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Ed Carpenter, Danica Patrick among those with extra drive to win Indianapolis 500

The field for this year’s Indianapolis 500 is filled with drivers with points to prove beyond showing they can win the celebrated race. From Danica Patrick, who bids farewell to her racing career, to three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and hometown favorite Ed Carpenter, the list of drivers...

Radical author 'Mary Shelley' and an excellent Elle Fanning deserve a more adventurous telling

“Mary Shelley” conjures up images of a lumbering, disfigured, greenish-skinned monster of a man. That monster, now a cultural icon of horror films for over a century, and his mad scientist creator, Dr. Frankenstein, were dreamed up by the young Mary Shelley in her 1818 horror/fantasy novel, “Frankenstein;...

"Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer heads Amazon's twisty mystery "Picnic At Hanging Rock":

Few Australian films have cast a haunting and influential spell over cinema like 1975’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” the mystery about several students from a posh finishing school who vanished during a Valentine’s Day outing to the rugged forest landmark in 1900. In addition to an eerie tone that...

'That Summer' goes behind the scenes at Grey Gardens, to mixed effect

The strangely mesmerizing found-footage documentary “That Summer” is a kind of prequel to 1975’s “Grey Gardens,” Albert and David Maysles’ landmark portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ then-elderly aunt, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (a.k.a. Big Edie), and Edith’s middle-aged daughter, Edie Bouvier...

Airstrikes in eastern Syria reportedly kill at least 12 pro-government fighters

Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State extremists. In Damascus, the the official...

Jack Johnson's presidential pardon 'a victory for humanity,' WBC president Sulaiman says

World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman looked around the Oval Office on Thursday and was shaken by the moment of late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson finally receiving his full presidential pardon. “We’re so happy. It’s a victory for humanity, human equality and inclusion,” Sulaiman...

'Dear Kim Jong Un, sorry, it’s just not working out.' Trump's breakup letter leaves experts puzzled

Dear Kim Jong Un: It’s just not working out between us. Sorry. Hope we don’t have to nuke you. Please call. On Thursday morning, President Trump canceled his upcoming peace summit in Singapore with North Korea’s leader with an open letter that veered between sentimentality and threats of nuclear...

Harvey Weinstein to surrender, face criminal charges in N.Y. sexual assault case, sources say

Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to face charges in New York related to allegations of sexual assault in what would mark the first criminal charges faced by the disgraced former movie mogul, sources familar with the case said Thursday. The sources said the case involved but not might...

Shohei Ohtani will skip his next scheduled start

The decision was an unpopular one. But if the Angels were interested only in being popular, they’d pitch Shohei Ohtani every game. Instead, team officials — citing longer-term objectives — decided to push back the rookie’s next start on the mound, meaning he won’t face fellow countryman Masahiro...

Wobbly narrative derails family-told story of 'Yadvi: The Dignified Princess'

Written and directed by and starring the granddaughters of its subject, “Yadvi: The Dignified Princess” explores the life of 20th-century royalty in India. Unfortunately, while its intentions are as pure as the heart of its heroine, the biography offers little depth or insight into Yadvi. She is...

'Disappointed' and 'deeply concerned': World leaders confused after Trump cancels North Korea summit

President Trump’s cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament. In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in said Trump’s “very regrettable” announcement...

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homer in Angels' 8-1 win over Blue Jays

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit solo home runs, Shohei Ohtani doubled twice and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Thursday. Nick Tropeano (2-3) pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings to snap a five-start winless streak. Ohtani also walked twice and scored two runs. Martin...

How Paul Bettany sent a text message and became 'Solo: A Star Wars Story's' new villain

When Paul Bettany at age 6 saw “Star Wars” for the first time, he was transported from a rainy London to a galaxy far, far away. The experience was instrumental in his decision to pursue acting. Forty years later, the British actor is making his mark in the “Star Wars” universe as Dryden Vos, the...

In canceling the North Korea summit, Trump found an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say

As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that “all across the administration” preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Less than 24 hours later, Trump abruptly canceled the meeting, citing...
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