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Manhattan DA drops part of Harvey Weinstein case

NEW YORK — Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations. Weinstein, 66, ...

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

WASHINGTON — Live from the Oval Office, it's Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn't rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen ...

Carell and Chalamet on bonding for the film ‘Beautiful Boy’

the associated press TORONTO — Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet both knew the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" hinged on the father-son relationship. The movie is based on the twin memoirs of David Sheff and his son, Nic, about each's perspective on Nic's decade-long, nearly fatal plunge ...

Taylor Swift performs, Cardi B wins at American Music Awards

the associated press Taylor Swift kicked off the American Music Awards with an explosive performance and Cardi B won the first award of the night, dedicating the honor to her daughter. Cardi B beat out Drake and Post Malone for favorite rap/hip-hop artist during Tuesday night's show at the ...

Netflix to bring new US production hub to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. It's the company's first ...

Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale

LONDON — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had ...

#MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail

LOS ANGELES — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells. And it's increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm. Harvey Weinstein has been charged with sexual ...

‘Walking Dead’ star trades arc of weapons for arc of story

SENOIA, Ga. — Andrew Lincoln will no longer evade the arc of a knife, a bullet or a bloody baseball bat wrapped with razor wire on the Georgia set where AMC's "The Walking Dead" is filmed. The show's upcoming ninth season, which premieres Sunday night, will be the last for his character, ...

28 year prison sentence for ‘Suge’ Knight

THE Associated press LOS ANGELES — Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for mowing down and killing a Compton businessman in a case that completed the former rap music mogul's downfall from his heyday as one of the biggest — and most feared — names in the ...

A year after Weinstein, Hollywood is still soul-searching

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — After Rashida Jones exited Pixar's "Toy Story 4" in 2017 she noted that the studio, after 25 years in business, had not made a single feature film directed by a woman, calling it "a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative ...

Real Peggy Sue, of 1958 Buddy Holly song fame, dies

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died Monday at University Medical Center, according to UMC spokesman Eric Finley. She was 78. The family gave the hospital permission to ...

For Gaga, Cooper, cast, ‘A Star Is Born’ hits close to home

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS When Bradley Cooper saw Lady Gaga perform "La Vie en Rose" at a fundraiser at the home of entrepreneur Sean Parker, it wasn't one of the important moments along the road to making "A Star Is Born." It was, Cooper says, THE moment. "She demolished the room," he recalls, ...

Post-Kevin Spacey, Old Vic ‘guardians’ fight workplace abuse

LONDON — A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in ...

Joe Masteroff, story writer for the musical ‘Cabaret,’ dies

NEW YORK — Joe Masteroff, the Tony Award-winning story writer of the brilliant, edgy musical "Cabaret" and the touching, romantic "She Loves Me," has died. He was 98. Masteroff died Friday at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, said The Roundabout Theatre Company, which produced ...

New Tom Petty set a form of therapy for his family and band

NEW YORK — Tom Petty's family and former band members say it was like therapy to compile a four-disc box set of his music so quickly after he died. "An American Treasure" went on sale Friday, four days short of a year after Petty died at age 66 of cardiac arrest. He and his band the ...

Barbra Streisand to Trump in new song: Don’t lie to me!

NEW YORK — When Barbra Streisand started writing lyrics for her new political song, "Don't Lie to Me," she initially aimed for "very subtle" references to President Donald Trump. But she couldn't help herself. "I just went ballistic," she said. "Don't Lie to Me," released Thursday, finds ...

Elizabeth Olsen plays grieving widow in new Facebook series

the Associated Press NEW YORK — Elizabeth Olsen is not a user of social media, has never been married, and has never experienced profound loss, but the actress has spent her 2018 surrounded by grief as a young widow in the new Facebook Watch series "Sorry For Your Loss." The 10-episode, ...

‘Making a Murderer’ sequel set to premiere Oct. 19

the associated press MADISON, Wis. — A sequel to the popular "Making a Murderer" documentary series about a Wisconsin murder case is set to premiere Oct. 19 on Netflix. The first "Making a Murderer" recounted the story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in ...

Will Smith’s bungee jump: The latest stunt near Grand Canyon

the Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — At the end of the 1991 movie "Thelma & Louise," the two leading ladies — fugitives cornered by authorities in the Grand Canyon — decide against surrendering and instead drive off a cliff. One of cinema's most iconic endings wasn't filmed in ...

Cosby to fight ‘sexually violent predator’ tag at sentencing

Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public ...