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  • Obama, Cooper push for media help in better vet portrayal

    NEW YORK (AP) — The first lady and “American Sniper” star Bradley Cooper are backing a new challenge to TV and film producers to accurately represent U.S. troops who have returned from war and move…

  • Comedian Tig Notaro is star of Sundance doc, host of awards

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Don’t ask comedian Tig Notaro about her approach to hosting the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony. The closing event is Saturday night, but she hasn’t even thought about it. “I…

  • Matt Damon, Ben Affleck admit to Deflategate

    WASHINGTON — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting support from passionate fans — genuine and phony — as Deflategate stretches toward Super Bowl Sunday. Jimmy Kimmel strung together Massachusetts-bred celebrities — including actors Matt…

  • ‘Ida’ takes an unlikely road to the Academy Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pawel Pawlikowski tried to make his film a flop. He shot it in black-and-white, in Polish and without any well-known actors. Commercial prospects were about as grim as the movie’s own…

  • James Franco tries to move beyond “The Interview”

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Almost two months after the hack heard ’round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past “The Interview.” The restless, multi-hyphenate artist has made a noble attempt…

  • Das Loot: Jude Law seeks sunken gold in ‘Black Sea’

    WASHINGTON — Wolfgang Petersen created an all-time movie classic in “Das Boot” (1981). But if you were to examine the plot of Jude Law’s new movie, you might call it “Das Loot.” That’s because “Black…

  • Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one…

  • Convicted drug dealer charged with murder of movie executive

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer was charged Thursday with the murder of a 20th Century Fox executive, who mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago and whose remains were found in a…

  • Kim Kardashian, other celebrities appear in Super Bowl ads

    NEW YORK (AP) — Along with puppies and babies, celebrities are a Super Bowl advertising staple. And this year is no exception. Using stars is a surefire way to grab attention during advertising’s most competitive…

  • Film ‘Red Army’ uses hockey as window into Soviet history

    TORONTO (AP) — Audiences understand early on that “Red Army” is more than just a film about hockey. The documentary features plenty of footage of the Soviet Union’s renowned national team scoring incredible goals, undergoing…

  • Woman accused of recording adult film in university library

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has been accused of recording an adult film in the main campus library at Oregon State University. OSU spokesman Steve Clark says the university learned about the video…

  • Sundance First Look: Pearce, Smulders get rom com ‘Results’

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Andrew Bujalski delivers his most mainstream film to date with “Results,” a heartfelt will-they-or-won’t-they romantic comedy about two very different personal trainers (Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce) working together…

  • Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said. Taiwan’s Central News Agency…

  • First Look: ‘Dope’ is fresh, funny and music-filled

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Punk rock, Bitcoin, ’90s hip-hop, BMX bikes, street thugs and Harvard come together in “Dope,” a wonderfully fresh, thoughtful and music-filled coming-of-age story. Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa (“The Wood”) introduces audiences…

  • ‘Ghostbusters’ cast set with McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones

    NEW YORK (AP) — The “Ghostbusters” reboot has set its all-female leads with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and a pair of “Saturday Night Live” performers. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by posting their pictures…