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German Playboy regrets misquoting Morricone in interview

BERLIN (AP) — The German edition of Playboy magazine says a freelance reporter may have misquoted Ennio Morricone in an interview published in its latest edition, in which the legendary Italian film composer appears to blast director Quentin Tarantino and the Oscars ceremony. In a statement Tuesday, German Playboy said that “based on the information now at our disposal, we ... Read More »

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

Jim Acosta

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials to cover the White House be returned because their revocation violates the constitutional right of freedom of the press. The administration stripped Acosta of his pass to enter the White House following President Donald Trump’s contentious news conference last week, where Acosta refused to ... Read More »

UK police make arrest in hunt for ‘Friends’ lookalike thief

LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested a suspect in their hunt for a shoplifter who bears a striking resemblance to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer on the TV show “Friends.” Facebook users noticed the similarity when police posted surveillance-camera footage last month of a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in ... Read More »

A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Stan Lee

It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth’s angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade. But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far more than that. It’s no stretch to say that he helped redraw the world of American ... Read More »

Egypt’s retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison

Mohamed Aboutrika

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country’s greatest all-time soccer players, to a year in prison for tax evasion while also giving him the option to pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds, or $1,115, to have the sentence suspended. The verdict, handed down on Monday by the Cairo misdemeanor court, was delivered in ... Read More »

Red-carpet fanfare dropped amid deadly California fires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood cut back on the glamor trappings of movie premieres as a vast wildfire destroyed or imperiled the homes of celebrities and other Southern California residents. A red carpet for the Sandra Bullock film “Bird Box” was canceled Monday by the studio and one planned for “Under the Silver Lake” with Andrew Garfield was switched to ... Read More »

Correction: Lin-Manuel Miranda story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 11 about the MacDowell artist colony’s annual Chairman’s Evening, The Associated Press reported erroneously that “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda would be speaking at the event in Manhattan next month with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. Playwright Tony Kushner will be appearing with Weems. A corrected version of the story is below: Tony ... Read More »

Mets’ Tim Tebow adds offseason TV hosting job

New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow has another offseason job. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback will host “Million Dollar Mile,” a 10-episode high-stakes physical competition show on CBS. Contestants will have a chance to win $1 million every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. In their way stands a challenging course and a group ... Read More »

Celebrities offer thanks, condolences in death of Stan Lee

Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno, Eric Kramer

Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences in the death of Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died Monday at age 95. “Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human…” The “Hulk” actor Mark Ruffalo, via Twitter. ... Read More »

Djokovic cruises past Isner in ATP Finals opener

LONDON (AP) — The opening matches at the ATP Finals led to a debate over whether conditions at the O2 Arena were trickier than in past years. Novak Djokovic ended it. The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion made an impressive start to his campaign for a sixth title by dismissing John Isner 6-4, 6-3 on Monday. Roger Federer, who lost ... Read More »