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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 16-22

Jan. 10, 2022 08:06 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 16-22: Jan. 16: Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 88. Singer Barbara Lynn is 80. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 79. Singer Katherine Anderson Schaffner of The Marvelettes is 78. Country singer Jim Stafford is 78. Radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger...

Oscar winner and groundbreaking star Sidney Poitier dies

Jan. 07, 2022 22:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, and became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94. ...

Sidney Poitier changed movies, and changed lives

Jan. 07, 2022 19:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — We go to movies not just to escape, but to discover. We might identify with the cowboy or the runaway bride or the kid who befriends a creature from another planet. To see yourself on screen has long been another way of knowing you exist. Sidney...

Key West Literary Seminar returns after pandemic break

Jan. 06, 2022 03:12 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Noted American and international writers are gathering in the Florida Keys to explore literary depictions of desire during the 39th Key West Literary Seminar. After being postponed in 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns, the seminar begins Thursday at an...

On Broadway, a playwright becomes an actor, saving a show

Dec. 24, 2021 09:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Keenan Scott II made his Broadway acting debut this week in “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” which is a remarkable milestone. It's even more remarkable when you consider he also wrote it. The actor-turned-playwright was pressed into acting duties at the last moment...

Joan Didion, peerless prose stylist, dies at 87

Dec. 23, 2021 12:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Didion, the revered author and essayist whose precise social and personal commentary in such classics as “The White Album” and “The Year of Magical Thinking” made her a uniquely clear-eyed critic of turbulent times, has died. She was 87. Didion's...

Grants will help prop up theater productions around Maine

Dec. 18, 2021 09:43 AM EST

NORTH HAVEN, Maine (AP) — A series of grants to support theater organizations will help grow performance arts in rural parts of the state. The Maine Community Foundation said it has awarded $93,000 to 30 groups around the state. One of the grants will go to Waterman's Community...

New this week: 'Becoming Cousteau,' Gaga and Tony Bennett

Nov. 22, 2021 09:55 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Stephen Karam adapts his Tony-winning play “The Humans,” about three...

Review: 'Trouble in Mind' makes its Broadway debut, finally

Nov. 18, 2021 21:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Alice Childress’ searing play “Trouble in Mind” has finally made it to Broadway and the only frustrating thing about the show is that it has taken this long. The two-act play takes place — appropriately enough — on a Broadway stage and is an...

Cuban FM tells AP that fizzled protest effort was US failure

Nov. 17, 2021 22:25 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's top diplomat said Wednesday that the fizzled attempt by young activists to encourage anti-government protests this week was a failure in political communication by the organizers, who he again accused of being supported by U.S. interests. Foreign...