Arts and entertainment

In this April 3, 2020, photo, Timothy Frank visits the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia. “Rocky” finished tied for No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 favorite sports movies poll. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 15, 2020 - 11:15 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Brazilian exchange student made one request of his host before his study abroad semester was cut short and he returned home to Sao Paulo: Take me to Rocky. On the way to the Philadelphia airport, Joao Martucci, who studied linguistics at West Chester University, took a pit...
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FILE - This Feb. 24, 2018 file photo shows Brad Paisley performing in Rosemont, Ill. Songwriters are taking their writing sessions online during the pandemic, sometimes co-writing songs across continents. Paisley says co-writing online keeps him focused and creative as he waits to see when touring might resume. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
May 15, 2020 - 8:51 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — During a recent songwriting session, singer-songwriters Sarah Loethen and Christoffer Wadensten pieced together the lyrics and melody of a song they were writing about the global pandemic. Loethen played the first verse and Wadensten, who performs under the artist name...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo, Riza Aziz, stepson of Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak, walks into a court room at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against "The Wolf of Wall Street" producer and stepson of former premier Najib Razak, in a move slammed by Human Rights Watch as a "triumph for impunity and corruption." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
May 15, 2020 - 8:00 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against “The Wolf of Wall Street” film producer and stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move slammed by Human Rights Watch on Friday as a “triumph for impunity and corruption." Former Prime Minister...
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FILE - In this April 6, 1974 file photo, members of Swedish group ABBA and close associates celebrate the victory of their song "Waterloo" in the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. The Eurovision Song Contest has always been a sign of its times. Despite the cancellation of the wildly popular contest in Europe and beyond, the evening the finale on Saturday, May 16, 2020 will bring some respite for diehards, with a remote television show beamed to over 40 nations. (AP Photo,File)
May 15, 2020 - 6:34 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Over its many years, the Eurovision Song Contest has come to be a sign of the times. So it is perhaps fitting that, in coronavirus times, nothing will be happening on Saturday at the scheduled venue of the Ahoy Hall in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. In 1974, it was ABBA that...
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This combination photo shows Cary Grant at the 30th Academy Awards ceremony on March 26, 1958, left, and Eva Marie Saint at the Academy Awards on April 17, 1961. Grant and Saint star in the Hitchcock thriller "North by Northwest." (AP Photo)
May 14, 2020 - 10:55 pm
When many were rushing to rewatch “Contagion,” the eerily prophetic 2011 Steven Soderbergh film about the outbreak of an easily transmitted virus, I was searching for more comforting escapes. I reached for “North by Northwest” the way a baby grasps for a pacifier. Even in a pandemic, it’s...
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This image released by Disney Theatricals shows Ciara Renee as Elsa in the musical "Frozen." The big budget musical will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million. (Mary Ellen Matthews/Disney Theatricals via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The big budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and...
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Mike Brown, vice president of Temple Live, speaks during a press conference at the Temple Live concert venue, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Fort Smith, Ark. The Arkansas Department of Health issued a cease and desist order on a planned concert, what would have been one of the first in the nation to start up again. Travis McCready of the band Bishop Gunn was scheduled to perform at the venue. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 5:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas theater said Thursday it will postpone a country-rock concert that would have defied the state's ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, days after health officials ordered the show shut down. The announcement by TempleLive in Fort Smith came...
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This image released by The CW shows Jared Padalecki as Sam, left, and Jensen Ackles as Dean in a scene from "Supernatural." The long-running series will end after their 15th season. (Katie Yu/The CW via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 2:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The CW network is pushing the traditional fall start of its new season to January 2021, a response to the industry-wide production shutdown caused by the coronavirus. Instead of debuting new and returning CW series this fall, the network said Thursday that it plans to air the...
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File - In this Aug. 16, 2000 file photo, Melissa Etheridge, left, and Julie Cypher arrive at a fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation in Los Angeles. Etheridge's 21-year-old son Beckett Cypher, whom she had with former partner Julie Cypher, has died. The death was announced Wednesday on the singer-songwriter's Twitter account. No cause of death or other details were given. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
May 14, 2020 - 1:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Etheridge said Wednesday that her son Beckett Cypher has died. Etheridge released a statement saying opioid addiction was behind Cypher's death. “Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” the statement said. “My...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo, Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells who led a crusade against lynching during the early 20th century, holds a portrait of Wells in her home in Chicago's South Side. Duster’s biography of the pioneering African-American journalist and activist, “Ida B. the Queen” will come out next February. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
May 14, 2020 - 8:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells is writing a biography of the pioneering African-American journalist and activist. One Signal Publishers announced Thursday that Michelle Duster's “Ida B. the Queen” will come out next February. Duster will collaborate on the book with...
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