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FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, comedian and NBC Network's "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Jay Pharoah poses for a portrait in New York.  Pharoah says he had a rocky time on "Saturday Night Live" because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders. Pharoah, who was with the NBC show for six seasons, left last year after his contract wasn't renewed.(Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Jay Pharoah says he had rocky relationship with ‘SNL’

LOS ANGELES — Jay Pharoah said he had a rocky time on "Saturday Night Live" because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders. Pharoah, who was dropped from "SNL" last year after six seasons, said he resisted playing a black woman on the show that lacked African-American female performers ...

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Clifton James, sheriff in 2 James Bond films, dies at 96

Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96. His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter's home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from ...

Campbell’s last studio album coming in June

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Glen Campbell is releasing his final studio album, recorded shortly after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011. The record label, Universal Music Enterprises, announced Friday that the album, "Adios," will be released on June 9. ...

‘Survivor’ contestant who outed competitor loses his job

GREENSBORO, N.C. — "Survivor" contestant Jeff Varner who outed fellow competitor Zeke Smith as transgender on Wednesday night's episode of the CBS reality competition has been fired from his real estate job. The Greensboro News & Record reports Varner was fired on Thursday from Allen Tate ...

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Teaser trailer debuts for ‘The Last Jedi’

NEW YORK — Is the Force still strong with Luke Skywalker? The first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dropped on Friday, showcasing a morose and withdrawn Skywalker. The two-minute teaser, unveiled by director Rian Johnson at the "Star Wars Celebration" fan event in Orlando, Florida, ...

Damage from Bellagio fire tops $400K

LAS VEGAS — A fire official says it could be a couple of weeks before investigators know what sparked a blaze that caused more than $400,000 in damage to the roof of a retail annex at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan said Friday ...

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In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord, appears at a rally for President-elect Donald Trump in Hershey, Pa. Lord made a comparison of Trump to Martin Luther King Jr., on CNN's morning "New Day."  He is one of a handful of pro-Trump commentators that CNN hired during the last election.

CNN commentator Lord defends his likening of Trump to King

NEW YORK — CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord tweeted clips of speeches from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the overnight hours Friday, capping a strange day where he stepped on a third rail of American politics by suggesting viewers think of President Donald Trump as "the Martin Luther King of ...

Harrison Ford visit, Fisher tribute launch Star Wars event

How do you celebrate 40 years of "Star Wars" in 90 minutes? With a surprise Harrison Ford appearance, a touching Carrie Fisher tribute, a John Williams performance and a fair amount of jokes about George Lucas' dialogue, of course. Attendees at Star Wars Celebration were treated to that and ...

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Garner, Affleck file divorce petitions

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck filed divorce petitions Thursday, the first step in formally ending their marriage more than a year after they publicly declared their relationship was over. The actors both filed divorce petitions in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing ...

‘Survivor’ contestant outed as transgender

"Survivor" contestant Zeke Smith was outed as transgender by fellow competitor Jeff Varner on Wednesday night on the CBS reality competition. Varner made accusations of "a deception" before revealing that Smith is transgender on the episode. Varner was immediately criticized by other ...

Applause Calendar, April 13, 2017

April 13 Grow Thru Grief 5-session support group Iowa River Hospice, 502 Plaza Heights Road/lower level 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Free/preregister by calling 641-753-7704 Candlelight Communion Liscomb Church of Christ, 7 p.m. Choir sings “Written in Red” Public invited April ...

Tickets to Big Hair Ball 2017: Alchemy on sale

DES MOINES — Tickets to a gilded night of luxury celebrating hair as a form of contemporary self-expression are now on sale. The Des Moines Art Center’s 8th Big Hair Ball will showcase the art of hair, makeup and fashion on from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on May 13. The event takes place at 4700 ...

Making God Laugh opens April 20

AMANA — Making God Laugh opens on April 20 and runs through May 14 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children all return home, where we learn of ...

Des Moines Art Center exhibition ‘Planetarium’ opens

DES MOINES — On April 21, the Des Moines Art Center will open Planetarium. The exhibition runs through Aug. 13 in the John Brady Print Gallery. Planetarium contains work from the Art Center’s collections inspired by space. Stars, planets, comets, and the moon have fascinated humans and ...

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Equinox Little Big Band Live on Stage

From the smooth sounds of Jazz to the energetic beat of Pop; Equinox Little Big Band is bringing you a rousing collection of America’s greatest songs in a concert performed at Marshalltown High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 20. A limited number of individual tickets are available. ...

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Children’s Choir Festival April 21

The Midwest Children’s Choir Festival will be held on April 21 in Stephens Auditorium in Ames at 7 p.m. The festival is sponsored by the Ames Children’s Choirs and will feature guest conductor Dr. Susan Brumfield, well-known choral educator from Texas Tech University. Three guest choirs ...

‘Gospel Brunch’ runs through April 30 in Amana

AMANA — The Ox Yoke Inn of Amana has two more weeks left of their dinner theatre production that is a “Show to Savor.” “Gospel Brunch,” produced by Deborah Kennedy (West Amana) of TKM productions, is an all new musical review show about hope and the history of gospel music, that is ...

Brit Floyd brings ‘Immersion World Tour 2017’ to Civic Center

DES MOINES — Des Moines Performing Arts announces that tickets for Brit Floyd – Immersion World Tour 2017 will go on sale April 14. Tickets can be purchased starting at 9 a.m. at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office and by phone at 515-246-2300. Brit Floyd: Immersion World Tour ...

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In this Nov. 3, 2012 file photo, comedian Charlie Murphy appears at "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a celebration of Murphy's career in Beverly Hills, Calif. Murphy, older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, died Wednesday, of leukemia in New York.

Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57

NEW YORK — Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout sketches on "Chappelle's Show," has died. He was 57. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his ...

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O’Reilly takes his longest break in years

NEW YORK — Embattled Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly, who announced he was going on vacation starting Wednesday and returning April 24, hasn't taken off this much time consecutively in March or April for at least 10 years, an examination of his show's transcripts revealed. O'Reilly said ...