Edgar Ramirez, right, a cast member in

Ricky Martin defends Versace murder drama as respectful

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.

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In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, front left, confers with her attorney as David Mueller, back left, and the judge look on during a civil trial in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver.

Taylor Swift groping trial draws attention to hidden outrage

Taylor Swift's allegation that a former morning radio host reached under her skirt and grabbed her backside during a photo op is bringing attention to a common but largely hidden outrage for many women, one that few report.

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In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver.

Taylor Swift testifies former DJ groped her under her skirt

Taylor Swift testified Thursday that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver.

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Chris Pratt, right, and Anna Faris arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce separation

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced Sunday that they are separating after eight years of marriage, sparking a wave of shock and sadness online about the demise of one of Hollywood's most popular power couples.

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Singers Luis Fonsi, left and Daddy Yankee perform during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla.

Hit song 'Despacito' becomes most viewed video on YouTube

The music video for the No. 1 hit song "Despacito" has a new record — it's become the most popular clip on YouTube of all-time with more than three billion views.

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Rapper Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, is arraigned in New York, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, after he was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge.

Prosecutor: Rapper accused of murder thought man hit on him

A New York prosecutor said Thursday that a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five stabbed a homeless man to death in Manhattan after he became enraged because he thought the man believed he was gay and was hitting on him, and he feared he would be robbed.

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Actor-writer Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York.

Sam Shepard talks writing process in 'California Typewriter'

Sam Shepard is gone, but a new documentary "California Typewriter " captures the lauded playwright happy and in his element at work.

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Actress Angelina Jolie.

Angelina Jolie says child casting story is false, upsetting

Angelina Jolie says accounts of her casting process for children to appear in her film "First They Killed My Father" are false and upsetting.

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FILE - In this July 11, 2005 file photo, Martin “Marty” Sklar, Imagineering Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive, poses in front of a picture of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Leading Disney parks 'Imagineer' Martin Sklar dies at 83

Martin A. "Marty" Sklar, a right-hand man of Walt Disney and central figure in the development and expansion of his company's theme parks around the world, has died.

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Singer Rihanna, left, and Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron walk out of the Elysee Palace after a meeting in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

France's Macron meets Rihanna at the Elysee Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron met singer Rihanna at the Elysee Palace Wednesday after the pop star appealed to him on Twitter for France to contribute to her education fund for developing countries.

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Jason Momoa, left, and Ben Affleck attend the Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck to fans: I'm still Batman, despite rumors

Ben Affleck is still Batman. The actor shot down rumors that he would be hanging up his cape for the stand-alone Batman film, even though he recently ceded directing responsibilities.

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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington poses in the press room at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif.

Reaction to death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington

Reaction to the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington:

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In this photo provided by ToniAnne Campasano Alvino, people at Gilbo Beach, N.Y., on Long Island watch the action after on the water after a Robinson R 44 helicopter made an emergency ocean landing Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing

The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon was rescued Wednesday from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean near a New York beach.

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Martin Landau arrives at the 24th Night of 100 Stars Oscars Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," has died. He was 89.

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Singer Aaron Carter arrives at a premiere of

Singer Aaron Carter, girlfriend arrested in Georgia

Authorities say singer Aaron Carter and his girlfriend have been arrested on DUI and drug charges in Georgia.

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Rapper DMX, left, leaves federal court in New York, Friday, July 14, 2017, with his attorney Murray Richman after pleading not guilty to tax evasion.

Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to dodging $1.7M tax debt

Rapper DMX has pleaded not guilty to charges he's been dodging the IRS.

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Actor James Cromwell arrives at The Humane Society Of The United States 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Actor James Cromwell to report to jail for plant protest

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell is heading to jail in New York for blocking traffic to protest a power plant.

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US musician Madonna, kisses one of her adopted daughters Stella, as son David Banda, right, looks on at the opening of The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blant

Madonna welcomed in Malawi as 'daughter of this nation'

Madonna was welcomed in Malawi on Tuesday for the official opening of a hospital children's wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the impoverished southern African nation.

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Rihanna, who portrays a burlesque dancer named Bubble, in Luc Besson's sci-fi epic,

'Valerian' director says Rihanna is focused, generous on set

Director Luc Besson says getting Rihanna's team on board for her role in the sci-fi epic "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" was a little painful at first.

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This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from

'Spider-Man' slings $117 million debut and Sony rejoices

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" swung past expectations, opening with an estimated $117 million in North America and giving a Sony Pictures a much needed hit.

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Movies

Lav Diaz, director of 'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis' addresses the audience after receiving the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives.

Migrant island documentary "Fire at Sea" wins at Berlin fest

BERLIN (AP) — "Fire at Sea," a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa — many migrants' first destination on risky journeys toward safety and a better life in Europe

TV

Bill Cosby enters the Montgomery County Courthouse for a court appearance in Norristown, Pa.

Cosby loses appeal; case appears headed to evidence hearing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's criminal sexual-assault case appears to be headed toward an evidence hearing after a judge denied his latest effort to throw the charges out.

Music

Ex-ABBA members make rare joint appearance at grand opening

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The four former members of iconic Swedish pop group ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the "Mamma Mia!" musical.

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