From ‘Civil War’ to ‘Star Trek,’ a list of the summer movies

Hollywood’s 2015 summer was its second biggest ever, with nearly $4.8 billion in box office. Here are the blockbusters that will hope to match that total, as well as some other notable releases coming in the next four months: MAY “A Bigger Splash” (May 4)...

Underdogs in summer movies include originality, opportunity

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood’s summer, which kicks off with the fittingly combative “Captain America: Civil War,” will be a season of struggle: for box office, for originality and for opportunity. More than ever, the big tent of summer moviegoing is held up...

Graham Nash looks back wistfully on a storied music career

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Graham Nash, “This Path Tonight” (Blue Castle Label/ADA) In the cover photo for “This Path Tonight,” his first new solo album in 14 years, Graham Nash stands at the beginning of a wooded trail receding into the distance. It...

Art Project: Pigeon flock to illuminate NYC skyline

NEW YORK (AP) — An acrobatic display by a flock of homing pigeons could give a whole new meaning to the words “performance art.” About 2,000 homing pigeons will illuminate New York City’s night sky in a project by Brooklyn-based artist Duke Riley. The...

‘Be Here Now’ film follows ‘Spartacus’ star’s cancer fight

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Whitfield found himself on the fast track in Hollywood in 2010, thanks to a starring role in the Starz series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Then he was diagnosed with cancer. He attacked the disease with the same tenacity he brought to the...

Toby Keith reflects on Merle Haggard ahead of tribute

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Toby Keith said it was always a thrill to perform with Merle Haggard, whether it was playing together for fun or helping Haggard finish one of his last shows before his death at age 79. The “Beer for My Horses”...

Sam Mendes to head jury at Venice Film Festival

AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell MILAN (AP) — Organizers of the Venice Film Festival say Oscar-winning British director Sam Mendes will head the jury that will choose winners in this year’s competition. In announcing Mendes’ appointment Wednesday, organizers said the...

Kitten stars of ‘Keanu’ destined for posh Hollywood futures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anyone who’s spent time with a cat might agree with filmmaker Peter Atencio when he says cats are the “15-year-olds of the animal kingdom.” Dogs are eager to please their owners. Cats couldn’t care less. But the kittens that play...

Punk mainstays NOFX add best-selling book to achievements

AP Photo/Erik Schelzig NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Punk rock mainstays NOFX have been defying music industry trends for three decades. Now its members can add a new achievement to their unlikely success story: Best-selling authors. The collaborative autobiography...

Melissa Etheridge, Priscilla Renea share songwriting secrets

HIDDEN HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Melissa Etheridge and songwriter Priscilla Renea had never met before sitting down to discuss their craft, and within an hour, they were spontaneously harmonizing together. Etheridge plucked a guitar from the wall of electrics and acoustics...