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James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on 'Friends,' dies

Oct. 24, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Michael Tyler, the actor known widely for his recurring role as Gunther on “Friends,” has died. He was 59. Tyler died Sunday at home in Los Angeles from prostate cancer, said his manager, Toni Benson. Tyler was first diagnosed with advanced...

Crew member who gave Baldwin gun subject of prior complaint

Oct. 24, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A crew member says she has raised safety concerns in the past about the assistant director who authorities say unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin the prop gun that killed a cinematographer on a film set. Maggie Goll, a prop maker and licensed...

Tokyo festival features Yoshida's films of hope amid despair

Oct. 24, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Keisuke Yoshida’s movies are Japanese society’s angst-filled losers, struggling against odds in a violent, imperfect, often-crazed world. The Japanese director and his three latest works are being featured at...

Bernhard Langer breaks Champions age record in Richmond

Oct. 24, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bernhard Langer became the oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history Sunday at 64, beating Doug Barron with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. The German star thrust both arms in the air...

Judge: School can hide murals some find racially offensive

Oct. 24, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Vermont Law School can conceal two large murals that some members of the school community find racially offensive. The Valley News reports the judge granted the school's request to dismiss a lawsuit by the artist,...

Let computers do it: Film set tragedy spurs call to ban guns

Oct. 24, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With computer-generated imagery, it seems the sky’s the limit in the magic Hollywood can produce: elaborate dystopian universes. Trips to outer space, for those neither astronauts nor billionaires. Immersive journeys to the future, or back to bygone eras. ...

Despite hybrid release, 'Dune' draws well on the big screen

Oct. 24, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” debuted with $40.1 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North America, drawing a large number of moviegoers to see the thundering sci-fi epic on the big screen despite it also being available to stream in homes. ...

Ed Sheeran has COVID, will do performances from home

Oct. 24, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

British pop star Ed Sheeran said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will do interviews and performances from his house while he self-isolates. Sheeran, 30, broke the news on social media days before his new studio album is due out. ...

Jay Black, singer for Jay and the Americans, dies at 82

Oct. 24, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Black, front man for the 1960s rock band Jay and the Americans, who crooned the soaring vocals to hits like “This Magic Moment,” “Cara Mia” and “Come a Little Bit Closer,” has died. He was 82. The band announced the death of Black, born...

Picasso artworks auctioned for combined $109M in Las Vegas

Oct. 24, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eleven Pablo Picasso artworks have been sold for a combined $109 million in a Las Vegas auction coinciding with the artist’s 140th birthday. The nine paintings and two ceramic pieces had been displayed inside the Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio...