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Remo Belli, musician who pioneered synthetic drumheads, dies

Remo Belli, musician who pioneered synthetic drumheads, dies

PASADENA, Calif. — Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California.
Cate Blanchett named goodwill ambassador for UN refugees

Cate Blanchett named goodwill ambassador for UN refugees

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett said Monday she's proud to have been named a global goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency. Filippo Grandi, the U.N.

Box office top 20: 'The Jungle Book' tops newcomers

NEW YORK — "The Jungle Book" extended its box-office reign to three weeks, easily besting a handful of newcomers that made little impact. In its third week of release, the Disney release took in $43.
Hulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcript

Hulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcript

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has sued Gawker again, saying the gossip website leaked sealed court documents with a transcript that quoted him making racist remarks.
Review: The Avengers divide in revitalizing 'Civil War'

Review: The Avengers divide in revitalizing 'Civil War'

Conventional movie wisdom would suggest that there can only be diminishing returns with long-running franchises. There must be a breaking point, right? Especially at movie four, five, six and beyond.

FBI returns to home of man linked to $500M Boston art heist

HARTFORD, Conn. — Federal authorities returned on Monday to search the Connecticut property of a reputed mobster suspecting of having knowledge about the largest art heist in U.S. history. FBI agents went to the Manchester home of Robert Gentile.

George Weymouth, artist who hid Wyeth's 'Helga' works, dies

CHADDS FORD, Pa. — George Weymouth, a conservationist and artist who for years helped hide a secret cache of Andrew Wyeth's "Helga" portraits, has died.
Oprah Winfrey to star in HBO's 'Henrietta Lacks' movie

Oprah Winfrey to star in HBO's 'Henrietta Lacks' movie

LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey is expanding her participation in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" to an on-screen role.

Prince siblings in probate court in 1st hearing on estate

CHASKA, Minn. — Five of Prince's six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn't known to have left a will.
Country stars plan to continue playing in North Carolina

Country stars plan to continue playing in North Carolina

INGLEWOOD, Calif.