Entertainment

Oscar predictions: What will win and what should win

LOS ANGELES - Ahead of Sunday's 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:BEST PICTUREThe Nominees: "The Big Short," ''Bridge of Spies," ''Brooklyn," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Martian," ...

Myles to perform at Marshalltown Auditorium

A master showman, David Myles brings his musicianship and unforgettable stories to Marshalltown High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. on March 6. A limited number of individual tickets are available. Individual tickets can be purchased online at www.losmarshalltown.org and picked up the night of the ...

Grinnell College HD broadcast of Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’

GRINNELL - Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giacomo Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" at noon on March 5, at the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell.Jennifer Brown, associate professor of music at Grinnell College, will present the opera talk at 11:30 a.m. ...

Stalzer Photography receives state and national awards

John Stalzer and Mackenzie Duncan of Stalzer Photography in Marshalltown have received several national and statewide awards recently for their work. Their work was also on display at an International Photographic Exhibit Jan. 10-12 in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the Professional Photographers of ...

Coogler, DuVernay to attend Flint event on Oscar night

LOS ANGELES - "Creed" director Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae and other Hollywood celebrities have big plans for Oscar night.But they have nothing to do with the Academy Awards. Coogler and company will be 2,300 miles away in Flint, Michigan, participating in a benefit for residents ...

Dueling comic cons near deal in court battle

SALT LAKE CITY - The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con are inching closer to settling a court battle over naming rights.Lawyers for the two pop-culture conventions said they have been able to resolve many of their disagreements over whether the names are too similar, and ...

Chart-topping Adele gets emotional with big Brit Awards win

LONDON - A tearful Adele was crowned queen of the British music scene - and banished memories of Grammy Awards sound glitches - with four prizes and a soulful performance at the Brit Awards on Wednesday."Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don't like flying," said the North London-born ...

‘Blue Bloods’ indicative of CBS’ strength

NEW YORK - Tom Selleck's cop family drama "Blue Bloods" is hardly trendy TV, but last week was another illustration of its consistent value to CBS.The Nielsen company said it was among the 10 most-watched programs.A week after CBS had the 10 most popular broadcast entrants on Nielsen's weekly ...

Lee endorses Sanders: ‘He will do the right thing’

Filmmaker Spike Lee is endorsing Bernie Sanders for president in a South Carolina radio ad.Arguing, in Sanders' words, that the "system is rigged," Lee praises Sanders for not taking money from corporations in the ad.And in a reference to one of his early films, Lee says that once in the White ...

Black actors ready for Chris Rock to shake up Oscar show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Guests at the first American Black Film Festival Honors are ready for Chris Rock to shake up the Oscars.Don Cheadle, Ice Cube, Adina Porter and Michelle Mitchenor are among the entertainers eager to hear the comedian's take on Hollywood's diversity crisis when he hosts ...

Taylor Swift donates $250K to Kesha

NEW YORK - Taylor Swift is giving some financial assistance to fellow pop star Kesha as she battles to get out of a contract with record producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of sexually assaulting her. A representative for Swift confirmed Sunday that Swift had donated $250,000 to Kesha in ...

Game show says rules preventing contestants

NEW YORK - "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, a famous Canadian, apparently won't be seeing many of his countrymen on the popular game show for the foreseeable future. The show said Canadians were precluded taking last month's online test that is a pipeline for "Jeopardy!" contestants because of a ...

Former Miss America contestant dies

CAMDEN, N.J. - A former Miss America contestant critically injured when her car spun off a wet highway and crashed into trees last week died on Monday.Ex-Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum, who worked at a TV station and was known for her efforts in public service, died with her family by her side ...

‘Deadpool’ dominates again with $55 million in 2nd week

NEW YORK - Marvel's R-rated antihero smash "Deadpool" continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers.After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation from ...

Alfie Boe to be next hero in Broadway’s ‘Finding Neverland’

NEW YORK - Opera and theater star Alfie Boe will go from prisoner to playwright when he trades in "Les Miserables" for "Finding Neverland" late next month on Broadway. The British tenor, who has been playing Jean Valjean, will start as "Peter Pan" creator J.M. Barrie on March 29 at the ...

Ukraine picks Crimean Tatar for Eurovision

MOSCOW - Ukrainians have chosen a Crimean Tatar singer and her song about the mass deportation of Tatars under Josef Stalin as the country's entry for this year's Eurovision song contest.Susana Jamaladinova, who performs under the stage name Jamala, was chosen Sunday night by the combined votes ...

Lucy Liu to be honored at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Actress Lucy Liu is being honored at Harvard for her humanitarian work.The "Kill Bill" and "Charlie's Angels" actress, currently starring in the CBS series "Elementary," was named 2016 artist of the year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.She's ...

Lock of John Lennon’s hair fetches $35,000

DALLAS - A lock of John Lennon's hair that was snipped as he prepared for a film role has sold for $35,000.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the 4-inch lock of hair was purchased by Paul Fraser, a United Kingdom-based memorabilia collector.A German hairdresser kept a tuft of ...

Migrant island documentary “Fire at Sea” wins at Berlin fest

BERLIN - "Fire at Sea," a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa - many migrants' first destination on risky journeys toward safety and a better life in Europe - won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.A jury headed by Meryl Streep ...

Author Harper Lee has died at 89

NEW YORK - Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, "To Kill a Mockingbird," became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film, has died. She was 89.Lee died peacefully Friday, publisher HarperCollins said ...