Pope apologizes for using vulgar term against gay people

Pope Francis apologized Tuesday for using vulgar language about gay people when talking about the Catholic Church’s ban on gay priests. The comments, spoken in a private setting, were delivered to an assembly of Italian bishops on May 20. The discussion came after the Italian bishops approved a document on seminary training in Italy. The … Read more

Bill Walton, Hall of Fame basketball player, dies of cancer at 71

Bill Walton, who starred for John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins before becoming a Hall of Fame center for his NBA career and one of the biggest stars in basketball broadcasting, died Monday, the league announced. Walton, who had a prolonged fight with cancer, was 71. He was the NBA’s MVP in the 1977-78 season, a two-time … Read more

‘Furiosa,’ ‘Garfield’ lead slowest Memorial Day box office in decades

Movie theaters are looking more and more like a wasteland this summer. Neither “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” nor “The Garfield Movie” could save Memorial Day weekend, which is cruising toward a two-decade low. “Furiosa,” the Mad Max prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, claimed the first-place spot for the Friday-Saturday-Sunday weekend with $25.6 … Read more

Globe-trotting archeologist who drew comparisons to Indiana Jones has died

MADISON, Wis. —  Schuylar Jones, a globe-trotting American adventurer whose exploits drew comparisons to iconic movie character Indiana Jones, has died. He was 94. Jones’ stepdaughter, Cassandra Da’Luz Vieira-Manion, posted on her Facebook page that Jones died on May 17. She said she had been taking care of him for the last six years and … Read more

‘Anora’ wins Cannes Film Festival’s top honor

Sean Baker’s “Anora,” a comic but devastating Brooklyn odyssey about a sex worker who marries the son of a wealthy Russian oligarch, has won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or. The win Saturday for “Anora” marked a coronation for Baker, the acclaimed indie filmmaker of “The Florida Project.” It’s also, remarkably, the … Read more

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

NEW YORK —  Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, an Oscar nominee whose most famous works skewered America’s food industry and who notably ate only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. Spurlock died Thursday in New York from complications of cancer, according to a statement … Read more

WNBA announces Toronto franchise

The WNBA announced Thursday that it awarded Toronto its first international franchise, which is set to start playing in 2026. Toronto will be the women’s basketball league’s 14th member and will play most of its home games at the 8,700-seat Coca-Cola Coliseum at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. “Growing internationally, I’ve been trying to think … Read more

Video link spanning New York City to Dublin reopens after temporary shutdown

A virtual scene has been the buzz on the New York City streets this past week. An open-air video link, which was established between New York City and Dublin on May 8, is open again after it was temporarily closed due to inappropriate behavior from both ends of the portal. A model bared her breasts … Read more

California Disneyland character, parade performers vote to join labor union

Anaheim, California —  Disneyland performers who help bring Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and other beloved characters to life at the Southern California resort chose to unionize following a three-day vote culminating Saturday. The Actors’ Equity Association labor union said in a statement Saturday that cast members for the parades and characters departments at Disney’s theme parks … Read more

‘The Apprentice,’ about a young Donald Trump, premieres in Cannes

CANNES, France —  While Donald Trump’s hush money trial entered its sixth week in New York, an origin story for the Republican presidential candidate premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, unveiling a scathing portrait of the former president in the 1980s. “The Apprentice,” directed by the Iranian Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi, stars Sebastian … Read more