Jurisdiction issue delays Juelz Santana’s detention hearing

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A detention hearing for rapper Juelz Santana has been postponed until authorities decide who will prosecute the drug and gun charges he faces following an incident at Newark Liberty International Airport.

A judge was due to decide Monday whether Santana would remain jailed until his trial. Officials say that hearing will likely now occur sometime this week.

Santana pleaded not guilty to state charges last week. He also faces federal charges in the same incident

Authorities say security personnel found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and oxycodone pills he didn’t have a prescription for in a carry-on bag containing his identification.

They say he fled the area, leaving two bags behind. He turned himself in three days later.

The 36-year-old New York City-born rapper lives in Totowa, New Jersey. His real name is LaRon James.


Woman says Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her at audition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aspiring actress says she was 17 when actor Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her during a supposed casting session in 2002.

Faviola Dadis said at a news conference Monday that she had recently moved to the U.S. from the Netherlands when she was invited to a Beverly Hills hotel room to audition for Seagal for a film he planned to make about Genghis Khan.

The 33-year-old former model says only Seagal and his bodyguard were in the room when the actor reached under her bikini top and then grabbed her genitals.

Dadis said she ended the audition and immediately left. She says she feared being blacklisted if she reported Seagal, and only recently filed a police report. Los Angeles County prosecutors say they are reviewing the case.

Seagal’s attorney Anthony Falangetti did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


‘Sex in the City’ star Cynthia Nixon running for governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon said on Twitter Monday that she’ll challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary in September.

Her announcement sets up a race pitting an openly gay liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30 million war chest and possible presidential ambitions.

In a video on Twitter, the public education advocate said, “We want our government to work again.”

Nixon in recent speeches has called on Democrats nationally to carve out a strong liberal identity instead of being merely the “anti-Trump party.”

The 51-year-old Manhattan mother of three is an ally of Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who frequently clashes with Cuomo on various issues.

The 60-year-old Cuomo was favored 66 percent to 19 percent over Nixon in a recent Siena College poll.


‘Hamilton’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ stars release new song

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway fans are buzzing over the release of a new song by two popular Tony winners in support of the upcoming March for Our Lives.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, the original star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” have recorded a duet called “Found/Tonight,’ mixing lyrics from “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Story of Tonight” from “Hamilton.”

The song was released at midnight on Monday and is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.

The multi-city March for Our Lives on March 24 was planned after the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Miranda has been releasing “Hamilton”-related content each month in a series called Hamildrop.





Eva Longoria weaves empowerment throughout her clothing line

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Longoria is a master of multitasking.

The 43-year-old actress is producing a new pilot, continuing her work with the Time’s Up initiative, launching her clothing line on HSN and preparing to welcome her first child with husband Jose “Pepe” Baston.

“I have two babies,” said Longoria with a hearty laugh. “My line and my actual baby in my stomach.”

For Longoria, who has been sewing and designing since she was 7, everything comes back to championing women.

“You have to be comfortable not only physically in what you’re wearing, but like comfortable in your skin. Does that empower me? Do I feel like this is my best self today? And that’s what my collection is meant to do.”

The former “Desperate Housewives” star has been rallying for parity in Hollywood and beyond alongside the Time’s Up campaign, which raised $20 million and helped 1,500 women with harassment suits. She gave an impassioned speech at the recent women’s march in Los Angeles and called out E! over a pay equity dispute with former anchor Catt Sadler during an interview with the network at the Golden Globes.

“It’s not a moment, it’s a movement,” she said of continuing the momentum after Hollywood’s awards season. “It needs to be celebrated and applauded every time we have an accomplishment. But at the same time, we just need to keep moving it forward and we need to keep making real change.”

The thread of female empowerment is also woven throughout the Eva Longoria Collection.

“I wanted to really get inspiration from real women in the world and I wanted to use my global travels to, you know, give it a personality of not only Eva’s DNA, but a global DNA of like women everywhere doing everything,” she said.

Her spring line features ruffled sleeves, graphic tees, floral patterns and feminine pleated skirts meant to be dressed up for work or down with a pair of sneakers.

During an interview in Los Angeles, Longoria showed off patterned crepe jumpsuits, which she calls “onesies,” wide-legged pants and comfy stretch denim she promised will ward off the dreaded muffin top.

