• Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. "We are all heartbroken, but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting," they added. They signed off: "Sending love, Nic and Keith xx." The Australian star of this year's "Grace of Monaco" returned to her home of Sydney after her psychologist father Tony Kidman died during a vacation in Singapore on Sept. 12.

  • Blues Trail honors railroad crossing

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    MOORHEAD, Miss. (AP) — The spot where the east-west line of The Southern Railway in Mississippi intersected with the north-south line of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad in Moorhead will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The unveiling is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Washington Street and West Delta Avenue in Moorhead. The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, also known as the Yazoo-Delta, was known to locals as the "Yellow Dog." That's "where the Southern Cross the Dog." The railway crossing inspired a variety of blues songs, including the "Yellow Dog Rag" published by W.C. Handy in 1914.

  • Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday. The filing was made in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July over the accident, which killed his friend James McNair, who was accompanying the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star back from a show in Delaware. Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib and leg injuries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" paraphernalia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms. Guinness World Records officially recognized it Monday as the world No. 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807. Silva Vargas said he began collecting without any intent to amass a huge collection. But soon it was like being under a spell.

  • 'Sleepy Hollow' hopes to engage fans in season 2

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Sleepy Hollow" was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season "the tricky second album." "Last season people were ... expecting us to be terrible," Mison says of the Fox mythical drama, which airs Monday nights (9 p.m. EDT). "Let's be honest ... (the show's premise is) quite a bold idea. Last season: low expectations. This season: high." Set in modern day, Crane awakens after being killed in the Revolutionary War. He must adjust to the new time period, battle the headless horseman and prevent the apocalypse with the help of police Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). He's also trying to reunite with his wife, Katrina.

  • Box office top 20: 'Equalizer' debuts with $34.1M

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Denzel Washington scored his third-best opening weekend and potentially spawned his first franchise with a $34.1 million debut for "The Equalizer." The Columbia Pictures release, in which Washington stars as a retired commando lured into a battle with the Russian mafia, is Washington's second film with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua. The box office debut trails only Washington's "Safe House" and "American Gangster." A sequel to "The Equalizer" is already in development. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Mo

  • Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a drug, authorities said Monday. Bynes, 28, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer after she stopped in the middle of an intersection in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The former child star was determined to be under the influence of an unidentified drug after being evaluated at a nearby police station, the CHP said in a statement. The release states that Bynes, who has had a series of driving-related arrests, was cooperative but appeared disheveled when she was taken into custody. Bynes was released hours later after posting $15,000 ba

  • Stars at S. Laurent, Valli makes Clooney wife coup

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Beginning with Stella McCartney and ending with powerhouse Saint Laurent, Paris fashion shows packed a creative punch Monday — luring in myriad front row stars such as Salma Hayek, Lenny Kravitz, Catherine Deneuve and Neneh Cherry. But there was also much happening off the catwalk. In a week dominated by celebrity children, it was the turn of Sean Penn's daughter, Dylan, who made her acting debut in a fashion movie. Meanwhile, the day the civil ceremony took place between George Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin, Giambattista Valli spoke to AP about his coup in dressing Hollywood's newest bride. Here are the show reports and highlights of the ready-to-wear collections.

  • Football commands highest TV ad prices

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Pro football pays the bills in prime-time television. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" charges $627,300 for a 30-second advertisement, more than any other program in prime-time broadcast television, according to a survey by Advertising Age. On its heels is CBS' new Thursday night football telecast, being shown this fall for the first time, at $483,333. Television's top-rated comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," is the scripted show with the priciest ads, at $344,827, Advertising Age said. Otherwise, ad prices don't always mesh with the Nielsen company's measurements of which programs get the biggest audience.

  • Correction: St Louis-Jazz Center story

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story Sept. 27 about a new jazz center in St. Louis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dave Steward is CEO of World Wide Technology. He is actually chairman. A corrected version of the story is below: Wynton Marsalis to christen St. Louis jazz center St. Louis to open new jazz center with hopes of becoming Midwest mecca for the musical style By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David Sanborn, among o

  • 'Children of a Lesser God' heads to Broadway

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The romantic story "Children of a Lesser God," which has been a hit already onstage and on film, is heading back to Broadway. Producer Hal Luftig said Monday that a revival is in the works for the 2015-2016 Broadway season. Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon will direct. No cast was announced. "Children of a Lesser God," by Mark Medoff, follows the relationship between a deaf woman and a teacher at a school for the deaf. Medoff's other plays include "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" ''In the Hands of Its Enemy" and "Stumps." He also wrote the HBO movie "Apology" and the film "City of Joy." Phyllis Frelich won a Tony in 1980 for her Broadway portrayal of Sarah Norman, the deaf woman at the heart of the play,

  • Mary Louise-Parker writing memoir

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Louise Parker, the award-winning star of "Weeds," is writing a book about the "significant men in her life." The book is called "Dear Mr. You," and Scribner announced Monday that it is scheduled for next fall. The 50-year-old Parker will tell her story through a series of letters. Her boyfriends have included actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Billy Crudup and singer Charlie Mars. Parker has starred in the films "Grand Canyon" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and in a Broadway production of "Proof," for which she won a Tony. In 2006, she won a Golden Globe for best actress for her work in "Weeds," the Showtime series.

