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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 ...

Month after diss track, Drake emerges unfazed with new album

NEW YORK — A month ago, Drake's world was crumbling. Now, he's untouchable. Pusha T's infamous diss track — where he was in full investigative journalist mode, divulging new information about Drake while also shading his mother, father and bestie — hit Drake hard. Drake's reply — ...

Joe Jackson, patriarch of musical Jackson family, dies at 89

the associated press NEW YORK — Joe Jackson, the fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical dynasty, died Wednesday. He was 89. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press ...

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 ...