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Celebrity birthdays

June 24: Actress Michele Lee is 76. Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 75. Guitarist Jeff Beck is 74. Singer Colin Blunstone of The Zombies is 73. Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is 71. Actor Peter Weller is 71. Bassist John Illsley of Dire Straits is 69. Reggae singer Derrick ...

On a big night for ‘Panther,’ Boseman honors real-life hero

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel’s blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who ...

ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall. ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which ...

Rock trio The Record Company is back but not much changed

NEW YORK (AP) — Nowhere is there a better sign of how far the rock trio The Record Company has come than in the difference between where the group recorded its first and second albums. The trio made its debut in the bassist’s unassuming living room in Los Feliz, a hillside neighborhood ...

Ex-3 Doors Down bass player arrested, drugs, weapons found

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) — One of the founding members of the rock band 3 Doors Down is back in jail after guns and drugs were seen in his Mississippi home. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, in a news release, said 46-year-old Todd Harrell, the band’s original bass player, was arrested ...

‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million

LOS ANGELES — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Disney estimated Sunday that the film ...

Kanye West’s entire album hits the Top 40

So much for fans abandoning Kanye West’s latest project. All seven tracks on the controversial rapper’s “Ye” album debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 chart this week. The song “Yikes” came in the highest, charting at No. 8 on the Top 10. “All Mine” just missed that list, ...

Q&A: Christopher Plummer on playing a weed dealer at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Regal and commanding even in his youth, Christopher Plummer has turned into an even mightier force in old age. The 88-year-old Plummer earlier this year became the oldest actor ever nominated for an Oscar (for his J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World”), six years ...

Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — D.J. Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley’s sideman, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. She said he had been suffering ...

‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with franchise-best $41.5M to top weekend

NEW YORK — “Ocean’s 8,” the female-fronted overhaul of the starry “Ocean’s” heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from the fast-falling “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At a lower price point and in less ...

The nice-guy director who actors can’t get enough of

LOS ANGELES— Writer and director Brett Haley knew he wanted a “That Thing You Do” moment in his new music-loving film, “Hearts Beat Loud,” where Nick Offerman’s character hears the song he wrote with his daughter in public for the first time. In 2018 it wouldn’t be on the radio, ...

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in France at 61

PARIS — American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend ...

Last surviving ‘Wizard of Oz,’ munchkin Jerry Maren dies

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” and the one who famously welcomed Dorothy to Munchkin Land, has died at age 99. Maren died May 24 at a San Diego nursing home, his niece, Stacy Michelle Barrington, told The Associated ...

Australian playwright disappointed censors axed Beijing play

CANBERRA, Australia — Renowned Australian playwright David Williamson said Tuesday that he is disappointed Chinese censors have canceled a production of his play “The Removalists” for the official reason that it contains bad language and violence. The 76-year-old said some involved in ...

Kanye West holds listening party in Wyoming for new album

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Kanye West headed to the mountains to debut his new album, “YE.” The rapper held a listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently. He flew in celebrities, industry heavyweights and journalists to hear the seven tracks. Kim Kardashian West joined her ...

Celebrity birthdays

June 3: Singer Ian Hunter is 79. Singer Eddie Holman is 72. Actor Tristan Rogers (“General Hospital,” “The Young and the Restless”) is 72. Actress Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey”) is 72. Bassist Too Slim of Riders in the Sky is 70. Singer Suzi Quatro is 68. Singer Deniece Williams ...

Film explores Chinese Exclusion Act as US immigration ‘DNA’

NEW YORK — Politicians seizing on immigrants as an election issue. Newspaper headlines calling for action. Talk of legislation to institute a ban. If viewers of “The Chinese Exclusion Act” documentary end up with a sense of deja vu between the film’s subject, a law from 1882 that ...

Roseanne Barr return possible, but lesser platform likely

LOS ANGELES — After her network dropped her show, streaming services dropped her reruns, and her agency dropped her for a racist tweet, Roseanne Barr is vowing she’s not finished. Whether anyone will have her is an open question. Mainstream television, where she saw soaring success both ...

Kevin Bacon and his bro to sizzle your summer with new album

NEW YORK — You could easily call Friday “National Actors Releasing Albums Day”: Kevin Bacon, Scarlett Johansson and Ezra Miller are among the famous faces dropping new music. But releasing music for those well-known for their roles in movies haven’t always been accepting or a ...