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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 ...

Kevin Kwan: Americans will embrace ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie

HONG KONG — Kevin Kwan believes America will embrace the “Crazy Rich Asians” movie, which is based on his best-selling novel of the same name. The Singaporean novelist was in Hong Kong recently to promote “Rich People Problems,” the last book in his “Crazy Rich” trilogy. His ...

‘Despacito’ ties Mariah Carey’s 16-week record at No. 1

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK — The ubiquitous hit song “Despacito” has tied Mariah Carey’s 16-week record at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Billboard announced Monday that Luis Fonsi’s song and Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” are the ...

Antonoff staying mum about Taylor Swift’s target in new song

By NICOLE EVATT Associated Press INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Look at what you won’t make him do: Producer Jack Antonoff is keeping quiet about who Taylor Swift is singing about in her new song. Antonoff co-wrote and co-produced “Look What You Made Me Do,” Swift’s upbeat new song ...

Ed Skrein pulls out of ‘Hellboy’ film after backlash

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — British actor Ed Skrein has withdrawn from the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot a week after his casting sparked outcries of whitewashing. In a lengthy post on his social media channels Monday, Skrein said he accepted the role of Ben Daimio unaware ...

Box-office eclipse

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in one of the most dismal box-office results in 16 years. An already slow August came to a screeching halt at the multiplex, where no major new releases were unveiled. That left the Samuel ...

Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director, dies at 74

By ROBERT JABLON and JAKE COYLE Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died. He was 74. The Los Angeles County coroner’s ...

Coming full circle for balladeer Sam Beam

NEW YORK — Songwriter Sam Beam prefers to think of his career direction less as looking back and more as going full circle. Whatever terminology is employed, Beam — who records under the name Iron & Wine — has returned both to the Sub Pop label where his career started and the warm, ...

RZA, Lou Ferrigno, others celebrate Stan Lee’s creativity

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of fantastic, flawed, righteous and relatable superheroes. Mark Ruffalo, Aisha Tyler, Lou Ferrigno, RZA ...

Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you. The pop star who whipped her army of Swifties into a frenzy with video snippets of slithery snake parts on social media posted the title of her new album, “reputation,” and announced on Instagram it will be out ...

Bruno Mars meets source of nickname: Bruno Sammartino

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bruno Mars has met the man he’s nicknamed after: former pro wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino. The two met Tuesday night when the pop singing sensation’s 24K Magic World Tour stopped in Pittsburgh. Sammartino heard through friends that Mars, born Peter Gene ...

‘Hellboy’ casting prompts backlash over ‘whitewashing’

NEW YORK (AP) — A Hollywood film yet again finds itself responding to a social-media outcry over the casting of a white actor in a role that was originally Asian-American. British actor Ed Skrein earlier this week joined the cast of the “Hellboy” reboot “Rise of the Blood Queen,” ...

Marlon Wayans’ new TV show hits close to home

Marlon Wayans doesn’t wait for acting opportunities — he creates them. “I write most of my movies,” he told CNN. “I write and produce out of necessity, which is a gift. If I didn’t, I would be waiting in a long line with other actors.” Wayans’ latest creation is one that is ...

True crime TV: The devil’s in the details

With true crime TV, the devil is in the details — specifically, the ones that we didn’t remember, or even with high-profile cases, perhaps never knew. Television is in the midst of a true crime explosion, motivated by both unscripted (“Making a Murderer,” “The Jinx”) and scripted ...