Entertainment

Ames Children’s Choirs Spring Concert

AMES — The Ames Children’s Choirs will present its annual Spring Concert at 3 p.m. on May 14 at First Baptist Church, 200 Lynn Ave, in Ames. The concert will begin with the music of W.A. Mozart and conclude with repertoire by living composers, Ken Berg and Andrea Ramsey. In addition, folk ...

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73. Demme's publicist, ...

JFK diary written in post-WWII Europe sells for $718,000

BOSTON — A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations sold for more than $700,000 on Wednesday. Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $718,750, far exceeding ...

What will a Writer’s Guild of America strike mean?

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is facing a cliffhanger after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could begin as soon as next week. Negotiations resumed Tuesday as the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers grapple over ...

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Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday celebrated

LOS ANGELES — The Grammy Museum is putting rare Ella Fitzgerald memorabilia on display for what would have been the singing legend's 100th birthday. The museum's "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" exhibition includes the first Grammy Award that Fitzgerald won — ...

Disney sets ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ for May 2019

LOS ANGELES — "Star Wars" is coming back to the summer movie season. The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that the Colin Trevorrow-directed "Star Wars: Episode IX" would fly into theaters on May 24, 2019, making it the first in the main trilogy to debut in the summer box office season, ...

Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in “Happy Days,” dies

NEW YORK — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56. Moran was found dead Saturday by emergency responders after a dispatcher for the Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff's department received a ...

Bigelow on VR after her first try: ‘I love it’

NEW YORK — As a filmmaker drawn to the most visceral forms of cinema, it was probably inevitable that Kathryn Bigelow's high-adrenaline curiosities would lead her to virtual reality. The Oscar-winning director on Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiered her first VR experience, "The ...

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Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin

FAIRFAX, Va. — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: Not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of an impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but ...

Elisabeth Moss returns to TV in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

NEW YORK — "The timing has been uncanny," says Margaret Atwood, marveling at how her 1985 novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," has not only been given renewed life as a TV series but has also gained disturbing urgency. "Last November 7, they thought they were making a fantasy fiction series," ...

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De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive ...

Bill Murray to join cellist for tour

NEW YORK — Bill Murray is set to go on tour with a chamber music trio for a program of songs and literary readings. The New York Times reports the actor is pairing up with cellist Jan Vogler for the project titled "New Worlds." The highlights of the tour include songs from Van Morrison and ...

‘Infowars’ host Jones: On-air persona not a ‘trick’

AUSTIN, Texas — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he's sincere in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show. The testimony in his child custody case stands in contrast to comments by his lawyer who ...

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Weinstein complains of R rating for trans film

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein knows he can be temperamental, and he knows he's not above a good publicity stunt, but he said Thursday his complaints over an R rating for his company's upcoming trans teen family story "3 Generations" are worth the effort on behalf of prospective young trans ...

‘The X-Files’ is coming back

LOS ANGELES — The truth is out there: "The X-Files" is coming back. Fox said Thursday it has ordered a second chapter of what it's calling an "X-Files" ''event series." The 10-episode series will air during the upcoming 2017-18 TV season. The 1993-2002 drama about paranormal events and UFOs ...

Applause Calendar, April 20, 2017

April 20 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 April 21 St. Mary Rummage Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Mary Church Hall 11 W. Linn St. Venta de Cosas Usadas en el ...

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Characters get their directions messed up during rehearsal for the spring play “Alice” at Miller Middle School. The play will be held at 7 p.m. on April 20 in the Miller Auditorium. Pictured front row, Breanna Hovey; second row, Savanna Calkins, Jesse DeMeyer and Sam Wilder.

Miller to present spring play ‘Alice’ on April 20

Miller Middle School will present its spring play “Alice” on April 20. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Miller Middle School auditorium, 125 S. 11th St. The play is an adaptation of the classic “Alice in Wonderland” story. The play is free and open to the public. It is directed by ...

Metallica comes to Iowa Speedway June 9

NEWTON — Metallica, in partnership with The Native Fund, announced an additional Des Moines area stop at the Iowa Speedway on June 9 on their WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. This announcement marks the highly-anticipated ...

Meet the characters of ‘Fox on The Fairway’

Fans of golf, live theatre and good humor are invited to “Meet the Characters” of the upcoming Marshalltown Community Theater play, “Fox on the Fairway,” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on April 28 at Art & Frame on Main in downtown Marshalltown. The cast will be on hand - in character and ...

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The American Legion Post 46 will also host the “Pin-ups on Tour” show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7 (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

‘Pin-ups on Tour’ at the Legion May 7

Get ready to swing! The American Legion Post 46 will host the “Pin-ups on Tour” show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7 (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) From the moment guests enter the event, they will be treated to something special. The goal is to recreate the magic of the Hollywood Canteen that ...