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Soprano Gasdia reboots troubled Verona Arena opera festival

Aug. 12, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

VERONA, Italy (AP) — The colossal Roman-era Verona Arena amphitheater remains an imposing presence in the northern Italian city's main piazza, but its place in the opera world has waned in recent years. The popular Verona Arena summer festival has lost both audience and prestige and nearly closed two...

Ask Marilu Henner about a day and you'll hear every detail

Aug. 10, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's best not to get into an argument about past events with Marilu Henner. You will definitely lose. The actress is hard-wired with the ability to instantly recall facts that are decades old. "What I have is known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. It's like a fancy name," she...

Julia Roberts, reboots and diversity part of new TV season

Aug. 9, 2018 7:31 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — What's the television industry's top summer destination? A hotel in which 200-plus U.S. and Canadian entertainment reporters and critics gather for an early look at next season's shows and the chance to question the actors, writers and producers who create them. The Television...

Actress says Geoffrey Rush touched her inappropriately

Aug. 9, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The actress at the center of Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush's defamation suit against a Sydney newspaper alleged he touched her breast and lower back during a Shakespeare production three years ago, documents presented in court said Thursday. The 67-year-old Australian actor is suing The...

'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Aug. 6, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. Rae died at her Los Angeles home Sunday...

'Mission: Impossible' bests Winnie-the-Pooh at box office

Aug. 5, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Cruise sped past Winnie-the-Pooh at the box office to lead all films for the second straight week with an estimated $35 million in ticket sales for "Mission Impossible -- Fallout." The success of Paramount Pictures' sixth, stunt-filled "Mission: Impossible" installment, along with muted...

Correction: Mexico City-Traffic Ballet story

Jul. 30, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a story July 28 about a Mexican theater company's street performances, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the photographer who inspired the performances was named Oscar Rodriguez. His name is Omar. A corrected version of the story is below: Ballet to cure the Mexico City...

Rights group: Egypt issues suspended sentence to 6 over play

Jul. 25, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says a military court has sentenced six people to a two-month suspended sentence for their involvement in a play seen as insulting to security forces. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression says Wednesday the Cairo Military Misdemeanor Court convicted...

When mom is Diana Rigg, you 'go for it,' says her daughter

Jul. 25, 2018 10:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For actress Rachael Stirling, dispensing advice isn't a family tradition. Stirling, the daughter of Diana Rigg of "Game of Thrones" and "The Avengers" fame, says the only career counsel her mom gave was "'Go for it.' She was supportive and kind, and it is a joy to have the commonality of...

A play about straight white men on Broadway makes history

Jul. 24, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The play that just opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway may have a cast dominated by white men but history has been made behind the scenes. Young Jean Lee became the first Asian-American woman playwright to have a play open on Broadway when "Straight White Men" made its official...