Entertainment

‘Avengers’ overpowers ‘Breaking In,’ ‘Life of the Party’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Avengers: Infinity War” is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theaters, easily beating out the mom-themed fare. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that “Infinity War” has added $61.8 million from North American theaters bringing its ...

Royal retreat of Windsor ready to party for Harry, Meghan

WINDSOR, England — Few towns are as quintessentially English as Windsor, the bucolic riverside locale where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married on May 19. And few towns are as pleasing when a warm spring sun bakes off the morning mist. Even the plump white swans ...

Celebrity birthdays May 13-19

May 13: Actor Buck Taylor (“Gunsmoke,” “Gods and Generals”) is 80. Actor Harvey Keitel is 79. Actress Zoe Wanamaker (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) is 70. Actor Franklyn Ajaye (“Car Wash,” TV’s “Deadwood”) is 69. Singer Stevie Wonder is 68. Comedian Stephen ...

Roman Polanski’s film academy expulsion is 40 years in the making

LOS ANGELES — Until Thursday, Roman Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. In his 40 years as a fugitive the “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” filmmaker had been nominated for three additional Oscars, one ...

Cannes announces changes to boost female representation

CANNES, France — On the eve of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the festival’s director held an unscheduled press conference Monday to address the many issues roiling this year’s gathering, from Cannes’ feud with Netflix to the #MeToo movement to the banning of selfies on the red ...

Santa Fe Opera taps creator of operatic ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

SANTA FE, N.M. — A fairy-tale thriller from a Danish composer who created an operatic version of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will make its debut at the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2019, as the open-air desert venue shifts course under new management. Leaders of the Santa Fe Opera on ...

Review: Brooklyn trio Las Rosas makes scorching second album

Las Rosas, “Shadow by Your Side” (Greenway Records) Brooklyn trio Las Rosas upgrades its lo-fi sounds without sacrificing its considerable charms on “Shadow by Your Side,” an excellent second album of compelling tunes. It’s been little over a year since the debut, “Everyone Gets ...

Markle had a Hollywood-but-humble youth before royalty rang

LOS ANGELES — Meghan Markle’s road to royalty ran through Hollywood. The American actress set to marry Prince Harry May 19 spent her formative years in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood, a more working-class place than its famous name suggests. It was home to the progressive ...

‘The Big Bang Theory’ regains its spot at top of ratings

NEW YORK — As it heads toward the end of another season, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” has regained its familiar spot at the top of the television rankings. The CBS comedy was seen by nearly 13 million people last week, the Nielsen company said. The revived “Rosanne,” which has ...

Pop singers compete for top prize at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean are the leading nominees for the CMT Music Awards with four each, but it’s the pop artists who might steal the big prize at this year’s awards show. CMT announced that for the first time, pop artists who have ...

Aerosmith, Richie, Beck anchor 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS — The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off today. The festival, now in its 49th year, features an array of artists from New Orleans and Louisiana as well as out-of-town performers such as Beck and Aerosmith. Here’s a look at some of what to ...

It ain’t tea, babe: Bob Dylan embraces Tennessee whiskey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Music icon Bob Dylan is partnering with a distillery to make whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven’s Door. News outlets report Dylan has partnered with Angel’s Envy Bourbon co-founder Marc Bushala in the venture. The New York ...

Celebrity birthdays April 29-May 5

April 29: Actor Keith Baxter is 85. Bluesman Otis Rush is 83. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 64. Actress Leslie Jordan (“The Help,” “Will and Grace”) is 63. Actress Kate Mulgrew (“Orange Is The New Black,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) is 63. Singer Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips is 50. ...

Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood roars back into action

LOS ANGELES — Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of “Avengers: Infinity War” Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn’t be coming at a better time. The box office for the year is down nearly three percent, and the ...

Pacino, De Palma remember ‘Scarface’ at Tribeca reunion

NEW YORK — Old “Scarface” friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma for an evening full of reflection on how the ferocious and garish gangster epic — like Tony ...

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many ...

Bridal designers talk princess moments and Meghan Markle

NEW YORK — With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approaching, princesses were a hot topic of conversation during the recent market week for the bridal industry. Who will dress the American for her big day May 19 and what style she will choose remains a locked-down ...

Commercial and critical darling Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer

NEW YORK — Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize. The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed ...

Stapleton, Lambert, Underwood and Vegas win at ACM Awards

The 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards marked a memorable night for the victims of the massive Las Vegas shooting, comeback queen Carrie Underwood and triple-winners Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert. Jason Aldean paid tribute to the 58 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in ...

Showtime’s ‘Circus’ returns with new co-host Alex Wagner

NEW YORK — A lot has changed since the three hosts of Showtime’s “The Circus” shared duck at Washington’s Momofuku restaurant at the end of the show’s last season. Seemingly half of the White House staff, for one thing. More importantly for the political series, Mark Halperin was ...