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‘Elvis,’ ‘Top Gun’ tie for box office crown with $30.5M each

NEW YORK (AP) — Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters. Final figures Monday, once Sunday’s grosses are tabulated, will sort out…

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Mishael Morgan is 1st Black lead winner at Daytime Emmys

BETH HARRIS Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Mishael Morgan of “The Young and the Restless” won as lead drama actress, becoming the first Black actor to win in a lead category at the Daytime Emmys on Friday night. Morgan was previously nominated in the supporting category. The 35-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago plays Amanda…

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John Williams, 90, steps away from film, but not music

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than six decades of making bicycles soar, sending panicked swimmers to the shore and other spellbinding close encounters, John Williams is putting the final notes on what may be his last film score. “At the moment I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ which Harrison Ford — who’s quite a…

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Get your hands dirty with these ticky, smoky ribs

Lynda Balslev Nothing says summer more than a platter of ribs hot off the grill. Experts say the key to good barbecue is the sauce. I will add that a spice rub is equally important. A dry rub infuses an extra layer of sweet and spicy flavor into the ribs while they cook. And if…

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Review: ‘The House on the Lake’ is a wild, improbable ride

BRUCE DESILVA Associated Press “The House Across the Lake” by Riley Sager (Dutton) Casey Fletcher and her husband Len bought a cottage on a remote lake in Vermont as a getaway from their hectic life in New York City. But after he drowned there, Casey chose to anesthetize her pain with alcohol. As Riley Sager’s…

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Review: ‘Cabin Fever’ captures the horror of COVID cruise

ROB MERRILL Associated Press “Cabin Fever: The Harrowing Journey of a Cruise Ship at the Dawn of a Pandemic” by Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin (Doubleday) Imagine stepping off a dock in Buenos Aires in early March 2020 to board a ship with 1,242 fellow passengers and 586 crew members for a cruise around the…

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Daytime Emmys return to live, in-person show, ‘Y&R’ tops noms

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After two years of real-life drama and isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the stars and shows of daytime television are gathering in person to hand out trophies at the Daytime Emmys. Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight” host the awards, which return to a full-capacity live ceremony at…

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Broadway’s ‘MJ’ gets box office bump after Tony Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — “MJ,” the hit-filled Broadway musical about the King of Pop, got a huge bump at the box office after nabbing four Tony Awards and getting valuable exposure in front of millions during its electric telecast performance. The Michael Jackson show may have lost the best new musical crown to “A Strange…

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James Rado, who co-created groundbreaking ‘Hair,’ dies at 90

MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — James Rado, co-creator of the groundbreaking hippie musical “Hair,” which celebrated protest, pot and free love and paved the way for the sound of rock on Broadway, has died. He was 90. Rado died Tuesday night in New York City of cardio respiratory arrest, according to…

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‘Elvis’ and Austin Butler feel the temperature rising

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer On the day of Austin Butler’s final screen test for “Elvis,” director Baz Luhrmann threw everything at him. Butler had spent five months building up to that moment, workshopping the role with Luhrmann, doing hair and make-up tests, rehearsing the songs. Against the odds, Butler had emerged as the…

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