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William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died


William Goldman, the screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men" and summed up the mystery of … Click to Continue »

Kim Porter, Diddy’s former longtime girlfriend, dies at 47


Kim Porter, Diddy's former longtime girlfriend and the mother of three of his children, has died at age 47, authorities said. Porter was found unresponsive Thursday at her Los Angeles … Click to Continue »

Current themes in 1940s-set play “Watch on the Rhine” for Modesto’s Prospect Theater


Political leanings in the midst of World War II create family drama and angst in the next production from Prospect Theater Project. Lillian Hellman’s play “Watch on the Rhine” takes … Click to Continue »

Jay and Silent Bob at Modesto’s Gallo Center? Yes, and a lot more entertaining options


Jay and Silent Bob Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes take a hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. They’ll be live at … Click to Continue »

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Spirit Awards heap noms on ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘First Reformed’


The 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards showered nominations on Bo Burnham's coming-of-age tale "Eighth Grade," Lynne Ramsay's existentialist thriller "You Were Never Really Here" and Paul Schrader's religious drama "First … Click to…

Museum sells 2 paintings for more than $19.5M


Santa Fe's Georgia O'Keeffe Museum sold two paintings for more than $19.5 million. The Albuquerque Journal reports "A Street," from 1926, and 1928's "Calla Lilies on Red" sold in Sotheby's … Click to Continue »


Goldberg, Hathaway, Bourdain among NJ Hall of Fame nominees


Actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Anne Hathaway, comedian Chris Rock, "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Anthony Bourdain are among the latest nominees to the New Jersey … Click to Continue »

State of Alaska hold music features Portugal. The Man


Forget the sleepy hold music you know and hate. Soon, when someone at the state of Alaska puts you on hold, you're going to hear a little homegrown rock courtesy … Click to Continue »

2 paintings belonging to LOVE artist sold at auction


The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, auctioned off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to … Click to Continue »


‘Instant Family’ uses laughter to shine a light on adoption


Mark Wahlberg may be known for his tough-guy image thanks to movies including "Mile 22" and "The Departed," or for his straight-up comedic roles like in "Daddy's Home" and "Ted," … Click to Continue »

CNN’s Acosta back at White House after judge’s ruling

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A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is … Click to Continue »

APNewsBreak: Obama’s memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

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First day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include … Click to Continue »

The Latest: White House writing up rules for reporters

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The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 1:20 p.m. President Donald … Click to Continue »


Omaha considers closing park in March for riverfront project


Omaha planning officials could close the city's 10-acre Gene Leahy Mall this spring to begin revamping the downtown riverfront as part of a $290 million development plan. Consultants on Thursday … Click to Continue »

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film finally in theaters


Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace," … Click to Continue »


Composer Lalo Schifrin says Oscar is an ‘amazing honor’


Lalo Schifrin's unconventional scores have a way of getting into your head and staying there. The Argentinian composer has written more than 100 arrangements for film and television, including "Dirty … Click to Continue »

Scott’s first Bayou Stock festival brings country music home


County music artist Dylan Scott has been around the music his whole life and that's where he got the idea for his inaugural Bayou Stock music festival. Growing up in … Click to Continue »


How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? New book examines America’s Team


Gary Myers has covered Jerry Jones longer than any pro football writer, so it seemed logical and natural to write a book about the owner of the most valuable franchise … Click to Continue »

Breckenridge troll removed but he could get another home


A wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone but it's possible he could find another home there. Workers in Breckenridge used … Click to Continue »


Review: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali’s chemistry puts the crowd-pleasing ‘Green Book’ in overdrive


Consider this a warning. You may be tempted to push back against "Green Book," may be itching to proclaim it too pat, too obvious, too much of a setup job, … Click to Continue »

New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film establishes closer collection to Potterverse


Beasts? Yes, lots of 'em. Fantastic? Some of the time. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is much better than its predecessor in this Harry Potter-adjacent franchise, if only because … Click to Continue »

Viola Davis and a team of ‘Widows’ pull off an entertaining caper


Viola Davis and Viola Davis' snot team up again for "Widows," in which – as always seems to happen to this gifted actor/sobber – her character has a tough time. … Click to Continue »


FDR site hosting showcase featuring veteran artists, writers


An annual event showcasing artwork, crafts, and performances by active duty military members and veterans is being held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. The sixth annual Veteran … Click to Continue »

Mrs. Obama says ‘Access Hollywood’ tape led her to speak out


Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a … Click to Continue »


Horoscopes for Friday, November 16, 2018


Aries March 21-April 19 As Venus turns direct after a stressful retro phase, if you keep forgetting to pay a bill, ring your bank or do anything else of a … Click to Continue »


Reviews of bluegrass music releases


TURNING GROUND, "Old Country Store," Bonfire. 13 tracks From Salyersville, Ky., Turning Ground has been together for seven years. And it's starting to attract national attention with "Old Country Store," … Click to Continue »


Here are the nine movies that will be nominated for best picture, including a first for Netflix with ‘Roma’


Netflix broke through at the Emmy Awards five years ago when Television Academy voters gave "House of Cards" nine nominations, making it the first streaming program to earn a series … Click to Continue »

The Beatles ‘white album’ at 50: A classic or an overindulgence?


When it comes to Beatles nostalgia, the band's self-titled 1968 "White Album" has a king-size reputation – the biggest album (30 songs!) by the biggest band in the world at … Click to Continue »

Sarah Silverman has deep connection to her ‘Ralph’ character


Sarah Silverman has loved the opportunities her unique voice has given her to work on animated projects such as "The Simpsons," "Drawn Together," "American Dad!" and "Futurama." Nothing compared to … Click to Continue »

Benicio del Toro dug deep for ‘Escape at Dannemora’


"Escape at Dannemora," a seven-part drama based on a true story that's scheduled to air on Showtime, features Benicio del Toro as swaggering career criminal Richard Matt, who is serving … Click to Continue »

Ashley Jensen loves sweetness, silliness of Agatha Raisin


Fans of the Agatha Raisin tales have been reading about her adventures written by Marion Chesney (released under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton) since 1992. The transformation of the … Click to Continue »

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: ‘I did not know’ about discrediting efforts


The drama and fallout over this week's New York Times investigation into Facebook continued Friday as Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg defended herself against allegations she knew about company efforts … Click to Continue »


AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia


Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako greeted guests at the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden. Akihito has said he will … Click to Continue »


50 years after The Tie, all is not even for Harvard, Yale


Sixty-five members of the 1968 Harvard football team are expected back in Boston this weekend for the 50th anniversary of the most memorable entry in the 143-year-old history of The … Click to Continue »