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Polanski abandons plan to preside over French Oscars

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:40am

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has abandoned plans to preside over the French equivalent of the Oscars, after protests from France's women's rights minister and feminist groups prompted by decades-old U.S. sex charges against him.

Diversity and 'La La Land' ready for their Oscar close-ups

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:40pm

After two straight years of all-white acting nominees and an overhauling of the motion picture academy, the Oscars are poised to trend in a different direction Tuesday.

Dubai investigates disabled center over Kim Kardashian visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:20pm

A state-owned newspaper in Dubai is reporting that authorities are investigating a center for the disabled after it hosted and publicized a visit by Kim Kardashian West.

LaBeouf-led livestream says 'He Will Not Divide Us'

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:10pm

Shia LaBeouf wants you to know: "He will not divide us."

Kerry Washington calls on women to support women at Sundance

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:40pm

Olivia Pope gets a lot of credit for being a powerful woman, but it's the woman behind the fictional character who is helping to create real change in an industry that's woefully lacking in women and people of color behind the camera. Kerry Washington on Monday spoke to a group of women at the Sundance Film Festival's annual Women in Film Brunch, telling guests that progress is going to take "courage on all of our parts."

South Dakota museum awarded ownership of Presley guitar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:31pm

A federal judge ruled Monday that a South Dakota museum is the legal owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley.

Influential Estonian choral composer Veljo Tormis dead at 86

Michael Tarm and Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:51pm

Veljo Tormis, a prolific Estonian composer whose innovative choral works helped propel his Baltic nation's drive to restore independence, has died at the age of 86.

Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill wins Newbery Medal

Hannah Weikel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:32pm

Before winning the most prestigious prize in children's literature, Kelly Barnhill took a little detour.

Lewis receives 4 literary awards for 'March: Book Three'

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:41pm

U.S. Rep. John Lewis is having quite a run in the literary world.

'SNL' writer suspended for tweet about Barron Trump

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:22pm

A "Saturday Night Live" writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump's 10-year-old youngest son, Barron.

Stephen Colbert to host Emmys on CBS in September

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:11pm

Stephen Colbert will host the annual Emmy Awards telecast, this year to be shown on his home network of CBS.

Soulja Boy charged with felony weapons possession

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:25pm

Los Angeles prosecutors on Monday charged Soulja Boy with felony weapons violations stemming from a police search of his home last month that found an assault weapon and a stolen police handgun.

US Supreme Court won't hear 'Sister Wives' bigamy law appeal

Brady McCombs and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:20pm

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear an appeal from the family on TV's "Sister Wives" challenging Utah's law banning polygamy.

'The Last Jedi' revealed as title for 'Star Wars' VIII

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:18pm

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" finally has a title: "The Last Jedi."

Fate of Polish WWII museum unclear amid battle over history

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:13pm

It was supposed to be the first museum in the world to tell the story of World War II in its entirety by focusing on all the nations caught up in that global conflict. But it has fallen foul of changing political priorities in its Polish home, and as it opened its doors for the first time Monday, it's facing an uncertain future.

The Latest: 'Sister Wives' family says it won't end fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:51am

The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision against hearing an appeal from the family on TV's "Sister Wives" challenging Utah's law banning polygamy (all times local):

'Batman v Superman,' 'Zoolander 2' lead Razzie nominations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:51am

The much-derided superhero clash "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and the far-too-late comedy sequel "Zoolander 2" are the leading nominees for the 37th annual Razzie Awards.

Gingrich: Madonna should be arrested for White House remark

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:50am

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Madonna "ought to be arrested" for telling the crowd at the women's rights march in Washington that she's "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."

Henry Ford Museum changing name to reflect innovation focus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:01am

The Henry Ford Museum in suburban Detroit has changed its name to better convey the museum's collection and its core focus on innovation, officials announced Monday.

Wayne Brady hurts leg during 'Hamilton,' returns to stage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:00am

Wayne Brady says he had to abandon a performance of "Hamilton" in Chicago because he hurt his leg during the show.