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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Optimus Prime in a scene from, "Transformers: The Last Knight." (Paramount Pictures/Bay Films via AP)

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ debuts to a franchise low

NEW YORK — The hulking machines of "Transformers" are no longer box-office behemoths in North America. But they're still big in China. Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth installment in the Hasbro series, scored a franchise-low domestic debut with an estimated $43.5 ...

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In this Jan. 19, 1931 file photograph, Chicago mobster Al Capone is seen at a football game in Chicago.

Al Capone song, watch fetch over $100K at auction

BOSTON — Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the ...

Tupac Shakur

Writer sues Tupac filmmakers

NEW YORK — A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper. Kevin Powell says in the federal lawsuit filed Friday that "All Eyez On Me" borrows ...

Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury

LONDON — Britain's famed Glastonbury music festival has embraced an unlikely headline act: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn, 68, received a rock star welcome from thousands of festival-goers, who chanted his name and held up signs that read "I love Jeremy Corbyn" as he took to the ...

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In a  March 3, 2006 file photo, Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom, in Manitowoc, Wis.

Lawyers seek to free inmate featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

MADISON, Wis. — Attorneys for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" petitioned for his immediate release Friday after a federal appeals court ruled that his confession was coerced. Lawyers for Brendan Dassey filed papers Friday with the Chicago-based 7th ...

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In this April 24, file photo, filmmaker Ron Howard arrives at the premiere of "Genius", in Los Angeles.

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard ...

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg to get star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, "Weird Al" Yankovic and late entertainers Bernie Mac and Steve Irwin will be receiving stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce revealed the 2018 honorees Thursday. Other recipients include Lin-Manuel Miranda, ...

New John Green novel coming in October

NEW YORK — John Green fans, mark your calendar. The author of the million-selling "The Fault in Our Stars" has a new novel coming Oct. 10, Dutton Books announced Thursday. The book is called "Turtles All the Way Down" and tells of a 16-year girl in search of a missing billionaire as she ...

Applause Calendar, June 22, 2017

June 22 Captioned Telephone presentation 10:30 a.m. Senior Citizens Center, 20 E. State St. Public invited Historical Society of Marshall County’s History on Third Thursday program “Marshall County Trivia Night” 6 p.m. at Iowa River Brewing Company, 107 N. First St. Opening ...

Bob Dorr and The Blue Band in Waterloo

WATERLOO — Bob Dorr and The Blue Band perform live at the Waterloo Center for the Arts’ RiverLoop Rhythms from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on June 30 at the Amphitheatre, 225 Commercial St. Admission is free with food and beverages available for purchase. Bob Dorr and The Blue Band have been playing ...

Pint Size Polka at the library

Pint Size Polka will present free family concerts at the library on June 28 and 29. This interactive presentation featuring sing-along polka tunes, “Name that Tune,” the “Chicken Dance” and more, will be held in the large meeting room at 6 p.m. on June 28 for all ages. A second show ...

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JJ Ace, seen here in this undated photo, will perform the first concert of the Orpheum’s “Live After Five” concert series on June 23.

Acts unveiled for 10-week free outdoor concert series

The Orpheum’s “Live After Five” concert series has been finalized for 2017. Beginning tomorrow and continuing every Friday until Aug. 25, 10 different musical acts will perform from 5:30-7 p.m. outside on the grounds east of the Orpheum’s facility. The free outdoor concerts will also ...

‘Shiny, Sticky, Smooth’ art exhibition at Faulconer Gallery

GRINNELL — Summertime, and the livin’ is “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth” at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery. “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses,” from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, will be open to the public from July 1, through Sept. ...

Movies in the Coliseum

Marshalltown Parks & Recreation announces free movies in the Coliseum. The Veterans Memorial Coliseum will host Summer Movies in the Coliseum Gym beginning at 7 p.m. The June 24 movie is “Sing” starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett ...

Bill Cosby

Names of jurors in Cosby case released

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Wednesday ordered the public release of the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case but warned them not to divulge what other jurors said during deliberations. Judge Steven O'Neill granted a ...

Diageo to buy Clooney’s tequila brand in $1B deal

NEW YORK — Global liquor behemoth Diageo said Wednesday it will pay up to $1 billion to buy a tequila brand co-founded by movie star George Clooney. Clooney founded the Casamigos brand four years ago with partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldma. Diageo said it will pay $700 million for ...

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In this Jan. 27, 2013, file photo, Daniel Day-Lewis arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Day-Lewis’s representative, Leslee Dart, said in a statement Tuesday, that the 60-year-old performer “will no longer be working as an actor.” She added that Day-Lewis is “immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years.”

Daniel Day-Lewis says he’s retiring from acting

NEW YORK — Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation and a three-time Oscar-winner, says he's retiring from acting. The 60-year-old actor announced Tuesday that he has shot his last film and performed in his last play. That makes Paul Thomas Anderson's ...

Jack Black, Nick Jonas

‘Jumanji’ stars pay tribute to Williams

BARCELONA, Spain — Jack Black and Nick Jonas — two of the stars of the upcoming "Jumanji" sequel — have paid tribute to the actor who led the original film — the late Robin Williams. Describing Williams as a "sweet, sweet man," Black said the late actor would "love" the movie. "He had ...

Han Solo spinoff film loses directors

LOS ANGELES — There's been a disturbance in the force and the young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that the Star Wars spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions on ...

Carol A. Bankes, 74

Carol A. Bankes, 74, of Marshalltown, IA passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Grundy County Memorial Hospital, in Grundy Center, IA. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W. Main St., Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been ...