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Hollywood star John Travolta woos audiences in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Hollywood star John Travolta has wooed fans during a visit to Saudi Arabia, where authorities have said that commercial cinemas will reopen next year after more than a three-decade ban on movie theaters. Travolta met with fans in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Friday, fielding questions from the audience about his career and movies, which include hits like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. On Saturday, the American movie star attended a gala Read more [...]

Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at 89

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs. She was 89. According to a news release from her publicist Bob Merlis, Smith was under a physician's care when she died Saturday. Smith was born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk, Virginia on March 9, 1928, and got her first paying job singing with the Earl Bennett Read more [...]

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson's second installment in the third "Star Wars" trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gives "The Last Jedi" the second-best opening ever, slotting in behind only its predecessor, "The Force Awakens." The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically. Aside from "The Force Awakens" Read more [...]

HBO’s documentary chief, Sheila Nevins, leaving network

NEW YORK (AP) -- The woman who has run HBO's documentary unit for 38 years and has been a key gatekeeper in the making of its nonfiction films says she will be stepping down early next year. Sheila Nevins has worked on productions that have won 32 Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards and 26 Academy Awards. She told The New York Times that she'll be leaving but will continue to work on some leftover projects for HBO. The 78-year-old said she is also considering a radio show and a book. Read more [...]

‘A Prairie Home Companion’ name becomes ‘Live from Here’

NEW YORK (AP) -- "A Prairie Home Companion" has been given a new name - "Live from Here" - in the wake of creator Garrison Keillor's acrimonious split with Minnesota Public Radio. Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso who has hosted the weekly variety show since Keillor's retirement last year, announced the new name Saturday evening as the show opened a live performance in New York City. MPR terminated its contracts with Keillor after it said it had received multiple allegations of improper Read more [...]

In sex assault laws, definition of consent varies widely

For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied." Consent is a concept central to law on sexual assault, and will likely be an issue in potential legal cases against Weinstein, who is under investigation by police in four cities, and others accused in the current so-called "reckoning." But the definition of consent - namely, how it Read more [...]

Music Review: Eminem sounds alive on ‘Revival’

Eminem, "Revival" (Interscope) The A-List collaborators on Eminem's new album scream "I want a radio hit," with Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pink and Alicia Keys co-starring on the songs. It wouldn't be hard to believe, especially since Eminem's last major hits have relied heavily on Rihanna, from "Love the Way You Lie" to "The Monster." But thankfully on "Revival," Eminem returns as the star of his show. Beyonce sounds beautiful on opener "Walk On Water," but Em's words are even better, as he delivers honest Read more [...]

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by "Star Wars" producer Read more [...]

Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me’ sequel pulled from Sundance fest

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary will not premiere at the Sundance Film Festival as planned. The remaining partners in his production company said Friday that they removed "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" from the Sundance slate in light of Spurlock's confessions of sexual misconduct this week. Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said in a statement that "this is not the appropriate time" for the film to premiere. YouTube Red, which was Read more [...]

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old. Playwright Cori Thomas described the 1980 incident in a story published Thursday by the trade outlet Variety. She confirmed the story in an email to The Associated Press. Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman's daughter when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his Read more [...]
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