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'Making a Murderer' sequel set to premiere Oct. 19

A sequel to the popular "Making a Murderer" documentary series is set to premiere Oct. 19 on Netflix.

The first "Making a Murderer" recounted the story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in the 2005 slaying of Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery and Dassey are serving life sentences in that killing.

Halbach's remains were found in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard. Avery insists police framed him. Dassey has argued detectives coerced him into confessing that he helped Avery rape and kill Halbach.

The documentary won Avery and Dassey legions of fans and spurred demands for their release.

The sequel, "Making a Murderer 2," will follow their appeals. The premiere date is Dassey's birthday.

Woodson, Groff among finalists for $50,000 literary prize

A story collection by Lauren Groff and a middle grade novel by Jacqueline Woodson are among the finalists for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize.

On Tuesday, the trade publication Kirkus Reviews announced six nominees in each category for fiction, nonfiction and "Young Readers' Literature." Groff's "Florida" is a fiction nominee, with others including Ling Ma for "Severance" and Katie Williams' "Tell the Machine Goodnight." In nonfiction, nominees include Timothy Snyder's "The Road to Unfreedom," Rebecca Solnit's "Call Them By Their True Names" and Beth Macy's "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America." Finalists for younger readers' books include Woodson's "Harbor Me," Derrick Barnes' "Crown" and Yuyi Morales' "Dreamers."

Winners will be announced Oct. 25.

Singer Gary Numan's tour bus involved in fatal crash

Police say a tour bus carrying British singer Gary Numan struck and killed a 91-year-old man in Cleveland.

Authorities say Numan's tour bus was making a right turn when it struck the victim as he walked in a crosswalk Monday afternoon.

Numan said on Twitter that he and his team "are all devastated by the fatal accident."

The singer had been scheduled to perform Monday night at the House of Blues Cleveland, which canceled the show.

Numan filled stadiums with Tubeway Army in the 1980s. He now lives in California, and recent songs include "Love Hurt Bleed" and "My Name Is Ruin."

Bill Cosby's day of reckoning arrives in court

The woman Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting said in a statement released at the comedian's sentencing Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern."

Andrea Constand, 45, said her training as a professional basketball player had led her to think she could handle anything, but "life as I knew it" ended on the night in 2004 that Cosby knocked her out with pills and violated her.

The statement was released as Judge Steven O'Neill weighed Cosby's punishment and whether to declare the 81-year-old TV star a "sexually violent predator," a legal scarlet letter that would subject the comedian to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and would require that neighbors, schools and day care center be notified of his whereabouts.

The comic once known as America's Dad faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison after being convicted in April in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Prosecutors asked a judge to give Cosby five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, saying the former TV star is too old and helpless to do time in prison.

Constand said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.

"When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities," she wrote in her five-page statement.

"Now, almost 15 years later, I'm a middle-aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward."

Meanwhile, a defense psychologist testified Tuesday that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offense are "extraordinarily low" because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around.

Cosby's lawyers called Timothy Foley to the stand as they fought to keep him from being declared a "sexually violent predator."

Foley said the recidivism rate is negligible for sex offenders older than 70.

"Given that he's 81, blind, has been convicted of a sex offense and will be supervised," it's extremely unlikely Cosby would commit another such crime, Foley testified.

Defense attorney Joseph Green started the second day of Cosby's sentencing hearing by getting a psychologist for the state to acknowledge it is possible Cosby is in "full remission" from a psychological disorder she says gives him the uncontrollable urge to assault women.

Cosby hasn't been accused of committing a sexual assault in the 14 years since he violated Constand, who said the comedian gave her what she thought were herbal pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay incapacitated on a couch.

Cosby was smiling and joking with his spokesman and sheriff's deputies as he settled into the courtroom Tuesday. On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist on the stand for the state portrayed him as a sexual predator with signs of a mental disorder.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom; they are generally banned in Pennsylvania.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court Tuesday. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.

In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.

The proceedings took place as another extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than three decades ago.

