Iranian director facing jail appears in Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — “Manuscripts Don’t Burn” tells the story of an Iranian author secretly writing his memoirs and authorities’ attempts to destroy the manuscript — a topic the director, Mohammad Rasoulof, knows quite a bit about. Rasoulof…

Seen and heard at the Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. ‘GRIGRIS’ ENTRY IN CANNES BRINGS PRIDE TO AFRICAN NATION OF CHAD Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun stirred up some emotion and national pride when…

NBC to air Blake Shelton’s benefit for Oklahomans

NBC and sister networks will air Blake Shelton’s concert to help his fellow Oklahomans affected by this week’s storms in their home state. Shelton’s “Healing in the Heartland” benefit will be broadcast live as a telethon by NBC…

Cannes: Dern a leading man again in ‘Nebraska’

CANNES, France (AP) — For the aging, gruff patriarch of his father-son road trip “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne tried to lure Gene Hackman out of retirement and considered the likes of Robert Duvall and Jack Nicholson. Bruce Dern calls…

Man charged with stalking Jennifer Lawrence’s kin

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Canadian man is facing charges that he stalked the brother of Jennifer Lawrence after authorities say he repeatedly insisted that the man put him in touch with the Oscar-winning actress so he could…

Man charged with stalking Jennifer Lawrence’s kin

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Canadian man is facing charges that he stalked the brother of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, according to court documents. Twenty-three-year-old Zhao Han Cong (ZOW HAHN KAHNG) of Vancouver, British Columbia, was ordered Friday…

Snooki: NJ Gov Christie ‘just doesn’t like us’

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was never a fan of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” saying it unfairly cast the state in a negative light. So when Nicole Polizzi, otherwise known as Snooki, got to…

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert at country fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Some of country music’s big names, including Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band, take the stage at the Bayou Country Superfest at LSU’s Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday…

Latest ‘Bachelorette’ won’t say if she’s engaged

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s newest “Bachelorette,” Desiree Hartsock, says it’s not hard to keep the details of her experience on the show a secret from her friends. “Ironically, I’m kind of a private person anyway, so my…

Rare Superman comic found in house insulation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It’s considered the Holy Grail of comic books: Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman. And David Gonzales found one mixed in with old newspapers insulating a house he was renovating…

Steely Cotillard shines in ‘The Immigrant’

CANNES, France (AP) — Academy award-winner Marion Cotillard gave her all and even learned another language to play a Polish woman struggling with the realities of 1920s New York in James Gray’s terse offering, “The Immigrant.” The gritty…

At Cannes’ movie palace, talk of TV’s rise

CANNES, France (AP) — The annual Cannes festival on the French Riviera is the grandest platform in the world for the highest ambitions of film, a place where the art form is worshipped with wild passion and adoring…

Kid Rock, Rolling Stones on scalping, summer tours

NEW YORK (AP) — Kid Rock is a scalper. The 42-year-old Grammy winner, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he’s scalping about 1,000 tickets from each show to make up…

Glitzy amfAR raises $25 million, goes to space

CAP D’ANTIBES, France (AP) — With an apt rendition of “Gold-finger,” singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity-revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D’Antibes Thursday, helping to raise an estimated…

JC Chandor gains a Cannes hit with ‘All Is Lost’

CANNES, France (AP) — J.C. Chandor may just have saved someone’s life during an interview in Cannes. The director who put Robert Redford in a struggle for survival as a capsized sailor in “All Is Lost” is talking…

Actress Bynes accused of bong toss out NYC window

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested in midtown Manhattan after she heaved a marijuana bong out of a window. It happened at an apartment building on West 47th Street at about 7:40…

WikiLeaks leaks ‘We Steal Secrets’ doc transcript

LOS ANGELES (AP) — WikiLeaks characterizes the new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” as biased and accuses its director, Alex Gibney of “errors and sleight of hand.” The publishing site released a statement Thursday announcing…

Warrant for rapper Tim Dog, despite death reports

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lack of a death certificate or of a burial site and sparse obituary information led to talk in hip-hop circles that rapper Tim Dog, who owes thousands of dollars to women he was convicted…

WWII historian taking on American Revolution

NEW YORK (AP) — An award-winning and best-selling World War II historian is turning to an older conflict for his next project: the American Revolution. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Rick Atkinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer…

CBS up, ‘Idol’ down as traditional TV season ends

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS strengthened its dominance over the television industry this year at the same time that the unprecedented reign of “American Idol” came to a close. The traditional television season ended Wednesday. Though that marker…