Branagh: From Shakespeare to ‘Shadow Recruit’

AP Photo/Eric Charbonneau BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kenneth Branagh’s role as a director began with the story of a valiant king. Leading the 1989 film version of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” both in front of and behind the camera, Branagh went on to...

De Niro honors late father with documentary

AP Photo/Frank Micelotta PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Robert De Niro’s father, Robert De Niro Sr., was an abstract expressionist painter, part of the post-WWII art scene, which produced such talent as Jackson Pollack. He was even endorsed by the famed art collector and...

World’s most interesting man aids dog cancer fight

AP Photo/Michael Helms MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The most interesting man in the world is helping a Vermont-based company raise money to fight cancer in dogs. Jonathan Goldsmith is a Manchester resident made famous by his role in the Dos Equis beer commercials. But he’s...

Unrest in Thailand cancels Frankie Valli concert

BANGKOK (AP) — Sixties doo-wop singer Frankie Valli has canceled a concert in Bangkok scheduled for this week because of Thailand’s political unrest. Promoter BEC-Tero Entertainment PCL says that Wednesday’s performance was scrapped because of difficulties...

Broadway MLK actor recalls journey to play MLK

NEW YORK (AP) — When he was in middle school, Brandon J. Dirden was picked to read part of the “I Have a Dream” speech over the public address system in celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Day. “I remember going home and looking up the words and...

Conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

ROME (AP) — Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world’s leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, has died. He was 80. Raffaela...

Hall won’t rule out return to playing Dexter

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Possible bad news for Oregon loggers: Michael C. Hall won’t rule out a return to playing Dexter. But he’d want to see the finish line. Hall, promoting his movie “Cold in July” at the Sundance Film Festival, said in an interview...

Katie Couric makes documentary debut at Sundance

AP Photo/Scott Sinkler PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Along with her soon-to-end daytime talk show, fall engagement and recent move from TV to the web as Yahoo’s global anchor, Katie Couric also made a documentary shown at Sundance. “Fed Up” premiered Sunday at...

Producers pick ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Gravity’

AP Photo/Jaap Buitendijk BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honor has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards. Sunday night, “12 Years a Slave” and...

Fallon to begin ‘Tonight’ run with Will Smith, U2

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Fallon will open his run as the host of NBC’s “Tonight” show with actor Will Smith and the rock band U2 as guests. NBC is debuting the Fallon regime on Feb. 17 at midnight following the Winter Olympics. It will slip into its...