Entertainment

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 ...

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 ...