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Charting the McConaissance, film by film

02/21/2014 12:49am
Six years ago, Matthew McConaughey was starring in a movie called "Surfer, Dude," a film about as good as its title implies. He played a shirtless surfer plunged into an existential crises when his good luck with waves runs out.

First lady pays visit to new 'Tonight Show' host

02/21/2014 5:21am
Michelle Obama stopped by Jimmy Fallon's revamped "Tonight Show" to chat about family life in the White House and promote two of her causes, healthy eating and fighting fat.

'House of Cards' wants Md. to boost tax credits

02/21/2014 5:29am
Netflix political drama series "House of Cards" is demanding millions of dollars more in tax credits from Maryland, or it will go elsewhere.

6 charged with bilking investors in phony movies

02/21/2014 5:38am
Six Southern California men have been charged with stealing millions of dollars by offering investments in phony movies with names like "The Smuggler" that supposedly featured well-known actors such as Donald Sutherland, federal authorities said Thursday.

Sci fi/fantasy added to popular annual series

02/21/2014 6:17am
The science fiction/fantasy genre has been admitted into a special club.

Film 'The Standbys' probes quirky Broadway part

02/21/2014 6:25am
Merwin Foard has one of the oddest jobs on Broadway: He gets paid not to perform.

Swedish princess gives birth to daughter

02/21/2014 6:31am
Sweden's Royal Palace says Princess Madeleine has given birth to a daughter in New York City _ the first child for her and American husband, banker Christopher O'Neill.

EU grants Bavarian pretzels protected status

02/21/2014 7:13am
A twisted piece of dough has been elevated to cultural icon status by the European Union, which has added the Bavarian pretzel to its "protected origins" list.

'Modern Family' actress allegedly groped in Sydney

02/21/2014 7:37am
Sarah Hyland filmed scenes with her "Modern Family" castmates on a Sydney beach Friday, a day after police arrested a man the actress said had touched her inappropriately at a cast event.

Our town: Fred and Carrie return with 'Portlandia'

02/21/2014 8:29am
A bargain-hunting couple find a free parking spot in downtown Portland. Then they cram a full day's activities into the 15 minutes it provides. ...

Versatile TV newsman Garrick Utley dies at 74

02/21/2014 9:01am
Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, has died of cancer at 74, NBC said Friday.

Christie's to auction Van Cliburn estate items

02/21/2014 9:35am
Hundreds of items from the estate of the celebrated pianist Van Cliburn are scheduled to go up for auction next month.

Italian cashmere maker Cruciani poised for growth

02/21/2014 10:12am
Italian cashmere maker Cruciani survived the economic crisis by focusing on clover-shaped lace macrame bracelets that became a global hit, and now it plans to grow by expanding its accessories line launched in 2013.

Frankfurt Airport partially shuts due to strike

02/21/2014 10:40am
Frankfurt Airport, Europe's second busiest, shut down Friday afternoon for people whose flights originated from the hub after thousands of security personnel walked off the job to press demands for higher wages.

JR still a presence as 3rd 'Dallas' season opens

02/21/2014 10:46am
J.R. Ewing is gone, but his presence still looms large on "Dallas" _ along with the influence of the actor who made the conniving oilman one of television's most beloved characters.

Wig designer says Nicki Minaj took his designs

02/21/2014 10:48am
A former wig designer for rapper Nicki Minaj sued the performer Friday, accusing her of walking away from business plans, then making money by selling wigs based on his designs without permission.

Re-release of 'Anchorman 2' features 763 new jokes

02/21/2014 11:39am
With nearly every joke substituted for a new one, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" will return to movie theaters for one week.

First US-Cuba museum exchange in 5 decades

02/21/2014 12:20pm
Sandra Ramos has never wanted to emigrate from Cuba, but in her more than four decades on the island, she has seen many people leave.

Making a difference with Seth Meyers

02/21/2014 12:48pm
The difference between Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers in the days before their first talk shows began is evident in what they spent the most time on, said the man who guided both programs to birth. With Fallon, who took over "Late Night" in 2009, it was the performance. Meyers worries about the writing.

Pink joins lineup of pop artists on the Oscars

02/21/2014 1:09pm
Have the Oscars gone Grammys?

NY suit: Keith Haring Foundation banning real art

02/21/2014 1:10pm
Art collectors sued Keith Haring's foundation Friday, saying it has cost them at least $40 million by publicly labeling about 90 paintings by the late artist as "counterfeit" and "fake" as it refuses to fully evaluate them.

California lawmaker charged with corruption

02/21/2014 1:39pm
Federal law enforcement authorities on Friday announced multiple charges of bribery and cover-ups against a Democratic state lawmaker and his brother, the result of a long-running corruption investigation that has tarnished the state's majority party.

Nugent backlash reveals rare misstep for Texas GOP

02/21/2014 3:20pm
Mitt Romney rallied with Kid Rock and President George W. Bush had a fan in Alice Cooper. But a Ted Nugent encore in the Texas governor's race is growing unlikely after blowback from Republican Greg Abbott's embrace of the ultimate shock rocker.

Bayreuth co-head Wagner-Pasquier asks to step down

02/21/2014 3:23pm
Eva Wagner-Pasquier has asked to step down as the co-head of the Bayreuth Festival next year.

Femme fatale Nikita inspires Emporio Armani looks

02/21/2014 3:56pm
Giorgio Armani sees the irony.

Chef: Balancing cooking and TV is a discipline

02/21/2014 4:17pm
Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli has a reality check for her peers trying to balance their roles as both chefs and television personalities: It's a lifestyle that comes with an expiration date.

Pastry chef turns to savory cuisine for challenge

02/21/2014 4:18pm
Alex Stupak was 27 when he said his biological clock started ticking.

Michelle Bernstein still seeking balance in food

02/21/2014 4:20pm
Two years ago, Michelle Bernstein shocked the food world when she shuttered her hugely successful tapas restaurant, Sra. Martinez.

Lawsuit charges Sony cheated 'Idol' winners

02/21/2014 4:21pm
A federal lawsuit filed in New York charges that Sony Music Entertainment cheated "American Idol" contestants including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood out of at least $10 million in royalties.

Barbara Lynch looks to put Boston on culinary map

02/21/2014 4:23pm
With one restaurant still a "baby" and another turning 16, Barbara Lynch's restaurant family is growing up, and so is Boston, the city she is determined to put on the culinary map.

265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries

02/21/2014 5:57pm
Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.