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‘Angel Has Fallen’ tops box office with $21.3M debut

NEW YORK — “Angel Has Fallen” easily topped the box office with a $21.3 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, as the action sequel became the latest mid-budget release to find modest success in the often quiet late summer. The Lionsgate film beat expectations going into ...

Disney teases ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Frozen 2,’ more at convention

ANAHEIM, Calif. — At the Walt Disney Company’s biannual D23 convention, a faint image of the “Star Wars” character Emperor Palpatine in the background of a new poster can cause as much of a stir as actual appearances from movie stars such as Angelina Jolie and Dwayne Johnson. But ...

‘Power’ heads toward its finale, but its influence grows

LOS ANGELES — With his characteristic bravado, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson believed in “Power” so much that he predicted the series would become a massive hit to cast members even before the first episode aired five years ago. Since then, Jackson has joyfully watched as his words have ...

Film on factory is first Netflix project endorsed by Obamas

NEW YORK — A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert said they learned of ...

‘Friends’ fans nuts for merchandise

NEW YORK — See your “Friends” on the big screen. Deck out your place with “Friends” decor. Wear your “Friends” as jewelry. Heck, buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid. If you’re a “Friends” superfan, there are lots of ways to celebrate the show’s ...

Vince Gill weighs hard truths with emotional depth on ‘Okie’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vince Gill might make people break down in tears when they listen to his vulnerable new record in which he sings about regret, marriage, faith, sexual abuse and hard choices. But then again, so did he. When the country singer recorded his song “When My Amy Prays,” ...

Biden’s prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

WASHINGTON — On the night before Joe Biden’s world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week ...

LA Opera declines details on Placido Domingo investigation

SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Opera has declined to release any details of its promised investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against opera legend Placido Domingo, the company’s longtime general director, including whether it has already started. The union that represents ...

‘Easy Rider’ star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. “I am very sad,” Jane Fonda said ...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored ...

‘Chrisley Knows Best’ stars charged with federal tax evasion

ATLANTA — A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from “Chrisley Knows Best” from the IRS. The 12-count indictment also accuses ...

No chaos this time as Woodstock concert site preps for 50th

BETHEL, N.Y. — Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won’t be your hippie uncle’s trample-the-fences concert. While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long ...

Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people. Online theorists Saturday quickly ...

New AMC drama follows Japanese American internment horror

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The second season of an AMC-TV drama series follows the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and a number of bizarre deaths haunting a community. “The Terror: Infamy” is set to premiere Monday and stars Derek Mio and original “Star Trek” cast ...

For Zack and Shia, a buddy movie becomes a real friendship

NEW YORK — Shia LaBeouf is trying to show how different he is from his co-star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” Zack Gottsagen. “Hey, Zack,” says LaBeouf. “Are you a good opera singer?” “Yes!” replies Gottsagen with a smile. “Hey, Zack. Are you good scuba ...

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy

LOS ANGELES — What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last ...

World mourns the death of Toni Morrison

NEW YORK — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” ‘’Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age ...

Tiffany Haddish gets kids to say darndest things on new show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — As a comedian, Tiffany Haddish sometimes says the darndest things. Now, she’s getting kids to do it, too. Haddish is host and executive producer of ABC’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” the latest revival of Art Linkletter’s comical interactions with ...

Streaming music may make cases like Katy Perry’s more common

LOS ANGELES — To show that Katy Perry and the team that wrote her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” may have heard his song and stole from it, Christian rapper Marcus Gray’s primary evidence was that his 2009 song, “Joyful Noise” had plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify. Plaintiffs in ...

Lucy Lawless’ love of true crime leads to new TV show

NEW YORK — The next time you find yourself in a courtroom, look around. There’s a chance you might spot Lucy Lawless there, too. The actress is fascinated by trials and on days when she’s not working will often go to court as a member of the public. There you’ll find the onetime ...