Entertainment

Harvard profits from early photos of slaves, lawsuit says

BOSTON — Harvard University has “shamelessly” turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves’ descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League ...

Now 30, ‘The Little Mermaid’ paved the way for Elsa and Anna

NEW YORK — It’s not uncommon for people to just look at Jodi Benson and burst into tears. Sometimes they hyperventilate or scream. But mostly they break down and start sobbing. Benson will hold them, heaving in her arms, and pat their back gently. Benson isn’t a household name but for ...

Warner Bros.’ chief Tsujihara steps down following scandal

NEW YORK — Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara, one of the highest ranking Hollywood executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, stepped down from the studio Monday following claims that he promised roles to an actress with whom he was having an affair. WarnerMedia chief ...

Immigration: Crisis or not, it is a problem

So, what is the reality of immigration into the United States? Is it the “humanitarian crisis at the border” some speak about, or is it, as others maintain, nothing much to worry about? Both statements are correct — to a point. Border apprehensions had been declining for years. But it ...

Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, ‘Miserlou’ composer, is dead

LOS ANGELES — Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like “Miserlou” and “Let’s Go Trippin’” earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dick Dale passed away Saturday night. No other ...

R. Kelly case poses challenge: Separating artist from anthem

DETROIT — When the recordings of the basic track arrived in Detroit from Chicago, Paul Riser Sr. knew it was time to get to work. But the orchestral arranger also knew he had something special to work with. “It hit me the same way like everyone else in the world: The lyrics are so simple, ...

Recovered de Kooning painting back in the spotlight

PHOENIX — More than 30 years after it was brazenly stolen from an Arizona museum, a painting by Willem de Kooning reportedly worth $100 million is going on display back where it all began. The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson is throwing a fundraiser and homecoming party of ...

Lori Loughlin loses starring roles on Hallmark Channel

LOS ANGELES — The Hallmark Channel cut ties Thursday with favored star Lori Loughlin, a day after her arrest in a college admissions scam put the family-friendly network and extended Hallmark brand in uncomfortable proximity to a national scandal. “We are saddened by the recent ...

TV stars and coaches charged in college bribery scheme

BOSTON — Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools. Federal authorities called ...

Hero or villain, Ocasio-Cortez remains a media fixation

NEW YORK — Believe it or not, there are other members of Congress besides Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You wouldn’t know that by how the freshman Democrat from New York has become a media fixation like no other politician since President Donald Trump. She’s been a cover subject in both New ...

Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter dies at 102

HENDERSON, Nev. — Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced. Tom Stevens said Sunday that his mother died Saturday morning at an assisted living ...

T-R writer publishes book on Midwesterner movie stars

A Times-Republican reporter has achieved another major writing milestone. Features reporter Sara Jordan-Heintz, 28, recently published her book “Going Hollywood: Midwesterners in Movieland” through PageTurner Books International. “It’s like 12 books in one,” Jordan-Heintz said. ...

Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s highest court denied a new trial Friday for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” In a 4-3 opinion, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed’s legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate ...

R. Kelly goes back to jail, takes risks with TV interview

the Associated Press CHICAGO — R. Kelly’s day began with a nationally televised broadcast in which he whispered, cried and ranted while pleading with viewers to believe him: He’d never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. The day ended with a trip to ...

New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS — From children clamoring for tossed strands of beads, to revelers dressed up as “blind referees” poking fun at the NFL, to high school bands marching down the street, people in New Orleans celebrated Fat Tuesday with flair and fun. Mardi Gras season began Jan. 6 and ...

Spielberg’s push against Netflix at the Oscars hits a nerve

LOS ANGELES — When Steven Spielberg speaks about the business of Hollywood, everyone generally listens and few dissent. But reports that he intends to support rule changes that could block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility have provoked a heated, and unwieldy, debate online this weekend. It has ...

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ stays No. 1, ‘Madea’ a strong 2nd

LOS ANGELES — “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” topped the North American box office for a second week, but close on its tail was Tyler Perry’s final installment of the “Madea” franchise. Driven by a largely female audience, “A Madea Family Funeral” had a ...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ compromise offered to small theaters

LOS ANGELES — The dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat were offered an olive branch in the form of Aaron Sorkin’s script for the Broadway version. Scott Rudin, producer of the New York ...

When music producers are accused of being predators

NEW YORK — Jessie Woo just wanted to sing. So when the budding vocalist met a successful music producer who told her he wanted to help her with her music, she believed him. Then, one night seven years ago, the producer raped her, she said. It was not the only time she was preyed upon by ...

Why small US theaters have canceled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

NEW YORK — Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat by Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. The combative move has prompted calls for a boycott of Rudin’s work. Rudin is ...