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In ‘Solo,’ a battle for the soul, and tone, of ‘Star Wars’

CANNES, France — When J.J. Abrams was a "Star Wars" novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi," had some advice for him: "Star Wars" is not important. "But what is important is the way people feel about it," said Kasdan. "And they are very ...

Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ gets new life as a video game

the Associated Press Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth — err, game. Henry David Thoreau wrote those words — most of them — in his seminal book, "Walden." They make up the objective of ...

For a prince’s wedding, even the greenery has royal roots

WINDSOR, England — Even the foliage in the flower arrangements will have royal roots. Philippa Craddock, the London florist selected by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to design the blooms for their wedding ceremony, said Wednesday that ferns and branches of silver birch, English oak and ...

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the ‘Superman’ franchise, dies

the associated press LOS ANGELES — Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" film franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, has died. Kidder died Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana, according to a notice on ...

NBC speeding up trend of revived comedy series

the associated press NEW YORK — NBC is turbo-charging the trend of reviving canceled comedies with its pickup of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." The network quickly swooped in after Fox dumped it last week, adding it to NBC's midseason schedule. While the fan outcry was heartening, NBC ...

82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

CANNES, France — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry. The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps ...

R. Kelly set to perform in N.C. despite protests

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— R. Kelly is going on with his concert in North Carolina Friday, rejecting calls from protesters to cancel his appearance over longstanding allegations of sexual misconduct. The Greensboro concert is among the R&B singer's first performances since the #MuteRKelly ...

Stevie Wonder plans shows to promote love, stop hate

the associated press WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Stevie Wonder discussed politics, talked pop culture and poked fun at his eyesight — sometimes all at once — between playing his hits at a tiny West Hollywood club in preparation for a series of shows. "So Donald!" Wonder yelled at one ...

Disney seeks new frontiers as more people watch video online

NEW YORK — Disney is seeking new frontiers. The media company launched its $5-a-month sports streaming service, ESPN Plus, last month, and it signed a deal with Twitter this month to create Marvel, ABC and ESPN content on that service. Meanwhile, Disney is trying to buy much of 21st ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber weighs in on Tony Awards favorite

LOS ANGELES — Andrew Lloyd Webber has written some of the most successful stage musicals of all time. So, when he weighs in on the year's Tony contenders, announced earlier this week, it's time to listen. "I'm very interested that 'The Band's Visit' has been celebrated," commented the ...

Author Junot Diaz withdraws from festival amid allegations

SYDNEY — Author Junot Diaz has withdrawn from a writers' festival in Australia after fellow writers accused him of past sexual misconduct and misogyny, organizers said Saturday, adding that a moment of reckoning had arrived for the Pulitzer Prize winner. Diaz was confronted Friday in a ...

3 women sue CBS News and Charlie Rose, alleging harassment

NEW YORK — Three women who worked with Charlie Rose filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Friday against CBS News and the television journalist. The lawsuit filed in New York state court seeks unspecified damages. It said the women, who were in their early 20s when they were hired, were ...

Film Academy expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

the associated press LOS ANGELES — The organization that bestows the Academy Awards announced Thursday that it has voted to expel two prominent members convicted of sexual offenses, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, from its membership. It's the first major decision since the Academy of ...

‘Infinity War’ opens with record $250M

NEW YORK — A whole lot of superheroes added up to a whole lot of ticket sales. The superhero smorgasbord "Avengers: Infinity Wars" opened with predictable shock-and-awe, earning $250 million in box office over the weekend and edging past "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to set the highest ...

White House corps toasts press freedom; Trump a no-show

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — White House aides, reporters and other famous-for-Washington types were set to gather without President Donald Trump to toast press freedom. It was to be the second White House Correspondents' Association dinner in a row without the president. Trump ...

Jazz Fest: Opening joy tempered by loss of a Neville

the Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The 49th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival opened Friday — a sun-drenched affair where the joy was tempered only by news of the death of a New Orleans music idol. Charles Neville, a saxophone player since the 1950s and a stalwart for three ...

Fox teases ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS — 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider addressed Disney's deal to purchase most of Fox and also gave a first look at the highly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" in a wide-ranging and emotional presentation to theater owners and exhibitors Thursday at ...

Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

LOS ANGELES — "You did it, Michelle." Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday. Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to ...

Bradley Cooper teases “A Star is Born” at CinemaCon

the associated press LAS VEGAS — Bradley Cooper has unveiled the first trailer for his directorial debut "A Star is Born" for CinemaCon attendees Tuesday evening to hearty applause. Cooper stars in his remake of "A Star Is Born" alongside Lady Gaga as a burgeoning singer. He says his ...

‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Rampage’ lead newcomers at box office

LOS ANGELES — It's another weekend of buzz versus pure star power at the box office as the word of mouth sensation "A Quiet Place" finds itself neck-and-neck again with Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage." This time buzz had the slight advantage. Studio estimates on Sunday have placed "A Quiet ...