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Stormy Daniels drops out of UK reality show at last minute

LONDON (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and nemesis of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pulled out of a British reality-TV show at the last minute after a dispute with producers. Daniels was due to take part in “Celebrity Big Brother,” which locks contestants in a house under constant surveillance. But she failed to join housemates including actress …

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Beyond ‘The Walking Dead,’ Lauren Cohan is ready for change

NEW YORK (AP) — Even battling zombies day in and day out can get repetitive. After eight seasons of fighting for her life on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Lauren Cohan knew she needed a change when she felt a little too comfortable with the job. That’s why she’s saying goodbye to the role, though producers are leaving the door open …

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Paul Walker’s brothers open to ‘Fast’ franchise return

Adrian Buitenhuis

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly five years after Paul Walker’s death, his brothers say they’re open to playing his character again in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Producers asked Caleb and Cody Walker to fill in for their brother and help complete “Furious 7” after he died in a fiery off-set car crash in November 2013. His face was digitally …

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Van Damme’s son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix. Nicholas Van Varenberg had a change of plea hearing Wednesday. He’s now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 and authorities say Van Varenberg likely will get probation. Tempe police arrested …

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Diversity-focused academy program boosts Hollywood dreamers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight and the job …

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Judge cites casting couch’s history, OKs Weinstein suit

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunities, could be considered a “commercial sex act.” U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble last …

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Actress returns laptops, calls theft claims publicity stunt

Sean Young

NEW YORK (AP) — Two laptops actress Sean Young was accused of stealing from a movie production company that had fired her were returned Tuesday after the new director urged her to “please turn yourself in to the police, who are looking for you.” The two laptops producers said she stole from a New York studio of the “Charlie Boy” …

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Stormy Daniels’ lawyer appears in Houston immigration court

HOUSTON (AP) — The attorney taking on President Donald Trump over his alleged affair with an adult film actress went to immigration court Tuesday to try to secure the release of a 9-year-old boy from Guatemala. A judge denied Michael Avenatti’s request to dismiss the removal case against the boy, whose mother was deported in June. Avenatti and another attorney …

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Sean Young under investigation for alleged laptop theft

Sean Young

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Sean Young was under investigation Monday in New York after the alleged theft of two laptops belonging to a production company that fired her from a new film she was directing. A New York Police Department spokeswoman said no charges have been filed against the 58-year-old star of the 1980s film “Blade Runner.” However, detectives …

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Box office Top 20: ‘The Meg’ reels in $45.4 million debut

NEW YORK (AP) — It took until mid-August, but an original movie is finally no. 1 at the box office. After several months of sequel and franchise reboots leading the weekend box office, the shark thriller “The Meg” swam away with $45.4 million in its debut at North American theaters, according to final figures Monday. The Warner Bros. release might …

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