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Acclaimed French director Bertrand Tavernier dies at age 79

Mar. 25, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, who directed acclaimed movies such “A Sunday in the Country,” “Captain Conan” and “The Judge and the Assassin,” has died, according to his family. He was 79. Tavernier's wife and children said he Thursday...

Former composer, wife invite viewers to 'Stump the Maestro'

Mar. 25, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) — Name a show tune, jazz standard or movie score, and chances are 91-year-old Peter Fuchs can not only hum it, but play it from memory on his keyboard. His wife, Veronica, takes requests on their daily Facebook Live show “Stump the Maestro,”...

New novel explores jazz through a pioneering woman composer

Mar. 21, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A song played on a shuffle led to Roanoke author Mitchell James Kaplan’s newest novel. Kaplan’s father, a professor of cardiology at University of California, Los Angeles, played the clarinet. “My father was a cardiologist, but he was a jazz...

Grammys' in memoriam especially long, grim in pandemic year

Mar. 18, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandi Carlile paid tribute to John Prine, Bruno Mars celebrated Little Richard and Lionel Richie honored Kenny Rogers during an in memoriam segment on Sunday night's Grammy Awards that featured an especially long list of names after a year of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Partial list of winners at the 63rd Grammy Awards

Mar. 18, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A partial list of winners in the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, presented Sunday in Los Angeles. — Best new artist: Megan Thee Stallion — Best traditional pop vocal album: James Taylor; “Unfollow the...

Partial list of winners at the 63rd Grammy Awards

Mar. 14, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A partial list of winners in the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, presented Sunday in Los Angeles. — Record of the year: "Everything I Wanted,'' Billie Eilish — Album of the year: "folklore,’' Taylor Swift ...

The Latest: Billie Eilish wins record of the year at Grammys

Mar. 14, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy Awards (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Billie Eillish has won the Grammy Award for record of the year for the second straight year. The 19-year-old Eillish won on Sunday night for...

American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies

Mar. 05, 2021 10:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century. For the first time since 1908, the academy is expanding its core membership, from 250...

Jhene Aiko to host Grammy Award premiere ceremony

Mar. 04, 2021 11:09 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jhene Aiko will take on hosting duties at the Grammy Awards premiere ceremony this month. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the Grammy-nominated singer will host the pre-show, where most trophies are awarded. It will be streamed live on the...

New this week: Billie Eilish, Billie Holiday and Superman

Feb. 22, 2021 13:09 PM 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 — A classic immigrant story told with rare grace, Lee Isaac Chung's “Minari”...