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Bening shines as a ’70s mom, trying to figure it out

Way too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It's safe to say "20th Century Women" isn't one of them. Such atmospheric films, however expertly done, can either charm you or frustrate you to pieces. Luckily, even if it's the ...

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Canadian actor Gordie Tapp, a regular on ‘Hee Haw’ has died

BURLINGTON, Ontario — Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp, who exercised his comedic chops as a regular on the popular American television variety series "Hee Haw," died earlier this month at age 94, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. announced. It said he died Dec. 18 from complications of ...

JonBenet’s brother sues CBS for $750M

DENVER — The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister two decades ago. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its ...

Rapper T.I., wife, to split as she files for divorce

ATLANTA — Tameka "Tiny" Harris, wife of rapper T.I., has filed for divorce from the hip-hop entertainer. Henry County Court records show Harris filed for divorce after six years of marriage with the 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr. Tameka Harris was a member of the ...

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This May 2, 1973 file photo shows Carrie Fisher, the 16-year-old daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, in New York.

‘Star Wars’ actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at 60

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" and turned her struggles with addiction and mental illness into wickedly funny books, a hit film and a one-woman stage show, died Tuesday after falling ill ...

Author Richard Adams dies at age 96

LONDON — British author Richard Adams, whose 1972 book "Watership Down" became a classic of children's literature, has died, according to his daughter. He was 96. Juliet Johnson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Adams died in Oxfordshire, England on Christmas Eve after getting ...

‘Rogue One’ tops weekend box office

LOS ANGELES — "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" continues to soar at the box office, adding $96.1 million in ticket sales and beating a spate of new releases to remain No. 1 over the holiday weekend. The animated animal tale "Sing" won the battle for second place with a $54.9 million debut. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France. Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. He was 53. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Reactions to the death of superstar singer George Michael

NEW YORK — Reactions to the death of singer George Michael: "I have lost a beloved friend — the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans." — Elton John, on Instagram. "Farewell My Friend! ... Another Great ...

Rockettes’ owners say attendance at inauguration is a choice

NEW YORK — The Radio City Rockettes will be dancing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next month, but not everyone is kicking up their heels at the booking. One of the famed dancers took to Instagram to say she was "embarrassed and disappointed" by the gig, triggering calls ...

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In this Aug. 31 photo provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., Cindy Stowell, right, appears on the "Jeopardy!" set with Alex Trebek in Culver City, Calif.

Cancer-stricken ‘Jeopardy!’ player wins $103K before death

Faced with a terminal diagnosis in her battle against colon cancer, Cindy Stowell saw an appearance on “Jeopardy!” in her final months as a “good opportunity” to help others struggling against the disease by donating money she might win to cancer research. She made the most of it by ...

Argentina court indicts Bieber

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A court in Argentina has indicted Justin Bieber for allegedly sending his bodyguards to beat up a photographer and take his camera equipment outside a Buenos Aires nightclub three years ago. Court clerk Soledad Nieto confirmed the decision to the Associated Press ...

Mall of America to close theaters

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Mall of America plans to close its movie theaters next week and revamp the space for a new entertainment venue. Mall spokesman Dan Jasper says the 14 theater screens will go dark at the end of the business day Wednesday. The Bloomington mall has offered movies ever ...

Artists, officials clash over safety of underground venues

LOS ANGELES — The party is over at Purple 33. About a week after 36 people died in a fire at an underground music party in Oakland, inspectors acting on a complaint discovered a makeshift nightclub and unpermitted living quarters concealed in a warehouse near Los Angeles International ...

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The annual “Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” improvisation comedy show returns to the Orpheum Theater Center Black Box Theater, with a workshop running Dec. 27, 28  and 29 at 6:30 p.m. (free to the public), with performances on Dec. 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m., tickets cost $12.50.

Off the cuff fun

No scripts. No experience required. Not a problem. The annual “Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” improvisation comedy show returns to the Orpheum Theater Center Black Box Theater, with a workshop running Dec. 27, 28 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. each night, with performances on Dec. 30 and 31 at 7:30 ...

Applause Calendar

Dec. 23 Experience The Polar Express (Book, not movie) Elementary and younger kids Eldora Public Library 1202 10th St., Eldora 10-10:45 a.m. Story, craft and snack Dec. 27 Holiday Art Camp 8:30 a.m., until 3:30 p.m. Fisher Community Center, Central Iowa Art ...

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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Andrew Garfield, left, and Shinya Tsukamoto in a scene from "Silence."

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a gorgeous, tedious journey

Martin Scorsese's "Silence " is not an easy film to watch. At times it's grotesquely violent, at others tediously slow. But it is a full and worthy cinematic experience that is bold, thought provoking and utterly singular. That it's also a nearly three-decade effort from one of our living ...

Records: Thicke died from aortic rupture

LOS ANGELES — Alan Thicke died after his aorta artery tore then ruptured last week, according to his death certificate released Wednesday. The details emerged after the "Growing Pains" star died Dec. 13 at 69. He was buried Monday in Santa Barbara, California. The Canadian actor had ...

Judge orders Prince divorce file unsealed

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge has ordered Prince's divorce file opened next month over the objections of ex-wife Manuela Testolini. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wednesday's order says the records from Prince's 2006 divorce will be made public Jan. 13. The judge denied Testolini's ...

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In this Oct. 13 file photo Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, left, reaches out to Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was recognized for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "Hamilton," during the Pulitzer Prize awards at Columbia University in New York.

Lin-Manuel Miranda named AP Entertainer of the year

NEW YORK — Winning a Pulitzer Prize and a clutch of Tony Awards in a single one year would be enough for anyone. Not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not in 2016. The "Hamilton" writer-composer picked up those honors and also earned a Golden Globe nomination, won the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama ...

Marquette U. adds to Tolkien collection

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University is adding to its J.R.R. Tolkien Collection. The university says it has acquired a first edition, first printing of "The Hobbit." The book is one of 1,500 such copies published in 1937. "The Hobbit" is recognized as a classic in children's literature. The ...