• Entertainment briefs for April 29

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Missouri Western to hold art sale Friday The Department of Art in the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University will hold its annual Spring Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Potter Art Gallery inside Potter Hall. The sale features bowls, cups, vases and other works of art by Missouri Western art students and faculty. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Amy Singleton Scholarship Fund. Second Annual Griffon Film Festival set for May 1 The Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance in the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University presents the second annual Griffon Film Festival starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Potter Hall Theater.

  • 'Les Miserables' creators turn their attention backward

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, creators of the stirring musicals "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon," are once again reworking their show "Martin Guerre" and hope to put it in an opera house with its original ending. The Tony Award-winning duo, who are being celebrated Monday with a star-filled concert at The New York Pops, tell The Associated Press that they are rethinking their third collaboration by going back to the original sparks of creativity. "We are bringing back a kind of authenticity and emotion to the work, which is very gratifying for us," said Boublil, the lyricist and librettist. "Many opera houses now are welcoming serious musicals with heavy subject matter. We think that 'Martin G

  • New albums: ‘Empire’ soundtrack, Katy B

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    It’s a quirk of the entertainment industry that soundtracks from the second season of a TV series (or a surprise hit movie franchise) are markedly better than the ones from the first installment. “Empire” (Columbia) is just the latest example. Though the show has seen a drop in ratings in its second year, the music it has generated has only gotten stronger. After seeing the first season, Ne-Yo professed his love for the show, signing on to write music for this season. And true to his word, Ne-Yo, who has written his own hits like “So Sick” and smashes for others that includes Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” has contributed some of the season’s strongest tracks, including the standout “Shine on Me.

  • APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official said Thursday that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was with Prince on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before the star died. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The official said investigators are also looking into what kind of drugs were on the plane

  • Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments. The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society. Known as "Duke," a nickname he picked up as a boy in Glendale, California, Wayne grew into the star of movies including "The Alamo," ''The Green Berets" and "True Grit," for which he won an Academy Award, while portraying the gruff, rugged cowboys and brave soldiers who were his stock in

  • AP Exclusive: Prince's 'Purple Rain' coat is up for auction

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A rare piece of movie memorabilia from Prince's 1984 classic film "Purple Rain" is hitting the auction block. Prince donned the black-and-white blazer with leather sleeves while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero. "It's definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that's ever come up for auction," said Joe Maddalena, president of the Calabasas, California-based auction house, Profiles in History. "This is a signature piece of wardrobe worn from an iconic movie in his most famous role." The coat is a unique find from the typically reclusive artist, who was found dead last week at his Paisley Park complex just outside of Minneapolis. "Prince memorabilia

  • NYC exhibition: 4 whaling paintings by J.M.W. Turner

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four whaling paintings by the British artist J.M.W. Turner will be united for the first time in an upcoming exhibition in New York City. "Turner's Whaling Pictures" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens May 10 and runs through Aug. 7 The paintings were created toward the end of the artist's career. Seascapes and other marine subjects were among Turner's favorite subjects. The whaling paintings were exhibited in pairs at the Royal Academy in London in 1845 and 1846. One of the paintings at the Met comes from its own collection. The other three are from Tate Britain. The Met says the exhibition also will offer an opportunity to consider the paintings possible influence on Herman Melville's

  • Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

  • Singers sought for iconic New York folk music venue's video

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The nation's longest continuously operating coffeehouse is putting together a video featuring Arlo Guthrie and Garrison Keillor to celebrate the upstate New York folk music venue's impending renovations. The not-for-profit organization that runs Caffe Lena (LEE'-nuh) in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, announced earlier this year that it will undergo $1.5 million in improvements to the building that houses the second-floor concert venue. Organizers have been working on a music video that features Caffe Lena veteran Guthrie, "A Prairie Home Companion" host Keillor and Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

  • APTOPIX LA Premiere of "Mothers and Daughters" - Arrivals

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Mira Sorvino, a cast member in "Mothers and Daughters," poses at the premiere of the film at the London West Hollywood Hotel Screening Room on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif.

  • Movie review: 'Green Room'

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    ‘GREEN ROOM' R 1:34 4 stars When this movie bites, it goes straight for the throat. I'd rename it “Red Room” if I got the chance. Although much of the action takes place in the green room of an isolated, rundown club lodged in the backwoods of Oregon, this film is brutal, bloody and unforgiving. Let's just say, the green room doesn't stay green for long. If the thought of seeing a box knife opening anything but a cardboard box makes you uneasy, then steer clear. Horror and thriller fans are in for a treat, however. A punk band named “The Ain't Rights,” that is more bark than bite, reroutes its fledgling tour to a neo-Nazi skinhead-infested venue only to see something the band members can't unsee.

  • Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs. Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against "Mashrou Leila," or Leila's Project, said in a new statement that "we don't mind if this concert takes place." He didn't elaborate. The indie band, known for songs about controversial subjects, says the reversal comes too late for the Jordan show to take place as scheduled on Friday. The initial ban sparked criticism of Jordan, which presents itself as an island of relative tolerance in a turbulent region where relig

  • Movie review: ‘Mother’s Day’ is a monotonous and predictable group therapy session

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Much of the pre-release chatter around “Mother’s Day,” the latest holiday-themed group therapy session from director Garry Marshall (“Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve”), has focused on the subject of Julia Roberts’ hair — specifically, the strawberry-blond Anna Wintour bob that her character wears throughout. As the diligent investigators at People recently confirmed, Roberts donned the exact same wig 17 years ago for a brief scene in “Notting Hill,” in which she played an actress playing an astronaut in an outer-space thriller called “Helix.

  • Movie review: In deft ‘Viva,’ son’s dream of being drag performer is opposed by surly father

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Emotional and effective, “Viva” is a torch song melodrama convincingly set in Havana even though it’s written and directed by a pair of Irishmen. Nothing happens you won’t see coming, but it’s all so deftly done you’re more than happy to wait for the inevitable to arrive. Shortlisted for the foreign language Oscar this year, “Viva” is set in the very specific world of Havana’s drag performers. Director Paddy Breathnach first experienced this milieu as a tourist in the mid-1990s and, impressed by what he’s called the scene’s “raw emotional energy,” he and screenwriter Mark O’Halloran returned to put it on film.

  • Movie review: ‘Sworn Virgin’ is an absorbing glimpse at Balkan tradition

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — “Sworn Virgin,” Laura Bispuri’s subdued and intimate debut feature, follows a young woman who has availed herself of a centuries-old Balkan tradition to live as a man. You could say the movie arrives at a fortuitous moment, given that transgender stories and experiences have never been more culturally front and center. But Bispuri, an Italian director adapting a novel by the Albanian writer Elvira Dones, wisely sidesteps any facile parallels in her examination of a fading and fascinatingly specific subculture. She also avoids falling into the traps and cliches often associated with this kind of material, in part because for a lengthy stretch the nature of the character’s transition remains a matter of some m

  • Movie review: ‘Tale of Tales,’ inspired by fairly tales, never quite stirs to life

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — One of the earliest and grisliest scenes in “Tale of Tales,” a fitfully entrancing English-language fantasy from the Italian writer-director Matteo Garrone, is what you might call an offal sight: A queen (played by a severe-looking Salma Hayek) sits in an all-white room, devouring the heart of a freshly slain sea monster. The queen may be clad in funereal black, as befits her status as a new widow, but any suggestion of grief is refuted by the smear of blood on her face and the fierce, almost sexual hunger with which she tears into the creature’s flesh. There is no shortage of such creatures in “Tale of Tales” — here be ogres and witches, deep-sea behemoths and giant insects — but Garrone leaves little

  • Movie review: ‘Vita Activa’ raises insights into life of philosopher Hannah Arendt

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Even decades after her death in 1975, political philosopher Hannah Arendt remains a figure of intense controversy, a situation the woman who said “there are no dangerous thoughts, thinking itself is dangerous” would doubtless approve of. As revealed in “Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt,” a thoughtful, nuanced examination of a complex thinker, Arendt’s willingness to challenge certainties and go against the grain lent her thoughts on topics such as totalitarianism and the plight of refugees a force and originality that make them surprisingly relevant today.

  • Patrick Stewart happy to show off his dark side in ‘Green Room’

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Diabolical, coldblooded, racist, horrifying. Not the sort of qualities you associate with Sir Patrick Stewart, a global darling for his wise, kindly roles in “Star Trek” and “X-Men.” But being cast against type is just what he wanted when he signed on as the clever, regal villain of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s punishing thriller “Green Room.” A thinking person’s fright film, it caused quite a stir at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. It has a cautionary R rating “for strong brutal graphic violence, gory images, language and drug content.” The setup is simple: A punk band playing at a rural white supremacist roadhouse witnesses a homicide.

  • Theater review: ‘Waitress’ serves up a slice of star power in Jessie Mueller

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    NEW YORK — What is that indefinable quality that makes an actor a star? Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony in 2014 for her performance in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” helped me once again answer this question. Whenever she was onstage in “Waitress,” the new Broadway musical based on the 2007 Adrienne Shelly movie, I wanted time to stop so that her performance would never have to end. I’ve had this experience before with Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, but it’s rare. And since I’m still in the throes of Cynthia Erivo’s transcendent turn in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” I really wasn’t expecting a resurgence of that goose-bumpy feeling. (Theater critics can’t afford to be too greedy

  • LA Premiere of "Mothers and Daughters" - Arrivals

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Sharon Stone, a cast member in "Mothers and Daughters," poses at the premiere of the film at the London West Hollywood Hotel Screening Room on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif.




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