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Jimmy Fallon: Puerto Rican episode a ‘love letter’ to island

LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Fallon said a “Tonight Show” episode taped in Puerto Rico with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a love letter to the island still in hurricane-recovery mode. “It’s a real celebration of Puerto Rico,” Fallon told The Associated Press of Tuesday’s ...

DNA of wolf declared extinct in wild lives on in Texas pack

DALLAS — Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carries a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists ...

Kodiak-made horror short based on Native legend

KODIAK, Alaska — After wrapping up a month-long shoot, a budding filmmaker is putting the finishing touches on a movie short produced on the Emerald Isle. Cameron Currin, a Coast Guard member by day and film director in his free time, said his film “Kushtaka” is inspired by a Tlingit ...

Lawyer: R. Kelly denies all sexual misconduct allegations

CHICAGO — An attorney for R. Kelly said Friday that the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, including those made in a recent documentary, although he says neither he nor Kelly have watched the entire movie. Attorney Steve Greenberg ...

Review: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ is saccharine and sentimental

How much of a sweet tooth do you have when it comes to movies? It’s a question you might want to consider before stepping out for “A Dog’s Way Home ,” W. Bruce Cameron adaptation of his book about a dog who finds her way back to her owner across 400 miles of Colorado terrain, because ...

Lawyer: Georgia prosecutor seeking info about R. Kelly

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — A lawyer representing a couple who appeared in a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly said prosecutors in Georgia have reached out to him. Atlanta-based lawyer Gerald Griggs represents Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who have said repeatedly that ...

Andre Braugher leads ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to a new network

LOS ANGELES — When Andre Braugher learned last May that Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled, it was an ending that he’d anticipated after five years and softening ratings. “When we weren’t on the schedule for Fox, I said to my wife, ‘Here’s the new chapter, or whatever ...

Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to groping young man at bar

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to groping an 18-year-old busboy in 2016 in the first criminal case brought against the disgraced actor following a string of sexual misconduct allegations that crippled his career. Spacey’s court appearance came more than a year ...

Stars returned to looks in color on the Golden Globes carpet

Fashion, albeit a tad underwhelming, returned to the Golden Globes on Sunday in shades of green, red, yellow and sparkly gold after last year’s show of #MeToo solidarity that turned the carpet black. And then there was Lady Gaga, a work of voluminous periwinkle from head to toe. Gaga, ...

Netflix and chill no more

Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or ...

Opera based on Sarah Kane’s last play gets US premiere

NEW YORK — Depression, rage, suicide: These are the dark ingredients of the last play written by Sarah Kane before she killed herself at age 28. Now an operatic version, as dazzling as it is disturbing, is having its U.S. premiere. “4.48 Psychosis,” composed by Philip Venables and ...

DJ Art Laboe, 93, spins oldies to link inmates and family

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — It’s approaching 9 p.m. and Art Laboe adjusts the microphone as Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” ends. “And now it’s time for you to call up for those goodnight dedications,” Laboe announces. “Hello?” a young girl says. “I want to dedicate this ...

Bob Einstein of Super Dave and “Curb” fame dies

LOS ANGELES — Bob Einstein, the veteran comedy writer and performer known for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” ‘’Curb Your Enthusiasm” and his spoof daredevil character Super Dave Osborne, has died, according to his brother, filmmaker Albert Brooks. Einstein was 76. Einstein ...

With Dr. Dre behind him, Anderson .Paak is feeling epic

NEW YORK — Getting Dr. Dre to produce his entire album had Anderson .Paak feeling like “the prodigal son,” as he put it, since it’s rare that you’ll find Dre overseeing an entire music project these days. “To see him so inspired and genuinely having fun with a project is really ...

After a decade of dormancy, Chaka Khan blooms again

PASADENA, Calif. — If Chaka Khan were a flower, she’d be a perennial. “Because I go dormant and then I...” Khan stops and gracefully lifts her arms together, then slowly brings her hands apart, like a tulip emerging in spring. “I’ve done it many, many times,” explained the ...

Old favorites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire?

NEW YORK — They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is charmingly irritated. Then: He strides up to ...

Fabulous fashion of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is more than just attire

NEW YORK — Fans of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” know that the show’s clothes deliver eye-popping color and to-die-for style, but they might not know the costumes represent more than 1950’s couture. They also meticulously reflect each character’s mood and development. Costume ...

Anna and Anita star in epic opera rivalry

the Associated Press NEW YORK — The fireworks start early this New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, where two jealous divas locked in a deadly rivalry will be setting off sparks in a new production of Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.” Russian soprano Anna Netrebko stars ...

American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible. Colin O’Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile (1,500-kilometer) ...

‘Aquaman’ outswims ‘Poppins,’ ‘Bumblebee’ with $67.4M debut

NEW YORK — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Without a “Star Wars” film on the December ...