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Oscar winner Rylance co-writing Battle of Homestead play

HOMESTEAD, Pa. (AP) — As an Oscar- and Tony Award-winner and one of the leading Shakespearean actors of his day, Mark Rylance knows a great story when he hears one. He’s captivated these days by the story of the historic 1892 Homestead Strike, when thousands of steel workers and ...

TLC on new album, dating and Beyonce’s fan girl moment

NEW YORK — For T-Boz and Chilli, TLC is a marriage and divorce is not an option. The top-selling girl group released its final album on Friday. Although they don’t plan to record new music, “That doesn’t mean we’re done though. That doesn’t mean we won’t do a residency in ...

Rob Lowe says he feared death during bigfoot-like encounter

(AP) Rob Lowe says he thought he was going to be killed during an encounter with a bigfoot creature while filming his new A&E docuseries. Lowe tells Entertainment Weekly the encounter took place in the Ozark Mountains, which stretch between Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Lowe says he ...

Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

LONDON (AP) — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat. Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized ...

Judge to decide who gets comic con naming rights

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Settlement talks have broken down between the organizers of two pop-culture conventions in California and Utah known for guests’ elaborate costumes, Salt Lake Comic Con officials said Tuesday. Both sides are asking a judge to decide the contest over naming rights, ...

‘John Wick,’ ‘Dragon Tattoo’ star Michael Nyqvist dies at 56

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like “John Wick” has died. Nyqvist’s representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle ...

Wisconsin wants ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate to stay in jail

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin attorneys asked a federal appeals court Monday to keep an inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” behind bars while they fight a second ruling overturning his conviction. The state Department of Justice’s filing argues Brendan Dassey should ...

U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

NEW YORK (AP) — In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits. “We have a pact with each ...

LaVar Ball appears at WWE event, son LaMelo uses slur

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LaVar Ball has brought his Big Baller Brand from the basketball court to the wrestling ring. The outspoken father of NBA draft No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball showed up with the newly minted Los Angeles Laker and another son, 15-year-old LaMelo, for a live segment on Monday’s ...

This image released by Netflix shows Seo-Hyun Ahn as Mija and the character Okja in a scene from "Okja."  The genetically modified pig of Boon Joon-hoÕs ÒOkjaÓ is 8-feet tall, 13 feet-long and weighs six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant (Netflix via AP)

For ‘Okja,’ growing a GMO pig from page to screen

NEW YORK (AP) — The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant. It’s a hybrid creature for a hybrid movie. ...

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I divorced over a year ago after a 35-year marriage that was very dysfunctional — although my adult children and ex-husband did not see it that way. Initially, I did not handle the divorce with any tact or finesse, I’ll admit. I am sorry for that and have apologized, but my kids ...

Diddy’s ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ lets ‘90s rap stories shine

LOS ANGELES — Sean “Diddy” Combs is often thinking of his old friend, the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G., whose career he helped launch in the early ‘90s. The Grammy-winning rapper and producer said it’s the right time to commemorate his and B.I.G.’s legacies 20 years after his ...

After over 25 years, Ice Cube’s still got something to say

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been more than 25 years, and Ice Cube’s still got something to say. The 48-year-old entertainer has come a long way from his start as part of the rap group N.W.A. and later a solo artist, branching into movies and now founding a soon-to-launched half-court ...

Comedian Marc Maron more than talk on Netflix comedy ‘GLOW’

NEW YORK — When Marc Maron heard about a role that might be right for him on “GLOW,” a new Netflix comedy about women pro wrestlers in the 1980s, he got busy. Well, he was already pretty busy as a stand-up comic and the host of a popular interview-based podcast, “WTF.” And he was ...

Stars of ‘Jumanji’ sequel pay tribute to Robin Williams

BARCELONA, Spain — Jack Black and Nick Jonas — two of the stars of the upcoming “Jumanji” sequel — have paid tribute to the actor who led the original film — the late Robin Williams. Describing Williams as a “sweet, sweet man,” Black said the late actor would “love” the ...

Daniel Day-Lewis says he’s retiring from acting

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation, says he’s retiring from acting. Day-Lewis’s representative, Leslee Dart, said in a statement Tuesday that the 60-year-old performer “will no longer be working as an actor.” She added that ...

Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death. The report released Monday states ...

Absent Jay Z inducted to Songwriters Hall by Obama via video

NEW YORK — Jay Z, whose wife Beyonce is expecting twins soon, was absent from the 2017 Song­writers Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by a charismatic longtime fan: former U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama, appearing in a taped video, told the audience Thursday that he’s been ...

Bat-Signal lights up Los Angeles in tribute to Adam West

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles became Gotham City Thursday night as the Bat-Signal glowed at City Hall in honor of late Batman actor Adam West. Hundreds of fans, some in costume, cheered as Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck switched on the iconic signal and splashed a yellow oval ...