Disney CEO Bob Iger gets contact extension to July 2019

NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney CEO Bob Iger is getting a one-year contract extension. The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday ended any speculation that Iger would retire this year, extending contract to July 2, 2019. Iger's base salary of $2.5 million will be unchanged, but he gets a $5 million signing bonus, according to filings with the Security Exchange Commission. He made a total of $43.

US actor Gere compares West Bank town to 'Old South'

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Actor Richard Gere has compared life for Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron to segregation in the United States. The "Pretty Woman" star toured Hebron this week with Breaking the Silence, a group of Israeli ex-soldiers who criticize Israeli policies in the West Bank. During the visit, Gere said "it's exactly what the Old South was in America," according to a clip aired Wednesday by Israel's Channel 2 TV.

Review: Big-screen 'CHIPS' a tawdry, sexist disappointment

"CHiPs" was a wholesome TV show in the 1970s and '80s about two California Highway Patrol officers. They were a couple of good-natured guys who embodied California cool with their motorcycles and mirrored sunglasses, solving problems, catching criminals and brightening days everywhere. Reimagined by writer, director, producer and star Dax Shepard, the big-screen "CHIPS" is a tawdry, testosterone-fueled tale built around penis jokes and endless evaluation of women's appearances.

Greta Garbo's former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M

NEW YORK (AP) -- Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2nFMaXm ) that the Swedish-born star's seven-room Manhattan co-op overlooking the East River is on the market for $5.95 million, with monthly maintenance of nearly $9,100. The co-op is located on the fifth floor of the 14-story Campanile building, located on East 52nd Street.

Cancer free and confident, James Conner eager to get to NFL

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- James Conner long envisioned the day he would walk into the indoor practice facility the Pittsburgh Panthers share with the Pittsburgh Steelers and be welcomed by a sea of NFL scouts and coaches. Yet the record-setting running back didn't envision it quite like this, walking from station to station with a crew from NFL Films in tow to chronicle another important step in the 21-year-old's remarkable comeback from a battle with cancer.

Movie of Vince Flynn's 'American Assassin' to debut Sept. 15

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The late Minnesota author Vince Flynn's counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is coming to the big screen in September. CBS Films and Lionsgate announced Wednesday that "American Assassin," based on Flynn's best-seller, will hit theaters Sept. 15 nationwide and in North America. "American Assassin" stars Dylan O'Brien as Rapp and Michael Keaton as his mentor, Stan Hurley.

Box office reaches new record, but international sales flat

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that the worldwide box office reached a record $38.6 billion in 2016, though international revenues were essentially stagnant. The MPAA's annual report showed a global increase of .5 percent in ticket sales from 2015. While China, the world's second-largest market after the U.S., has long been a priority of Hollywood, it dropped 1 percent last year with $6.6 billion in ticket sales.

Butterbeer ice cream hitting shelves for Harry Potter fans

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania ice cream maker is courting Harry Potter fans with a new flavor based on Hogwarts' favorite drink, "butterbeer." Yuengling's Ice Cream notes that J.K. Rowling once described butterbeer as tasting "a little bit like less sickly butterscotch." With that in mind, Yuengling's says the new butterbeer variety combines buttercream and butterscotch ice cream. Yuengling's says "the result is magical decadence that will transport you to another place and time.

Onetime defendant in legendary Lufthansa heist is rearrested

NEW YORK (AP) -- An aging mobster who beat a charge that he took part in a legendary heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas" was accused Wednesday in a less noteworthy crime -- getting a group of gangsters, including John "Dapper Don" Gotti's namesake grandson, to torch a car that cut him off in traffic.

Review: So-so 'Power Rangers' reboot is cheesy, self-serious

There's a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material? There's no right answer. There've been successful versions of both. Irreverent and meta takes on dated or impossible material have worked (usually thanks to Phil Lord and Chris Miller) as have deathly serious interpretations.

Ryan Gosling on Malick, directing again and that Oscar flub

NEW YORK (AP) -- Even amid the chaotic melee on the Dolby Theatre stage during the infamous best-picture Oscar flub, Ryan Gosling was typically unflappable. While most reacted with shock and confusion, there was the "La La Land" star -- cool and bemused -- chuckling on the side of the stage. "What can you say?" Gosling said in an interview by phone from Los Angeles. "I was very happy for 'Moonlight' at the same time.

Writer's lawsuit says Disney copied his plans for 'Zootopia'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A screenwriter and producer sued Walt Disney Pictures on Tuesday claiming the studio copied his ideas to create the Oscar-winning animated film "Zootopia." Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of "Total Recall," ''Minority Report" and "Big Trouble in Little China," filed the copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in a federal court in Los Angeles.

Dax Shepard takes "CHIPS" from primetime to "Bad Boys"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dax Shepard was only 2 when "CHiPs" started airing on NBC and 8 by the time the popular series about the California Highway Patrol ended. He remembers the show -- the sunshine, the motorcycles, the diversity (there weren't many Latinos in his hometown of Detroit). It was like a vacation from the greyness every night on prime time.

'Cars 3' characters rev up for cross-country tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Get your engines started, Lightning McQueen is racing into a city near you. A life-size replica of the "Cars" character and his pals Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm are revving up for a 27-city tour across the United States in advance of the June 16 release of "Cars 3.

Musical of 'Mean Girls' by Tina Fey set to debut in DC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tina Fey's stage adaptation of "Mean Girls" will make its world premiere at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. The new musical is based on the 2004 film about a naive girl who falls in love with her new high school's coolest, prettiest, most treacherous triumvirate of girls, called The Plastics. The show will run from Oct. 31-Dec. 3.

Beauty and the Beast will not return to cinemas in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Disney's new Beauty and the Beast will not be returning to cinemas in Kuwait after the country's largest cinema company pulled the movie from its theaters. Kuwait's National Cinema Company said Tuesday it would not be bringing the film back to audiences "in tandem with our values and responsibility toward our younger audiences.

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown in Malaysia without cuts

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its movie "Beauty and the Beast" will open in Malaysia on March 30 without the cutting of a gay scene as had been ordered by film censors. The re-telling of the animated classic was originally scheduled to start showing on March 16 but was postponed after Disney refused to edit the film.

Colin Farrell tapped to play Oliver North for Amazon

Colin Farrell is slated to star as Oliver North in a limited series from Amazon. Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed Farrell in the film "Lobster," will direct the untitled, one-hour series that will cover the Iran-Contra scandal. Ben Stiller is among the executive producers. North, a decorated U.S.

Penelope Cruz to play Versace in 'American Crime Story'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Penelope Cruz is headed to television to play fashion designer Donatella Versace in the third installment of "American Crime Story" on FX. The Academy Award-winning actress will star in the 10-episode series focused on the 1997 slaying of Versace's brother, Gianni. Donatella Versace took over the famed fashion house after her brother was killed. Co-executive produced by Ryan Murphy, the Versace story is expected to air in early 2018.