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Dutch police make arrest in thefts of Van Gogh, Hals works

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police arrested a suspect Tuesday in the theft last year of two valuable paintings by Vincent van Gogh...

Chelsea Clinton podcast to launch April 13

NEW YORK (AP) — Along with writing books, podcasts have become a family project for the Clintons. ...

McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ wins inaugural Gotham prize

NEW YORK (AP) — James McBride's latest honor for the novel “Deacon King Kong” is a real New York story. ...

Pinch-pounder: Black Keys drummer fills in at Indians opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — Patrick Carney wasn't nervous before his first live drumming gig in more than a year, just honored. ...

Myanmar junta charges celebrities with promoting protests

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling junta stepped up its campaign against celebrities who support nationwide protests against its seizure of power, publishing wanted...

Prayer vigil held outside NY hospital for rapper DMX

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Supporters and family of the rapper DMX chanted his name and offered up prayers Monday outside the New York...

Hashida, who wrote ‘Oshin,’ many other hit dramas dies at 95

TOKYO (AP) — Renowned Japanese scriptwriter Sugako Hashida, best known for the internationally popular TV drama series “Oshin," has died of lymphoma. She was...

AP’s Nixon wins News Leader of the Year award from NLA

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Nixon, global investigations editor at The Associated Press, has won the first-ever News Leader of the Year award from...

Geffen Hall rebuild speeded due to virus, reopen in fall ’22

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts are accelerating the reconstruction of Geffen Hall because of...

New this Week: ‘Kung Fu,’ ‘Rebel’ and ‘Thunder Force’

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. ...

McBride, Trethewey among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist James McBride, former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and science fiction great Samuel R. Delaney are among this year's...

Books by Steinbeck, Alexie among most objected to in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The closing of physical libraries because of the pandemic has slowed but not stopped patrons and others from calling for...

AP PHOTOS: Italy ballroom dancers twirl through lockdown

ROME (AP) — Social distancing isn't usually part of the ballroom dancing lexicon. But in an industrial zone on the outskirts of Rome, couples...

Prayer vigil planned for stricken rapper DMX

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A prayer vigil was planned for Monday outside the suburban New York hospital where rapper DMX remained on life...

‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ takes top honors at SAG Awards

The starry cast of Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” took the top prize Sunday at a virtual ...

The cast of ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ on their SAG Awards win

Instead of congregating on the stage of Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium for their best-ensemble win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast of...

UK eyes testing COVID-19 passports at mass gatherings

LONDON (AP) — Britain is planning to test a series of measures including “coronavirus status certifications" over the coming weeks to see if they...

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for 2nd season

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A controversial Iranian TV spy thriller is once again generating buzz in the Islamic Republic, drawing the ire...

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ stomps to pandemic-best $48.5M opening

NEW YORK (AP) — With the help of a few old friends, the box office rekindled some of its old might over the weekend....

Vast archives at JFK Library help bring ‘Hemingway’ to life

BOSTON (AP) — A new documentary on Ernest Hemingway — powered by vast but little-known archives kept at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library...

Rapper DMX on life support after heart attack, lawyer says

DMX’s longtime New York-based lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper was on life support Saturday evening at White Plains Hospital. ...

Designer Mossimo Giannulli released from California prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli has been released from a California prison and is under home confinement following his imprisonment for...

Arthur Kopit, three-time Tony-nominated playwright, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Kopit, a three time Tony Award-nominated playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist known for fusing disparate genres, absurdism and...

Historic Houston movie theater closes due to pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) — A historic Houston theater that director Richard Linklater called his “film school” and that for decades was the place to catch...

Alabama Shakes drummer says he’s innocent of abuse charge

HUNTSVILLE ,Ala. (AP) — The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes says he is innocent of child abuse charges filed against him,...

Avant-garde publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano dead at 47

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo DiTrapano, an avant-garde magazine and book publisher who as the founder of New York Tyrant worked with Atticus Lish,...

‘Real Housewives’ star pleads not guilty to fraud charges

NEW YORK (AP) — A Utah woman with a star role in “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality show pleaded not guilty...

Italy may be in Easter lockdown, but the party’s on at sea

ABOARD THE MSC GRANDIOSA (AP) — Italy may be in a strict coronavirus lockdown this Easter with travel restricted between regions and new quarantines...

With King Kong, a little swagger returns to the box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, mayhem and mass destruction is back at the box office. It’s almost like old times. ...

Hulu to produce, release ‘1619 Project’ documentary series

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu will produce a documentary series based on “ The 1619 Project,” stories in The New York Times that examined...

Shakespeare & Company to resume live, in-person performances

BOSTON (AP) — The renowned Shakespeare & Company theater group in Massachusetts plans to resume live, in-person performances this summer with a production of...

After blank front page, newspaper learns it’s appreciated

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories are back on the cover of Kansas City’s Northeast News this week after the newspaper intentionally printed a blank...

Fans may be allowed to attend 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Organizers of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest welcomed the news Thursday that up to 3,500 fans may be allowed...

Hunter Biden details lifelong addiction struggle in memoir

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s son Hunter details his lifelong struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse in a new memoir, writing that “in...

