Police rule out foul play in Avicii's death

Oman authorities have ruled out "criminal suspicion" in the death of the Swedish DJ Avicii, multiple media sources have reported. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, died Friday while he vacationing in the Oman capital of Muscat in the Arabian Peninsula. He was 28.

"Two postmortems were carried out ... and we can confirm that there is no ...Read more

'I Feel Pretty' exceeds expectations, and 'A Quiet Place' is back on top

LOS ANGELES -- "A Quiet Place" has hardly been a silent success. With an additional $22 million in ticket sales over the weekend, the horror film directed by John Krasinski has snatched the No. 1 spot once again in its third week of release. Meanwhile, the STX comedy "I Feel Pretty" starring Amy Schumer performed slightly better than expected ...Read more

Verne Troyer, famous for Mini-Me character in Austin Powers films, dies at 49

LOS ANGELES--Actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," a statement posted Saturday on Troyer's Facebook page said. No cause of death was given.

Troyer, who starred in a ...Read more

Album reviews: Mountain Goats' tribute, Adrian Younge and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers

Various Artists

"I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas"

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Although early albums by the Mountain Goats, the long-running indie rock project of John Darnielle, were recorded on a boombox, the lo-fi sound quality did not diminish the high-quality writing. Darnielle's character-driven songs were tense, immediate and ...Read more

'Westworld's' stars on how season 2 speaks to the #MeToo movement

A surprising thing happened in the year and a half since the first season of "Westworld" confounded and attracted viewers with its knotted story of a futuristic android uprising at a patriarchal Western theme park.

At the center of the revolt on different fronts were "hosts" Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton), both of whom ...Read more

Producer and DJ known as Avicii dies at 28

Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ and producer who, performing as Avicii, helped kick start the electronic dance music explosion of the 2010s, died Friday in Muscat, Oman. He was 28.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," a representative said in statement to The Associated Press. "The family is...Read more

Bette Midler returning to Broadway to end 'Hello, Dolly!' run

Well, hello Bette!

Bette Midler will reprise her Tony-winning role as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the current Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" starting in July and keep the role through the end of the show's run.

Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters, who has been playing the titular role since Jan. 20, will take her final bow July 15.

When ...Read more

In Baltimore, in the flesh, Stormy Daniels

BALTIMORE -- Late, very. Short, or at least shorter in the way that celebrities always seem in real life.

That was Stormy Daniels, last seen on "60 Minutes," "The View" and litigation against President Donald Trump stemming from an alleged affair, opening a three-night show at the Fantasies strip club in South Baltimore on Thursday night.

She ...Read more

Natalie Portman cancels trip to accept Israeli prize

Natalie Portman has opted not to travel to Israel to accept the Genesis Prize, the awarding foundation announced Thursday.

The Genesis Prize Foundation said it was informed by a representative of the "Annihilation" actress that she would no longer be attending the ceremony.

"Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and ...Read more

Amy Schumer gives a beaut of a performance in the uneven but sweetly amusing 'I Feel Pretty'

"I Feel Pretty" is -- how to put this? -- better than it looks.

A mildly raunchy yukfest by way of an aspirational fairy tale, the movie stars Amy Schumer as Renee, an ordinary New Yorker who dreams of being a knockout -- or, barring that, of being able to squeeze into shoes smaller than a double-wide 9 1/2.

Renee's dreams come true (sort of) ...Read more

A va-va-voom flirt and a deliciously amoral world in the restored French noir 'Quai des Orfèvres'

Brooding, beautifully made and drenched in atmosphere, Henri-Georges Clouzot's knockout 1947 crime thriller/film noir "Quai des Orfevres" is back.

Originally released in the U.S. as "Jenny Lamour," "Quai" returns in a 4K restoration with the soul-destroying shadows of its vintage Paris ambience so crisply presented you can almost smell the ...Read more

'The Judge' documentary explores Middle East's first female jurist in sharia law courts

"The Judge" is not the eagerly anticipated documentary on Supreme Court luminary Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That film, "RBG," is coming soon, but in the interim viewers would be wise to take in this story of another female jurist who is just about as impressive.

That would be Kholoud Al-Faqih, a judge in a Palestinian sharia or religious court in the...Read more

Valeska Grisebach's 'Western' is a broodingly intelligent drama of culture clash

Like its title, "Western" is both startlingly direct and full of resonance and ambiguity. Written and directed by the gifted Valeska Grisebach, the movie follows German construction workers into a remote stretch of Bulgarian countryside, near the Greek border, where they have come to build a hydroelectric power plant.

The story is a faultlessly...Read more

Amy Schumer faces her critics with a message of self love and confidence: 'The fear is gone'

Amy Schumer looks at herself in the mirror. She is nearly naked, save her bra and the nude Spanx she has on to flatten her belly. As she stares at her reflection, her eyes begin to fill with tears. She doesn't say anything, but what she is thinking is very clear: "I'm disgusting. I hate the way I look. Who could ever love me?"

Although this ...Read more

Movie review: Netflix's 'Kodachrome' reminds that Ed Harris can make standard roles transcendent

Ed Harris.

Ed Harris.

Ed Harris.

The accomplished actor did not inspire "Kodachrome," and he's not the only thing in it, but when you're looking for reasons to watch, his arresting performance stands way out.

No one needs to be told how good the four-time Oscar nominee is, but there is a tendency to take consistently superior work for ...Read more

Tyne Daly joins the cast of CBS 'Murphy Brown' reboot

Mary Beth Lacey, meet Murphy Brown.

Tyne Daly, who played Lacey in CBS' groundbreaking "Cagney and Lacey," about two female police detectives, is joining the cast of the planned reboot of "Murphy Brown."

CBS announced that Daly will play the role of Phyllis, the sister of the deceased bar owner Phil from the original series. As the new bar ...Read more

Investigation into Prince's death closes with no criminal charges

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that he was closing the two-year investigation into the death of musician Prince Rogers Nelson without issuing any criminal charges.

Metz said county, state and federal investigators undertook an "extensive, painstaking and thorough" investigation but were unable to determine ...Read more

New Prince record released: His version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nothing compares to a new Prince record, right? Especially during unofficial Prince Week, the period commemorating the second anniversary of his death.

Warner Bros. is releasing Prince's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," a produced rendition of the demo tape he recorded in July 1984 for the Family to learn. Their recording, ...Read more

Trevor Noah is the only late-night comedian taking on the Starbucks arrest controversy

The news of two black men being arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks late last week has garnered national media attention, sparked outrage across the country and elicited a public apology from the city's police commissioner. But among late night comedians, the situation has all but been ignored.

The one exception is Trevor Noah, the host of...Read more

Tina Fey to host season finale of 'Saturday Night Live'

Tina Fey will return to "Saturday Night Live" as host next month for the show's season 43 finale.

Fey will host "SNL"'s final episode this season on May 19, with Nicki Minaj serving as musical guest, the show announced via social media on Wednesday.

The appearance marks Fey's sixth time hosting "SNL" since she left the show's cast in 2006 to ...Read more