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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 12-18

Dec. 06, 2021 09:31 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 12-18: Dec. 12: Game show host Bob Barker is 98. Singer Connie Francis is 84. Singer Dionne Warwick is 81. Singer-guitarist Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) is 78. Actor Wings Hauser is 74. Actor Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the...

Review: Broadway's 'Mrs. Doubtfire' follows safe formula

Dec. 05, 2021 22:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One sure sign that Broadway is bouncing back is the arrival of new shows based on hit movies. The latest is “Mrs. Doubtfire” — a sweetly clumsy valentine to broken families from the mid-1990s that arrives in the fraught 2020s. What opened Sunday at...

Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Antony Sher dies at 72

Dec. 03, 2021 10:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Antony Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company said Friday. Sher had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. His husband, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic...

AP PHOTOS: Drama festival puts spotlight on Romanian inmates

Dec. 02, 2021 04:31 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Performing on the main stage of the Nottara Theatre in downtown Bucharest is a dream of every aspiring artist in Romania, where hundreds of prison inmates have gotten that lucky break. A drama festival organized by the National Penitentiary...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 01, 2021 12:03 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 30 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Supreme Court at abortion crossroads: The Supreme Court takes up its most important abortion case in years on Wednesday, and...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 01, 2021 09:02 AM EST

Reading Eagle. Nov. 30, 2021. Editorial: Sondheim’s legacy will live on When one of the greats in any field of endeavor passes away, it’s only natural to focus much of our attention on the accomplishments that made them famous. ...

Review: In memoir, it's good to be comedy king Mel Brooks

Nov. 30, 2021 14:47 PM EST

“All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” by Mel Brooks (Ballantine) Bagels and Nova Scotia lox for the writing team’s breakfast while punching up the script for “Blazing Saddles.” Earl Grey tea and English digestive biscuits while developing Gene...

NBC hopes the sun will come out as it mounts 'Annie Live!'

Nov. 30, 2021 10:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a famous saying in showbiz: “Never work with children or animals.” NBC is wisely ignoring that as it mounts a live version of the hit Broadway musical “Annie.” The tale of the spunky young orphan with her dog Sandy set during the...

Arlene Dahl, who shone in films of the 1950s, dies at 96

Nov. 29, 2021 19:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arlene Dahl, the actor whose charm and striking red hair shone in such Technicolor movies of the 1950s as “Journey to the Center of the Earth" and “Three Little Words,” has died at age 96. Dahl's son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, said in posts on...

New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G

Nov. 29, 2021 14:31 PM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Jane Campion, whose last movie was 2009's “Bright Star," makes a triumphant...