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Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture

Jon Stewart, Carolyn Maloney

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold. “HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project,” the network ... Read More »

‘Clerks’ actress Lisa Spoonauer dies in New Jersey at 44

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — An actress who starred in the 1994 award-winning movie “Clerks” has died. Lisa Spoonauer was 44. The George Hassler Funeral Home says Spoonauer died Sunday at her home in Jackson, New Jersey. The cause of death wasn’t released. Kevin Smith cast Spoonauer in the role of Caitlin Bree in his first movie, which was set in ... Read More »

Nicole Kidman vows to support female filmmakers

Nicole Kidman

CANNES, France (AP) — Nicole Kidman criticized Hollywood’s rate of hiring women directors and vowed to support female filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. Kidman said that women “have to support female filmmakers — that’s just a given now.” She was speaking on behalf of Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” one of three films directed by women in competition ... Read More »

With an arched brow, Roger Moore found humor in Bond, life

Roger Moore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sir Roger Moore always made sure to laugh at himself before the audience could. With a mere arch of an eyebrow, Moore, whose wit was drier than James Bond’s martinis, could convey a skepticism of his accidental profession, disarming good looks and the suave characters he often played, from Bond to Simon Templar, all while saving ... Read More »

Tom Cruise reveals ‘Top Gun 2’ to start filming soon

Tom Cruise

SYDNEY (AP) — The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he’s about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to “Top Gun” is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the Australian morning news show “Sunrise.” The ... Read More »

Cannes fetes itself with massive 70th anniversary bash

Colin Farrell, Tilda Swinton, Charlize Thero

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival threw a star-studded celebration Tuesday for its 70th anniversary, drawing mobs of celebrities and a dozen former Palme d’Or winners to commemorate the illustrious French Riviera festival’s birthday. Big names from across cinema streamed down the Cannes red carpet Tuesday night for a ceremony that recounted the festival’s history through a series ... Read More »

Reaction to death of actor Roger Moore at age 89

Roger Moore

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of Roger Moore Tuesday at age 89: — “The world has lost one of its great champions for children — and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend. In his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a ... Read More »

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending May 21, 2017: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. Logan 2. The LEGO Batman Movie 3. Fifty Shades Darker 4. xXx: Return of Xander Cage 5. Hidden Figures 6. A Dog’s Purpose 7. Split (2017) 8. Get Out 9. Prometheus 10. Guardians of the Galaxy iTunes Movies US Charts – Independent: 1. Before I ... Read More »

Cannes festival holds moment of silence for Manchester

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival paused Tuesday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Thierry Fremaux, director of the festival, led Cannes in a minute of silence from the red-carpet steps of the Palais, the festival’s hub. The moment, he said, was to show ... Read More »

Dina Merrill, heiress and actress, dead at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Dina Merrill, the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or “the other woman,” has died at age 93. Merrill, raised in part on the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida now owned by President Donald Trump, died Monday, according to a family spokeswoman. The cause of death and ... Read More »