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Thu, Jul 24 2014

'Hunger Games,' 'Divergent' pushed aside for new Comic Con fare


SAN DIEGO - Young adult film franchises have dominated the conversation at San Diego's annual Comic Con gathering in recent years, but as the buzz-building convention kicked off on Thursday, the absence of established blockbusters has allowed studios to push new fare targeting a similar audience.

Film, Entertainment 24 Jul 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic still trying to wrap head around No. 1 album


LOS ANGELES - The past week for "Weird Al" Yankovic has been a little weird by the standards of the curly-haired, accordion-playing, oddball master of pop music parody.

Music, Entertainment 24 Jul 2014

Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller 'Lucy'


NEW YORK - Gun-toting thugs and a vicious Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French director Luc Besson's super-powered heroine in his sci-fi, action thriller "Lucy."

24 Jul 2014

N.Y. judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against actor LaBeouf


NEW YORK - A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theater performance in June. | Video

24 Jul 2014

'Shakespeare in Love' adapter revels in rave reviews in London

LONDON - The Disney-backed stage adaptation of the hit film "Shakespeare in Love" won nearly across-the-board rave reviews in London this week, to the relief of its creators who are pleased that their big gamble looks set to pay off. | Video

Entertainment, Arts 24 Jul 2014

N.Y. Met Opera threatens to lock out musicians in labor dispute

NEW YORK - New York's Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached, in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season.

Entertainment, Arts 24 Jul 2014

Tax credit shortfall costs California TV, movie production revenues

SAN FRANCISCO - A growing number of TV series and film crews have left California in search of tax credits elsewhere, causing $2 billion in revenue losses over the past four years to a state that is home to Hollywood and the U.S. production industry, a report said on Thursday.   

Venice film festival to kick off with black comedy 'Birdman'


ROME - Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year's Venice film festival with the premier of "Birdman", a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily toward war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on Thursday.

Entertainment, Mexico 24 Jul 2014

Beckett link brings 'Happy Days' back to Northern Irish town

ENNISKILLEN Northern Ireland - The man who brought an opera to Britain's biggest rock festival is using the enigmatic plays of Samuel Beckett to lure tourists back to a town better known for one of Northern Ireland's worst 'Troubles'.

Entertainment, Arts 24 Jul 2014

Wed, Jul 23 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart


LOS ANGELES - "Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online. | Video

Entertainment, Music, People 23 Jul 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.