1 September 2014

Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pics investigation

FILE - In this Sunday, March 2, 2014, file photo, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A publicist for Lawrence says the actress has contacted authorities after nude photos of her were apparently stolen and posted online. Intimate images of the Oscar-winning actress began appearing online on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, and nude images purported to be of other female celebrities were also being circulated online. The source of the leak was not immediately known. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of the Oscar winner online, a publicist for the actress said.


1 September 2014

VENICE WATCH: McDormand hails female stories

Actress Frances McDormand holds the Personal Tribute to Visionary Talent Award she just received at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:


1 September 2014

'Guardians' tops Labor Day, summer box office

FILE - This undated image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy".(AP Photo/Disney - Marvel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The intergalactic misfits of "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the summer's box-office superheroes.


1 September 2014

Kanye, Juanes enliven LA's Made in America fest

Juanes performs on stage during the Made In America Festival at Grand Park on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city's diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music. Kanye West, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Rise Against, John Mayer and Juanes were among Sunday's performers.


1 September 2014

David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News'

In this Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 photo provided by ABC, Diane Sawyer, left, signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of "World News," with new anchor, David Muir, right, looking on in New York. Among the stories Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor in early September, is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.


1 September 2014

Muscular dystrophy fundraiser raises $52 million

CHICAGO (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast annual telethon has raised about $52.3 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend.

1 September 2014

Barnes, Heigl in tune in romance 'Jackie and Ryan'

Director Ami Canaan Mann poses for photographers during the photo call for the movie Jackie and Ryan at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VENICE, Italy (AP) — "Jackie and Ryan" takes viewers into an America of tough times, train-hopping and old-time fiddle music.


1 September 2014

Chinese director Jiang Wen launches latest movie

BEIJING (AP) — Hoping for maximum publicity, Chinese director Jiang Wen launched his latest movie at an event Monday — more than three months before it is due to open in cinemas.

1 September 2014

Placido Domingo closing act at London festival

LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.

31 August 2014

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

In this image made from an undated cartoon broadcast on state-run al-Iraqiya TV in Iraq, a cartoon character portrayed as a member or a supporter of the Islamic State group sings a song. Television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claim of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting their battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic group and chips away at the fear some have that they are unstoppable. The Arabic writing on the flag reads, "One Arab nation," top, and "Having an eternal message." "ISIS" on the cartoon character's head cover is the outdated acronym of the group. (AP Photo/al-Iraqiya)BAGHDAD (AP) — The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.


13 August 2014

NYC subway performers: We're being over-policed

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses.

13 August 2014

Players go for the Scrabble title in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The world's best Scrabble players are squaring off for the title of Scrabble champion, with the winner to be crowned in Buffalo.

13 August 2014

Vibe of Graceland Too changes after owner's death

Vernon Chadwick of Oxford, points out the haircut of the late Paul MacLeod, an Elvis-obsessed man who turned his eclectic collection of photos, records, albums and knick-knacks into a museum at his antebellum home named Graceland Too, honoring Presley, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in Holly Springs, Miss. Several of MacLeod's friends gave tours to visitors at the museum-home. MacLeod's memorial takes place the week that fans commemorate the anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977 at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Elvis Presley-congested rooms of a north Mississippi roadside museum are missing their kinetic buzz since owner Paul MacLeod left the building.


13 August 2014

Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. According to two people directly involved with the case, Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges in his January arrest in South Florida after what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. The two people told The Associated Press Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that the 20-year-old pop star would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a charitable donation. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept., File)MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race, two people involved in the case told The Associated Press.


13 August 2014

On 'Tonight Show,' Fallon pays tribute to Williams

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Robin Williams on the "Tonight Show," where the late comic made many memorable, seldom-seated appearances.


13 August 2014

Did Kimye baby North West say mama or dada 1st?

FILE - Kim Kardashian and U.S rap singer Kanye West arrive at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 file photo. Recently, Kardashian West spoke about baby North, the success of her online game, her upcoming book of selfies and how motherhood has emboldened her. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Recently Kim Kardashian West sent her stepfather Bruce Jenner a text because of something she read online.


12 August 2014

Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.


12 August 2014

Lauren Bacall, a screen goddess of the shadows

FILE - This May 1945 file photo shows actor Humphrey Bogart, left, with his wife actress Lauren Bacall. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "Anybody got a match?" was Lauren Bacall's first line, in Howard Hawks "To Have and Have Not," and, ever since, captive moviegoers have been desperately fumbling for a light.


12 August 2014

That look, and that voice: Bacall's best roles

FILE - This Oct. 12, 1955 file photo shows actors Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife, Lauren Bacall at the premiere of "The Desperate Hours," in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, FIle)Lauren Bacall had the look — cool and mysterious — and she had the sound, courtesy of that irresistibly low and throaty voice.


12 August 2014

AP sources: Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla. case

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. According to two people directly involved with the case, Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges in his January arrest in South Florida after what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. The two people told The Associated Press Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that the 20-year-old pop star would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a charitable donation. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept., File)MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges stemming from his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street drag race, two people directly involved in the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday.