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A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of ‘Blindspotting’

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails. So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could ...

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!” thrill Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman ," ''Shazam! " and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production. Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Chris Pratt, Johnny ...

Dax Shepard finds creative fulfillment with new podcast

NEW YORK — Dax Shepard acts, writes and directs but his latest creative venture is fulfilling him in ways he didn't expect. He's begun recording podcasts called "Armchair Expert" in a guest house attic on property he owns with his wife, Kristen Bell. New episodes drop Mondays. Shepard said ...

World Cup finale reaches 16 million viewers in U.S.

NEW YORK — The World Cup soccer final where France defeated Croatia was seen by just over 16 million people in the United States on Sunday. While that made the Sunday morning telecast on Fox and Telemundo the most-watched program of the week, it represented a significant drop in viewership ...

Hulk Hogan reinstated into wrestling Hall of Fame

the Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has reinstated Hulk Hogan to its Hall of Fame, three years after he was found to have used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape. The Connecticut-based company made the announcement in a statement ...

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ tops weekend charts

the associated press LOS ANGELES — "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust. Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned ...

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101. Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died at ...

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer skyrockets to chief Trump critic

LOS ANGELES — On Monday he was accepting an award from a legal foundation in Denver. He was in Los Angeles on Tuesday, fighting to unseal a lawsuit brought by a Playboy centerfold. On Wednesday he was in New York visiting children separated from their parents at the U.S. border and on Friday ...

Build-a-Bear halts too-popular “Pay Your Age” deal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Build-A-Bear Workshop's "Pay Your Age" promotion proved too popular. The chain known for its customizable teddy bears and other stuffed toys couldn't handle the crowds Thursday, and had to turn shoppers away. The company wrote in a Facebook post that it ...

Police say they made an ‘error’ in arresting Stormy Daniels

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against Stormy Daniels just hours after the porn star was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at an Ohio strip club. Her attorney said she was "set up" ...

Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain

the associated press NEW YORK — The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-bred rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom. Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed "Annapolis Rising: A ...

Video shows moment of Clooney crash, actor thrown in air

OLBIA, Sardinia — Actor George Clooney slammed his motorbike into an oncoming car that turned suddenly into his lane Tuesday and was thrown several meters (yards) in the air on the Italian island of Sardinia, according to video of the crash. "He is recovering at his home and will be fine," ...

Crew member says Johnny Depp punched him on LA film set

the associated press LOS ANGELES — A film crew member says in a lawsuit that Johnny Depp twice punched him on the Los Angeles set of a movie about the killing of the Notorious B.I.G., and that he was fired from the production when he refused to promise not to sue over the ...

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

NEW YORK — Despite its heroes' diminutive size, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales. According to studio estimates Sunday, the "Ant-Man" sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in ...

Elvis, Beatles memorabilia items on display at Hard Rock

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and colorful headband, and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new ...

Missouri waterslide injury highlights lax regulation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — No government officials conducted a safety inspection of a new waterslide at Six Flags St. Louis before a woman said she suffered whiplash last month from the force of the "Typhoon Twister" that featured a five-story drop and a "45-foot zero gravity wave ...

Scarlett Johansson’s plans to play trans man spurs backlash

the associated press NEW YORK — Scarlett Johansson's plans to portray a transgender man have sparked a backlash from many who object to cisgender actors playing trans roles. Earlier this week, Johansson was announced to star in "Rub & Tug," a film about prostitution ring leader Dante ...

Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

NEW YORK— Joey "Jaws" Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time. Miki Sudo held on to her title as the top ...

Friends remember ‘Old Man’ Richard Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’

LAS VEGAS — Video clips of reality TV figure Richard Harrison played in a Las Vegas funeral home where the patriarch of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop empire was remembered as a Navy veteran, husband, father and sometimes cranky character. One showed a "Pawn Stars" episode where he ...

Amid public triumph, private turmoil for Marvel’s Stan Lee

LOS ANGELES — It has been another epic year for characters Stan Lee helped create, with "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" earning more than $3 billion combined globally and "Ant-Man and the Wasp" still to open next week, all three featuring the clever cameos beloved by devoted fans ...