Burt Reynolds makes rare public appearance at film festival

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert De Niro helped Burt Reynolds onto the red carpet for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his new movie "Dog Years" Saturday night in New York. It was a rare appearance for the 81-year old actor, who at times struggled to walk. Reynolds was given a chair on the red carpet, so that he could speak to a limited number of press outlets about the film.

'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Fate of the Furious" sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller "Unforgettable" and historical drama "The Promise" in the dust. Universal Pictures' eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise earned $38.7 million in North American theaters over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Hollywood agent and producer Sandy Gallin dies at 76

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy Gallin, an agent and talent manager who guided the careers of such luminaries as Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Cher and Nicole Kidman, as well as being a TV, movie and Broadway producer, has died in Los Angeles. He was 76. Gallin died Friday after a long battle with multiple myeloma, according to close friend Bruce Bozzi. "We lost a shining light this morning," Bozzi wrote on Instagram in tribute.

Springsteen takes part in surprise show at film festival

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen took part in a two-hour jam session during a surprise appearance at a film festival in his home state of New Jersey. Longtime E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt and veteran Jersey shore rocker Southside Johnny were among those who played with Springsteen at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival on Friday. Also taking part were some former E Street Band members and the Lakehouse Jr.

'Avatar' sequels now scheduled to start in December 2020

NEW YORK (AP) -- James Cameron has set the release dates for the next four "Avatar" sequels, with the first coming in 2020. The movie's Facebook page Saturday posted a photo of Cameron and his massive film crew, who have been working on all four films simultaneously. The post said "Avatar 2" will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2020, and "Avatar 3" comes a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.

Actress Octavia Spencer to speak at Kent State commencement

KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Kent State University's first universitywide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood as Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school. Spencer recently starred as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the drama "Hidden Figures." The film tells the true story of several female African-American mathematicians at NASA key to the 1960's era space race between the United States and Russia.

Kathryn Bigelow on VR after her first try: 'I love it'

NEW YORK (AP) -- As a filmmaker drawn to the most visceral forms of cinema, it was probably inevitable that Kathryn Bigelow's high-adrenaline curiosities would lead her to virtual reality. The Oscar-winning director on Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiered her first VR experience, "The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers' Shoes," an eight-minute, 360-degree plunge into the lives of the Garamba National Park rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's May 28 ceremonies.

Shonda Rhimes tells all _ about how to be a screenwriter

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," keeps a lid on plot twists. But she's giving aspiring screenwriters a behind-the-scenes look at how to succeed in her craft. In six hours of online classes, Rhimes offers lessons on writing scripts, pitching pilots, and how series' writers work together to create stories and screenplays.

Hollywood producer gives $30M to Penn State communications

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A Hollywood producer and screenwriter known for creating such television hits as "Magnum, P.I.," ''Quantum Leap" and "NCIS" donated $30 million to Penn State University on Friday. The donation from Donald Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, will be used for the College of Communications, Penn State said in a statement. The donation is the fifth-largest in the school's history.

Elisabeth Moss returns to TV in Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale'

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The timing has been uncanny," says Margaret Atwood, marveling at how her 1985 novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," has not only been given renewed life as a TV series but has also gained disturbing urgency. "Last November 7, they thought they were making a fantasy fiction series," Atwood says. "On November 9, they thought maybe they were making a documentary.

Yo, Adrian! Pet shop from 'Rocky' films demolished

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia storefront featured prominently in the "Rocky" films has been demolished. The building was home to the fictional pet store where Rocky courted his eventual wife, Adrian. It was featured in several of the films and was a frequent stop on tours designed for Rocky fans. Tour Guide Ben Caplan tells Philly.com (http://bit.ly/2oaZiFc ) he was taking a group there Thursday when he found construction crews tearing the building down.

Philly set to welcome NFL draft in grand way

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Yo, Roger, they did it. When the NFL chose Philadelphia to host the 2017 draft, it quickly became clear one of the world's most famous movie locations would be the perfect site to hold the three-day extravaganza. "We had talked about a couple different venues for the NFL and they wanted the Rocky steps and they wanted the Art Museum," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told The Associated Press.

LA's violent uprising of 1992 returns to TV 25 years later

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Toward the end of "L.A. Burning," a new documentary about the fiery and deadly 1992 Los Angeles riots, a man who lived through the turmoil issues an ominous warning about the future. "If we don't change the way we interact with the police and they interact with us, y'all might as well just welcome the next riot," he says.

'Moulin Rouge' director Baz Luhrmann to speak at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann will speak to graduating seniors at Princeton. Princeton's graduating class chose him as their Class Day speaker next month. The Australian will address graduates and their guests the day before commencement. The Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and producer's films include "The Great Gatsby" and "Romeo + Juliet." His series, "The Get Down," which tells the birth of hip-hop, premiered on Netflix in 2016.

Allison Janney on Broadway, 'The West Wing' legacy and Trump

NEW YORK (AP) -- Allison Janney recently found comfort in the fact that she shares something special with the late Sir Laurence Olivier. Yes, acting, of course. But also this: panic attacks. The Emmy-winning actress from "The West Wing" and "Mom" confesses she's been Googling her nervous symptoms and whom she shares them with as she makes her Broadway return. "I'm not going to lie. There's a considerable amount of nerves, panic attacks," she says.