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In this combination photo, filmmaker Steve McQueen, left, appears at The London Critics Circle Awards, in London, on Feb. 2, 2014 and rapper Tupac Shakur attends a voter registration event in South Central Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 1996. McQueen is set to direct a documentary about Shakur. Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment said Tuesday, May 9, 2017, that the film is fully sanctioned by the late hip-hop artistÕs estate. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, left, and Frank Wiese/AP, File)

Steve McQueen to direct authorized Tupac Shakur documentary

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen is set to direct a documentary about Tupac Shakur. Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment said Tuesday that the film is fully sanctioned by the late hip-hop artist’s estate. McQueen is best known for directing “12 ...

Dance mom to dance con

PITTSBURGH — Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and for taking $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. A federal judge also ordered Miller to pay a $40,000 fine ...

ABC announces revival of ‘American Idol’ next season

NEW YORK — ABC announced a deal Tuesday to revive “American Idol,” only a year after the powerhouse music competition aired its 15th and last season on Fox. The show that dominated television in the 2000s and minted stars like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson will be ...

Snoop Dogg wants to create music festival in dad’s hometown

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — Rapper Snoop Dogg says he wants to create a music festival in his father’s hometown so he can perform in Mississippi. “We always stop in New Orleans but we never book a show here. We might as well do it ourselves because my booking agent just won’t do it,” he ...

Jharrel Jerome, left, and Ashton Sanders, winners of the award for best kiss for "Moonlight", pose in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

MTV Awards salute ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Stranger Things’

LOS ANGELES — Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show. For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, TV was ...

In a photo taken Thursday, March 30, 2017, girls perform a silk dancing act during a performance by the Trenton Circus Squad in Trenton, N.J. The squad, comprised of kids age 12 to 17 from both the struggling city of Trenton and its wealthier suburbs together, using circus skills to give kids a sense of belonging and a belief in their own abilities. Tom von Oehsen and Zoe Brookes created the group two years ago to try to change perceptions and stereotypes that lead to negative assumptions about teens in inner cities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Circus of life: Dreams take flight amid urban blight

TRENTON, N.J. — A group of would-be circus performers in New Jersey’s capital city are using unicycles, acrobatics and spinning plates to bridge the divide between poverty and privilege. The Trenton Circus Squad brings kids ages 12-17 from both the struggling city and its wealthier ...

Young director makes a bit of history with film debut

NEW YORK — Overcoming the hurdle of being a woman director in Hollywood is tough enough, but trying to do it a few years removed from high school is an even more daunting task. So it was to be expected that Quinn Shephard — just 22 years old — was filled with nervous energy as she ...

Celebrity birthdays

May 7: Singer Thelma Houston is 74. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 71. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead is 71. Drummer Prairie Prince (The Tubes) is 67. Guitarist Phil Campbell of Motorhead is 56. Actress Traci Lords is 49. Actor Morocco Omari (“Empire”) ...

‘Daily Show’ alumni to join Stephen Colbert on ‘Late Show’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is hosting a “Daily Show” reunion on his late-night show. CBS said Wednesday that Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry will join Colbert on “The Late Show” next week. Colbert was part of Comedy Central’s “Daily ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Last year, I took my buddy ‘’John’’ on an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas. The trip was partly covered by my work, but I paid for an extra night so we could make a long weekend out of it. It was John’s first time in Vegas, and he had beginner’s luck, big-time. He ...

This photo provided by The Strong shows the four inductees for the 2017 class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. From left to right are: ''Halo: Combat Evolved," "Donkey Kong," "Pokemon Red and Green," and ''Street Fighter II." (Bethany Mosher/The Strong via AP)

Video Game Hall of Fame adds ‘Halo: Combat Evolved,’ 3 more

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Attention Halo Nation, “Halo: Combat Evolved” is in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The science fiction shooter game that enthralled a legion of fans after its 2001 launch with the Xbox system is one of four games to be inducted into the hall Thursday. “Donkey ...

‘Happy Days’ cast reunites to remember Erin Moran

The cast of “Happy Days” has briefly reunited to remember cast mate Erin Moran, who died at her Indiana home last month. A photo shared online shows Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Don Most, Anson Williams, Cathy Silvers and Scott Baio posing together. Ross, who played Moran’s on-screen ...

Kelly’s new guy: Ryan Seacrest joins “Live” show as host

NEW YORK — Taking a full year to name a replacement for Michael Strahan beside Kelly Ripa on the morning chat show “Live” paid off in a big way for producers, who roped in Ryan Seacrest as co-host. The former “American Idol” host debuted Monday on show, giving Ripa a marquee name ...

At 84, Carol Burnett ready for return to TV comedy full-time

LOS ANGELES — Carol Burnett typically spends her mornings doing crossword puzzles with her husband, but the comedy legend could return to a full-time work schedule if the pilot she recently shot for ABC becomes a regular series. In “Household Name,” produced by Amy Poehler, Burnett ...

Brad Pitt talks Angelina Jolie divorce, giving up alcohol

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brad Pitt is opening up for the first time about his pending divorce from Angelina Jolie and his relationship with their children. Pitt tells GQ Style magazine that the recent chaos in his personal life was “self-inflicted.” Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in ...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2007, file photo, striking writers walk the picket line outside Paramount Studiosin Los Angeles. The clock is ticking on negotiations between television and film writers and producers before their contract expires. A strike could begin Tuesday, May 2, 2017, forcing writers to begin picketing. The previous writers' strike lasted 100 days in 2007-08 and was costly to the businesses that serve Hollywood and to consumers expecting to be entertained. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted

LOS ANGELES — A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production and inflicted harm on the wider California economy. The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers Guild ...

Making new album an emotional rollercoaster for Mary J.

LOS ANGELES — Mary J. Blige may be spitting fireball lyrics about her soon-to-be ex-husband on her new album, but the songs didn’t start from a place of anger and hate. It began with hope. “This album ... (was) written from the perspective of me fighting for my marriage. And then when ...

Brad Paisley wanted fans to listen, so he shot a movie

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brad Paisley will do anything to get fans to listen to an entire album front to back, even shooting an hour-long visual album featuring Mick Jagger, Timbaland, John Fogerty and an unfinished Johnny Cash song. The Grammy-winning country singer, songwriter and guitarist ...

Ellen DeGeneres recalls pain, liberation of coming-out show

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres can measure her career and personal success by several impressive yardsticks, including a popular daytime talk show and eight-year marriage to Portia de Rossi. But two decades ago, as star of the ABC sitcom “Ellen,” she put herself and her career on the ...

Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” has died. He was ...