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Review: Jordan and Foxx shine in urgent drama ‘Just Mercy’

There’s usually one film that tops lists whenever powerful legal thrillers are debated — “To Kill a Mockingbird,” set in the 1930s. Now comes a film showing how little has changed since then, based on a murder in the same Alabama town where Harper Lee wrote her masterpiece. “ Just ...

Virginia biochemist Camille Schrier is crowned Miss America

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Organizers wanted to make it clear the 99th Miss America competition isn’t your grandmother’s beauty pageant, and their winner did just that on Thursday. Virginia biochemist Camille Schrier won the crown just minutes after wowing the crowd with science. Dressed in a ...

Hallmark to reinstate same-sex marriage commercial it pulled

NEW YORK — The Hallmark Channel will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it pulled from the network, according to a company statement sent Sunday. An ad for wedding planning site Zola featuring two brides kissing at the altar was pulled following a complaint from the conservative ...

‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms

LOS ANGELES — When Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, there were lofty expectations of reviving “Star Wars” in spectacular hyper-speed fashion with a new trilogy that continued the story of Luke Skywalker and other beloved characters. The space saga has been a ...

Adam Sandler on plunging into the Safdies’ ‘Uncut Gems’

TORONTO — Adam Sandler was waiting to be thrown into a midtown fountain on Sixth Avenue for a scene in Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” when he noticed a familiar face on the sidewalk. The Safdies like to capture as much authentic New York energy as possible in their films and ...

‘Lemonade’ by Beyoncé is named the AP’s album of the decade

NEW YORK — At the beginning of this decade, Beyoncé was already the greatest singer of her generation. She won a record six Grammys in a single night, had women AND MEN “oh-oh-oh’ing” to the fun sound of “Single Ladies” and continued to be a beast of a performer. But somehow ...

Thunberg ‘a bit surprised’ to be Time ‘Person of the Year’

MADRID — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to learn she had been named Time’s youngest “Person of the Year,” saying the accolade deserved to be shared by others in the global movement she helped inspire. The 16-year-old Swede has ...

Weinstein accused of misusing ankle monitor; $5M bail sought

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor, which left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday. Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi made the claim at a pretrial hearing for Weinstein after he hobbled ...

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ cast adjusts to the limelight

NEW YORK — The creator of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” likes to send cryptic texts to her actors while the show is on hiatus. They’re often clues about what everyone can expect they’ll be doing. Before Season 2, Amy Sherman-Palladino asked Rachel Brosnahan, “Can you ride a bike and ...

New Orleans is home to mystical academy in new Marvel comic

NEW ORLEANS — The city known for 19th century Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and for the tarot card readers who tell fortunes in its historic French Quarter is about to play host to a different kind of sorcerer — at least in the Marvel comics universe. Marvel announced plans Thursday to debut ...

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

NEW YORK — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020. The color is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection, said Laurie Pressman, vice ...

Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas, incorporating red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with her family’s annual ornament, ...

‘Frozen 2’ ices competition again with record Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES — “Frozen 2” kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty, while newcomer “Knives Out” found its own broad audience. Disney’s new set of adventures for Anna, Elsa and Olaf brought in $85.3 million in ...

After time in the wilderness, Louis CK is welcomed in Israel

HOLON, Israel — Two years after being swept up in the #MeToo movement and acknowledging sexual misconduct with multiple women, comedian Louis C.K. took to the stage at a nearly packed basketball arena outside Tel Aviv, where the audience seemed ready to let it go. “How have your last ...

Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world’s hush-hush bash

WASHINGTON — Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage. It drew about 1,800 attendees and Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz performed. Yet there were no written invitations, and the actual date and ...

O’Hurley relishes annual Thanksgiving dog show’s popularity

NEW YORK — Television traditions on Thanksgiving have usually involved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and then hours of football, but in recent years, another has emerged: The National Dog Show. Hosted by actor John O’Hurley, the annual parade of pooches has become one of the most ...

In ‘Knives Out,’ a whodunit for the Trump era

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” unravels not just a good old-fashioned murder mystery but the very fabric of the whodunit, pulling at loose threads until it has intricately, devilishly woven together something new and exceedingly delightful. For all the detective tales that dot television ...

UK’s disgraced Prince Andrew faces uncertain role in future

LONDON — Prince Andrew is scaling back travel and facing an uncertain future as he steps away from the royal role he has embraced for his entire adult life. The latest blow came Friday afternoon when the board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it was cutting ties to Andrew, ...

Big House brings lots of music to small Iowa community

PETERSBURG — A quick visual inspection suggests there is not much to the small community of Petersburg. Made up of no more than a few clusters of homes, the sparse Delaware County community doesn’t seem to offer much to passersby. But on the weekend, people from all over the area flock to ...

Prince Andrew denies claims of Epstein accuser in interview

NEW YORK — Prince Andrew offered a detailed rebuttal Saturday to claims he had sex with a woman who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, providing an alibi for one of the alleged encounters and questioning the authenticity of a well-known photograph that shows him posing with the ...