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James Gunn says he’s a better person after being fired

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been a roller-coaster year for James Gunn, who was fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” over old tweets in July, and rehired this March. But the writer-director who shepherded the first two “Guardians” films to critical and box office success said the experience has been an educational one.…

Rape trial starting for ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kellen Winslow Jr., a former NFL No. 1 draft pick and son of a Hall of Famer who starred for his hometown San Diego Chargers, goes on trial Monday on multiple charges, including raping two women last year and the 2003 rape of an unconscious 17-year-old girl. The 35-year-old was once…

Massoumeh Lahidji, Pedro Almodovar, Jake Coyle

In Cannes, making sure cinema isn’t lost in translation

CANNES, France (AP) — On one afternoon at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Massoumeh Lahidji could be seen on a rooftop terrace interpreting Farsi into English for the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and an hour later sitting on a stage with Martin Scorsese translating the famously verbose filmmaker into French. For most, interpreting the…

And the winner of the ‘Game of Thrones’ is …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winter has come and winter has gone, the last of the heads have been lopped off and the last of the dragon fire has been spit as “Game of Thrones” aired its 73rd and final episode Sunday night. While the results of the game were a split decision as they were in most…

Colin Jost, Scarlett Johansson

AP Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are engaged

Wedding bells are in the future for actress Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live.” Johansson’s publicist Marcel Pariseau tells The Associated Press Sunday that the private couple is officially engaged after two years of dating. Pariseau says no date has been set for the nuptials. Johansson, 34, was previously married to actor…

Robert Eggers, Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

‘The Lighthouse,’ with Robert Pattinson, illuminates Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as turn-of-the-century lighthouse keepers, kicked up a storm Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival with a wave-making, madhouse period tale that seemingly washed ashore from another era. “The Lighthouse,” Eggers’ anticipated follow-up to the 2015 indie horror hit “The Witch,” premiered…

Oprah Winfrey speaks at college graduation in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey tells college graduates in Colorado small steps lead to big accomplishments. Winfrey gave the commencement speech Sunday at Colorado College. The small liberal arts college in Colorado Springs awarded 590 undergraduate degrees. Winfrey quoted black activist Angela Davis, who said: “You have to act as if it were…

‘John Wick 3’ dethrones ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with $57 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The box office has a new king and his name is John Wick. The third installment of the hyper violent Keanu Reeves franchise has taken the top spot at the North American box office and ended the three-week reign of “Avengers: Endgame.” Studios on Sunday say “John Wick: Chapter 3 —…

On two wheels, ‘The Climb’ rides through Cannes as a hit

CANNES, France (AP) — Some stars and directors come to the Cannes Film Festival by boat, others by private jet. Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin pretty much cycled their way into Cannes. Covino’s “The Climb,” in which he and Marvin star as lifelong friends, opens on a French mountain. One of the breakout films…

Royal praise for Dutch singer’s victory at flashy Eurovision

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision song contest since the 1970s. Duncan Laurence beat out over-the-top, camp-filled performances from across Europe and beyond to win the competition Saturday night with…