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This image released by Netflix shows Seo-Hyun Ahn as Mija and the character Okja in a scene from "Okja."  The genetically modified pig of Boon Joon-hoÕs ÒOkjaÓ is 8-feet tall, 13 feet-long and weighs six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant (Netflix via AP)

For ‘Okja,’ growing a GMO pig from page to screen

NEW YORK (AP) — The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant. It’s a hybrid creature for a hybrid movie. ...

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I divorced over a year ago after a 35-year marriage that was very dysfunctional — although my adult children and ex-husband did not see it that way. Initially, I did not handle the divorce with any tact or finesse, I’ll admit. I am sorry for that and have apologized, but my kids ...

Diddy’s ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ lets ‘90s rap stories shine

LOS ANGELES — Sean “Diddy” Combs is often thinking of his old friend, the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G., whose career he helped launch in the early ‘90s. The Grammy-winning rapper and producer said it’s the right time to commemorate his and B.I.G.’s legacies 20 years after his ...

After over 25 years, Ice Cube’s still got something to say

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been more than 25 years, and Ice Cube’s still got something to say. The 48-year-old entertainer has come a long way from his start as part of the rap group N.W.A. and later a solo artist, branching into movies and now founding a soon-to-launched half-court ...

Comedian Marc Maron more than talk on Netflix comedy ‘GLOW’

NEW YORK — When Marc Maron heard about a role that might be right for him on “GLOW,” a new Netflix comedy about women pro wrestlers in the 1980s, he got busy. Well, he was already pretty busy as a stand-up comic and the host of a popular interview-based podcast, “WTF.” And he was ...

Stars of ‘Jumanji’ sequel pay tribute to Robin Williams

BARCELONA, Spain — Jack Black and Nick Jonas — two of the stars of the upcoming “Jumanji” sequel — have paid tribute to the actor who led the original film — the late Robin Williams. Describing Williams as a “sweet, sweet man,” Black said the late actor would “love” the ...

Daniel Day-Lewis says he’s retiring from acting

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation, says he’s retiring from acting. Day-Lewis’s representative, Leslee Dart, said in a statement Tuesday that the 60-year-old performer “will no longer be working as an actor.” She added that ...

Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death. The report released Monday states ...

Absent Jay Z inducted to Songwriters Hall by Obama via video

NEW YORK — Jay Z, whose wife Beyonce is expecting twins soon, was absent from the 2017 Song­writers Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by a charismatic longtime fan: former U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama, appearing in a taped video, told the audience Thursday that he’s been ...

Bat-Signal lights up Los Angeles in tribute to Adam West

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles became Gotham City Thursday night as the Bat-Signal glowed at City Hall in honor of late Batman actor Adam West. Hundreds of fans, some in costume, cheered as Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck switched on the iconic signal and splashed a yellow oval ...

From bleeps of ‘Pong’ and ‘Mario,’ game music comes of age

PARIS (AP) — The electronic bleeps and squawks of “Tetris,” “Donkey Kong” and other generation-shaping games that you may never have thought of as musical are increasingly likely to be playing at a philharmonic concert hall near you. From the “ping ... ping” of Atari’s 1972 ...

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ contestant says she’s ‘victim’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant says she’s a “victim” of undisclosed events that led to production of the reality show being put on hold. In a statement Wednesday, Corinne Olympios said she has hired an attorney and is seeking therapy to deal with what she ...

Dylan Nobel lecture used phrasing similar to SparkNotes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The whiff of plagiarism is blowin’ in the wind for Bob Dylan. Phrases sprinkled throughout the rock legend’s lecture for his Nobel Prize in literature are very similar to phrases from the summation of “Moby Dick” on SparkNotes, a sort of online “Cliff’s ...

Viewership down on ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette,’ other reality

NEW YORK (AP) — Until the current season, ABC had never cast a black man or woman as the lead character in “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette.” There were suggestions that some at the network feared it would hurt the show among the primarily older people who enjoy the fantasy ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: This is my 36th year as a stepmother, and I am writing in hopes of helping others who are taking the huge step of blending families. My husband, ‘’Nelson,’’ had custody of his two children, a boy and girl, who were in their early teens when we started dating. Nelson’s ex ...

FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo provided by The Public Theater, Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in New York. Teagle F. Bougere, center right, plays as Casca, and Elizabeth Marvel, right, as Marc Anthony. Delta Air Lines is pulling its sponsorship of New York's Public Theater for portraying Julius Caesar as the Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage, according to its statement Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

Theater refuses to buckle after ‘Caesar’ Trump criticism

NEW YORK (AP) — The Public Theater is refusing to back down after backlash over its production of “Julius Caesar” that portrays a Donald Trump-like dictator in a business suit with a long tie who gets knifed to death onstage. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled their ...

FILE - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Glenne Headly attends an event honoring fellow actor Ed Harris with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame  in Los Angeles. Headly, an early member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company who went on to star in films and on TV, died Thursday night, according to her agent. She was 62. No cause of death or location was immediately available. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Glenne Headly, star of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ dead at 62

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenne Headly, an early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company who went on to star in films and on TV, died Thursday night, according to her agent. She was 62. No cause of death or location was immediately available. Headly was known from her performances in ...

‘Angels in America’ resonates 25 years later as play, opera

NEW YORK — Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is playing to sold-out houses in a star-filled revival in London, and Peter Eotvos’ operatic version gets its New York premiere Saturday at City Opera. A response to the AIDS epidemic and the lack of U.S. government action, the work still ...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2016 file photo, Verdine White, from left, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire perform at the 2016 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Earth, Wind & Fire will hit the road this summer with the band Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Their tour starts July 12 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Earth, Wind & Fire take to the road with hits — and sadness

NEW YORK — Earth, Wind & Fire goes on the road this summer with some classic hits, a new touring partner and lingering heartache. The hits include “September,” ‘’Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland,” while they’ll share the stage with the band Chic, featuring Nile ...