Longoria sported one of the collection’s popular bomber jackets in floral-print jacquard, joking that it’s the only thing that fit her growing belly.

“I’m in the golden months of energy! And the glow— although that’s my highlighter,” she said. “I feel great. I feel good, you know, and I feel my best when I’m working. So people are like, ‘Slow down! Slow down!’ And it’s just not who I am. It’s not in my DNA.”

There’s little time to relax as she’s currently producing a pilot for the ABC drama “Grand Hotel,” launching her collection live on HSN on March 22 and 23 and starring in the remake of 80’s comedy “Overboard,” which premieres in May.

“Then I can really relax and just bake the baby,” she added.






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John Oliver spoofs Pence picture book about bunny

NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver has trolled his way to the top.

The HBO host’s spoof of a new picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence was No. 1 on Amazon.com as of midday Monday.

“Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of a Vice President” is a tribute to the Pence family’s beloved rabbit. It was written by the vice president’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by his wife, Karen Pence.

Oliver’s book, which he announced over the weekend, is called “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” The story is the same, almost: This Marlon Bundo is in love with a male bunny.

The parody book was written by “Last Week” contributor Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller.


Review: Jack White gets even weirder on new album

Jack White, “Boarding House Reach” (Third Man)

For his third solo album, Jack White, the mad scientist of rock, got out of his comfort zone. Mind you, his comfort zone would make a lot of musicians go insane.

White recorded in New York and Los Angeles for the first time and sought out musicians he hadn’t worked with before — some he hadn’t ever even met. Then he listened to what happened.

“Boarding House Reach” is the result and it’s thrilling stuff, but more than a little disorienting. White’s trademark yowl and fuzzy guitar are firmly in place but then, suddenly, there might be a conga drum solo. Or a synth riff. Or a face-melting distorted chorus. You quickly get the sense that this is what the inside of Jack White’s head sounds like.

The 13-track Frankenstein-like album doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s like a jolt of electricity, mixing hip-hop, gospel, blues, country and hard rock. “Forgive me and save me from myself,” White warns us in one lyric.

The successes include the funky, hard-rocking tunes “Over and Over and Over” and “Corporation.” ”Ice Station Zebra” is brilliant, but in bizarre way. Many of the album’s best moments are drum-led, extended propulsive riffs, like on “Respect Commander.”

White’s collaborators include drummer Louis Cato, bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Neon Phoenix, and keyboardists Neal Evans and Quincy McCrary. They’ve helped him make the weirdest album of his career. The lyrics are as oddball as the music, going from quoting the baby book “Goodnight Moon” to name-checking Italian luxury carmaker Isotta Fraschini.

Some of the experiments should probably have been left for some future box set of outtakes dedicated to crazed White fans, including “Abulia and Akrasia,” in which singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking adds silly spoken-word verses. “Get In the Mind Shaft” is clumsy, albeit fascinating.

There’s a good song somewhere in “Hypermisophoniac” but it’s drowned out by about three others. There’s really no song in “Everything You’ve Ever Learned” and “Ezmerelda Steals the Show” is, as one line goes, “totally absurd.”

White dips into country on “What’s Done Is Done,” but it seems more like he’s mocking the genre this time. He swipes melody from Antonin Dvorak for the final tune, “Humoresque,” as if classical music was one more thing he wanted to mess with.

God bless, Jack White. And also save us from him, too.


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John Cena shares his love for kids and how they inspire him

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Cena has no children of his own, but the WWE superstar has practically dedicated his work to kids.

Cena has fulfilled nearly 600 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, more than any other celebrity. He’s hosting the Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday on Nickelodeon — one of three projects in the works with the children’s network. He’s also lending his voice to a new animated series and will be producing a new kids’ competition show called “Keep it Spotless.”

The 40-year-old entertainer is also branching out in print, with his first children’s book, “Elbow Grease,” about an undersized monster truck with big determination. It is set for release in October.

He talked with The Associated Press about his abiding love for children.


AP: What’s it like working with Make-A-Wish?