Tuesday's sentencing was a reckoning accusers and prosecutors said was decades in the making for the once-beloved entertainer known for his role as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked, 1980s-era "Cosby Show."

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.

Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy," in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.


Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer contributed to this report.

Lawyer: Mental illness led to Fyre Festival promoter's crime

A lawyer says mental illness caused the promoter of a failed music festival to rip off investors and commit other crimes.

Attorney Randall Jackson urged a Manhattan judge Friday to be lenient at Billy McFarland's October sentencing.

McFarland pleaded guilty earlier this year to defrauding investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas and cheating customers in a ticket scam. Without leniency, he faces over a decade in prison.

Jackson cited a psychological report saying McFarland has Bipolar Related Disorder and may sometimes have "delusional beliefs of having special and unique talents that will lead to fame and fortune."

McFarland earned tabloid headlines after fraudulently enlisting 80 investors to pour $26 million into a festival promoted as "the cultural experience of the decade." The festival was canceled.

Six Flags offers $300 for spending 30 hours in coffin

In the 1942 film “The Corpse Vanishes,” actor Bela Lugosi explains that he finds a coffin “much more comfortable than a bed.”

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Six Flags St. Louis is seeking people who find lying in coffins within their comfort level. The Missouri theme park announced on its website Friday that to celebrate the 30th year of Fright Fest, it will host a 30-Hour Coffin Challenge.

Six contestants will be chosen to spend 30 hours in “deluxe,” “slightly used” coffins measuring 2 feet wide by 7 feet long, the Post-Dispatch reported. Hours of repose will be from 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the park.

Contestants will be allowed to bring a friend, the park said on its website, but only during Fright Fest operating hours. After hours -- from midnight Saturday until noon Sunday -- they will be on their own, but “some of our Fright Fest Freaks will be lurking about in the darkness.”

There will be six-minute bathroom breaks every hour, but a contestant will be eliminated from the competition if he or she gets out of the coffin.

Park officials did not specify whether this is an open or closed casket competition, but for health (and liability) reasons, we’ll assume it’s an open showing.

However, to ensure comfort, contestants are encouraged to bring a pillow and blanket. The park will provide, food, drinks and snacks, and will provide cellphone charging stations to pass the time.

Contestants who make it through the 30 hours will receive two 2019 Gold Season Passes and a Fright Fest Prize Package, which includes tickets to the haunted house and Freak Train. As for the $300 prize, if more than one person makes it through a drawing will be held to award the cash.

But nobody goes home empty-handed. All winners will be allowed to keep the coffin, the park said on its website.

After all, the challenge organizers want their contestants to rest in peace.

Mel Gibson to direct, co-write remake of 'The Wild Bunch'

Mel Gibson will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 Western "The Wild Bunch."

Warner Bros. on Monday confirmed that Gibson will helm the production, with Bryan Bagby to co-write the script with him. It will be Gibson's first time directing since his 2016 World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge," for which Gibson earned a best directing Oscar nomination.

"Hacksaw Ridge" was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture. The Oscar reception was seen by some as a comeback for Gibson in Hollywood years after he pleaded no contest in 2011 to spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. In 2006, he went on an anti-Semitic tirade while being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

No production start or release date for "The Wild Bunch" was announced. Gibson is first prepping a World War II drama to star Mark Wahlberg.

Box office top 20: 'The House With a Clock' is no. 1

A trio of wide-releases sputtered while the gothic family fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, ticked its way to a weekend-best $26.6 million in ticket sales, according to final box-office figures Monday.

The Universal Pictures release, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, exceeded industry expectations on a weekend that was otherwise littered with disappointments.

Amazon Studio's "Life Itself," from "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman, bombed with a mere $2.1 million in 2,609 theaters. Sam Levinson's "Assassination Nation," which Neon made the top purchase at January's Sundance Film Festival, debuted with only $1.1 million. And Michael Moore's Donald Trump documentary "Fahrenheit 11/9," from the newly launched Briarcliff Entertainment, opened with $3 million, or about half what was expected.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "The House With A Clock In Its Walls," Universal, $26,608,020, 3,592 locations, $7,408 average, $26,608,020, 1 Week.

