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Spokesman: Cosby plans tour to educate youth on misbehavior

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create, a spokesman for Cosby said Thursday. Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked jury and mistrial in his sexual assault trial, spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Birmingham, Alabama, TV station WBRC. "We'll talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, Read more [...]

George Orwell’s son says his father’s ‘1984’ was ‘prescient’

NEW YORK (AP) -- The audience at the opening night on Broadway of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian fantasy "1984" will include a special guest - the author's son. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father's nightmarish vison of the future. "His novel '1984' was his take on what could possibly happen - not necessarily will happen - but, Read more [...]

Judges: ‘Making a Murderer’ confession improperly obtained

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage Read more [...]

Appeals court reinstates Terrence Howard’s divorce judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday reinstated Terrence Howard's divorce judgment involving his second wife after finding the actor was not coerced into signing it. The ruling could allow Michelle Ghent to claim some of Howard's lucrative earnings from the hit Fox television series "Empire." The three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled unanimously to reinstate the judgment that was tossed out by a lower court in 2015. That Read more [...]

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ dispute par for reality TV course

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Modern reality television has been misbehaving since it was born. Putting aside the charmingly mild "Candid Camera" midcentury years, the reality TV era that began in the early 1990s with MTV's "Real World" has encompassed its share of questionable standards and tactics. Both contestants and viewers risk taking the brunt of the genre's baser tendencies. "Bachelor in Paradise" halted production on its fourth season earlier this month to investigate allegations of Read more [...]

Threats to wife of Trump-like ‘Caesar’ play director probed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police are investigating threats made to the wife of the director of a New York production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" that depicted a Donald Trump lookalike character being assassinated. Police said Wednesday director Oskar Eustis' wife filed a complaint June 9 saying she received threatening phone messages she believes were related to the play. She says one caller wanted her to die after saying her husband wants the Republican president to die. The Public Theater's Read more [...]

Star Wars’ Han Solo spinoff film loses directors

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's been a disturbance in the force and the young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that the Star Wars spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions on the film. Kennedy said a new director would be announced soon. Lord and Miller had been in production on the film starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo for months. In a joint statement Read more [...]

Review: In ‘The Last Knight,’ round 5 for the Transformers

A concussed serenity sets in somewhere in the middle of the ceaseless ballet of metal and machismo in Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight." Freed of concerns like plausibility or story, you can simply gape in wonder at the ruthlessly thunderous images in front of you. Maybe that's the feeling of brain cells dying a painful, anguished death. It's a sensation I imagine cornered boxers sometimes experience while blow after blow rains down upon them. Dazed by the unrelenting digital demolition Read more [...]

Prodigy, half of rap duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rapper Prodigy, a member of the hardcore New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42. The rapper's publicist said in a statement Tuesday that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis." Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth and was in Las Vegas for a performance. The exact cause of death was not clear, the representative said. "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm Read more [...]

Review: Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

"The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth's Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives. The writer-director brings her characteristic elegance to the film, which, like the original, is based on the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan. Coppola's Civil War South is all mossy woods, buttoned-up dresses and gated plantations, Read more [...]
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