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  • Mass. tax credits benefiting movies, TV projects

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a tax credit program designed to lure movies and television shows to Massachusetts. A report from the state revenue department says "Labor Day" was awarded a $5.3 million tax credit last year. The movie was shot in several locations across the state, including the western Massachusetts community of Shelburne Falls. Other productions which received tax credits included commercials for Google and Cheetos and the television shows "Extreme Houseboats"" and "I Found the Gown." The tax credits also benefit some WGBH public television productions including several long-running shows like "Nova," ''Frontline," ''Masterpiec

  • Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I've ever been," the singer said interview this week. "It's a very happy time in my life." Last year, Gaga parted ways with longtime manager Troy Carter, who helped the pop star achieve multiplatinum status, dominate the pop charts and win Grammy Awards. She said she was overworked and that greed led to their split. "Part of what was making my sort of artistic experience so unpleasant was that I felt that I was not able to truly freely fly as an artist," she said. "In some ways my talents were not being used to their full potentia

  • 'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty. "I will first of all calm your ardor and your enthusiasm ... but you're going to see nothing. It's a great disappointment. It's an empty museum," Laurent Le Bon, the museum's president, said during Friday's preview reception. He has been in the job for just three months. His predecessor was sacked. The 37 rooms of Musee Picasso, located inside the Marais district's grand 17th-century Hotel de Sale, are being temporarily opened in honor of France's annual heritage weekend.

  • Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders. Daniele Watts issued a statement late Friday through her publicist after civil rights activists demanded that she apologize for suggesting she was handcuffed for kissing her white boyfriend in public. Watts and boyfriend Brian Lucas were questioned last week by officers investigating a report of lewd conduct in a parked car. Watts, who is black, refused to provide identification. She was briefly handcuffed until police identified her. The incident went viral after she and Lucas claimed on their Facebook pages that the detention ref

  • Oklahoma religion briefs for Sept. 20, 2014

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Oklahoma religion briefs for Sept. 20, 2014

  • Chess club hosts open challenge at Kamp's 1910 Cafe in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Advait Patel won the Challenger Chess Club’s September open at Kamp’s 1910 Cafe in Oklahoma City.

  • Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 a.m. after someone initiated a private person's arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon. Police did not release any further details about the incident. An email message sent to Cole's publicist was not immediately returned. Cole's second album, 2007's "Just Like You," produced the songs "Let It Go," ''I Remember" and "Heaven Sent.

  • E! says 'Fashion Police' will continue

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The E! TV channel says that "Fashion Police" will continue without Joan Rivers. In a statement Friday, the channel said it "thought long and hard" about what Rivers would have wanted for the show. The decision was made that the late comedian would have hoped that "Fashion Police" continue, E! said. Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who is the show's executive producer, agreed and gave her "blessing," the channel said. The 81-year-old Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, a week after going into cardiac arrest during a procedure at an outpatient surgery facility in New York. "Fashion Police" will return next January, starting with Golden Globes coverage, E! said. No further details about the show, including whether Rivers would

  • Waltrip balances racing with dancing on reality TV

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Michael Waltrip could have used a heel turn or a lock step to escape his scores of fans on pit road. "Michael! Can you take a picture with my mother," one woman pleaded. "She's a 'Dancing With The Stars' fan. Please!" Waltrip stopped and posed for his suddenly swelling fanbase. More female fans waited as he tried to enter the New Hampshire garage. "Do us proud. You did awesome!" another woman shouted. There was little time for the two-time Daytona 500 winner to mingle with the crowd. He had to hustle his way to a Concord, New Hampshire, ballroom for rehearsal with dancing partner Emma Slater. Waltrip, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, was set to practice the samba from 6-10 p.m after

  • Daughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencing

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster. The long-awaited sentence came seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress. "My father's facade has now crumbled," said Alexis Somers, who asked the judge to give MacNeill the maximum penalty. "My father is a monster. He has never shown remorse for any of his crimes. He must be held accountable for his actions.

  • 'Ghostlight' proves Buckley not bound by Broadway

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Underestimate Betty Buckley at your own peril. One man foolishly did while the singer and actress was starring as a mom in the TV series "Eight is Enough." Every six weeks or so, between shooting episodes in Los Angeles from 1977-81, Buckley would fly to New York for singing lessons, "keen on getting back and singing in musical theater again." Buckley remembered sharing this information with one of her series' young producers. "He goes, 'Oh, Betty. You have such delusions of grandeur.' He said, 'You'll be lucky if you play American mothers on American television for the rest of your life.' And I said, 'We'll see... We'll see.

