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Q&A: 'This Is Us' creator Dan Fogelman on 'Life Itself'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:43pm

As in his TV series "This Is Us," jubilant and catastrophic events tend to cluster for Dan Fogelman. Days before his latest and most ambitious movie, "Life Itself," opens in theaters, and the third season of his hit NBC show premieres, Fogelman's house was robbed. The thieves returned later the same evening, smashing through a glass plate door. Fogelman says he had to chase them away.

The LA Film Festival gets a fresh fall start

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:29pm

The LA Film Festival may be in its 24th year, but the local independent film showcase is stepping up with a new fall date, starry premieres featuring the likes of Tiffany Haddish and Henry Cavill and a re-energized commitment to spotlighting documentaries and diverse filmmakers.

Milan Fashion: Arbesser embraces sustainability

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:25pm

Milan Fashion Week launched Wednesday on a note of optimism with news that sales have reached pre-crisis levels.

Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:37am

Gamil Ratib, an award-winning Franco-Egyptian actor whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name across the Arab world, died Wednesday, state media reported. He was 92.

Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:03am

Musician David DiChiera (DEE'-kee-AIR-uh), who championed opera's role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

Met season promises vocal treats and retooled Ring

Mike Silverman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:23am

Jonas is back, if only briefly. Anna is here, in full diva mode. The seemingly unstoppable Placido marks his 50th anniversary. And the "Ring" contraption returns — maybe for the last time — with a promise of greater reliability and fewer "clunks and clicks."

French court upholds Kate Middleton topless photos fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:39am

A French court of appeals has upheld a ruling Wednesday that two directors of French celebrity magazine Closer should be fined a maximum 45,000 euros ($52,500) for breaching the privacy of Kate Middleton, when publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing back in 2012.

Q&A: Chris Pratt on running on screen, Tom Cruise, religion

Ryan Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:34am

When Chris Pratt is running his fastest, he has a tendency to fall.

Fervent Thai fans of Korean actor overstep airport security

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:49am

Extreme efforts by two Thai female fans to meet their South Korean idol have raised concerns about security procedures at Thailand's main airport.

Man pleads guilty to 'Field of Dreams' site vandalism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:33am

A man accused of driving onto and damaging the eastern Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" has changed his plea to guilty.

Thousands of fans request grand jury probe of Prince's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:20am

Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death.

Uganda's opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 4:33am

Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture, while police say they will meet him at the airport.

Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:23am

A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama's presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 8:54pm

The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

'Silly old bear': New exhibition celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh

Tracee M. Herbaugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 8:30pm

When people care too much, Winnie-the-Pooh argues it's just love.

Music modernization bill clears another hurdle in Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 7:47pm

The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress.

US poet Danez Smith wins prestigious Forward Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 2:33pm

American performance poet Danez Smith has won the prestigious Forward Prize for the collection "Don't Call Us Dead."

Record-low viewership for Emmy Awards

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 2:13pm

Television's biggest night wasn't that big. The Emmy Awards drew a record-low audience of just over 10.2 million people, down 11 percent from the past two years.

Greece: Violence at rallies to mark rapper's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 1:08pm

Violence has broken out at rallies in several Greek cities organized to mark the fifth anniversary of the killing of rapper Pavlos Fyssas that triggered a crackdown against the extreme right political party Golden Dawn.

'Show must go on:' Stranded in Europe, orchestra improvises

William J. Kole, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 12:58pm

The Boston Symphony Orchestra might want to consider naming its next album "Songs in the Key of A" — as in airport, abandoned and Amsterdam.