Entertainment

‘Lego Batman’ stays No. 1, conquers ‘The Great Wall’

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — “The Great Wall” was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud. The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, “The Great Wall” was intended to prove that the world’s no. 2 movie marketplace could ...

Lisa Marie Presley says she’s broke after ex asks for money

By DAVID BAUDER Associated Press NEW YORK — Lisa Marie Presley describes herself as deeply in debt and just out of a treatment facility in court papers that accuse her estranged fourth husband of having hundreds of inappropriate photographs of children on his computer. Their 8-year-old ...

In this Feb. 9, 2017 photo, urban artist Yulier P. paints on a wall in Old Havana, Cuba. The works of the 27-year-old artist, whose full name is Yulier Rodr’guez PŽrez, are striking not just for their artistry and ubiquity, but the fact that they exist at all in a place where graffiti is rare. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuban graffiti artist makes his mark in Havana

HAVANA — The whimsical designs of the graffiti artist with the signature Yulier P. began to appear randomly on walls around Havana three years ago. The first ones were large abstract renderings of rabbits, their floppy ears outlined in black against chipped concrete. Now, there is hardly ...

Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at California airport

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport, NBC-TV reported. Ford, 74, was told to land his single-engine plane on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, but he mistakenly landed it on a ...

Queen Latifah to be honored as an entertainment icon

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah will get the royal treatment at the upcoming American Black Film Festival Honors. The Oscar-nominated actress is set to receive the Entertainment Icon award at this year’s ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on Friday. The star of “Star” on Fox says ...

MTV’s European music awards headed to London in November

LONDON (AP) — MTV’s Europe Music Awards are headed to London. The music broadcaster announced Tuesday that the 2017 edition of the EMAs will be held on Nov. 12 at the city’s Wembley Arena. David Lynn, chief executive of MTV parent Viacom, says London is “arguably the world’s ...

Making ‘Portlandia’: Brainstorming, basketball, improv

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — The “Portlandia” brain trust is gathered to hash out another round of endearingly goofy tales set in a mythical (sort of) Portland. Laptops dot the conference table where stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen sit with fellow ...

Lindsay Lohan: Support Trump, would be ‘a positive thing’

NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsay Lohan says Americans need to come together in support of President Donald Trump. When asked about Trump, the actress told the Daily Mail in a video interview last week, “You have to join him. If you can’t beat him, join him.” She said she thinks “it would be ...

Collector’s hidden art to be shown in Switzerland, Germany

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press BERLIN — A vast trove of art which a German collector kept hidden from the world for decades will be shown simultaneously at museums in Switzerland and Germany later this year, Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern announced Wednesday. The Swiss ...

Grammy memorable moments: Adele, Beyonce, Prince, politics

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press In Beyonce’s first performance since announcing her pregnancy with twins, she shined head to toe at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night in golden hues. Meanwhile Adele took the top honors and got a rare do-over on national television when she flubbed ...

Ocean slams Grammy producer after criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Ocean has taken shots at producers of the Grammy Awards over their criticism of his performance at the 2013 edition of the show. Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich tells Rolling Stone’s Music Now podcast that Ocean’s vision for the performance was “faulty.” Ocean ...

Joy Villa’s ‘Great Again’ dress boosts album sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The attention-grabbing “Make America Great Again” dress Joy Villa wore at the Grammys appears to have led to a bump in sales for her music. Villa’s 2014 album, “I Make the Static,” was leading Amazon’s top paid albums chart over albums from Beyonce, Bruno Mars ...

Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 9th Grammy Award

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its ninth Grammy Award. The acclaimed orchestra now under the direction of Andris Nelsons won for best orchestral performance for its rendition of “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, and 9.” Nelsons ...

UK film awards show love for ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and ‘Lion’

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Ken Loach’s gritty drama “I, Daniel Blake” was named best British picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, while fractured-family saga “Lion” took screenplay and supporting actor prizes. Frothy musical “La La ...

WVIA-TV enters into channel sharing agreement with WNEP

PITTSTON — Just over a year ago, on Jan. 11, 2016, WVIA entered into a channel sharing agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, LLC to broadcast both WVIA and WNEP television over a shared channel. This agreement was made in anticipation of a spectrum auction organized by the Federal ...

Jake Gyllenhaal participates in Broadway's "Sunday in the Park with George" media day and Hudson Theatre grand re-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

With ‘love and joy,’ Gyllenhaal opens Broadway theater

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Broadway welcomed a new theater Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Jake Gyllenhaal. The “Brokeback Mountain” and “Nightcrawler” star was on hand with a pair of oversize golden scissors to reopen the Hudson ...

Aretha is retiring: Singer plans 1 more album

NEW YORK (AP) — At 74, the Queen of Soul has decided to take it a little easier. Aretha Franklin is planning to retire this year, she told Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4, the city’s NBC affiliate. The singer says she will make one more album, with several tracks produced by Stevie ...

Stunt-driving school promises the thrill of screeching tires

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The tires on Jeremy Fry’s Crown Victoria screech as loud as the planes roaring overhead while he tears along the tarmac of a local airport. Whipping around traffic cones until the car starts to drift, he suddenly slides ...

FILE - This Nov. 2, 2015 file photo shows Glenn Close during a photo call for the musical "Sunset Boulevard" in London. Close is reprising her Tony-winning role as Norma Desmond in the English National Opera's stripped-down revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Glenn Close revisits ‘most challenging role I’ve ever had’

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Returning to reprise one of her most iconic stage triumphs was relatively easy for Glenn Close. All she had to do was go to her closet. The actress keeps and stores most of her old costumes, including all the glorious ones she last ...

Berlin Film Festival kicks off with Nazi-jazz film ‘Django’

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press BERLIN — A French film about a jazz guitar virtuoso who struggled under the Nazis kicked off the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday, the first of the year’s major European movie fests. “Django,” from first-time director Etienne ...