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  • DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

    NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service. Netflix announced Wednesday that DiCaprio and his production company, Appian Way, have signed…

  • Venture capitalist says he tried to prevent woman’s firing

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A senior partner at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm says he was a loyal supporter of a woman who is now suing the company for sex discrimination. Billionaire John Doerr…

  • National Cathedral, Ford’s Theatre honor Lincoln, MLK

    WASHINGTON — Sometimes national tragedy can inspire a life of personal faith. Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, remembers where he was when he learned of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther…

  • David Geffen donates $100 million to Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will…

  • Laura Benanti stars in ‘a love letter to New York City’

    NEW YORK (AP) — People recognize Laura Benanti on the street these days. They just don’t know why. “They’ll be like, ‘You’re the girl from the thing!’ And then I just go, ‘Yeah!'” the actress…

  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins

    LONDON (AP) — The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the…

  • New US Archives exhibit offers contrasting views on alcohol

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While many things have changed throughout American history, alcohol has remained a constant from the earliest European settlers. Now the National Archives is exploring the nation’s long history with booze. An exhibit…

  • Review: ‘A Kim Jong-Il Production’ is a fascinating tale

    “A Kim Jong-Il Production” (Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer Here’s an easy one: North Korea’s Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country…

  • A murderer and rapist’s views reflect those of many in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — When a condemned killer said the woman he and others brutally gang-raped on a New Delhi bus was responsible for what had happened to her, his comments were shocking in their…

  • Art from DC students to go on display at Education Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Art by District of Columbia schoolchildren is set to go on display at the U.S. Education Department headquarters. The exhibit will open Wednesday. The event will feature music and dance performances and…

  • Play ‘Guards at the Taj’ gets its Moayed and Metwally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rajiv Joseph’s new play “Guards at the Taj” has found its guards — the Tony Award-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. The Atlantic Theater Company said Tuesday that the stars…

  • Tena Stivicic’s ‘3 Winters’ wins Blackburn Prize

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tena Stivicic was still buzzing a day after winning the oldest and most prestigious playwriting prize for women with her sweeping play about four generations of women growing up in Croatia…

  • Walters Art Museum raises $30 million for endowment

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Walters Art Museum has raised $30 million in its Sharing the Gift fundraising campaign. Walters board of trustees president Ellen N. Bernard said in a news release Tuesday that the campaign…

  • Franco, Gere movies among entries at Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 14th-annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature documentaries on Cuban muscle cars, New Yorker cartoonists and police stun guns. The downtown New York festival announced half its slate Tuesday, previewing the…

  • Chrissie Hynde memoir coming in September

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissie Hynde will tell the story of her life, with all its ups and downs. Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that the Pretenders singer was working on an “an incredibly frank”…