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PBS touts 2013-14 ratings growth

October 30, 2014 LOS ANGELES — PBS' average prime-time rating for the 2013-14 season was up 5 percent over the year before, the public TV service said Wednesday. more »»

Umi Garrett in concert at MHS Auditorium

October 30, 2014 Umi Garrett, 13-year-old international award-winning pianist, has been turning the classical music community on its head since her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at eight years of age. more »»

Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids

October 30, 2014 NEW YORK — Who says kids don’t read? Not Taylor Swift. more »»

‘Map of My Kingdom’ comes to Grinnell

October 30, 2014 The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present “Map of My Kingdom,” a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. more »»

Jake Gyllenhaal, tightly coiled and creepy

October 30, 2014 The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler” — even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun — is his smile. more »»

In ‘Nightcrawler,’ Gyllenhaal is on the prowl

October 30, 2014 TORONTO — Dan Gilroy, writer-director of the Los Angeles noir “Nightcrawler,” knew his star, Jake Gyllenhaal, had entered an adventurous new phase as an actor. more »»

Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal reunite for Broadway production

October 30, 2014 NEW YORK — She absolutely adores Tom Stoppard. He has never been much of a fan. She fell in love with the playwright’s words at 17. more »»

Brief Chaplin bio captures essence of ‘the Tramp’

October 30, 2014 “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Peter Ackroyd In 1914, Keystone Studios released two short films that gave a world marching to war a reason to laugh. more »»

Marvel unveils slate of films through 2019

October 29, 2014 LOS ANGELES — "Doctor Strange," ''Black Panther," ''Captain Marvel" and the "Inhumans" are joining the Marvel cinematic universe. more »»

MTV turning horror movie series into TV

October 29, 2014 NEW YORK — With Halloween imminent, MTV is ready to "Scream." The network announced Tuesday that it is turning the horror movie franchise into a television series. more »»

Judge tosses ex-dictator’s suit against Activision

October 29, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 “Call of Duty” video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game’s use of his likenes... more »»

The power of cute: Hello Kitty Con debuts in LA

October 28, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Marty Garrett and Salumeh Eslamieh gave up their garage for Hello Kitty. more »»

Taylor Swift: Growing up and going pop

October 28, 2014 NEW YORK — When Taylor Swift released the Grammy-winning, banjo-tinged “Mean” in 2010, haters fired shots at the then-20-year-old. more »»

Signed Rolling Stones book offered for $5,000

October 28, 2014 NEW YORK — The next Rolling Stones project will cost you a lot more than the average concert ticket. more »»

Cream vocalist and bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

October 27, 2014 LONDON — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. more »»

World Series ratings down from ‘13

October 27, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series is averaging a 7.5 rating through three games, down 7 percent from last year but up 4 percent over San Francisco’s last appearance in 2012. more »»

TLC cancels its ‘Honey Boo Boo’ series

October 27, 2014 NEW YORK — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. more »»

Milsap, Wiseman, Cochran; hall of famers

October 27, 2014 NASHVILLE, Ten. more »»

John Denver gets star on Walk of Fame

October 26, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denve. more »»

Father of country star Reba McEntire dies

October 26, 2014 COALGATE, Okla. — The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. more »»



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