Skier’s etiquette has emerged as a sticking point in a highly publicized trial where Gwyneth Paltrow is accused of causing a 2016 ski collision. Nearly every witness who has testified so far has been questioned about the tenets of a ubiquitous but mostly unknown skier’s responsibility code. Both Paltrow and the man who is suing her have claimed they were downhill on the slope, claiming they had the right of way when the crash happened. The trial has made “uphill” synonymous with “guilty,” and shone a spotlight on the legal implications of the etiquette rules that govern the expensive snow sport.
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From the compelling backstory of how “Tetris” became a cultural juggernaut to a return to “Riverdale,” here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.
A downloadable app that has been voiced by “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill is triggered when air raid alarms sound in Ukraine. He urges people with his grave but also calming baritone to take cover. He also tells them when the danger has passed by signing off with “May the Force be with you.” The actor told The Associated Press that he’s admiring Ukraine's resilience from afar in California. Ukraine's fight against the Russian invasion is now in its second year and it reminds him of the Star Wars saga. Hamill is also fundraising to buy reconnaissance drones for Ukrainian forces.
The man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a Utah skiing collision has testified that the actor crashed into him from behind and sent him “absolutely flying.” Retired optometrist Terry Sanderson said Monday the collision with Paltrow was “a serious smack.” He also said the 2016 crash left him with life-altering injuries, including a concussion with symptoms that have lasted years. Paltrow testified days earlier that Sanderson was the one who rammed into her. Sanderson is suing Paltrow for more than $300,000, claiming she skied recklessly. Next, the actress’ defense team will make their case. Her two teenage children's statements will be read into the record later in the week.
Soccer sensation Wrexham is coming to America. Not just on television screens, but on the pitch. The fifth-tier Welsh side has become a fan favorite since Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought it and launched a documentary series, “Welcome to Wrexham.” Wrexham will play Manchester United in a friendly on July 25 at 35,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium. McElhenney says Wrexham hopes to become America's team. Wrexham will compete in a $1 million, winner-take-all, seven-on-seven tournament in June in Cary, North Carolina. But the match against Manchester United in the United States will be much bigger for many reasons.
PARIS (AP) — After spending decades portraying generals' wives, a countess and a courtesan, Renée Fleming walked gingerly onto the stage of the Bastille Opera in a blond wig, red coat and black gloves to depict Pat Nixon, former first lady of the United States.
“The Long Reckoning: A Story of War, Peace and Redemption in Vietnam,” by George Black (Knopf)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge said Santa Fe's district attorney shouldn't serve as co-counsel in the manslaughter case against actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons supervisor in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer during a 2021 movie rehearsal. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Monday …
Administrators at a Wisconsin elementary school aren't letting a first-grade class perform a Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton duet promoting LGBTQ acceptance because they say the song could be seen as controversial. Students at Heyer Elementary School in Waukesha are being told they cannot perform a rendition of “Rainbowland,” and parents in the district say it's because the song encourages LGBTQ acceptance and references rainbows. Superintendent James Sebert and other administrators banned the song last week, angering parents and the first-grade teacher, Melissa Tempel, who says she chose the song because she thought its message was universal and sweet.
William Shatner, Monica Lewinsky and other prolific Twitter commentators — some household names, others little-known journalists — could soon be losing the blue check marks that helped verify their identity on the social media platform. They could get the marks back by paying up to $11 a month. But some longtime users, including Star Trek legend Shatner, have balked at buying the premium service championed by Twitter’s billionaire owner and chief executive Elon Musk. After months of delay, Musk is gleefully promising that Saturday is the deadline for celebrities, journalists and others who’d been verified for free to pony up or lose their legacy status. That's raised concerns about how easy it could be to impersonate high-profile users and spread misinformation in their names.
German weekly Der Spiegel is reporting that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II asked her hosts for a gift of two horses during her state visit to Germany in 1978. The expensive presents raised eyebrows among German bureaucrats at the time, who noted that they cost more than any other offering made to a visiting head of state since the end of World War II. Nevertheless, Germany’s then-President Walter Scheel approved the gift in the interests of good bilateral relations, Der Spiegel reported citing previously confidential archive papers. They also noted the late monarch’s aperitif preferences, dislike of helicopters and British embassy concerns about her 1992 visit to Dresden. The report comes days before Elizabeth’s son, King Charles III, makes his first state visit to Germany.
