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LONDON (AP) \u2014 Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to realize why his feat would be a first.

The American actor plans to spend the early hours of Friday shooting a full-length film, called \"Lost In London LIVE,\" which will be broadcast as it happens in over 550 U.S. theaters.

\"Someone was asking me earlier, 'Do you think that people will start doing this now? Filming a movie and live-streaming it at the same time?' And I said, 'Well, not if they speak to me first.' This is some harrowing stuff,\" he laughs.

Based on a relentlessly awful night out he really had in the British capital, Harrelson wrote and is directing the film that combines comedy and drama.

Talking on the movie's set in the streets of London's theatre district, where rehearsals are happening during the day and at night, Harrelson says he could do with three more weeks of preparation before the action unfolds in real time.

Harrelson, 55, was arrested in London after a night out in 2002. He declined to say whether \"Lost in London\" is based on events from that night, but the set includes a recreation of the club he visited before his arrest.

\"Lost In London LIVE\" is an attempt to merge his two loves, film and theater. And even though audiences will be watching on the other side of the pond when it's Thursday evening, Harrelson is convinced the event's live-streamed nature will add an electrifying element.

\"Will it mess up the performance? That's the question. Will the fear be too high to eke out a performance? I don't know,\" he said.

Harrelson's co-stars are musician Willie Nelson and actor Owen Wilson, a close friend who also helped refine the script.

\"Owen Wilson is my best buddy. Now, that doesn't mean I'm his best buddy, but he's my best buddy and he is a tremendous asset because not only is he just so great on screen, and he's great as an actor and he's great to work with,\" he said.

Harrelson's breakthrough as an actor came on the 1980s television sitcom \"Cheers.\" He's since starred in a number of critically acclaimed TV shows and movies, from \"Natural Born Killers\" and \"No Country For Old Men\" to \"True Detective\" and \"The Hunger Games\" films.

Harrelson next will be joining the \"Star Wars\" universe, with a part in the spin-off movie about a young Han Solo. Describing his character as a criminal and a mentor, he says he's delighted to be joining that \"amazing world.\"

\"All you want is to make good movies, because eventually I'll be gone and those will still be here,\" he said. \"You know what I mean?\"

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Ava DuVernay doesn't want to talk about Donald Trump's election. Her feelings are still too raw.

But because Oprah Winfrey asked about it, the filmmaker opened up: Trump \"represents violence,\" DuVernay said, and she doesn't have much empathy for those who supported him.

She made the remarks Sunday during a discussion about \"13th,\" her documentary about the prison industrial complex and the disproportionately high number of black men behind bars.

Winfrey moderated an hourlong conversation between DuVernay and political commentator Van Jones at the home of Netflix chief Ted Sarandos, who hosted the event with wife Nicole Avant under two tennis-court-sized tents in their backyard.

Guests at the invitation-only affair were mostly industry insiders, including Quincy Jones, Rob Reiner, Laura Dern, Mira Sorvino, Courtney B. Vance and Chelsea Handler. Winfrey was a winning moderator, quipping to the crowd but mostly quiet, keeping the spotlight on her subjects.

A few moments recalled her old talk show.

The first thing she did was move her chair closer to DuVernay and Jones. In a long slate dress and black stilettos, Winfrey scooted the rattan seat over herself. Sarandos quietly hustled onto the stage to move a small coffee table that was in her way. Later, when the conversation about Trump got particularly animated, Winfrey deadpanned to the audience: \"We should be televising this.\"

Footage from Trump's campaign rallies appears in \"13th,\" which connects the criminalization and jailing of black men in jail to a provision of the 13th Amendment that prohibits slavery except as a punishment for crime. Available now on Netflix, the film is among 15 documentaries shortlisted for Oscar nominations, which will be announced Jan. 24.

DuVernay said she feared the police as a child growing up in Compton, California. As a student at UCLA, she studied American history, justice and institutionalized racism.

In researching the documentary, DuVernay said she was most surprised to learn about the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that proposes policies and legislation based on the corporate interests it represents.

