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Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died

NEW YORK — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70. Shange’s “For Colored ...

‘Halloween’ carves up another $32 million to top box office

NEW YORK — Michael Meyers — or is it Jamie Lee Curtis? — can’t be stopped. “Halloween” dominated the North American box office for the second straight weekend, carving up an estimated $32 million in ticket sales. The top four films were all unchanged at the North American box ...

‘First Man’ blasts off behind ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Neil Armstrong film “First Man” settled for a third-place landing at the North American box office in its opening weekend in theaters. The Ryan Gosling-starrer and a host of newcomers, like the family-friendly “Goosebumps” sequel and the neo-noir mystery “Bad ...

Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the ...

China orders actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tax authorities have ordered “X-Men” star Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over the fate of one of the country’s highest-profile entertainers three months after she disappeared from ...

Opera baritone relishes brief role as Aida’s father

NEW YORK — Quinn Kelsey’s character doesn’t even arrive until late in Act 2 of “Aida,” and he’s killed shortly after the end of Act 3. Yet in his brief time onstage he turns the drama on its head. “My part definitely puts a nice little wrench into things,” said the Hawaiian ...

The most dangerous celebrity online is revealed

NEW YORK — Ruby Rose has played some dangerous characters, like an inmate in “Orange Is the New Black” and a scientist battling a prehistoric shark in “The Meg.” But the actress herself is now officially dangerous. Cybersecurity firm McAfee on Tuesday crowned Rose the most dangerous ...

Charles Aznavour, known as France’s Sinatra, dies at 94

PARIS (AP) — Charles Aznavour’s performing career endured eight decades, with a prompter in his final years the sole concession to age — or to difficulty recalling a 1,000-song repertoire. Known as France’s Frank Sinatra, the dapper crooner and actor, who got his start as a songwriter ...

Ken Burns turns his attention to the Mayo Clinic

NEW YORK — After spearheading an epic, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has turned to more personal subject matter — one that knows him very intimately, too. Burns tackles the famed Mayo Clinic in his next film, exploring the history of the innovative ...

Japanese actor Koji Yakusho says his is a solitary craft

TOKYO — His film roles range from police officer to serial killer, dashing characters to self-destructive losers, a samurai warrior to an ordinary “salaryman,” as Japanese office workers are called. But through all his work in Japan and Hollywood, Koji Yakusho has found what he must do as ...

Rapper Nelly settles with woman over sexual assault lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The rapper Nelly has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that he raped her on his tour bus in suburban Seattle then defamed her when he claimed she made up the accusation. Settlement terms between Monique Greene and Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes ...

‘Making a Murderer’ sequel set to premiere Oct. 19

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A sequel to the popular “Making a Murderer” documentary series about a Wisconsin murder case is set to premiere Oct. 19 on Netflix. The first “Making a Murderer” recounted the story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in the 2005 ...

Elizabeth Olsen plays grieving widow in new Facebook series

NEW YORK — Elizabeth Olsen is not a user of social media, has never been married, and has never experienced profound loss, but the actress has spent her 2018 surrounded by grief as a young widow in the new Facebook Watch series “Sorry For Your Loss.” The 10-episode, half-hour drama ...

‘America’s Got Talent’ finale gives boost to NBC

NEW YORK — “America’s Got Talent” ended its summer run last week with the most-watched entertainment programs on television since May, although its popularity dipped this summer. Just under 13 million people watched the final two episodes of the NBC competition last week, where ...

CBS’ ‘Murphy Brown’ is back, ready to ‘make some noise’

LOS ANGELES — Last season’s short-lived “Roseanne” revival blew an air kiss to President Donald Trump in its debut episode before it reverted to finding laughs in family and working-class woes, not politics. Expect “Murphy Brown,” another reborn 20th-century sitcom, to be ...

J Balvin leads Latin Grammy noms with 8 nods, 1 with Beyonce

NEW YORK — Reggaeton star J Balvin received eight Latin Grammy Award nominations on Thursday, including two for record of the year, one for album of the year and one for song of the year with Beyonce for their hit version of “Mi gente,” also featuring Willy William. Spanish sensation ...

Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film for release in 2020

LONDON (AP) — American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is replacing Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on ...

Jefferson Airplane’s Kaukonen is still on embryonic journey

LOS ANGELES — Long before he wrote and recorded the Jefferson Airplane classic “Embryonic Journey,” Jorma Kaukonen was on a decades-long journey of discovery of his own. From shy, sometimes bullied upper-class son of a globe-trotting U.S. diplomat in post-colonial Pakistan, Kaukonen ...

Emmys: An epic proposal, but winners lacking in diversity

“The Proposal.” It was a 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock, but now will forever be the informal title of the 2018 Emmys telecast, thanks to a memorable romantic gesture from Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss — who summoned the courage to propose to his girlfriend on live TV. She said ...

Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts, life after ‘Roseanne’

LOS ANGELES — There’s so much television to watch or pretend to watch — have you really followed all of wrenching “The Handmaid’s Tale” or even heartwarming “This Is Us”? — the guru who coined the term “peak TV” is upping the ante. John Landgraf, the erudite chief ...