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'The Last Jedi' seeks balance in a 'Star Wars' galaxy in tumult

LOS ANGELES - Light faces dark, old faces new and there's a struggle to find a balance in the Force when "Star Wars" returns with "The Last Jedi," the sequel that places Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia at the center of an emotional adventure.

British princes join Jedi knights at 'Star Wars' premiere in London

LONDON - Britain's Princes William and Harry joined the cast of the new film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in which the royal brothers both play small roles, on the red carpet at the film's European premiere in London on Tuesday.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' mostly finds its force with critics

LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the sci-fi saga begins hitting movie theaters worldwide in what is projected to be the biggest-grossing movie of 2017.

Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

CAIRO - An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana.

Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in 'Star Wars' galaxy

LOS ANGELES - Furry, wide-eyed and winged critters called Porgs are invading the "Star Wars" galaxy, and Walt Disney Co hopes they will soon be roosting under fans' Christmas trees.

Major Cineworld investor 'uncomfortable' with debt for Regal deal

LONDON - One of the biggest shareholders in Cineworld has expressed concern about the company's $3.6 billion takeover of bigger U.S. rival Regal Entertainment, saying it is uncomfortable with the debt the British business will take on to finance the deal.

Female directors snubbed, Plummer surprises at Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES - Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, while Ridley Scott's scramble to reshoot "All the Money in the World" led to a surprise nod for actor Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey.

Chef Batali exits company, TV show after sex harassment accusations

- Celebrity chef Mario Batali said on Monday that he has stepped away from his restaurant company and ABC said it asked him to step aside as co-host of a daytime food and talk show after he was accused of sexual harassment in a report by an online food trade publication.

'Shape of Water' leads Globes nominees; risk-takers rewarded

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood's long awards season began to take shape on Monday with Golden Globe nominations that rewarded risk-taking and shone a spotlight on veterans and newcomers alike.

Saudi sovereign fund plans cinema venture with AMC Entertainment

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund said it planned to enter the cinema business with major U.S.-based movie exhibition company AMC Entertainment Holdings, as the conservative kingdom lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

Fantasy romance 'Shape of Water' leads 2018 Golden Globe nods

LOS ANGELES - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes on Monday, landing seven nods, including for best drama film, director and actress Sally Hawkins.

Palace releases new portrait of Britain's Prince Philip

LONDON - Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth's husband announced his retirement from active public life.

Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction

- Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon.

Box Office: 'Coco' wins as 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' waits in the wings

LOS ANGELES - With anticipation building for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Disney-Pixar's animated comedy "Coco" handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites.

Former British celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in prison

LONDON - Britain's best-known publicist, Max Clifford, died on Sunday after collapsing in prison, where he was serving an eight-year sentence for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher

Los Angeles - The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi' where the anticipated first screening was dedicated to the franchise's late star, Carrie Fisher.

Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial

PARIS - Hundreds of thousands of people paid homage to late French rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday at a Paris memorial service attended by French stars and politicians.

More 'Big Little Lies' on its way to television

LOS ANGELES - "Big Little Lies," the Emmy-winning drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, is returning for a second season, HBO announced on Friday, with most of the cast expected to return.

'X-Men' film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

LOS ANGELES - Brian Singer, the director of the film series "X-Men", has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.

Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

J.K. Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting in next 'Fantastic Beasts'

LOS ANGELES - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next "Fantastic Beasts" movie after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of the actor's recent divorce.

Actor Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over 'inappropriate behavior' report

SYDNEY - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

'Wonder Woman,' 'The Post' among AFI's movies of the year

LOS ANGELES - Press freedom movie "The Post," gay romance "Call Me By Your Name," World War Two film "Dunkirk" and superhero movie "Wonder Woman" were among 10 films of the year chosen by the American Film Institute on Thursday, in a list likely to be echoed at Hollywood's high-profile awards shows ...

Petals and confetti shower stage at La Scala opening

MILAN - Rose petals, flowers and golden confetti showered the stage of the rarely-performed Italian opera 'Andrea Chenier' at La Scala's season premiere on Thursday.

Oscar body adopts conduct code as Hollywood reacts to harassment issue

LOS ANGELES - The Academy of Motion Pictures, the body that chooses the Oscars, has adopted a code of conduct and warned members it reserves the right to expel any who flout the new rules.

Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

LOS ANGELES - The stars aligned for Allison Janney when she dressed up in a cheap fur coat, perched a parakeet on her shoulder, and chain-smoked and swore through figure-skating movie "I, Tonya."

Pop star Ed Sheeran receives honor from Britain's Prince Charles

LONDON - Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE - a British state honor - for services to music and charity from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Rian Johnson expanding 'Star Wars' for new trilogy

LOS ANGELES - As "Star Wars" fans gear up for "The Last Jedi," the anticipated next installment in the Skywalker series, its star and writer-director shed some light on how the franchise was mapping a future beyond the beloved characters.

Sean Combs leads four black artists as world's highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES - Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked the world's highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take the top four spots.

Amazon Prime Video now available on Apple TV

- Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc have partnered to bring the Amazon Prime Video app to Apple TV in more than 100 countries, the companies said on Wednesday.