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'Splash,' 'Stern' writer Bruce Jay Friedman dead at 90

Jun. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay writer and popular playwright and author known for the wry comedy and subtle pathos of such novels as “Stern” and “About Harry Towns” and for his scripts for “Splash” and “Stir Crazy," has...

In this combination photo, Mark Blum attends a party for the opening night performance of

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

May. 29, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

A comedian whose faces made generations laugh. The cinematographer behind E.T’s glowing finger and moonlight flight. A jazz guitarist of legendary poise and precision. In the third installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look at prominent figures in arts, entertainment and culture who have...

In this Aug. 2, 2018, photo, David Jassy, from left, front, a formerly incarcerated advocate, hip hop artist Common and Imagine Justice political advisor Michael Latt tour San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. They are joined by Aun Madison, rear from left, Common's assistant, Jessica Jackson co-founder and National Director of #CUT50, Alex Gudich the Deputy Director of #CUT50. Common and Imagine Justice has launched a campaign with dozens of advocacy and activist groups calling attention to the threat coronavirus poses on millions of people jailed or imprisoned in the U.S. (JT McGlockton/Imagine Justice via AP)

Common's #WeMatterToo push urges jail releases amid virus

May. 13, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and activist Common went into quarantine concerned about incarcerated people he has met during visits to jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers around the U.S. and who aren't able to maintain social distance or adopt rigorous hygiene routines to prevent the spread of COVID-19....

FILE - This Jan. 27, 2020 file photo shows Taika Waititi at the 92nd Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Los Angeles.  Waititi, the New Zealand filmmaker of “Jojo Rabbit” and “Thor: Ragnarok,

Taika Waititi to direct new 'Star Wars' film

May. 4, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taika Waititi, the New Zealand filmmaker of “Jojo Rabbit” and “Thor: Ragnarok," will direct a new “Star Wars” film. Waititi had for months been expected to take the reins of the galaxy far, far away, having already directed the season finale of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1974, file photo, challenger Muhammad Ali, top, watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire. The 1996 film

Column: A look at some of the best sports documentaries

May. 1, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

Sports and cinema have an uneasy alliance. For every “Raging Bull,” there are an abundance of flicks that get it wrong when they try to recapture a memorable event or famous athlete. Seriously, how does the compelling life of Babe Ruth produce not one, but two of the greatest stinkers in the history...

FILE - In this March 31, 2007 file photo, masked Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos, left, singer Oscar Chavez, center, and Zapatista commanders Tacho, second from right, and David talk during a meeting in Mexico City. Chavez’s office announced Thursday, April 30, 2020, that he has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verudog, File)

Mexican protest singer Oscar Chávez dies of COVID-19 at 85

Apr. 30, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Mexico’s best-known protest singers, Oscar Chávez, died Thursday at age 85 after being infected with the coronavirus. Mexico's culture secretary confirmed the singer's death, and the State Workers' Social Security Institute said he died of complications from COVID-19...

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Netflix’s ‘The Half of It’ wins Tribeca Film Festival honor

Apr. 29, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alice Wu’s “The Half of It,” a teenage spin on Cyrano de Bergerac, has won the top award from the Tribeca Film Festival. Organizers announced winners Wednesday for the festival, which had been set to take place from April 15 through April 26 in New York City. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, actor Irrfan Khan poses for a portrait to promote the film

Irrfan Khan, of 'Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Life of Pi,' dies

Apr. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Irrfan Khan, a veteran character actor in Bollywood movies and one of India's best-known exports to Hollywood, has died. He was 54. Khan played the police inspector in “Slumdog Millionaire” and the park executive Masrani in “Jurassic World.” He also appeared in...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, an Oscar statue is pictured at the press preview for the 91st Academy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Streaming films eligible for Oscars, but for 1 year only

Apr. 28, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has...

FILE - This April 10, 2019 file photo shows Jason Mitchell at

'The Chi' star arrested for drugs, weapons in Mississippi

Apr. 23, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A fired star of the hit Showtime series “The Chi" who was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Straight Outta Compton" has been arrested on drugs and weapons charges on Mississippi's coast. Jason Mitchell, who portrayed Brandon Johnson on the cable series'...