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Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in 'Star Wars,' dead at 81

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 1:33pm
LONDON (AP) — Kenny Kenny Baker, the 3-foot 8-inch (1.1 meter) actor who played R2-D2 in the "Star Wars" films, has died. He was 81.

At 93, legendary climber Fred Beckey still plotting routes

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 9:48am
SEATTLE (AP) — He's notched more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, wrote the definitive guidebooks to a major North American mountain range, and at age 93, Fred Beckey is still plotting routes — though more slowly and buoyed…

Movie review: Charming 'Florence Foster Jenkins' never goes off-key

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:00am
What’s the old joke? A tourist asks a New York musician how to get to Carnegie Hall. The musician responds, “Practice, practice, practice.”

Movie review: World War II thriller 'Anthropoid' doesn't sugarcoat brutality of Nazi rule

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:00am
Ellis has decided that the best way to honor the exploits of these heroes is to not sugarcoat them or the evil they faced, and “Anthropoid” is a darker and more interesting film for it.

Robert De Niro to open the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 6:08am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival is kicking off with Robert De Niro presenting Martin Scorsese's restored "Taxi Driver." The actor will also receive the festival's first lifetime achievement award at the opening night.

Nate Parker accepts Sundance award, creates youth fellowship

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:52am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The writer, director, producer and star of "The Birth of a Nation" says the Sundance Institute offered him encouragement and support when he needed it most.

Review: 'Florence Foster Jenkins' never nails the right tone

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 2:25pm
Give Meryl Streep her due: She's mastered drama and comedy, musicals and various accents. In her latest film, the multiple Oscar-winner has even crushed an unexpected skill — singing very poorly indeed.

Movie review: 'Eat That Question' gives Frank Zappa the first and last word

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 2:15pm
Instead of taking the traditional approach of talking to friends, family members or bandmates about Zappa, the film curates exclusively from interviews Zappa gave throughout his life. In the film, as was probably true in life, Zappa gets the first…

Disney's 'Elena of Avalor' gets second-season renewal

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:00pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's first Latino princess will keep her throne: The TV series "Elena of Avalor" is getting a second-season renewal.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 8:33am
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending August 7, 2016:

Olympics feel far for those in the infamous City of God slum

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 2:22am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It is one of Rio's most renowned favelas, the Cidade de Deus made infamous in a film that helped cement a stereotype of the other side of the "Marvelous City" that is host of the…

Jailhouse Rockers cited in defense of ex-Illinois governor

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:32am
CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich's Jailhouse Rockers may have disbanded but their memory lives on in the ex-Illinois governor's resentencing case.

Escape rooms get an upgrade into a deeper theatrical show

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:37am
NEW YORK (AP) — You meet in a nondescript reception room in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper. You're handed a form on a clipboard. Then the receptionist slips away and the doors lock — and all hell breaks loose.

New movie to explore bizarre hunt for the Boston Strangler

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 8:42am
BOSTON (AP) — It took a half-century for DNA sleuthing to finger Albert DeSalvo as the Boston Strangler. Now a new movie is revisiting one of America's most notorious serial killer cases and the bizarre involvement of a man who…

Will Smith showing different side of Mideast on promo tour

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 8:05am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Will Smith is in the Middle East to promote the movie "Suicide Squad", but he says it's also a chance to counter an increasingly anti-Muslim climate surrounding the U.S. presidential race.

Harley Quinn becomes divisive breakout of 'Suicide Squad'

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 4:12pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was the breakout star of "Suicide Squad" before the movie was even finished. Audiences were captivated by this insane villain with the high-wattage smile, baseball bat, fishnets, pigtails and a T-shirt that…

Curtis tasks HFPA audience to 'get some skin in the game'

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 2:45am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Politics were top of mind for Jamie Lee Curtis, who hosted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual grants presentation Thursday evening at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

'Big Lebowski' actor David Huddleston dies at 85

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:32pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Huddleston, a character actor best known for portraying titular roles in "The Big Lebowski" and "Santa Claus: The Movie," has died. He was 85.

How Viola Davis shaped her powerful 'Suicide Squad' role

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 2:32pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Viola Davis started looking into the role of Amanda Waller, the shadowy government agent who assembles the so-called Suicide Squad in this summer's latest blockbuster, she noticed there were two different versions of the character…

Eastwood doesn't endorse Trump, but praises him as anti-PC

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:28pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Eastwood is stopping short of endorsing Donald Trump but says the Republican presidential candidate is "on to something."