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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’ ...

Fox passes decisions on Apu character to ‘Simpsons’ team

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. APU IN THE SPOTLIGHT Creators of “The Simpsons” have the freedom to handle the show’s ...

Celebrity birthdays

Aug. 5: Actress Loni Anderson is 73. Actress Erica Slezak (“One Life to Live”) is 72. Singer Rick Derringer is 71. Guitarist Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister is 63. Actress Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”) is 62. Guitarist Pat Smear of Foo Fighters is 59. Country fiddler Mark O'Connor ...

Allegation clouds Bobby Brown’s plan for violence shelter

ATLANTA — Singer Bobby Brown plans to build a shelter for domestic violence victims in honor of his late daughter while declining to directly address old allegations that he once hit his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Brown is developing the not-for-profit Bobbi Kristina Brown Serenity House ...

Amid cancer treatment, Irrfan Khan finds new a perspective

LOS ANGELES — Actor Irrfan Khan is a Bollywood star and Hollywood chameleon, who has bounced between the two with ease for decades, working with everyone from Mira Nair to Wes Anderson and Ang Lee and stealing scenes in both Oscar-winners (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and blockbusters ...

Betty White’s 80-year career celebrated in PBS special

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Betty White sees no point in slowing down at age 96, as long as her phone keeps ringing with offers to work. The actress known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” is marking her 80th year in show business with a PBS special ...

Box Office Top 20: New ‘Mission: Impossible’ hits No. 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” fired on all cylinders at the box office this weekend and not only came out on the top of the charts but also scored a franchise-best opening. The sixth film in the series grossed $61.2 million in its first weekend in theaters, which ...

Film inclusion report says rhetoric doesn’t equal results

LOS ANGELES — Despite enthusiastic discourse around diversity in film, a report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released Tuesday says when it comes to the numbers, little has changed. The most popular movies are still largely the domain of white, ...