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Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:11pm

The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real — and less sexualized — woman.

Obama White House hosting final musical event with BET

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:31pm

Michelle Obama says the final White House concert of her husband's presidency is "going to be a good one."

A giant nude statue in California is stirring controversy

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:34am

There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind.

Met Gala, exhibit to honor designer Rei Kawakubo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:22am

The annual Met Gala, one of the most anticipated events in the fashion world, will honor designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons.

Warner Bros. promises previously unreleased Prince music

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:01am

Warner Bros. Records is about to unveil two projects by the late megastar Prince that include previously unreleased material.

TV legend Carol Burnett signed to ABC sitcom project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:50am

Carol Burnett fans: You'd be glad to have some more time together with this comedy legend, and she's likely headed back to series TV in a project Amy Poehler will executive produce.

Astley never stops appreciating 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:40am

Rick Astley exiled himself from music for a good part of the last three decades, but he never really left pop's consciousness.

Money rolls in to rescue Smithsonian's ruby red slippers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:40am

People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers.

Kevin James couldn't wait: Long Island is his sitcom home

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:10am

With "Kevin Can Wait," Kevin James has come home.

Lady Gaga returns to NYC bar where she launched her career

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:41am

Lady Gaga returned to the New York City bar where she performed years ago as an unsigned act on the eve of her new album's release, singing rock and pop songs for an audience including Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, die-hard fans and music industry insiders.

Mumbai film fest opens amid protests over Pakistani talent

Vineeta Deepak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:21am

India's glitziest film festival opened this week to fanfare and fury, as Indians protested the inclusion of Pakistani artists.

Tom Hanks sees US election warning in thriller 'Inferno'

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:51am

Embedded within the manic action of "Inferno," the latest big-screen adaptation of a Dan Brown thriller, is a warning about the dangers of seeking simple solutions to complex problems. Star Tom Hanks says it's a theme with echoes in the current U.S. presidential race.

'Queen of Katwe' stirs hope in slum where film was born

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 10:22pm

In a two-room shack in the heart of a Kampala slum, a barefoot 5-year-old boy is being taught how to move his pawns. He is one of scores of Ugandan children following in the footsteps of a local girl who became a chess champion and the subject of a new Disney film.

Review: Nathan Lane saves 'The Front Page' from fish wrap

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 9:00pm

You want the story? You want to really know what's up with "The Front Page" on Broadway? Well, pay attention, you lousy baboons. Here's what you need to know: This sap of a play is older than yesterday's news. But, I'll level with you. This is the God's honest truth: A fellow named Nathan Lane somehow saves it.

Prosecutor: Man who stalked Kendall Jenner was methodical

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:03pm

A man charged with stalking Kendall Jenner showed a single-minded focus in his efforts to meet the model and reality show star, even after he knew she was afraid of him, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

The Latest: Proceedings end for day in Jenner stalking case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:01pm

The Latest on the trial of a man charged with stalking model and reality television star Kendall Jenner (all times local):

Final debate is third most-watched presidential match ever

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:02pm

The final faceoff between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reached 71.6 million television viewers, meaning two of the three most-watched presidential debates in history occurred during this campaign.

Bruno Mars is pop's ultimate party boy with hit '24K Magic'

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:03pm

While the world was busy dancing to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" at the top of 2015, the singer was partying in the studio and creating his latest groovy hit.

Kanye West mad kids haven't played with Jay Z's daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:31am

Kanye West is lamenting that his kids have yet to play with the daughter of his friend, mentor and collaborator Jay Z.

Laura Osnes hopes people will swing to 'Bandstand'

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:21am

That rarest of sounds — a new American musical not based on an existing book or film — is heading to Broadway with Tony Award-nominee Laura Osnes — and it's got quite a swing.