Arts and entertainment

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Michael Madsen arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Prosecutors have charged Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole on March 24, 2019. Madsen has not entered a plea, and is scheduled to appear in court May 20. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
April 24, 2019 - 11:46 pm
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month. Madsen, 61, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with...
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April 24, 2019 - 9:06 pm
Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter,...
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This image released by the Tribeca Film Festival shows a scene from Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo," which will kick off the annual festival on April 24. (Tribeca Film Festival via AP)
April 24, 2019 - 7:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival has moved uptown for an opening night honoring New York's Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo" is premiering at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85 year history is chronicled in Williams' documentary. The movie and setting added up to a...
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Robert Downey Jr., left, and Bradley Cooper arrive at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, April 22, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
April 24, 2019 - 5:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of "Avengers: Endgame" is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios' saga opens in North American theaters on Thursday night, it will land on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S. and Canadian theaters. And even...
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FILE - This Feb. 13, 2009 file photo shows novelist Nora Roberts posing for a portrait in Boonsboro, Md. Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed “multi-plagiarism.” In papers filed Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro, Roberts alleged that Serruya’s books showed an extraordinary level of verbatim lifting and close paraphrasing. Roberts would donate any damages from the suit to a non-profit literacy program in Brazil. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
April 24, 2019 - 1:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level. In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, where Serruya lives, Roberts called...
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A temporary NFL neon sign joins the permanent ones along Broadway as preparation continues for the NFL Draft Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL Draft is scheduled to be held Thursday through Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 24, 2019 - 1:05 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw are playing free concerts in Nashville during the NFL Draft, but the hundreds of musicians working in honky tonk clubs just blocks from the draft stage want football fans to remember to tip the band. With turnout expected for each...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2018 file photo shows Sting performing at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Sting is heading to Las Vegas to launch a residency next year. Sixteen performances of “Sting: My Songs” will take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, beginning May 22, 2020. Shows are also planned for June, August and September. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
April 24, 2019 - 11:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sin City? More like Sting City. Grammy-winning superstar Sting is heading to Las Vegas to launch a residency next year. Sixteen performances of "Sting: My Songs" will take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, beginning May 22, 2020. Shows are also planned for June, August and...
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Workers install protections on Notre Dame cathedral Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Paris. Professional mountain climbers were hired to install synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral, as authorities raced to prevent further damage ahead of storms that are rolling in toward Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
April 24, 2019 - 9:11 am
PARIS (AP) — France's government has presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and providing transparency on how huge amounts of donation money for the restoration will be spent. The bill detailed Wednesday in a weekly Cabinet meeting will allow the government...
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April 24, 2019 - 7:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen state and local poets laureate will be receiving grants totaling more than $1 million. The gifts from the Academy of American Poets, announced Wednesday, are for "recognition" of literary excellence and to support civic programs ranging from podcasts to community-based...
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April 24, 2019 - 4:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author Warren Adler who chronicled dysfunction and duplicity, most notably in his divorce novel "The War of the Roses," a dark comedy that was made into a hit film has died. He was 91. Adler died at his Manhattan home on April 15. The Washington Post reports that his...
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