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Weddings rock at iconic Muscle Shoals recording studio

Jan. 17, 2021 12:01 AM EST

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wild horses couldn’t keep them away … from getting married at the actual place where The Rolling Stones recorded the song “Wild Horses.” Since September, four marriages have been held inside Muscle Shoals Sound, the funky little studio known for recording...

Film sheds light on little-known codebreaker from Indiana

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Bonnie Baumgartner of New Haven grew up with a mysterious great aunt. As a child, Baumgartner knew her great aunt lived in Washington, D.C., and, on the rare occasion she would visit, “everything had to be perfect in the house, including us.” As Baumgartner grew older,...

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Oprah Winfrey documentary to release on Apple TV+

Jan. 14, 2021 7:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+. The streaming platform announced Thursday a two-part documentary focusing on Winfrey’s life. The project will chronicle 25 years of American history through the lens of Winfrey “who rose...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his

'MLK/FBI' probes when bureau bugged Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 14, 2021 12:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The opening images of the documentary “MLK/FBI” include footage from the 1963 march on the Washington Mall that, today, is all the more striking for the protesters’ peacefulness. The march culminated in one of the most indelible moments of the civil rights movement,...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his

Review: 'MLK/FBI' explores the roots of an American ill will

Jan. 12, 2021 2:40 PM EST

There's an iconic photograph of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that was taken as he triumphantly boarded one of the first integrated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. It was 1956 and King looks out a window, firmly at the front of the bus, almost gazing toward his movement's next big social hurdle. The image was...

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Gothams give virtual start to Oscar season, 'Nomadland' wins

Jan. 12, 2021 12:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming from an empty banquet hall and with acceptance speeches made from living rooms, the 30th Gotham Awards gave a very strange Oscar season a virtual start Monday in a largely digital ceremony that crowned Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” the best film of 2020. As the...

Michael Apted, director of ‘Up’ documentary series, dies

Jan. 8, 2021 5:51 PM EST

Michael Apted, the acclaimed British director of the “Up” documentary series and films as diverse as the Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough,” has died. He was 79. A representative for the Directors Guild of...

FILE - Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 20, 2020.

HBO film seeks a look behind Tiger Woods' public persona

Jan. 8, 2021 5:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For a man who first appeared on television when he was 2, showing Bob Hope how he could already swat golf balls, the public actually knows little about Tiger Woods. Getting behind carefully-constructed walls was the challenge faced by filmmakers Matthew Hamachek and Matthew Heineman, whose...

This image released by Briarcliff Entertainment shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, with journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a scene from the documentary

Review: Khashoggi doc 'The Dissident' is essential viewing

Jan. 7, 2021 9:05 AM EST

It’s hard to decide what’s most shocking in “The Dissident,” Bryan Fogel’s urgent, gripping new documentary about the horrific murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Of course, there are the terrifying details of the killing itself, chillingly recounted here through...

FILE - Director Bryan Fogel, left, and  Hatice Cengiz pose for a portrait to promote

Khashoggi doc, too explosive for streaming, debuts on-demand

Jan. 5, 2021 5:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before “The Dissident” made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, director Bryan Fogel had a sense that his explosive Jamal Khashoggi documentary was going to be a tough sell. The film, available on-demand this week, was one of the most anticipated of last...