AP review: Effects wow but story limps in ‘Avatar’

When a film brashly asserts that it will change moviemaking forever, one feels the urge to either take its "king of the world" arrogance...

Actor Gene Barry, dapper TV hero, stage star, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gene Barry, who played the well-dressed man of action in the television series "Bat Masterson," ''Burke's Law" and "The Name...

Porn feud begs question: Whose smut is classier?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to peddling porn, Larry Flynt wants you to know his videos of people having sex are a...

Stars turn out to honor producer Weintraub in LA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The A-list dinner party drew top performers and singing legends. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bruce Willis, Larry David, Brad Pitt...

AP critics Germain, Lemire pick decade’s top films

Years pass and tastes change, at least a little. In choosing their top films of the past decade, Associated Press movie critics David Germain...

Charges dropped in Illinois taping of ‘New Moon’

CHICAGO (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a 22-year-old Chicago woman accused of videotaping part of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" at a...

AP critics Germain, Lemire pick top films of 2009

The top 10 films of 2009, according to AP Movie Writer David Germain: 1. "The Hurt Locker" — The first great Iraq war film proves...

‘Avatar,’ ‘2012’ among films seeking effects Oscar

NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films vying for best visual effects consideration at...

Correction: Decade-Film story

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a Dec. 8 story about the movies of the past decade, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Denzel Washington...

‘N Sync’s ‘No Strings’ decade’s most popular album

NEW YORK (AP) — The top album of the decade came from an act that's not even around anymore — 'N Sync. Billboard magazine says...

Pee-wee Herman’s big comeback

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The star may be Pee-wee, but his new live stage show is absolutely huge. "The Pee-wee Herman Show," opening next month...

Dapper TV hero Gene Barry stage star dies at 90

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Always dapper, Gene Barry overcame his reluctance to take the starring role in the TV series "Bat Masterson" when he...

Man robs rapper Nelly’s house, steals electronics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a man broke into rapper Nelly's house in suburban St. Louis and stole electronics and video games. Authorities say...

Liza Minnelli not over the rainbow for ‘Oz’

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Wizard of Oz" is a family favorite, but the film — celebrating it's 70th anniversary this year — isn't...

UK court issues injunction in Woods case

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has barred journalists in the country from publishing some material about golfer Tiger Woods. An injunction issued Thursday even...

Animal Collective, Wilco lead ’09 best rock albums

As a medium, the rock album is so under siege that even Radiohead made noise in 2009 about giving it up for downloadable singles...

Palin makes surprise appearance on ‘Tonight Show’

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" on Friday — and turned the tables...

French rocker in induced coma in Los Angeles

PARIS (AP) — French rock legend Johnny Hallyday had a botched operation in France and is now in a medically induced coma in a...

Comedians in Chicago for Second City anniversary

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Steve Carell and hundreds of other comedians are gathering in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Second City. The...

Miss World: Gibraltar’s Kaiane Aldorino crowned

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was named the new Miss World at a glittering two-hour pageant that put South Africa in the...