hears dispute over photos of bluesman

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Supreme Court panel has heard arguments about who should make money from the only two known photographs of the late Robert Johnson, a bluesman who myth has it sold his soul to…

Trove of Mich. folk music unearthed in archive

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is famous for its music, from the Motown hits of the 1960s to the cutting-edge punk of Iggy Pop to the rap of Eminem. Little known, though, is that Michigan was also fertile ground…

Jurors hear legal instructions in Jackson lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC have heard legal instructions from a judge on the eve of final arguments in the 21-week trial. Jury members…

Bryan Cranston, Cher offer custom phone recordings

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be one of the most boring lines ever — “Leave a message after the beep.” But what if you managed to jazz up your phone’s outgoing message with a celebrity? The advocacy…