2. "A Simple Favor," Lionsgate, $10,252,206, 3,102 locations, $3,305 average, $32,414,620, 2 Weeks.

3. "The Nun," Warner Bros., $9,965,635, 3,707 locations, $2,688 average, $100,610,942, 3 Weeks.

4. "The Predator," 20th Century Fox, $9,176,459, 4,070 locations, $2,255 average, $40,911,581, 2 Weeks.

5. "Crazy Rich Asians," Warner Bros., $6,346,641, 2,802 locations, $2,265 average, $159,271,124, 6 Weeks.

6. "White Boy Rick," Sony, $4,857,655, 2,504 locations, $1,940 average, $17,268,023, 2 Weeks.

7. "Peppermint," STX Entertainment, $3,684,122, 2,680 locations, $1,375 average, $30,296,681, 3 Weeks.

8. "Fahrenheit 11/9," Briarcliff Entertainment, $3,008,563, 1,719 locations, $1,750 average, $3,008,563, 1 Week.

9. "The Meg," Warner Bros., $2,265,438, 2,003 locations, $1,131 average, $140,438,357, 7 Weeks.

10. "Searching," Sony, $2,150,829, 1,787 locations, $1,204 average, $23,091,173, 5 Weeks.

11. "Life Itself," Amazon Studios, $2,123,463, 2,609 locations, $814 average, $2,123,463, 1 Week.

12. "Unbroken: Path To Redemption," Pure Flix, $1,284,253, 1,484 locations, $865 average, $4,539,775, 2 Weeks.

13. "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," Paramount, $1,162,813, 871 locations, $1,335 average, $218,137,480, 9 Weeks.

14. "Disney's Christopher Robin," Disney, $1,070,226, 1,252 locations, $855 average, $96,906,023, 8 Weeks.

15. "Assassination Nation," Neon Rated, $1,050,021, 1,403 locations, $748 average, $1,050,021, 1 Week.

16. "The Wife," Sony Pictures Classics, $890,350, 469 locations, $1,898 average, $4,891,527, 6 Weeks.

17. "BlacKkKlansman," Focus Features, $647,905, 454 locations, $1,427 average, $47,128,255, 7 Weeks.

18. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," Sony, $575,995, 518 locations, $1,112 average, $166,052,980, 11 Weeks.

19. "Incredibles 2," Disney, $533,570, 500 locations, $1,067 average, $606,357,928, 15 Weeks.

20. "Alpha," Sony, $377,548, 544 locations, $694 average, $35,200,118, 6 Weeks.

T.I. plans pop-up trap music museum, trap house escape room in Atlanta

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of his album, “Trap Muzik,” rapper T.I. is bringing a unique, pop-up trap music museum to the hip-hop capital of the South.

Fader reported that the artist took to Instagram to announce the new project. “I made it a album... but WE MADE IT A GENRE!!!!” he wrote. “This is a celebration of ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS to the CULTURE WE CALL TRAP MUZIK!!!!”

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The Trap Music Museum doesn’t have a set location just yet, but according to the official website, the venue will also feature an escape room.

Cost of entry for Escape the Trap Room will be $30.

Related: 2 Chainz announces Haunted Pink Trap House

In the museum, attendees will learn about a variety of featured trap artists, including 21 Savage, Future, the late Shawty Lo and more.

Fader reported the museum will open on Sept. 30. Guests can RSVP and get more information, including hours for the museum and escape room,  at the Trap Museum website.

Celine Dion ending Las Vegas residency in 2019 

The Celine Dion era of Vegas is ending in 2019.

Billboard reported that the vocalist announced that her “Celine” residency for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will end next year. The last show date is June 8, after initially being set to end Jan. 20. The last round of shows start Feb. 26.

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“I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run,” Dion said in a statement. “Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special.”

Fans can get presale tickets to the final shows Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Sept. 28.

“Celine” is Dion’s second Vegas residency. It started March 15, 2011. Her first, “A New Day...” started March 25, 2003, and ended Dec. 15, 2007.

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