April 18 Entertainment Briefs

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer win hailed as 'big for music'

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the jurors who picked Kendrick Lamar's album to be a Pulitzer Price finalist says the decision was unanimous and not divisive. Columbia professor Farah Jasmine Griffin says the fiveperson jury welcomed the chance to evaluate "DAMN." and have "a serious conversation about the art." The five-member music jury listened to 180 pieces of music and deliberated for a few days before submitted to the final board three works — Lamar's album along with Michael Gilbertson's "Quartet" and Ted Hearne's "Sound from the Bench."

Nielsen’s: Sitcom ‘Roseanne’ stays atop television ratings

(AP) — The reboot comedy “Roseanne” on ABC stayed atop the Nielsen’s ratings for the week of April 9-15, attracting 13.77 million viewers. “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS was second with an audience of 12.78 million. The “Academy of Country Music Awards” (CBS, 12.06 million); “Young Sheldon” (CBS, 11.7 million); “60 Minutes” (CBS, 10.57 million0; “Interview with James Comey” (ABC, 9.87 million); “The Voice” (Monday, NBC, 9.86 million); “Mom” (CBS, 8.94 million); “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 8.24 million); and “Survivor ” (CBS, 7.98 million) rounded out the Top 10.

Box office: ‘Rampage’ scores No. 1 with $35.8 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dwayne Johnson movie “Rampage” opened in first place over the weekend, beating out stiff competition from last weekend’s champ “A Quiet Place.” ‘’Rampage” grossed a mightier than expected $35.8 million from North American theaters, and $115.8 million globally. Paramount’s buzzy thriller “A Quiet Place” held well in its second week, bringing in $33 million and bumping its North American grosses to more than $100 million. In third place was another new opener in “Truth or Dare,” a horror movie that opened Friday the 13th and earned $18.7 million.“Ready Player One” was fourth with $11.5 million and the comedy “Blockers” was fifth with $10.8 million.

Fox News says Sean Hannity has company’s full support

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says its management was unaware until it came out in court that host Sean Hannity shared a lawyer with President Donald Trump, but that Hannity “continues to have our full support.” Fox said in a statement Tuesday that it had reviewed the matter and spoken to Hannity about the announcement that Michael Cohen had represented him. That was revealed in a court hearing on Monday about the FBI’s seizure of records last week from Cohen’s office as part of the probe of Trump’s Russian contacts. Hannity described his personal dealings with Cohen as centered on real estate advice, and that he considered it so minimal that he hadn’t seen it necessary to bring it up to anyone.