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

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

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

Novelist Gayl Jones Is Among National Book Award Finalists

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Gayl Jones is a fiction nominee for the National Book Award, the rare established name on a list of 10 that features eight debut works of fiction. Jones was cited Friday for “The Birdcatcher,” an exploration of race, art and marriage in which a … Read more

Book Ban Efforts Surging in 2022, Library Association Says

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year’s totals, which were the highest in the decades. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s … Read more

Tom Ford Closes Fashion Week With Big Hair, Miles of Sparkle

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Ford closed New York Fashion Week on Wednesday with Madonna on his front row and a runway full of big hair, disco cowgirls and sequins for miles. Love was clearly on his mind, and dancing all night. On a reflective runway worthy of all that … Read more

Prosecutors Move to Vacate Syed’s Conviction

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to vacate Adnan Syed’s conviction for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee — a case that was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” Baltimore’s state’s attorney filed a motion in circuit court, saying a lengthy investigation conducted with … Read more