• 'Family Guy' creator to sing with Boston Pops opening night

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    BOSTON (AP) — "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is helping the Boston Pops kick off its spring concert series. The 42-year-old actor and filmmaker will be the orchestra's opening night guest on Friday. He'll be singing a selection of popular songs from the 1940s and 1950s, according to the ensemble. The New England native is no stranger to the orchestra: He also appeared with them over the summer. MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1885, the Boston Pops consists of musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and generally plays popular music.

  • 'Jungle Book' rules box office again; 'Civil War' looms

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas. Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42.4 million in its third week at North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. One of the year's biggest hits, "The Jungle Book" has now totaled $684.8 million globally. The weekend's debuts withered under the stampede of "The Jungle Book." Keegen-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's feline action-comedy "Keanu" opened with a modest $9.4 million. That was a whisker behind "The Huntsman: Winter's War," which l

  • Crew films American Indian, Lewis and Clark expedition re-enactors for revamped Arch museum

    Yesterday

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY • Amid the ongoing massive overhaul of the Gateway Arch grounds, another part of the project got underway Friday further west. A movie crew captured shots of re-enactors portraying a late-1700’s American Indian hunting scene in a rustic area near Weldon Spring for use in the Arch’s revamped Museum of Westward Expansion. On Saturday, the crew was a few miles south, filming men portraying members of the Lewis and Clark expedition on a replica keelboat on the Missouri River. The scenes shot this weekend will be displayed on 9-foot-tall video screens that museum visitors will encounter as they enter. Scenes taken previously in Wyoming and Colorado also will be featured in the entrance area, to be ca

  • Summer movie season begins with eagerly awaited 'Civil War' Friday

    Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Anyone who enjoys movies already knows that this year’s hottest summer movie might be its very first May release: Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” arriving Friday. Then again, it was not that long ago that “Batman v Superman” emerged a stinker. So all we really know is that the summer season could begin with a hit or a disappointment. As for the “Civil War,” already being asked is who is on Team Cap and Team Iron, siding with Captain America or Iron Man? Have you been cheating, wanting to learn in advance which of Marvel’s superheroes meet their doom and which survive, or are you threatening friends in-the-know, warning them not to reveal spoilers. We just thought ticket sales records had been se

  • Obama out: President takes last shots at official Washington

    Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy. "Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe," Obama cracked at the White House Correspondents' dinner Saturday night. "That was a slap in the face." Obama drew plenty of laughs with his barbed remarks to a ballroom filled with journalists, politicians, and movie and television stars. It was his eighth appearance at the event and his last as president. "If this material works well, I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year," Obama said. "Earn me some serious Tubmans." The president waxed nostalgic at times. "Eight years ago I said it was time to c

  • The Spirituality of Snoopy

    By JONATHAN MERRITT, The Atlantic | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work.

  • Cowabunga! Ninja Turtles are official NYC ambassadors

    Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cowabunga, dudes! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are New York City's official family ambassadors for 2016. The city's tourism agency, NYC & Company, has announced that the sewer-dwelling reptiles will star in ads to encourage families to explore New York. Agency CEO Fred Dixon says the turtles are "the perfect guides to help families discover the vibrancy and excitement throughout the five boroughs." The crime-fighting ninja turtles — Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael — started out in comic books in the 1980s before branching out to TV and film. The latest movie came out in 2014 and a sequel is set for release in June. They succeed Dora the Explorer, who served as last year's am

  • How comic book movies are making comic books worse

    Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    This year, the Marvel/Disney movie “Captain America: Civil War,” which opens Friday, takes the coveted spot of Superhero Movie That Kicks Off Blockbuster Season. Which could also be known as A Good Time To Be Reminded That Superhero Comics Are Now Way Too Much Like Movies. I am not going to complain about superhero movies as movies. I don’t care that once colorful costumes are forced to be muted and dark and tough-looking on human actors (“Batman v Superman,” the black leather X-Men).

  • Mizzou notes: Anderson's rebuilt Tigers still taking shape

    Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    COLUMBIA, MO. • Kim Anderson will welcome at least five newcomers to Missouri’s men’s basketball team the first week of June, but the Tigers aren’t done recruiting for the current incoming class. Anderson isn’t sure how he’ll use his two available scholarships for the 2016-17 season — or if he’ll use them at all. Sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant’s decision to leave the team and transfer has Anderson looking for a frontcourt player in the final weeks of the spring singing period. “We need a big guy, but I don’t want to take somebody just to be taking them,” Anderson said Friday after a public screening of the new ESPN documentary on former Mizzou coach Norm Stewart. “We’re trying to evaluate. We coul

  • Hawaii selects businesses for medical pot but excludes actor

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii selected eight businesses Friday to open medical marijuana dispensaries — but not one owned by Woody Harrelson. The actor was among nearly 60 Hawaii residents who applied in January to open the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries. Dispensaries can open as soon as July 15. Ina Treciokas, a spokesperson for Harrelson, said there was no comment on the selection announcement. A four-member panel reviewed nearly 66 applications to open dispensaries based on criteria including companies' proof of financial stability, ability to comply with security requirements and being able to meet patient needs.

  • 'Maze Runner' shoot delayed further due to star's injuries

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Principal photography on "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has been further delayed to allow star Dylan O'Brien more time to recover from injuries he suffered during the shoot in mid-March. 20th Century Fox said in a statement Friday that it looks forward to restarting production as soon as possible. O'Brien stars in the dystopian sci-fi franchise based on author James Dashner's novels. He was filming the third and final installment in the series in British Columbia when he was injured. A rep for the actor confirmed that the 24-year-old is recovering. Fox did not comment on whether or not the delay would impact the film's planned February 2017 release. O'Brien is also known for his role on T

  • Movie review: ‘Hockney’ probes what makes the artist tick

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    How did David Hockney, born and raised in working-class Yorkshire, become perhaps the modern painter most associated with Los Angeles? The lively, affectionate documentary “Hockney” doesn’t necessarily answer that question, but it provides entertaining glimpses of the man just the same. As directed by Randall Wright, who did a previous film on fellow British artist Lucien Freud, “Hockney” is less interested in providing a conventional top-to-bottom narrative than in capturing a sense of who Hockney is and what is important to him.

  • BRIEF: Colorado Springs churches to offer free screenings of popular movie to celebrate National Day of Prayer

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    To celebrate National Day of Prayer on May 5, faith-based retailer Family Christian is partnering with churches across the country to present free screenings of the movie "War Room" on Saturday. The 2015 Christian drama follows a family struggling to stay together and on track in life and faith after a series of challenges. Despite the hardships, the family learns to find strength through prayer. Created by faith-based production team Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the sleeper hit was, for a time, the top box office draw in America; the DVD has logged record sales. Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., will show the film at 11:30 a.m. and Academy Christian Church, 1635 Old Ranch Road, has showings scheduled for 2 p

  • Hot Property: ‘Thor’s’ Chris Hemsworth keeps the myth alive in Malibu

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Actors Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, who call Australia home, have swung a pair of deals in Malibu, selling their house for $7 million and buying another property nearby for $3.45 million. On the sale side, the couple saw a solid return on investment in the deal for their Point Dume-area home. The renovated Victorian formerly owned by Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski fetched $500,000 over the asking price, or $2.2 million more than what Hemsworth and Pataky paid for it three years ago: $4.8 million. Set behind gates on a full acre, the 6,800-square-foot home has an updated kitchen, a library and an atrium. Front-facing windows and wide verandas take in ocean views. Five bedrooms and six bathrooms reside

  • Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan film, says spokesman

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family backlash. The script for "Reagan" had been described in a Variety report as a political satire about the president falling into dementia at the start of his second term. Reagan's children Michael Reagan and Patti Davis, as well as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, issued statements against the idea of a film portraying dementia and Alzheimer's in a comedic fashion. Ferrell's spokesman said that "Reagan" is "by no mean

  • Andrew McCarthy is downright creepy in ABC's 'The Family'

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew McCarthy has been recognized in some pretty odd places. He was there when the Berlin Wall came down and was singled out by an East German guard as he tried to take a piece of the wall as a souvenir. "It was chaos and these East German guards were pushing people back and this guard just looked at me, 'You.' I'm just like, 'Everybody else is taking it, too!' He said, 'Catholic Boys,' which is a movie I did." And he says his 1989 film, "Weekend at Bernie's," seems to be everywhere. For someone so recognizable, McCarthy, also known for roles in films like "St. Elmo's Fire," ''Pretty in Pink," ''Less Than Zero" and "Mannequin," has spent most of his time working behind the camera as a director.

  • From 'Civil War' to 'Star Trek,' a list of the summer movies

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Hollywood's 2015 summer was its second biggest ever, with nearly $4.8 billion in box office.

  • Pullman's 'Independence Day' call-to-arms lives on

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Thomas J. Whitmore, famed speech-maker and defender of the planet from aliens, has the kind of poll numbers Hillary or Donald dream about. In "Independence Day: Resurgence," Bill Pullman will reprise his much loved president from the 1996 original. His Whitmore was a relatively small piece of the movie, which featured other attractions like Will Smith punching an alien. But his rallying call-to-arms had an outsized impact amid the CGI spectacle. Pullman's full-throated pre-battle speech ("Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!") is like the popcorn-movie answer to the St. Crispin's Day speech of "Henry V.

  • Film Will Ferrell

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, Will Ferrell attends the world premiere of "Zoolander 2" in New York. Ferrell is not pursuing a comedic film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday, April 29. The actor had read and considered the script for “Reagan” but had never committed to developing or starring in the film, which has elicited some strong internet backlash due to its controversial subject.

  • Who you gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' is back in business

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, the quest for another "Ghostbusters" movie was as elusive as an ectoplasmic phantom. Various iterations for a third "Ghostbusters" movie cycled through countless rumors and possibilities that had one thing in common: Bill Murray just didn't want to do another one. Eventually, the proton pack was passed to Paul Feig, the "Freaks and Geeks" creator turned de facto filmmaker of female comics ("Bridesmaids," ''Spy"). Amy Pascal, then-Sony Pictures chief, convinced Feig to take on a reboot of the 1980s comedy franchise. "I was like: OK, how would I do it? I don't want to compete with the memory of those guys, but if I got the funny women that I love working with, that, to me, I have ideas with,




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