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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” has died. He was ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I recently reconnected with an old girlfriend. We had not spoken, texted or seen each other in almost five years. She broke my heart about five years ago, and my mother was killed shortly after that. I’ve not dated or wanted to have a serious relationship since. About three ...

Sex, lies and physics: ‘Genius’ drama is Einstein tell-all

LOS ANGELES — The unparalleled brilliance and puckish wit? Check. The trademark wild mop of hair? Check. The marital infidelity and free-wheeling sex? Yes, check again for Albert Einstein, who in National Geographic’s miniseries “Genius” comes across as a full-blooded, hot-blooded ...

Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 percent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of ...

Amid wall-to-wall blockbusters, sands of summer are shifting

NEW YORK — Does the summer movie season still exist? It was once an air-conditioned oasis that drew lines around the block of audiences eager for the roller-coaster ride of “Indiana Jones,” the shark bite of “Jaws” and the buzz of a lightsaber. But in a time where the mega-movie ...

Officials: ‘Happy Days’ star Moran likely died from cancer

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say former “Happy Days” star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern Indiana home. A statement released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department says an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, but doesn’t ...

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has awesome skills with a skewer

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she’s still pretty handy with a good stick — only this time it’s in the kitchen. Gellar skewers all kinds of ...

Prince William speaks with Lady Gaga on mental health

DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON — Prince William has enlisted Lady Gaga in his campaign to persuade people to be more open about mental health issues. The heir to the British throne released a video Tuesday in which he speaks with the pop star via FaceTime. Lady Gaga, who last year ...

Celebrity birthdays

April 23: Actor David Birney is 78. Actor Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”) is 78. Actress Blair Brown is 70. Actress Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”) is 68. Actor James Russo is 64. Director Michael Moore is 63. Actress Judy Davis is 62. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 57. Comedian ...

Elisabeth Moss returns to TV in Hulu’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

NEW YORK — “The timing has been uncanny,” said Margaret Atwood, marveling at how her 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has not only been given renewed life as a TV series but has also gained disturbing urgency. “Last November 7, they thought they were making a fantasy fiction ...

1 year after Prince’s death, another turn for The Revolution

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For members of Prince’s 1980s backing band The Revolution, reuniting and hitting the road for a spring U.S. tour is how they are coping with the “Purple Rain” pop superstar’s unexpected death a year ago. “We’re taking it to the people who are grieving like we ...

‘SNL’ time zone shift pays dividends with big boost

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s decision to air a live version of “Saturday Night Live” in every time zone has paid immediate dividends. The network’s telecast last weekend, with host Jimmy Fallon, musician Harry Styles and with Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy delivering their hit ...

Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen raise their voices on Trump protest song

Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen have joined forces once again, this time on a passionate protest anthem called “That’s What Makes Us Great.” It’s the first track that the singer-songwriters from Pittsburgh and New Jersey have worked on since Grushecky’s 2009 album “East Carson ...

People magazine names Julia Roberts ‘World’s Most Beautiful’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Roberts is more than just a “Pretty Woman.” People magazine has named her the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” for a record fifth time. The magazine announced Roberts’ selection on Wednesday. The 49-year-old actress has previously claimed the cover spot in ...

Netflix standing on the threshold of 100 million subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago. The company will reach that milestone this weekend if its projections are ...

Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards show

NEW YORK — Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year’s Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of “House of Cards” in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-“Hamilton” hangover. The telecast on June 11 will originate from the 6,000-seat Radio ...

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, comedian and NBC Network's "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Jay Pharoah poses for a portrait in New York.  Pharoah says he had a rocky time on "Saturday Night Live" because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders. Pharoah, who was with the NBC show for six seasons, left last year after his contract wasn't renewed.(Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Jay Pharoah says he had rocky relationship with ‘SNL’

LOS ANGELES — Jay Pharoah said he had a rocky time on “Saturday Night Live” because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders. Pharoah, who was dropped from “SNL” last year after six seasons, said he resisted playing a black woman on the show that lacked African-American female ...

Alex Gibney doc ‘No Stone Unturned’ pulled from Tribeca

NEW YORK — Just a week before its scheduled Tribeca Film Festival premiere, producers of Alex Gibney’s “No Stone Unturned” pulled the documentary about the 1994 murder of six men in Northern Ireland from the festival over legal issues. The film was to premiere April 23 at the ...

Mark Hamill says he’d like to play George Lucas in a movie

He’s played Luke Skywalker and the Joker, but Mark Hamill has one role he’d like to add to his resume: That of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. The actor said Sunday that he would love to play Lucas in a movie about his life when a fan at the Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando, ...

F. Gary Gray speeds outta ‘Compton’ and into ‘Fast 8’

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES — Life hasn’t slowed down for director F. Gary Gray in a while. After a few years away from the business, the 25-year showbiz and music video veteran burst back into Hollywood’s good graces with the critically acclaimed and money-making ...