Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and others read at poetry benefit
NEW YORK (AP) — Some nights remind you there's a poem for everyone. If you're a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux's "A Short History of the Apple."
'Children of a Lesser God' writer Mark Medoff dies at 79
Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism'
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level.
Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with 'The Apollo'
NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater.
'Avengers: Endgame' poised to topple box-office records
NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of "Avengers: Endgame" is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios' saga opens in North American theaters on Thursday night, it will land on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S.
Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on 'Dallas,' dies at 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman's scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series "Dallas," has died.
Demian Bichir announces the passing of wife Stefanie Sherk
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demian Bichir announced the death of his wife, Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk, in a heartfelt message on Instagram.
Sting on Las Vegas residency, new album and Juice WRLD
NEW YORK (AP) — Sin City? More like Sting City. Grammy-winning superstar Sting is heading to Las Vegas to launch a residency next year.
Street art of Nipsey Hussle in LA breathes life into legacy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Along busy highways, on the sides of buildings and inside a school basketball court, more than 50 colorful murals of Nipsey Hussle have popped up in Los Angeles since the beloved rapper and community activist was gunned down outside his clothing store.
Review: A portrait of Rudolf Nureyev in 'The White Crow'
The great Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev does not come across as particularly likable in "The White Crow ," Ralph Fiennes' elegant biopic of his early years.
Jeweler, Sarah Jessica Parker settle breach-of-contract suit
NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Jessica Parker and a British jeweler have settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the actress. Kat Florence Design sued Parker, arguing that she had agreed to promote a collaborative jewelry line of diamonds and other gems for a fee of $7.5 million but failed to live up to the obligation.
Britney Spears to fans: 'All is well' despite family stress
NEW YORK (AP) — Britney Spears says that though her family has been stressed lately, she's doing OK. The pop star on Tuesday posted a video to her Instagram, telling her fans: "Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me.
Tip your band, say honky tonk musicians, during NFL Draft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw are playing free concerts in Nashville during the NFL Draft, but the hundreds of musicians working in honky tonk clubs just blocks from the draft stage want football fans to remember to tip the band.
Review: J.J. Cale's posthumous album is vital and inviting
J.J. Cale, "Stay Around" (Because Music) J.J. Cale's "Stay Around" is a posthumous collection of 15 previously unreleased tracks that is as authentic as any of the original and compilation albums he's released over his long career.
Music Review: 'Hurts 2B Human' offers a predictable Pink
Pink, "Hurts 2B Human" (RCA) Right out of the gate on her new album, Pink gives you just the song you expect from the punk superstar: a pop ballad oozing with confidence and giving her signature "f-off" vibe.
The Cranberries, still in mourning, return for the last time
NEW YORK (AP) — Whether or not there would be a final Cranberries' album hinged on what was on a hard drive on the other side of the world.
Review: 'Avengers: Endgame' is Marvel's machine in high gear
Satisfaction is a complicated concept in Marvel Land. On the one hand, every morsel of pre-release information is obsessively pored over in feverish anticipation.
Man or cyborg? 'Jeopardy!' champ passes $1 million mark
NEW YORK (AP) — There's no truth to the rumor that James Holzhauer is a cyborg created to be the perfect "Jeopardy!" contestant. But given how he's made a level of excellence rarely seen on the television quiz show appear almost mundane, it sometimes seems that way.
Oscars amend a few rules but not for Netflix
NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars have tweaked a few rules, but not any that would limit the eligibility of Netflix films at the Academy Awards.
France wants to speed up Notre Dame reconstruction work
PARIS (AP) — France's government has presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and providing transparency on how huge amounts of donation money for the restoration will be spent.
13 poets laureate to receive more than $1 million in grants
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen state and local poets laureate will be receiving grants totaling more than $1 million. The gifts from the Academy of American Poets, announced Wednesday, are for "recognition" of literary excellence and to support civic programs ranging from podcasts to community-based workshops.
British stage director Peter Brook awarded Spanish prize
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country's most prestigious awards to British theater and film director Peter Brook for opening "new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy."
'War of the Roses' author Warren Adler dies at 91
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author Warren Adler who chronicled dysfunction and duplicity, most notably in his divorce novel "The War of the Roses," a dark comedy that was made into a hit film has died.
Garner graces cover of People's annual 'Beautiful Issue'
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Garner graces the front of this year's "Beautiful Issue" of People magazine with a cover story that cheers the way she balances Hollywood, business and motherhood.
Brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers, claiming defamation
CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the "Empire" actor's attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn't true.