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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.

YouTuber's viral video puts Merkel's party on defensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:20am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats are hitting back at a YouTube star's viral video attacking the party's stance on climate change and social inequality.

Pitt, DiCaprio talk Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:18am

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a "cinematic bond" making Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time a Time ... in Hollywood," while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate isn't primary enough in the film.

US author Siri Hustvedt receives prestigious Spanish award

Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:24am

American writer Siri Hustvedt, author of international bestsellers including "What I Loved" and "The Summer Without Men," has won this year's Princess of Asturias award for literature.

Anita Hill, Bob Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 11:51pm

The featured speakers at the annual benefit gala for PEN America shared stories about truth and the determination to learn it.

Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 11:51pm

When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, it would be 20 years before Lahav Shani was even born. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of the acclaimed orchestra.

Former judge files new motions in Jussie Smollett case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 9:15pm

A former judge who wants a special prosecutor appointed in the Jussie Smollett case is back in court with new motions to obtain her goal.

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 4:18pm

The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly found writings filed in court Monday could change everything.