Funnyman Andy Samberg ready for MTV Movie Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Comedian Andy Samberg is going back to his roots.

Before he joined the “Saturday Night Live” cast, before he won an Emmy Award with Justin Timberlake for the irreverent music video “Dick in a Box,” Samberg worked as a writer for the MTV Movie Awards. He returns to host the show Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheater.

The 30-year-old promises to bring his quirky comedic sensibility — and some new short films — to the 18th annual MTV kudo fest, which honors top performances as well as the “best kiss” and “best fight” of the past year in cinema.

On a patio just outside the show venue, a casually dressed Samberg talked about his happy homecoming and what fans can expect from his appearance on the MTV stage.

Country singer John Rich charged with assault

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star John Rich is charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former “Nashville Star” contestant.

Rich says in a statement Thursday that he turned himself in to Nashville police to face the charges filed by Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show on the USA network.

The 35-year-old was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released on $3,000 bond.

In April, Rich sued Ashley, saying the aspiring singer defamed him by claiming Rich hit him in the face. Rich says the charges are false and he rejected a settlement offer to pay $2.9 million to have them dropped.

Rich is part of the duo Big & Rich. His latest solo hit is “Shuttin’ Detroit Down.”