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Joe Masteroff, story writer for the musical ‘Cabaret,’ dies

NEW YORK — Joe Masteroff, the Tony Award-winning story writer of the brilliant, edgy musical "Cabaret" and the touching, romantic "She Loves Me," has died. He was 98. Masteroff died Friday at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, said The Roundabout Theatre Company, which produced ...

New Tom Petty set a form of therapy for his family and band

NEW YORK — Tom Petty's family and former band members say it was like therapy to compile a four-disc box set of his music so quickly after he died. "An American Treasure" went on sale Friday, four days short of a year after Petty died at age 66 of cardiac arrest. He and his band the ...

Barbra Streisand to Trump in new song: Don’t lie to me!

NEW YORK — When Barbra Streisand started writing lyrics for her new political song, "Don't Lie to Me," she initially aimed for "very subtle" references to President Donald Trump. But she couldn't help herself. "I just went ballistic," she said. "Don't Lie to Me," released Thursday, finds ...

Elizabeth Olsen plays grieving widow in new Facebook series

the Associated Press NEW YORK — Elizabeth Olsen is not a user of social media, has never been married, and has never experienced profound loss, but the actress has spent her 2018 surrounded by grief as a young widow in the new Facebook Watch series "Sorry For Your Loss." The 10-episode, ...

‘Making a Murderer’ sequel set to premiere Oct. 19

the associated press MADISON, Wis. — A sequel to the popular "Making a Murderer" documentary series about a Wisconsin murder case is set to premiere Oct. 19 on Netflix. The first "Making a Murderer" recounted the story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in ...

Will Smith’s bungee jump: The latest stunt near Grand Canyon

the Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — At the end of the 1991 movie "Thelma & Louise," the two leading ladies — fugitives cornered by authorities in the Grand Canyon — decide against surrendering and instead drive off a cliff. One of cinema's most iconic endings wasn't filmed in ...

Cosby to fight ‘sexually violent predator’ tag at sentencing

Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public ...

Jane Fonda, her life and men star in a revealing documentary

LOS ANGELES — As beguiling and powerful as Jane Fonda is onscreen, she's yet to play a role that's a match for her whiplash-inducing life of artistry, celebrity and polarizing activism. Then there's the personal drama, including serial marriages to three very different husbands with their own ...

Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter

LOS ANGELES — Averting a murder trial that had been nearly four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison. The Death Row ...

Review: Michael Moore takes on Trump

the associated press "I hope he never does one on me," Donald Trump once said of Michael Moore. It was in 1998, on Roseanne Barr's syndicated talk show. Trump complimented Moore's "Roger & Me," a takedown of General Motors and its then-CEO, Roger Smith. "It's terrific," he said, then ...

‘Show must go on:’ Stranded in Europe, orchestra improvises

BOSTON— The Boston Symphony Orchestra might want to consider naming its next album "Songs in the Key of A" — as in airport, abandoned and Amsterdam. The renowned orchestra very nearly missed the last stop on its 12-concert, eight-city European tour when it got stuck in Paris en route to ...

Stars turn politics into fashion on Emmy gold carpet

the associated press LOS ANGELES — Stars vamping on the red carpet before the 70th Emmy Awards on Monday talked about politics and turned them into fashion statements. Jenifer Lewis of "black-ish" wore a sweatshirt adorned with a metal-studded Nike "swoosh," pushing back against ...

‘The Predator’ gobbles up competition at box office

LOS ANGELES — "The Predator" is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters. 20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters. But with an $88 million production price tag, the Shane Black-directed ...

Avid fans of ‘The Americans’ hope Emmys Cold War will thaw

NEW YORK — In the end, after six seasons of murder most foul, high-stakes espionage and international intrigue, it somehow felt perfect that the climactic scene of "The Americans" should happen in the most mundane of places: a parking garage. There was no bloodshed, and not a single bullet ...

‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ writer Rachel Hollis ready for more

NEW YORK — How to kick butt at the office. How to kick butt as a parent. How to kick butt, so to speak, in your marriage. There's no shortage of books, podcasts, blogs and social streams of people dispensing advice, motivation, home tips and the idea that personal growth, happiness and ...

Emmy hosts Che, Jost ready for fun, politics, even mishaps

LOS ANGELES — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as "Saturday Night Live" news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts. The comedians got in the mood at Thursday's rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time ...

Female artists could dominate Americana Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jason Isbell may be the leading nominee for this year's Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards show Wednesday night, but the four-time nominee faces a strong challenge from multiple female nominees aiming to add more diversity to the genre. Isbell is the sole ...

Will a ‘Saturday Night Live’ makeover boost the Emmys?

the associated press LOS ANGELES — Excited about Monday's 70th Emmy Awards? Probably not. That's an educated guess based on shrinking interest in entertainment's back-slapping ceremonies generally and television's biggest night in particular. Last year's Emmys drew 11.4 million viewers, a ...

‘The Hate U Give’ puts Black Lives Matter on the screen

the associated press In a wave of films, including a number at the Toronto Film Festival, the kinds of police brutality-inflicted tragedies that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement are being filtered into fiction film with anguished and stirring passion. They aren't the first movies ...

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

the associated press NEW YORK — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners. The musical's win for ...