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FILE - In this May 26, 1963 file photo, Carl Reiner shows holds two Emmy statuettes presented to him as best comedy writer for the

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' dies

Jun. 30, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old...

FILE - In this May 25, 1967 file writer-comedian Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles. Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. Variety reported he died of natural causes on Monday night, June 29, 2020, at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

Carl Reiner, comedy’s rare untortured genius, dies at 98

Jun. 30, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No one in the world of comedy was more admired, and loved, than Carl Reiner. Reiner was the rare untortured genius of comedy, his career a story of laughter and camaraderie, of innovation and triumph and affection. His persona was so warm and approachable — everyone’s friend...

In this image released by Disney Plus, from left, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Anthony Ramos appear in a filmed version of the original Broadway production of

Review: Revolutionary 'Hamilton' arrives at an uneasy time

Jun. 30, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

The revolution is finally being televised, thank goodness. The long-awaited live-capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda's shake-the-rafters musical “Hamilton” comes out Friday on Disney+, a chance to celebrate America's independence with some of its Founding Fathers. The timing seems ideal. Or, given all...

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New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

Jun. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

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 — “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut...

Police officers patrol New York's Times Square on foot, Wednesday night, April 29, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. The New York City immortalized in song and scene has been swapped out for the last few months with the virus version. In all the unknowing of what the future holds, there's faith in that other quintessential facet of New York City: that the city will adapt. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January

Jun. 29, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3. “The Broadway...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 filer, a woman wearing a sanitary mask walks past La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy. Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday, May 7, 2020 unveiled a virtual journey through the storied theater and its  archives with Google Arts & Culture in what turned out to be a strangely ideal moment:  with theaters throughout Italy and the western world closed due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

La Scala plans 4 July concerts in post-lockdown reopening

Jun. 29, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s La Scala theater is reopening next week after a four-month coronavirus shutdown with a series of four concerts before a reduced audience of 600, a third of its normal capacity. General manager Dominique Meyer said La Scala was reopening one step at a time as the theater, located...

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'Mulan' follows 'Tenet' to August, ending Hollywood's summer

Jun. 26, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's hopes for salvaging its summer season have effectively ended after the releases of both Christopher Nolan's “Tenet” and the Walt Disney Co.'s live-action reboot of “Mulan” were again delayed. With reported cases of the coronavirus surging in parts of...

In this image released by PBS, Christine Lahti, portrays Gloria Steinem, right, in a scene from

Christine Lahti plays friend, feminist icon Steinem on PBS

Jun. 26, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

Christine Lahti's portrayal of Gloria Steinem in PBS' “Gloria: A Life” reflects both a veteran artist's skill and a passion for the subject. Lahti's discovery as a young woman of Steinem and other feminist leaders opened her eyes to sexism and inequality and “saved my life,” as the...

In this combination photo, voice actress Julie Bennett, from left, folk singer Oscar Chavez, architect Vittorio Gregotti, jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney and film and theater critic William Wolf pose for a photo. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of artists and artisans, writers and actors, musicians and media figures.(Mark Scroggs via AP, from left, AP Photo, AP Photo, Kasia Idzkowska/HighNote Records via AP and Barry Gordin via AP)

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

Jun. 24, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

A trumpeter who came up in the shadow of Miles Davis then stepped out of it. An architect whose soaring stadiums and concert halls are sitting silent in his native Italy. A rocker whose song gave flight to Joan Jett. In the fourth installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look at prominent figures in...

Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti, top center, prepares to direct a concert at the Ravenna Festival, in Ravenna, Northern Italy, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Riccardo Muti has sent a resounding message that live classical music has returned the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown with a full summer festival program in his adopted Ravenna. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)

From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

Jun. 22, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Conducting a joyful Mozart motet, Riccardo Muti sent a resounding message Sunday night, that live classical music has returned to the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown. A full summer festival program is planned in his adopted home of Ravenna, even as the musical outlook...