The film also shows how political rhetoric about being \"tough on crime\" has historically translated to more policing in communities of color.

Jones, who also appears in \"13th,\" said, \"You can't talk about the history of black America without talking about mass incarceration.\"

DuVernay and Jones agree that the recent police shootings of black men are part of a long history of criminalization of black people by politicians and police. They also agree that the prison problem isn't quickly or easily solved.

\"It's not a one-answer question,\" DuVernay said, adding that she doesn't expect the issue to be remedied during her lifetime.

But she and Jones disagree on the best approach for dealing with the impending Trump administration.

Jones said he wants to connect with Trump voters who find the president-elect distasteful but supported him because they felt overlooked by other candidates.

DuVernay said she has no time for that. Racism and sexism are distractions, she said, \"to my humanity and what I'm doing.\"

\"Distraction is if I stop and try to talk to folks who have clearly demonstrated that they're not open to hearing that,\" she said. \"What they will hear is what I do: How I move forward, the art that I make, the energy that I put out into the world.\"

___

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The news is \"Fantastic.\"

A spokeswoman for Kate Mara confirmed Monday that the actress and her \"Fantastic Four\" co-star Jamie Bell are engaged.

The 33-year-old Mara has also appeared in such films as \"Brokeback Mountain\" and \"The Martian\" and in the Netflix series \"House of Cards.\" The 30-year-old Bell is known for such movies as \"The Adventures of Tintin\" and \"Snowpiercer.\" The actors have been dating since 2015, the year \"Fantastic Four\" came out.

Bell was previously married to actress Evan Rachel Wood.

___

This story has been corrected to show that Bell was previously married to Evan Rachel Wood, not Rachel Wood.

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I can\u2019t hate a movie that has a heart as big as the one that beats within the script of this big, dopey lug nut of a film.

That doesn\u2019t stop \u201cMonster Trucks\u201d from being dumb even though it\u2019s likeable. It\u2019s serviceable for the little folks who will giggle at the monsters, frown at the villains and cheer on the cute couple at the center of the story.

Rob Lowe stars as the oil company executive who tells his Montana crew to keep drilling even when they come to a body of water that could contain some kind of life form. Which, of course, it does: Dwelling there are huge squid-like critters with heads sort of like sea lions.

A couple of the creatures are captured and kept in confinement tanks until the best way to dispose of them can be determined. But a third one escapes, and ends up in the garage of teen-age Tripp (Lucas Till, \u201cThe Disappointments Room.\u201d)

Tripp would rather work on his truck than go to school. He would, in fact, rather work on the truck than keep company with his classmate Meredith (Jane Levy, \u201cDon\u2019t Breathe,\u201d) who is inexplicably attracted to him.

Of course, the monster reveals itself to Tripp, who makes friends with it and trains it to \u201cdrive\u201d his truck. (At this point, the show becomes a sort of science-fiction kid-and-its-animal movie that we\u2019ve seen at least 100 times previously). The being, whom Tripp names \u201cCreech,\u201d becomes a sort of pet for Tripp.

Of course, Meredith finds out about Creech, too. She remains a loyal and trustworthy ally to Tripp, so neither of the young people tells anyone else about the most incredible discovery of the millennium. Meanwhile, a bunch of people suspect that Creech is running loose, and begin to track him down with sinister intentions.

Yes, you\u2019re going to see some chase scenes, lots of CGI, a change of heart and stupid human characters that don\u2019t seem to notice tentacles coiled around the underside of vehicles.

The major problem with the casting is that the actors don\u2019t fit their characters. Till is 27 years old, for crying out loud (he was 24 or 25, I think, when this was filmed). His co-star Jane Levy (\u201cDon\u2019t Breathe\u201d) is the same age. Both appear to be playing at being teenagers rather than being convincing as teenagers.

Still, there\u2019s a nice cautionary theme about how we sometimes react negatively to something we don\u2019t understand. And the script never stoops to the body-function humor of so many other \u201cfamily\u201d films.

