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Community hero steps in for Kid Rock to lead holiday parade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man who helped stop a Waffle House shooter stepped into the role as grand marshal for the Nashville Christmas Parade as a last-minute replacement Saturday for Kid Rock, who got the boot for his profane comments on live TV. James Shaw Jr. hopped into a horse-drawn ...

Africans played key, often unheralded, role in World War I

JOHANNESBURG — Amid the fanfare marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, little has been said about crucial participants in the conflict: Africans. More than 1 million African soldiers, laborers and porters were vital actors in the war in Europe and especially in battles on ...

The growing pains of being Alessia Cara

NEW YORK — One day Alessia Cara got a request from a friend: Write a song about my breakup. “He was like, ‘Listen, I’m not a songwriter, I’m not good at writing. Could you maybe one day ... write a song about somebody falling out of love with you?’” The concept had been in the ...

‘Avengers’ director says Evans’ Cap days may not be over

LOS ANGELES — Chris Evans suggested his run as Captain America is done. The filmmakers currently controlling the Avengers’ fates say he shouldn’t shelve the shield just yet. Evans tweeted last month that he had wrapped his shooting on the fourth “Avengers” movie, calling it an ...

Star Trek’s interracial kiss 50 years ago heralded change

WASHINGTON — It was the kiss heard around the galaxy. Fifty years ago — and only one year after the U.S. Supreme Court declared interracial marriage was legal — two of science fiction’s most enduring characters, Captain James T. Kirk and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, kissed each other on ...

‘Tis the season’ for more TV Christmas movies than ever

NEW YORK — Have you heard the one about the girl who didn’t care about Christmas but found herself in a small town for the holidays surrounded by decorations, cookies and carolers, and found a new boyfriend and her Christmas spirit by Dec. 25? Hallmark Channel has, and they’re airing 22 ...

Michigan professor unearths inmates’ music from Auschwitz

DETROIT — Patricia Hall went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2016 hoping to learn more about the music performed by prisoners in World War II death camps. The University of Michigan music theory professor heard there were manuscripts, but she was “completely thrown” by what she ...

Dolce&Gabbana fiasco shows importance, risks of China market

BEIJING — Don’t mess with China and its growing cadre of powerful luxury consumers. Dolce&Gabbana learned that lesson the hard way when it faced a boycott after Chinese expressed outrage over what were seen as culturally insensitive videos promoting a major runway show in Shanghai and ...

Cracklins to boudin: Toups cookbook a treatise on Cajun food

NEW ORLEANS — Despite the title — “Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking” — there are no alligator entries in the New Orleans chef’s new cookbook unless you count the photo of Toups’ back and the alligator tattoo emblazoned across it. But there is an array of ...

A look at the books which have inspired literary classics

NEW YORK — Behind every great book are the books which influenced it. The “micro-learning” app and platform blinkist.com has been compiling literary sources for such classics as “A Clockwork Orange,” ‘’Oliver Twist” and “1984.” Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was ...

Michael Jordan returns home, meets with hurricane victims

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Stephanie Parker isn’t quite sure how her family of six would have managed the last two months without the help of Michael Jordan and the American Red Cross following Hurricane Florence. So when Parker met Jordan on Tuesday she couldn’t hold back giving the owner of ...

Tsukamoto inspired by Japan’s masters, acting under Scorsese

TOKYO — Japanese filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto turned to his country’s masters for inspiration for his latest work, “Killing,” his first samurai movie. But he also emulated the way Martin Scorsese gave free rein to his actors, a technique Tsukamoto learned when he was cast in “Silence” ...

‘Fantastic Beasts’ flies to top of box office

the associated press LOS ANGELES — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest offering from the Harry ...

Wildfire-charred movie ranch to be rebuilt over 2 years

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. — Standing amid the charred foundations and burned-out movie sets of Paramount Ranch, officials from the National Park Service said Friday that they plan to rebuild and reopen the site that holds decades of movie history and still hosts a steady stream of Hollywood ...

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died

NEW YORK — William Goldman, the screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was ...

Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin act their age for laughs, tears

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Without a screenwriter in sight, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are trading wisecracks just like the kibitzing longtime pals they play in “The Kominsky Method.” Arkin got the ball rolling when the pair was asked if they knew each other before making the Netflix ...

Tales of reinvention abound in Oscars race

NEW YORK — F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said there are no second acts in American lives, might have felt differently had he seen this year’s Oscar race. In mid-November, there is much solidifying, scrapping and self-promotion to come (not to mention a few potential awards heavyweights). But ...

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

NEW YORK — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press. Besides seeking an injunction to let Acosta ...

Stan Lee, creator of a galaxy of Marvel superheroes, dies

LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at ...

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ makes off with $66M at box office

LOS ANGELES — You’re a mean one — and you’re number one — Mr. Grinch. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last week’s top ...