Mar. 21 Entertainment Briefs

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Drumroll please: It's Sir Ringo as ex-Beatle knighted

LONDON (AP) — Call him Sir Ringo now, or Sir Richard to be more precise. Either way, it's a fitting honor for the former Beatles drummer, who has waited decades for the recognition. The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William Tuesday. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event. He said the honor "means a lot". It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards. The other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, was knighted in 1997. "I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we've ended up in the palace and it's now Sir Paul and Sir Richard," said Starr.

Twitter: 'Black Panther' is most tweeted about movie ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The pop culture sensation "Black Panther" has set another record: most tweeted about movie ever. Twitter said Tuesday that Ryan Coogler's box-office smash has been tweeted about more than 35 million times. That pushes it ahead of the previous record-holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The most recent "Star Wars" installment, "The Last Jedi," ranks third. Over the weekend, "Black Panther" became the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to top the box office in North America five straight weekends. It has grossed more than $607 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide. In the next week, it's expected to pass "The Avengers" as the highest grossing superhero film ever, not accounting for inflation. Twitter said "Black Panther" had the most tweets in the U.S., followed by the United Kingdom and Thailand.

Spring-themed cake for Prince Harry, Meghan's spring wedding

LONDON (AP) — Lemon, elderflower, fresh flower decorations: The cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May wedding will be appropriately spring-themed. Kensington Palace said Tuesday the royal wedding cake will be a lemon elderflower concoction incorporating "the bright flavors of spring." It'll be covered with buttercream, and adorned with fresh flowers. Look for a hint of California too — the designated pastry chef Claire Ptak was raised in California and worked as a pastry chef under the celebrated Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Ptak now runs Violet Bakery in London. The palace says the couple are "very much looking forward to sharing this cake" with guests at their May 19 nuptials. The guest list has not been released, and the designer of Markle's dress has so far been kept secret.

Discovery of USS Juneau wreckage provides some closure

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa. An expedition backed by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen reported finding the wreckage over the weekend. David Reams, senior director of maritime operations for Allen, says the team’s primary aim was to find the USS Lexington, which it reported finding earlier this month. With some extra time, Reams says the team decided to look for other “wrecks of interest.” The discovery team used sonar data and a remotely operated underwater vehicle to identify and verify the wreckage. The Sullivans’ story was told in a 1944 movie, The Fighting Sullivans.