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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1964 file photo French actress Jeanne Moreau is seen in her role as "Mata Hari, Agent H-21," in Paris. French actress Jeanne Moreau, whose seven-decade career included work with Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles, Wim Wenders and other acclaimed directors, has died aged 89 it was announced Monday July 31, 2017. (AP Photo, File)

Award-winning French actress Jeanne Moreau dies at 89

PARIS (AP) — French actress Jeanne Moreau, a smoky-voiced femme fatale who starred in Francois Truffaut’s love triangle film “Jules and Jim” and whose award-winning, decades-long career included working with some of the world’s most acclaimed directors, has died at 89. Outspoken, ...

Sam Hunt makes chart history with “Body Like a Back Road”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Sam Hunt has overtaken Florida Georgia Line for holding the record number of weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with his single “Body Like a Back Road.” And there are no signs of slowing down. Record label MCA Nashville said Monday ...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, actor Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York. Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, died of complications from ALS, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky.  He was 73.  (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73. Family spokesman Chris Boneau said Monday that Shepard died ...

‘Dunkirk’ conquers ‘Emoji,’ ‘Atomic Blonde’ at box office

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES — “The Emoji Movie” survived negative reviews but couldn’t conquer “Dunkirk,” which had enough fight left to conquer the box office for a second weekend in a row. Down only 44 percent from its first weekend, director Christopher ...

Allman’s final music ‘obvious farewell’ but full of life

DETROIT (AP) — Only a tight circle of family and friends knew Gregg Allman had been diagnosed with liver cancer a second time and wouldn’t survive it. With limited time, the beloved musician and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band set a course: He would return to Muscle Shoals, ...

Lost, then found: Rare J.M. Barrie play published this week

NEW YORK (AP) — As mysteries go, “The Reconstruction of the Crime” is especially light, a stage farce billed as one “Sensational Scene” in which a man identified only as “The Victim” asks the audience to help find the culprit. J.M. Barrie, the co-creator, was known for playing ...

Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, right, and Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta unveil the list of participants into the 74th edition of the festival during a press conference in Rome, Thursday, July 27, 2017. The Venice Film Festival will run from Aug. 30 through Sept. 9, 2017, at the Venice Lido. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro on Venice Film Fest slate

ROME (AP) — This year’s Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Toro fantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller. Organizers of the world’s oldest film festival announced a 21-film competition lineup Thursday that features the Clooney-directed ...

Steven Spielberg opens up about life, filmmaking in HBO doc

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Steven Spielberg isn’t afraid to talk about his flops. “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is his least favorite film in that franchise, said documentarian Susan Lacy, who spent more than 30 hours interviewing the filmmaker for “Spielberg,” premiering ...

Rocking to their own beat: Haim in charge of their career

NEW YORK — The rock trio Haim remembers filming their first music video for just $200 before they were signed to a record label. The clip for the song “Forever,” released in 2013, features Alana, Danielle and Este Haim riding bikes, playing the guitar in their parents’ living room and ...

Films from Jolie, Clooney, Aronofsky among TIFF premieres

LOS ANGELES — George Clooney’s crime comedy “Suburbicon,” Angelina Jolie’s Khmer Rouge drama “First They Killed My Father,” and Darren Aronofsky’s horror feature “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence are among the films that will be playing at the Toronto International Film ...

Michael Phelps defends Shark Week ‘race’

Don’t expect an apology from Michael Phelps to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Discovery Channel Shark Week special. The winningest athlete in Olympic history was bested by two seconds Sunday night in “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold ...

Comic-Con hits: ‘Black Panther,’ Batman, ‘Stranger Things’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — From “Black Panther” to Batman, “Stranger Things” to “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Ready Player One” to Rep. John Lewis, Comic-Con had something for almost every pop-culture appetite. As the annual fan convention in San Diego wrapped Sunday after four days of ...

FILE - In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Chester Bennington, left, performs during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Linkin Park said their hearts are broken following the death of Bennington, who died by hanging last week. The rock band said Monday, July 24, 2017, the Òshockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.Ó (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Linkin Park releases statement about band member’s death

NEW YORK — Linkin Park said their hearts are broken following the death of lead singer Chester Bennington, who died by hanging last week. The rock band said Monday that the “shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has ...

Bieber cancels rest of tour for ‘unforeseen circumstances’

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber is canceling the rest of his Purpose World Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances.” His representatives didn’t offer details about the cancellation in a statement released Monday but said the singer “loves his fans and hates to disappoint ...

George RR Martin working on next ‘Song of Ice and Fire’

NEW YORK (AP) — George RR Martin says the next “Song of Ice and Fire” book has a real chance of coming out in 2018. But don’t count on it yet. In a weekend posting on his website, Martin wrote that he’s working hard on “The Winds of Winter,” the long-awaited sixth volume in ...

‘Twin Peaks’ cast discusses the mystery of David Lynch

SAN DIEGO — Judging by the “Twin Peaks” panel at Comic-Con, solving the mystery of David Lynch seemed more pressing than the mystery of where the show is going. The 18-episode revival of the ‘90s show is currently airing on Showtime. It’s often inscrutable plot has vexed some and ...

Ben Affleck to fans: I’m still Batman, despite rumors

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ben Affleck is still Batman. The actor shot down rumors that he would be hanging up his cape for the stand-alone Batman film, even though he recently ceded directing responsibilities. Speaking to a crowd of about 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-Con, Affleck unequivocally ...

Actor John Boyega wanted to challenge self with “Detroit”

DETROIT (AP) — “Detroit” star John Boyega says his new movie may be set a half-century ago, but it explores issues that remain relevant. “We’re dealing with systematic racism. We’re dealing with social unrest. We’re dealing with an uprising. And these are stories that reflect ...

Jason Bateman, star of ‘Ozark,’ loved directing it even more

NEW YORK (AP) — In his new drama series “Ozark,” Jason Bateman doesn’t aim to make waves as Chicago financial adviser Marty Byrde — more like ripples that leave no one around him untouched or unexposed. When not advising clients on their 401(k) plans, Marty launders cash by the ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My conflicts with my sister, “Amy,” began when she crossed boundaries in an incident between our adult children. My daughter, “Leslie,” decided that she no longer wanted to live in an apartment she shared with Amy’s daughter. Amy’s daughter, in turn, chastised Leslie and ...