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This image released by HBO shows Danny McBride, right, and Walton Goggins in a scene from, "Vice Principals," returning for a second season on Sunday. (Fred Norris/HBO via AP)

McBride and Goggins return as ‘Vice Principals’ class act

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of last season’s fiercely absorbing “Vice Principals,” administrator Neal Gamby was left sprawled on the pavement of the North Jackson High parking lot in a pool of blood, gunned down by an unknown assailant. Could this be payback from Dr. Belinda Brown, the ...

In this Sept. 9, 2017 photo, Chilean trans actress Daniela Vega, a cast member in the film "A Fantastic Woman," poses for a portrait at the The Adelaide Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars

TORONTO (AP) — A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination. Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.” She plays Marina, a ...

Tommy Wiseau, left, and James Franco attend a premiere for "The Disaster Artist" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Cult of ‘The Room’ cheers James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’

TORONTO — The spoon-throwing, football-tossing cult of “The Room” was out in full force at the premiere of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” a making-of movie that earned the blessing of the notorious film’s creator Tommy Wiseau. “The Disaster Artist” premiered at a ...

Comic con court battle marching on after judge’s ruling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah will remain locked in a court battle over “comic con” naming rights after a judge’s split decision kept either side from declaring victory. The ruling handed down Tuesday means the case could go before a ...

FILE - In this March 2, 2017 file photo, director-producer J.J. Abrams poses for a portrait to promote "The Play That Goes Wrong" at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Abrams is returning to ÒStar Wars,Ó and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of ÒEpisode IX.Ó Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday, Sept. 12.  (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)

J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

NEW YORK (AP) — J.J. Abrams is returning to “Star Wars,” and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of “Episode IX.” Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday. After several high-profile exits by previous “Star Wars” directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker ...

‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantasia’ animator ‘X’ Atencio dead at 98

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xavier “X’’ Atencio, an animator behind early Disney movies including “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” and “imagineer” behind beloved Disneyland rides like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Haunted Mansion,” has died at age 98. Disneyland spokeswoman ...

Tonya Harding, Louis C.K. films lead big buys in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — A film that finds the comedy and humanity in Tonya Harding is the biggest acquisition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Domestic distribution rights for “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as the notorious Olympic skater, were bought by a pair of new companies, ...

Guillermo del Toro kisses the Golden Lion for best film for 'The Shape Of Water' during the awards photo call at the 74th Venice Film Festival at the Venice Lido, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Golden Lion at Venice

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Guillermo del Toro’s monster thriller “The Shape of Water” took top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, capping an 11-day event where the demons of social division and environmental disaster loomed large on the screen. Del Toro was named winner of the ...

‘Star Wars Episode IX’ loses director Colin Trevorrow

LOS ANGELES — Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Lucasfilm said Tuesday that the company and the director have mutually chosen to part ways citing differing visions for the project. Trevorrow is best known for directing “Jurassic World” and has been ...

Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha goes home with ‘Viceroy’s House’

NEW YORK (AP) — Gurinder Chadha hoped her new film would be very personal, one that explored her family’s South Asian history. But when it was done, it turned out to be the story of a few more people — millions, actually. “Viceroy’s House” explores how India and Pakistan were ...

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from "It." (Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Stephen King inspired ‘It’ filmmakers to become storytellers

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In 1989, when Stephen King had already published more than 20 books, three teenagers were discovering his horror novel “It,” a 1,100-page epic about a group of adolescent outcasts and a shapeshifting villain who most often manifests as a child-eating ...

Celebrities, loved ones remember comic Jerry Lewis

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The life of famed comedian Jerry Lewis was celebrated in Las Vegas Monday with a gathering hosted by Tony Orlando to tell funny stories in an event that was more joyous than gloomy, as the comic would have wanted. “We lost a great one,” said Orlando, who co-hosted the ...

Next Miss America could be pilot, governor, alpaca farmer

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — One wants to be the first female governor of North Dakota. One is a half-blind baton twirler who performed at a Super Bowl. Another wants to chase tornadoes. One wants to run an alpaca farm, another is a former NFL cheerleader, yet ...

5 notable Steely Dan songs to remember Walter Becker

By The Associated Press Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist and bassist Walter Becker died Sunday at the age of 67, leaving an extensive catalog of memorable hits. Here are a few of the band’s most notable songs to remember him with. “Deacon Blues,” from the 1977 album “Aja.” The ...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 6, 2007, file photo, Walter Becker, of Steely Dan, performs during the 2007 Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock group Steely Dan, has died. He was 67. His official website announced his death Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, with no further details. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died. He was ...

A slow Labor Day caps a down summer at the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With no new wide releases, Hollywood basically took the Labor Day weekend off and put an end to what’s expected to be the lowest earning summer movie going season since 2006 — the last time the industry saw a sub-$4 billion summer. Things weren’t as apocalyptic as ...

Did ‘Thelma & Louise’ move the needle for female-led films?

NEW YORK (AP) — When Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon clasped hands, stepped on the gas and flew over the canyon ridge in that memorable ending to “Thelma & Louise,” many in Hollywood believed they were launching more than that turquoise Thunderbird. It was 1991, and the expectation ...

Like Destiny’s Child, Fifth Harmony survives after the storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been a year of transition for Fifth Harmony: The pop stars parted ways with member Camila Cabello, switched management teams, negotiated a new contract with their label and won greater creative control of their brand. Luckily the newly-minted quartet, who released ...

SPCA to hold post Labor Day dog swims and Pet Expo

Those experiencing the post-summer blues will have two opportunities to enjoy the city’s Splash Cove Pool at Memorial Park before it closes for the season as the Lycoming County SPCA, City of Williamsport and Media Sponsor iHeartMEDIA present Maggie’s Dog Swim on Thursday, Sept. 7 and ...

Steinbeck film remakes stuck in dust bowl, stepdaughter says

LOS ANGELES — Sour grapes have left some of the classic works of John Steinbeck in a dust bowl. The writer’s stepdaughter told jurors in federal court Tuesday that film remakes of “The Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden” fell apart because Steinbeck’s son and daughter-in-law ...