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Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share the theme that guided his compositions - something she could pass along to her students for inspiration. "There are far more than one 'central theme' within my body of works," Bernstein wrote in reply. "But if I had to choose one, perhaps the most significant, it would be our search Read more [...]

Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Barbra Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. During a tribute to Streisand's decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews. "Never," she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. "I wasn't like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that's why." She acknowledged Read more [...]

‘Black Panther’

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Black Panther" has become the first film since 2000's "Avatar" to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. According to studio estimates Sunday, "Black Panther" grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million. Worldwide, "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion. The rebooted "Tomb Raider," starring Alicia Vikander, opened with $23.5 million. That was a modest start for the $90 million film, but Read more [...]

Theron calls idea of arming US teachers ‘so outrageous’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Actress Charlize Theron says the idea of arming teachers after recent U.S. school shootings or "adding more guns" to the situation is "so outrageous." The South African says: "I have a very personal experience with gun violence. I lost my father to gun violence." She added: "I just don't understand when people try to make the conversation, the argument that the fix is more guns. It is so outrageous to me." Theron spoke Saturday at the Global Education Read more [...]

The ‘force’ with Mark Hamill at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day

LONDON (AP) -- Mark Hamill has tweeted that "today the whole galaxy is Irish" as he appeared as international guest of honor at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade. The "Star Wars" actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Ireland, was invited to represent the Irish diaspora at the celebration. Hamill spent time on Ireland's rocky Skellig Michael island filming the most recent "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi." Hamill sported a tweed cap, a green scarf and a shamrock sprig as he attended Read more [...]

With torn ligament, SZA powers through performance

NEW YORK (AP) -- RB singer SZA didn't let a torn ligament in her foot slow her down at a concert for her feverish fans in New York City. She walked into the venue Friday with a crutch helping her to the chair placed in the middle of the stage. She injured her foot while performing last week at the BUKU Music + Art Project festival in New Orleans. Backed by three musicians, she delivered her direct lyrics from songs that helped her become the most nominated woman at this year's Grammy Read more [...]

After Shkreli conviction, what will happen to Wu-Tang album?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two unreleased, collectible rap albums may go up for auction following the criminal conviction of the albums' owner, pharmaceutical company investor Martin Shkreli. Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud on Friday. He owns an unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album and claims to own an unreleased Lil Wayne album. Both could be auctioned by the government since Shkreli has to forfeit more than $7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets. Read more [...]

60 years later, Kim Novak reflects on ‘Vertigo’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Last fall, on her ranch in southern Oregon, Kim Novak found herself doing what she calls "my own Me Too painting." Novak, who turned 85 on Tuesday, had recently broken he left wrist - her painting hand - but was compelled enough to give it a try with her right. Seeing woman after woman come forward with their stories of harassment stoked Novak's own recollections. She titled the result - a swirling, vibrantly colored abstraction of a menacing face looming above a Read more [...]

Sean Bean on his many deaths and ‘Game of Thrones’ legacy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies onscreen. He's been stabbed, shot, chased off a cliff, tossed off a satellite dish, beheaded, exploded, killed by arrows, and drawn and quartered in everything from the Bond movie "Goldeneye" to "Game of Thrones" and "The Lord of the Rings." For his new series, the Yorkshire-bred actor shockingly makes it to the end of the season. In "The Oath," Read more [...]

New film reveals Miss Piggy’s backstory, more Muppet secrets

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only Miss Piggy's creator knows the depths of her tragic origin story. Frank Oz, who gave life to the character in the early 1970s, says Piggy left her hometown farm for life in the big city after her dad died in a tractor accident and she had a falling out with her mother. Piggy went to charm school once she got to the Big Apple, Oz says, "but she had to pay for it, so she did some things she wasn't proud of." (A bacon commercial, he adds.) Gonzo's daring nature Read more [...]
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