Entertainment

Taylor Swift donates $250K to Kesha

NEW YORK - Taylor Swift is giving some financial assistance to fellow pop star Kesha as she battles to get out of a contract with record producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of sexually assaulting her. A representative for Swift confirmed Sunday that Swift had donated $250,000 to Kesha in ...

Game show says rules preventing contestants

NEW YORK - "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, a famous Canadian, apparently won't be seeing many of his countrymen on the popular game show for the foreseeable future. The show said Canadians were precluded taking last month's online test that is a pipeline for "Jeopardy!" contestants because of a ...

Former Miss America contestant dies

CAMDEN, N.J. - A former Miss America contestant critically injured when her car spun off a wet highway and crashed into trees last week died on Monday.Ex-Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum, who worked at a TV station and was known for her efforts in public service, died with her family by her side ...

‘Deadpool’ dominates again with $55 million in 2nd week

NEW YORK - Marvel's R-rated antihero smash "Deadpool" continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers.After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation from ...

Alfie Boe to be next hero in Broadway’s ‘Finding Neverland’

NEW YORK - Opera and theater star Alfie Boe will go from prisoner to playwright when he trades in "Les Miserables" for "Finding Neverland" late next month on Broadway. The British tenor, who has been playing Jean Valjean, will start as "Peter Pan" creator J.M. Barrie on March 29 at the ...

Ukraine picks Crimean Tatar for Eurovision

MOSCOW - Ukrainians have chosen a Crimean Tatar singer and her song about the mass deportation of Tatars under Josef Stalin as the country's entry for this year's Eurovision song contest.Susana Jamaladinova, who performs under the stage name Jamala, was chosen Sunday night by the combined votes ...

Lucy Liu to be honored at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Actress Lucy Liu is being honored at Harvard for her humanitarian work.The "Kill Bill" and "Charlie's Angels" actress, currently starring in the CBS series "Elementary," was named 2016 artist of the year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.She's ...

Lock of John Lennon’s hair fetches $35,000

DALLAS - A lock of John Lennon's hair that was snipped as he prepared for a film role has sold for $35,000.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the 4-inch lock of hair was purchased by Paul Fraser, a United Kingdom-based memorabilia collector.A German hairdresser kept a tuft of ...

Migrant island documentary “Fire at Sea” wins at Berlin fest

BERLIN - "Fire at Sea," a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa - many migrants' first destination on risky journeys toward safety and a better life in Europe - won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.A jury headed by Meryl Streep ...

Author Harper Lee has died at 89

NEW YORK - Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, "To Kill a Mockingbird," became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film, has died. She was 89.Lee died peacefully Friday, publisher HarperCollins said ...

Ray Charles to be honored at White House

WASHINGTON - Usher, Demi Lovato, Yolanda Adams and The Band Perry are among the contemporary artists heading to the White House to celebrate the late Ray Charles.The White House says Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Sam Moore and Jussie Smollett have also been invited ...

Cosby demands money back from accuser

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby's legal and public-relations strategy took a sharp turn this week with word that he has sued the accuser in a criminal sexual-assault case against him for talking to police.Cosby wants accuser Andrea Constand to return the money he paid her to settle her 2005 civil ...

‘Blade Runner’ sequel slated for January 2018

NEW YORK - The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" now has a release date. Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday that it will be land in theaters on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January 2018."Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve is taking over for Scott in the sequel to his ...

Game designer Kojima, del Toro reunite at summit

LAS VEGAS - Movie director Guillermo del Toro and video game designer Hideo Kojima had big plans for their top-secret interactive collaboration."We had great ideas that I think would have done fantastic," the "Pacific Rim" filmmaker said on stage Thursday at the Academy of Interactive Arts and ...

Extreme Bull Riding Tour comes to Ames

AMES - The Extreme Bull Riding Tour Event, presented by Double S Bull Company, was voted "Indoor Event of the Year" for 2015 at the Bull Riders of America Finals in early February. This award is decided by the Top 25 bull riders from 60 sanctioned Bull Riders of America events in a nine state ...

Comedian Anwar performs at ISU

AMES - Comedian Fahim Anwar will perform a free stand-up comedy show at Iowa State University on Feb. 25. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. for the 9 p.m. performance at the Maintenance Shop in the Memorial Union.Anwar is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, actor and writer. Formerly an aerospace ...

Cam to perform at ISU

AMES - Tickets are now on sale for country artist Cam, performing at Iowa State University on Feb. 28. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Cam has taken the country music scene by storm over the past year. ...

‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ a tale of seduction, revenge and malice

AMES - Iowa State University Theatre's newest production, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (Dangerous Liaisons) opens in Fisher Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.Written in 1985 by playwright Christopher Hampton, the script is adapted from Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel, a book so infamous that is was ...

‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ promises fun for the whole family

What's not to like about a play that features singing, dancing and penguins? The show "Mr. Popper's Penguins" put on by the Marshalltown Community Theatre, opens Friday at the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse, located at 709 S. Center St, and was crafted to entertain children as well as adults.The ...

Stephens Auditorium welcomes Polish Baltic Philharmonic

The Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 at Stephens Auditorium on the Iowa State University campus. Tickets range from $25 to $70 for adults and $25 for all seats for ISU students and youth tickets.Conducted by Artistic Director Ernst van Tiel, the Polish ...