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Sunday, December 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

The Walt Disney Co. said "The Force Awakens" crossed the billion-dollar mark Sunday, accomplishing the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal's "Jurassic World," which did it in 13 days in June. "Jurassic World" also had the benefit of record grosses in China. "The Force Awakens" doesn't open in the world's second-largest movie market until Jan. 9.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections.

Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas.

Friday, December 11, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen fans are charging up their electronic devices and waiting by their computers.

Tickets for Springsteen's 9-week U.S. tour go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. EST Friday.

Springsteen's River Tour with the E Street Band starts Jan. 16 in Pittsburgh.

Springsteen will play 24 dates, including Newark's Prudential Center, Madison Square Garden in New York and Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

The tour ends on March 17 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

“Brooklyn” is an enjoyable, uplifting and entertaining film that can be recommended for its wonderful screenplay and impressive performance by Saoirse Ronan (Oscar supporting actress nominee, “Atonement,” 2007) as Ellis, an Irish immigrant who immigrates in 1952 to Brooklyn, where she’s torn between a life with a new boyfriend and her old life back home.

Friday, December 4, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Scott Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48.

The singer's manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the death to The Associated Press early Friday morning. Vitorino said he learned of Weiland's death from his tour manager. He did not provide further details but referenced a statement on Weiland's Facebook page.

The statement said Weiland, who was dogged by substance abuse problems throughout his career, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Monday, October 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is going on a diet again, but this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.

Weight Watchers said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company.

The deal is already paying off: Weight Watchers shares nearly doubled after the partnership was announced.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The films of director Noah Baumbach are an acquired taste. The acting of Greta Gerwig is an acquired taste. Collaboratively, their latest film, “Mistress America,” which they co-wrote, is really an acquired taste.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Irrational Man" is an odd movie title that doesn't make much sense until you've seen the film.

While the title is not one of the more memorable film titles, it makes sense symbolically.

That's because "Irrational Man" writer-director Woody Allen isn't only talking about the protagonist, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a college philosophy professor, but rather the family of man with Abe as the stand-in.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the 2015 summer movie season's most thrilling action film, in no small part because of Tom Cruise's stunts, starting with the opening scene, one you may have seen in part online or in previews, where Cruise hangs on the outside of a military transport aircraft.

Even though making-of footage depicts Cruise in a harness, that is him outside the plane. There were said to be no computer-generated effects for this scene, one that Cruise and others have said required eight takes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Camryn Manheim is joining the Deaf West Theatre production of "Spring Awakening" on Broadway.

Producers said Monday that Manheim will play several female roles in the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a dozen young people discovering their sexual identities. The revival is choreographed by Spencer Liff, directed by Michael Arden and will feature a cast of 28 that blends hearing and deaf performers.

Previews begin Sept. 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and will be performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language. Tickets are now on sale.