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  • Van Gogh’s bedroom recreated in Chicago as Airbnb rental

    CHICAGO (AP) — Art lovers have a chance to spend one starry night in a replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom for only $10. The Art Institute of Chicago decorated a one-bedroom apartment to look…

  • Review: ‘Zoolander 2′ tries a little too hard to up the ante

    In case you don’t follow the global fashion calendar, Fashion Week has just begun in New York, bringing with it a few nice clothes plus the usual over-the-top weirdness — bizarrely themed runway shows and…

  • Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film

    NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the more elaborate and unexpected spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the…

  • Author of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ has new novel coming

    NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” the million-selling young adult novel being developed as a Netflix series, has finished his first solo work of fiction in nearly a decade. Penguin Young…

  • Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back “long-lost music” to listeners and Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee said Wednesday. They will…

  • 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…

  • Foundation that gives National Book Awards names director

    NEW YORK (AP) — The former publisher of the literary magazine Guernica has been named executive director of the National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards. Lisa Lucas succeeds Harold Augenbraum, who announced…

  • 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…

  • Aaron Sorkin adapts ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for 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…

  • ‘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…