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What about young Anna Lee? She's backing Levon Helm memorial

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:41pm

"Young" Anna Lee Amsden, immortalized in The Band's song "The Weight," is kicking off an effort to restore Levon Helm's childhood home and extend a musical heritage the drummer from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, developed over 60 years.

Rocking to their own beat: Haim in charge of their career

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:35pm

The rock trio Haim remembers filming their first music video for just $200 before they were signed to a record label.

2018 Essence Festival dates announced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:35pm

The 24th annual Essence Festival returns to New Orleans next year after the official 4th of July holiday.

France's Macron meets Rihanna at the Elysee Palace

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:31pm

French President Emmanuel Macron met singer Rihanna at the Elysee Palace Wednesday after the pop star appealed to him on Twitter for France to contribute to her education fund for developing countries.

Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, America

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:11am

An exhibit of some items from the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holocaust to a wider audience.

Toni Morrison, Joan Didion among those in PEN online archive

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:01am

Toni Morrison moderating a discussion about writing in the Soviet Union. Joan Didion defending Salman Rushdie against an Iranian death decree. Pablo Neruda explaining the role of the Latin America author.

Matt Bomer plays haunted whiz kid in 'The Last Tycoon'

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:33am

When he landed the lead in Amazon Prime's "The Last Tycoon," Matt Bomer had never read the timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald novella on which the series is based. But by chance, he had just finished another celebrated novel set in 1930s Hollywood, Nathanael West's "The Day of the Locust."

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has book deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:51am

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a book deal.

Blind Aboriginal musician dies in Australia aged 46

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:00am

A blind Aboriginal musician renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language with a heart-rending voice and a unique guitar-playing style has died, his recording label said Wednesday. He was 46.

Artist uses Iraq refugees, war veterans in radio project

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:21pm

In 2016, an Iraqi-American artist sat down with Bahjat Abdulwahed — the so-called "Walter Cronkite of Baghdad" — with the idea of launching a radio project that would be part documentary, part radio play and part variety show.

'Wonder Woman 2' sets December 2019 release date

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:21pm

"Wonder Woman 2" is set to storm theaters on Dec. 13, 2019.

"Detroit" director, stars hope film spurs talk about race

Mike Householder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:21pm

The actors and filmmakers from "Detroit" walked the red carpet ahead of the film's premiere in its namesake city Tuesday evening and talked about their hope that it will spur conversation about attitudes toward race.

President (bleep): TV sitcom bars use of Trump's name

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:30pm

President Donald Trump's name is off limits on the upcoming season of Comedy Central's "Broad City."

Barbara Sinatra, Frank's 4th wife and philanthropist, dies

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:22pm

Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children's advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused youngsters, died Tuesday. She was 90.

Al Gore on 'Inconvenient Sequel,' Trump, and the environment

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:33pm

Al Gore admits he was frustrated upon hearing the news last month that President Trump was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, but since then he's become more optimistic.

Portugal picks Lisbon to host 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:32pm

Organizers say next year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Films from Jolie, Clooney, Aronofsky among TIFF premieres

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:58pm

George Clooney's crime comedy "Suburbicon," Angelina Jolie's Khmer Rouge drama "First They Killed My Father," and Darren Aronofsky's horror feature "mother!" starring Jennifer Lawrence are among the films that will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

In 'Detroit,' Bigelow revisits still-burning flames of 1967

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:58pm

Kathryn Bigelow hasn't forgotten the out-of-body experience she felt when she won the best director Academy Award for her 2009 "The Hurt Locker." At that moment, she became the first woman to win the award. None have been nominated since.

Center devoted to director Zeffirelli takes shape in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:58pm

A center dedicated to Italian director Franco Zeffirelli is taking shape in Florence.

Review: In 'Atomic Blonde,' Theron heats up the Cold War

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 12:53pm

which is to say a John le Carre one — is characterized by a deathly stillness: grave faces meeting under gray clouds.