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How to catch up on Oscar nominated flicks online — sort of

NEW YORK - The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online.The bad news: Nearly half aren't.The somewhat-less-bad, but still-not-good news: Apart from documentaries, few of the nominees are available through ...

Actor Gerard Butler named grand marshal for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Actor Gerard Butler will serve as grand marshal and give the command to "start your engines" for today's Daytona 500.Butler will attend other pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the grand marshal cars during the pace laps before the green flag.Butler stars in the ...

Alaska’s Bieber: Yup’ik Eskimo singer gains online following

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - He could be considered the Justin Bieber of Alaska.Teen Internet sensation Byron Nicholai is a Yup'ik Eskimo from Toksook Bay, a tiny island just off Alaska's mainland in the Bering Sea.The 17-year-old high school senior performs songs that blend traditional Yup'ik and ...

An Oscar onslaught for ‘Mad Max’ blindsides Miller

NEW YORK - Of the many roads to the Academy Awards, none is as unlikely as the one taken (at ferocious speed, with engines roaring) by George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road." Whatever one's concept of "Oscar bait" is, it does not include action-movie dystopias with face-painting kamikazes and ...

Maverick Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski dies at 75

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Filmmaker and writer Andrzej Zulawski, who was named best director last year at a film festival in Switzerland for his latest film "Cosmos," died Wednesday at 75 after a long illness, Polish film authorities and his family said.The Polish Institute of Film Art reported his ...

Child sex allegations lead to Quebec film awards name change

MONTREAL (AP) - Quebec's film industry has removed the name of an alleged pedophile from the title of its annual awards show.Quebec Cinema announced the removal Wednesday after the French-speaking province's culture minister asked the organization to consider yanking Claude Jutra's name.A ...

Fiennes defends playing Michael Jackson, colorblind casting

NEW YORK (AP) - Joseph Fiennes is defending himself in the wake of criticism after being cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming half-hour TV special, acknowledging the topic is "sensitive" but never intending it to be divisive.The white actor will play the King of Pop in the upcoming Sky Arts ...

‘Mob Wives’ star Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola has died

NEW YORK (AP) - Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the raspy-voiced bar owner who gained fame on the reality TV series "Mob Wives," died early Thursday, nearly a year after being diagnosed with throat cancer. She was 55.A statement posted from Raiola's Twitter account said she had "peacefully ended her ...

Cosby demands money back from accuser in sex assault case

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby is demanding that the accuser in his criminal case repay a confidential sex-abuse settlement because she cooperated with police who reopened the case and arrested him last year.Cosby filed a sealed breach-of-contract lawsuit this month that said the settlement barred ...

Singer, actress Denise Matthews, known as Vanity, dies

Vanity, a Prince protege who renounced her sexy stage persona to become a Christian minister, has died. She was 57.The singer and actress, born Denise Matthews, died Monday at a hospital in Fremont, California, said Gisela Hernandez, a spokeswoman for Washington Hospital Health Care System. ...

Cosby loses bid for quick appeal that could have halted case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby's sexual-assault case appears to be headed toward an evidence hearing after a Pennsylvania judge refused to halt the criminal proceedings and ask the state Superior Court to review a key pretrial issue.The 78-year-old TV star is accused of drugging and violating ...

Actress’ Instagram post draws attention of authorities

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - A heart carved into red rock is drawing the attention of authorities in Arizona who are investigating to see if actress Vanessa Hudgens is the culprit.Hudgens posted a photo of the carving, bearing the names Vanessa and Austin, on her Instagram page Sunday but later removed ...

Eagles of Death Metal performs in Paris for attack survivors

PARIS (AP) - California rock band Eagles of Death Metal performed Tuesday at a highly charged Paris concert filled with fans who survived a terrifying massacre and siege at their last Paris show - and filled with memories of those who didn't."Bonsoir Paris, we're ready for this!" frontman Jesse ...

Grammys featured nearly as many tributes as new music

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Alabama Shakes were the biggest winners at a Grammy Awards ceremony that, due to the recent deaths of some seminal stars, felt as much a tribute to music's past as its present.Monday's ceremony included performances honoring David Bowie, Glenn Frey, B.B. King, ...

Lauryn Hill a no-show for Grammys performance

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammy organizers were expecting Lauryn Hill to make a surprise appearance during The Weeknd's performance Monday night, but the singer was a no-show.Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said Hill showed up for a dress rehearsal Monday morning but left and didn't come ...

‘The Revenant’ and DiCaprio are winners at BAFTA film awards

LONDON - The U.K. film industry showered Valentine's Day love on "The Revenant" Sunday, awarding the endurance epic five prizes, including best picture and best actor, at the British Academy Film Awards.Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his Oscar-favorite status by taking the best-actor trophy for ...

Winners at the 2016 British Academy Film Awards

LONDON (AP) - Winners of the 2016 British Academy Film Awards, presented Sunday:Film - "The Revenant"British Film - "Brooklyn"Director - Alejando G. Inarritu, "The Revenant"Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"Actress - Brie Larson, "Room"Supporting Actor - Mark Rylance, "Bridge of ...

Head of BAFTA: Film industry not diverse enough

LONDON (AP) - The head of the British Academy Film and Television Awards said its annual ceremony does not feature more ethnic minority nominees because the film industry itself is not diverse enough.Ahead of the awards ceremony held Sunday in London, Amanda Berry said she supported a peaceful ...

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ starts filming, adds del Toro and Dern

NEW YORK (AP) - "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has begun filming and has added Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern to its cast.The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that "Episode VIII" started principal photography at London's Pinewood Studios on Monday. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the "Star ...

UK band members killed after car crashes into Swedish canal

HELSINKI (AP) - Five British men, including members of British indie band Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm.The crash early Saturday occurred when the men's rental car crashed through a barrier that was closed to stop ...