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  • New Potter play coming out in book form

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a “script book” of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published July…

  • Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s first place finish among the GOP candidates in the New Hampshire primaries was greeted by a mock online documentary of the brash businessman starring a furiously wigged Johnny Depp.…

  • Sarasota Opera caps unique Verdi project

    NEW YORK (AP) — When the curtain rises on Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Battaglia di Legnano” (“The Battle of Legnano”) in Sarasota, Florida., later this month, it will cap an achievement as historic in its way…

  • Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he’ll be back

    TOKYO (AP) — Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer. But he has beaten serious sickness before, having had leukemia…

  • New adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ heads to Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” — and its now-somewhat sullied hero Atticus Finch — are heading to Broadway in a new adaptation written by Aaron Sorkin. Producer Scott…

  • AP PHOTOS: Jumping donkey leaps to fame in Egyptian village

    AL-ARID, Egypt (AP) — A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species’ well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command. Ahmed Ayman, a 14-year-old farmer living in the Nile…

  • Cecilia Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli and Swedish songwriter-producer Martin Sandberg have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize. Bartoli, a mezzo-soprano from Rome with a vocal range of three octaves, has sung in…

  • ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Independence Day’ star dishes on Arena Stage play

    Margaret Colin, star of “Gossip Girl” and “Independence Day,” joins us in studio to discuss her new Arena Stage play “The City of Conversation.”

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America

    Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here’s a selection of top images taken at this year’s pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean. At the iconic Sambadrome parade in Rio de Janeiro,…

  • Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Jan. 29, to Thursday, Feb. 4,…

  • Former NYC Ballet principal dancer Violette Verdy, 82, dies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Violette Verdy, principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 20 years and former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet, has died, the Indiana University Jacobs School…

  • Stage version of ‘Frozen’ to be directed by Broadway veteran

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has tapped one of Broadway’s freshest talents to direct one of its most anticipated musicals, “Frozen.” According to a Disney Theatrical Productions announcement Tuesday on Twitter, Alex Timbers will helm…

  • Some Dominicans don’t want Vagas Llosa to get literary prize

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Plans in the Dominican Republic to award a literary prize to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa have angered some people, including a member of the president’s Cabinet. Dominican and…

  • With restraint, YouTube rolls out original programming

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael “Burnie” Burns hears a discrepancy. Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers playing ahead of his much smaller…

  • American flamenco dancer honored by King of Spain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flamenco dancer Edwin Aparicio has been awarded a medal by King Felipe VI of Spain. In a ceremony Monday night, Spanish Ambassador to the United States Ramón Gil-Casares presented the award to…