Entertainment

‘Halloween’ carves up another $32 million to top box office

the associated press NEW YORK — Michael Meyers — or is it Jamie Lee Curtis? — can’t be stopped. “Halloween” dominated the North American box office for the second straight weekend, carving up an estimated $32 million in ticket sales. The top four films were all unchanged at the ...

Museum spotlights connection between Matisse, Alaska Natives

PHOENIX — Nearly 64 years after his death, Henri Matisse has become one of the few non-Native Americans to have an exhibition at a Phoenix museum dedicated to Native American culture. The little-known intersection of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists and Inuit people in the ...

Debate erupts over Halloween costumes crossing racial lines

PHOENIX — When Colorado attorney Jeff Schwartz asked his 7-year-old son what he wanted to dress as this Halloween, the answer was clear: his favorite movie superhero, “Black Panther.” Schwartz said his white son’s choice of a black character didn’t give him pause. “I didn’t ...

Study finds LGBTQ characters on network TV hit a record high

LOS ANGELES — A record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season’s prime-time network series, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD. The annual study by media advocacy group GLAAD out Thursday also found an increase in the characters’ ethnic diversity, with ...

Harry Potter party crafts thrive years after books

For crafty Harry Potter fans, throwing a party themed to the stories can be the ultimate DIY labor of love. Two excuses for throwing a Harry Potter party are coming soon: Halloween and the November release of the franchise’s latest movie, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” ...

Billionaire Boys Club’s Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence

The young Joe Hunt once used his intelligence, a high-energy salesman’s patter and powers of persuasion to get wealthy friends to invest in his Billionaire Boys Club to fuel an opulent lifestyle that abruptly ended with a first-degree murder conviction and a prison sentence of life without ...

Julia Louis-Dreyfus feted for career achievement in comedy

WASHINGTON — Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's being recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for a lifetime in comedy. She is the 21st person the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has honored with the award. ...

Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope

NEW YORK — Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a ...

Ambassadors for Motown sound seek more of it in hometown

DETROIT — From the auditorium of Detroit's main library on a recent weeknight emerged the sound of Motown: Spirited takes of tunes that sprung from a studio just a few miles away and made their way around the world. Some of Detroit's best singers and musicians breathed new life into beloved ...

Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez is boxing’s new $365 million man. Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal that his promotional company says is the richest athlete contract in sports history, guaranteeing the Mexican middleweight champion at least that much money to have his fights shown on the ...

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Can there be a "Roseanne" without Roseanne? The answer is yes, indeed. There can even be a pretty good sitcom. And you might not miss her that much. ABC on Tuesday night aired the first episode of "The Conners," a spinoff of "Roseanne" without Roseanne ...

Prince Harry and Meghan’s child on way

CANBERRA, Australia — They both wanted children. They knew it was time. Meghan had ended her acting career and moved to Britain to be a full-time royal. Prince Harry had stepped down from the military and wanted to settle down. Their marriage was a five-star glamour blowout: the spectacular ...

Melania Trump says she loves Trump, ignores cheating rumors

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump says she loves President Donald Trump and has "much more important things to think about" than allegations he cheated on her with a porn star, a Playboy Playmate or anyone else. Mrs. Trump, who was interviewed by ABC while touring Africa last week, said people are ...

Manhattan DA drops part of Harvey Weinstein case

NEW YORK — Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations. Weinstein, 66, ...

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

WASHINGTON — Live from the Oval Office, it's Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn't rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen ...

Carell and Chalamet on bonding for the film ‘Beautiful Boy’

the associated press TORONTO — Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet both knew the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" hinged on the father-son relationship. The movie is based on the twin memoirs of David Sheff and his son, Nic, about each's perspective on Nic's decade-long, nearly fatal plunge ...

Taylor Swift performs, Cardi B wins at American Music Awards

the associated press Taylor Swift kicked off the American Music Awards with an explosive performance and Cardi B won the first award of the night, dedicating the honor to her daughter. Cardi B beat out Drake and Post Malone for favorite rap/hip-hop artist during Tuesday night's show at the ...

Netflix to bring new US production hub to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. It's the company's first ...

Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale

LONDON — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had ...

#MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail

LOS ANGELES — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells. And it's increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm. Harvey Weinstein has been charged with sexual ...