Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ resurrects the Kaiju film

NEW YORK (AP) — The appeal of “Pacific Rim” isn’t complicated. Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, “Pacific Rim,” the latest film from director Guillermo Del Toro, is…

UK inquest: Smiley Culture stabbed self in chest

LONDON (AP) — A British inquest has found that reggae star Smiley Culture died from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest during a 2011 police raid. The suicide verdict from an inquest jury Tuesday matched an account…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBookstore

The iBookstore’s Official Book Charts for the week ending July 1, 2013: 1. “Inferno,” by Dan Brown (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 2. “Second Honeymoon,” by James Patterson & Howard Roughan (Little, Brown & Company) 3. “This Man,” by…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending July 1, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.) 2. Where’s My Mickey? (Disney) 3. Minecraft – Pocket Edition (Mojang) 4. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.) 5. Facetune…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending July 1, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 2. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus 3. “Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams),” Daft Punk 4. “Radioactive,”…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 24, to Sunday, June 30: UNITED STATES 1. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak LLC) 2. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records) 3. Miley Cyrus, “We…

Ala. man who drove Hank Williams on last trip dies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The man who was driving country music legend Hank Williams on his final journey on Jan. 1, 1953, Charles Carr, has died. Carr was 77. The director of the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery,…

Legoland Florida expands with World of Chima

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The world’s largest Lego theme park is expanding again, this time with a water ride, a splash zone and an interactive play area — all welcome activities for vacationing families in the Florida…

UK Jewish Museum explores the real Amy Winehouse

LONDON (AP) — Amy Winehouse seemed to live in public, but her fans never knew the private person. An exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in…

Pierce Brosnan’s daughter dies of ovarian cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — Pierce Brosnan’s daughter has died from ovarian cancer, his publicist confirms. Charlotte was 41 years old when she passed away in London on June 28, after battling the disease for three years. Brosnan’s first…

Ga. medical official: Rapper died of drug overdose

ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Kelly of the ’90s rap duo Kris Kross died of a drug overdose, a medical office investigator said Monday. A toxicology screening revealed that Kelly, 34, had a mixture of drugs in his system…

Chanel’s couture glitters among decayed rubble

PARIS (AP) — A once-grand opera house that’s now a scene of decaying rubble was the latest remarkable venue for Chanel’s haute couture. The setting saw Karl Lagerfeld carry off a dark, expressionist-tinged fall-winter 2013 collection — the…

Depp at 50: ‘Just happy to still be around’

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It may be difficult to separate Johnny Depp from his “Pirates” character Jack Sparrow, but the actor recalls a time before the boozy buccaneer became a household name. “The films that I did…

Jazz pianist, music arranger Paul Smith dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, has died at 91. Publicist Alan Eichler tells the Los Angeles Times…

2 win National High School Musical Theater Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager from Connecticut who sang songs from popular Broadway hits like “Newsies” and another from California who nailed the sassy tune “Raunchy” from the musical “110 in the Shade” won top honors Monday…

Pharrell wants legal decision in trademark issue

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his “I am OTHER” company is not infringing on Will.i.am’s “I AM” trademark. Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in…

Commentator rejects BET apology over attire clash

NEW YORK (AP) — BET is apologizing to a fashion blogger who says it made him tone down his feminine look to appear on the network’s pre-awards show. The network called the incident with B. Scott, which took…

NBC announces sequel to ‘The Bible’ miniseries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says it will air a sequel to the hit cable miniseries “The Bible.” The network said Monday that it will join with producer Mark Burnett and his actress-wife, Roma Downey, on the sequel.…

News summary: WatchABC expands for pay TV users

LIVE MOBILE ABC: WatchABC, a Disney app that allows viewing of live ABC programming on mobile devices, is expanding to Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., after offering a free trial in New York and Philadelphia.…

Hit ‘Antiques Roadshow’ keeps on trucking for PBS

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The items arrive by the thousands, borne on furniture dollies, in Radio Flyer wagons or nestled carefully in owners’ arms. The hodge-podge parade consists of paintings, teapots, firearms, mannequins decked out in military uniforms…