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Revelers reach gates of Area 51 then peacefully rejoin party

HIKO, Nev. — Thousands of curious Earthlings from around the globe traveled to festivals, and several hundred made forays toward the secret Area 51 military base in the Nevada desert on Friday, drawn by an internet buzz and a social media craze sparked by a summertime Facebook post inviting ...

Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Amazon announced Wednesday it will film its upcoming television series “The Lord of the Rings” in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter ...

Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network

NEW YORK — A new venture backed by many of video gaming’s biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher ...

Police: Rock star Ric Ocasek found dead in apartment

NEW YORK — Ric Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, has been found dead in a Manhattan apartment. The New York City police department said officers responding to a 911 call found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. on Sunday. They said there was no sign of foul play and that ...

YouTube star Lilly Singh makes bold leap to late-night TV

LOS ANGELES — The stubborn curfew barring female hosts from late-night network TV is about to be challenged. Viewer warning: expect more rule-breaking when NBC’s “A Little Late With Lilly Singh” debuts Monday. Singh is attempting the leap from YouTube sensation to broadcast headliner ...

‘SNL’ adds 3 to its cast, including an Asian American comic

LOS ANGELES — “Saturday Night Live” is adding three new cast members for its upcoming 45th season, including the show’s only Asian American performer. Bowen Yang, who joined NBC’s “SNL” last season as a staff writer, will be a featured player, NBC said Thursday. Yang is co-host ...

History Channel drops out of planned Dillinger documentary

INDIANAPOLIS — The History Channel has dropped out of a planned documentary on 1930s gangster John Dillinger that would have featured the proposed exhumation of his grave in Indianapolis sought by two relatives of the notorious criminal who question whether he’s truly buried ...

Tennis court to runway: Serena Williams hits Fashion Week

NEW YORK — Talk about a quick recovery. Only three days after her shocking loss in the U.S. Open final, Serena Williams went from the court to the runway to present the latest collection of her fashion label, S by Serena Williams. And she brought her baby daughter along for the ride: As she ...

In ‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ a return to form for Eddie Murphy

TORONTO — It took Eddie Murphy more than a decade to get a movie made about Rudy Ray Moore. Judging by the response to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the wait was worth it. “Dolemite Is My Name” drew some of the best reviews of Murphy’s career, following the ...

‘It: Chapter Two’ scares up $91 million with debut

LOS ANGELES — A robust audience turned out to catch “It: Chapter Two” in movie theaters this weekend, but not quite as big as the first. Warner Bros. says Sunday that “It: Chapter Two,” the only major new release, earned an estimated $91 million from North American ticket sales in ...

Dark ‘Joker’ wins top Venice Film Festival prize

Todd Phillips’ dark comic book film “Joker” won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday and cemented its place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Jury president Lucretia Martel announced the winners of the prestigious ...

Female directors hope to write a new script for Oscar season

TORONTO — As another awards season kicks into high gear at the Toronto International Film Festival, one disappointment of last year’s Oscar campaign is still on the minds of some. Despite a number of films that ranked among the most critically acclaimed movies of the year — Debra ...

Billy Bush gets a second chance at TV show after firing

NEW YORK — Three years after being fired by NBC due to the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, Billy Bush is hoping to use his experience in television’s wilderness to his advantage in his new job. Bush begins Monday as host of the revamped pop culture news show, “Extra.” He was a ...

For Timothée Chalamet, becoming ‘The King’ was a terrifying experience

VENICE, Italy — Timothée Chalamet is already one of the most acclaimed young actors working today, but he says that the prospect playing young Henry V in “The King” was terrifying. “It was a real challenge for me,” Chalamet said Monday at the Venice International Film Festival, ...

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’

VENICE, Italy — Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn’t really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman’s antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of ...

The Force is now with Disney World, but the weather isn’t

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Force is strong with Disney and Star Wars, but it may be no match for Hurricane Dorian. Expected to make landfall in Florida early next week, Dorian couldn’t come at a more inopportune time for Walt Disney World: It just opened “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” its ...

Teen activist sails across Atlantic to attend climate meeting

NEW YORK — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City to chants and cheers Wednesday following a trans-Atlantic trip on a sailboat to attend a global warming conference. Thunberg, 16, and her crew were escorted into a lower Manhattan marina at about 4 p.m., ...

Star Wars hotel at Disney World like a cruise into space

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s going to be a cruise to nowhere, but that will be just fine with die-hard “Star Wars” fans. Disney officials on Tuesday offered new details on its recently announced Star Wars-themed resort in Florida. “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” will be like a two-day ...

‘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 ...