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Box office reaches new record, but international sales flat

NEW YORK (AP) — The Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that worldwide box-office reached a record $38.6 billion in 2016, though international revenues were essentially stagnant. The MPAA’s annual report showed a global increase of .5 percent in...

Butterbeer ice cream hitting shelves for Harry Potter fans

AP Photo/Jason Redmond ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania ice cream maker is courting Harry Potter fans with a new flavor based on Hogwarts’ favorite drink, “butterbeer.” Yuengling’s Ice Cream notes that J.K. Rowling once described butterbeer as...

The film is 'CHIPS' and 'CHiPs TV fans are poised to hate it

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hardcore “CHiPs” fans hate it and the real California Highway Patrol seems not quite sure what to make of it. But Larry Wilcox, who rode his motorcycle to everlasting fame in the old “CHiPs” TV series, says that for now,...

ABC's Diane Sawyer to interview Caitlyn Jenner again

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News’ Diane Sawyer is reprising her interview with Caitlyn Jenner, with the former Olympic gold medalist slated to talk about her first couple of years of life as a woman. The former Bruce Jenner spoke to Sawyer in a 2015 special that reached 17.1...

Liverpool plans extravaganza for 50 years of 'Sgt. Pepper'

LONDON (AP) — It was 50 years ago today – almost – that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. The English city of Liverpool is getting set to celebrate the half-centenary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” one of the most influential...

Thomas Keller shows off his sleek new French Laundry remodel

AP Photo/Eric Risberg YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America’s most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry. Thomas...

Ukraine bans Russia's entry to Eurovision song contest

AP Photo/Ekaterina Lyzlova MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine’s security service has banned Russia’s contestant from this year’s Eurovision song contest. Russia this month chose 27-year-old singer Yulia Samoylova to represent the country in the May 11-13 contest, which...

Chance the Rapper to play Lollapalooza in Chicago hometown

CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is planning a return to his hometown of Chicago this summer to headline the Lollapalooza music festival. Other headliners announced Wednesday morning on Lollapalooza’s website include The Killers, Lorde, Arcade...

Missed, not missing: Simmons' withdrawal sparks fascination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officially, Richard Simmons is not missing. His publicist, manager, brother and two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department have all said the 68-year-old fitness guru is at his Hollywood Hills mansion and doing fine. Simmons said the same himself...

Chuck Berry's final studio album to be released in June

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chuck Berry’s final studio album will be released on June 16. The album, titled “CHUCK,” was announced in October, five months before the rock pioneer’s death on Saturday at the age of 90. “CHUCK” is Berry’s first...