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‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist is ‘coming home’ to Broadway

NEW YORK — To get ready to play legendary songwriter Carole King on Broadway, Melissa Benoist had to learn her lines and complicated stage directions. Lyrics, not so much. The actress, who stars on the CW series "Supergirl," has been listening to King since she was a kid, fed a steady diet ...

A theme of tolerance, inclusion at this year’s Tony Awards

NEW YORK — A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony winner on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes. "The Band's Visit," about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in a remote Israeli desert town, forcing ...

‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with franchise-best $41.5M

NEW YORK — "Ocean's 8," the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling "Solo: A Star Wars Story." At a lower price point and in less fanboy-guarded franchise, "Ocean's ...

Abusive messages show dark side of ‘Star Wars’ fandom

NEW YORK — The dark side of "Star Wars" fandom recently reared its head when Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who plays Rose Tico in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," was run off Instagram by misogynistic and racist messages from fans who didn't like her character in the movie. The episode was not ...

Smithsonian exhibit highlights mega star Oprah Winfrey

WASHINGTON — One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: "I'm Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!" The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah. This moment, televised more than 30 years ago, is now part of a ...

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 ...