‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 22 Emmy Award nominations

This image released by HBO shows a scene from "Game of Thrones." The program was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for outstanding drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 17. (HBO via AP)

LOS ANGELES — “Game of Thrones” roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday’s nominations with 22 bids but facing a formidable opponent in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” last year’s top drama series.

In ‘Skyscraper,’ the Rock towers over action tropes

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Neve Campbell, left, and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from "Skyscraper." (Kimberley French/Universal Pictures via AP)

NEW YORK — I like to imagine what King Kong, as a popcorn-chomping moviegoer, might make of “Skyscraper,” the latest summer actioner staring Dwayne Johnson. Would he, watching a goliath ascend the exterior of a high-rise with helicopters and klieg lights swirling, woundedly mumble, “Hey, that’s my gig.”

Month after diss track, Drake emerges unfazed with new album

FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, London. Drake's “Scorpion,” the highly anticipated, 25-track album by pop music’s No. 1 player, was released Friday. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — A month ago, Drake’s world was crumbling.

‘The First Purge’ is depressingly prescient

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Lex Scott Davis and Joivan Wade, right, in a scene from "The First Purge." (Annette Brown/Universal Pictures via AP)

This Fourth of July, we’ve got a chance to celebrate America’s birth in a very American way — watching internecine warfare, spasms of savage violence and a dark government conspiracy pulling the strings. That’s right, it’s time for a new Purge.

‘Ant-Man’ sequel brings female characters to the forefront

This image released by Marvel Studios shows Evangeline Lilly, left, and Paul Rudd in a scene from "Ant-Man and the Wasp." (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)

LOS ANGELES — The “Ant-Man” sequel may be about tiny superheroes, but the film is making a big statement about female empowerment by featuring Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp not only in the title, but giving her a larger stake in Marvel’s sprawling movie franchise.

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