Arts and entertainment

May 10, 2017 - 8:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — After a backlash over programming Netflix films, the Cannes Film Festival says it will, beginning next year, only accept theatrically released films for its prestigious Palme d'Or competition. In a statement Wednesday, the French festival said it has adapted its rule to require...
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In this April 28, 2017, photo art dealer Mike Van Eaton stands next to a hand-drawn map from 1953 that shows Walt Disney's original ideas for Disneyland displayed at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Van Eaton Galleries announced that the map is the highlight among dozens of Disney items being auctioned on June 25. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
May 10, 2017 - 7:06 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tomorrowland was originally going to be called World of Tomorrow. Frontierland was Frontier Country. Lilliputian Land never became a reality at Disneyland. And no one could have foreseen a "Star Wars" land opening in 2019. Walt Disney spent a marathon weekend in 1953...
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May 10, 2017 - 5:05 am
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The town of Taos is celebrating the life of the late actor and former resident Dennis Hopper. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports ( https://goo.gl/HYITXN ) that the northern New Mexico enclave will honor the life of the Hollywood star on May 17 with a motorcycle rally and ride, live...
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In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017 photo, Peking Opera star Qiu Jirong, left, stands after being introduced on stage at a press conference for the "2047 Apologue" by movie director Zhang Yimou in Beijing. Zhang's new, much smaller-scale endeavor aims to start a conversation about the relationship between people and technology, and where this relationship is heading. He called "2047 Apologue" a "conceptual performance, because it's not a show or a story." Instead, he has hired Chinese folk art performers and companies from Europe and the U.S. to supply technology such as drones and robotic arms for the hourlong show that is broken into several "fragments." It will be performed at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing from June 16-18, and then tour several Chinese cities. (AP Photo/Louise Watt)
May 10, 2017 - 4:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — Zhang Yimou says the disappointing U.S. performance of the biggest budget China-U.S. co-production to date, "The Great Wall," may have been down to a weak story, but he hopes other filmmakers won't be put off from attempting such ambitious Hollywood-Chinese collaboration. "The actors...
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In this photo provided by CBS, host Stephen Colbert, third from right, sits with guests, from left, Jon Stewart, Rob Corddry, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Ed Helms during "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. It was a rare TV reunion Tuesday as Colbert played host to a gang of his fellow “Daily Show” alums on a special edition of CBS’ “The Late Show.” (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via AP)
May 10, 2017 - 1:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rare TV reunion Tuesday as Stephen Colbert played host to a gang of fellow "Daily Show" alums on a special edition of CBS' "The Late Show." Along with Jon Stewart, former longtime anchor of the Comedy Central fake newscast, Colbert welcomed Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 29, 2017, file photo, landscaping consisting of real Earth plant species mixed with sculpted Pandora flora surrounds a pond at the Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. You may not have thought much about the movie “Avatar” or its dazzling 3-D effects over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. And the Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that millions of people will line up for a new theme park based on the movie’s bioluminescent world of Pandora. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 09, 2017 - 6:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — You may not have thought much about the 2009 movie "Avatar" over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. The Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that you and zillions of other people will line up for new theme park attractions based on the movie's...
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This Wednesday, May 3, 2017 photo shows the grave of John B. McLemore, who is featured in the serialized podcast "S-Town." Dimes, rocks and trinkets have started showing up on McLemore's headstone since the debut of the podcast after his death. Residents of the rural area depicted in the show are uneasy with their rural community being portrayed as a lousy place best described with an expletive. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
May 09, 2017 - 5:13 pm
WOODSTOCK, Ala. (AP) — Attention is often a hard-won commodity out in the country, and sometimes it's the last thing a little town wants. Residents puff out their chests when a high school in a rural town upends a big-city rival to win a championship, but they're just as likely to be deflated by...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 29, 2017, file photo, landscaping consisting of real Earth plant species mixed with sculpted Pandora flora surrounds a pond at the Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. You may not have thought much about the movie “Avatar” or its dazzling 3-D effects over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. And the Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that millions of people will line up for a new theme park based on the movie’s bioluminescent world of Pandora. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 09, 2017 - 3:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — You may not have thought much about the 2009 movie "Avatar" over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. The Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that you and zillions of other people will line up for new theme park attractions based on the movie's...
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FILE - This Saturday, April 29, 2017, file photo, shows a Na'vi in a science lab while in the queue for the Avatar Flight of Passage ride at Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. You may not have thought much about the movie “Avatar” or its dazzling 3-D effects over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. And the Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that millions of people will line up for a new theme park based on the movie’s bioluminescent world of Pandora. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 09, 2017 - 3:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has wagered a reported $500 million that people will line up for a new theme-park attraction based on the 2009 movie "Avatar," which has largely faded from pop-culture consciousness. The new park, based on the movie's bioluminescent world of Pandora, represents a major gamble...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2016 file photo, the Zac Brown Band attends the 2016 iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas. The band's latest album, "Welcome Home," will be released on May 12, 2017. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)
May 09, 2017 - 3:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — If there's any doubt about the style of music Zac Brown has made on his band's new album, just look at the title. The burly, bearded country star named the album "Welcome Home" and the 10 tracks on it are as down-home country as a trusty pickup truck, a cold beer and pair of...
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