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Matthew Perry died from the effects of ketamine, autopsy report says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew Perry died from the acute effects of the anesthetic ketamine, according to the results of an autopsy on the 54-year-old "Friends" actor released Friday. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner said in the auto...

 

AI is the wild card in Hollywood's strikes. Here's an explanation of its unsettling role

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Artificial intelligence has surged to the forefront of Hollywood's labor fights. Standing alongside more traditional disputes over pay models, benefits and job protections, AI technology is the wild card in the contract breakdowns...

 

What residuals are - and why Hollywood actors and writers are striking over them

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The residuals are out there," read a picket sign held by actor David Duchovny, echoing the tagline of his TV series, "The X Files." Residuals are a central issue of the current simultaneous strikes of Hollywood actors and s...

 

Hollywood actors join screenwriters in historic industry-stopping strike as contract talks collapse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaders of a Hollywood's actors union voted Thursday to join screenwriters in the first joint strike in more than six decades, shutting down production across the entertainment industry after talks for a new contract with s...

 

Hollywood's actors may join its writers on strike. Here's why

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood actors may be on the verge of joining screenwriters in what would be the first two-union strike in the industry in more than six decades, with huge consequences for film and television production. Here is a look at how i...

 

Harvey Weinstein gets 16 more years for rape, sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Thursday sentenced Harvey Weinstein to 16 more years in prison after a jury convicted him of the rape and sexual assault of an Italian actor and model, furthering the fall of the onetime movie magnate who bec...

 

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in Los Angeles trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a month-long trial and nine days of deliberations, Los Angeles jurors on Monday found Harvey Weinstein guilty of the rape and sexual assault of just one of the four accusers he was charged with abusing. But the three g...

 

Jury begins deliberations in Harvey Weinstein rape trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Friday in the Los Angeles rape and sexual assault trial of Harvey Weinstein, after a final push from the prosecution. "You have irrefutable, overwhelming evidence of the nature of this man, and what he d...

 

Judge drops 4 of 11 counts against Harvey Weinstein at trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The judge at the Los Angeles trial of Harvey Weinstein dropped four of the 11 sexual assault charges against the movie mogul Tuesday after prosecutors said they would not proceed with the counts involving one of his accusers. S...

 

Jennifer Siebel Newsom takes stand at Harvey Weinstein trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, burst into tears a few minutes into her testimony Monday when asked to identify Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand at his trial. Sie...

 

Tony Dow, big brother Wally on 'Leave it to Beaver,' dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Dow, who as Wally Cleaver on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" helped create the popular and lasting image of the American teenager of the 1950s and 60s, died Wednesday. He was 77. Frank Bilotta, who represented Dow in his w...

 

Britney freed: Judge dissolves Spears' conservatorship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears is free. A Los Angeles judge on Friday ended the conservatorship that has controlled the pop singer's life and money for nearly 14 years. The decision capped a stunning odyssey that saw Spears publicly demand the e...

 

Strike dodged with deal between film and TV crews, studios

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S...

 

Judge suspends Britney Spears' father from conservatorship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a major victory for Britney Spears, a judge on Wednesday suspended the singer's father from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years, saying the arrangement "reflects a toxic environment." Los A...

 

Current events push 'Black Panther,' Fox News to big ratings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A special airing of "Black Panther" in the wake of the death of star Chadwick Boseman was a bright spot for the broadcast networks in a ratings week otherwise utterly dominated by Fox News Channel's coverage of the Republican N...

 

Jolie seeks removal of private judge in Pitt divorce case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt's attorneys. In a filing in L...

 

'Glee' star Naya Rivera believed drowned in California lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities said Thursday that they believe "Glee" star Naya Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. "Investigators b...

 

Union files complaint against NBC, 'America's Got Talent'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday with the state of California against NBC and the producers of "America's Got Talent," the latest move in a fight over her allegations that she was fired for objecting to an on-set e...

 

Box office goes 'Sonic' again but hears 'Call of the Wild'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office. "Sonic: The Hedgehog" zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of $26.3 million in its second weekend while audiences ignored critics and heeded "The Call of t...

 

'Frozen 2' ices competition again with record Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Frozen 2" kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty. Disney's ice princess sequel brought in $85.3 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend and e...

 

Chris Brown holds high-end yard sale at his Los Angeles home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown held a high-end yard sale Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, with hundreds of fans, gawkers and bargain-seekers waiting for hours to try to get a piece of the singer's stuff. Brown posted a flyer on his Instagram and T...

 

3 charged with providing drugs that killed rapper Mac Miller

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three men arrested during the investigation into rapper Mac Miller’s deadly overdose last year have now been charged with providing the drugs that killed him, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. A grand jury indictment that was uns...

 

'Easy Rider' star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died. His family said in a statement that Fonda died Friday...

 

Defense suggests different suspect in serial killing trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with killing two women and attempting to kill a third in Southern California told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday that actor Ashton Kutcher's testimony helps point to a different suspect. A...

 

Katy Perry, others must pay $2.78M for copying song

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a Christian rap song, a jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus G...

 

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