Cena: I try to put myself in that perspective of if I had one thing to wish for, where would I fall on that list? I don’t know exactly if I’d be in my top 100. So for me to be the name of like, ‘I would like to hang out with this person for the day,’ that’s a pretty strong statement… It really is pretty magical when they get a really intimate experience with the individual and then they get to go see them be a superhero (in a WWE performance). I’ll do that as long as I can, as long as they’re asking me to do it.

AP: Why do you think you connect so much to kids?

Cena: One, I just have nonstop energy. I love energy and I love excitement, and I think kids have the same. They have such a lust for life, such an honest and genuine attack on every day. And their responses, too, their emotions: They don’t hide how they feel. You can tell when a child is embarrassed. You can tell when they’re excited. You can tell when they’re happy, and you can tell when something you do makes them happy…. I love that honesty. I think that’s really what connects me to young people, is they’re not trying to shade you with anything. They’ll give it to you straight.

AP: What can you say about your new children’s book?

Cena: It takes from the activity I had with my brothers growing up in a family of five boys: a lot of roughhousing, a lot of harassment — and I mean that in a brotherly way — a lot of constant sizing each other up. But at the same time it’s about the values that it’s taken me four decades on this planet to learn, like don’t be afraid to try something new, because if you don’t try anything new, you’ll never learn anything. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Never take someone else’s estimation of, ‘You’re not good enough’ or ‘You’re not big enough’ as final, just use it as motivation to try to keep pushing forward… So this little 18, 19-page book kind of gives all of those lessons at once, and I’m very, very proud of it.

AP: You’re playing a dad with a teenage daughter in the new film “Blockers,” opening April 6. How was it to express such vulnerability onscreen?

Cena: I think there’s a certain amount of intrigue in like, well what does a big guy really, really act like? Are they really that jaded and hard-edged, or are they actually human beings? I’m a human being, I really am. I’m much more of a softie than I am Clint Eastwood in ‘Dirty Harry.” So any chance I get to do something like I’m doing in ‘Blockers,’ where the guy is just a fit guy but he’s a stay-at-home dad… I don’t mind being vulnerable, I don’t mind showing that because it develops plot of story, it develops sympathy, and you genuinely feel like I can relate to this person, even though it’s this big guy who I have no connection with.

AP: How have you been able to find such purpose in your work?

Cena: I’ve swung and missed so many times, I’m glad nobody is keeping track except me. I think with failure comes embarrassment and comes humility. A lot of the reason we spend valuable minutes wandering away from purpose is because we’re always afraid about what people will say and what people will think… I stopped caring about what other people thought and started caring about, like, what am I going to do that’s going to make my life happy and make my life effective? …Maybe that’s why I’m trying all this crazy stuff: doing comedy, doing a little bit of acting, reading the news, hosting some TV shows, doing animated stuff, doing WWE still. It’s because those things make me happy and I’m not worried about — I feel confident in the performance I’ve given. I just try to do my best.


‘Broken Girls’ mixes supernatural tale with gripping mystery

“The Broken Girls” (Berkley), by Simone St. James

Simone St. James’ sixth stand-alone novel mixes a creepy supernatural tale, complete with ghosts and things that go bump in the night, with a gripping mystery.

“The Broken Girls” also works well as a story about unshakeable friendship, parenting issues, obsession and sexism folded into a satisfying plot that straddles two eras of time.

The broken girls are those who end up in Idlewild Hall, “the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls.” Four of the girls who are roommates at Idlewild in 1950 — Katie, CeCe, Roberta and Sonia — refuse to be broken by the school’s strict rules and the abandonment of their families.

Located in “the backwoods of Vermont,” the castlelike fortress is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Hand, a young woman who once lived there.

In 2014, the now shuttered Idlewild haunts Vermont journalist Fiona Sheridan, whose sister’s body was found on the school’s grounds 20 years ago. Deb Sheridan’s boyfriend was convicted and he is still in prison for her murder. But Fiona is obsessed with the murder and believes the truth didn’t come out in court. When a family with no local ties buys Idlewild, Fiona seizes on the chance to do a story on the school — and further investigate her sister’s murder. The story intensifies when the remains of another girl are found buried on the grounds.

“The Broken Girls” smoothly alternates between the two eras, capturing the idiosyncrasies of each. Fear and distrust permeate the scenes of the 1950s, while Fiona’s terrors come from within her. The roommates’ bonds and strength serve these naive teens well, while Fiona’s support system is lacking.

St. James blankets Idlewild with an evocative atmosphere that makes the appearance of a ghost seem real. The school’s abandoned rooms with rotting furniture, dripping water and a chill that permeates the building add to the deliciously creepy feeling. Sure, these are cliches of supernatural and horror, but St. James makes the tropes seem fresh.





YouTubers KSI, Logan Paul agree to box in UK, US

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul are taking their acts into the boxing ring.

They’ve agreed to a two-fight deal, with the first bout in the Manchester, England, on August 25th and a rematch in the United States.

KSI, whose real name is Olajide William Olatunji, was training with boxers Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Badou Jack in Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old English comedian and actor beat YouTuber Joe Weller in the ring in London last month.

YouTube removed Paul’s channels earlier this year after he posted images of what appeared to be a suicide victim online. Paul later apologized. YouTube also temporarily suspended advertising on the 22-year-old’s channels in February due to an odd “pattern of behavior.”


AP names Nancy Benac as White House news editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has named Nancy Benac, a veteran Washington journalist who has covered the presidency and national political campaigns, as its White House news editor.

The appointment was announced Monday by Julie Pace, AP’s Washington bureau chief.

Benac will lead a team of AP reporters covering all aspects of President Donald Trump’s White House, one of the most competitive and closely watched beats in the world. She’s overseen the White House team on an interim basis since last summer.

Benac has worked for the AP for more than 35 years, covering government and politics. She began her AP career as an intern in the New York City bureau in 1980, followed by stints in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan, before moving to Washington as the Michigan regional reporter in 1983.


James Patterson donating $2 million to classroom libraries

NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson is stepping up his game.

The best-selling author has increased his annual donations for classroom libraries from $1.75 million to $2 million. Scholastic Inc. told The Associated Press on Monday that Patterson is distributing 4,000 gifts of $500 each to teachers around the country, from Mechanic Falls, Maine, to Cheney, Kansas. The so-called “Patterson Pledge” was launched in 2015 and is run in coordination with Scholastic Book Clubs, which adds book club points to Patterson’s contribution. More than 80,000 teachers applied for donations.

“I can’t underscore enough how important books and reading are to a child’s development — better readers make better people, and ultimately better citizens,” Patterson said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the teachers who are doing imperative work with students every day, in every school in the country. These grants are my way of acknowledging their extraordinary efforts.”

“Teachers often have to find their own funds and use their personal money to buy books and build fresh classroom libraries. This is why we at Scholastic Book Clubs are truly inspired by James Patterson’s commitment to offer real help to teachers in this work,” Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Clubs, said in a statement.

Over the past few years, Patterson has also given millions of dollars to bookstores and literacy programs and endowed thousands of college scholarships for teachers.


Bill Murray takes nap at SXSW premiere of ‘Isle of Dogs’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bill Murray took a catnap at the premiere of the film “Isle of Dogs.”

Murray voices the canine Boss in Wes Anderson’s movie, which was shown Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Murray read the poem “Dogs” accompanied by a cellist, and joined Anderson and cast members on stage to answer questions from the audience.

But the 67-year-old Murray nodded off when the questions centered on the filmmaking process.


Pitbull to speak at United Nations about global water crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull is heading to the United Nations to discuss the global water crisis on World Water Day.

The organization Clean Water Here announced on Monday that the international pop star will be named Clean Water Here Ambassador on March 22, when he visits the U.N. in New York City.

Pitbull also will receive the 2018 World Water Champion Award for his global humanitarian efforts. He is leading the celebrity-driven social media campaign dubbed “Clean Water Here Cause Flash,” in hopes of raising awareness of the water crisis. Other participants include Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Monica and Juanes.

On March 22, U.N. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will launch a 10-year plan focused on sustainable development of water resources.


Jim Carrey criticized for portrait believed to be Sanders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Carrey is being criticized on social media for a portrait he painted that is believed to be White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The actor and comedian on Saturday tweeted the painting with the caption: “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!”

Some Twitter users accused Carrey of shaming because of the unflattering portrait. Others were critical of his use of Christian.

A spokeswoman for Carrey confirms it is his painting. But she would not confirm it is Sanders.

The White House has not returned a message seeking comment.