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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, ...

Octavia Spencer brings hair mogul’s story to Netflix

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. SUCCESS STORY Octavia Spencer is bringing the remarkable saga of black haircare mogul Madam C.J. Walker ...

‘Simpsons’ creators bring feminism, young talent to new show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Matt Groening said his new adult cartoon series “Disenchantment” has a feminist component that sets it apart from his previous shows. Groening spoke to reporters about bringing fresh talent to the Netflix show at a Sunday panel for the Television Critics ...

5 of the biggest takeaways from Comic-Con 2018

LOS ANGELES — San Diego Comic-Con 2018 ended recently as workers stripped the branding off the buildings, windows, buses, elevators, escalators and every other square inch of open space in the city’s Gaslamp District. Weary attendees squeezed in one last thing before heading home with bags ...

ABC: ‘The Conners’ set to premiere Oct. 16

“The Conners,” ABC’s previously announced reworking of the canceled “Roseanne” reboot, will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the former show’s 8 p.m. timeslot, the network said recently in its fall-schedule announcement. ABC ordered production on the new show last month after ending ...

John Waters, others celebrate the anniversary of ‘Hairspray’

LOS ANGELES — Ricki Lake never in her wildest dreams thought she’d be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film “Hairspray” at the lofty Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “I never thought the movie was going to come out, let alone have this life span. And for me to be ...

Smile, pardner: ‘Deadwood’ movie gets HBO greenlight

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. Back to the Black Hills “Deadwood” fans can exhale. HBO says it’s greenlighted a long-discussed ...

Rep: Pop star Demi Lovato awake and recovering with family

NEW YORK — A representative for Demi Lovato says she is awake and recovering with her family after the pop singer was reportedly hospitalized Tuesday for an overdose. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” Lovato’s ...

With singer Mary Gauthier, military veterans find a voice

NEW YORK — There’s a date on Josh Geartz’s calendar that the former U.S. Army sergeant has been looking forward to for quite some time. Aug. 10 will mark Geartz’s fourth retreat with the nonprofit SongwritingWith:Soldiers — his first session there in 2015 saved his life. ...

Ted Williams’ Mexican-American heritage explored in PBS film

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio. But beneath the smiles ...

Widower wins court battle for estate of ‘Thorn Birds’ author

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled on July 13, 2018, that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle. The author of the novel “The Thorn Birds,” which sold 33 million copies worldwide, died on Norfolk ...

A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of ‘Blindspotting’

NEW YORK — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” and wasn’t answering his emails. So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could do: Move across ...

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there’s usually a line that precedes it. And hours before the annual pop culture convention officially kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego, there were lines everywhere — to get onto the convention floor to buy ...

Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sterling K. Brown and Donald Glover aren’t such Emmy outliers this year. More than a third of the 101 acting nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards went to ethnic minorities, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That’s up from a quarter of the ...

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash

NEW YORK — Scarlett Johansson has pulled out of the film “Rub & Tug” after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash. In a statement to Out.com on Friday, Johansson says s­he’s withdrawing from the project “in light of recent ethical questions raised ...

Streaming rules Emmys as Netflix snaps 17-year HBO streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Netflix snapped HBO’s 17-year streak as Emmy nominations leader, more than bragging rights switched hands. It represented the breathtaking change in how audiences get and watch TV and the threat to traditional TV networks from streaming services. Especially one ...

Lakeith Stanfield: An actor at home in the surreal

NEW YORK — The weirder it gets, the more Lakeith Stanfield looks right at home. It was Stanfield, as the bodysnatched Andrew Hayworth, personifying the nightmare of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” In Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” his cosmically lackadaisical pot-smoking philosopher ...

Month after diss track, Drake emerges unfazed with new album

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK — A month ago, Drake’s world was crumbling. Now, he’s untouchable. Pusha T’s infamous diss track — where he was in full investigative journalist mode, divulging new information about Drake while also shading his mother, father and ...

Abloh’s historic debut at Vuitton is a big draw in Paris

PARIS — The debut Louis Vuitton collection by Virgil Abloh, the first African-American to head a major European fashion house, drew stars of all stripes to Paris for his rainbow-themed menswear show. Kanye West was there with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who had returned to Paris for the ...