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  • Helen Eustis, award-winning mystery writer, dead at 98

    NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. Eustis’ son, Adam Fisher, said Thursday that she died Jan. 11…

  • Tommy Hilfiger memoir to be published this fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion giant Tommy Hilfiger is working on a memoir. Hilfiger, 63, has a deal with Ballantine Books for a book expected this fall, the publisher announced Thursday. According to Ballantine, an…

  • Kerry Butler to join ‘Clinton: The Musical’ off-Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kerry Butler’s next role will take her to the White House — the Clinton White House, that is. The Tony Award-nominated star of “Xanadu” said Thursday she will play Hillary Rodham…

  • Broadway-bound ‘Gigi’ opens 1st at Kennedy Center in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Broadway-bound musical revival “Gigi” is opening at the Kennedy Center, starring Vanessa Hudgens, who will make her Broadway debut. The new production has its opening Thursday and runs through Feb. 12…

  • ‘The Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

    SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote…

  • Broadway-bound ‘Gigi’ opens 1st at Kennedy Center in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Broadway-bound musical revival “Gigi” is opening at the Kennedy Center, starring Vanessa Hudgens, who will make her Broadway debut. The new production has its opening Thursday and runs through Feb. 12…

  • ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ comes to Warner Theatre

    WASHINGTON — It played 478 performances during its 2012-2013 Broadway run. Now, a revived version of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is stopping at the Warner Theatre, in D.C., as part of a…

  • Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed

    PARIS (AP) — Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday. Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of Oscar-nominee Benedict…

  • Subscription book service adds ‘Harry Potter’ series

    NEW YORK (AP) — A leading e-book subscription service has added a top draw to its catalog: the “Harry Potter” series. Oyster announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with J.K. Rowling’s representatives for…

  • Most Broadway theaters reopen Tuesday in New York City

    NEW YORK (AP) — Most Broadway theaters reopened Tuesday, a day after a heavy snow wiped out shows in New York for one night. The Broadway League said all current plays and musicals will be…

  • Major impressionist exhibit making US stop in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A major impressionist exhibit featuring works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas is making its only U.S. stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer. The museum said Wednesday…

  • Theater legend Joel Grey reveals that he is gay

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay. The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor tells People magazine, “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a…

  • Biographer of World War I hero Alvin York wins $5,000 prize

    NEW YORK (AP) — A biographer of one of World War I’s most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York, has won a $5,000 prize. Officials announced Wednesday that Col. Douglas V. Mastriano won the William E.…

  • Music Review: Ne-Yo’s ‘Non-Fiction’ tells the same story

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ne-Yo, “Non-Fiction” (Motown) Ahh, Ne-Yo. So much talent — the voice, the songwriting. And yet, somehow, such a boring album. It’s a little crazy-making, truth be told. All the ingredients are…

  • Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists

    PARIS (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. The “Treatise…