Entertainment

Trey Songz declines plea offer in assault case

DETROIT — Singer Trey Songz has declined to accept an offer that would have reduced a felony assault charge stemming from a concert appearance in Detroit to a misdemeanor. The Detroit Free Press reports that Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was arraigned via video Friday in ...

Schwarzenegger on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’: I quit

NEW YORK — Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he's through with "The New Celebrity Apprentice," and he's blaming President Donald Trump for the television reality show's recent poor performance. The former California governor said he wouldn't mind working with NBC and producer Mark ...

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Chappelle to debut 2 specials on Netflix

NEW YORK — Comedian Dave Chappelle is headed back to TV with his first concert specials in a dozen years — two of them. Both premiere March 21, exclusively on Netflix. The hour-long specials are from his personal vault. "Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin" was filmed at The Palladium in Los ...

Oscar flub accountants get security protection

LOS ANGELES — A spokeswoman for the PwC auditing firm says the company has hired protection for the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at the Oscars. Carey Bodenheimer said Thursday that PwC is providing security to Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz. Bodenheimer said PwC ...

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Some of Elvis Presley's performance outfits are displayed at the "Elvis Presley's Memphis" complex, Thursday, in Memphis, Tenn. The $45 million entertainment complex, located across the street from Graceland, Presley's longtime home, features exhibits and restaurants focused on his life and career.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland opens a new $45M complex

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Nearly four decades after Elvis sang his last tune, his legacy got a $45 million boost with the Thursday opening of a major new attraction at his Graceland estate -- an entertainment complex that Priscilla Presley says gives "the full gamut" of the King of Rock 'n' ...

Applause Calendar, March 2, 2017

March 2 Central Iowa Camera Club 40th Anniversary Celebration 7 p.m.; Fisher Community Center, 709 S. Center St. Collection of old and new photos will be displayed/club scrapbooks/memorabilia Past and present members and community persons welcome to attend IWARN - Iowa Wireless Amateur ...

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Mellencamp coming to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand

DES MOINES — Rock veteran, John Mellencamp, is the latest edition to the 2017 Iowa State Fair Grandstand line-up. Mellencamp is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. on Aug. 19. This will be the first time Mellencamp has performed at the Iowa State Fair. Tickets are set to go on sale March 3 at 10 ...

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine at Stephens

AMES — The Ames International Orchestra Festival Association continues its proud tradition of bringing major symphony orchestras from around the globe. On March 7, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, direct from Kiev, will perform under the baton of Maestro Theodore Kuchar with violin ...

State Historical Museum to host activities during spring break

DES MOINES — Families, home schoolers and anyone with an interest in history can drop in to the State Historical Museum of Iowa during spring break to discover Iowa history with fun and educational programs for all ages. “Iowa History 101: Spring Break” kicks off with “The Secret Life ...

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‘Free Fire Zone’ Vietnam-era short stories

Dennis Maulsby’s latest book “Free Fire Zone,” features a foreword by W. H. “Bill” McDonald Jr., Vietnam veteran with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company and Founder and first president of the Military Writers Society of America. Welcome to the “Free Fire Zone,” also known as a ...

New exhibits at the Iowa State Memorial Union

AMES — A new art exhibit is on display at The Iowa State Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way in Ames. The Pioneer Room is on the third floor and is opening for viewing between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., call 515-296-6848. Art Inspired: on display through March 20 in the Pioneer Room Twenty-nine works ...

Auditions for ‘The Fox On the Fairway’ set for March 5, 6

“The Fox On the Fairway” takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously-paced comedy that recalls the Marx ...

Funk-Pop group DNCE to perform at ISU

AMES — Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 for funk pop group DNCE, performing at Iowa State University on April 5. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert in Hilton Coliseum. DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of their debut single ...

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In this Jan. 13 file photo, a model puts the controller onto the Nintendo Switch during a presentation event in Tokyo.

Review: Nintendo Switch is impressive, but needs more games

When you're deep in a video game, the last thing you want to do is leave home. If only you could take the game with you for your commute to work or your bus ride to school, or to liven up your lunch hour. Nintendo's new Switch console tries to address that by letting you play it anywhere. You ...

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Affleck speaks about harassment claims

NEW YORK — In an interview following his Oscar win on Sunday, Casey Affleck addressed earlier sexual harassment claims against him and said "everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and everywhere else." The "Manchester by the Sea" star had largely evaded questions ...

Legos ready to blast off with ‘Women of NASA’

The women behind the NASA space program have made the big screen, and now they are being honored as little Lego figurines. Lego said Wednesday it had chosen the "Women of NASA" project as the winner of its fan design contest. The announcement comes on the heels of the Oscar-nominated film ...

Beatty urges academy president to clarify Oscar fiasco

NEW YORK — Warren Beatty says Academy of Motion Pictures President Cheryl Boone Isaacs should "publicly clarify" what happened during Sunday night's best picture presentation "as soon as possible." Beatty released a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press in which he declined to comment ...

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Bush promotes book, reflects on the press

NEW YORK — Former President George W. Bush says he didn't intend to criticize President Donald Trump when he said recently that a free press is essential to democracy Speaking by telephone Tuesday with The AP, Bush said he was simply responding to a reporter's question about the role of ...

‘Gossip Girl’ star Penn Badgley gets married

NEW YORK — Former "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley has married Domino Kirke, the sister of "Girls" star Jemima Kirke. Domino Kirke shared an Instagram photo of herself in a white dress next to Badgley with the caption "married" Monday. Jemima Kirke tweeted her congrats, "it's all ...

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sequestered jury from outside area to decide Bill Cosby case

NORRISTOWN, Pa.— A sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a suburban Philadelphia judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial ...