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Denis Villeneuve's dreams of ‘Dune’ reach the big screen

Oct. 18, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

It was the eyes that drew Denis Villeneuve to “Dune.” Long before he’d decided to become a filmmaker, he was just a teenager browsing a bookstore when he spotted the cover of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. But it wasn’t a hard sell for the biology obsessed...

LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to undergo psychiatric exam

Oct. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is seeking to compel psychiatric evaluations for Kobe Bryant's widow and others to determine if they truly suffered emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the...

Mel Brooks plans sequel to 'History of the World, Part 1'

Oct. 18, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It is still good to be the king. Forty years after the release of his beloved “History of the World, Part I,” Mel Brooks has a sequel in the works. The 95-year-old show business giant has a deal with Hulu for an 8-part sequel, titled, of course,...

Street musician stunned by John Legend as she sings his hit

Oct. 18, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A street musician who performed a rendition of John Legend's hit “All of Me" in Boston over the weekend had one particularly appreciative audience member — John Legend. The Grammy Award winning singer was visiting Faneuil Hall with his family before...

Sinclair hit by ransomware attack, TV stations disrupted

Oct. 18, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates dozens of TV stations across the U.S., said Monday that some of its servers and work stations were encrypted with ransomware and that data was stolen from its network. The company said it started investigating Saturday and on...

McCartney, Swift to induct new members into rock hall

Oct. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift will induct newcomers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its annual ceremony, set for Cleveland on Oct. 30. McCartney will give the presentation for Foo Fighters, the hall announced on Monday. He's close to Foo...

Review: A fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener

Oct. 18, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

“Orwell’s Roses,” by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” shot to the top of bestseller lists. Suddenly, it seemed, readers wanted to reacquaint themselves with a world in which “war...

Lieberman book details help he received from GOP in 2006

Oct. 18, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut details in a new book how aid from top Republicans — including strategist Karl Rove — helped him win reelection against a more left-leaning Democrat and a Republican. Lieberman ran as an...

Review: Elizabeth Strout writes a 'Lucy Barton' sequel

Oct. 18, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

“Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) Elizabeth Strout has written another voice-driven novel, the third in a series of books about the fictional writer Lucy Barton and the people she grew up with in a small town in rural Illinois. ...

New this week: 'Dune,' 'Invasion' and an Elton John album

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Denis Villeneuve’s somberly majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965...