Arts and entertainment

FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2019 photo, Keri Russell arrives at the 71st annual DGA Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. Russell says she cried when she read J.J. Abrams’ version of the script for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." The actress plays a new character name Zorri Bliss in the film, which is the final chapter in the Skywalker story that started with 1977’s “Star Wars.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
June 20, 2019 - 11:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Keri Russell says that when J.J. Abrams sent her his version of the script for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," it overwhelmed her. "When I read his script that he wrote I cried," she told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I mean who knows what it will turn out to be...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2008 file photo, Artist Kehinde Wiley attends the 2008 National Arts Awards presented by Americans For The Arts at Cipriani's 42nd St. in New York. Wiley will unveil in New York’s Time Square his first monumental public sculpture in response to Confederate sculptures throughout the U.S. Times Square Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Sean Kelly announced Thursday, June 20, 2019 that “Rumors of War” will feature a bronze sculpture of a young, African-American dressed in urban streetwear mounted atop a horse. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
June 20, 2019 - 9:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Artist Kehinde Wiley will unveil his first monumental public sculpture in New York's Times Square this fall in response to Confederate statues nationwide. Times Square Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and gallery owner Sean Kelly announced Thursday that the bronze "Rumors of...
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Two Beluga whales touch down at Keflavík Airport in Iceland, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, where they are being re-homed in an open-water sanctuary after spending years in captivity in a Shanghai aquarium. The Cargolux Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft carried Little White and Little Grey 6,000 miles as part of a groundbreaking project by Sea Life Trust. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 7:32 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai...
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June 19, 2019 - 2:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, whose lush vocal harmonies made the Grammy-nominated trio one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1960s, has died at age 82. Pike died June 9 at his home in Prescott, Arizona, his sister-in-law Becky Pike told The...
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In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Keith Raniere, center, sits with attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during closing arguments at Brooklyn federal court, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in New York. A federal prosecutor said Raniere used his NXIVM organization to "tap into a never-ending flow of women and money." Attorneys for the defendant say he had no criminal intent and that his sexual encounters with followers were consensual. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted Hollywood actresses and heiresses was convicted Wednesday of manipulating his female devotees through shame and humiliation and turning them into what prosecutors called his sex slaves. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn...
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In this June 9, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jane Fonda is joining a group of Hollywood power players to host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential contender Steve Bullock. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 19, 2019 - 11:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Fonda is joining a group of Hollywood power players to host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential contender Steve Bullock. It's a show of support that could lend credibility among donors to the little-known Montana governor's bid for the White House. The Academy Award-...
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Actor Danny Glover, right, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 19, 2019 - 11:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations for descendants of slaves catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday with an impassioned plea from actor Danny Glover and others for lawmakers to address compensation for America's blighted heritage of racism and Jim Crow laws. Glover,...
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This undated photo provided by Netflix shows a scene from the series "Jinn." By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series “Jinn” hardly pushes the envelope. But when the show debuted worldwide last week, many Jordanians were shocked and appalled by a program that they say violates the country’s conservative norms. The outrage has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region and reflects a cultural gap between the country’s Western-allied ruling elite and deeply conservative Muslim public. (Netflix via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 10:04 am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow. By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn"...
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June 19, 2019 - 9:58 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goodbye, Norma Jean? Officials say someone climbed a more than two-story tall Hollywood public art piece and stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe. The statue depicting Monroe in her iconic pose from the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch" went missing early Monday from the "Four Ladies...
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Visitors look at the Dance by Henri Matisse the collections of Sergei Shchukin, one of the most prominent collections of European Modernist art, encompassing the most important artistic trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The exhibition will include masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and other masters. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
June 19, 2019 - 6:57 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Iconic art works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gaugin, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are among treasures from the early 20th century collection of Russian businessman Sergei Shchukin going on show in a major exhibition at Moscow's Pushkin Museum. The exhibition, 'Shchukin...
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