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For Zack and Shia, a buddy movie becomes a real friendship

NEW YORK — Shia LaBeouf is trying to show how different he is from his co-star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” Zack Gottsagen. “Hey, Zack,” says LaBeouf. “Are you a good opera singer?” “Yes!” replies Gottsagen with a smile. “Hey, Zack. Are you good scuba ...

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy

LOS ANGELES — What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last ...

World mourns the death of Toni Morrison

NEW YORK — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” ‘’Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age ...

Tiffany Haddish gets kids to say darndest things on new show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — As a comedian, Tiffany Haddish sometimes says the darndest things. Now, she’s getting kids to do it, too. Haddish is host and executive producer of ABC’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” the latest revival of Art Linkletter’s comical interactions with ...

Streaming music may make cases like Katy Perry’s more common

LOS ANGELES — To show that Katy Perry and the team that wrote her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” may have heard his song and stole from it, Christian rapper Marcus Gray’s primary evidence was that his 2009 song, “Joyful Noise” had plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify. Plaintiffs in ...

Lucy Lawless’ love of true crime leads to new TV show

NEW YORK — The next time you find yourself in a courtroom, look around. There’s a chance you might spot Lucy Lawless there, too. The actress is fascinated by trials and on days when she’s not working will often go to court as a member of the public. There you’ll find the onetime ...

2 Dillinger relatives doubt body in grave is the gangster

INDIANAPOLIS — Two relatives of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger who plan to have his remains exhumed as part of a television documentary say they have “evidence” the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery may not be him and that FBI agents possibly killed someone else in ...

‘Stranger Things’ breakout star is a spunky seventh grader

NEW YORK — One of the breakout stars of “Stranger Things” is an actress who wants to do more action roles and maybe get behind the camera. But first, there’s seventh grade. Priah Ferguson, a 12-year-old Atlanta middle schooler, has given season 3 of the sci-fi, back-to-the-’80s ...

Quad-City musician plays bagpipes at Mississippi riverfront

DAVENPORT — A sound reminiscent of the Scottish highlands began filling the Mississippi riverfront when floodwaters subsided in June. Early on, when River Drive was still closed and the riverfront was otherwise quiet, the sound of bagpipes could often be heard drifting down the Mississippi. ...

Cosby appeal to focus on other women’s testimony, quaaludes

Prosecutors set to defend Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in appeals court next month call the accusations from other women no coincidence, but “the culmination of a decades-long pattern of behavior.” Cosby, a long-beloved actor and comedian, was convicted in the first celebrity ...

‘Orange Is the New Black’ offers fans a way to give back

NEW YORK — The Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” isn’t content with leaving behind a legacy of good television. It wants to do good in the real world, too. The series’ creative team said Thursday it has formed a fund that will support advocacy groups pressing for criminal ...

‘Joker,’ Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers pic among TIFF selections

LOS ANGELES — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are among the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF ...

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 ...