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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 ...

Last surviving ‘Wizard of Oz,’ munchkin dies

the Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" and the one who famously welcomed Dorothy to Munchkin Land, has died at age 99. Maren died May 24 at a San Diego nursing home, his niece, Stacy Michelle Barrington, ...

‘We begin our fight now’: Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty

NEW YORK — The battle lines in Harvey Weinstein's criminal case grew sharper on Tuesday as the movie mogul pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York and his lawyer promised a fight. A lawyer for Weinstein signaled he would use legal challenges to try to derail the ...

Melania Trump hosts event after 24 days out of sight

WASHINGTON — After more than three weeks out of sight, Melania Trump at last has teed up an appearance at a White House event. The first lady served as co-host with the president at a reception Monday to honor the families of those killed during military service. But the event was closed ...

Bill Clinton, James Patterson new, dramatic novel

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack. The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen. "You're asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their ...

Chris Cuomo believes there’s room in the middle

NEW YORK — Chris Cuomo envisions his new CNN prime-time show as a haven for independent thinkers who want their preconceptions tested. His challenge is finding enough people who want that on a cable news network. He's swimming against a strong tide. Fox News Channel and MSNBC are thriving ...

Opera pairing with circus acts to dispel stuffy image

NEW ORLEANS — An internationally acclaimed tenor from New Orleans is pairing circus acrobatics and opera, with a lot of help from his friends. "We want it to be fun. That's what we feel opera is," said Bryan Hymel , who has performed with opera companies around the world. The performance ...

Kevin Bacon and his bro drop new album

the associated press NEW YORK — You could easily call Friday "National Actors Releasing Albums Day": Kevin Bacon, Scarlett Johansson and Ezra Miller are among the famous faces dropping new music. But releasing music for those well-known for their roles in movies haven't always been ...

Harvey Weinstein indicted in rape case

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the indictment brings ...

ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ following racist tweet

NEW YORK — ABC canceled its hit reboot of "Roseanne" on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes." ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the comment ...

‘Solo’ sputters in takeoff with $83.3M

NEW YORK — In the largest disturbance yet in Disney's otherwise lucrative reign over "Star Wars," the Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" opened well below expectations with a franchise-low $83.3 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend in North American theaters. Disney ...

Morgan Freeman says he did not assault women

NEW YORK — Morgan Freeman says he likes to compliment people to make them feel at ease around him but that he has never sexually assaulted women. The Academy Award-winning actor is fighting back against charges of bad behavior made by multiple women in a CNN report this week. He said in a ...

Vindication, triumph, also fear: Weinstein accusers react

NEW YORK — Watching the stunning images of Harvey Weinstein walking into a courthouse Friday in handcuffs, a detective on each arm, Louisette Geiss still felt a shiver of fear in reaction to the man who, she says, once cornered her and tried to physically force her to watch him ...

Harvey Weinstein expected to surrender

the Associated Press NEW YORK — Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. It would be the first ...

In taking on ‘Solo,’ Ehrenreich faced an unenviable task

LOS ANGELES — Thandie Newton jokes that there might be something off about Alden Ehrenreich — because how else could he take on the pressure-filled role of Han Solo with so much ease? "Every week, I was expecting a call that Alden had had a nervous breakdown and wouldn't be coming to work ...

‘Roseanne’ ends season with a hopeful note

the associated press NEW YORK — The reboot of "Roseanne" ended the season Tuesday with a flood, a feast and a prayer. It was a hopeful climax to a show that's been popular and yet also divisive. Roseanne Barr, who plays the titular character on the hit ABC show, plans to go to the ...

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW YORK— Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix. The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In ...

‘Deadpool 2′ ends Avengers’ box-office reign

LOS ANGELES — Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox's "Deadpool 2" brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney's "Avengers: Infinity ...

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

WINDSOR, England — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy. British ...

Paramount costume exhibit in Ohio satisfies ‘new nostalgia’

LANCASTER, Ohio — Costumes play a leading role as movies transport viewers to other times, open doors to foreign cultures, and imagine wars in distant galaxies. Now, some of those ensembles are on display for the first time in "Creating the Illusion: Costumes & Characters from the ...