Entertainment

‘Fantastic Beasts’ flies to top of box office

the associated press LOS ANGELES — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest offering from the Harry ...

Wildfire-charred movie ranch to be rebuilt over 2 years

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. — Standing amid the charred foundations and burned-out movie sets of Paramount Ranch, officials from the National Park Service said Friday that they plan to rebuild and reopen the site that holds decades of movie history and still hosts a steady stream of Hollywood ...

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died

NEW YORK — William Goldman, the screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was ...

Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin act their age for laughs, tears

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Without a screenwriter in sight, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are trading wisecracks just like the kibitzing longtime pals they play in “The Kominsky Method.” Arkin got the ball rolling when the pair was asked if they knew each other before making the Netflix ...

Tales of reinvention abound in Oscars race

NEW YORK — F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said there are no second acts in American lives, might have felt differently had he seen this year’s Oscar race. In mid-November, there is much solidifying, scrapping and self-promotion to come (not to mention a few potential awards heavyweights). But ...

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

NEW YORK — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press. Besides seeking an injunction to let Acosta ...

Stan Lee, creator of a galaxy of Marvel superheroes, dies

LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at ...

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ makes off with $66M at box office

LOS ANGELES — You’re a mean one — and you’re number one — Mr. Grinch. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last week’s top ...

Homeowners – famous and not – await word of wildfire’s toll

LOS ANGELES — Rich or not, famous or not, there was little reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest communities nearby and in the state’s north. Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim ...

Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn’t altered

NEW YORK — Before hopping on a plane to Paris on Friday, President Trump insulted some more reporters, threatened that others may have their White House credentials pulled like CNN’s Jim Acosta and disputed reports that his press secretary spread a doctored video of Acosta’s encounter ...

Son of Beatles’ producer dives into the messy ‘White Album’

the associated press NEW YORK — Hardcore fans of the Beatles like to pore over every detail of the band and endlessly dissect their songs. Then there’s Giles Martin, who manages to time travel to meet the Fab Four. Martin is the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin, and ...

Chris Pine and David Mackenzie reunite for ‘Outlaw King’

TORONTO — If you want to see an exhausted Chris Pine, meet him after he’s spent a day answering questions about his penis. Following the September premiere of David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King,” in which Pine stars as the Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, conversation at the Toronto ...

Autopsy finds rapper Mac Miller died from drugs and alcohol

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Rapper Mac Miller died from an accidental overdose caused by a combination of cocaine, alcohol, and the powerful opioid fentanyl, a coroner’s report released Monday said. The Los Angeles County coroner’s report named Miller’s cause of death as ...

Camila Cabello wins best artist and best song at MTV EMAs

BILBAO, Spain — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was the big winner at the MTV EMAs gala in Spain on Sunday, while Janet Jackson used her acceptance speech for a life-time achievement award to take a stand for women’s rights. Jackson was honored with the Global Icon Award for her ...

New Yorkers get their dance on with a tap class to pop music

NEW YORK — Every Wednesday night, Broadway dancer Beth Nicely spends her one night off from the musical “Chicago” leading a group of enthusiastic New Yorkers in a joyful ritual: Tap dancing. But this isn’t the traditional shuffling and hoofing. She choreographs to pop music and calls ...

Raymond Chow, film producer behind Bruce Lee, dies at age 91

HONG KONG — Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and even brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, has died at age 91. Hong Kong’ secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said in a ...

#MeToo brings change, debate to literary magazines

the associated press NEW YOR — For literary magazines over the past year, much of the news has been in the masthead. Editor Lorin Stein of the Paris Review left amid allegations of sexual harassment and editor Ian Buruma of The New York Review of Books was fired after publishing an essay ...

Claire Underwood takes charge in ‘House of Cards’

LOS ANGELES — The spirit of Francis Underwood and misdeeds past haunt the sixth season of “House of Cards” and its new U.S. president, the widowed Claire Underwood. Francis is very much dead when the Netflix series opens its final, eight-episode run Friday, as an image of Claire bending ...

Guitarist Jimmy Page looks back at 50 years of Led Zeppelin

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CORONA, Calif. — Jimmy Page once painted a dragon, and used it to slay. The guitar guru was so bursting with creative inspiration 50 years ago that he felt compelled to pick up a brush and use his skills from art school to take poster paints to his favorite ...

Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won’t rock you, but Malek will

Where does a preening, pansexual rock god get his powers? The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” traces his sonorous majesty to an unlikely place: his back teeth. Mercury, nee Farrokh Bulsara, was born with four extra incisors, giving him a bigger mouth. Introducing himself to his ...