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Sharpton Says Film Debuts at ‘Critical Point’ in US Politics
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Sharpton Says Film Debuts at ‘Critical Point’ in US Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester.He embraces at least one of the intended insults, a name often hurled by his critics on the right and the left: “Loudmouth.” That's also the title of a two-hour documentary about the national civil rights leader debuting at theaters in 50 cities Friday.Sharpton's brash and combative styles, deployed in his advocacy for victims and families seeking accountability over police brutality and racial injustices, are on full display as filmmakers trace his evolution from Brooklyn rabble-rouser to sought-after figure in the U.S. political arena. Sharpton said he hopes the film inspires up-and-coming generations of loudmouths to join movements against...
‘Reasonable Doubt,’ ‘Blonde’ and Björk
Entertainment

‘Reasonable Doubt,’ ‘Blonde’ and Björk

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.— Andrew Dominik’s long-delayed, NC-17 rated epic about Norma Jean Baker, or Marilyn Monroe, is finally here. “Blonde,” which will be available on Netflix on Wednesday, looks at the life and mythology of the Hollywood icon, played by Ana de Armas, through an experimental and fictionalized lens, with stunning recreations of classic film moments from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Seven Year Itch,” brought to life by Chayse Irvin’s cinematography, Jennifer Johnson’s costumes, and de Armas’s committed performance. But this is no celebration of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” or one of its brightest stars; it’s an often brutal critique of that ...
At ‘Funny Girl,’ Lea Michele Is In, Beanie Feldstein Is Out | Entertainment News
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At ‘Funny Girl,’ Lea Michele Is In, Beanie Feldstein Is Out | Entertainment News

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Lea Michele has been tapped to step in and lead the Broadway revival of the beleaguered “Funny Girl” this fall, an announcement made just hours after current star Beanie Feldstein revealed she was leaving the musical sooner than anticipated due to the show taking a "different direction.”The high-profile casting change rocked the Broadway community and represents another step toward a return to the spotlight and respectability for Michele after former “Glee” castmates in 2020 accused the actor of behavior that was interpreted as racist and bullying.Michele, who started her career on Broadway and starred in the original “Spring Awakening” recently returned to the work with the documentary “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known.” In many ...
Roy Moore’s Defamation Suit Against Baron Cohen Rejected | Entertainment News
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Roy Moore’s Defamation Suit Against Baron Cohen Rejected | Entertainment News

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated PressAn appeals court on Thursday rejected a $95 million defamation lawsuit against Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen filed by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who said he was tricked into a television appearance that lampooned sexual misconduct accusations against him.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, upholding a lower court’s ruling in favor of Baron Cohen, said Moore signed a disclosure agreement that prohibited any legal claims over the appearance.The three judges also found it was “clearly comedy” when Baron Cohen demonstrated a so-called pedophile detector that beeped when it got near Moore and no viewer would think the comedian was making factual allegations against Moore.The lawsuit centered on Moore’s unwitting appearance...
‘Minions’ Set Box Office on Fire With $108.5 Million Debut | Entertainment News
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‘Minions’ Set Box Office on Fire With $108.5 Million Debut | Entertainment News

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film WriterFamilies went bananas for Minions this weekend at the movie theater. “ Minions: The Rise of Gru ” brought in an estimated $108.5 million in ticket sales from 4,391 screens in North America, Universal Pictures said Sunday. By the end of the Monday’s July Fourth holiday, it will likely have earned over $127.9 million.The film is on track to become one of the biggest openings ever for a July Fourth holiday weekend, a record previously held by “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” which made $115.9 million in its first four days in 2011. Including international showings, where “Minions: The Rise of Gru" is playing in 61 markets, its worldwide gross is sitting at $202.2 million through Sunday.“It's a tremendous debut,” said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic di...
Dutch Police Release 2 Belgians Held After Jewelry Heist | Entertainment News
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Dutch Police Release 2 Belgians Held After Jewelry Heist | Entertainment News

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police on Wednesday released without charge two Belgians who were arrested a day earlier on suspicion of involvement in a daring smash and grab jewelry heist at a prestigious art fair.Police in the southern Limburg province tweeted that the Belgians, aged 22 and 26, were detained shortly after the armed robbery at the TEFAF fair in Maastricht because their behavior “was suspicious enough at that moment” to merit it.Investigations have now cleared both men of involvement, police said. No other arrests have been made in the hunt for the culprits.Video of Tuesday's robbery posted on social media showed one man dressed in slacks, sneakers, a jacket and cap pounding at something out of picture with a sledgehammer as an alarm rang. Three other men, also neatly...
R&B Hitmaker R. Kelly Due in Court for Sex Abuse Sentencing | Entertainment News
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R&B Hitmaker R. Kelly Due in Court for Sex Abuse Sentencing | Entertainment News

By TOM HAYS, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York.A jury found Kelly, 55, guilty of racketeering and other counts last year at a trial that was seen as a signature moment in the #MeToo movement.Outrage over Kelly's sexual misconduct with young women and children was fueled in part by the widely watched docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly," which gave voice to accusers who wondered if their stories were previously ignored because they were Black women.U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly is set to impose the sentence at a federal court in Brooklyn after hearing statements from victims and possibly Kelly himself.Political CartoonsProsecutors are s...
Woody Allen Mulls End of Career, Talks With Alec Baldwin | Entertainment News
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Woody Allen Mulls End of Career, Talks With Alec Baldwin | Entertainment News

Woody Allen told Alec Baldwin during a live interview Tuesday on Instagram that he is mulling ending his movie-making career, saying directing has lost its luster.The two men — each facing significant controversies — steered clear of addressing either the abuse allegations against Allen or the shooting last year on Baldwin's movie set.The public comment options were turned off, and the 45-minute interview attracted a modest audience of between 2,400-2,700. The two men chatted about Allen's writing, the use of profanity in films and the current state of Broadway. Allen lost his connection several times, with his screen freezing.Allen, 87, said movie-making is not as exciting now that his films spend a few days in movie theaters and then directly go to streaming. “A lot of the thrill is gone...
Ludacris’ Manager and 2 Others Shot, 1 Fatally, in Georgia | Entertainment News
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Ludacris’ Manager and 2 Others Shot, 1 Fatally, in Georgia | Entertainment News

ATLANTA (AP) — A man was killed and two others were injured, including rap star Ludacris' manager, in a parking lot shooting in an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta on Sunday night.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the men were all taken to hospitals, where one was pronounced dead. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office later identified the man as Artez Benton, 23, of Scottdale.Monday afternoon, Atlanta police confirmed one of the two injured men was Chaka Zulu, the longtime manager of rapper and actor Ludacris. The conditions of Zulu and the other man were not released.Atlanta police investigated the shooting in the 2200 block of Peachtree Road in Buckhead into the early Monday morning hours. Several restaurants and shops share the parking lot.Police Lt. Germ...
No Reruns: Committee Tries New Approach to Break Through | Entertainment News
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No Reruns: Committee Tries New Approach to Break Through | Entertainment News

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media WriterNEW YORK (AP) — As television programming goes, expectations were widespread that the Jan. 6 committee hearings would essentially be reruns. Instead, they have been much more.The five sessions have revealed a storyteller's eye, with focus, clarity, an understanding of how news is digested in modern media, and strong character development — even if former President Donald Trump's allies suggest there aren't enough actors.The hearings are pausing for a break until next month, leaving Americans much to digest.As seen during Trump's impeachments, modern congressional hearings tend to produce more heat than light. That was part of why the Jan. 6 committee faced low expectations, along with the sense — 18 months after the insurrection, an event that played out on ...