Entertainment

Diversity-focused academy program boosts Hollywood dreamers

LOS ANGELES — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when ...

Robin Leach of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ dies

LAS VEGAS — Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Friday. He was 76 Leach’s family said through a public relations firm that he died in Las Vegas, where he made his home. Leach had a stroke in November while on ...

Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill among all-star lineup for Franklin

NEW YORK — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week. The Queen of Soul’s service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka ...

CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to end in 2019 after 12 seasons

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says the upcoming 12th season of “The Big Bang Theory” will be the last. It’s the most popular comedy on television. The series began about geeky physicist roommates portrayed by Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki and expanded to include their friends, girlfriends ...

Emmy nominee Millie Bobby Brown rises above the online hate

NEW YORK — Emmy nominee Millie Bobby Brown continues to show wisdom beyond her years. The 14-year old “Stranger Things” star, who is no stranger to social media trolls, hopes young people can “rise above the hate” and “not let anyone change you.” Before a panel discussion ...

Cambodia court views work of accused Australian filmmaker

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A court in Cambodia on Friday viewed some of the work produced by an Australian filmmaker charged with endangering national security by flying a drone over an opposition party rally last year. The judge in the case of James Ricketson announced that the trial will end ...

George Clooney tops Forbes’ highest-paid actors list

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney can raise a glass, even if he’s not starring in any hit movies. The 57-year-old tops the 2018 Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors with $239 million in pretax earnings. Forbes credits up to $1 billion that a British conglomerate said it would pay for ...

Actor says he feared speaking out about Argento assault

LOS ANGELES — A young actor who alleged in legal documents that Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17 said Wednesday that his trauma resurfaced when Argento came out as a victim of sexual assault herself last year. “I did not initially speak out ...

Singapore: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author skipped service duty

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s government says the author of the book that inspired the hit film “Crazy Rich Asians” failed to register for national service as required. According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the U.S. since ...

Movie star’s lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

CAIRO — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or ...

Comedy legend Carl Reiner turns Emmy shot into punchline

LOS ANGELES — Comedy mastermind Carl Reiner can't help turning his latest Emmy nomination into a punchline. The 96-year-old creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” already has 12 Emmy trophies. Reiner, the oldest-ever Emmy nominee, says winning No. 13 would create a problem: how to divide ...

Actor Adam Driver says he had KKK neighbors in Indiana

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver is bringing his northern Indiana hometown’s hate group history to light after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood and that some of his neighbors were Klan members. The Mishawaka native made the comments ...

Lost Jagger-Simon duet found after more than 45 years

LONDON — A lost Mick Jagger duet with Carly Simon has been found more than 45 years after it was first recorded. The song, apparently never heard in public, appears to have been recorded in 1972 and was found recently on a tape owned by Rolling Stones collector Matt Lee. Believed to be ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hoopla elicits mixed feelings in Asia

SINGAPORE — The craze for “Crazy Rich Asians” is hitting Asia, with a premiere in Singapore followed by openings in several neighboring countries later this week. Much of the over-the-top romantic comedy was set in this wealthy city-state. As the stars streamed past flashing lights ...

Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, too

BLANTYRE, Malawi — The Queen of Pop also is a soccer mom, and she's getting ever more involved in the beautiful game. Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club ...

Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

NEW YORK — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. “You aren’t doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha ...

Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish’s 3-day music festival

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam. “We are still in shock,” the band said in a ...

Beyond ‘The Walking Dead,’ Lauren Cohan is ready for change

NEW YORK — Even battling zombies day in and day out can get repetitive. After eight seasons of fighting for her life on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Lauren Cohan knew she needed a change when she felt a little too comfortable with the job. That’s why she’s saying goodbye to the ...

‘Respect’ indeed: Aretha flipped man’s song into epic anthem

NEW YORK — It’s easy to forget that “Respect” wasn’t originally Aretha Franklin’s song. But the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her. She transformed Otis Redding’s song into a classic worldwide anthem — especially for the feminist and civil rights ...

In a comeback season for Hollywood, a summer without bombs

NEW YORK — Have you noticed something oddly tranquil about this summer movie season? For the first time in recent memory, there hasn’t been one major bomb. Usually by now, there would be blockbuster-sized craters left on the charred summer-movie battlefield, the inevitable toll of ...