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Art Neville, member of Neville Brothers, dies at 81

NEW ORLEANS — Art Neville, a member of a storied New Orleans musical family who performed with his siblings in The Neville Brothers band and founded the groundbreaking funk group The Meters, died Monday. The artist nicknamed “Poppa Funk” was 81. Neville’s manager, Kent Sorrell, said ...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ has passed ‘Avatar’ as biggest film ever

LOS ANGELES — The global box office has a new king in “Avengers: Endgame.” The superhero extravaganza this weekend usurped “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film of all time, with an estimated $2.79 billion in worldwide grosses in just 13 weeks. “Avatar” held onto the ...

Trump’s bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden

BERLIN — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail,” a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn’t include bail. Trump tweeted that during “a very good ...

Trump says he’s trying to bring rapper A$AP Rocky home

WASHINGTON — Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said Friday he is trying to help free rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks. “I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister ...

Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

BOSTON — Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016 after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defense says contains information supporting the actor’s claims of innocence. Spacey was charged ...

Fans to descend on San Diego for the 50th annual Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here. The four-and-a-half day convention kicks off Wednesday when the show room floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. will get things going with a ScareDiego ...

Judge orders R. Kelly held in jail without bond in sex case

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free. “If he was attracted to middle school ...

Young ‘Lion King’ actors had Beyoncé-size shoes to fill

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The pressure was on for young actors Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary when they got word that they’d been cast as the voices of young Nala and young Simba in “The Lion King.” Not only was it an ambitious remake of an iconic film, but it was their first major ...

‘Spider-Man’ does victory lap over ‘Crawl,’ ‘Stuber’

LOS ANGELES — “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie “Crawl” and the action-comedy “Stuber” barely made a dent in the ...

Norfolkan man assembles a sweet guitar made out of M&M’s

NORFOLK, Neb. — What does it take to make a mind-meltingly cool guitar? Answer: 4,000 M&M’s. And a lot of time. Brian King knows a little bit about it after making his own colorful custom guitar build a few months ago. The Norfolkan calls it one of his “mad scientist ...

Feds bring new sex crimes charges against singer R. Kelly

CHICAGO — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars ...

Cosplayer’s delight: Marvel TV show props to be auctioned

LOS ANGELES — Here’s a chance to bring cosplay to a new level. Costumes and props from Marvel comics-based TV shows including “Daredevil” and “Luke Cage” are going on the auction block. The Prop Store, a film and TV memorabilia company, said Tuesday that the sale is set for next ...

Actor Cameron Boyce dies at age 20

Actor Cameron Boyce, best known for his role as the teenage son of Cruella de Vil in the Disney Channel franchise “Descendants,” has died. He was 20 years old. Boyce, who played Carlos de Vil in the “Descendants” movies, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his ...

‘Spider-Man’ soars with $185.1M over six-day holiday weekend

NEW YORK — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the first Marvel movie after “Avengers: Endgame,” swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening Tuesday and ...

Royal baby Archie christened at private Windsor ceremony

LONDON — The youngest member of Britain’s royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday in a private ceremony — too private for some royal fans. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was baptized in the castle’s private ...

TV is over the moon with specials recounting 1969 landing

LOS ANGELES — The 1969 moon landing turned an achievement seen only in the imagination and sci-fi movies into a most improbable television event, a live broadcast starring Neil Armstrong and a desolate landscape. The astounding images from more than 200,000 miles away mesmerized viewers, a ...

MAD magazine leaving newsstands after 67-year run

ssociated Press SAN FRANCISCO — MAD, the long-running satirical magazine that influenced everyone from “Weird Al” Yankovic to the writers of “The Simpsons,” will be leaving newsstands after its August issue. Really. The illustrated humor magazine — instantly recognizable by the ...

Essence Fest marks 25 years of celebrating black culture

NEW ORLEANS — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-provoking conversation and performances from top musical acts. Launched to mark the 25th ...

Burning man OK with attendance cap; will fight searches

RENO, Nev. — Burning Man organizers say they won’t challenge the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plans to cap their attendance at current levels under a new 10-year permit but they will fight any move toward federally-sanctioned screenings for weapons and drugs at the counterculture ...

Florence Pugh goes down a dark rabbit hole in ‘Midsommar’

NEW YORK — How does one willingly, even eagerly, walk into a sunlit nightmare like Ari Aster’s “Midsommar”? For Florence Pugh, the motivation came while watching the camera zoom between Toni Collette’s legs in a particularly balletic moment during the feverish climax of Aster’s ...