Entertainment

Shaq on his Hollywood plans: ‘I want to be the next Rock’

NEW YORK — Shaquille O'Neal is already known by many names. Superman. The Diesel. The Big Aristotle. But he would like to add another to the list: Movie Star. In "Uncle Drew," which opens Friday, he plays one of the former basketball stars (all of them real pros under heavy old-man makeup) ...

Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani among film academy invitees

LOS ANGELES — The organization that bestows the Oscars is continuing to lean into its promise to make its ranks more diverse by inviting a record 928 new members representing 59 countries to join including actors Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Gina Rodriguez and "The Rider" filmmaker Chloe ...

‘Jurassic World’ sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut

the associated press NEW YORK — The dinosaurs still rule the box office. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" surpassed expectations to open with $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn't approach ...

Michelle Obama’s memoir conveys lessons of an eventful life

NEW ORLEANS — Former first lady Michelle Obama said Friday that her upcoming memoir "Becoming" is a "re-humanization effort" that shares the "ordinariness of a very extraordinary story" that she hopes will give voice to people who feel voiceless. Obama made the remarks as she helped kick ...

Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist and pundit, dies

NEW YORK — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died at age 68. His death was ...

ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

the associated press LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall. ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial ...

Behind the making of Jack-Jack, the summer’s breakout star

NEW YORK — The breakout star of the summer moviegoing season isn't a dinosaur, an Avenger or anyone aboard the Millennium Falcon. It's a giggling pipsqueak in diapers. "The Incredibles 2," which last weekend set a new box-office record for animated films with $182.7 million in ticket sales, ...

Parkland siblings detail #NeverAgain inception in new book

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The polarizing survivor of the Parkland mass shooting has been falsely labeled a crisis actor, vilified by the NRA and called names by TV hosts. And David Hogg isn't avoiding self-criticism in his new book. In fact, he calls himself "arrogant," ''skinny" and details ...

Authorities: Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt, authorities said. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort ...

‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES— The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Disney estimated ...

Warner Bros. crackdown puts Dark Mark over Potter festivals

PHILADELPHIA— Warner Bros. is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals around the country, saying it's necessary to halt unauthorized commercial activity. Fans, however, liken the move to Dementors sucking the joy out of homegrown fun, while festival directors say they'll transfigure ...

New doc trails chef Ducasse on global quest for new flavors

NEW YORK — In the new documentary "The Quest of Alain Ducasse," the esteemed French chef steps off a small plane in the middle of the Gobi desert in Mongolia. As he stands pondering the vast emptiness, a motorcycle suddenly appears, as if out of nowhere, carrying two men. The bemused chef ...

Tiny Dust-to-Digital record label gathers big attention

ATLANTA — When college student and roots music fan Lance Ledbetter grew frustrated at the near impossibility of buying 78 rpm gospel records from the 1920s and '30s, he began to ponder a question: What would it take to reissue those old tunes and put them in stores? Answering that question ...

Once sidelined, romantic comedies rise again this summer

LOS ANGELES — Summer is always full of action and superhero pics, but this year a once dormant yet utterly adored genre is coming back in a big way: the romantic comedy. After a 2017 without any from a major studio, this summer is proving to be a re-birth for this lost Hollywood staple with ...

‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist is ‘coming home’ to Broadway

NEW YORK — To get ready to play legendary songwriter Carole King on Broadway, Melissa Benoist had to learn her lines and complicated stage directions. Lyrics, not so much. The actress, who stars on the CW series "Supergirl," has been listening to King since she was a kid, fed a steady diet ...

A theme of tolerance, inclusion at this year’s Tony Awards

NEW YORK — A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony winner on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes. "The Band's Visit," about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in a remote Israeli desert town, forcing ...

‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with franchise-best $41.5M

NEW YORK — "Ocean's 8," the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling "Solo: A Star Wars Story." At a lower price point and in less fanboy-guarded franchise, "Ocean's ...

Abusive messages show dark side of ‘Star Wars’ fandom

NEW YORK — The dark side of "Star Wars" fandom recently reared its head when Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who plays Rose Tico in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," was run off Instagram by misogynistic and racist messages from fans who didn't like her character in the movie. The episode was not ...

Smithsonian exhibit highlights mega star Oprah Winfrey

WASHINGTON — One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: "I'm Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!" The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah. This moment, televised more than 30 years ago, is now part of a ...

Daniels’ former attorney countersues porn actress

LOS ANGELES— A day after Stormy Daniels accused her former lawyer of being a "puppet" for President Donald Trump, the attorney countersued the porn star and her new attorney for defamation and accused Trump's personal attorney of illegally recording their telephone calls. The countersuit ...