Entertainment

Oregon hunts for bodies at ex-asylum seen in ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will use ground-penetrating radar to search for bodies buried on the campus of a now-defunct psychiatric hospital where the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed before a developer builds housing on the land. The facility, which opened in 1883, once ...

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

PONTIAC, Mich. — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the “Queen of Soul,” including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest one is dated March 2014 and ...

James Gunn says he’s a better person after being fired

LOS ANGELES — It’s been a roller-coaster year for James Gunn, who was fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” over old tweets in July, and rehired this March. But the writer-director who shepherded the first two “Guardians” films to critical and box office success said the ...

Judge refuses to toss suit over Pepe the Frog poster sales

A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused Thursday ...

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7

MORRISTOWN, Ariz. — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age 7. Her owners posted on social media that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection. ...

‘Big Bang Theory’ stars reflect on show’s end

BURBANK, Calif. — With “The Big Bang Theory” ending after 12 seasons, viewers can comfort themselves with reruns. The cast has those — and residuals— but not the reassuring workplace rhythm and camaraderie. During the closing days of taping the hour-long finale that airs at 8 p.m ...

Comedian Tim Conway dies at 85

LOS ANGELES — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85. Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los ...

Beneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth

LOS ANGELES — The very name “Doris Day,” cheerful as a sunrise on a studio lot, was an invention. The beloved singer and actress, who died Monday at 97 , was a contemporary of Marilyn Monroe but seemed to exist in a lost and parallel world of sexless sex comedies and the carefree ways ...

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike, ignites social media

Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet Friday night calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. The former star of “Charmed” and current cast member of “Insatiable,” which is filmed in ...

Conan O’Brien settles joke-theft lawsuit weeks before trial

SAN DIEGO — Conan O’Brien has made peace with a man who heckled him not from the crowd but the courts. O’Brien and several co-defendants, including his writing staff, agreed Thursday to settle a 2015 lawsuit with California writer Robert Kaseberg, who alleged the talk-show host stole ...

Wool wrap for royal baby suggests tradition will win out

LONDON — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor slept through his first press conference, but royal experts say the merino wool wrap in which he snuggled said a lot about how his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will approach his future. Meghan, a former TV star, is ...

Court TV pounds gavel again as all-trial channel is reborn

LOS ANGELES — Court TV is ending its long recess. The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade Wednesday amid a crime-story craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. “The timing could not ...

Katy Perry as chandelier, Lady Gaga in layers at Met Gala

NEW YORK — Jared Leto was accompanied at the Met Gala on Monday by his own (fake) head, Katy Perry was a candled chandelier, Lady Gaga used the pink carpet as a runway and a changing station and Tiffany Haddish brought fried chicken in a plastic bag as many of the A-list guests worked the ...

‘Avengers Endgame’ nears global record with over $2 billion

LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” continued its global domination at the box office in a second week victory lap that saw the blockbuster cross the $2 billion mark in record time and unseat “Titanic” as the second highest-grossing film ever worldwide. Domestically, newcomers, ...

Neon Future: DJ Steve Aoki’s comic book sees techno-optimism

MIAMI — Forget the dystopian future of science fiction stories, where Skynet endoskeletons stomp on dry human bones or people slumbering in fluid-filled pods serve as living batteries. Electronic music producer and DJ Steve Aoki imagines a future where humans live in harmony with ...

Summer Movie Preview: The women behind ‘Booksmart’

LOS ANGELES — If you’ve heard anything about the film “Booksmart,” you’ve probably also heard the words “female ‘Superbad’.” The high school comedy is about two best friends over the course of one epic 24-hour period. And, yes, the friends are women played by Kaitlyn Dever and ...

The message that brought Clarkson, Monae to ‘Uglydolls’

LOS ANGELES — When you see names like Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Nick Jonas, Lizzo, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, in the same lineup, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s for a big festival or awards show. But in this case, it was “Uglydolls,” an animated ...

Hugs, tears mark taping of final ‘Big Bang Theory’ episode

BURBANK, Calif. — Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of “The Big Bang Theory,” a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike. There were plenty of punchlines as well, as the true-to-form hit comedy about scientists and those who love them wrapped the two-part, hour-long ...

‘Hadestown’ leads Tony Award nominations

NEW YORK — “Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” built around songs by the Temptations, which received a dozen nominations. The musical ...

John Singleton, maker of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ dies at 51

NEW YORK — Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood’s most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51. Singleton’s ...