  • Nathan Lane picture book out next fall

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nathan Lane's first book is no shaggy dog story. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Monday that the Broadway actor known for his starring role in "The Producers" has a deal for a picture book, "Naughty Mabel." Scheduled for next fall, the book was co-written by Lane and his partner, Devlin Elliott. It will be illustrated by Dan Krall. In a statement issued through his publisher, Lane said he and Elliott were inspired by their overindulged, well-groomed French bulldog, known to her owners as "the queen of the Hamptons." The book is the first of a planned series about Mabel's misadventures.

  • For sale in Belarus: Art from Yanukovych's home?

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian KGB says it has arrested several art dealers who were trying to sell what they claimed were five paintings taken from the former residence of Ukraine's disgraced former president, Viktor Yanukovych. KGB spokesman Artur Strekh told The Associated Press on Monday that the dealers were asking 2 million euros for paintings described as the work of Monet, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Munch and Russian artist Konstantin Yuon. But the art experts have not yet determined whether the paintings are authentic or whether they belonged to Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine in February after months of street protests. Ukrainians who later toured his estate outside Kiev were stunned by the opulence.

  • WATCH: Kristen Wiig And Bill Hader Hilariously Call Out Reporter Who Clearly Didn’t See Their Movie

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader made an appearance on Denver's KWGN station to promote "The Skeleton Twins," where reporter Chris Parente quickly crashed and burned to hysterical results by confusing two of Wiig's movies, according to BuzzFeed. The interview quickly goes south when Parente asks Wiig whether she has any "advice for going nude," claiming that she did it in the movie. "Not this film! That's a different movie," she says, referring to "Welcome To Me."

  • AP Exclusive: Prince exalts in his 'heaven'

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince — sitting in the dimmest bit of light — goes to his Mac, cues up a track and hits play. A melodious instrumental track floods the room, the lush orchestration compliments of the Minnesota Orchestra, whom Prince tapped to perform. Its inspiration has come from a little-heard Dionne Warwick song, "In Between the Heartaches," which he also played moments earlier. The track remains a work in progress; Prince has written no lyrics

  • Memorable moments from Paisley Park

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    What we learned during a seven-hour odyssey at Paisley Park: — Prince is a mean pingpong player: A pingpong table is the centerpiece of the rehearsal space outside of the studio at Paisley Park, and it gets plenty of use. Prince shows he's a pretty deft player — he hits from wide angles and it's a wild sight, his white shoes with acrylic heels lighting up blue with every move. Alas, he loses his game by a few points. — Prince goes to YouTube for music, too: Some Prince fans who want to go to YouTube to pull up their favorite track or performance have long complained that Prince is overly aggressive in removing that music on copyright infringement grounds. So they might be surprised that he uses it to look up music and o

  • They did. They do. Clooney/Alamuddin wedding No. 2

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The romantic canaled city of Venice has been the venue for 323 weddings of foreign couples this year. Only one has drawn crowds and paparazzi. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin said "I do" for a second time Monday, celebrating a civil wedding ceremony in Venice's City Hall on the Grand Canal, greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who waited hours for a glimpse of the newlyweds. The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by Hollywood celebrity friends and family in a luxury hotel. They followed up with a required civil procedure, which to be legally recognized must take place on a site designated by the city administration.

  • Minneapolis arts museum celebrating 100th birthday

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The museum will launch its birthday celebrations with a luncheon Wednesday. The MIA plans several birthday year projects, including "The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe's Greatest Dynasty," which will bring many masterworks amassed by one of the longest-reigning European dynasties to the U.S. for the first time. Also planned are "Delacroix," organized by the MIA and traveling to the National Gallery of London, an exhibit exploring the artist's influence and legacy, and an exhibit on a Leonardo da Vinci document dedicated to the study of water.

  • Dempsey's 'challenge' raises more than $1.1M

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother. Aimee Arsenault, manager of special events and development at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, announced the fundraising total at Sunday's closing ceremonies and added that it's still growing. Dempsey, the "Grey's Anatomy" actor and Maine native, was one of the roughly 1,000 people who took part in Sunday's cycling events. Others raised money by walking or running. The actor founded the Dempsey Challenge following the experience of his 77-year-old mother'