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Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself. For decades, the Allentown Art ...

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ finds heart, song in tragedy

LOS ANGELES — The zestfully titled, song-and-dance filled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” has an unlikely origin. The NBC series, about a young woman who channels other people’s thoughts through pop songs, was inspired by the devastating illness of creator Austin Winsberg’s ...

Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King for rant over Bryant

NEW YORK — After days of blistering criticism, Snoop Dogg has finally apologized to Gayle King for attacking her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant. “Two wrongs don’t make no right. when you’re wrong, you gotta fix it,” he said in ...

Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges

CHICAGO — Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself last year in downtown Chicago. The indictment came from a special prosecutor who was appointed after Cook County prosecutors ...

Live episode of ‘The Conners’ takes on New Hampshire primary

LOS ANGELES — Veteran TV producer Bruce Helford knows how unpredictable a live sitcom episode can be. He has a vivid memory of the moment on “The Drew Carey Show” when an extra mooned the camera with a cheery “Hi Mom” scribbled on his behind, a broadcasting milestone that Helford ...

A hijab and Azawakh hounds: Westminster dog show’s new faces

NEW YORK — Dressed in hot pink and a colorful hijab, crouched down close to Ring 1 to cheer on the hounds, Aliya Taylor clearly stood out. “Like a sore thumb,” she laughed. It’s true, no one else at the Westminster Kennel Club breed judging Sunday came in similar attire. But the ...

Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey headline arena like rock stars

NEW YORK — Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey headlined Brooklyn’s Barclays Center like an A-list duo Saturday, getting a rock-star like applause from a feverish audience of fans on a stage typically reserved for pop, rap and basketball stars. It was the fifth tour stop of “Oprah’s 2020 ...

Essence event affirms the power of black women in Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Through laughs, tears and speeches that turned into sermons and affirmations, the overarching theme of this year’s star-studded Essence luncheon was that in an unforgiving industry that often overlooks, black women need no validation from Hollywood — or elsewhere ...

Kirk Douglas, influential movie star, dies at 103

Kirk Douglas, the intense, muscular actor with the dimpled chin who starred in “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life” and dozens of other films, helped fatally weaken the blacklist against suspected Communists and reigned for decades as a Hollywood maverick and patriarch, died Wednesday, his ...

After 40 years, Grammy show producer bows out his way

LOS ANGELES — With this Sunday’s Grammy ceremony to be his last after 40 years of producing it, Ken Ehrlich could be excused for creating a few moments in the show to look back on his own legacy, which includes creating indelible moments that will live in pop consciousness forever: Aretha ...

Aerosmith drummer loses bid to rejoin band for Grammy honors

BOSTON — A judge has told Aerosmith’s drummer Joey Kramer to dream on if he hopes to rejoin the band as its set to perform and be honored at Grammy events this week. Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea on Wednesday denied Kramer’s request to order the band, whose first hit ...

James Dean revival spurs debate on raising the digital dead

LOS ANGELES — The men bringing James Dean back to life for a forthcoming film are aiming not just to give his digital likeness a role, but a whole new career. Dean’s planned appearance in the Vietnam War movie “Finding Jack,” and the possibility of future parts, comes as digital ...

Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties

LONDON — Prince Harry said Sunday that he felt “great sadness” but found “no other option” to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan’s royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life. The comments were Harry’s first public remarks since his split from the royal ...

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up ‘highness’ titles

LONDON — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians. Prince Harry and wife Meghan will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds for their work under a deal that lets the couple step aside as working royals, Buckingham Palace ...

Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada

SANDRINGHAM, England — Britain’s pragmatic queen brokered a deal Monday to secure the future of the monarchy, charting a course for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, that allows them to live part time in Canada while still remaining firmly tied to the House of Windsor. The decision ...

‘Holy Grail’ digital effects rewinding the clock for actors

LONDON — With Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” expected to battle “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood” and “1917” for the best picture Oscar in February, all eyes are on the special effects team that made the sprawling crime epic possible. “The Irishman” unfolds over ...

Challenges, distractions stymie Weinstein jury selection

NEW YORK — The already contentious jury selection at the trial of Harvey Weinstein was stymied by more challenges and distractions Friday: denied defense requests to disqualify numerous prospective jurors and a noisy anti-Weinstein protest. Dozens of women danced in formation and sang on ...

Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA on eve of NY trial

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. The case, brought by ...

Globes special award: DeGeneres thanks ‘power of television’

NEW YORK — Ellen DeGeneres turned her spotlight at the Golden Globe Awards into a very personal stand-up routine, gently mocking traditional award show speeches and ultimately thanking “the power of television.” The pioneering sitcom star, TV talk-show host and game-show MC was handed ...

McGowan and Arquette reflect as Weinstein trial approaches

NEW YORK — Rose McGowan doesn’t plan be in the courtroom when Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial starts next week: One of Weinstein’s most prominent accusers, McGowan says the trauma the fallen Hollywood mogul caused her is so great she couldn’t bear the pain of it. But Rosanna ...