'Beale Street' tops Spirit Awards, Close wins best actress
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two years after his "Moonlight" triumphed on the eve of the Oscars, Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel "If Beale Street Could Talk" on Saturday topped the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning best film, best director and best supporting female for Regina King.
Oscars: Stars and stand-ins rehearse for the big show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday.
Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Saturday painted a dark portrait of a manipulative and sometimes violent R. Kelly, describing how he repeatedly sought out underage girls for sex, including one he encountered at her 16th birthday party and another who met the R&B star while he was on trial for child pornography.
The Latest: Avenatti: Notion victims are lying 'outrageous'
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 3 p.m. Lawyer Michael Avenatti says it's "outrageous" that R.
Indictments against R. Kelly list 4 victims
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were younger than 17.
Domestic workers gather to celebrate 'Roma' and the Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Tapia never imagined that she would get to watch the Oscars at a party in Los Angeles, exchanging the sneakers she wears when she takes care of children in New York for a pair of high heel shoes.
Prince Harry, wife Meghan in Morocco on official visit
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have arrived in Morocco for an official trip scheduled to be their last international journey before she gives birth to their first child.
In Milan, Ferragamo, Cavalli focus on color, inclusiveness
MILAN (AP) — Color was the watch word on the fourth day Saturday of the mostly womenswear collections during Milan Fashion Week. The Salvatore Ferragamo and Roberto Cavalli fashion houses each set off neutrals with bursts of hues while combining their women's and men's previews for Fall/Winter 2019-20.
Stanley Donen, director of 'Singin' in the Rain,' dies at 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Stanley Donen, a giant of the Hollywood musical who through such classics as "Singin' in the Rain" and "Funny Face" helped give us some of the most joyous sounds and images in movie history, has died.
US Latinas rally around 'Roma' actress Yalitza Aparicio
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Yalitza Aparicio, the Oscar-nominated, first-time actress in "Roma," is finding strong support among Mexican-American women who identify with her indigenous roots despite backlash she is receiving in Mexico.
A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct.
Actor brothers take center stage in Serbia's street protests
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Taking center stage in the weekly protests against Serbia's autocratic president was a role that actors Sergej and Branislav Trifunovic felt compelled to play.
Kim, Trump impersonators draw ire of Vietnam's authorities
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities are not amused by the antics of two impersonators of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
The Latest: Kelly lawyer: New charge may be from old case
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 9 p.m. R. Kelly's attorney says one of the charges the R&B star faces appears to be tied to a decade-old child pornography case.
R. Kelly arrested, charged in Chicago with sexual abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, was charged Friday with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.
Case against R. Kelly may be stronger this time
CHICAGO (AP) — Tears streamed down R. Kelly's cheeks as a court official read a jury's not guilty verdict to all 14 counts of child pornography at his 2008 trial in Chicago.
R. Kelly's European concerts in doubt after new charges
R. Kelly's hopes of doing a tour of Europe in April have been all but dashed now that he is facing new criminal charges. Kelly defiantly scheduled concerts in two locations in Germany and one in the Netherlands in April despite a cloud of legal issues in the wake of the recently aired Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R.
'Surviving R. Kelly' makers, others react to charges
CHICAGO (AP) — Reaction to R. Kelly being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse: ___ "Today, an unrepentant R. Kelly will have to account for the harm he committed against a number of survivors.
'Empire' producers cut Smollett from season's last episodes
CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire" will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday.
Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar
NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute while swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York's Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that's up for an Oscar.
A bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most tumultuous Oscar season in memory might pale in comparison to the aftermath. The best picture race to Sunday's 91st Academy Awards remains unpredictable, but odds makers peg Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" as the film most likely to triumph at the end of the night.
'American Pie' singer objects to coverage of ex's exhibit
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean's former wife has launched a photo exhibition about domestic abuse that includes a copy of the protection order issued against him, and the "American Pie" singer is threatening to sue a weekly newspaper that wrote about it.
Diane von Furstenberg fetes female Oscar nominees
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Even with rain clouds threatening from above, the spirits, and heels, were high at Diane von Furstenberg's idyllic Coldwater Canyon property Thursday afternoon.
Haunting 'Roma' scene shines a rare spotlight on stillbirths
Of all the little moments of joy and strife that fill the top-nominated Oscar film "Roma," the most gut-wrenching takes place in a Mexico City hospital room, where a doctor coolly tells a frightened young woman, "Your baby was born dead."
If proven, Smollett allegations could be a 'career killer'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For five years, Jussie Smollett has been enmeshed in weekly drama on the set of "Empire," the Fox TV series that gave the actor a breakout role and the fame to advance his social activism.