5 things you probably didn't know about the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You have a firm grip on this year's Oscar nominees, last year's winners and what host Jimmy Kimmel will undoubtedly joke about (and the best picture award goes to ... oops).

The language of 'Black Panther'? It's real. Give it a try.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Much of what is seen in "Black Panther" is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it.

Russia's Oscar hopeful gains attention as US ties worsen

MOSCOW (AP) — For the second time in four years, Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev is on the shortlist for a foreign-film Oscar, this time for "Loveless," a grueling examination of adults' misguided search for satisfaction and the child who suffers from their disappointment.

Cramming for the Oscars: Where to see best-picture nominees

Here's where to watch the Oscar best-picture nominees:

Weinstein apologizes to Streep, Lawrence for lawyers' words

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence after his lawyers cited them in asking a court to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit.

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Janney thought film acclaim eluded her _ then came 'I Tonya'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy Awards seem like formality when it comes to the best supporting actress category this year.

Tiffany Haddish to host MTV Movie & TV Awards in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish is set to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

New study finds female protagonists decreased in 2017 films

NEW YORK (AP) — While 2017 may have been the year of "Wonder Woman," but a new study finds that female protagonists were down 5 percent in the year's 100 top-grossing films.

Oscars fashion through the years: The great and the puzzling

NEW YORK (AP) — A radiant Grace Kelly glided from her seat, pulling up her long opera gloves, her little evening bag balanced on one arm, as she collected a best actress trophy for "The Country Girl" at the 1955 Academy Awards.

Actor and writer Tracy Letts 'having the time of my life'

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to get Tracy Letts in your movie — and that might be a good idea since he has two up for best picture at the Oscars — you'd better proofread the script before you send it.


Universal launches plans for third 'Jurassic World' film

NEW YORK (AP) — Four months before "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced plans Wednesday for a third installment in the rebooted dinosaur franchise.

Review: 'Annihilation' is a trippy and frightful fantasia

"The Shimmer" is the name given to the mysterious phenomenon that, after a meteor strike, settles along a swampy coastline in Alex Garland's "Annihilation." It's an area enclosed by a fluid, translucent wall bathed in an eerie rainbow glimmer. The Shimmer's steady expansion threatens to swallow surrounding towns, cities and, eventually, everything.

Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker expected at the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker will be at the Academy Awards — or at least the actors who play them onscreen.

'On Body And Soul' hopes to continue Hungary's Oscar streak

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — With two Oscars in the past two years, Hungary's film industry has been on a winning streak. Now the creators behind the movie "On Body And Soul," a surreal love story, are hoping to score a third Academy Award.

'Black Panther' screening halted after woman shouts slur

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a movie theater had to halt a showing of "Black Panther" after a woman yelled a racial slur, upsetting the rest of the audience.

Sally Field busts out old outfits at costume guild awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Wonder Woman's gilded bustier, the spangled skating dresses in "I, Tonya" and the subdued shades of the 1960s as shown in "The Shape of Water" were among the finest costumes of the year, according to the Costume Designers Guild.

Review: Bateman, McAdams anchor lively and fun 'Game Night'

A murder mystery party goes sideways when violent kidnappers arrive before the fake ones in "Game Night ," which seems on the page to be like all the other disappointing action-comedies of late.

Box Office Top 20: 'Black Panther' scores record Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, "Black Panther" has set another box-office record: biggest Monday ever.

Q&A: Yance Ford on race, justice and making Oscar history

NEW YORK (AP) — In the Oscar-nominated documentary "Strong Island," Yance Ford stares back at the camera with profound sorrow and calm resilience.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending February 18, 2018:


Finalists announced for Lukas Book Prize
Blige, Day, Lafourcade, Common among Oscars music performers

Common, Diane Warren

NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

Spanish body apologizes over art exhibit censorship spat
'Fortune Teller' anchors Caravaggio installation in Mexico

'Fortune Teller' anchors Caravaggio installation in Mexico

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
Malaysian rapper's dog video sparks claim of insulting Islam

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Man who admitted Hawaii concert scam wants plea change

Stevie Wonder

The Latest: Hawaii concert scam sentencing postponed

Stevie Wonder

Review: Darlingside sometimes soars on inconsistent album

Review: Darlingside sometimes soars on inconsistent album