Kids will enjoy it while grownups look at their watches and wait for the March release of \u201cBeauty and the Beast.\u201d

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Ken Burns and Trent Reznor would seem two unlikely collaborators, but both describe their recent work on the upcoming PBS documentary on the Vietnam War as among the most satisfying of their careers.

Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails singer and Academy Award-winning film score composer with partner Atticus Ross, made the score for the 10-part series that debuts this fall.

They came into the project after Burns' production partner Lynn Novick saw the movie, \"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.\" Captivated by the film's music, she stayed through the final credits to learn Reznor and Ross were responsible for it, and contacted the composers to see if they'd be interested in working on the Vietnam documentary.

A meeting was set up, and Reznor watched film footage they had gathered to tell about the war that divided Americans in the 1960s.

\"For most of the clip, I'm trying not to start crying and wondering what my voice was going to sound like when the lights came up,\" Reznor recalled on Sunday.

Reznor said he initially found the idea of working with Burns' team intimidating; Novick, meanwhile, thought they'd never be able to rope in a pair of in-demand, Oscar-winning composers. But the marriage was made, and 18 months later a dropbox of music arrived in Burns' and Novick's email queues. She downloaded it, took a long drive and popped in the music, and had to pull over to call Burns.

\"Our minds were collectively blown,\" she said.

Burns said the music evoked the harshness and divisiveness of the times, yet with a strong underlying melodic sense. Rather than place the music atop already existing scenes \u2014 the way scores generally work \u2014 the documentarian said he was able to build scenes around the music itself.

\"His music explores things that are very difficult to put into words and sometimes shy away from putting into words,\" Novick said.

The score will work along with a full soundtrack of music from the era, Burns said. The documentary from the team behind \"The Civil War\" will unfold over 18 hours.

Reznor and Ross won an Oscar for their score of \"The Social Network.\" Within the past year, they've been working simultaneously on music for the movie \"Patriot's Day,\" the documentary \"Before the Flood\" and for a new Nine Inch Nails disc, Reznor said.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Labors of love, one from Martin Scorsese, the other from Ben Affleck, proved costly at a casualty strewn weekend box office where the uplifting NASA drama \"Hidden Figures\" stayed on top for the second straight week.

\"Hidden Figures,\" about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, sold a leading $20.5 million in tickets in North American theaters over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, according to estimates Sunday. Fox anticipates the film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, will make $25.3 million when Monday is included, bringing its cumulative total to about $60 million.

The weekend was more remarkable for what didn't work than what did. Both Affleck's period gangster thriller \"Live by Night\" and Scorsese's Christian epic \"Silence\" bombed in their wide-release debuts. Warner Bros.' \"Live by Night,\" adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel, earned a mere $5.4 million in 2,471 theaters. Paramount's \"Silence,\" from Susaku Endo's novel of 17th century Jesuit priests in Japan, took in $1.9 million in 747 theaters.

Both were high-profile projects that each filmmaker used their considerable sway to get made.

\"Live by Night\" was Affleck's directorial follow-up to the best-picture winning \"Argo.\" Written, directed and starring Affleck, it cost $90 million to make, though rebates and tax incentives lowered its budget to $65 million. But critics said \"Live by Night\" was a step backward for Affleck, who spent much of his publicity campaign fending off questions about his plans to direct a stand-alone Batman film for Warner Bros. The studio, which declined to comment Sunday, estimates \"Live by Night\" will make $6.7 million over the four-day weekend.

The epitome of a passion project, \"Silence,\" which Scorsese contemplated for nearly three decades, represents a culmination of the director's investigations into the nature of faith. While the film, starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson, earned considerable respect from some critics, it failed to catch on in Hollywood's awards season.

\"It's gotten great reviews and it's Marty's passion project, so we're proud to be a part of it, and we're going to keep putting it out there in front of audiences,\" said Kyle Davies, Paramount's domestic distribution chief.

