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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 ...

Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over “extensive damage” to two homes he rented. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It ...

Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran’s capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier. A drummer strikes his snare four times and Hakim Ebrahimi opens with the first ...

Australian filmmaker goes on trial in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — One of Australia’s most famous movie directors testified Thursday in Cambodia at the trial of a filmmaking countryman facing a possible prison term of five to 10 years for flying a drone to capture images of an opposition political rally. Peter Weir, director of ...

Paul Walker’s brothers open to ‘Fast’ franchise return

NEW YORK — Neil Diamond may have retired from the road due to Parkinson’s disease, but he said he’s working hard to get back onstage. “Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I want to stay ...

Diamond won’t let Parkinson’s slow him down, talks new DVD

NEW YORK — Neil Diamond may have retired from the road due to Parkinson’s disease, but he said he’s working hard to get back onstage. “Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I want to stay ...

Aerosmith to launch residency in Las Vegas next year

NEW YORK (AP) — Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency. The rock band announced Wednesday that “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater, where Lady Gaga will launch her residency in December. Aerosmith announced 18 ...

Box Office Top 20: ‘The Meg’ reels in $45.4 million debut

NEW YORK (AP) — It took until mid-August, but an original movie is finally no. 1 at the box office. After several months of sequel and franchise reboots leading the weekend box office, the shark thriller “The Meg” swam away with $45.4 million in its debut at North American theaters, ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ spurs conversation over representation

NEW YORK (AP) — From the time Ricky Yean first heard about “Crazy Rich Asians,” he’s been excited to see the movie — and not because he likes romantic comedies (although, for the record, he does.) For the Taiwanese-American who moved to the U.S. when he was 11, here was something he ...

Wu’s fight for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ part of a bigger crusade

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Constance Wu had resigned herself to the fact that “Crazy Rich Asians” was not going to work out for her. She was under contract for her sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat”, both were filming in the fall, and that was that. “Crazy Rich Asians” would be the first ...

Casey Affleck opens up in the wake of #MeToo

LOS ANGELES — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier harassment allegations. The ...

Alyssa Milano, Debby Ryan talk ‘Insatiable’ and fat shaming

NEW YORK (AP) — After the trailer was released for the new Netflix series “Insatiable,” some on social media voiced concern: Was the dark comedy fat shaming? The show, which dropped Friday, follows the return to high school of a girl named Patty, who loses a lot of weight after years of ...

Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to ‘80s country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer. He’s recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock, released a concept album written with ...

Backlash follows the addition of popular film Oscar category

LOS ANGELES — Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream. But the Wednesday morning ...

‘Making It’: Cutting and gluing without being cut-throat

CONCORD, N.H. — They made you laugh, but can they make you craft? “Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are bringing the same silly, sweet sitcom vibe to reality television with “Making It,” a competition show that challenges contestants to craft everything ...

Box Office Top 20: ‘Fallout’ cruises past Winnie-the-Pooh

NEW YORK (AP) — Winnie-the-Pooh and “Christopher Robin” couldn’t catch up to Tom Cruise and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” at the box office, as Cruise’s sixth, stunt-filled “Mission: Impossible” movie topped the charts for the second week. Paramount Pictures’ ...