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Parents of 2 Parkland victims want Pulitzer for local paper

PASADENA, Calif. — Two parents who lost daughters in last year’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting are calling for their local newspaper to win the Pulitzer Prize, saying the South Florida Sun Sentinel has stayed on the story to demand accountability long after the national media ...

What’s the Greenprint? Ask Beyonce

NEW YORK — So, what’s all that Greenprint stuff on Beyonce’s Instagram feed? Bey stirred up the beehive Thursday when she advocated plant-based living in a rare social media endorsement. It helped that she also announced to her 123 million followers a sweepstakes for lifetime concert ...

‘Empire’ actor’s family calls for justice in Chicago attack

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett’s family said Thursday that the attack on the black and gay “Empire” actor in downtown Chicago this week was a “hate crime” and they pushed back against any suggestion that he was anything but honest with the police. Smollett, who plays the gay character ...

Super Bowl ads offer simple escapism with star power

NEW YORK — Sarah Michelle Gellar makes a horror movie parody for Olay. Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker tout Stella Artois . Steve Carrell hawks Pepsi. Star power abounds in this year’s Super Bowl ads. Advertisers are hoping to provide some welcome distraction and entertainment as ...

Could ‘Alita’ be a breakthrough manga movie?

d — The manga movie “Alita: Battle Angel” has been 20 years in the making, and producer Jon Landau thinks it will finally represent the breakthrough success in Hollywood for a genre which has proved problematic. “I think this is definitely the breakthrough one because of the story ...

Sundance: Anton Yelchin celebrated in intimate documentary

PARK CITY, Utah — Anton Yelchin died in a freak accident at age 27, but a new documentary seeks to put the focus back on the actor’s extraordinary life. “Love, Antosha,” which is seeking theatrical distribution, premiered Monday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to ...

Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s family members said Monday that they are “furious” that two men who accuse him of sexually abusing them as boys have received renewed attention because of a new documentary about them. The family released a statement denouncing “Leaving Neverland,” ...

‘Babadook’ director grapples with divisive follow-up

PARK CITY, Utah — There’s an early scene in director Jennifer Kent’s film “The Nightingale” that is so relentlessly brutal, it’s become almost infamous and has evoked the most extreme reactions, both positive and negative. And it’s not at all what Kent expected to happen. She ...

Everything is pretty good in ‘The LEGO Movie 2’

“The LEGO Movie” is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it’s no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality. But the big test was always going to be the sequel and whether or not it could recreate the magic of the first. And I’m ...

Film on Breslin and Hamill shows perils of local journalism

NEW YORK — HBO’s new film on newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill romanticizes an era in New York and journalism that feels like a long, long time ago. The fact that it’s very recent history makes “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” partly a tragedy. The two men ...

Singer Chris Brown released in Paris after rape complaint

PARIS — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people were released Tuesday from police custody after a woman filed a rape complaint against them, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. The Grammy-winning singer was detained Monday with two other suspects on potential charges of aggravated ...

Jonas Mekas, avant-garde ‘godfather,’ dies at 96

NEW YORK — Jonas Mekas the Lithuanian-born director, critic, patron and poet widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, has died. He was 96. Mekas, who survived a Nazi labor camp and years as a ...

5 burning questions ahead of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations

NEW YORK — The Oscars still don’t have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they’ll at least have nominees. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations to the 91st Oscars on Tuesday morning at 8:20 a.m. EST from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, ...

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is No. 1

NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan scored his fifth No. 1 movie as the director’s “Glass,” while not quite the blockbuster some expected, nevertheless dominated Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the box office with $40.6 million in ticket sales according to studio estimates ...

Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South ...

James Blake, music’s most requested collaborator, opens up

NEW YORK — Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones. He’s had a role on two of the greatest albums of the last decade — Beyonce’s delicious “Lemonade” and Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winner “Damn.” He worked on another impactful and culturally ...

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

BOSTON — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world’s great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family’s ties to OxyContin and the painkiller’s role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new ...

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and ...

Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971. Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors ...

Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned

NEW YORK — Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” on ...