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Scandal-plagued Weinstein Co. files for bankruptcy protection with buyout offer in hand

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:03:57 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scandal-plagued Weinstein Co. files for bankruptcy protection with buyout offer in hand.

Woman says Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her at audition

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:32:08 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman on Monday said she was a 17-year-old model and aspiring actress when Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her at a supposed casting session at a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2002. Faviola Dadis was emotional but composed as she spoke at a news conference in Los Angeles, becoming the latest of several women to accuse the action star of sexual misconduct. Dadis said Seagal reached under her bikini top, grabbed her nipples and then grabbed her genitals soon after the audition began. She said she promptly ended the audition and left deeply shaken.

Correction: Film-Tomb Raider-Fitness story

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:47:41 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story March 16 about Alicia Vikander's preparations for the new "Tomb Raider" film, The Associated Press reported erroneously that trainer and nutritionist Magnus Lygdback worked with Gal Gadot on "Wonder Woman." He is training Gadot for the upcoming sequel, but did not work with the actress on the original film.

The Latest: Seagal lawyer says sex assault allegations false

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:28:10 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against actor Steven Seagal (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A lawyer for Steven Seagal says the actor adamantly denies sexual assault allegations made by two women against the action star. Faviola Dadis said at a news conference Monday that Seagal toucher her sexually without her consent in 2002 when she was 17, and Regina Simons said Seagal assaulted her in 1995 when she was 18. Seagal's attorney Anthony Falangetti said later Monday that the accounts of both women are "completely fictitious and totally made up." He says the allegations are a disservice to women who are victimized because of real predators in the film industry.

Tribeca to hold 'Schindler's List,' 'Scarface' reunions

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:03:13 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" and the 35th anniversary of Brian De Palma's "Scarface" will be celebrated with reunion screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York festival announced Monday that Spielberg will join Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Embeth Davidtz for a post-screening conversation April 26 at the Beacon Theatre. The "Scarface" event will reunite De Palma, Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer on April 19 at the Beacon Theatre. The festival will also host an anniversary screening of 1992's "In the Soup," an acclaimed independent film directed by Alexandre Rockwell.

Man pleads not guilty to damaging 'Field of Dreams' site

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:20:07 UT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drove onto and damaged the Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 "Field of Dreams" movie. The Telegraph Herald reports that Austin Pape, of Dyersville, entered a written plea before his arraignment scheduled for Monday in Dubuque. Investigators say Pape has acknowledged driving onto the field Jan. 22, and his attorney has said Pape will work with prosecutors on a resolution. Court records say the owner estimated the damage at more than $5,500. The vehicle left deep gashes in the field and damaged sprinklers. The field sits 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside Dyersville — 142 miles (228 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines.

Bill Murray takes catnap at SXSW premiere of 'Isle of Dogs'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:43:58 UT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bill Murray took a catnap at the premiere of the film "Isle of Dogs." Murray voices the canine Boss in Wes Anderson's movie, which was shown Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The 67-year-old Murray read the poem "Dogs" accompanied by a cellist and joined Anderson and cast members onstage to answer questions from the audience. But Murray nodded off when the questions centered on the filmmaking process.

John Cena shares his love for kids and how they inspire him

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:24:17 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Cena has no children of his own, but the WWE superstar has practically dedicated his work to kids. Cena has fulfilled nearly 600 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, more than any other celebrity. He's hosting the Kids' Choice Awards Saturday on Nickelodeon — one of three projects in the works with the children's network. He's also lending his voice to a new animated series and will be producing a new kids' competition show called "Keep it Spotless." The 40-year-old entertainer is also branching out in print, with his first children's book, "Elbow Grease," about an undersized monster truck with big determination. It is set for release in October.

'Black Panther' tops box office for 5th straight weekend

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:17:48 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Not since "Avatar" has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of "Black Panther." Ryan Coogler's comic-book sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Cameron's 2009 smash to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. The Disney release grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million. Worldwide, "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion. Though "Black Panther" has had little competition to contend with throughout February and March, such consistency is especially rare in today's movie-going world. Before "Avatar," the last film to do it was 1999's "The Sixth Sense.

