Entertainment

Something’s missing in HBO’s new film on John McCain’s life

NEW YORK — It’s no coincidence that the words “President Trump” aren’t spoken in “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the HBO documentary on the Arizona senator that debuts today. There’s enough to talk about, from candidate Trump’s belittling of McCain for being taken ...

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is a hit from Broadway to Kiev

Gerry Marsden walked into Liverpool’s ODEON cinema for a Laurel and Hardy film. It was raining when he started to leave, so he decided to stay for the second part of the double feature and watch the comedy duo one more time. And with that, a part of soccer history was born. Rodgers and ...

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

NEW YORK — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told ...

A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK — Farewell tours don’t always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon’s concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both. Simon’s “Homeward Bound” tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to ...

Jay and Mark Duplass reveal the secret to their success

NEW YORK — When the filmmaking Duplass brothers sat down to list their top 10 movies of all time, one cinematic masterpiece didn’t make the cut. Jay and Mark Duplass made room for “Dumb and Dumber,” “Tootsie” and “Raising Arizona.” But “The Godfather,” often topping lists ...

Celebrities bring awareness to mental health issues

NEW YORK — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has discussed his battle with depression. Mariah Carey recently revealed she has bipolar disorder. Prince Harry said he needed counseling to deal with years of grief and anger following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. And “Deadpool” star ...

Celebrity birthdays

May 20: Actor David Proval (“The Sopranos”) is 76. Singer-actress Cher is 72. Actor Dave Thomas (“Grace Under Fire,” “SCTV”) is 70. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 59. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 59. Actor John Billingsley (“True Blood,” “Enterprise”) is 58. Actor Tony ...

Markle’s father in doubt for wedding as media frenzy mounts

LONDON — Thomas Markle spent a career in Hollywood, but nothing prepared him for this. The father of royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle has reportedly said he will not attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry this week after suffering a heart attack amid media frenzy around the ...

The Latest: French snap up souvenirs before UK royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The Latest on royal wedding preparations (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The French may have overthrown their own monarchy more than two hundred years ago but for some there remains a fascination for the trappings of the royal experience. French admirers of the ...

Travolta dances his way through Cannes again with ‘Gotti’

CANNES, France — John Travolta first came to Cannes 40 years ago while promoting “Grease,” and he’s still dancing along the Croisette. The 64-year-old actor returned to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new mafia boss John Gotti biopic “Gotti,” celebrate the anniversary of ...

How to watch the royal wedding –– if you haven’t got a ticket

NEW YORK (AP) — The bad news: You don't have a ticket to Windsor Castle to watch the wedding on Saturday of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The good news: There are plenty of options for watching it live from the comfort of your couch. Plus, it's really, really early for a lot of ...

Tom Wolfe, pioneering ‘New Journalist,’ dead at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Wolfe, the white-suited wizard of “New Journalism” who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “A Man in Full,” has died. He was ...

‘Avengers’ overpowers ‘Breaking In,’ ‘Life of the Party’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Avengers: Infinity War” is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theaters, easily beating out the mom-themed fare. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that “Infinity War” has added $61.8 million from North American theaters bringing its ...

Royal retreat of Windsor ready to party for Harry, Meghan

WINDSOR, England — Few towns are as quintessentially English as Windsor, the bucolic riverside locale where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married on May 19. And few towns are as pleasing when a warm spring sun bakes off the morning mist. Even the plump white swans ...

Celebrity birthdays May 13-19

May 13: Actor Buck Taylor (“Gunsmoke,” “Gods and Generals”) is 80. Actor Harvey Keitel is 79. Actress Zoe Wanamaker (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) is 70. Actor Franklyn Ajaye (“Car Wash,” TV’s “Deadwood”) is 69. Singer Stevie Wonder is 68. Comedian Stephen ...

Roman Polanski’s film academy expulsion is 40 years in the making

LOS ANGELES — Until Thursday, Roman Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. In his 40 years as a fugitive the “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” filmmaker had been nominated for three additional Oscars, one ...

Cannes announces changes to boost female representation

CANNES, France — On the eve of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the festival’s director held an unscheduled press conference Monday to address the many issues roiling this year’s gathering, from Cannes’ feud with Netflix to the #MeToo movement to the banning of selfies on the red ...

Santa Fe Opera taps creator of operatic ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

SANTA FE, N.M. — A fairy-tale thriller from a Danish composer who created an operatic version of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will make its debut at the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2019, as the open-air desert venue shifts course under new management. Leaders of the Santa Fe Opera on ...

Review: Brooklyn trio Las Rosas makes scorching second album

Las Rosas, “Shadow by Your Side” (Greenway Records) Brooklyn trio Las Rosas upgrades its lo-fi sounds without sacrificing its considerable charms on “Shadow by Your Side,” an excellent second album of compelling tunes. It’s been little over a year since the debut, “Everyone Gets ...

Markle had a Hollywood-but-humble youth before royalty rang

LOS ANGELES — Meghan Markle’s road to royalty ran through Hollywood. The American actress set to marry Prince Harry May 19 spent her formative years in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood, a more working-class place than its famous name suggests. It was home to the progressive ...