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  • 2 plays have reason to crow on Broadway this week

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two star-driven Broadway plays this week got early Christmas presents when they announced they’d recouped their respective investments. Producers of “It’s Only a Play,” Terrence McNally’s comedy starring Nathan Lane, Matthew…

  • Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that helped…

  • The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

    The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: 1. “Ida” — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn’t previously a major name in international…

  • Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books.…

  • Punk rock doc makes DC area premiere at AFI Silver

    The punk rock documentary “Salad Days” makes its D.C. premiere Friday night at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Directed by Scott Crawford, the film examines the DC punk scene from the early…

  • Ford House sells Cezanne painting for $100 million

    GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help…

  • National Portrait Gallery installs Stephen Colbert’s picture

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Colbert’s image is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. To mark the end of Colbert’s nine-year persona on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” the museum borrowed Colbert’s portrait. The picture…

  • Lennon & Maisy working on picture book

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lennon & Maisy, the Canadian-born music and acting team, will soon be Lennon & Maisy the co-authors. HarperCollins Publishers announced Friday that the young Stella sisters, stars of the TV series…

  • IOC awards Olympic TV rights in Cuba for 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Cuba’s state broadcaster has been awarded the country’s exclusive television rights to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC says it granted the rights across all broadcast platforms to…

  • ‘The Interview’ jeopardizes overseas movie villains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of…

  • New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK (AP) — C’est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.…

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously…

  • ‘Prison Houdini’ set to make his 1st legal escape

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have…

  • Dick Van Dyke tells seniors ‘Keep Moving’ in upcoming book

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Van Dyke plans to put his upbeat approach to old age between covers in a new inspirational book. Weinstein Books announced Thursday that the veteran star of screen, stage and…

  • Play about Sherlock Holmes plans to hit Broadway in 2017

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s elementary, really. With all things Sherlock Holmes popular now, it’s no wonder that he’s coming to Broadway next. Producers said Thursday that a play about the cunning detective will come…