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Mike WiLL Made-It rises as 1 of music’s top producers

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. Associated Press ATLANTA — Whenever Mike WiLL Made-It receives any praise for his work on Beyonce’s anthemic “Formation,” he thinks about all of the people who doubted he would ever work with the Grammy-winning pop star. “Back then, I was like, ‘Man I ...

Visceral ‘Dunkirk’ footage gets hearts racing

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — A propeller stops midair. Soldiers packed like sardines on a pier cower in fear of an unseen threat. Those are the images Christopher Nolan left CinemaCon audiences hanging onto Wednesday as he premiered new footage from “Dunkirk,” his ...

Evil Elsa? ‘Frozen’ producer reveals film’s original ending

By The Associated Press Disney’s animated phenomenon, “Frozen,” may not have been a heartwarming tale of sisterly love if its creators stuck to the film’s original planned ending. “Frozen” producer Peter Del Vecho tells Entertainment Weekly the original version of the film was ...

‘Wonder Woman’ wows, Affleck makes appearance at CinemaCon

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wonder Woman is here to save the world, and, possibly the future of Warner Bros. DC Comics universe. New footage featuring actress Gal Gadot’s lasso-wielding superhero stole the show Wednesday night at CinemaCon, which also featured some ...

In this photo visitors enter Saudi Comic Con (SCC) which is the first event of its kind to be held in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia. The kingdom, which bans movie theaters and other entertainment venues, is challenging its ultraconservative image and loosening the reins on fun by opening its doors to live shows, including some American ones. (AP Photo, File)

With monster trucks and Comic-Con, Saudis defy killjoy image

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia. The kingdom, which bans movie theaters and other entertainment venues, is challenging its ultraconservative image and loosening the reins on fun by ...

Nolan says ‘Dunkirk’ is not going to Cannes

LAS VEGAS — Filmmaker Christopher Nolan said that despite speculation to the contrary, his upcoming World War II epic “Dunkirk” is not going to play at the Cannes Film Festival. Nolan told The Associated Press that the film will not be done by the time films are lighting up the Croisette ...

‘Wonder Woman’ wows, Affleck makes appearance at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS — Wonder Woman is here to save the world, and, possibly the future of Warner Bros. DC Comics universe. New footage featuring actress Gal Gadot’s lasso-wielding superhero stole the show Wednesday night at CinemaCon, which also featured some peeks at “Aquaman” and “Justice ...

First Afghan women’s orchestra tries to change attitudes

By KARIM SHARIFI and RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s first — and only — all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women. The symphony’s two conductors ...

No cellphones backstage for accountants after Oscar flub

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — PwC accountants won’t be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts. Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar ...

ACMs play to a loyal country audience to shore up ratings

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the television industry deals with overall declines in total viewership, organizers behind the Academy of Country Music Awards are focused on keeping the core country music audience coming back each year to watch the genre’s ...

‘Enjoy Your Life’ with Freevolt at the Bullfrog Brewery

Massachusetts-born “roots rock Americana jam reggae funk trop pop” band, Freevolt, makes an appearance at Williamsport’s Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St., 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Known for their “high energy performance, dynamic changes, tight grooves, positive messages and ...

‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Blade Runner’ footage kicks off CinemaCon

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LAS VEGAS — Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out. Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr.’s ...

Holly Taylor shines as Russian spies’ all-American daughter

By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Learning and keeping secret that your parents are Russian spies would be a lot for any teenager to handle. That’s been the heavy burden for Paige Jennings on FX’s Cold War-era thriller “The Americans.” The responsible, ...

Adele: ‘I don’t know if I will ever tour again’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Adele fans who didn’t catch her on her world tour that’s winding down may be out of luck in the future. The New Zealand Herald reports Adele told the audience during Sunday night’s show in Auckland that “touring isn’t something I’m good at” and ...

Barry Jenkins’ next project? ‘The Underground Railroad’

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins will follow up his Oscar-winning film with a drama series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Amazon announced Monday that it will develop the TV series, with Jenkins ...

Arrest made after shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A hip-hop promoter was charged Monday with pistol whipping someone during an altercation that included a shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap in his New Jersey hometown that left three people wounded, authorities said. The shooting happened outside a 24-hour deli ...

Actress Shailene Woodley reaches deal in pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal that calls for no jail time over her involvement in protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. The “Divergent” star was among 27 activists arrested Oct. 10. She livestreamed her arrest ...

Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it. There were few tears throughout ...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ dances off with top box-office spot

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES — Not all reboots are created equal. This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Power Rangers” and “CHIPS,” producing both successful and underwhelming results. On the high ...

This video game image released by Electronic arts shows a scene from, "Mass Effect: Andromeda."

Review: ‘Mass Effect’ stumbles in trip to new galaxy

Time for spring break! Why not book a trip to the Andromeda Galaxy, where fun and adventure await on exotic planets no human has ever set foot on before? Two problems: First, it takes 600 years to get there. Second, your travel agent may have exaggerated a bit, and those faraway worlds ...