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‘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 ...

‘True Justice’ explores lawyer who defends death row inmates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson rarely slows down, friends and family say. It seems he’s always looking over details on death penalty cases from his Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. If he’s not speaking on the criminalization of black men, ...

Flying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high wire

NEW YORK — Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement. Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he said he was nervous. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him ...

10 troubled, triumphant years for the Michael Jackson estate

LOS ANGELES — Ten years ago, entertainment lawyer John Branca and Michael Jackson renewed the partnership that had brought the wealth and status of both men to new heights. Eight days later, Jackson would be dead. Yet his role in Branca’s life would only become larger. Branca has ...

District 12 of ‘The Hunger Games’ is now a historic place

RALEIGH, N.C. — What would the folks in the Capitol think? District 12 is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Henry River Mill Village, which served as the home of the three main characters from the original “The Hunger Games,” was named a historic place last month and ...

Lawsuit alleges Carrie Underwood copied ‘Game On’ NFL intro

NEW YORK — A songwriting team sued country singer Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC Wednesday, saying they stole a song and “slightly modified” it to introduce “Sunday Night Football” to viewers last season. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court noted that Underwood’s “Game ...

Economic reggae: Jamaican bank sells recovery with songs

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s central bank thinks the country’s economy is doing very well and it is using an instantly recognizable symbol of the island to get this message to the people: reggae music. In the bank’s latest video, reggae artist Tarrus Riley uses his throaty vocals to ...

OJ Simpson posts video to announce official Twitter account

LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson launched a Twitter account with a video post in which the former football star said he’s got a “little gettin’ even to do.” Simpson confirmed the new account to The Associated Press on Saturday, saying in a phone interview while on a Las Vegas golf course ...

‘Gosh!’ Cult comedy ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ turns 15

SALT LAKE CITY — The cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite turns 15 years old this month, a milestone for a movie that became an early breakaway hit in today’s era of pop-culture geek celebration. The movie created the “Vote for Pedro” T-shirt and made Napoleon’s disgusted version of ...