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Balmain celebrates diversity and twists classicism in Paris

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 10:21am

Usher unleashed a photographer's battle at Balmain on Friday, as he appeared at Paris Fashion Week alongside towering model Cindy Bruna. The designer, Olivier Rousteing said of the typically glamazon-filled fashion collection, that it was a celebration of his personal journey. Here are some highlights of ready-to-wear shows for fall-winter 2020.

The prince and the pop star work on charity single in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:11am

Prince Harry joined Jon Bon Jovi at Abbey Road Studios in London on Friday as the singer recorded a charity single to support the foundation that oversees the Invictus Games — a multinational sports event for sick and injured servicemen.

National Symphony cancels Japan concerts due to virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:10pm

The National Symphony Orchestra canceled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic.

Virus fears lead K-pop superstars BTS to cancel Seoul shows

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:46pm

K-pop superstars BTS canceled an upcoming concert series in South Korea's capital as the country that exports entertainment worldwide tries to contain a soaring virus outbreak.

K-pop superstar group BTS cancels upcoming Seoul concert series due to South Korea's virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:39pm

K-pop superstar group BTS cancels upcoming Seoul concert series due to South Korea's virus outbreak.

Disney Plus to revive 'The Proud Family' animated series

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 12:44pm

The Proud family is making a comeback.

Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 6:59am

Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms.

Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

Angela Charlton and Oleg Cetinic, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:36am

Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars — where his latest movie leads this year's nominations — because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him.

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:18pm

Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died. She was 91.

High note: Lockhart marks 25 years as Boston Pops conductor

William J. Kole, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:00pm

Strike up the band: Keith Lockhart is marking 25 years as the conductor of “America's Orchestra.”

Clive Cussler, million-selling adventure writer, dies at 88

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:43am

Clive Cussler, the million-selling adventure writer and real-life thrill-seeker who wove personal details and spectacular fantasies into his page-turning novels about underwater explorer Dirk Pitt, has died, his publisher said Wednesday.

Laurie Anderson among new arts academy inductees

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:07am

Like many incoming members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Laurie Anderson didn't know a lot about the venerable honor society until she was asked to join it.

Call me Harry: Prince eschews royal label in Scotland speech

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:55am

Just call him Harry.

Jude Law among narrators of 'Beedle the Bard' audiobook

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:10am

Jude Law, Warwick Davis and Evanna Lynch are among the readers in an all-star recording of J.K. Rowling's “The Tales of Beedle the Bard," the first time her Harry Potter spinoff has been available as an audiobook.

Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones to co-host Jerusalem ceremony

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 10:26pm

Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to return to Israel as co-hosts of this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony.

Singer Duffy says rape, captivity, led to her public retreat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:56pm

Grammy-winning singer Duffy says she’s been out of the public limelight for years to focus on recovering from being “drugged and raped and held captive over some days.”

Ben Lerner, Zadie Smith on list for Rathbones Folio Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 12:50pm

Works of fiction by Ben Lerner and Zadie Smith and an exploration of why women join the Islamic State group are among eight books contending for Britain’s Rathbones Folio Prize for literature.

Spanish top court backs rapper in freedom of speech case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:22am

Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned a previous verdict that found a rapper guilty of exalting terrorism and humiliating victims of attacks in tweets.

Dior invokes #MeToo in feminist-inspired fashion show

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 10:09am

including actress Sigourney Weaver and singer Carla Bruni. Some paused for thought, especially as the show was delayed, in discussions of the #MeToo era and its influence on art — one day after Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault and led off to prison in handcuffs.

New Oliver Jeffers book, 'What We'll Build,' out Oct. 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:55am

Oliver Jeffers worked on his new picture book with a child in mind — his own.