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Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 2:33am

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded an Australian record of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages by a Sydney judge on Thursday in defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress.

Exhibits about Ali, nature, motorcycles opening at Graceland

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:24pm

A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali.

Making history: Rihanna launches brand Fenty in Paris store

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:02pm

Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:04pm

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.

Texas 8th-grader wins National Geographic contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:49pm

Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge.

2 film productions quit Georgia after abortion law is signed

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:46pm

Two film projects have pulled production from Georgia after the governor signed the so-called "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

No charges for actor Rick Schroder after abuse reports

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:59pm

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against actor Rick Schroder after an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Motown legend has Alabama lawmakers 'Dancing in the Street'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:53pm

When Motown legend Martha Reeves sings her 1964 hit "Dancing in the Street" in the Alabama House of Representatives, let the record show that lawmakers feel compelled to sing along.

Sciamma's 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' sends Cannes swooning

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:54pm

Since her shimmering, shattering period romance "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" premiered to rapturous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, its director Céline Sciamma has had some time to consider the passionate response.

Daniel Craig to undergo minor ankle surgery for Bond injury

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:10pm

James Bond is out of commission for a few weeks. Star Daniel Craig is undergoing minor ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming the 25th installment in the franchise in Jamaica.

District attorney says Meek Mill should get new trial, judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:38pm

Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has been biased against him.

MTV star's girlfriend gets new lawyer in Las Vegas case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:08pm

"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's on-again-off-again girlfriend got a new lawyer to defend her on a misdemeanor allegation that she attacked Ortiz-Magro at a Las Vegas club on New Year's Eve.

Garcia Bernal finds Cannes more relaxing as a director

Adam Egan, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:58pm

Gael Garcia Bernal is finding it's a lot more relaxing being at the Cannes Film Festival as a director than as an actor.

Christopher Nolan's new espionage film gets a title: 'Tenet'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:27am

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's upcoming international espionage film has a title. Warner Bros. on Wednesday says the action epic is called "Tenet."

Jake Black, of Alabama 3 and 'Sopranos' theme fame, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:53am

Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened "The Sopranos" and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died.

1990s drama 'Party of Five' reboot involves deported parents

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:32am

"Party of Five," a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported.

Adam Driver credits the military for the courage to act

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:24am

Adam Driver was home alone doing the dishes when his agent called with the news that he'd just received a Tony Award nomination. But since his wife was out of town, there was no one to share the news. So he just finished the dishes.

Hank Williams Jr. offering reward for grandfather's shotgun

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:08am

Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward for his grandfather's missing shotgun.

Hilary Mantel ready to complete trilogy of Cromwell novels

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:04am

British author Hilary Mantel is ready to complete her million-selling trilogy of Thomas Cromwell novels.

Political critic ordered to pay $170K in child support case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:28am

Political commentator and former congressional candidate Steve Gill has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $170,000 by June, or spend 10 days in jail.