Entertainment

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 ...

Ahead of ‘The Irishman,’ Scorsese and De Niro look back

NEW YORK — Ahead of their much-anticipated and most recent collaboration, “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro convened at the Tribeca Film Festival to look back on their long partnership together. The talk, staged Sunday at New York’s Beacon Theatre, gave De Niro, ...

PBS film ‘KOREA’ eyes social, political tolls of Korean War

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — To escape the poverty of South Texas migrant camps, Homer Garza joined the U.S. Army. Months later he and his company found themselves surrounded in South Korea by an invading North Korean force. Garza’s story is one of many shared in the PBS documentary “KOREA: The ...

Attorneys in Weinstein case buy some extra time before trial

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial, postponed until September, is now poised to end two years after a wave of women’s allegations against him sparked the #MeToo movement. A Manhattan judge announced the delay Friday after a closed-door hearing in which prosecutors sought ...

Sanders holds first press briefing since March 11, for kids

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in more than a month Thursday, but still didn’t field questions from working journalists. Instead, Sanders held what the White House called a “kids-only” press briefing for children participating in “Take ...

Bill Cosby fighting $1M a month legal bill in arbitration

PHILADELPHIA — A fee dispute between actor Bill Cosby and one of the many law firms hired to address his legal problems shows the Los Angeles firm alone was billing Cosby $1 million a month in the run-up to his first sex assault trial. The imprisoned Cosby is challenging a California ...

‘Thrones’ will live on — in merchandise

NEW YORK — From wine to clothing to tours, HBO and retailers have cashed in through the years with “Game of Thrones” merchandise. “Thrones” is not only a huge international show but also a massive business, with all sides hoping to pad the bank during the show’s eighth and final ...

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ reigns over weekend box office

LOS ANGELES — “The Curse of La Llorona” brought good fortune at the box office. The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday, putting it ...

‘La Llorona’ movie promotion with Mexican healers draws fire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A promotion around the movie “The Curse of La Llorona” using traditional Mexican healers for “spiritual cleansings” before screenings of the horror film is drawing strong criticism from healers and scholars who say the stunts are offensive and demeaning. Leading ...

‘This Is Us’ star Chrissy Metz finds her film ‘Breakthrough’

LOS ANGELES — Chrissy Metz says she believed in miracles well before getting the call to meet producer DeVon Franklin to discuss taking the lead in director Roxann Dawson’s just-released faith-based drama “Breakthrough.” Metz was already familiar with the film’s story of Joyce ...

Polanski asks court to restore his film academy membership

LOS ANGELES — Roman Polanski asked a judge Friday to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards nearly a year after he was expelled from it for sexual misconduct. Lawyers for the 85-year-old fugitive director petitioned Los Angeles Superior Court to compel ...

Marvel closes a decade-long story with ‘Avengers: Endgame’

LOS ANGELES — About five years ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige found himself on a retreat in Palm Springs plotting the future for the wild, experimental “cinematic universe” that he helped start in 2008 . He wanted to do something that they hadn’t done. He wanted an ...

Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years

LOS ANGELES — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for “all people” in the world fulfilled. Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the “Motown 60: A Grammy ...

Why Rachel Chavkin is a rarity on Broadway these days

the Associated Press NEW YORK — As another season on Broadway draws to a big finish, the opening of “Hadestown” marks a milestone of sorts — it’s the only new musical directed by a woman, Tony Award-nominee Rachel Chavkin. While the lack of women at the helm of projects remains a ...

HBO looks beyond ‘Game of Thrones,’ perhaps back to a prequel

LOS ANGELES — When the last drop — or gallon — of blood is shed and an exultant victor has ascended to the Iron Throne, viewers may be split over how HBO’s fantasy saga ended but they’ll be joined in deprivation. “What do you do without ‘Game of Thrones?’” will be the lament ...

For many ‘Thrones’ fans, season 8 is just the first ending

LOS ANGELES — Devoted “Game of Thrones” fans who’ve watched and re-watched all 73 episodes of the HBO series, and read and reread all 4,000 pages of the books by George R.R. Martin, will at long last get the ending they’ve craved with the series’ eighth and final season that starts ...

Fashion brand ‘FUCT’ seeks trademark help from Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Erik Brunetti’s four-letter fashion brand starts with an “F’’ and rhymes with “duct.” The federal government calls it “scandalous” and “immoral” and has refused to register the trademark. Brunetti has a different word for his brand and designs: ...