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'Imposters' star Inbar Lavi gets real about playing pretend

Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:33am

On the Bravo series "Imposters," Inbar Lavi plays a young woman named Maddie who is constantly reinventing herself, creating new identities to marry men and women and then steal their money. Off-screen, Lavi is no con artist but she says she can relate to the desire to hide behind different personas.

Fats, food and fun: 1st weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:19am

Thousands of people are converging on the Crescent City this week for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival takes place over two weekends at the city's fairground and race track and features out-of-town artists such as Rod Stewart as well as performers from across New Orleans and Louisiana. It's also a celebration of Louisiana culture and food with vendors selling everything from cochon de lait po-boys to praline-stuffed beignets. Here's a look at some things to expect during the festival:

Time magazine honors sex assault survivors and women at gala

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:09am

Fresh from winning a Pulitzer Prize for helping to expose the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Ronan Farrow was honored as one of this year's 100 most influential people at the annual Time 100 Gala.

Jake Tapper turns to fiction for 'The Hellfire Club'

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:37am

Jake Tapper, veteran newsman and debut novelist, isn't quite used to being on the receiving end of questions.

Martha Stewart's studio props up for auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:27am

The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart's television shows may soon find a place in someone's home.

Hank Azaria willing to stop voicing Apu on 'The Simpsons'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:27am

Hank Azaria is ready to stop voicing Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu on "The Simpsons" in the wake of criticism that it's a stereotype.

Melania Trump takes her moment to sparkle in the spotlight

Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:59am

There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.

Summer Movie Preview: 'Deadpool 2' is about kindness (truly)

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:29am

After being stuck in development for over a decade, "Deadpool" broke box-office records and shattered preconceived notions about what an R-rated superhero movie could do when it debuted in February 2016. Now the foul-mouthed mercenary is back with a sequel that's gearing up to play in the big leagues — the summer movie season.

Oliver Stone, visiting Iran, calls US a global 'outlaw'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:53am

Oliver Stone, making his first-ever visit to Iran, says the United States is a global "outlaw" that has made a mess of the Middle East.

Eric Idle looks at the bright side of (his own) life

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:49am

Eric Idle is writing a memoir, and Monty Python fans can guess the title: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

US filmmaker Martin Scorsese wins Spain's Asturias art prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:09am

American filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been awarded Spain's Princess of Astorias award for the arts, with the jury describing him as an uncontested major figure of contemporary cinema.

'A Star is Born' steals show in starry Warner Bros. slate

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:14am

Warner Bros. Pictures brought out the big names for its CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, from stars like Sandra Bullock to movies like "Wonder Woman 2," but it was Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born" that stole the show.

3 murdered Mexican film students caught in gang turf battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:50pm

Three vanished film students whose case had become emblematic of Mexico's 30,000 missing people were killed after being caught unaware in the midst of a drug gang turf battle, officials say.

First lady steps into spotlight for state visit with France

Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:43pm

There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.

Wa Wa Nee lead singer Paul Gray dies of cancer at age 54

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:24pm

Paul Gray, lead singer of the 1980s Australian pop band Wa Wa Nee, has died of cancer, his brother said on Wednesday. He was 54 years old.

The Latest: Trump, Macron toast to US-France friendship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:28pm

The Latest on the first state dinner of the Trump administration (all times local):

Rapper Meek Mill freed after high court order

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:18pm

Rapper Meek Mill walked out of prison Tuesday after Pennsylvania's highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.

Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:18pm

Pop star Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.

Copperfield testifies on illusion where man says he was hurt

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:31pm

David Copperfield insisted Tuesday he knew of no one being injured during more than 15 years of performing a signature vanishing act at the center of a lawsuit by a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall during a Las Vegas performance.

Rapper Meek Mill leaves prison after Pennsylvania high court orders him freed on bail while he appeals convictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:54pm

Rapper Meek Mill leaves prison after Pennsylvania high court orders him freed on bail while he appeals convictions.