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  • Fox renews ‘The Simpsons’ for 2 more seasons

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Simpsons” will keep the satire coming for at least two more seasons. Fox said Monday it has renewed the animated series for its 27th and 28th seasons, which will carry…

  • Met show uses film, fashion to explore East-West interplay

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood has long been fascinated with China. But that doesn’t mean it has always represented it fully or accurately — far from it. In the new exhibit “China: Through the Looking…

  • British artist pokes fun at contemporary art

    “Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood” (Penguin Books), by Grayson Perry When the British artist Grayson Perry was selected in 2003 for the Turner Prize, one of Europe’s…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    One accused gunman in shooting outside Muhammad cartoon event was well-known to FBI WASHINGTON (AP) — Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson — one of…

  • New book tells story of Wright brothers

    “The Wright Brothers” (Simon & Schuster), by David McCullough A new book about the Wright brothers does more than chronicle their painstaking, game-changing breakthrough in man’s flight, although that in itself would have been a…

  • Met show uses film, fashion to explore East-West interplay

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood has long been fascinated with China. But that doesn’t mean it has always represented it fully or accurately — far from it. In the new exhibit “China: Through the Looking…

  • Internment art to be displayed at California museum

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California museum has acquired an art collection created by Japanese Americans held in internment camps after an East Coast auction house canceled the sale of photographs and other artifacts amid…

  • Only some Broadway shows enjoy bounce after Tony nominations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last week’s Tony Award nominations made only some box offices on Broadway sing. “Fun Home,” a poignant show about growing up with a closeted dad that got 12 nods, earned $95,000…

  • Melissa Rivers lauds and laughs in ‘The Book of Joan’

    “The Book of Joan” (Crown), by Melissa Rivers Before launching into a slew of brazen zingers, comedian Joan Rivers often used her signature catchphrase, “Can we talk?” Nine months after Rivers’ sudden death, her daughter,…

  • Funny lady: Madeline Kahn biography looks beyond the laughs

    “Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life” (University Press of Mississippi), by William V. Madison She was delightful in “Paper Moon” and “Blazing Saddles,” then uproarious as the monster’s tuneful bride in “Young Frankenstein.” Yet…

  • Going inside Big Bird, a film takes wing with Caroll Spinney

    NEW YORK (AP) — He has lent body and soul to a certain 8-foot-tall 6-year-old for nearly half a century, all the while hidden from sight. Now Caroll Spinney drops his fine-feathered obscurity (and emerges…

  • Review: ‘The Fall’ is tantalizing legal thriller

    “The Fall” (Atria), by John Lescroart John Lescroart has written a terrific courtroom mystery as the main series characters take a backseat to defense attorney Rebecca Hardy, daughter of regular Dismas, who takes on a…

  • New McCullough book celebrates the Wright Brothers

    NEW YORK (AP) — David McCullough’s latest work of history followed a spontaneous path, from a book about many Americans in Paris in the 20th century to the biography of just two. “Among the people…

  • Winslow Homer exhibit joins Warhol artwork at upstate museum

    GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Works by two iconic American artists — Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer — will be exhibited at the same time at an upstate New York art museum this summer. Officials…

  • Review: ‘North Korea Confidential’ shows world slipping in

    “North Korea Confidential” (Tuttle Publishing), by Daniel Tudor and James Pearson For a country that’s been described as an intelligence black hole, North Korea sure has a lot of recent books that try to show…