Arts and entertainment

November 13, 2017 - 10:35 am
LONDON (AP) — The Association of British Scrabble players has banned one of its star players, Allan Simmons, for three years after an independent investigation concluded that he had broken the rules of the popular word game. Simmons has authored books on Scrabble and contributed game coverage to...
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November 13, 2017 - 5:29 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice Media, the North American media network popular among millennials, has launched an ambitious new project in Arabic targeting youth in the Middle East. Known for tackling thorny and controversial issues, Vice and its regional partner, Moby Group, will have to...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, Liz Smith leaves the Celebration of Life Memorial ceremony for Walter Cronkite at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Smith, a gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, has died. Literary agent Joni Evans told The Associated Press she died in New York on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. She was 94. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
November 12, 2017 - 9:05 pm
Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, died Sunday at the age of 94. Joni Evans, Smith's literary agent, told The Associated Press she died of natural...
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Singer Shawn Mendes performs onstage at the MTV European Music Awards 2017 in London, Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
November 12, 2017 - 6:49 pm
LONDON (AP) — Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sunday at the MTV EMAs, while U2 were proclaimed global icons in a show that celebrated London's diverse culture, from pubs to pirate radio. Mendes, the 19-year-old Canadian star, also won the best-song trophy...
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This image released by Marvel Studios shows the Hulk, from left, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in a scene from, "Thor: Ragnarok." (Marvel Studios via AP)
November 12, 2017 - 12:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The God of Thunder isn't ready to relinquish his box office throne yet. Studios on Sunday estimate that "Thor: Ragnarok" added $56.6 million from North American theaters in its second weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $211.6 million. It easily beat out new...
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Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, front, arrives at the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Schwarzenegger is attending a COP23 Presidency event on health and climate called 'Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement'. (AP Photo/Dorothee Thiesing)
November 12, 2017 - 11:58 am
BONN, Germany (AP) — Movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants environmental activists to give more attention to immediate health hazards like air and water pollution. Schwarzenegger spoke Sunday at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, where diplomats from around...
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November 12, 2017 - 10:31 am
DALLAS (AP) — A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in 1970s has sold at auction for nearly $400,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas says a buyer requesting anonymity paid $396,500 Saturday for the singer-songwriter's 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar. The company says Dylan played the...
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In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, musician Johnny Clegg on stage at a farewell concert in Johannesburg. At 64, his pancreatic cancer in remission, Clegg performed as part of his "Final Journey" tour, delivering the hybrid songs inspired by Zulu and South African township rhythms, as well as pop, folk and country and western, that he developed in defiance of South Africa's apartheid system decades ago. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 12, 2017 - 9:42 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At 64, his pancreatic cancer in remission, South African musician Johnny Clegg kicked high and stomped five consecutive times — the signature move of Zulu war dancing — during a packed Johannesburg concert that he says is one of his last. Clegg performed what he called an "...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, actor and political activist Richard Dreyfuss speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. A writer who worked for Dreyfuss on a TV comedy special in the 1980s said he sexually harassed her for years and exposed himself to her in a studio lot trailer. Jessica Teich told the New York magazine blog Vulture.com that the actor made continual, overt and lewd comments and invitations after they met at a theater where she worked and Dreyfuss appeared. Dreyfuss agent Barry McPherson on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 denied the actor ever exposed himself to Teich but that he acknowledged to Vulture other encounters Dreyfuss now realizes were inappropriate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
November 11, 2017 - 7:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — George Takei took to Twitter on Saturday to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script, both back in the 1980s. Takei, the 80-year-old "Star Trek" icon, said in a series of tweets that events described...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg participates in a panel during The CW Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. "Supergirl" and "Arrow" executive producer Kreisberg has been suspended by Warners Bros. Television Group pending an investigation of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching accusations made by 19 former and current employees. Warners Bros. confirmed the suspension Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, and said in a statement, "We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
November 11, 2017 - 7:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on widening sexual harassment and abuse allegations against men in the entertainment and media industries (all times local): 6:30 p.m. "Supergirl" and "Arrow" showrunner Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended amid accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching...
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