  • John F. Kennedy's WWII letters sell at auction

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A collection of letters John F. Kennedy sent to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 at an auction. RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, said the sale happened Thursday during a two-day auction at the Omni Parker House that also saw the sale of a collection of letters that Kennedy's younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, wrote to a classmate at what is now the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. The letters from the future U.S. president were to the family of Harold Marney, who was killed in 1943 when the PT-109 boat Kennedy commanded was destroyed by a Japanese warship in the Solomon Islands. Kennedy, who became a war hero for saving crew members, sent condolences to Marney's pa

  • Gospel stars tour after recent operations

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Donnie McClurkin can hardly talk. Fred Hammond could barely walk. But the Grammy-winning gospel singers are preparing for the Festival of Praise Tour, which spans 31 cities. The tour, which includes Minneapolis, Cleveland, Miami and Atlanta, kicked off this week as McClurkin recovers from surgery to remove precancerous cells from one of his vocal cords and Hammond recuperates after having a bilateral knee replacement. They are about halfway to full recovery. "We're not 100 percent, but trying to get better," Hammond said. "But maybe people need to see that. We're going to push forward through our imperfections." Hammond, 53, had surgery on both knees in January.

  • TV special puts Stonehenge in spotlight

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama pronounced England's Stonehenge "cool" during a side trip there earlier this month. TV viewers can check it out for themselves with Smithsonian Channel's two-hour special on the ancient stone circle. "Stonehenge Empire" focuses on the results of a five-year, high-tech effort to map the site and surroundings — including evidence of other monuments and burial mounds. Using the new data, "Stonehenge Empire" employs computer-generated imagery and dramatic reconstructions to illustrate the area's prehistoric culture. Archeologists discuss why and how Stonehenge developed, the channel said, as well as evidence that it was the center of a civilization that had mastered astron

  • Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When retail mogul Leslie Wexner peers at one of the Picassos, Dubuffets or Giacomettis in the personal art collection he and his wife Abigail have amassed over the years, he feels a range of emotions that often include gratitude, defeat and exhilaration. "I find it inspiring in a way — that tangible creativity you find in painting or performance," says the philanthropist and chairman of L Brands, the company behind Victoria's Secret, Limited and Henri Bendel. Art lovers will get an opportunity to experience their own emotional responses to the Wexners' rarely seen collection beginning Sunday, when 60 of their paintings and sculptures spanning the 19th through 21st centuries go on public display. "Tra

  • Fallon to pay up, broadcast show in Chicago

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon says he'll keep his word to bring his show to Chicago, thanks to local students making good on their promise to read millions of words this summer. Fallon announced Thursday on his late-night NBC show that he would make good on his deal with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to host the show from Chicago if the city's public school students read 2.4 million books over the summer. The students did even better, according to the mayor, by reading 2.7 million books as part of his Readers Summer Learning Challenge. The handshake wager was made in June, when Emanuel appeared on Fallon's show in return for Fallon jumping into frigid Lake Michigan with the mayor in March during Chicago's Pol

  • The 'New York Times' called Shonda Rhimes an 'angry black woman,' and she's NOT pleased

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    If you’re going to write an article about “the image of African-American women on television,” it might not be such a good idea to call the subject of your article an “angry black woman.” But that’s exactly what happened in a New York Times article, published Thursday, about "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes, USA TODAY reports. The article is about the black female characters on Rhimes’ shows, in light of the addition of Viola Davis on the new How to Get Away With Murder. The article praises her for doing “more to reset the image of African-American women on television than anyone since Oprah Winfrey” but repeats the phrase “angry black woman” over and over again. Rhimes was, unsurprisingly, not too happy about that. She took to Twitter to air her displeasure.

  • Obama: Campus sex assault an affront to humanity

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a new focus on violence against women, President Barack Obama kicked off a star-powered campaign Friday against campus sexual assault particularly targeted at encouraging men to take a stand. Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and NBA all-star Kevin Love are some of the familiar faces appearing in a public service announcement along with the president. The "It's On Us" campaign encourages everyone to consider stopping sexual assault their personal responsibility and to intervene when they suspect a woman can't or won't consent. With an estimated 1 in 5 college women experiencing an attack, Obama decried "the quiet tolerance of sexual assault" and called it "an affront to our basic hu

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center opens season with 'Ochas'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wynton Marsalis opened Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 season with the world premiere of "Ochas," a three-movement suite blending jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion. At a pre-concert reception Thursday night, Marsalis said the 2014-15 season would be "a spectacular journey through the Americas celebrating the depth, diversity and influence of jazz in the Caribbean and North, South and Central America." The seeds for "Ochas" were planted in 2010 when Marsalis took his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Cuba for a weeklong residency of concerts and educational programs.

  • A sampling of works from the Wexner Collection

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Well-known works from the private collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner that are included in the "Transfigurations" exhibit, which opens Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the campus of Ohio State University: PABLO PICASSO, Femme assise dans un jardin (Woman seated in a garden), 1938. Oil on canvas. EDGAR DEGAS, Petite danseuse de quatorze ans (Little dancer aged fourteen), cast 1922 from a mixed-media sculpture c. 1879-81. JEAN DUBUFFET, Aubergine et lie de vin (Eggplant and wine dregs), 1950. Oil on canvas. WILLEM DE KOONING, Pink Lady, c. 1944. Oil and charcoal on panel. SUSAN ROTHENBERG, Three spokes, 1977. Acrylic and flashe on canvas. ALBERTO GIACOMETTI, Grande femme debout I (Tall sta