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‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Law & Order’ actor Paul Sorvino dies at 83

Jul. 25, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Paul Sorvino, an imposing actor who specialized in playing crooks and cops like Paulie Cicero in “Goodfellas” and the NYPD sergeant Phil Cerreta on “Law & Order,” has died. He was 83. His publicist Roger Neal said he died Monday morning of natural causes at the Mayo...

‘Minions’ set box office on fire with $108.5 million debut

Jul. 03, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

Families went bananas for Minions this weekend at the movie theater. “ Minions: The Rise of Gru ” brought in an estimated $108.5 million in ticket sales from 4,391 screens in North America, Universal Pictures said Sunday. By the end of the Monday’s July Fourth holiday, it will likely have...

'Elvis' is king, alone, of box office after final tallies

Jun. 27, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Elvis” has won its box-office dance-off with “Top Gun: Maverick.” After the two films reported the same ticket sales Sunday, Monday's final numbers has “Elvis,” alone, as king of the weekend. “Elvis” ultimately grossed $31.1 million from Friday to...

CA--California Digest

Jun. 26, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

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'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each

Jun. 26, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick," which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters. Final...

Review: Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann deliver a grand ‘Elvis’

Jun. 22, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

The brief life of Elvis Presley is not something that fits neatly into a conventional biopic formula, though many have tried. It was, perhaps, always going to take a director as wild and visionary as Baz Luhrmann to do something that evokes the essence of the King’s 42 years. Luhrmann knows...

'Elvis' and Austin Butler feel the temperature rising

Jun. 21, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

On the day of Austin Butler's final screen test for “Elvis," director Baz Luhrmann threw everything at him. Butler had spent five months building up to that moment, workshopping the role with Luhrmann, doing hair and make-up tests, rehearsing the songs. Against the odds, Butler...

Elvis movie shines light on Tupelo's influence

Jun. 19, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Elvis’ legacy looms large over Tupelo, but in Australian writer/director Baz Luhrmann’s new film, Tupelo’s influence on the King of Rock and Roll is front and center. Luhrmann, who served as writer, director and producer for “Elvis,” visited Tupelo...

Jennifer Lopez, 'Spider-Man' highlight MTV Movie & TV Awards

Jun. 06, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez made an emotional speech about how believers and skeptics contributed to her success, as she accepted a career achievement honor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday. “I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the ones who broke my...

Critic Notebook: At Cannes, a plea for the variety of cinema

May. 31, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

One of the most viral moments from the 75th Cannes Film Festival, which wrapped over the weekend with the presentation of the Palme d’Or to Ruben Ostlund’s “Triangle of Sadness,” wasn’t a slip on the red carpet or those fighter jets that flew over Tom Cruise’s head. It was the director...