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard...

Netflix lands ‘Knives Out’ sequels in high-priced deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Detective Benoit Blanc's next cases will be for Netflix. The streaming company said Wednesday it has reached a deal for...

Paul Simon sells song catalog to Sony Music Publishing

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon is the latest icon to sell his rich catalog of songs. ...

Missing film designer found dead under garbage in NYC home

NEW YORK (AP) — An Emmy-winning production designer who was known to be a hoarder has been found dead under a pile of garbage...

An unwelcome prank: Volkswagen purposely hoodwinks reporters

NEW YORK (AP) — Journalists are used to being wary about odd pranksters pulling April Fool's Day hoaxes at this time of year. Few...

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste lead race for UK’s Brit Awards

LONDON (AP) — Singer-songwriters Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead the competition for the Brit Awards, with a trio of nominations apiece for...

Archbishop: Harry, Meghan didn’t wed before Windsor service

LONDON (AP) — The archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed that he legally married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May 2018,...

Coldplay, Jorja Smith to play virtual Glastonbury gig in May

LONDON (AP) — This year the Glastonbury Festival is going online. ...

‘Philip Roth’: Blake Bailey’s story behind the story arrives

NEW YORK (AP) — The life of Philip Roth was a story. So was the writing of his biography. ...

Chrissy Teigen graces cover of People’s ‘Beautiful Issue’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen will grace the front of People magazine’s “The Beautiful Issue” in a cover story that delves into her...

NYT reporters writing young person’s edition of ‘She Said’

NEW YORK (AP) — An acclaimed book by two New York Times journalists who won Pulitzer Prizes for their investigation of Harvey Weinstein is...

‘Concrete Cowboy’ shows Philadelphia’s Black cowboy culture

NEW YORK (AP) — Historians estimate that 1 in 4 American cowboys were Black but you would be hard pressed to find a movie...

2 members of Salt Lake City’s ‘Real Housewives’ arrested

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two members of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality television show appeared in court for the first...

Newsmax keeps most, not all, of post-election samplers

NEW YORK (AP) — The trajectory of the conservative network Newsmax is a clear example of how statistics can tell different stories, depending on...

TikTok star on cellphone with fiancee as tree limb kills her

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A motorist was talking on her cellphone to her future wife when powerful winds blew a tree limb onto her...

World’s last Blockbuster more popular after Netflix show

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Blockbuster video rental store in Bend, Oregon, soared to international fame when it became the last such franchise on...

‘Lovecraft Country’ part of virtual festival celebrating TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Lovecraft Country,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “What We Do in the Shadows” are among the series featured in a virtual...

Mark Messier book on leadership, teamwork coming in October

NEW YORK (AP) — Hockey great Mark Messier wants fans to know he had a lot of help on his path to the NHL...

Oscars add UK hub for broadcast after concerns about travel

With less than a month until showtime, the 93rd Oscars are taking another pass at the script. ...

Ariana Grande joining ‘The Voice’ for season 21 as a coach

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Voice" is switching their positions for Ariana Grande: the pop star is taking her seat in the coach's chair...

Court lets woman’s defamation suit vs. Trump proceed again

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump could face questioning under oath about a former “Apprentice” contestant's sexual assault allegations against him, following...

Latest graphic novel about John Lewis coming in August

NEW YORK (AP) — The award-winning series of graphic novels about congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis will continue a year after his...

DraftKings buys VSiN sports betting video broadcast company

DraftKings has bought Vegas Sports Information Network, a multiplatform broadcast and content company delivering sports betting news, analysis and data to U.S. customers, DraftKings...

Birds as revelations: Atwood writes foreword for Gibson book

NEW YORK (AP) — When Margaret Atwood would receive invitations over the years to literary events around the world, literature wasn't the only factor...

Writers from 4 continents up for International Booker Prize

LONDON (AP) — Chinese writer Can Xue and Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, both long-favored contenders for the Nobel Prize for literature, are among...

BTS condemns anti-Asian racism, says they’ve experienced it

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — K-pop superstar group BTS has condemned racism against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in a statement saying they've...

San Francisco ‘dope lawyer’ to the stars Brian Rohan dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brian Rohan, who was known as San Francisco's “dope lawyer” for 1960s counterculture clients like the Grateful Dead and Ken...

Ample opportunities for viewers to follow Chauvin trial

NEW YORK (AP) — American news consumers have a multitude of options to follow the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in...

‘Captain Underpants’ spin-off pulled for ‘passive racism’

NEW YORK (AP) — A graphic novel for children that was a spin-off of the wildly popular “Captain Underpants” series is being pulled from...

News Corp. buys Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books division

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest news of consolidation in the literary world, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced Monday it's buying Houghton Mifflin...

New this week: Godzilla vs Kong, ‘Concrete Cowboy’ & Mahalia

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. ...

Tribeca plans in-person, outdoor film festival for June

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival said Monday that it plans to hold its 20th edition in-person this June and with outdoor...

No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears

HONG KONG (AP) — Decisions in Hong Kong not to display a politically sensitive photograph in a museum exhibition and not broadcast the annual...

Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by...

5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — If one overlooked the white face masks dotting the tightly packed crowd of music lovers, it was almost like pre-pandemic...

Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges. ...

Shots, and a musical serenade, at NYC vaccination center

NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent weekday, the sounds of Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach greeted hundreds of just-inoculated New Yorkers as they entered...

Osbourne off ‘The Talk’ after inquiry into racism discussion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says Sharon Osbourne will no longer appear on its daytime show “The Talk” after a heated on-air discussion about...

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104

NEW YORK (AP) — Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children’s author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of...

US court sides with photographer in fight over Warhol art

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court sided with a photographer Friday in a copyright dispute over how a foundation has marketed a...

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry dies at 84

DALLAS (AP) — Larry McMurtry, the prolific and popular author who took readers back to the old American West in his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Lonesome...

For media, Biden news conference notable for what’s missing

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden's first presidential news conference was notable for what was missing after predecessor Donald Trump: no contentious exchanges with...

Dinner theater drops ‘Cinderella’ with mostly white cast

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of “Cinderella” because the cast was mostly white and...

Live long in sculpture: 20-foot art planned for Spock symbol

BOSTON (AP) — The Museum of Science in Boston is paying tribute to city native Leonard Nimoy with a 20-foot sculpture shaped like Mr....

Belgium shows restored masterpiece but stolen panel rankles

GHENT, Belgium (AP) — Look closely, and one panel of the brilliantly restored lower half of the Ghent Altarpiece still has old varnish, right...

Carrie Underwood’s faith shines through on church hymns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don't get her wrong, Carrie Underwood loves to sing about getting revenge on the cheating ex and belting out ballads...

Acclaimed French director Bertrand Tavernier dies at age 79

PARIS (AP) — French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, who directed acclaimed movies such “A Sunday in the Country,” “Captain Conan” and “The Judge and the...

O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’ wins book critics award for fiction

NEW YORK (AP) — Maggie O'Farrell's “Hamnet,” an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National...

‘Hello, friends’: Nantz agrees to remain with CBS Sports

Jim Nantz's familiar introduction of “Hello friends” will continue to be heard on CBS for years to come. ...

Reports say CNN’s Chris Cuomo got special COVID-19 testing

NEW YORK (AP) — Having a brother for governor is no longer the benefit it once seemed for CNN's Chris Cuomo. ...

‘Arrested Development’ actor Jessica Walter dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Walter, whose roles as a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development” and a stalker in “Play Misty for Me”...

Dozens of playwrights, actors join ‘Period Piece’ monologues

Mandy Moore, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Beth Leavel, Jessica Hecht and dozens of other actors are teaming up to talk about something rarely mentioned on...

Spielberg donates Genesis Prize money to justice nonprofits

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Spielberg said Thursday that he will donate his $1 million Genesis Prize to 10 nonprofits that are working for...

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’; A heavyweight bout with a light touch

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original 1950s Godzilla movies stomped into theaters carrying a metaphor about nuclear destruction. Two years ago, “Godzilla: King of...

TV series from ‘Dr. Death’ podcast being shot in New Mexico

The New Mexico Film Office says a new television series based on a popular true-crime podcast by the Wondery network has started production in...

Morris Dickstein, influential critic-historian, dead at 81

NEW YORK (AP) — Morris Dickstein, an influential educator, critic and cultural historian who wrote often about the intersection between art and society, has...

Rare Van Gogh masterpiece sells for $15.4 million in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A rare painting by Vincent Van Gogh was sold at auction Thursday by Sotheby’s Paris for 13.1 million euros ($15.4 million). ...

New York City launches push to vaccinate theater workers

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is taking steps toward the reopening of the city's theaters, creating vaccination and testing sites for stage...

UK court rejects Depp bid to appeal ‘wife beater’ ruling

LONDON (AP) — A British court on Thursday refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal a judge’s ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard, saying...

It’s Elton John’s birthday and he’s got rare music for fans

NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John is celebrating his 74th birthday on Thursday — and he's sending fans a very rare present. ...

Poet Amanda Gorman revisits inaugural triumph with Oprah

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amanda Gorman revisits her inauguration day poetry reading that wowed observers, among them Oprah Winfrey, in the Apple TV+ series...

New ‘Lord of the Rings’ edition to include Tolkien artwork

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy will include paintings, drawings and other illustrations by...

Chrissy Teigen deletes Twitter account, citing negativity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen has deleted her popular Twitter account, saying the site no longer plays a positive role in her life....

‘Nomadland’ wins PGA Award, cementing front-runner status

NEW YORK (AP) — Chloé Zhao's “Nomadland" cemented its Oscar front-runner status Wednesday, winning the top award at the 32nd annual Producers Guild of...

Another campaign? C-SPAN to air Iowa speech by Pompeo

NEW YORK (AP) — From the point of view of C-SPAN, the 2024 presidential campaign begins this Friday. ...

Bono, Cruz to star in animated series on vaccine importance

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bono, Penélope Cruz and David Oyelowo will lend their voices in an animated series to raise awareness about the importance...

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