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Actress Joely Fisher to write 'incredible, candid' memoir

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joely Fisher, the actress and half-sister of Carrie Fisher, has her own show business stories. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told The Associated Press on Thursday that it had acquired her memoir, "Growing Up Fisher," and would release it Nov. 14. The publisher is promising "incredible, candid stories" about everyone from Frank Sinatra to Ellen DeGeneres, on whose sitcom "Ellen" she played Paige Clark.

Review: Clunky 'Sleight' showcases new lead Jacob Latimore

Perhaps the greatest trick of "Sleight " is how its two charismatic leads magically make its clunky and overwrought elements almost disappear. Key to this is 20-year-old Jacob Latimore, who shines in his first starring role. He plays Bo, a science whiz who performs street magic around Los Angeles. When his mom unexpectedly dies, Bo skips out on the college scholarship he earned to stay home and look after his little sister.

Weinstein Co. and MPAA settle ratings dispute

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Weinstein Co.'s transgender drama "3 Generations" has been reclassified with a PG-13 rating after the distributor made slight tweaks to the movie. The Weinstein Co. said Thursday that it made "some edits to the film as a compromise" after the Motion Picture Association of America gave "3 Generations" an R-rating. Harvey Weinstein criticized that decision. The Weinstein Co.

Roman Polanski's latest movie added to Cannes Film Festival

NEW YORK (AP) -- Roman Polanski's latest film is heading to the Cannes Film Festival. The French festival announced a few additions to its lineup on Thursday. Polanksi's "Based on a True Story" will play out of competition. The French-language thriller, which Sony Pictures Classics has already acquired for North American distribution, stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a Parisian author who meets a mysterious woman, played by Eva Green, at a book signing.

In VR land rush, creators unlock an 'empathy engine'

NEW YORK (AP) -- On a plain, overcast day in Poland, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter walks toward the Nazi concentration camp Majdanek. He stands in the railway car that delivered him and his family to the camp. He walks to the gas chamber and the showers. Some rooms he can't bear to go in. He shares his recollections and tries to remember what he can of his family.

James Earl Jones to get Tony Award for lifetime achievement

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones will soon get a third -- for lifetime achievement. The Tony Awards Administration Committee said Thursday that Jones will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre on June 11 at the Tony Awards. Jones, the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa from Disney's "The Lion King," has won Tonys for "The Great White Hope" and "Fences.

'Sad Mary' is back: Blige breaks down, toughens up on album

Mary J. Blige, "Strength of a Woman" (Capitol) Let's state the obvious here: Mary J. Blige has a way with hurt. Songs like "Not Gon' Cry" and "No More Drama" might even prove that Blige is at her best when she's at her worst. Her latest set, "Strength of a Woman," supports that almost-fact. Sure, "happy Mary" can make a hit. (Please see: 2001's "Family Affair" in this dancery.

'Wonder Woman' director finds herself in rare summer role

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Director Patty Jenkins first expressed interest in making a "Wonder Woman" movie over 10 years ago. She'd just made "Monster," which won Charlize Theron an Oscar, and was doing the rounds at various studios talking about what she'd like to do next. Richard Donner's "Superman" was a film that changed her life, and it occurred to her that there still hadn't been a "Wonder Woman" movie. "Wonder Woman," Jenkins remembers saying.

Kardashian West: Gunpoint heist 'meant to happen to me'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kim Kardashian West says that being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year "was meant to happen." Kardashian West tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's episode of the comedian's chat show that she's "such a different person" after the October robbery. She says she was "definitely materialistic" before being robbed, but now she says she doesn't care about things like jewelry.

Ellen DeGeneres recalls pain, liberation of coming-out show

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ellen DeGeneres can measure her career and personal success by several impressive yardsticks, including a popular daytime talk show and eight-year marriage to Portia de Rossi. But two decades ago, as star of the ABC sitcom "Ellen," she put herself and her career on the line when she came out as gay and her character followed suit in "The Puppy Episode" that aired April 30, 1997.

Jazz Fest kicks off Friday; Connick, Aaron Neville on tap

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether or not the weather cooperates. The weekend forecast calls for cloudy skies on both the opening day and Saturday, with rain probable on Sunday.

'Yep, I'm Gay': Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

NEW YORK (AP) -- With a headline of "Yep, I'm Gay" on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen.

Ivanka Trump microphone quip draws criticism for Fox host

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News host Jesse Watters says he enjoys Ivanka Trump's voice and wasn't making a joke "about anything else" when he mentioned that he liked the way she held a microphone. Watters made the comment while hosting "The Five" on Fox News Channel on Tuesday. He criticized people booing her as she defended her father's attitude toward women while holding a microphone on stage at an event in Germany.

Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard

MOSCOW (AP) -- The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow's art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels. The sale of the paintings, one of which now has a place of pride in a Moscow oligarch's private museum, has triggered a criminal investigation.

Surprise! Johnny Depp appears as Jack Sparrow on Disney ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride's boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside.

James Patterson plans true crime book on Aaron Hernandez

NEW YORK (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by best-selling author James Patterson. Little, Brown and Co. told The Associated Press on Thursday that Patterson's book, not yet titled, is scheduled for early 2018.