A 'Romeo and Juliet' movie that celebrates theatrical roots

NEW YORK (AP) - The cast appears at first chatting amiably as they enter a theater. They're in street clothes - hoodies, sneakers and backpacks. They seem blissfully unaware that not all will survive the next hour or so.

ACM Awards hits record low ratings, join the ceremony slump

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Academy of County Music honors drew a record-low audience, joining other awards shows also finding dwindling viewer interest.

Scott Rudin says he will 'step back' from film projects also

NEW YORK (AP) - Scott Rudin says he's "stepping back" from film and streaming projects, along with his Broadway productions, as the fallout continued for one of the entertainment industry's most powerful and prolific producers following renewed accusations of bullying.

Searchlight Pictures chairs Nancy Utley, Steve Gilula retire

Veteran film executives Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula who in their two decades at Searchlight Pictures oversaw the releases of major hits including "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" are retiring.

Oscar predictions: Can anything beat 'Nomadland'?

Ahead of Sunday's 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that is forging on in the midst of the pandemic.

Oscar Predictions: Can anything beat 'Nomadland'?

Ahead of Sunday's 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that is forging on in the midst of the pandemic.

New this week: 'Stowaway,' 'Rutherford Falls' and the Oscars

Here's a collection curated by The Associated Press' entertainment journalists of what's arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.

Review: An odd surrogate friendship in 'Together Together'

The new film " Together Together " has a great premise: A single, straight man wants to be a father and decides to hire a surrogate to help. It's fertile territory that has been fairly unexplored in popular art and brings with it a host of built in dramatic and comedic opportunities, especially with someone like Ed Helms leading the cast.

Leo Carax's 'Annette' to open Cannes Film Festival

Leo Carax's "Annette," starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, will open the 74th Cannes Film Festival on July 6, festival organizers said Monday.

'Downton Abbey' cast returns for sequel opening in December

NEW YORK (AP) - The original principal cast of "Downton Abbey" are returning for a second film that will arrive in theaters December 22 this year, Focus Features announced Monday.

'Mad Max' prequel shot in Outback to be released in 2023

SYDNEY (AP) - A prequel to the "Mad Max" movie franchise starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth will be filmed in Australia, officials said on Monday.

2 documentaries up for Oscars tell stories of nonagenarians

The Oscar isn't the only one celebrating its 93rd trip around the sun at the Academy Awards ceremony this year. The shorts category features two documentaries, " A Concerto is a Conversation " and " Colette," about fellow nonagenarians who have led extraordinary and extraordinarily different lives.

Viola Davis is named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Viola Davis was named Woman of the Year on Friday by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

'In the Heights' to open Tribeca Film Festival in June

NEW YORK (AP) - The big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9, two days before the film opens in theaters and begins streaming.

Oscar-nominated Romanian film reveals health care failings

BUCHAREST (AP) - Seeing the day that her life changed forever played out on a big screen was an emotional moment for Tedy Ursuleanu.

12-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren hopes for 'awesome' win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For a dozen and more reasons, Diane Warren would be overjoyed to win a best original song Oscar for her work in "The Life Ahead" starring Sophia Loren.

Venice Film gives lifetime achievement to Roberto Benigni

ROME (AP) - The Venice Film Festival said Thursday it will give its lifetime achievement award this year to Oscar-winning director and actor Roberto Benigni.

Gucci heirs worry over family depiction in Ridley Scott film

MILAN (AP) - The great-grandchildren of Guccio Gucci, who founded the luxury fashion house that bears his name a century ago in Florence, are appealing to filmmaker Ridley Scott to respect their family's legacy in a new film that focuses on a sensational murder.

Disabled nominees hope their Oscar moment becomes a movement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Right down to its production design, the Oscars have not always felt like the most welcoming place for people with disabilities.

Rapper Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

New York (AP) - Mystikal, convicted almost two decades ago of sexual battery and recently cleared of a second allegation of rape and kidnapping, acknowledges his past puts him in a "horrible fraternity." But the rapper says he's ready to move on from the sexually-charged songs of his past and is seeing his career rekindle.


A 'Romeo and Juliet' movie that celebrates theatrical roots

This image released by PBS shows Jessie Buckley, left, and Josh O'Connor from Great Performances'

Arkansas to honor country legend Johnny Cash with holiday
Greta Thunberg docuseries amplifies her climate change fight

This image released by PBS shows Greta Thunberg, the subject of the docuseries

Queen thankful for 'support, kindness' after Philip's death

Postcards with pictures of Queen Elizabeth II for sale in Windsor, England Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 95th birthday in a low-key fashion at Windsor Castle, just days after the funeral of her husband Prince Philip. Some members of the royal family are expected to be with the queen on Wednesday. Her birthday falls within the two-week royal mourning period for Philip that is being observed until Friday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Publisher pauses release of new Philip Roth biography
Legendary Mexican crooner José José dies from cancer
Family: Eddie Money, 'Two Tickets to Paradise' singer, dies
Spotify adding parental controls to Family plan

Spotify adding parental controls to Family plan

Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary

FILE - This March 5, 2009 file photo shows Michael Jackson as he announces ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in south London.

Blink-182, Lil Wayne to take the stage at Darien Lake