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Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space


BERLIN (AP) — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart.


Margaret Thatcher's spouse not happy about McCartney invite


LONDON (AP) — Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig. But that wasn't the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street.


An excited, energetic Taylor Swift brings tour to MetLife


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Swift brought her explosive Reputation Tour to the MetLife Stadium on Friday and will make history as the first female artist to play three consecutive shows at the venue when she performs Saturday and…


Comic-Con gets a look at gritty Spider-Man spinoff 'Venom'


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Director Ruben Fleischer says that there aren't really any heroes in the superhero movie "Venom," who is a grittier, more violent and more complicated character than his Marvel brethren.


Migos' Offset arrested on felony gun charges in Georgia


JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta.


M. Night Shyamalan debuts 'Glass' trailer at Comic-Con


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Director M. Night Shyamalan says he could have launched the trailer for "Glass" in front of the summer's biggest movies in theaters, but that he wanted to hold it for Comic-Con.

Seeking to protect boys, Thailand wants control over films


BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government, saying it is concerned filmmakers and media may take advantage of the young soccer boys who were rescued from a flooded cave, wants to control how movies portray their ordeal and heroic rescue.

Jamie Lee Curtis hugs an emotional 'Halloween' fan


SAN DIEGO (AP) — In Comic-Con's Hall H, the massive room that holds the highest profile presentations and hosts the biggest movie and television stars, there is still a strict division between the actors on stage and those in the audience.…


Film Review: Cartoon 'Teen Titans' goof across DC universe


When it comes to superhero movies, there's a perception that you've got to choose between DC's gritty, dour offerings or Marvel's winking humor. But five cartoon wannabe heroes armed with fart jokes are trying to change that.


Netflix unveils first 8 Shonda Rhimes projects for platform


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shonda Rhimes's first slate of shows for Netflix includes a look at the migration of African-Americans from the Jim Crow South, romance among wealthy 19th century Londoners and a documentary on Debbie Allen's reimagining…


Milwaukee officials invite Jay-Z to bring festival to city


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials are inviting Jay-Z to bring his Made In America music festival to the city next year because Philadelphia no longer wants the event at a location it has been held since 2012.

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Director James Gunn fired from 'Guardians 3' over old tweets

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gunn was fired Friday as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

Coates leaves The Atlantic, where he rose to prominence


NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving his job as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he rose to prominence over the past decade.

Fox News says Guilfoyle leaving; may join Trump super PAC


NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says host Kimberly Guilfoyle is leaving the network, amid reports that she's about to take on a new role with a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump's agenda.


Pop artist Robert Indiana's cause of death 'undetermined'


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of pop artist Robert Indiana's death, but the death was not deemed suspicious, a spokesman said on Friday.


David Spade: Family coming together after Kate Spade's death


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just a month after funeral services for his sister-in-law, comic-actor David Spade was back to business, promoting his new movie. But he also offered a few words about his family tragedy.

Smithsonian gallery explores diversity in US lynchings


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery acknowledges that people of color have long been missing in the works it exhibits.


Parents wait by the phone hoping immigrant kids will call


NEW YORK (AP) — An immigrant father from Guatemala dotes over his despondent teenage daughter during a weekly 10-minute phone call, while other parents wait weeks for the phone to ring.

Robin Williams artworks, memorabilia to be auctioned


NEW YORK (AP) — Artworks owned by Robin Williams and memorabilia from his career including autographed scripts, awards and props will be auctioned in the fall.


Review: City Ballet presents varied program of SPAC premieres


SARATOGA SPRINGS – We've come to expect a lot from Justin Peck, New York City Ballet's resident choreographer, which is why his work can feel a little disappointing even when it's perfectly good. We want him to break ground all the time,…

Statue honoring Chris Cornell to be erected in Seattle


SEATTLE (AP) — The late grunge pioneer Chris Cornell will be remembered in the city where he was born.

With singer Mary Gauthier, military veterans find a voice


NEW YORK (AP) — There's a date on Josh Geartz's calendar that the former U.S. Army sergeant has been looking forward to for quite some time.


A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of 'Blindspotting'


NEW YORK (AP) — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails.


Mark Wahlberg buying auto dealership in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mark Wahlberg wants you to see the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet.


Widower wins court battle for estate of 'Thorn Birds' author


SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled on Friday that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle.


Rowdy fans tarnish Stage 12 victory for Thomas


One of cycling's big attractions is that fans don't have to pay to watch — and they can get as close as they want to the riders.

Shooting sports offer kids choices


I was recently working on a project and came across photos of my brother and me during our competitive archery days. There were pictures of us with Tom Jennings, plus one of when we got to meet Fred Bear, from the National Field Archery…


Paramount fires its top television executive over comments


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paramount says it has fired the head of its television division for making unspecified comments that drew complaints from employees.


Walter White may appear in 'Better Call Saul,' creator says


SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Breaking Bad" is gone, but Walter White may be coming back to television.

Big move for Big Bird: Sesame Street is entering classrooms


SEATTLE (AP) — Sesame Street is taking its beloved, critically acclaimed brand of educational television into the highly profitable world of classroom curriculum — a move that experts say could open the door for other companies to move…