Oscar-Winning ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actor Louise Fletcher Dies

Oscar-Winning ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actor Louise Fletcher Dies

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louise Fletcher, a late-blooming star whose riveting performance as the cruel and calculating nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” set a new standard for screen villains and won her an Academy Award, has died at age 88. Fletcher died in her sleep … Read more

Elton John Playing White House Lawn as Part of Farewell Tour

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Elton John was all in on a plan to perform at the White House before the world-famous rockin’ piano player hangs it up — he says — for good. John was swinging by the South Lawn on Friday night for a show he’s calling “A Night When … Read more

Theater Community Unites for Special Anti-Censorship Podcast

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The theater community is banding together for a special podcast to combat censorship that features performances from plays and musicals under threat and appearances by Bryan Cranston, Raúl Esparza, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Richard Kind. The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund’s “Banned Together: An Anti-Censorship Podcast” has … Read more

More Needed in Marilyn Manson Sex Assault Probe

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Detectives have handed the results of their 19-month investigation into sexual assault allegations against Marilyn Manson to prosecutors, who said Tuesday they need more evidence gathered before they can consider criminal charges. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that on Monday … Read more

McDonald’s Ordered to Face Byron Allen’s $10 Billion Discrimination Lawsuit

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp has been ordered by a US judge to defend against media entrepreneur Byron Allen’s $10 billion lawsuit accusing the fast-food chain of “racial stereotyping” by not advertising with Black-owned media. In a decision on Friday, US District Judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles said Allen could try to prove that McDonald’s … Read more

Brad Pitt, Nick Cave Make Surprise Art Debut in Finland

By JARI TANNER, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave have debuted as artists in an exhibition in Finland that displays sculptures and ceramics created by the movie star and the singer-songwriter. The Sara Hilden Art Museum, located in the southern Finnish city of Tampere, was initially scheduled to … Read more

Adnan Syed Released, Conviction Tossed

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Monday ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning Syed’s conviction for the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee — a case that was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial,” a true-crime series that transfixed listeners and revolutionized the genre. … Read more

Rapper Mystikal Pleads Not Guilty to Rape, Drug Charges

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal pleaded not guilty on Monday to accusing him of raping and choking a woman at his home in Louisiana and of possessing several drugs. The 51-year-old performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent of all charges, attorney Joel Pearce said … Read more

‘The Woman King’ Takes North American Box Office Throne

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer The Viola Davis-led action epic “The Woman King” easily conquered the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters, against a crowded market of new releases. The film, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, surpassed expectations and earned $19 million in ticket sales, according to estimates from Sony on … Read more

First Lady of Ukraine in London to Honor Queen

LONDON — Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, has appeared at London’s Westminster Hall to pay her respects to Queen Elizabeth II. British royal officials said Zelenska also met with Catherine, the Princess of Wales, at Buckingham Palace on Sunday afternoon. They did not release further details. World leaders including US President Joe Biden have flown … Read more