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Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings creator, dies

Jan. 17, 2020 11:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Christopher Tolkien, who played a major role protecting the legacy of his father's "The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died. He was 95. The Tolkien Society and publisher HarperCollins UK confirmed Tolkien's death. The Centre Hospitalier de la Dracenie, a hospital in southern France,...

Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate with ties to Ukraine, arrives for a bail hearing in federal court, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

MSNBC's Maddow reaches record audience with Parnas interview

Jan. 17, 2020 11:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's no apparent impeachment fatigue among viewers of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Her prime-time show, which has been on for more than 11 years, had its largest audience ever when 4.5 million people watched Maddow's interview on Wednesday with Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani,...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers upon arrival at the 'Mary Poppins Returns' premiere in central London.  Apple TV Plus said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Streep will join Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay and Ruth Negga to give life to Oliver Jeffers' picture book “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.

Meryl Streep to lend her voice to Apple animated short film

Jan. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep is getting animated: The Oscar-winner will lend her voice to a short illustrated film celebrating the Earth. Apple TV Plus said Friday Streep will join Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay and Ruth Negga to give life to Oliver Jeffers' picture book “Here We Are: Notes for...

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Review: Mac Miller posthumous album is heartbreakingly full

Jan. 17, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Mac Miller, "Circles" (Warner) “Why does everybody need me to stay?” Mac Miller asks on the first single from his latest release. He answered his own question with the superb posthumous “Circles.” Miller's 12-track album is heartbreakingly sublime, a portrait of a wry and honest...

This image taken from a video distributed Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 by Italian police shows two police officers standing next to painting which was found inside a gallery's walls, in Piacenza, northern Italy. A gardener at the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the northern city of Piacenza told Italian state TV on Tuesday that he was clearing ivy from the gallery's walls when he noticed a metal panel in which he found a bag inside a space within the walls. When the bag was opened it contained a painting that might be Klimt's “Portrait of a Lady,” which disappeared from the gallery during renovations in February 1997. (Italian Police via AP)

Portrait found in Italy gallery's walls verified as by Klimt

Jan. 17, 2020 10:45 AM EST

PIACENZA, Italy (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery's walls last month is Gustav Klimt's “Portrait of a Lady,” which was reported stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago. The authentication of the painting announced Friday...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012 file photo Chief Executive Officer of (RED), Deborah Dugan poses for a portrait in New York. Dugan, the Recording Academy CEO who the company announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer, saying: “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told.

Lawyer for just-ousted Grammys CEO fires back at academy

Jan. 17, 2020 10:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan, who the company announced Thursday was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer, saying: “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told.” The academy said late Thursday that its...

This combination of photos shows, from left, Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown and Taika Waititi, who will join Roman Griffin Davis, Jason Bateman, Lili Reinhart and Kaitlyn Dever as presenters at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo)

Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters

Jan. 17, 2020 9:50 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown and Taika Waititi will be up for Screen Actors Guild Awards and also handing them out at Sunday’s ceremony. They’re part of a new batch of SAG Awards presenters announced Friday, along with Roman Griffin Davis, Jason Bateman, Lili...

Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady."

Jan. 17, 2020 9:34 AM EST
ROME (AP) — Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady.".
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Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans

Jan. 17, 2020 8:47 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. The Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master’s death, which is displayed at the Louvre, was...

TV hen mauled to death: German court backs bigger payout

Jan. 17, 2020 8:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that the owner of a chicken that was mauled to death by a dog in 2017 deserves a higher payout because the hen was trained and had TV experience. German news agency dpa reported Friday that a regional court in the western town of Kleve concluded the chicken was...