Entertainment

Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ‘’Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” has died following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57. Mazzie died Thursday at her ...

CBS exec’s downfall shows the power — and limits — of #MeToo

NEW YORK — Is Les Moonves’ departure from CBS a breakthrough for the #MeToo movement? While he is the most powerful CEO brought down yet by sexual misconduct allegations over the past year, CBS is facing criticism for not pushing him out sooner, for thanking him in its announcement and ...

Alfonso Cuaron on building ‘Roma’ on childhood memories

TORONTO — Alfonso Cuaron’s last movie, the dazzling space thriller “Gravity,” won seven Oscars and grossed more than $720 million worldwide. His new movie, “Roma,” is based on his childhood memories and was shot in black and white in the Mexico City neighborhood he grew up ...

CMT honors only women at annual Artists of the Year show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. The move comes as female ...

Tiffany Haddish leads African-American Emmys sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish led an African-American sweep of Emmy Awards for TV series guest actors, a landmark moment in the entertainment industry’s effort to foster diversity. Haddish was honored at Saturday’s creative arts Emmys for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” while ...

Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after lunging at Minaj

NEW YORK — Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head. A person who witnessed the incident who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said ...

With ‘The Nun,’ Warner Bros.’ box office streak continues

LOS ANGELES — The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the “Conjuring” franchise and another win for Warner Bros. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga-led film brought in $53.5 million from ...

Women rally for gender equality at Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO — Women filmmakers, activists and actors congregated outside the hub of the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday in a series of impassioned speeches on gender inequality in the movie industry and the power of female voices to overcome it. The “Share Her Journey ...

Film academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood

LOS ANGELES — The idea to hand out a popular film Oscar has been shelved for now following widespread backlash, but film academy president John Bailey says that the new category was well-intentioned in its efforts to reflect a changing industry and misunderstood by its critics. The Academy ...

Mexican rock band Mana is Latin Grammys’ Person of the Year

NEW YORK — Mana will be honored as Person of the Year 2018 by the Latin Recording Academy, and Fher Olvera, lead vocalist of the influential Mexican rock band, can’t help but recall its beginnings “in a little truck,” as they say, chopping wood and carrying water. “The band Mana ...

Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm

ATLANTA (AP) — A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for saying black America is losing “its soul” at Aretha Franklin’s funeral stands firm by his words with the hope critics can understand his perspective. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. told The Associated Press in a phone interview ...

Garland’s stolen ruby slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’ are found

­­MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say they have recovered a pair of sequined ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that were stolen from a museum in her northern Minnesota hometown 13 years ago. The slippers were taken from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand ...

In Venice hit ‘First Man,’ another day of sun for Chazelle

NEW YORK — Damien Chazelle’s last movie, “La La Land,” was about a man clinging to nostalgia. His new one, “First Man,” doesn’t merely flirt with the past. It throttles back in time. But Chazelle’s reason for revisiting NASA’s 1969 mission to the moon isn’t to polish the ...

Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s next film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s next film, his first significant role on the big screen. In the movie written by Richard Curtis, former “EastEnders” star Himesh Patel plays a singer-songwriter who wakes up one day as the only person in the world who ...

‘Sons of Anarchy’ spinoff ‘Mayans M.C.’ tackles border world

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When “Sons of Anarchy” debuted in 2008, creator Kurt Sutter repeatedly heard the same comparison: it was the poor, white working class version of the HBO mob series, “The Sopranos.” Now that “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off “Mayans M.C.” is set to launch, ...

Fall Preview: Barry Jenkins on adapting James Baldwin

NEW YORK — On one fateful European trip in 2013, Barry Jenkins wrote two scripts: “Moonlight,” from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” from James Baldwin’s novel. “Moonlight” came together over just 10 days in Brussels. “If Beale Street Could ...

London Film Festival unveils lineup; 1 in 3 films by women

LONDON — More than a third of films at this year’s London Film Festival were directed by women, organizers said Thursday as they revealed the schedule for the October movie extravaganza. The festival said 38 percent of all films and 30 percent of the 225 features in the lineup have female ...

Delta Sigma Theta pays tribute to soror, the Queen of Soul

DETROIT — What began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum on Tuesday to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, a member of the sorority. The moving ceremony, known as the Omega Omega ...

Kingsley: I wanted to nail Eichmann to gates of Auschwitz

NEW YORK — Ben Kingsley said he didn’t portray Adolf Eichmann out of love or admiration. Rather, he wanted to “nail him to the gates of Auschwitz.” The Oscar-winning Kingsley, who has tackled historical figures before, including Mahatma Gandhi, Otto Frank and Simon Wiesenthal, said ...

With minuscule drop, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is No. 1 again

NEW YORK (AP) — The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million in ticket sales, according to studio ...