'Turtles' beats Marvel's 'Guardians' at US, Canada box office
The return of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" earned $65 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters over the weekend, easily winning a box office battle with Marvel's outer space hit "Guardians of the Galaxy." "Ninja Turtles," a reboot of a franchise born in 1980s comic books and popularized in TV cartoons, rang up another $28.7 million in international markets for a global debut of $93.7 million, according to distributor Paramount Pictures which wasted no time in announcing a sequel, set to open June 3, 2016.
Comic virtuoso Robin Williams dead at 63 from apparent suicide
Robin Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film's biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63. The comedian's appeal stretched across generations and genres, from family fare as the voice of Disney's blue Genie in "Aladdin" to his portrayal of a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting," for which he earned his sole Oscar.
US judge orders websites to stop 'Expendables 3' film piracy
Citing lost box office sales that are "impossible to calculate," a California federal judge has issued an order to stop the operators of several websites from distributing stolen copies of the upcoming film "The Expendables 3." The movie, distributed by Lions Gate Films, is scheduled to be released on Friday, but a pirated DVD-quality copy already had been downloaded more than 2.2 million times as of Aug. 1, according to court filings.
Met Opera extends lockout deadline in labor dispute
Talks between New York's Metropolitan Opera and its musicians and other unionized employees will resume this week after the opera company agreed to extend its deadline for a threatened lockout by another week, federal mediators said on Monday. The contract negotiations, the most contentious at the Met since a lockout in 1980, had been suspended for a week while an independent analyst studied the Met's finances. Its previous labor contracts expired July 31.
History man Al Stewart digs deep for musical 'time passages'
As Al Stewart tells it, every singer starts off writing love songs - but a "disastrous" affair made his efforts so downbeat one reviewer suggested he give it a miss. So Scottish born Stewart, who later had global hits in the mid-1970s with his "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages" albums, decided to look elsewhere for inspiration.
Norway's Nico & Vinz storm to top of British music charts
Norwegian double act Nico & Vinz shot to the top of Britain's music charts on Sunday as their single "Am I Wrong" outsold last week's chart-toppers Magic!, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. The Oslo-based duo snatched the number one position a week after the song's official UK release, pushing "Rude" by Magic! into second place. American band OneRepublic entered the chart in third place with "Love Runs Out".
Amazon stops some Disney movie preorders: WSJ
Amazon.com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online giant began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year. Physical copies of titles such as "Maleficent" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" were unavailable for order on Amazon.com on Sunday. Digital copies of some of the movies in question were still available for pre-order.
Comedian Tracy Morgan 'struggling' after deadly crash: attorney
Tracy Morgan's attorney on Monday said the comedian is "still struggling" with his health two months after breaking several bones in a deadly New Jersey highway crash that has renewed public attention to safety in the U.S. trucking industry. "He's still struggling, but he's a fighter," attorney Benedict Morelli told NBC's "Today" show. "He's had issues before that he's fought through, and he's fighting hard."
Attorneys for Glenn Beck ask judge to toss suit tied to Boston bombing
Attorneys for U.S. television commentator Glenn Beck on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit charging their client with defamation for wrongly accusing a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing of being the "money man" behind the attack. The plaintiff, Saudi Arabian national Abdulrahman Alharbi, 21, had been present at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, when two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd and was injured.