The 'force' with Mark Hamill at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:21:56 UT

LONDON (AP) — Mark Hamill has tweeted that "today the whole galaxy is Irish" as he appeared as international guest of honor at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade. The "Star Wars" actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Ireland, was invited to represent the Irish diaspora at the celebration. Hamill spent time on Ireland's rocky Skellig Michael island filming the most recent "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi." Hamill sported a tweed cap, a green scarf and a shamrock sprig as he attended the parade, which sees floats, colorfully clad performers and marching bands wind their way through the Irish capital. "Game of Thrones" actor Liam Cunningham was the grand marshal of Saturday's parade, attended by Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

Spokeswoman: Damon not fleeing to Australia in Trump huff

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:53:59 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicist for Matt Damon is batting down reports that the actor is moving to Australia with his family, and that such a move would have been inspired by anger over President Donald Trump. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney had reported that Damon was buying a home in Byron Bay near actor Chris Hemsworth. The two recently appeared in "Thor: Ragnarok" together. Damon spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said Damon has been to Australia a lot recently. But Damon has not bought a home there nor is he relocating there, she said.

Authorities investigating claims teacher fed puppy to turtle

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:09:04 UT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — Authorities are investigating reports a teacher fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in a rural Idaho town that was the setting for the teenage cult classic film "Napoleon Dynamite." The uproar has forced police to step up security amid threats at Preston Junior High School and other schools in the district following the incident that reportedly occurred on March 7 in front of several students after school. Investigators are looking into possible animal cruelty charges. The teacher has not been named by authorities. Preston Police Chief Mike Peterson said Friday the threats were vague but linked to the allegation that the reportedly ailing puppy was fed to the turtle March 7.

60 years later, Kim Novak reflects on 'Vertigo'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:32:34 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last fall, on her ranch in southern Oregon, Kim Novak found herself doing what she calls "my own Me Too painting." Novak, who turned 85 on Tuesday, had recently broken her left wrist — her painting hand — but was compelled enough to give it a try with her right. Seeing woman after woman come forward with their stories of harassment stoked Novak's own recollections. She titled the result — a swirling, vibrantly colored abstraction of a menacing face looming above a woman — "A Time of Reckoning." "In that period, the same things went on. I never told these stories but my painting has it all," said Novak, speaking by phone from her 240-acre ranch, where she lives with her husband Robert Malloy, a retired veterinarian.

Ava DuVernay to direct DC superhero film 'The New Gods'

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:49:40 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" may have disappointed at the box office, but she's already booked another big-budget project. Warner Bros. said Thursday that DuVernay will direct "The New Gods," a DC Comics property created by the famed comic book artist Jack Kirby. It's an elaborate science fiction work, part of Kirby's "Fourth World Saga," about two warring alien planets. It debuted in 1971. DuVernay became the first African-American woman to direct a live-action movie with a budget of $100 million or more with "A Wrinkle in Time." The Disney release debuted last weekend with $33 million in ticket sales. Warner Bros.

New film reveals Miss Piggy's backstory, more Muppet secrets

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:36:52 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Only Miss Piggy's creator knows the depths of her tragic origin story. Frank Oz, who gave life to the character in the early 1970s, says Piggy left her hometown farm for life in the big city after her dad died in a tractor accident and she had a falling out with her mother. Piggy went to charm school once she got to the Big Apple, Oz says, "but she had to pay for it, so she did some things she wasn't proud of." (A bacon commercial, he adds.) Gonzo's daring nature was born out of puppeteer Dave Goelz's personal insecurities, and actor/puppeteer Jerry Nelson drew on Eeyore's depressive demeanor to create Snuffleupagus' signature phrase — "Oh, dear" — on "Sesame Street.