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Czech filmmaker Jan Nemec dies at 79

PRAGUE - Film director Jan Nemec, a representative of the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, has died. He was 79.Czech public television, citing his wife, says Nemec died Friday. No details were given.Nemec with other filmmakers, including Milos Forman and Vera Chytilova, made movies ...

Affleck says Batman-fan son too young to see new film

BURBANK, Calif. - Ben Affleck might be Batman to his four-year-old fan-boy son, Samuel, but that doesn't mean he'll get to see his dad in action in "Batman v Superman" with the rest of the world when it hits theaters next week."Four years old is a little young to see this whole movie," Affleck ...

Jury awards Hogan $115M in Gawker suit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A Florida jury sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan on Friday and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.The jurors reached the decision Friday evening, less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks, and ...

‘Aladdin’ stars sign up for another year

NEW YORK - Fans of "Aladdin" on Broadway have gotten their wish - the show's Genie and its leading actors will be sticking around. Disney Theatrical Productions said Friday that Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie, extended his contract through February 2017, joining ...

Dylan O’Brien injured on set of ‘Maze Runner’ sequel

NEW YORK - Dylan O'Brien has been injured on the set of "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" during production in British Columbia.20th Century Fox said in a statement Friday that O'Brien was immediately transferred to a local hospital after being injured Thursday. The studio said shooting will be ...

Hogan trial may be near end

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jurors will hear closing arguments Friday in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video, a Florida judge said. Judge Pamela Campbell sent the jurors home for the day Thursday while lawyers for Hogan, Gawker and media companies discussed ...

50 Cent making variety series for A&E network

NEW YORK - Curtis Jackson, better known as rapper 50 Cent, is making a variety television series for the A&E Network.A&E said Thursday it is developing a sketch comedy and music series named "50 Cent Presents."The rap star said he grew up watching variety shows on television and ...

PBS to launch weekly series for ‘civil’ debate of issues

LOS ANGELES - PBS says it's launching a weekly series as a forum for what it called "spirited and civil" discussion of national issues.The series, "Point Taken," will be hosted by journalist Carlos Watson, PBS said Thursday. Each half-hour episode will focus on a single topic, with guests ...

Museum explores dance in American culture

DETROIT - A new exhibit organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts presents more than 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs and costumes to celebrate and explain the importance of dance in American culture."Dance! American Art 1830-1960" opens Sunday at the Detroit museum and runs until June ...

Bieber settles suit with paparazzo

LOS ANGELES - Justin Bieber has settled a lawsuit by a photographer who accused the singer of kicking and punching him outside a Southern California shopping center in 2012. Photographer Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran sued Bieber in 2013, saying the incident left him with severe emotional distress. ...

Michelle Obama tells SXSW crowd she won’t run for president

AUSTIN, Texas - Michelle Obama showed off her vocal chops at the South by Southwest Music Festival but drew a round of disappointed sighs when she told the crowd she has no plans to run for president.The first lady made her debut at the Austin showcase of buzzworthy bands and technology on ...

‘Indiana Jones’ to return with Ford and Spielberg

NEW YORK - "Indiana Jones" is swinging back into theaters with Harrison Ford reprising the iconic role and Steven Spielberg directing.The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that the fifth film in the action adventure series will open July 19, 2019. The last "Indiana Jones" movie was 2008's ...

Fox News’ Kelly gets a broadcast special

NEW YORK - Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly is graduating to the Fox broadcast network - at least for one night.Fox announced Tuesday that Kelly will host a prime-time special in May, featuring celebrity interviews from politics and entertainment. One of Fox News' biggest stars has increased her ...

Police: Guns, drugs seized at home of ‘Pawn Stars’ character

LAS VEGAS - Police seized a small arsenal of guns, a gallon plastic bag containing marijuana, multiple doses of anxiety medication and a small amount of methamphetamine at the home of the "Pawn Stars" character "Chumlee," according to an arrest report made public Tuesday.Attorneys for Austin ...

Rihanna to be honored at BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock!’

NEW YORK - Rihanna will be honored at BET's "Black Girls Rock!" awards.The singer will receive the Rock Star Award at the annual event honoring black women, BET announced Monday."Black Girls Rock!" will tape April 1 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. The show will ...

Cast of ‘Hamilton’ gets scrappy with White House performance

WASHINGTON - Eying the multiethnic troupe of 20-somethings rocking out in the East Room to tales of the American Revolution, President Barack Obama wagered a safe guess: The Founding Fathers never dreamed of this.The cast of the Broadway sensation "Hamilton" stormed the White House on Monday ...

Peter Maxwell Davies, composer with royal ties, dies at 81

LONDON - Peter Maxwell Davies, acomposer who served as Queen Elizabeth II's official master of music, has died. He was 81.Davies' management company, Intermusica, said he died Monday of leukemia at his home in Scotland's Orkney islands.One of Britain's best-known modern composers, Davies - Max ...

Musician Keith Emerson dies at 71

LOS ANGELES - Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 71.Emerson's longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, called police to his condominium in Santa Monica, California, at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday.Emerson had an apparent ...

Louis C.K. to perform at NYC veterans benefit

NEW YORK - Louis C.K. and Russell Brand will perform next month at a benefit supporting veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.Jim Gaffigan and Vanessa Bayer will also perform at the April 30 event at the New York City Center, the David Lynch Foundation announced Friday.Tickets for "An ...

Leader of Eagles of Death Metal apologizes for comments

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologized for suggesting that security guards at a Paris concert venue were complicit in the assault by Islamic militants there in November that left 89 people dead.Hughes told the Fox Business Network last week that six guards at the Bataclan ...