Entertainment

Week-long theatre camp in Amana

AMANA - Join The Old Creamery Theatre for "A Mystery at Mimsley Manor" where you can crack the case. The Old Creamery Theatre's Main Stage will be presenting a week-long theatre camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18-22. Campers need to bring a sack lunch. There will be a final performances at 7 ...

Old Creamery Studio Stage goes Hollywood

AMANA - Old Creamery Theatre 2016 Studio Stage Season ia going Hollywood. Season tickets are now on sale at The Old Creamery Theatre. Call the box office at 319-622- 6262 or visit the Creamery website at www.oldcreamery.com for more information or to order individual or season tickets. It's ...

Dos Equis says ‘adios’ to ‘Most Interesting Man’

NEW YORK - Even the "Most Interesting Man in the World" is not immune to getting dumped.Mexican beer brand Dos Equis is letting go of its gray-haired spokesman, 77-year-old Jonathan Goldsmith, and replacing him with another actor.Goldsmith, known in the ads as the "Most Interesting Man in the ...

Cast of ‘Hamilton’ to perform at White House

NEW YORK - The cast of the mega-hit Broadway show "Hamilton" will make a quick trip to the White House on Monday to perform songs from the show for the first family and answer questions from school children.Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show's writer and star, announced the invitation during his ...

Watson, Whitaker kick off HeForShe Arts Week

NEW YORK - Emma Watson said Tuesday she wants people to understand the importance of gender equality not only on a rational level but also on a visceral one, and books, movies and other art forms are important vehicles for accomplishing that. "It's also about making them feel it in their ...

‘Elvis & Nixon’ to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK - "Elvis & Nixon," a comedy about the 1970 meeting between the king of rock 'n' roll and the president, will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.Liza Johnson's film will play as Tribeca's centerpiece, the festival announced Tuesday. The Amazon Studios release stars ...

‘Downton Abbey’ ends run before 9.6 million viewers

NEW YORK - "Downton Abbey" said goodbye to an estimated 9.6 million viewers on Sunday night, lowering the curtain on PBS' most successful series in ages with its fourth most-watched episode.Only the premiere episodes of the last three seasons had larger audiences, topped by the 10.2 million in ...

Judge seals Harper Lee’s will

MONROEVILLE, Ala. - Famously private in life, "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is keeping her secrets even in death.Monroe County Probate Judge Greg Norris signed an order last week to seal Lee's will from public view, according to court records available Monday. Lawyers for Lee's ...

AC/DC postpones tour due to singer’s possible hearing loss

LOS ANGELES - AC/DC are postponing the remaining dates of their U.S. tour because of lead singer Brian Johnson's possible hearing loss. The band says in a statement that doctors have advised the "Back in Black" singer to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.The group's shows ...

Nielsen: 5.5 million watch Dem debate

NEW YORK - CNN reached 5.5 million with Sunday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, up from the last two Democratic contests but less than half of the audience for last week's Republican contest. Although the first Clinton-Sanders contest reached 15.8 million ...

Gordon-Levitt leaves ‘Sandman’

NEW YORK - Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dropped out of a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman," saying he and the studio don't see "eye to eye" on the project.In a message posted Saturday on Facebook, Gordon-Levitt said he was pulling out after several years of development because New Line ...

Celebrities urge leaders to fight for girls and women

NEW YORK - A number of high-profile entertainers - including Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep - have signed an open letter calling on world leaders to fight for gender equality across the globe.The letter released Sunday states that some 62 million girls around the ...

Schools add ‘cli-fi’ — climate fiction — to lit curriculums

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Colleges and universities worldwide are incorporating into their curriculums the evolving genre of literature that focuses on the changes coming to Earth as the result of climate change - "cli-fi."Some of the books and movies now being considered part of the genre are old ...

Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86

VIENNA - Nikolaus Harnoncourt stepped down from the podium last year in the same manner that characterized his work as one of the world's famous conductors. With style, but without fanfare. "Dear public," he wrote Dec. 5. "My physical strength orders me to cancel my future plans." Describing ...

Tom Hanks to dedicate college’s movie center

DAYTON, Ohio - An Ohio university says actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks will help dedicate the school's newly renovated motion pictures center.Wright State University says Hanks also will participate in an invitation-only gala to raise funds for the Tom Hanks Scholarship and Visiting Artist ...

Rapper Bankroll Fresh killed at recording studio

ATLANTA - A coroner investigator says an up-and-coming rapper has been shot to death outside a popular recording studio in Atlanta.Fulton County Medical Examiner senior investigator Tami Sedivy-Schorder says 28-year-old Trentavious White, also known as rapper Bankroll Fresh, was found shot ...

‘Prince of Tides’ author Pat Conroy lauded after death at 70

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Author Pat Conroy, whose beloved works "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" are set against the vistas of the South Carolina coast that was his home, was lauded Saturday as a great chronicler of the human condition and a humble and loving soul.Conroy, 70, died Friday ...

Jones reacts to criticism of ‘Ghostbusters’

LOS ANGELES - Leslie Jones ain't afraid of no ghost - or playing a transit worker.The co-star of the upcoming all-female version of "Ghostbusters" took to Twitter to defend her role as a member of the paranormal-fighting group who appears in footage released Thursday to be an employee of the ...

Jury selected in Hulk Hogan-Gawker trial

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A jury has been selected in the civil trial between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and a popular news website. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for publishing a sex tape of him and the wife of a Tampa radio personality. Opening statements ...

Scientists use math to hunt for identity of elusive Banksy

LONDON - Elusive street artist Banksy may have been unmasked - by mathematics.Scientists have applied a type of modeling used to track down criminals and map disease outbreaks to identify the graffiti artist, whose real name has never been confirmed.The technique, known as geographic profiling, ...