Arts and entertainment

FILE - In this May 6, 2008 file photo, producer Norman Lear arrives is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the recipients of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors. They are: hip-hop artist LL Cool J, singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, television writer and producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade. It’s the 40th year of the awards, which honor people who have influenced American culture through the arts. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
August 19, 2017 - 8:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center arts awards to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House announced Saturday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017 file photo, maestro Gustavo Dudamel of Venezuela conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's Concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a televised appearance Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, said the musical director had been deceived by Venezuela’s enemies into betraying the socialist government that had for years generously supported the world-famous El Sistema musical education program. Dudamel for years toured with El Sistema ensembles and even appeared alongside Maduro in 2014 amid a wave of anti-government unrest to survey plans for a concert hall to be built in his name. But he publicly broke with the government in May after a member of El Sistema was killed in another wave of protests. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
August 18, 2017 - 11:13 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is blasting his one-time supporter and classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Maduro in a televised appearance Friday said the Los Angeles Philharmonic's musical director had been deceived by Venezuela's enemies into betraying the...
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FILE - This combination of photo shows director Roman Polanski at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story," at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 27, 2017, left, and Polanski at a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse on Aug. 8, 1977. A Los Angeles judge has denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end the criminal case against the fugitive director. Judge Scott Gordon ruled Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Polanski must appear in Superior Court if he expects to have his four-decade-old case resolved. Gordon's ruling follows a fervent request by Polanski victim Samantha Geimer to end a "40-year sentence" she says was imposed on perpetrator and victim. Polanski pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting Geimer when she was 13. (AP Photo/Files)
August 18, 2017 - 9:49 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 25, 2008 file photo, actor Sonny Landham gestures during a news conference to announce his candidacy for the U. S. Senate as the Libertarian Party challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Frankfort, Ky. Sonny Landham, the muscular action-movie actor who co-starred in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” has died. He was 76. Landham’s sister Dawn Boehler said the actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)
August 18, 2017 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Landham, the muscular action-movie actor who co-starred in "Predator" and "48 Hrs," has died. He was 76. Landham's sister, Dawn Boehler, said the actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital. Landham was a brawny, deep-voiced actor and...
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R&B singer Trey Songz appears in court to enter a plea on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Detroit. The 32-year-old artist pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace in a Wayne County court. He will serve 18 months of probation. Authorities say microphones and speakers were thrown from stage during his December concert at Joe Louis Arena. A police sergeant was punched. Police have said the singer became upset when told to end his performance. (Oralandar Brand-Williams/Detroit News via AP)
August 18, 2017 - 4:04 pm
DETROIT (AP) — R&B singer Trey Songz has reached a deal with prosecutors to reduce a felony assault charge stemming from a concert in Detroit. The 32-year-old artist pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace in a Wayne County court. He will serve 18 months of probation...
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Office workers put up a new sign in support of pop singer Taylor Swift at the end of the civil trial involving the pop singer in a case in federal court Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
August 18, 2017 - 3:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday — and Swifties went wild. There was no immediate word from the Swift camp on what happened, but the "Blank Space" pop star is known for promotional trickery on her social streams ahead of major music drops. In...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012 file photo, Actor Kal Penn addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Penn, artist Chuck Close and virtually the entire membership of the President’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. In a letter released this week, Aug. 18, 2017, 17 committee members cited the “false equivalence” of President Donald Trump’s comments about last weekend’s “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 18, 2017 - 3:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up. Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. A letter dated Friday, and signed by 16 of 17 committee members,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012 file photo, Actor Kal Penn addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Penn, artist Chuck Close and virtually the entire membership of the President’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. In a letter released this week, Aug. 18, 2017, 17 committee members cited the “false equivalence” of President Donald Trump’s comments about last weekend’s “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 18, 2017 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up. Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. A letter dated Friday, and signed by 16 of 17 committee members,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, Robin Thicke performs during the Steve Harvey Morning Show live broadcast at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Thicke's girlfriend, April Love Geary, announced on Instagram Aug. 17, 2017, that she’s expecting a baby with the singer. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP, File)
August 18, 2017 - 8:25 am
Robin Thicke's girlfriend has announced she's expecting a baby with the singer and her due date is the same as the birthday of Thicke's late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram Thursday alongside a sonogram image. She writes that "the due date is March 1st...
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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1977 photo provided by NASA, the "Sounds of Earth" record is mounted on the Voyager 2 spacecraft in the Safe-1 Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., prior to encapsulation in the protective shroud. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. (AP Photo/NASA)
August 18, 2017 - 7:52 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. This Sunday marks...
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