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After Scott Rudin bullying exposé, there are mostly crickets

Apr. 09, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — How have Hollywood and Broadway responded to an exposé detailing routine abuse and bullying by producer Scott Rudin? Mostly, with crickets. The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story Wednesday on Rudin was, undoubtedly, a must-read...

'Nothing less than a giant': Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

Apr. 09, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — DMX, the iconic hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” whose distinctively gruff voice and thoughtful messages in his rhymes made him one of rap’s biggest stars, has died, according to a family statement Friday. He was...

How an Irish town became home for an animation powerhouse

Apr. 09, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The medieval town of Kilkenny in the southeast of Ireland is an unlikely home for a perennial Oscar contender. But there, among cathedral spires and castle parapets, the animation studio Cartoon Saloon has carved out a factory of hand-drawn artistry and local folklore that...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of...

Versatile Tom Riley tackles sci-fi fantasy in 'The Nevers'

Apr. 09, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Pattinson — that A-list international heartthrob — may owe a little thanks to rising star Tom Riley. It was Riley who replaced Pattinson at the last minute in a 2005 stage production of “The Woman Before” at London's Royal Court Theatre....

Small Icelandic town rallies behind Oscar-nominated song

Apr. 09, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

The writers behind the Oscar-nominated song “ Husavik (My Hometown) ” knew that they wanted it to be an emotional core to the otherwise silly Will Ferrell movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” But they had no idea just how significant the ballad would become to the...

Pearl Jam guitarist McCready proud of 30 years of 'Ten'

Apr. 09, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

The Pearl Jam songs that would end up as tracks on the “Ten” album were played live at clubs along the West Coast for months leading into the band’s first recording session. The potential was there for Pearl Jam to serve as more than an opening act for bigger bands at the time — like...

Chauvin trial puts Court TV's revival in the public eye

Apr. 09, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Tufts believes the media world is not complete without Court TV. If he's ever going to prove his point, now is the time. The television executive is behind the network's 2019 revival and, since he began working last fall to convince Minnesota...

Review: 'Thunder Force' is forced and lacking any thunder

Apr. 09, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have managed to put out not one but two movies during this global pandemic. It prompts two questions: What did we do to deserve them? And how do we stop it? McCarthy enlists — and immediately wastes — the...

Barbara Ehrenreich among winners of PEN literary awards

Apr. 09, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Ehrenreich, Ross Gay and Michael X. Wang are among the winners of prizes from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. During a virtual ceremony Thursday night, Gay's “Be Holding: A Poem” received the $75,000 Jean Stein Award...

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John Naisbitt, author of bestseller 'Megatrends,' dies at 92

Apr. 10, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The American author John Naisbitt, whose 1982 bestselling book “Megatrends” was published in dozens of countries, has died. He was 92. Naisbitt died peacefully at his second home near Lake Woerthersee in Austria, his wife, Doris Naisbitt, said on...

Anne Beatts, groundbreaking comedy writer, dead at 74

Apr. 10, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Beatts, a groundbreaking comedy writer with a taste for sweetness and the macabre who was on the original staff of “Saturday Night Live” and later created the cult sitcom “Square Pegs,” has died. She was 74. Beatts died Wednesday at her...

Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes

Apr. 10, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump insists he's enjoying his life off Twitter. The press releases his aides fire off on an increasingly frequent basis are more “elegant,” he says. Plus there's no risk of backlash for retweeting unsavory accounts. But...

The Latest: Tweet recalls queen's loving anniversary speech

Apr. 10, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

Events and reaction from around the world to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99: LONDON — The Twitter account of Britain's royal family has featured a tribute Queen Elizabeth II gave to Prince Philip for the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. ...

Too much? BBC gets complaints over Prince Philip coverage

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s national broadcaster switched instantly into mourning mode when Prince Philip’s death was announced but not everyone has agreed with that BBC decision. The BBC canceled its regular programming Friday and aired special coverage hosted by...

'Star Wars,' adoption and love brought this couple together

Apr. 10, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Tray Nichols was a family man without a family. His friends always said how kind he was and how he would make a great father. But it just never worked out for him in the traditional way. “I was a 47-year-old bachelor, for the...

High school theater stays active during pandemic

Apr. 10, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

AMHERST, Va. (AP) — An out-of-this-world experience has come to Amherst County High School’s drama program for a spring production of “The Aliens Have Stolen Our Wives,” an original play written by ACHS instructor Patricia Emmert and her husband. The challenges of...

Actors: ‘Raw emotions’ from COVID-19 to fuel drama for years

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To mask or not to mask? That could be among the questions inspiring future plays based on the real-life drama sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and its profound societal changes. That is, whenever spotlights again shine inside all those theaters...

FBI profiler donates files 25 years after Unabomber arrest

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — When FBI agents arrested Ted Kaczynski at his remote Montana cabin 25 years ago today, they knew a lot about the famous recluse whose 17-year string of bombings killed three people and injured 24. Much of what they knew,...

Bowling for ratings: Fox-PBA partnership a success so far

Apr. 10, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

Whether it is graphics showing changes in oil patterns on the lanes or more emotion being shown on strikes, the sport of bowling has caught up with the times when it comes to putting a captivating show on television. Fox Sports and the Professional Bowlers Association...