\"Silence,\" never conceived as a particularly commercial release, cost about $50 million to make. The studio expects it to earn $2.3 million over the four-day weekend.

The most costly flop may have been Paramount's family film \"Monster Trucks.\" It earned $10.5 million over the three-day weekend. Viacom took a $115 million write-down late last year on the movie, which cost $125 million to make. It was a rare admission, well before its release, that \"Monster Trucks\" would bomb.

It was an especially crowded weekend. \"La La Land,\" the Oscar favorite, danced into second place with $14.5 million. Damien Chazelle's musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, saw a considerable boost from last Sunday's Golden Globes, where it landed a record seven awards. It has made $74.1 million domestically in six weeks. It's also doing well internationally, earning more than $50 million.

The surprise success was the supernatural thriller \"The Bye Bye Man,\" from STX Entertainment. With some help from Friday the 13th on the calendar, the low-budget horror flick made $13.4 million.

Peter Berg's Boston Marathon bombing docudrama, \"Patriots Day,\" took in a so-so $12 million in its first week of nationwide wide release. The CBS Films and Lionsgate joint release cost about $40 million to produce. But the film, starring Mark Wahlberg, earned an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences, suggesting it could have legs in the coming weeks.

Open Road's \"Sleepless,\" a vigilante revenge thriller starring Jamie Foxx, failed to make much of a dent. It opened with $8.5 million.

Disney's \"Rogue One\" added an additional $13.8 million to its coffers. The film is now poised to cross $1 billion shortly, with $980 million globally to date.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said audiences were inundated with too many films, some of which struggled to keep attention as they went from limited to nationwide release. \"Hidden Figures,\" ''La La Land,\" ''Patriots Day,\" ''Silence\" and \"Live by Night\" all premiered in December before expanding in January.

\"It really is the tale of the holdovers. We've yet to, at this point, have a breakout newcomer from 2017,\" Dergarabedian said. \"When you have so many platforming releases, aside from the top-performing ones, 'Hidden Figures' and 'La La Land,' the others have had a tough time getting traction or getting noticed within this sea of movies.\"

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

1. \"Hidden Figures,\" $20.5 million.

2. \"La La Land,\" $14.5 million ($17.8 million international).

3. \"Sing,\" $13.8 million ($13.2 million international).

4. \"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,\" $13.8 million ($21.9 million international).

5. \"The Bye Bye Man,\" $13.4 million ($1.3 million international).

6. \"Patriots Day,\" $12 million ($1.3 million international).

7. \"Monster Trucks,\" $10.5 million ($4 million international).

8. \"Sleepless,\" $8.5 million.

9. \"Underworld: Blood Wars,\" $5.8 million ($1.4 million international).

10. \"Passengers,\" $5.6 million ($32.5 million international).

___

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. \"Passengers,\" $32.5 million.

2. \"Assassin's Creed,\" $23.1 million.

3. \"Rogue One, A Star Wars Story,\" $21.9 million.

4. \"La La Land,\" $17.8 million.

5. \"Moana,\" $16.9 million.

6. \"Sing,\" $13.2 million.

7. \"The Great Wall,\" $10 million.

8. \"Why Him?\" $9.1 million.

9. \"Allied,\" $8.4 million

10. \"Some Like it Hot,\" $7.4 million.

___

Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP .

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Donald Trump proved you could ride reality TV fame to the White House. Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner proved that having a film crew around can just compound the embarrassment of a political freefall.

Now, a young Republican is following in their footsteps by allowing a documentary film crew to shadow him as he considers a run this year to unseat New York City's mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio.

Eric Ulrich, a 31-year-old city councilman who favors rights to abortion and gay marriage, has yet to declare his candidacy in what could be an uphill battle on overwhelmingly Democratic turf.

The unscripted show recording the realities of the politician's daily life would probably air before the Nov. 7, 2017, election \u2014 if it gets picked up by a television network in time. The New York-based company making the show, Left/Right, which produced \"Mob Wives\" for VH1 and other programs for Showtime, AMC and the History Channel, is still shopping it around.

