The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK (AP) — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century late...

New book shines light on China's influence over Hollywood

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An American movie executive recently published a memoir detailing his experiences shepherding Hollywood fare to China and how the nation’s censors are impacting the ...

Tom Hanks on COVID-19, 'Greyhound' and wartime mentality

NEW YORK (AP) — Since contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been, by most measures, busy. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, flew home after recuperating in Australia, where he had been shooting Ba...

NASA chief "all in" for Tom Cruise to film on space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is rolling out the International Space Station’s red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit. The space agency's administrator, Jim Bridensti...

No ‘Black Widow’ or ‘F9’ leaves a muted summer movie season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The six-year fan campaign for a standalone Black Widow movie was paying off: at long last, a film would put Scarlett Johansson’s popular Avenger front and center. And, l...

Pompeo rushes to Kabul to jumpstart flagging peace process

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Monday in Kabul on an urgent visit to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes ...

Life under virus quarantine: Boxing, chalk art and waiting

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — There's Zumba and boxing classes, lectures on business and taxes, and chalk art outside for the children. While it might sound like a local recreation center...

Virginia Senate blocks another Northam-backed gun bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate blocked one of Gov. Ralph Northam's top gun-control bills Monday, adding to the list of measures the Democratic governor supports that may not pass the legisla...

Streaky Garza with 27, leads Iowa past Northwestern 75-62.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Luka Garza struck early, then struck again to put the game away. Garza scored 27 points — all but one of them in two spurts —and Iowa beat Northwestern 75-62 on...

Shooting highlights difficulty of keeping crime guns out

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials from states with strong gun restrictions have called for stricter firearm control in places with weaker laws to thwart traffickers, but the fatal attack on a Jewish ma...

US Secretary of State urges Hollywood to resist Chinese censorship

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Hollywood in a closed-door speech to resist censorship by China as exemplified by the removal of the Taiwanese flag from...

'Hollywood enables CCP's repression of Taiwan' says Ted Cruz on Top Gun flag controversy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the release of a trailer on July 19 for the new Top Gun film starring Tom Cruise, it was discovered that the film’s producers altered Tom Cruise’s fl...

China censors strike again: Taiwanese and Japanese flags cut from new Top Gun film

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With the surprise release of a Top Gun 2 trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, another example of China’s campaign to suppress Taiwan also made an unexpecte...

Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with 'Top Gun' sequel trailer

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tom Cruise has made an unexpected flyby at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick." The audience in the 8,000 seat room went wild for ...

The curious case of Martin Guptill's Cricket World Cup

LONDON (AP) — When the team sheets come out for the Cricket World Cup final, New Zealand's will be topped, as always, by Martin Guptill. Maybe only his teammates will expect much fro...