Two actors will make their ‘Saturday Night Live’ debuts as hosts next month — Quinta Brunson and Ana de Armas. Brunson is the creator and star of ABC's well-regarded comedy “Abbott Elementary,” and she'll host this weekend's program with Lil Yachty as musical guest. NBC announced that de Armas, who won an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde,” will be host on April 15, with Spanish-language artist Karol G as musical guest. In between, on April 8, one-time “‘SNL” cast member Molly Shannon will take her second turn as host of the show and Jonas Brothers return for the third time to perform.
The origin story of the iconic computer game “Tetris” is more thrilling than you may think. It involves border crossing, authority dodging, underhand deals, putting your house on the line and — finally — trying to secure the rights for the game from behind the Iron Curtain. And now it’s a film, releasing March 31, on Apple TV+. After playing an early version of Tetris, game designer Henk Rogers travels to the Soviet Union in 1988 to meet Tetris designer Alexey Pajitnov, hoping to secure worldwide distribution rights to the game. Taron Egerton plays Rogers. He says he liked Rogers' “single-minded, determined devil-may-care thing.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The philanthropist, sports franchise executive and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, Sheila Johnson, has a memoir scheduled for September. “Walk Through Fire” will document her rise from suburban Chicago to becoming a pioneering billionaire as a Black woman, and h…
“Hang the Moon” by Jeannette Walls (Scribner)
NEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Lloyd Webber, the Grammy-nominated composer, record producer and eldest son of Andrew Lloyd Webber, died Saturday in England after a protracted battle with gastric cancer and pneumonia. He was 43.
Whitney Houston’s brother remembers when his young sister listened to their mother during gospel rehearsals before she mimicked every tune that was sung. As Houston rose to pop superstardom, her exceptionally talented vocals were rooted in gospel music. And now, her family — led by her sister-in-law Pat and brother Gary Houston — wants the foundation of her musical legacy to continue to live on through her new posthumous gospel album and documentary under the same name, “I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston.” The album is available now and the documentary will be released on home video.
The Louvre Museum in Paris has been closed to the public because its workers took part in the wave of French protest strikes against the government’s unpopular pension reform plans. Dozens of Louvre employees blocked the entrance on Monday so the museum announced it would be temporarily closed. The demonstrators toted banners and flags in front of the Louvre’s famed pyramid where President Emmanuel Macron had celebrated his presidential victory in 2017. They demanded the repeal of the new pension law that raises the retirement age from 62 to 64. The action comes on the eve of another nationwide protest planned for Tuesday against the bill.
A Florence museum and the city's mayor are inviting parents and students from a Florida charter school to visit and see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. The invitation comes after the school principal was forced to resign following parental complaints that an image of the nude Renaissance masterpiece was shown to a sixth-grade art class. The Italian response has been incredulous and highlights how the U.S. culture wars are often perceived in Europe. Even amid a rise in right-wing sentiment and governance on the continent, the Renaissance and its masterpieces are generally above the fray. Former Principal Hope Carrasquilla said she is honored by the mayor's invitation and she might take him up on it.
Adele has announced that she’s extending her Las Vegas residency with 34 more dates between June and November and also plans to release a concert film. Saturday night’s show was the last performance in the British singer's original “Weekends With Adele” series that covered 34 dates since last November on the Las Vegas Strip. Her representatives said Adele’s shows will resume at the Colosseum on June 16 and run through Nov. 4. The June performances will be recorded as a concert special.
The arrest of actor Jonathan Majors has upended the Army’s newly launched advertising campaign that was aimed at reviving the service’s struggling recruiting numbers. Authorities say Majors was arrested Saturday in New York on charges of strangulation, assault and harassment. Majors was the narrator of two ads at the heart of a broader media campaign that kicked off at the start of the NCAA’s March Madness college basketball tournament. Army leaders were hopeful that the star's popularity would help them reach the youth audience. The Army says in a statement that while Majors “is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”
The actor Jonathan Majors was arrested Saturday in New York on charges of strangulation, assault and harassment after a domestic dispute. New York police said in a statement that the victim was a 30-year-old woman who was hospitalized with minor injuries to her head and neck. The NYPD confirmed he was no longer in custody Saturday night. Majors is the star of the recently released “Creed III” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" and considered one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars. A lawyer for Majors contended Sunday that there was evidence showing that he was “entirely innocent.”
