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Al Pacino to star as Penn State’s Joe Paterno in HBO biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — Al Pacino will star as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic directed by Barry Levinson. HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The ...

Michael Eric Dyson replacing Franken on Bill Maher’s show

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says academic Michael Eric Dyson will be filling this week’s guest slot after Sen. Al Franken bowed out of “Real Time with Bill Maher” in the wake of Maher’s use of a racial slur last week. Maher was roundly criticized for using the N-word in a joking reference ...

George and Amal Clooney welcome twins a boy and a girl

NEW YORK (AP) — George and Amal Clooney are now parents of twins and, rest assured, George is doing fine. The Clooneys welcomed a girl and a boy — Ella and Alexander — on Tuesday morning, the couple announced in a joint statement. Both mother and children, born at a hospital in London, ...

Swedish Academy has received Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture

NEW YORK — Bob Dylan has completed his Nobel course requirements. The Swedish Academy announced Monday that it has received the mandatory lecture from the 2016 literature winner, enabling Dylan to collect 8 million Swedish kronor ($922,000) in prize money. Spokeswoman Sara Danius described ...

Dan Aykroyd slams director over ‘Ghostbusters’ remake costs

(AP) Dan Aykroyd is criticizing the director of last year’s “Ghostbusters” remake for spending too much money to make the film. The “Ghostbusters” reboot starred Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and was helmed by “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig. Without mentioning Feig’s ...

Wife swap: Leah Remini joins Kevin James on ‘Kevin Can Wait’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin James is getting back together with former TV wife Leah Remini on his CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait.” Remini played James’ character’s wife on “The King of Queens,” which ran on CBS for nine seasons from 1998 to 2007. Remini has confirmed reports that she ...

Peter Sallis, voice of ‘Wallace and Gromit,’ dead at 96

LONDON (AP) — British actor Peter Sallis, who played irrepressible, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit” cartoons, has died, his agent said Monday. He was 96. Sallis’ talent agency, Jonathan Altaras Associates, said he died Friday at a retirement home for actors ...

Black Eyed Peas are still Fergalicious: Fergie didn’t leave

NEW YORK — Boom Boom Pow: Fergie is still a member of the Black Eyed Peas. A representative for the singer told The Associated Press that the songstress has not left the group, even though a magazine reported Thursday that will.i.am said she was no longer in the group. Fergie’s ...

Jon Stewart among those praising late NYC firefighter

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Jon Stewart fought back tears Friday as he described his friendship with a retired New York City firefighter who worked in the rescue effort following the Sept. 11 terror attacks and died after an eight-year battle with cancer. The comedian spoke at the funeral Mass ...

Regal Entertainment Group to hold 2017 Summer Movie Express

PENNSDALE — Regal Enter­tainment Group’s Great Escape Theatre, 965 Lycoming Mall Circle, will hold the 2017 Summer Movie Express, a 9-week film festival for children and their parents, at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning June 6 with showings of “Kung Fu Panda 3” and ...

Pelley out, Mason temporarily in as CBS evening news anchor

NEW YORK — CBS’ effort to brand itself as the home of hard-edged newscasts has achieved commercial success in the morning, but not so much in the evening — and “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley paid the price for it with his job. The network announced Wednesday that Pelley will ...

Chris Cornell’s widow still awaiting details about his death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Cornell’s widow says she’s grateful for the support her family has received in the wake of the Soundgarden frontman’s death last month, but she still doesn’t know what caused him to hang himself. Vicky Cornell says in a statement Thursday that she is still ...

FILE - In this May 5, 2017 file photo, Kathy Griffin attends the 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Griffin's video holding what was meant to look like President Donald Trump's severed head, has resulted in a lost endorsement deal and at least one club engagement for the comedian. Griffin has apologized, conceding that the brief video, which she originally described as an "artsy fartsy statement" mocking the commander in chief, was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

CNN sacks Kathy Griffin over Trump video as backlash builds

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathy Griffin has lost a decade-long gig ringing in the new year for CNN as a backlash builds over her video displaying a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head. CNN, which had called the images “disgusting and offensive” after Griffin posted the video on ...

Jerry Garcia’s guitar heads to auction, could fetch $1M

NEW YORK (AP) — A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom to Egypt’s Great Pyramids is headed to auction on Wednesday night. The Grateful Dead frontman’s guitar — named Wolf — will be offered at the Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, ...

Cannes Palme d’Or goes to Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square”

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival awarded its coveted Palme d’Or award to Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish comedy “The Square” on Sunday, while Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to win the best director award. “Oh my god! OK,” the Swedish filmmaker exclaimed after ...

Coldplay, Bieber to join Ariana Grande at Manchester concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry will join Ariana Grande at a charity concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday. Grande announced Tuesday that the “One Love Manchester” show will be held at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground just under two weeks after a ...

‘Big Bang Theory’ star shares her wisdom in ‘Girling Up’

LOS ANGELES — Mayim Bialik plays smart on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory” and is smart in real life, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience as evidence. She joins her intelligence with experience in “Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular,” a wide-ranging handbook on navigating the ...

Saldana and Del Toro help open new Disney ‘Guardians’ ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stepping inside Disney’s latest theme park attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!, is like being thrust into one of blockbuster films’ pulsating, action-packed trailers. Music blares throughout the tower drop ride as guests are treated to a visual ...

Pattinson, Sandler lead Oscar contenders out of Cannes

CANNES, France — It’s a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns. The Oscars aren’t much on the minds of the filmmakers or attendees in Cannes; the festival is its own achievement, ...

Child actors take the Cannes Film Festival by storm

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival, with its late-night soirees and throngs of paparazzi, isn’t an ideal place for children. Few of its movies are PG-rated, nor is much of the nightlife. Yet at this year’s Cannes, kid actors have delivered many of the festival’s most memorable ...