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  • Biggest pop culture moments of 2014

    WTOP remembers the biggest pop culture moments from each month of 2014.

  • South Africa’s high crime rate inspires novelist

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa’s fascination with South Africa’s violent crime has made her one of the country’s most popular writers. Using sharply drawn characters and intriguing plots, Makholwa’s fiction helps South Africans to…

  • Actress Billie Whitelaw, 82, dies

    LONDON (AP) — British actress Billie Whitelaw, who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, has died in a London nursing home at age 82. Denville Hall…

  • Morocco’s transgender dancer courts acceptance

    CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities. Then a…

  • How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

    How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you’re Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting…

  • Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette…

  • 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…

  • The AP picks its Top 10 theater of 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that’s set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…

  • 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…

  • 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…