“John Wick: Chapter 4,” the fourth installment in the Keanu Reeves assassin series, debuted with a franchise-best $73.5 million at the box office. That is according to studio estimates Sunday. The Lionsgate film, starring Reeves as the reluctant-but-not-that-reluctant killer John Wick, exceeded both expectations and previous opening weekends in the R-rated franchise. Since first launching in 2014 with “John Wick,” the Chad Stahelski-directed series has steadily grown as a ticket-seller with each sequel. After its disappointing debut last weekend, the superhero sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” slumped to second place with $9.7 million in its second weekend. The Warner Bros. release dropped steeply, tumbling 68% from its launch.
Xavier López, a Mexican children's comic better known by his stage name, “Chabelo,” has died at 88. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wrote in his Twitter account that his own eldest son “woke up early to see him (on television more than 40 years ago.” López, who was no relation to the president, usually performed dressed in kid's clothing well into his 70s. His best-known work, the Sunday variety show “En Familia con Chabelo”, ran an astonishing 48 years from 1967 to 2015. The comic’s family wrote on his fan page that López “died suddenly on abdominal complications.”
Crews for the “The Joker” sequel have been facing the possibility that filming in New York could be disrupted by real-life protests over the Trump case. Police kept watch as a protest of extras gathered at the steps of Gotham’s courthouse Saturday, chanting for freedom for their fictional embattled hero and only dispersing when the director called “cut.” The scene was all make believe, but New York City authorities have been bracing for a real-life version as prosecutors consider an indictment against former President Donald Trump, who has invited followers to rally on his behalf. The Trump protests have not materialized so far.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A name paired with poker and Las Vegas lore now has a place on the neon-lit Strip following the rebranding of an iconic hotel with a memorable history at a crossroads shared with some of the most recognizable casinos in the world.
Walter Cole, known as the iconic drag queen who performed for decades as Darcelle XV, has died at 92. Cole died of natural causes in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday. Cole was crowned the world’s oldest working drag performer in 2016 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Darcelle was known for hosting the longest-running drag show on the U.S. West Coast. Off-stage, Cole championed LGBTQ+ rights and charitable work in the Portland community. The nightclub Darcelle founded more than 50 years ago said on Facebook that its shows will go on as scheduled.
Gwyneth Paltrow has testified about a 2016 ski collision at a Utah ski resort where a man is suing her, saying he's since suffered from broken ribs and brain damage. Paltrow says Friday that the 76-year-old Utah man is the culprit for the collision at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, and her legal team has raised questions about the man's motivations to bring a suit that could exploit her fame. After a judge threw out an earlier $3.1 million dollar lawsuit, the man is now seeking at least $300,000. In a counterclaim, Paltrow is seeking a symbolic $1 and attorney fees.
For years skateboarding was branded as a hobby for rebels or stoners in city streets, schoolyards and back alleys. Those days are long gone. Skateboarding, which has Indigenous roots connected to surfing, is an Olympic sport and boasts numerous competitions across the U.S and abroad. And on Friday, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing stamps that laud the sport — and what Indigenous groups have brought to the skating culture. The agency ceremoniously unveiled the “Art of the Skateboard" stamps at a Phoenix skate park, featuring designs from Indigenous artists. The stamps underscore the prevalence of skateboarding, especially in Indian Country where the demand for skate parks is growing.
It was the stuff of novels: For years, a con artist plagued the publishing industry, impersonating editors and agents to pull off hundreds of literary heists. But the manuscripts obtained from high-profile authors were never resold or leaked, rendering the thefts all the more perplexing. Thursday's sentencing of Filippo Bernardini in Manhattan federal court brought the saga to an end and, with it, finally some answers. After pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud in January, Bernardini was sentenced to time served, avoiding prison. In a letter to the judge, Bernardini apologized and said he longed to feels part of the publishing world.
A former contestant on the long-running television game show “Family Feud” has been charged with first-degree murder and home invasion in the slaying of his estranged wife in western Illinois. Court records show that 39-year-old Timothy Bliefnick pleaded not guilty Friday at his arraignment. KHQA-TV reports that Bliefnick was indicted Thursday. The body of 41-year-old Rebecca Bliefnick was found in February by a family member inside her Quincy home. She had been shot multiple times. Timothy Bliefnick was arrested March 13. The television station reports from court records that the couple was separated and going through divorce proceedings. KHQA reported that in 2020 Timothy Bliefnick and several of his family members appeared on ABC’s “Family Feud.”
“Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” by Lana Del Rey (Interscope Records)
Reese Witherspoon and her husband say they are divorcing after nearly 12 years of marriage. Witherspoon and her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, announced their breakup Friday in a joint statement on Instagram. Their wedding anniversary is Sunday. Witherspoon and Toth have one son together and they said he remains their biggest priority, asking for privacy. Witherspoon's representative confirmed the statement's authenticity. No records of a divorce filing could be found in Los Angeles Superior Court. Witherspoon was previously married to Ryan Phillippe and the actors have two children together.
From Lana Del Rey's latest album to the new spy thriller series “The Night Agent,” here's a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.
A Florida charter school principal has been forced to resign after a parent complained sixth graders were exposed to pornography during a lesson on Renaissance art that included Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that the principal, Hope Carrasquilla, of Tallahassee Classical School resigned this week after an ultimatum from the school board’s chairman. Carrasquilla said one parent complained the material was pornographic and two other parents said they wanted to be notified of the lesson before it was given to their children. The instruction also included Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” painting and Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday welcomed the return of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis, furthering a campaign to press the British Museum to hand back a collection of sculptures taken from the ancient site in Athens more than 200 years ago.
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of 3/27/2023 :
“Memento Mori" by Depeche Mode (Columbia Records) And then there were only two. Depeche Mode have always been a genre unto itself: a vibe, a sort of feedback loop that is timeless yet nostalgic, dark, edgy, a little too dark sometimes but always so cool. Their 15th studio album titled “Memen…
LONDON (AP) — King Charles III’s international debut was deflated Friday when his trip to France was postponed indefinitely because of protests that threatened to mar events at high profile venues such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Palace of Versailles.
LONDON (AP) — Artists, if they have really made a mark, might get a gallery dedicated to their work once they are gone.
“Mélusine,” Cécile McLorin Salvant (Nonesuch Records)
NEW YORK (AP) — Ling Ma's sharp and surreal “Bliss Montage” and Beverly Gage's sweeping biography of the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, “G-Man,” were among the winners Thursday night of the National Book Critics Circle awards.
As you settle into your seat at Broadway's “Bad Cinderella,” the subtle sound of piped-in birdsong greets you. Enjoy it while you can. The next few hours will be a frantic onslaught.
LONDON (AP) — People who visit London's Westminster Abbey after the coronation of King Charles III will be allowed to stand on the exact spot where he was crowned, but they will need to make sure they don't have holes in their socks for the shoeless tour, designed to protect the abbey's medi…
A trip to Paris should be on everyone’s bucket list, even John Wick. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre — what better way to refresh your soul, even as you kick everyone else’s bucket? The un-retired assassin does indeed dive into the City of Lights in the inventive and thrilling “John Wick: Chapter 4” a sequel which elevates and expands the franchise, says Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy. The fourth installment is more stylish, more elegant and more bonkers, he argues. The very R-rated movie comes out Friday.
The specter of missing GoPro camera footage documenting the 2016 ski collision between Gwyneth Paltrow and a retired optometrist has been raised at trial in Park City. The daughter of a man suing Paltrow has testified Thursday that her father Terry Sanderson's health and cognitive function deteriorated after the collision, when he broke his ribs and suffered from a concussion. Paltrow has claimed that Sanderson was actually the culprit for the collision, and her attorneys also questioned the daughter about her father's mentions of Paltrow's wealth and celebrity. Paltrow is likely to be called to testify Friday or early next week.
A Hong Kong department store took down a digital artwork that contained hidden references to jailed dissidents, in an incident the artist says is evidence of erosion of free speech in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. It was unclear whether the government played a role in the decision to remove the artwork, it came just days after a slasher film featuring Winnie the Pooh, a figure often used in playful taunts of China’s President Xi Jinping, was pulled from local cinemas. Patrick Amadon’s “No Rioters” was put on display on a billboard at the SOGO Causeway Bay Store for an exhibition that started last Friday, as the city was promoting its return as a vibrant cultural hub following years of pandemic travel restrictions.
PARIS (AP) — Unrest in France is tarnishing the sheen of King Charles III's first overseas trip as U.K. monarch, with striking workers literally refusing to roll out a red carpet amid pension reform protests and calls for the visit to be canceled altogether.
NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a one-time supporter of former President Donald Trump who has been caught up in a Jan. 6 conspiracy theory demanded Thursday that Fox News and host Tucker Carlson retract and apologize for repeated “falsehoods" about the man's supposed intentions.