Entertainment

‘Matrix’ reboot? Some say studio should choose another pill

NEW YORK — A reboot of "The Matrix" is said to be the works, but many fans would rather see Warner Bros. choose a different pill. The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday reported that Warner Bros. is developing a relaunch of the 1999 film, which spawned two far less beloved sequels. Any new ...

Alan Menken on cuts, adds and intimidating Emma Watson

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Composer Alan Menken really wanted to include the song "If I Can't Love Her" in the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast." The soaring ballad, sung by the Beast, was written for the Broadway musical as the closing number before intermission. "It's a monumentally ...

Orson Welles

Netflix to release Orson Welles’ final film

NEW YORK — Orson Welles' last film finally has a home. Netflix has acquired the global rights to Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" and will finance its completion and restoration. Netflix's announcement Tuesday brings to a close the decades-long mystery surrounding one cinema's ...

Affleck says he’s completed treatment

LOS ANGELES — Ben Affleck says he has recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. The actor and director said in a Facebook post Tuesday that it's the first of many steps toward a positive recovery. He added that he wants to be the best father he can and show his kids there's no ...

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from, "Kong: Skull Island." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

‘Kong: Skull Island’ is king of box office with $61 million

LOS ANGELES — It was Wolverine versus King Kong at the box office this weekend, and Kong came out on top. "Kong: Skull Island" opened with $61 million over the weekend, while "Logan," in its second week, pulled in $38.1 million, according to studio figures Monday. Jordan Peele's thriller ...

Cheese Championship Things to Know

Sartori named ‘best cheese in America’

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Wisconsin company can lay claim to having the best cheese in America. The Sartori company in Antigo won the title at this year's U.S. Championship Cheese Contest with its Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano, by master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. The U.S. ...

Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, dies at 60

NEW YORK — Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the defining dance anthem "We Are Family," has died, the band's representative says. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, on Friday, publicist Biff Warren, said Saturday. A cause of death has not been ...

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Kristen Stewart, left, and writer-director Olivier Assayas pose for a portrait to promote their film, "Personal Shopper," on Thursday, in New York.

Stewart and Assayas find a groove in the shadow of celebrity

NEW YORK — In the disheveled backroom of an East Village restaurant, Kristen Stewart is sarcastically motivating the French director Olivier Assayas for a photo shoot. Stewart, a blockbuster veteran at 26, is well acquainted with the demands of movie promotion. But with Assayas, she has ...

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‘Bridges of Madison County’ author Robert James Waller dies

NEW YORK — Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel "The Bridges of Madison County" was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and later into a soaring Broadway musical, has died in Texas, according to a longtime friend. He was 77. Scott ...

Cameron: ‘Avatar’ sequel not coming in 2018

NEW YORK — Another year, another "Avatar" postponement. James Cameron says the long-gestating sequel to his science-fiction epic will not be released next year. "2018 is not happening," Cameron told The Toronto Star. Though "Avatar 2" had not officially been scheduled for next year, 20th ...

This image released by NBC shows Mandy Moore, left, and Milo Ventimiglia in a scene from "This Is Us." The season finale for the popular  time-twisting family drama will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. (Ron Batzdorff/NBC via AP)

‘This is Us’ season finale focus is ill-fated Jack, Rebecca

LOS ANGELES — "This is Us" creator Dan Fogelman helpfully explains his time-twisting family drama's ambitious theme: A vision of shared humanity, without end. "There's no dying. There's no you, or me, or them. It's just us," character Kevin says in a fifth-episode scene singled out by ...

‘Live After Five’ kicks off June 23

The Orpheum’s “Live After Five” concert series has been finalized for 2017. Beginning Friday, June 23 and continuing every Friday until Aug. 25, 10 different musical acts will perform from 5:30-7 p.m. outside on the grounds east of the Orpheum’s facility. The free outdoor concerts ...

Applause Calendar, March 9, 2017

March 9 U.S. Senator Joni Ernst regional directors office 10-11 a.m.; Kling Memorial Library, 708 Seventh St. Grundy Center U.S. Senator Joni Ernst regional directors office 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Traer Public Library, 531 Second St. Traer U.S. Senator Joni Ernst regional ...

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John Devlin, pictured, will present Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach on March 11 as part of the Saturday Evening Arts series at Hope United Methodist Church, in Marshalltown.

Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach at Saturday Evening Arts at Hope United Methodist

Saturday Evening Arts presents Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach to be held at Hope United Methodist Church, 2203 S. Third Ave., Marshalltown at 7 p.m. on March 11. Pianist John Devlin will perform the first Partita, the Italian Concerto, three contrapuntal pieces and, on the organ, the Prelude and ...

Melinda Doolittle

American Idol finalist Doolittle is Live on Stage Marshalltown

American Idol’s Season Six Finalist, Melinda Doolittle, has wowed audiences everywhere - from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame. The “Soul Songstress” will bring her indelible charm and powerhouse vocals to the stage in a show called “It Must Be Love” at Marshalltown High ...

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This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast."

A ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with a new dimension

The Disney "live-action" remakes, of which the new "Beauty and the Beast" is but one in an assembly line, are starting to resemble an iPhone software update. Click a button and that old cartoon interface changes Belle into Emma Watson, the Beast into Dan Stevens and maybe fixes a few bugs in ...

Scarlett Johansson, Romain Dauriac

ScarJo’s divorce filing prompts custody battle

Scarlett Johansson's husband was "shocked" by the star's divorce filing and sees the move as a "pre-emptive strike" in a battle over custody of the couple's toddler daughter, his lawyer said. Johansson filed for divorce from Romain Dauriac in a New York City court Tuesday, saying the marriage ...

Tribeca to close with ‘Godfather’ reunion

NEW YORK — The 16th Tribeca Film Festival will close with a "Godfather" cast reunion and a back-to-back screening of parts one and two of Francis Ford Coppola's classic saga. Tribeca announced Wednesday that the 45th anniversary screenings will be followed by a conversation with Coppola, Al ...

Celebs use social media to support International Women’s Day

LOS ANGELES — Celebrities are using social media to express their support for Wednesday's International Women's Day. A sampling: — "Dreaming of a World Where Women have Equal Rights" — Madonna on Instagram, with an outtake from her recent Vogue Germany shoot. — "Whatever women do ...

Robert Osborne

TCM to honor Osborne with 48-hour tribute

NEW YORK — Turner Classic Movies will honor its late long-time host Robert Osborne with a 48-hour tribute celebrating his 23-year tenure with the network. The network said Tuesday that the tribute will run all day Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19. Osborne, the longtime face of TCM, ...