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Costumed fans of the Star Wars franchise wait in a massive line outside the Orange County Center, in Orlando, Fla., to attend the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, Thursday, April 13, 2017, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1977 Star Wars film. Thousands of fans waited for hours in the line, estimated to be more than a mile long. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Harrison Ford visit, Fisher tribute launch Star Wars event

How do you celebrate 40 years of “Star Wars” in 90 minutes? With a surprise Harrison Ford appearance, a touching Carrie Fisher tribute, a John Williams performance and a fair amount of jokes about George Lucas’ dialogue, of course. Attendees at Star Wars Celebration were treated to ...

General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux, left and Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure attend a press conference for the presentation of the 70th Cannes film festival, in Paris, Thursday, April 13, 2017. A Civil War film by Sofia Coppola, a Ukrainian road movie and a film about AIDS activism are among 18 films competing for the top prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which organizers hope can help counter nationalist sentiment. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Coppola, Kidman and virtual reality in Cannes lineup

PARIS — A Civil War film by Sofia Coppola, a Ukrainian road movie and a drama about AIDS activism are among 18 films competing for prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which organizers hope can help counter nationalist sentiment. The festival is embracing virtual reality and cell ...

Today’s birthdays

Actor Bradford Dillman (“Falcon Crest”) is 87. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 85. Actress Julie Christie is 77. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 72. Actor John Shea (“Gossip Girl,” ‘’Lois and Clark”) is 68. Actor Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 57. Actor Robert ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: We have a friend, “Larry,” whom we socialize with and who is part of a tennis group that my husband is also part of. My husband has always loved cooking and is great at it. He has cooked for this tennis group — having been asked — on several occasions. But no matter what ...

Like the King of Pop, The 1975 want to rock your body

NEW YORK — Matthew Healy, frontman of the English rock band The 1975, remembers how emotional and impactful his first major concert was when he was just 8 years old. The artist was Michael Jackson, and Healy recalls the night vividly. “It kind of solidified he was a pantheon of culture, ...

German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus dies at 81

BERLIN (AP) — The publisher of German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who worked with Martin Scorsese on “Gangs of New York,” “Goodfellas” and “The Departed,” says Ballhaus has died. He was 81. Publishing house DVA, which cited Ballhaus’ family, said in a statement Wednesday ...

Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57. He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on ...

Today’s birthdays

Actor Lyle Waggoner (“The Carol Burnett Show”) is 82. Actor Edward Fox is 80. Actor Paul Sorvino is 78. Singer Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers is 77. Musician Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane is 73. Actor Tony Dow (“Leave It To Beaver”) is 72. Musician Al Green is 71. Actor ...

In this image released by WGN America, Aisha Hinds portrays Harriet Tubman in a scene from "Underground." (Kim Simms/WGN America via AP)

Harriet Tubman goes solo on ‘Underground’ special episode

NEW YORK (AP) — Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery in the antebellum South to become a leading abolitionist, is best known today as a righteous figure and the future face on the $20 bill. But for viewers of “Underground” this season, Tubman has come to life as a character on this ...

Today’s birthdays

Musician Herbie Hancock is 77. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 73. Actor Ed O’Neill is 71. Actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) is 70. Talk-show host David Letterman is 70. Singer-actor David Cassidy is 67. Singer J.D. Nicholas of The Commodores is 65. Singer Pat Travers is 63. Actor ...

In this photo released by ABC, co-hosts, from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, Sara Haines and Jedediah Bila appear on a monitor during a broadcast of "The View," in New York. The unquenchable thirst for chatter about President Donald Trump has changed the dynamics of a fierce daytime television competition much as it has in late-night TV. "The View" has spent more time talking politics with the arrival of a new administration, stopping the momentum of its rival "The Talk," which sticks to pop culture. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)

Political talk helping ‘The View’ to comeback

NEW YORK — The unquenchable thirst for chatter about President Donald Trump has changed the dynamics of a fierce daytime television competition much as it has in late-night TV. “The View” has spent more time talking politics with the arrival of a new administration, stopping the ...

Deaf patrons complain movie theater won’t turn on captions

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Some deaf and hearing-impaired moviegoers say a Rhode Island theater refused to switch on the captioning so they could follow along with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The Providence Journal reports 18 hearing-impaired people tried to see the film at the ...

Today’s birthdays

Actor Joel Grey is 85. Actress Louise Lasser is 78. Actor Peter Riegart is 70. Actor Bill Irwin is 67. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 60. Guitarist Nigel Pulsford (Bush) is 56. Country singer Steve Azar is 53. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 51. Bassist Dylan Keefe of Marcy Playground is ...

David Schwimmer confronts sex harassment in new campaign

NEW YORK — A lewd photographer, a handsy doctor, a smooth-talking politician: Sexual harassment happens every day and it’s time to amp up the conversation, actor David Schwimmer said. Schwimmer, Cynthia Nixon, Bobby Cannavale, Emmy Rossum and Noah Emmerich, among others, appear in a ...

Louisiana orchestra performs on moving boats on a lake

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra ‘s upcoming performance of “New Water Music” will literally be on the water. Musicians will perform from the decks of a moored barge and moving shrimp boats on Lake Ponchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) — the big tidal basin bordering New ...

Blake Shelton’s entertainment venue to open this year

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (AP) — Ole Red hopes to tree some retail dollars here, its developer said Monday. Ryman Hospitality Properties CEO Colin Reed joined Blake Shelton and other dignitaries to formally start construction on Ole Red, an entertainment venue based on Shelton’s hit song, ...

Energetic Backstreet Boys bring the nostalgia to ACM Awards

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer While Justin Timberlake had a show-stopping moment alongside Chris Stapleton at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, it was the Backstreet Boys who shined brightly at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards. The boy band had the night’s liveliest ...

Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks dies at 83

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” has died at age 83. A prolific musician known for his intense guitar solos and raspy but strong voice, Brooks ...

Birthday surprise for ageless Doris Day: She’s actually 95

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — To Doris Day’s many admirers, the pert and fresh-faced charmer who starred in “Pillow Talk” and “Move Over Darling” is ageless. But Day turns 95 on Monday — which is a birthday surprise to even the star herself, who has long ...

‘Boss Baby’ dethrones ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with $49M debut

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — The taskmaster toddler of “The Boss Baby” dethroned Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the box office with a $49 million debut, handing its star Alec Baldwin what President Donald Trump might call a “huge” no. 1 opening. Paramount ...