\"It's a great gimmick, but we're in a new world of communication. Look at Trump,\" said political analyst Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. \"The basic point is, attention is good for politicians.\"

Ulrich is in his second term representing parts of New York's borough of Queens. He is one of only three Republicans among 51 City Council members. In 2014, against de Blasio's opposition, he introduced a bill to create the city's Department of Veterans' Services.

Earlier this month, Left/Right producers Brad Trackman and Johnny Russo shot two days of Ulrich's activities for a \"sizzle reel\" that television networks can see for possible purchase.

Quinnipiac's Carroll says such documentaries are part of a dramatically changing world from the time when political and news organizations delivered what he calls \"neat and compartmentalized\" information about candidates.

\"Now, forget it. People make their own rules. It's all over the place, and you might as well get used to it,\" said Carroll, noting that success is gauged by the number of social media hits.

Campaign documentaries have been linked to both victory and defeat.

Cory Booker's 2002 run for mayor of Newark, New Jersey, against Sharpe James is captured in the 2005 Oscar-nominated film titled \"Street Fight,\" whose searing scenes of raw politics weren't forgotten when he campaigned for a U.S. Senate seat and won in 2013.

The same year in New York, a camera trailed Weiner, a Democrat, as he campaigned for mayor. That documentary chronicled, in deeply personal detail, the embarrassing end to his political career following a series of lewd tweets to women.

Democratic political analyst Doug Muzzio said a reality show can be an effective stump tool.

\"I think that if done right, it shows a candidate in unguarded moments,\" he said. \"You could get a feel for the character; it tells a story and it highlights the character in a way that almost any other medium just can't do.\"

Ulrich's wife and 4-year-old daughter may appear before the camera in Ulrich's politically conservative section of Queens.

\"Eric is a solid guy, but I can't see him being a formidable mayoral candidate,\" said Muzzio, who knows him from Baruch College, where he teaches and where the councilman received a master's degree.

Ulrich did not support Trump, a fellow Queens native, but Carroll said Trump's victory shows that anything can happen \u2014 especially in New York.

\"I'm trying to remember when the normal calculations ever applied in New York,\" said Carroll, chuckling. \"Funny things have happened here.\"

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) \u2014 A man convicted in the murder case that inspired the 1999 movie \"Boys Don't Cry\" has joined a fellow death row inmate in challenging Nebraska's three-judge method for determining death sentences.

Attorneys for John Lotter argue that he had a right to have jurors, not judges, weigh his fate when he was sentenced to death in 1996, the Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2iTAHhd ). The attorneys cite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down Florida's death penalty process, saying it gave too much power to judges to make the ultimate decision. After that ruling, Delaware's high court followed suit and threw out that state's death penalty-determining method.

Lotter was condemned for his role in the 1993 killings of Teena Brandon, a 21-year-old woman who lived briefly as a man, and two witnesses, Lisa Lambert and Philip DeVine, at a rural Humboldt, Nebraska, farmhouse.

A similar appeal has been filed on behalf of Jeffrey Hessler, convicted in the 2003 rape and murder of 15-year-old Gering, Nebraska, newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero.

The Nebraska attorney general's office has filed motions arguing that Nebraska's sentencing scheme allows jury participation and is not identical to the one struck down in Florida.

In Nebraska when a defendant is convicted in a death penalty case, the jury that decided guilt also decides whether aggravating factors exist to justify the defendant's execution. If the jury finds such, a three-judge panel is convened to determine whether the aggravating factors outweigh any mitigating factors in the defendant's favor. The three judges also must determine if the death sentence is warranted and, if so, whether it is proportionate to the penalty imposed in similar cases.

The three judges ultimately determine whether the defendant gets death or life in prison.

Attorney Jerry Soucie, who has represented several Nebraska death row inmates, said Friday that he expects the state's other eight death row inmates to challenge Nebraska's method, too.

\"This issue has been floating around a long time,\" Soucie said.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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