Sonic undergoes makeover for new game, TV series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The conference room inside Big Red Button Entertainment’s offices would look unremarkable if it weren’t for the vibrant panoramas of a cartoony, tree-filled world plastered next to portraits of colorful creatures and robots on the walls. At...

Obama sends good wishes to Jay Leno

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is wishing Jay Leno well as the television host prepares to say farewell to “The Tonight Show” on Thursday. Obama spokesman Jay Carney says Obama is a Leno fan and has enjoyed his many...

Ghost composer asks if Japan’s Beethoven can hear

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko TOKYO (AP) — The ghostwriter for the musician lauded as Japan’s Beethoven said Thursday he became fed up and ended their 18-year collaboration last year and he questioned if Mamoru Samuragochi really could hear. Samuragochi, 50, had previously...

Recovered violin confirmed as stolen Stradivarius

AP Photo MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say the rare multimillion dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in Wisconsin has been recovered. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett praised investigators at a news conference Thursday for their work in recovering the violin. The...

Pissarro painting sells for $32 million in London

LONDON (AP) — A Paris streetscape by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro has sold for over $32 million – double its top estimate in a week of strong sales of Impressionist and modern art at London auction houses. The high-end art market has rebounded from the...

After 22 years, Leno bids farewell to ‘Tonight’

AP Photo/Paul Drinkwater BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Jay Leno said goodbye to “The Tonight Show” once before, but that turned out to be just a rehearsal. On Thursday, Leno is stepping down for the second and presumably last time, making way for successor Jimmy Fallon...

Smithsonian explores ‘cool’ from Whitman to Jay-Z

AP Photo/Bob Willoughby WASHINGTON (AP) — Curators at the National Portrait Gallery want to know what it means to be cool. It’s a uniquely American concept with roots in jazz slang that’s become a global obsession. Over the past five years, curators have chosen...

Alice Walker featured in TV documentary

AP Photo/John Amis NEW YORK (AP) — Alice Walker, who turns 70 later this month, is thinking about her legacy. Over the past few years, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has donated her papers to Emory University, permitted “The Color Purple” to be released as an...

Wes Anderson’s new movie kicks off Berlin fest

AP Photo/Axel Schmidt BERLIN (AP) — The annual Berlin International Film Festival is opening with a trip back to pre-World War II Europe as Wes Anderson presents his new movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The film, premiering Thursday, is the first in a...

Memories of the Beatles’ US television debut

AP Photo/Anonymous It was 50 years ago today (almost) that this mop-topped band began to play (in America). The Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” America’s must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked...