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Jackie Mason, comic who perfected amused outrage, dies at 93

Jul. 24, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-comedian whose feisty brand of standup comedy led him to Catskills nightclubs, West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has died. He was 93. Mason died Saturday at 6 p.m. ET at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after being...

New Orleans’ beloved Saenger Theatre reopens again

Jul. 18, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the third time in less than a decade, the Saenger Theatre has became a symbol of New Orleans’ resiliency and rebirth as the storied Canal Street venue once again threw open its doors following a prolonged closure. The roughly 2,600-seat theater...

Venue to set the stage for live music, art, food experience

Jul. 17, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — One night could be a stand-up comic. Another may boost a local cover band. The next might carry an adults-only burlesque show, while the following afternoon hosts an after-school theater program. “It could be a drag show, it could be a...

Name to know: ‘Escape Room’ franchise star Taylor Russell

Jul. 16, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

Movie lovers don’t necessarily come to high concept horrors like “Escape Room” or its sequel “Tournament of Champions” for the acting. Yet even with all the high stakes flash of these thrilling, set-piece and spectacle-driven puzzles-within-puzzles, star Taylor...

Opera returns to open-air desert theater with diverse cast

Jul. 14, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An open-air theater surrounded by high desert vistas, the Santa Fe Opera is known as the place to watch the sun set while taking in a performance. With a deadly respiratory virus still on the loose, the opera is one of the safest venues for large...

Old Broadway pizazz collides with 2021 in 'Schmigadoon!'

Jul. 14, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of modern-day hikers step out of the woods and into a town where they are greeted by something strange: Suspiciously friendly residents who burst into a high-kicking, knee-slapping group welcome song. “What is this and why is music coming from...

'The Crown,' 'Mandalorian' top Emmy nominations with 24 each

Jul. 14, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Crown” tied with “The Mandalorian” for the most Emmy nominations Tuesday with 24 apiece, but the Marvel universe also got bragging rights with runner-up “WandaVision.” The bounty reinforced the rapid rise of streaming, with most of the...

Emmy surprises: 'Pose,' 'I May Destroy You' and 'Hamilton'

Jul. 13, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Emmy Award nominations announced Tuesday included some snubs and surprises. STRIKE A POSE “Pose” left the ballroom with a clutch of Emmy nominations. The groundbreaking FX show about ballroom culture in the 1980s and ’90s...

'Night Court' actor Charlie Robinson dies at 75

Jul. 13, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Robinson, the versatile and prolific actor whose many credits ranged from stage productions of “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Fences” to such films as “Secret Santa” and “Miss Lettie and Me” to his long-running role as the court clerk Mac Robinson in...

In 'Stillwater,' Matt Damon bridges Oklahoma and France

Jul. 13, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The set-up of Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” sounds very Liam Neeson. Matt Damon stars as a tough, terse Oklahoma father who travels to Marseille, France, to visit his jailed daughter (Abigail Breslin), who has been imprisoned for her role in a...