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World leaders, stars unite at event aimed at fighting virus

LONDON (AP) - A summit that included a star-studded virtual concert hosted by Dwayne Johnson has raised nearly $7 billion in cash and loan guarantees to assist the poor around the globe whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus … more

Cobain guitar auctioned off for $6 million

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Grunge became gold on June 20 as the guitar Kurt Cobain played on Nirvana's 1993 "MTV Unplugged" performance months before his death sold for an eye-popping $6 million at auction. The 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain … more

'Jaws,' 'Black Panther' and more coming back to the drive-in

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer "Jaws," "Black Panther" and "Back to the Future" are just a few of the modern popcorn classics coming to the drive-in this summer. Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX and AT&T on Monday announced the initial lineup for … more

Delroy Lindo on his titanic performance in 'Da 5 Bloods'

NEW YORK - In the jungle of Spike Lee's sprawling and anguished "Da 5 Bloods," Delroy Lindo's titanic performance as a Vietnam veteran rises to a ferocious, even Shakespearean pinnacle. Lee's film, now streaming on Netflix, follows four … more

Grammys make awards changes, address conflicts of interest

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK - The Recording Academy is making changes to several Grammy Awards categories, including the often-debated best new artist title, and having nomination review committee members sign disclosure forms to … more

Review: Davidson steps up in 'The King of Staten Island'

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer The protagonists in Judd Apatow movies don't generally have their stuff together. They are emotionally stunted, occasionally underachieving, unmotivated to change and often even border on unlikable. But whether … more

Eagles' Don Henley asks Congress to change copyright law

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON - Eagles songwriter Don Henley urged Congress on Tuesday to "Take It to the Limit" to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording … more

Cartoonists to thank frontline workers playfully this weekend

NEW YORK - The funny papers this weekend will have more than laughs. More than 70 comic strips and panels - ranging from Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" to Jim Toomey's "Sherman's Lagoon" and Jeff … more

A superhero kid with autism shines in new PBS Kids' series

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - There's a new crop of superheroes coming to our TV this summer but they may need a little seasoning. After all, they're only in elementary school. The PBS Kids' animated series "Hero … more

California sues over sex misconduct on 'Criminal Minds' set

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES - The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series "Criminal Minds," alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant … more

Kirk 2.0: Captain Pike of new 'Star Trek' a welcome new icon

By TED ANTHONY AP National Writer In the beginning, in the "Star Trek" universe, there was only Captain Kirk. At least to the general public. When the Starship Enterprise first whooshed across American TV screens on Sept. 8, 1966, William … more

Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music … more

How sweaters became scene-stealers on ABC'S 'The Goldbergs'

By BROOKE LEFFERTS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES - The character Beverly Goldberg on ABC's hit comedy series "The Goldbergs" can elicit laughter before she even speaks, thanks to the over-the-top outfits that are a love letter to the mother … more

Selena Gomez cooks up show for HBO Max

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Selena Gomez will put her quarantine cooking skills on display in a 10-episode series for the upcoming streaming service HBO Max. The actress and singer, who said she's been spending more time in the kitchen during the … more

Taika Waititi to direct new 'Star Wars' film

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK - Taika Waititi, the New Zealand filmmaker of "Jojo Rabbit" and "Thor: Ragnarok," will direct a new "Star Wars" film. Waititi had for months been expected to take the reins of the galaxy far, far away, … more

Due to coronavirus, PBS Memorial Day concert revamped

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK - The coronavirus has wiped out plans to bring tens of thousand of people to the U.S. Capitol for the annual Memorial Day weekend concert shown on PBS, but organizers are pressing ahead with a revamped … more

This is his quest: An actor serenades the front-line workers

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK - It's a stunning sound, emerging amid the clanging and the whooping and the banging and the honking at 7 p.m. each night as New Yorkers cheer front-line workers: the velvety, buttery baritone of … more

No 'Black Widow' or 'F9' leaves a muted summer movie season

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES - The six-year fan campaign for a standalone "Black Widow" movie was paying off: at long last, a film would put Scarlett Johansson's popular Avenger front and center. And, like many of Marvel's … more

'Rise of Skywalker' to hit Disney Plus

NEW YORK (AP) - "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" will begin streaming on Disney Plus on May 4, about two months earlier than scheduled. The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that "The Rise of Skywalker" will land on the streaming service timed to … more

Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood's go-to action directors

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer Some of today's top action directors were first doubles for Brad Pitt, Neo and Wolverine. Increasingly, filmmakers are coming from the ranks of stuntmen and stunt coordinators, whose years of accomplishing … more
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