• American Idol winner to sing National Anthem at concert

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — "American Idol's" newly crowned winner will sing the National Anthem at the National Memorial Day concert. Nick Fradiani will perform at the U.S. Capitol on Sunday. The concert will be broadcast live from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on PBS. The program will be co-hosted for the 10th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Performances will include tenor Russell Watson with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.

  • All eyes on Coen brothers as Cannes readies for Palme d'Or

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CANNES, France (AP) — Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too. The 68th Cannes Film Festival wraps up with an awards ceremony Sunday night that will bestow the coveted Palme d'Or on one of 19 films in competition. The decision is left up a jury, headed this year by the Coen brothers, who themselves won the Palme d'Or in 1991 for "Barton Fink." Among the favorites to capture Cannes' top honor this year are the Hungarian Holocaust drama "Son of Saul" by first-time director Laszlo Nemes; Paolo Sorrentino's wry mediation on aging in "Youth;" Hou Hsiao-Hsien's lavish martial arts drama "The Assassin

  • At Cannes, Michel Franco's 'Chronic' looks death in the face

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CANNES, France (AP) — Death is something we'd all like to avoid. But director Michel Franco thinks a reluctance to look at the end of life is unhealthy. The Mexican filmmaker's Cannes Film Festival entry "Chronic" stars Tim Roth as a homecare nurse to the dying. It's an unflinching film — no music, sparse dialogue — that plants the camera in bathrooms and bedrooms where Roth's character, David, shares his patients' most intimate moments. "When I watch a film, the minute I sense that I am being manipulated, I step back," Franco said at a Cannes hotel poolside. "I was avoiding (trying) to manipulate the audience. You just show it. I think that's the most powerful, the purest, way to approach this material.

  • Documentaries to debut in historic Oklahoma all-black towns

    From staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Documentary filmmaker Kari Barber will be traveling to five historic all-black towns of Oklahoma to host screening and discussion events about this unique part of Oklahoma’s history.

  • Oklahoma Art and theater notes, May 24

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Art and theater notes, May 24

  • Oklahoma artist Holly Wilson tells big stories through little people

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A sculptor and photographer of Cherokee and Delaware heritage, Oklahoman Holly Wilson tells tales of the human condition through her photos of her young children and small sculptures representing people, emotions and experiences.

  • Oklahoma features briefs, May 24

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Features briefs, May 24

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park to open summer season with 'A Winter's Tale'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    As Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park settles into its new Paseo Arts District home and prepares to expand, the professional theater company isn’t playing it safe with its 31st summer season, which includes George Bernard Shaw’s quirky romance “You Never Can Tell,” the recently penned “Hamlet” prequel “Wittenberg” and Shakespeare’s still-timely political drama “Julius Caesar.”

  • Longtime Oscars director Marty Pasetta dies in car accident

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Marty Pasetta, a television veteran who directed Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and 80s, has died. Pasetta died Thursday night in La Quinta, California, after being hit by an unattended car that was apparently left running. He was 82. Pasetta directed 17 Oscar telecasts from 1972 to 1988. He also directed several Grammy Awards, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Elvis Presley's 1973 "Aloha From Hawaii" concert, and numerous television specials that earned him eight Emmy awards. His former publicist Jim Flood told the Palm Springs Desert Sun (http://desert.sn/1IWeebR) that Pasetta was often the go-to person for directing live shows in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and early 90s.

  • Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies. Italy took third in Europe's iconic songfest, which this year carried the extra attraction of an entry by Australia. Many were hoping its candidate, Guy Sebastian, would take home the trophy, giving it a place in next year's contest. But Australia, given a wild-card entry this year due to its enthusiastic fan base, came fifth, not enough to secure a spot in 2016.

  • CANNES WATCH: Going out In style

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale. ___ QUEEN OF THE CARPET Marion Cotillard plays a queen in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," but at its Cannes premiere she was also a bejeweled queen of the red carpet. In a blue-and-rose truncated minidress from Dior's haute couture spring-summer 2015 collection, Cotillard sparkled Saturday as she posed alongside co-star Michael Fassbender, thanks to the outfit's myriad embroidered pailettes and jewels.

  • B.B. King memorial more cheers than tears in Las Vegas

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. "B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel. "Amen," they said. King's closed casket lay framed by an array of floral arrangements, two of his guitars named Lucille and a tapestry showing him in eyes-clenched reverie picking a note from a section of the guitar frets dubbed by followers the "B.B. King Box." "Why don't you put your hands together for the King of the Blues, B.B. King!" the pastor said.

  • Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) — The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help. One patrolman said he sped with his colleagues from a town 20 minutes away and arrived at the scene Friday to see bullets flying and military and police helicopters hovering overhead in what would become the deadliest confrontation with suspected cartel members in recent memory. "It looked like a battlefield," the officer said Saturday, insisting that on anonymity like everyone at the scene. The bloodshed at the ranch left 42 suspected criminals dead. One federal police officer died while trying to aid a wounded c

  • Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination. Underneath a rainbow halo ringing the sun, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Vatican's saint-making office, called on the crowd of some 260,000-plus to rejoice in a "feast of peace, fraternity and forgiveness." "Romero's spirit remains alive and gives comfort to the marginalized people of the world," Cardinal Amato said. "His preference for the poor was not ideological, but evangelical. His charity extended to his persecutors.

  • Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested'

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." Buruji Kashamu is under house arrest, according to the chairman of Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade. But Kashamu's spokesman, Austin Oniyokor, said, "He has not been arrested but there is a siege to his house and an attempt to forcibly take him." He said the agents did not have an arrest warrant. Giade said Kashamu, 56, will appear in a federal high court Monday to start extradition proceedings to the United States. He said agents raided Kashamu's home in Lagos at

  • Jennifer Aniston, Is That You?

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Jennifer Aniston, could you be any cuter? The 46-year-old actress, a natural brunette who sparked...

  • 'Tomorrowland' and 5 more Disneyland movies to mark the park's 60th anniversary

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Much like the area of Disneyland from which "Tomorrowland" draws its inspiration and title, Brad Bird 's new sci-fi film looks both forward and backward. On the one hand, it's a futuristic tale about a bright young teen (Britt Robertson) and a jaded inventor ( George Clooney ) traveling to a high-tech wonderland to save the world.

  • BC-SD--South Dakota News Digest 3 pm, SD

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    EDITORS: Adds weekend exchange stories slugged "EXCHANGE-PIERRE HEIR" and "EXCHANGE-RAPID CITY SIGNS" Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in South Dakota at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Kevin Burbach is on the desk. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORY: INDIAN CHILD WELFARE RAPID C

  • Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town — the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs. The Department of Defense said in a statement that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had attacked an IS position near Palmyra, which goes by the modern name Tadmur, destroying six anti-aircraft artillery systems and an artillery piece. The Islamic State group captured Palmyra on Wednesday, raising concerns around the world they would destroy priceless, 2,000-year-old temples, tombs and colonnades locate

  • Aberdeen pair acquire rights to turn short story into film

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen creative duo has acquired the rights to adapt a short story from a well-known author of young adult fiction for the silver screen. Brian Hoesing and Terra McQuillen have been given the rights to produce a film based on Bruce Coville's short story "Duffy's Jacket," reported the American News in Aberdeen (http://bit.ly/1HoUytc ). Coville is the author of many young adult fantasy and science fiction books including the "Unicorn Chronicles" series, "The Dragonslayers" and "My Teacher Is an Alien." McQuillen, a literature and creative writing teacher at Central High School, initially reached out to the author to ask about coming to speak in South Dakota and, after staying in contact, event