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Lordy, they have tapes: Secret tapes in Trump orbit not new

WASHINGTON — Lordy, there are tapes. And tapes and tapes and more tapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman's former colleagues say they are shocked that she secretly recorded private conversations with President Donald Trump and his chief of staff. But surreptitious tapes in Trump's world are ...

‘The Meg’ chomps $44.5M

NEW YORK — Adding to Hollywood's sizzling summer, the shark thriller "The Meg" opened well above expectations with an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in a decade. "The Meg" had been forecast by some analysts for closer to half that total. An ...

Artists, fans want festivals to address sexual harassment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom made a comment like, "Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?" Friedman didn't think anything of it until ...

Ask Marilu Henner about a day and you’ll hear every detail

NEW YORK — It's best not to get into an argument about past events with Marilu Henner. You will definitely lose. The actress is hard-wired with the ability to instantly recall facts that are decades old. "What I have is known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. It's like a fancy ...

Casey Affleck opens up in the wake of #MeToo

the associated press LOS ANGELES — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier harassment ...

‘Superman’ actress Margot Kidder’s death ruled suicide

HELENA, Mont. — "Superman" actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it's a relief to finally have the truth out. Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana ...

‘The Bachelorette’ and new fiancé ready to move forward

NEW YORK — ABC's "Bachelorette" Becca Kufrin and her new fiance, Garrett Yrigoyen, hope to move forward after controversy. Shortly after the season premiere, it was discovered that Yrigoyen had liked Instagram posts that mocked transgender people, feminists and Parkland, Florida, shooting ...

‘Charmed’ reboot cast, producers defend TV show’s changes

the associated press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The cast and producers of CW's new "Charmed" are defending the reboot as a story for its time. The drama series about three young half-sisters who are witches will confront modern issues including the MeToo movement, executive producer Jennie ...

‘Murphy Brown’ revival to tackle MeToo movement, free press

the Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. "MURPHY" AND METOO "Murphy Brown" will weigh in on the MeToo movement ...

Drug tests for gamers as soccer’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs

the associated press LONDON — The players finished their soccer matches and huddled waiting to discover who would have to undergo doping tests. The random draw completed, two men went off to provide urine samples. They just had to put their controllers down first. Less than three weeks ...

Weinstein lawyers: Accuser’s emails show rapport, not rape

NEW YORK — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," according to court papers his lawyers filed Friday. The ...

CBS’ 2Q net income up as CEO faces sexual-misconduct probe

NEW YORK — CBS on Thursday reported a boost in second-quarter net income from the tax overhaul and higher fees from affiliates and subscribers, as turmoil swirls around the media company ahead of the important fall TV season. CEO Les Moonves is facing an investigation after the New Yorker ...

Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash

the Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water ...

Allegation clouds Bobby Brown’s plan for violence shelter

the Associated Press ATLANTA — Singer Bobby Brown plans to build a shelter for domestic violence victims in honor of his late daughter while declining to directly address old allegations that he once hit his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Brown is developing the not-for-profit Bobbi Kristina ...

National Comedy Center ready to open

the Associated Press JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Comedian Billy Crystal asks the question in a video that welcomes visitors to the National Comedy Center. "Everybody else has a place," he says. "Why not us?" It may be as good a reason as any for the construction of the high-tech new center ...

Once untouchable, ‘I Admit’ shows that R. Kelly is hurting

NEW YORK — Although Oronike Odeleye is the co-founder of the #MuteRKelly campaign, she is still excited about the embattled R&B superstar's new song, "I Admit." Not because she is blasting it on her stereo — but because the release of the track confirms that the social media campaign ...

2 New Yorker artists bring colors, smiles to Rohingya camps

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh— With his blond dreads tied in a ponytail and baggy jeans caked with paint smudges, Max Frieder first arrived at the cramped Rohingya refugee camps last December. Unlike many other foreigners, he wasn't an aid worker in one of the biggest camps for Myanmar's persecuted ...

Co-founders of self-help group plead not guilty

the Associated Press NEW YORK — An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune, a TV actress and the co-founders of a purported self-help group appeared in court together for the first time on Wednesday to face charges in a case accusing the group of branding women and forcing them to have ...

A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of ‘Blindspotting’

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails. So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could ...

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!” thrill Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman ," ''Shazam! " and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production. Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Chris Pratt, Johnny ...