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7-year-old boy meets NBC's Holt after on-air shout out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:35am

A 7-year-old boy's mention of Lester Holt to a local news reporter in Portland, Oregon, has earned him a chance to meet his favorite news anchor.

Even at anything-goes Carnival, these lyrics raise eyebrows

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:28am

The typical notion of Carnival in Brazil is that anything goes: no headdress too big, no outfit too small, no song too ribald. This year, some organizers of the world's best known street party are saying: "Enough!" At least to the lyrics.

Mezzo Jamie Barton enjoys playing 'truly evil' witch

Mike Silverman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:17am

Poor Rusalka! The water nymph heroine of Antonin Dvorak's best-known opera never stands a chance against the witch Jezibaba — especially as played to the hilt by the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

Polish play investigated for blasphemy, inciting violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:15am

Prosecutors in Poland are investigating a new theater production that alludes to murdering the country's most powerful politician and has sexual scenes involving the cross and an image of the late Polish pope, St. John Paul II.

Book by new national security adviser is No. 1 best-seller

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:10am

Here's a way to reach the top of the best-seller lists: Become the next national security adviser.

Jimmy Fallon donates $100K to fund art at his high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:03am

Jimmy Fallon has donated $100,000 to help fund the art program at the high school he attended, with some of the money going toward the school's TV studio.

Playwright who inspired 'Moonlight' wins PEN award

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:34am

The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie "Moonlight" has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.

Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:02pm

Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport.

Review: 'Contemporary Color' is a hypnotic concert film

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:32pm

those baton and saber twirling staples of small town parades and high school football games. The musicians, including the likes of St. Vincent, Lucius, Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus and Nelly Furtado, composed original songs that the color guard teams then used to choreograph a corresponding routine. The unique spectacle, which took place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, is chronicled with experimental verve in the documentary "Contemporary Color ," from filmmaking brothers Bill and Turner Ross.

Ex-Minnesota Orchestra maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies

Jeff Baenen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:24pm

Former longtime Minnesota Orchestra music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who conducted major orchestras in England, Japan and other countries, died Tuesday after suffering a second stroke earlier this month, the orchestra said. He was 93.

Sword breaks off Civil War memorial; vandalism suspected

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:07pm

A sword has broken off again from a memorial depicting the famed 54th Massachusetts Civil War regiment, featured in the Denzel Washington movie "Glory."

Hungary's Berlin film fest winner Enyedi to adapt novel

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:06pm

The Hungarian director whose "On Body and Soul" won the top award at the Berlin Film Festival says her next project is an adaptation of "The Story of My Wife," a 1942 novel by Hungarian writer and poet Milan Fust.

Judge orders R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from ex

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:07pm

A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of physically abusing and threatening her.

Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx target of racial slur in Croatia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:18pm

Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx in a restaurant.

Artists seek $1.25 million for Bowie memorial in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:40am

Artists and activists want to create a permanent memorial to David Bowie in the London neighborhood where he was born.

Tom Hank's debut book is due in October

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:00am

Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use — his collection of short stories will be published in October.

Soulja Boy says boxing match with Chris Brown is off

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:00am

It looks like the highly anticipated boxing showdown between singer Chris Brown and rapper Soulja Boy could be off.

'Today' show anchor Hoda Kotb adopts baby girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:00am

"Today" show host Hoda Kotb says she has adopted a baby girl.

Books on conservatism and rural whites up for Lukas Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:14am

Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Zachary Roth's "The Great Suppression" are among several works about the modern conservative movement and rural whites that are on the short list for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.

Noted movie critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:03pm

Richard Schickel, a noted movie critic for Life and Time magazines who also wrote dozens of books and made documentaries about Hollywood, has died. He was 84.